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Nigeria’s Globacom is urging the central government to consider the role of telecom operators in helping to regulate the mobile money subsector. At a recent seminar titled “Nigeria Transiting to a cashless society: Possibilities and Challenges,” Glo’s Director for Telebanking Tunde Kuponiyi argued that the current process of regulation is being driven...
The dedicated Sun division at Workgroup, Horizon, has announced a change in its warranty options on all Sun workstation and rackmount solutions. Where the division used to offer a Next Day Response, it now offers a Next Day Fix on selected systems. Bertus Hanekom, Sun product manager at Horizon...
Broadband Infraco (Pty) Ltd has been invited to apply for Electronic Communications Network Service (ECNS) and Electronic Communication Service accreditation by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). The invitation was extended based on a policy directive from Communications Minister Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri to ICASA to conduct the necessary...
­Mozilla, the firm behind the Firefox web browser expects to release the first version of its mobile internet browser within the next few weeks, while at the same time, it has been reported that Microsoft has ceased development of its own mobile internet browser, code named Deepfish. In an interview...
Sahara Computers has launched a new 8-inch netbook to address the growing demand for product within what analysts describe as a high-volume, burgeoning market segment. The company has expanded its product portfolio and continues to compete against global tier one mobile solution providers. The Linux-based solution runs on AMD LX...
While Nigeria's Communications Commission (NCC) imposed a heavy N1.17-billion ($7.29-million) fine on the nation's largest telecommunications companies for poor qualiy of service, Nigeria's National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) believes the fines should be paid to the Federal Government. NATCOMS said that the amounts imposed by the NCC will be going...
The recently released SA Mobile Report 2017 revealed just how smartphones have changed the lives of South African consumers by enabling them to be more connected than ever. The report is based on a survey of nearly 5 000 mobile internet users across the country and shows that there is one...
Two of Kenya’s largest mobile service providers are locked in a heated dispute over a Site Leasing Agreement. Essar Telcom (also known as Yu Mobile) and Airtel signed the agreement in 2009, but both parties accuse the other of non-delivery. In the latest development, Airtel has threatened to cut Essar Telcom's connectivity and...
A new smartphone application, which has been dubbed PEEK (Portable Eye Examination Kit), has been developed in order to help address cases of visual impairment among schoolchildren. Developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with Kenyan doctors, PEEK utilises smartphone technology in order to allow doctors...
Earlier last month the president of the United States of America issued an executive order that meant that US-based companies were restricted from doing business with Huawei unless they had a special licence, which then led to Google indefinitely suspending its business relationship with Chinese smartphone brand Huawei meaning...
Apple is in the middle of negotiations with Intel according to a report by Bloomberg’s Liana Baker, Mark Gurman, and Ian King. The report suggests that Intel’s cellular modem unit is struggling hence Apple’s interest in the division. A person close to the matter, who asked to remain anonymous, says...
Cyrille Turatsinze, spokesperson at the ministry of local government in Rwanda, said that the local government was hoping to put more efforts in delivery of new technologies. He added that the government was also hoping to get people to access ICT infrastructure in the country. “The local government intends to put more...
Nokia and Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced the completion of Renesas Electronics' acquisition of Nokia's Wireless Modem business, which was initially announced on July 6, 2010. With this transfer, Renesas Electronics assumes full ownership of the Wireless Modem unit, which has been responsible for development of Nokia's wireless modem...
Although the petrol price is on the steady decline and inflation has settled, exorbitant mobile data costs is still a problem. Many people have taken to social media over the past few months to rise up against ridiculous spikes in data bundles around South Africa. The #DataMustFall movement was aimed...
Altech Technology Concepts (ATC) and global data centre and ICT services company Telehouse  have confirmed a partnership in terms of which Telehouse will manage ATC’s data centres. ATC recently built a robust new network infrastructure giving its customers guaranteed performance and reliability. The partnership with Telehouse, which has a network of 40...
Tshwane’s Free Wi-Fi project won the Wi-Fi NOW award for Affordable Connectivity. TshWi-Fi is a project made possible by Project Isizwe is among the leading lights in the international Wi-Fi industry. At a prestigious ceremony in London last night, TshWi-Fi was presented with the global award for bringing data...