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Standard Chartered Bank Kenya has announced plans to roll out a mobile commerce ecosystem network for its customers in partnership with Cellulant. Cellulant, who powers mobile banking for more than 32 banks in Africa, operate Africa’s leading mobile commerce network, enabling over Kshs.10 billion in transaction value last year. Standard Bank...
Mobile operator Tigo has walked away with multiple awards at the 6th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards. At the event, Tigo walked away with the title of Brand of the Year. Along with the title of Brand of the Year, Tigo also won an award for its Corporate Social...
South African mobile cellular network Vodacom, has described the just-ended SIM card registration process as a huge success. Responding to questions from ITNewsAfrica on 8 July 2011, Vodacom says about one million SIM cards out of an estimated 27 million were blocked, citing failure by customers to comply with the...
The total value of mobile money transfers in Africa will exceed US$200 billion in 2015, almost 8 percent of Africa's nominal GDP due to users' growing trust in the system and a wider range of services, according to a new report from Pyramid Research. This is according to a...
SEACOM, the pan-African ICT enabler, has announced the appointment of Mark Simpson as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect 5 September 2011. Brian Herlihy, the current CEO, will remain with the company as a member of the Board and take on the new role of Executive Director where...
A new analysis of South Africa’s prepaid mobile market found that Telkom offers more high value plans for consumers than any other operator in the country. The study was conducted by Tarifica, a leading using the Tarifica Score. The Tarifica Score is a comprehensive algorithm that weighs every feature of...
The December 2012 Boston Consulting Group (BCG) report titled SMARTer2020, revealed that ICT can cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5%, saving up to $1.9 trillion USD annually. The potential reduction is more than 16% higher than the estimated saving in a study conducted in 2008. The research identified...
Plans to list MTN Nigeria on the local bourse could be threatened by the latest regulatory crisis the operator is facing. Nigeria's telecoms player MTN is at loggerheads with regulators over allegations of flouting regulatory procedures in foreign exchange transactions. MTN described the allegations as "false and based on completely...
Standard Bank launched a first-of-its kind smartphone and tablet game-like animated banking app for children. The Standard Bank Kidz Banking App is available initially only to Android users, it is designed primarily for kids between the ages of 6 and 11, and is essentially a tool designed to engage...
Patrick Masambu, a Uganda citizen and former chairman of the Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) (CTO.int) has been elected director-general of the US-based International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO) (ITSO.int). Mr Masambu was the only Commonwealth candidate for the position. A former communications regulator for Uganda, he brings to...
According to a report by newsday.co.zw, Liquid Telecom has begun to offer Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling within Zimbabwe. According to report, the telco is looking to maximise its fibre optic footprint within the country with the offering. The report reveals that the new service will use a fibre optics network...
Angola Cables, an Angolan multinational telecommunications company has announced the launch of Angola Cables Cloud Service to the African market. The 'Cloud as a Service' platform was launched as a response to increasing demand from companies that operate across the African continent that are looking to innovate and improve...
The City of Joburg Broadband Project will go live on 1 July 2013 after a 3 year build phase, which BWired will operate for 12 years. The completion of the fibre optic network covers all 7 regions of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) municipality, and will deliver a live network...
Google announced today its first renewable energy investment in Africa: $12 million USD (103 million Rand) investment in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.  Upon completion, Jasper will be one of the largest solar installations on the...
Neotel is currently running trials in the Midrand, Johannesburg area on several broadband technologies to improve their broadband offerings. “We are trialing various technologies including LTE, both fiber and wireless, as part of the continual improvement of broadband services to our customers,” Neotel said yesterday. “LTE is regarded globally as the...
Etisalat Egypt announced on Wednesday that it had reconciled with the Egyptian Tax Authority after paying back taxes it owed amounting to 200 million Egyptian pounds. The money paid was part of a loan that Etisalat had failed to pay on time. “The loan was not tax exempted and therefore...