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Integrated social payments platform launched in Africa

Integrated social payments platform launched in Africa

July 25, 2019 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Integrated social payments platform launched in Africa

Cassava Fintech International (CFI), a fintech company in Africa, announced on Wednesday, 24 July 2019, the launch of their integrated Social Payments platform.  Sasai will be available to individuals and businesses and offered in partnership with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). It is said to combine instant messaging, social media and mobile payments...

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itel unveils its latest smartphone

itel unveils its latest smartphone

July 25, 2019 • Features, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on itel unveils its latest smartphone

itel, a mobile phone manufacturer, has announced the launch of its latest Selfie series smartphone — the S15. This device is said to boast excellent user experience and a budget-friendly price-tag.  itel is partnering with Google on the Gallery Go project....

Airtel Nigeria introduces 4G smartphones

Airtel Nigeria introduces 4G smartphones

July 24, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Airtel Nigeria introduces 4G smartphones

Nigerian Telecommunications provider, Airtel, announced on Wednesday, 24 July 2019, the introduction of two new 4G Smartphones — the Airtel Diva and Airtel Top Notch. These devices come on the heels of Airtels commitment to accelerate mobile Internet uptake...

New mobile-to-mobile digital payment service launched in Africa

New mobile-to-mobile digital payment service launched in Africa

July 24, 2019 • Finance, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on New mobile-to-mobile digital payment service launched in Africa

WorldRemit users can now make instant, low-cost international mobile money transfers to 15 million accounts in Guinea, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Niger.  Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit, is set to continue its expansion in Africa by...

MTN plans to continue investing in network infrastructure in South Africa

MTN to continue investing in network infrastructure in South Africa

July 23, 2019 • Internet of Things, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on MTN to continue investing in network infrastructure in South Africa

Network and telecoms provider, MTN, announced on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, that it plans on developing a software-defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) and is re-purposing thousands of sites across the country to harness NarrowBand Internet of Things (NB-IoT)....

WhatsApp now available on KaiOS-powered devices across Africa

WhatsApp now available on KaiOS-powered devices across Africa

July 23, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on WhatsApp now available on KaiOS-powered devices across Africa

  KaiOS Technologies, developers of the mobile operating system KaiOS, and Facebook have announced WhatsApp’s availability for download in the KaiStore, on both 512MB and 256MB RAM devices. By the third quarter of 2019, most smart feature phones...

Trump has nothing on us says Huawei founder

Trump has nothing on us says Huawei founder

July 22, 2019 • Features, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Trump has nothing on us says Huawei founder

Huawei CEO and founder, Ren Zhengfei, sat down for an exclusive interview on Friday, 19 July 2019 with Yahoo Finance to discuss the future of the company after the Trump administrations move to target it — this is his first public interview since the G20...

Check Point discovers mobile malware disguised as Google related app

Check Point discovers mobile malware disguised as Google related app

July 22, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, SecurityComments Off on Check Point discovers mobile malware disguised as Google related app

Check Point Researchers have discovered a new variant of mobile malware that is disguised as a Google-related application. The malware has according to Check Point infected around 25 million devices, with primary victims based in India. The core part of the...

Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

July 22, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Pundi X unveils blockchain-powered smartphone in Rwanda

Singapore based technology company, Pundi X, officially launched its blockchain-powered smartphone in Kigali, Rwanda. The XPhone is said to be there first blockchain mobile phone launched on the African continent. “The XPhone allows everyone to make a...

Telkom customers frustrated over new roaming partner

Telkom customers frustrated over new roaming partner

July 20, 2019 • Features, Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Telkom customers frustrated over new roaming partner

South African network provider, Telkom, has been hit with backlash after many customers have taken to social media to vent about the handover process from MTN to Vodacom.  In case you missed it, Telkom announced last year that it did not plan to renew its...

Diversity and Innovation the key to Africa’s communication success

July 19, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, SponsoredComments Off on Diversity and Innovation the key to Africa’s communication success

The mobile telecommunications industry is busy consolidating. However, in doing so, it runs the real risk of curtailing its ability to innovate. A pretty bold statement, I know, but in merging, the sector loses diversity and diversity, is one of the key...

Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

July 19, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Latest Nokia smartphone launched in Kenya

Finnish mobile company, HMD Global, announced on Thursday 18 July 2019, that the new Nokia 2.2 will be launched in Kenya.  Nokia 2.2 is the first 2 series Nokia smartphone to be part of the Android One programme, delivering a full Android experience on a...

OPPO plans to spend $1.5 billion on R&D in 2019

OPPO plans to spend over $1.5 billion on R&D in 2019

July 18, 2019 • Internet of Things, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on OPPO plans to spend over $1.5 billion on R&D in 2019

OPPO, the Chinese mobile telecommunications company, announced on Thursday, 18 July 2019, that it will spend around US$1.46 billion on R&D 2019.  The company says it plans to establish a new research and development centre in order to accelerate its...

MTN appoints Vodacom former CEO

MTN appoints former Vodafone CEO

July 18, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, People, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on MTN appoints former Vodafone CEO

On Thursday, 18 July 2019, MTN Group announced the appointment of Yolanda Cuba as new Group Chief Digital and Fintech Officer. She joins MTN Group from Vodacom, where she served as Chief Officer of Strategy and M&A. Prior to her role at Vodacom, Cuba was...

Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile economy valued at more than $150 Billion in 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile economy valued at more than $150 Billion in 2018

July 17, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile economy valued at more than $150 Billion in 2018

According to a new study conducted by GSMA, more than 160 million new unique mobile subscribers will be added across the region by 2025, bringing the total to 623 million. This represents around half of the region’s population, up from 456 million (44 per...

Cell C extends roaming agreement with MTN

Cell C in trouble according to interim CEO

July 17, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Cell C in trouble according to interim CEO

In March 2019, Cell C appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as interim CEO. He has since published an open letter where he details the plans to rescue the network provider from debt, poor business performance and liquidity problems. “We don’t have another...