Absa has partnered with walletdoc, a South African fintech startup, offering users a smart, secure and convenient way to pay their bills such as monthly subscriptions and utilities - without the tedious filing and administration normally associated with payments.
Ubank, has shaken up the financial services industry by launching their own mobile and digital payment platform in partnership with WIZZIT International.
Ecobank Capital Advisors Ltd., a subsidiary of Ecobank, in collaboration with MTN Mobile Money, has introduced the Ecobank TBill4All.
Global payments firm, Visa, has launched a mobile payment solution in a move set to stir competition in the lucrative cash transfer industry currently dominated by Safaricom's M-Pesa.
MTN Ghana has said it is paying out some GH¢13.04 million in interest to over 6.2 million Mobile Money customers for the first half of the year.
Mobile service provider Tigo Tanzania has entered into a partnership with mobile delivered insurance company Milvik Tanzania and Resolution Insurance to introduce a new improved insurance service.
Ghana’s leading telecommunications service provider, MTN Ghana, has announced the appointments of Asher Khan as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Eli Hini as General Manager, Mobile Financial Services (MFS).
In an extensive digital roll out billed as one of its kind in Tanzania, Standard Chartered Bank has launched a mobile and online banking which also embraces the fingerprint technology.
Uganda’s telecommunication network company Smart telecom has launched a mobile money service dubbed SMART Pesa that targets to deliver affordable mobile financial services to all Ugandans. SMART Pesa customers will be able to send and receive money, deposit and withdraw cash
Vodacom Tanzania and Simba Cement have inked a deal that will see customers buy cement from the company through mobile money at no extra cost
According to the research, Nigeria is home to some of the keenest mobile shoppers on the African continent, and is also the third largest mobile commerce market in terms of the incidence of mobile shoppers amongst the countries that participated in the research.
Safaricom has launched a new service known as ‘Bill Manager’ that will enable customers to manage and pay bills via M-PESA all in a single transaction.
An agreement signed between Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited TTCL and Bharti Airtel has given the state full ownership of the telco ending 15 years of the public private partnership
MasterCard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, has completed the migration of 2 million Vodafone Cash mobile wallets to its open mobile payments ecosystem, as part of its collaboration with Vodafone Egypt, the largest mobile network operator in the country.
Kenya’s insurance companies have resorted to mobile phones to reach more uninsured Kenyans through the sale of insurance premiums, using enabled cash transfers to boost product penetration.
Helios Investment Partners, the majority shareholders of Kenya’s telco Telkom Kenya has announced the appointment of Aldo Mareuse as the its new CEO, in a management restructuring seen as strategic in shaping the mobile service provider’s business model and championing growth.
Blueberry Beacon, one of the world’s fastest growing Durban-based joint venture announced today that it is launching a fundraising campaign using the crowdfunding platform
The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, (FUPRE) Effurun, Delta State is the proud host of the latest Professorial Chair that has been established by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) operated Joint Venture in support of learning and research in Nigerian universities.
Following a thorough review, Vodacom will discontinue its M-Pesa product in South Africa with effect from 30 June 2016.
MTN Mobile Money has become the fastest growing method of receiving WorldRemit international money transfers in Ghana.
Etisalat Nigeria has launched a revamped version of its EasyMobile App. The app now comes with an enhanced user interface and improved user experience with features that enable personalisation and instant customer support.
To help reduce challenges with cattle grazing and the judicious use of land across Nigeria, MTN Nigeria has launched the MTN Livestock Tracking Solutions (LTS) to assist herdsmen in monitoring and tracking their livestock.
Nokia shows latest innovations to help meet the demand for network capacity, speed, coverage, and utilise IoT opportunities. At its MWC-R (Mobile World Congress Roadshow) in Accra, the company also shows telecom operators how to meet the ever-increasing demand for network capacity, speed and coverage, and improve the customer experience with high-quality and secure networks.
With African mobile users unlocking devices over 150 times a day, Nomophobia (the fear of being without mobile devices) is sweeping across Africa, according to leading speakers at Mobile West Africa in Lagos
The 10 winners of the inaugural West Africa Mobile Awards, the first truly West African technology awards to recognise the region’s best mobile and tech companies, were announced at a recently held awards party in Lagos, Nigeria.
A new Nielsen Study on Kenyan Retailers and Technology reveals that despite the massive uptake in mobile usage in Kenya, there is still significant scope for growth in the market, particularly in the retail environment.
At the latest Mobile West Africa Conference, which was held in Lagos Nigeria, Jongla unveiled its “light” instant messaging app.
Following a rigorous selection process, involving more than 700 applicants from 26 countries across Africa, the top three finalists in the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia, have been revealed.
Reacting to recent industry reports which affirmed Glo as the network of choice for new internet subscribers, the respondents mentioned the speed and reliability of connectivity as well as the unmatched value offerings available on the network’s data plans as major attractions to Glo.
Located in Opebi, the new service centre, according to the company, provides customers with instant access to service, repairs and enquiries on Samsung’s full range of audio-visual, mobile and computing devices in a standalone location.
A VISA e-Gift payment card has been launched by ChamsMobile, a licensed mobile money operator in Nigeria, and Skye Bank Plc.
As we have discussed in previous blogs, mobile accessibility is vital for the growth and relevance of your business in this generation. So having your business accessible via the various mobile opportunities should be a big part in your marketing strategy.
[South Africa] MTN launches package which allows users to stream electricity from sun into mobile devices
MTN South Africa launched its new promotional package featuring World Panel’s SunStream™ which allows users to stream electricity from the sun directly into their mobile devices. The new bundle was announced at an event in Mthatha with executives from MTN and World Panel Inc. present.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited has unveiled a set of enhanced features on its integrated lifestyle mobile banking app, FirstMobile.
Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited has boosted the local mobile app market through its Stanbic Mobile Challenge App aimed at raising the next big app inventors in the country.
Amidst the challenges of limited Internet connectivity and unreliable connections, a new Nielsen Global Connected Commerce Survey has found that Nigerians use of mobile devices to make online retail purchases is significantly higher than global purchasing rates across several categories.
Orange and Ecobank launch a bank-to-wallet money transfer service linked to Orange Money in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger
This partnership, which is already operational in Mali since January 2015 and in Cameroun since August 2015, facilitates money transfers for both Ecobank and Orange customers by allowing them to top-up their Orange Money e-wallet from their bank account, and vice versa.
The Federal Government has promised to help in the mass production of a car being developed by some female artisans under the Lady Mechanic Initiative.
Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna has stated that the state government, Bank of Industry, business tycoon Aliko Dangote and some states will acquire the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Ltd (PAN).
Jovago.com has officially launched Jovago Extranet App, a mobile application that will revolutionize the daily tasks of Hotel Managers.
Even as mobile money services become part of daily life for millions in Sub-Saharan Africa, many potential customers face basic barriers to accessing the services on their own mobile phones. Lack of awareness and basic prerequisites, and low appreciation of the benefits are some of the hurdles.
The Cameroonian subsidiary of the South African operator of Mobile Telecommunications Networks (MTN) has announced a drop in its 2015 operating turnovers by 4.6 per cent, compared to the year before, when it had made sales worth CFA 241.1 billion.
STANBIC Bank Zimbabwe has unveiled a Debit Card for tobacco a farmer which enables them to facilitate transactions with effect from this farming season.
During the course of February 2016, Uber had launched a brand new wallet payment system in India. A lot of people in the tech ecosystem have been pontificating on what this would mean in relation to Nigeria, seeing as Uber can be seen as arguably the largest online private transportation provider right now in Lagos.
[Cameroon] MTN Foundation reinforces the mobile and digital library of the “Cercle de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle”
MTN Foundation, first corporate foundation created in Cameroon, this Thursday, 25 February 2016 in Yaounde, handed over a significant stock of equipment to the Cercle de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle (CLAC), as support of the “STREET CLAC” project.
HomeSend, the international payment and money transfer hub, announced the expansion of its global framework agreement with Vodafone Group for M-Pesa, including the launch of remittance services into five new markets during 2016.
Orange and Google sign strategic partnership to increase access to mobile internet services across Africa and Middle East
Orange has announced a new partnership with Google™ to bring the best of mobile internet across its full African and Middle Eastern (Orange MEA) footprint
The African business community is adopting the use of tablets and smartphones very rapidly. This is the main conclusion drawn from a survey conducted by the Africa Business Panel
Aimed at quick decision-making, Bharti Airtel on Tuesday announced top-level changes for its Africa operations.Raghunath Mandava has been appointed as COO, Airtel Africa while Christian Defaria was elevated to the position of Executive Chairman, Airtel Africa
UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) is inviting software developers, mobile application gurus and innovation specialists to Livingstone, Zambia from March 15-17 to participate in the Climate Action Hackathon.
Orange is set to buy Millicom subsidiary Tigo DRC as it continues its acquisition spree in Africa and unveiled management changes across Europe.
AG Mobile, recognized as one of Africa’s first Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) has launched presence in Nigeria. The African mobile technology brand was the first South African brand to release its own mobile device in 2007.
Africa is a continent experiencing explosive growth in mobile penetration and usage, driven by the decreasing cost of smartphones / tablets and data.
Sliide Airtime, a privately-held technology company with offices in Lagos and London, has announced Nigeria as the launch market for its Sliide Airtime service which provides users with a new way to access content from their mobiles and simultaneously earn free airtime.
Ericsson has appointed three new Heads of Customer Units in the Region Middle East and East Africa. In a new geographical set-up that aims to increase focus and respond faster to customers' needs in key markets,
The mobile money agency system has made huge progress in increasing access to financial services and reducing the cost of transactions, though in terms of serving the “last mile” - those wishing to make single dollar transactions - there is still much to be done. But the answer may be staring us in the face, says Vahid Monadjem, CEO of Nomanini.
Natcom announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with MK Productions, a mobile content provider, to distribute Natcom's healthy living video content throughout South Africa.
MobileMoneyAfrica will host the 6th Remittance and mobilemoneyexpo on February 02 – 03 in Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria, Africa’s largest remittance nation.
Foremost financial Institution; Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank), has launched the #GTBankMobileWin100k competition to reward its mobile banking customers by availing them a chance to win N100,000 weekly in the mBank January rewards.
A Chinese truck manufacturing company, SINO Trucks of China, has completed arrangements to establish an assembly plant in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
An information technology firm, SoftCom Solutions Limited, has introduced a mobile learning app for students of the newly-established university, Mountain Top University.
The International Data Corporation, IDC, has predicted that 3.2 billion people, or 44% of the world’s population, will have access to the Internet in 2016. Out of this number, more than two billion will be using mobile devices to do so.
Etisalat announced today that it has partnered with Huawei to introduce the first ultra-high definition (Ultra HD) 4K IPTV service in the Middle East & Africa (MEA), which will be available exclusively for Etisalat’s eLife customers in the UAE starting first quarter of 2016.
Vodafone has extended M-Pesa to Ghana, the 11th Vodafone market across Africa, Asia and Europe to benefit from the world’s leading mobile money transfer service.
The government needs to ensure that there is a growing ICT sector to stimulate growth in job-rich sectors like manufacturing and services. The public sector must also lead by creating a favourable regulatory environment for investment in ICT and new technology.
Mobile in Africa Limited, the local partner to Xiaomi mobile phones, has introduced the Xiaomi brand of mobile phones as the brand begins initial moves to sell its phones in Africa.
In 2018 mobile advertising will overtake desktop and account for 50.2% of all internet advertising, according to ZenithOptimedia’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts.
MFS Africa announced a framework agreement with Vodafone, expanding the partnership between the multinational mobile operator and the African financial services provider.
Huawei Technologies Ghana has officially launched its consumer loyalty promo dubbed the “Instant Win Promo” to reward their cherished customers this festive season.
Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) has launched the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in East Africa offering high-definition voice and video calling services.
Orange is planning to launch an internet service provider in South Africa soon, offering clients from its online store trial DSL accounts to test the service.
Building on its foundation as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Company for Education, Airtel Ghana has supported the 2015 edition of the Business Cup Challenge, an initiative by Lancaster University Ghana with a cash donation.
MultiChoice Ghana Limited has partnered with Tigo Ghana to provide consumers and businesses with a real-time electronic payment channel.
Allied Mobile Africa announced today that they have signed a strategic finance and partnership agreement with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) for debt funding facility of $55 million (approximately R800million).
Following on from the success of Smiles pan African 4G LTE network enabling mobile broadband data was the rollout of voice and messaging using Voice over LTE technology.
Japanese automaker, Isuzu Motors Limited, has concluded arrangements with a Nigerian firm, Kewalram Chanrai Group, to set up a truck assembly plant in the country.
MTN and Huawei jointly launched the LampSite indoor coverage Solution at Lakeside Mall east of Johannesburg.
Huawei Completes Industry's First Multi-Vendor Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept With the Open Networking Foundation
Huawei has announced completion of the industry's first multi-vendor Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept (PoC) with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating adoption of open Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
Worldremit, the global money transfer app, has launched remittances to Egypt. Customers in 52 countries can now send money transfers from the WorldRemit app direct to any bank account in Egypt.
The Coffey managed GEMS4 project has successfully lobbied the Central Bank of Nigeria to increase transaction ceilings for mobile money payments. The change is estimated to benefit about 750,000 mobile money users.
The number of mobile internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks has hit 97.21 million up from the 95.37 million recorded in August this year, according to figures released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Tigo, Ghana’s premier digital lifestyle telecom company, has been nominated for four categories at the upcoming prestigious AfricaCom Awards due to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on 17th to 19th November, 2015.
Apple iStore has reiterated its commitment to offer up to 50% of the current iPhone value when you trade in your iPhone for a new one on any cash purchases at iStore in Ikeja Mall.
Airtel customers can now enjoy flat and affordable rates for its customers travelling across Airtel’s Africa countries, after the introduction of “One Airtel.”
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc and a prime promoter of the creative arts industry in Nigeria is supporting the visual arts festival in Enugu tagged "Life in my City".
Liquid Telecom Rwanda today announced that its FTTH service is now available to homes and businesses in Kigali
Ericsson envisions a networked society in which connectivity is the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socialising.
Vodacom has the best reputation in the telecommunications sector according to the findings of the fifth annual Mail & Guardian Top Companies Reputation Index (TCRI).
'We need to find ways to persuade private citizens to collect data and we also have to find ways to allow people to use the data that is already available,' concluded Mr. Dozie Ezigbalike , the Chief of the Data Technology Section of the African Centre for Statistics at the Economic Commission for Africa during the closing of the conference 'Use of mobile technology for statistical processes'.
Viettel today announced the launch of mobile and internet services in Tanzania, under the brand name of Halotel. The launch reflects Viettel’s expansion in its tenth market, and to the second biggest economy in East Africa.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note5 phablet is now on sale in South Africa. It is available on contract from MTN and Vodacom or can be purchased outright from them, or from Takealot and Samsung.
In yet another exciting development in mobile money innovation, MTN Rwanda, the country’s telecommunications leader has announced that it has opened its corridor with Safaricom in Kenya.
Vodacom South Africa has signed a three-year agreement with the Independent Development Trust (IDT), Cisco and MICT-SETA to addressing skill shortages and job creation within ICT. So far, the partnership has provided a twelve-month intensive training programme to 72 people.
According to a new study by Global System for Mobile Communications Association, GSMA, the mobile telecommunications industry in Sub-Saharan Africa has contributed $102 billion to the region’s economy in 2014.
Airtel and I&M Bank have formed a partnership to increase access to mobile financial service and financial inclusion. This is in support of the government’s efforts to deepen financial inclusion in the country and promote a cashless economy.
Samsung Electronics South Africa has entered into an exclusive partnership with South African Airways (SAA) to upgrade the in-flight entertainment offering to business class passengers through the provision of Samsung tablets on selected flights longer than three hours.
Vodacom South Africa has introduced four own-brand devices to its range. One is a smartphone called Smart Ultra 6, which has a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, octa-core chipset, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, 13 MP premium rear camera and 5 MP front camera.
Alcatel-Lucent to deliver fibre optic submarine broadband connectivity to oil and gas production facilities offshore Angola
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the undersea cables subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded the development of the Sonangol Offshore Optical Cable (SOOC), a critical infrastructure project which will dramatically reduce the cost-per-bit associated with the delivery of data traffic to Angola, including its offshore oil and gas production facilities.
Vodacom South Africa said that the new Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in South Africa from 16 October. Customers can reserve the devices from 09 October.
Beyonic, a technology company that aims to eliminate the rampant use of cash in emerging markets, is announcing a partnership with Mobile Accord that will make Beyonic the largest mobile money aggregator in Africa.