South African mobile social network, Mxit, has appointed Francois Swart as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Swart stepped into the role of acting CEO in October 2012. Shareholder Paul Harris says, “Francois has been the de facto CEO for almost a year now and has the respect and trust of...
MTN Group has appointed Michael Fleischer to the position of Group Chief Legal Counsel, effective 1 February 2014. A seasoned legal professional and experienced business executive, Fleischer joins MTN Group from Gold Fields Limited, where he was Executive Vice President: General Counsel. Fleischer joined Gold Fields in 2006 from the law firm...
The African continent has attracted numerous international investors seeking new business deals across the continent.  Africa is being promoted as the next global technology hub and the continent is said to be on the brink of unprecedented growth and prosperity. Africa has experienced rapid growth in the ICT sector and...
Cell C has announced its fixed LTE-Advanced promotional offer bringing customers data access from less than R5 per Gigabyte. Customers can select from one of three packages to get the best value data deals. A 50GB contract for R359 per month (R7 per Gigabyte), a 100GB contract for R539 per...
LISTED telecoms firm Safaricom has entered into a partnership with pay TV Company MultiChoice that will allow DStv customers pay their bills through the M-PESA service. Safaricom currently deals with over 300 firms in similar arrangements that have seen millions of customers make payments from the convenience of their homes...
Smartphone shipments to Africa was up 21.5% year-on-year for Q2 2013, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). Referencing its most recent Middle East and Africa Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the leading global market intelligence and advisory firm for the information technology and telecommunications markets announced that smartphones...
South African mobile operator Vodacom has started the implementation of new measures that will prevent users from abusing BlackBerry’s fixed-fee unlimited internet browsing. It was revealed last year that 5% of the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) users  were circumventing preventative measures and used the service for excessive downloading - slowing...
As Samsung's Galaxy S4 is about to hit the African market, a number of mobile operator have announced their pricing structures ahead of the release to consumers. The Galaxy S4 runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and has a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen, 13MP Auto Focus...
Many technology start-ups  in Africa had humble beginnings and while many businesses start at the bottom, there is nothing wrong with dreaming big. Here are some of the hottest technology start-ups from across the African continent and we believe they have what it takes to make it big in a...
Out of the major mobile operators in South Africa, MTN, Vodacom, and Cell C have the market squarely in their sights. However, there is another mobile operator that is flirting with obscurity. Virgin Mobile South Africa CEO Jonathan Marchbank is convinced that Vodacom and MTN is to blame for Virgin not...
Kenya currently leads in African connectivity with the highest bandwidth per person on the continent, the fastest speeds, and some of the lowest internet costs, according to a presentation held by Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO Ben Roberts, at the EastAfrica.com conference in Nairobi. “Investment in the continent’s connectivity is creating...
MTN has launched another exciting proposition that ensures that all MTN customers who have run out of airtime can stay connected with their loved ones by means of a reversed charged call. The service, called MTN Pay4Me, enables customers who have insufficient airtime to reverse call the receiver who will...
Telkom yesterday announced the appointment of Ouma Rasethaba as Chief Risk Officer with immediate effect. Rasethaba, who has been with Telkom since 2006, previously held the position of Chief of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs. The appointment completes the EXCO structure under Group CEO, Sipho Maseko. “Rasethaba has played a valuable...
ITNewsAfrica is profiling Africa's Top 10 Telecom Leaders, based on their executive achievements and their companies' business performance. Africa's ICT business leaders have made great strides in building successful African Telecommunications companies and innovation has played a crucial part in their success. Here’s our list of top 10 African Telecom...
Following months of strategic consideration and customer research, MTN has developed a competitor strategy that is underpinned by new and exciting consumer propositions that will transform the consumer landscape. Brian Gouldie, Chief Marketing Officer for MTN South Africa, explains MTN has been hard at work reviewing its strategy in order...
Econet, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile service network provider, has established a pan-African scholarship fund for academically gifted Zimbabweans to pursue high tertiary studies. The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship Fund (JNSF), named after one of the Southern African country’s founding fathers, has been created to support education at local secondary schools and universities. Econet...