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KENYA: Diaspora clicks in to keep Kenya talking

January 7, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on KENYA: Diaspora clicks in to keep Kenya talking

The crisis prompted by Kenya’s 27 December elections has left large numbers of people stranded in various parts of the country due to insecurity on the roads and general uncertainty. Many Nairobi residents and migrant workers travelled “up-country” to spend holidays with family or to vote in their rural constituency...

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Vodafone chief’s £45m bonanza

January 1, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Vodafone chief’s £45m bonanza

ARUN SARIN, chief executive of the mobile-phone giant Vodafone, is poised to reap a £45m bonanza from the turnround in the company’s fortunes. The size of his potential windfall – the value of shares and options in the company – has soared as...

Nigeria: President grants last mile mobile license

December 27, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigeria: President grants last mile mobile license

Despite the petitioning of NigComSat by well-meaning telecom pundits and economists over its seeking undue nudging from the presidency, it is saddening and debasing that President Yar’Adua would mandate the Nigerian Communications Commission to grant a...

Celtel Nigeria Selects Motorola for $70 Million GSM/EDGE Expansion

December 18, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (6)

Motorola, Inc. announced that it has received orders valued at $70 million from Celtel Nigeria, part of Zain Group, to further expand and enhance the operator’s GSM coverage in the Southern part of Nigeria...

Nigeria: Visafone Plans Big for Telecom, Set to Launch With 3G

December 18, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigeria: Visafone Plans Big for Telecom, Set to Launch With 3G

Visafone, one of the Unified Access Service licensees, crept into the Nigerian telecoms market last week with a promise to make the kind of impact never experienced in the entire history of the rapid growing Nigerian telecom sector...

Vodafone £5 billion South African talks collapse

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Vodafone £5 billion South African talks collapse

Vodafone’s bid to chase growth in emerging markets was dealt a severe blow today when a planned £5 billion deal to boost its stake in a South African mobile operator collapsed. The mobile phone giant had been in negotiations for several months about...

Late entrant strategies for Nigeria new mobile operators.

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Late entrant strategies for Nigeria new mobile operators.

As the newly licensed cdma and Gsm operators starts breaking ground for roll out plans, indications are very strong that their might be some displacement in the Nigerian Telecoms Race. Clear favorites and pioneers like Mtn, Celtel and Glo are poised to face...

Wi-Fi Losing Out to 3G in South Africa

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Wi-Fi Losing Out to 3G in South Africa

Commercial WiFi hotspots face a dim future in South Africa – at least among corporate workers on the move, a new research study by World Wide Worx reveals...

Mozambique: 10,000 KM Cable to Improve Broadband Access

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Mozambique: 10,000 KM Cable to Improve Broadband Access

The construction of a 10,000 kilometre undersea fibre-optic cable is to bring huge improvements to Mozambique’s Internet and telecommunications access...

Nokia Survey results confirm it: Women are better multi-taskers than men

November 27, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nokia Survey results confirm it: Women are better multi-taskers than men

Multi-tasking, or doing more than one activity at a time, is a way of life for everyone these days. Between work, family and social life, people are finding themselves busier than ever...

Sybase 365 Continues Rapid Expansion into Africa

November 27, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Sybase 365 Continues Rapid Expansion into Africa

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a global leader in mobile messaging interoperability and the delivery of mobile content, today announced further growth within the African mobile market, consolidating its position as the number one provider of...

Nigeria: Globacom to rollout fiber optic services

November 26, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (1)

Nigeria’s Second National Operator and Third Generation (3G) compliant telecommunications company, Globacom Limited, has taken its vision of positioning itself on the continent to a higher level by commissioning the first portion of its $700 million...

Kenya: Safaricom, Google in internet partnership

November 26, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (1)

Safaricom Kenya and Google have sealed a pact to deliver e-mail services direct to mobile phones. The partnership is expected to increase the number of internet users from the current 2.7 million to 4.4 million by virtue of Safaricom’s subscriber base...

Beyond mobile email to success

November 22, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Beyond mobile email to success

Charmaine Eggberry, vice president, of enterprise business unit, Europe,Middle East and Africa, Research in Motion (RIM), discusses how enterprises can adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce and the change in working practices. Facing the mobility...

Uganda: Work On $650m Marine Cable Starts

November 19, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Uganda: Work On $650m Marine Cable Starts

THE construction of the $650m (about sh1.1 trillion) undersea optic fibre cable project starts this week after a financial close was reached last week...

Nokia promises an ‘information society’ via email

November 19, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nokia promises an ‘information society’ via email

Nokia, one of the world’s leading provider of mobile phone services, has promised to release a new set of goodies in line with the company’s goal to promote the information society...