The public and private sectors have this week recorded heightened activities with partnerships, trade and capital markets dominating headlines.
Vubiquity, has announced a deal with Discover Digital to provide new international content in Africa starting with TelOne DEOD, Digital Entertainment On Demand, in Zimbabwe.
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has called on all stakeholders in financial institutions and banking sector to work together to strengthen the fight against mobile money fraud and cybercrime.
Liquid Telecom has reached an agreement with CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution, to invest $180m in the company.
MTN Nigeria, on Tuesday, asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to further adjourn the hearing in the suit it filed to challenge the $8,134,312,397.63 being demanded from it by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced that it is investing 8 billion Egyptian Pounds (USD400m) in Egypt over the next three years.
South Africa continues to be the continent’s preferred destination for international investors due to its competitive market, favorable political climate, a booming middle class and strategic location.
MTN has launched MusicTime!, a fully inclusive time-based music streaming service through Simfy Africa.
Even with mounting fears that rapid automation could reduce the number of jobs in the Kenya’s manufacturing sector, a new report posits that digital technologies can, in fact, boost job creation.
Modernising regulation and policy reform will be crucial to boosting Nigeria’s digital economy and accelerating internet access for millions through increased mobile broadband penetration.
Safaricom has introduced Zuri, an artificial intelligence (AI) Chatbot assistant available on Telegram and Facebook Messenger. Zuri will offer a fast, convenient and easy way to manage customers’ queries.
MTN Group is now the first African telecommunications company to join the IoT World Alliance, the leading enabler of connected IoT solutions.
Egypt has been elected as the executive president of the The Council of Arab Ministers of Communication and Information, with Saudi Arabia as vice president, for the next two years.
The mobile telecommunications industry contributed $21 billion to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, representing 5.5 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP.
Vodacom has added over 150 new sites to its network to facilitate additional traffic over the festive season.
With the year winding down, Cell C customers will be able to get twice the data for Cell C’s revolutionary mobile service that combines connectivity and entertainment in a unique and great value package, MediaPlay.
In a further move to cement its position as an integrated financial services organisation offering exceptional value, Standard Bank is entering the airtime and data market.
Vodacom Group Limited has appointed two new board members to replace Ms Thoko Mokgosi and Mr Ronald Schellekens, who have resigned as directors.
Persons living with visual impairment/blindness can now access M-PESA messages independently in braille format and conduct financial transactions with confidentiality.
The European Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement worth $40 million with Telkom.
Telecom Egypt has adopted Nokia's Photonic Service Engine (PSE) technology to double backbone capacity on its Delta Region DWDM backbone network.
Orange Group and MTN Group have announced a joint venture, Mowali, mobile wallet interoperability, to enable interoperable payments across the continent.
KT Corporation, South Korea's telecommunications company, has reached a milestone deal with Ghana to fight epidemics.
Cybersecurity research firm, ESET has partnered with Airtel to launch a new mobile security product specially designed for Airtel Nigeria subscribers.
MTN has announced the launch of Ugx1bn (US$270,000) fund to support technology startups in Uganda. The fund is expected to provide a financial boost to startups that participate in the MTN innovation challenge series.
MTN Uganda has become the first telecom company in Uganda and in the MTN Group to grant access to third-parties to its Mobile Money Access Programming Interface (API).
Kenya’s mobile operators, regulator and government have come together to support a major GSMA initiative aimed at ensuring a safe online environment for children.
The landing of four fibre-optic international submarine cables in recent years dramatically reduced the cost of phone calls and internet access.
Liquid Telecom collected the Best Network Improvement award at the annual AfricaCom Awards last week, in recognition of the recent completion of its Cape to Cairo network.
Ahmad Sayed is Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Nexign, a business support systems provider company currently planning its entry into the African market.
MTN Group will apply for a mobile banking licence in Nigeria and plans to launch the service there next year.
AfricaCom is Africa’s largest tech, media and telcos annual festival where digital Africa interacts, learns, debates and ultimately make deals.
Liquid Telecom Kenya, has today published its second annual Sustainability Report revealing the internal reorganisation and value initiatives that have helped drive the company’s rapid revenue and profit growth.
Safaricom has today announced the deployment of faster and more private cashless payments at over 2,500 Lipa Na M-PESA merchants.
Cell C has announced the completion of the national rollout of MTN roaming.
During the annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, MTN Group, KaiOS Technologies, China Mobile Communications Group and UNISOC announced a partnership to launch the world’s first 3G smart feature phone in Africa.
Liquid Telecom is extending its award-winning VSAT service through a new partnership with Kymeta, enabling it to deliver enhanced satellite mobile connectivity across Africa.
African countries have been pushing for an open skies agreement to make intra Africa trade and movement cheaper and faster.
Multinational telecoms company Angola Cables has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Broadband Infraco.
Loon, the Alphabet company working to launch balloon-powered Internet on Telkom’s network in 2019, announces that it has secured all necessary regulatory approvals and has begun importing and installing ground infrastructure in Kenya.
Telecommunication company Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies to democratize access to digital services in Africa.
In line with its global expansion strategy, leading business support system (BSS) provider for communications service providers (CSPs) Nexign (formerly Peter-Service) has announced that will be focusing on establishing its presence in Africa over the coming months.
Liquid Telecom has extended the availability of Microsoft Azure from the Cape to Cairo, continuing its lead in the African cloud revolution.
Twiga Foods, a Kenyan mobile phone platform that sells bananas and other produce from small-scale farmers to local vendors and markets is offering local farmers access to a transparent marketplace.
Intelsat S.A., has announced that Vodacom Mozambique has signed an agreement for a satellite solution that will provide 3G services that uniquely satisfy the growing data demand generated by the tourism sector.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Africell Holdings Limited have signed a commitment letter for $100 million to expand access to telecommunications in Africa.
Telkom Kenya has appointed Mr. Mugo Kibati as its new Chief Executive Officer.
In the recent years, South Africa has continued to prove that it is one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets in Africa. The country has become a key global hub for investment, innovation and research.
PCI Pal, the secure payment solutions provider to contact centres, has signed its first South African reseller contract with telecommunications and customer engagement solutions company, Ninzi-Connect.
As Kenya continues to cement its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse, it has been on a charm offensive targeting African and global public and private players.
Cell C has announced the appointment of Zafar ‘Zaf’ Mahomed as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.
London based software technology company Fiskl has partnered with Vodacom Group to introduce a host of mobile and digital technology solutions to South Africa's small businesses.
Vodacom and Telkom have concluded a long-term, multi billion rand agreement whereby Telkom will obtain roaming and facilities leasing services from Vodacom with full effect from June 2019.
Redington Kenya Ltd – Telecom Distribution has officially introduced the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max in Kenya
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has today announced that the availability of the new Nokia 7.1 in Kenya.
Telecommunication company Safaricom has launched M-PESA Global a new and revolutionary service that opens up M-PESA to the world.
Safaricom’s True Value to the Kenyan society has increased by 12% to KES543 billion during its last financial year.This was 9.8 times more than the financial profit the company made during the same period.
MTN Group has announced its Sudan operation as the winner of this year’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care employee volunteerism programme. The programme, which ran for 21 days in June, saw over 9000 employees across the company’s footprint dedicating their time and efforts to uplifting local communities.
Telkom Kenya has announced plans to send home 500 employees as part of its workforce restructuring exercise.
Safaricom has today opened its new retail outlet in Eldoret town as part of its regional expansion strategy to reach customers in the regions.
Safaricom is this week marking its 18th anniversary since the official launch on October 23rd, 2000. As part of 18th-anniversary celebrations that began this week, the mobile operator today unveiled a new brand campaign targeted at reinforcing its commitment to customers.
Telecom Egypt has signed a $500million medium-term syndicated loan, which will be used to support its capital and operational expenditure and refinance an existing short-term facility.
The total revenue earned by mobile service providers increased by 8.5 per cent to Ksh 252.3 billion, approximately $2.5 billion, in the past twelve months to June 2018, the latest ICT sector statistic report released by the industry regulator indicates.
Small and medium sized businesses in Kenya represents 75 per cent of the country's workforce, constitute 98 percent of all businesses in Kenya and contribute 3 percent to the national purse.
Vodacom South Africa is partnering with device manufacturers to introduce the next chapter in the evolution of the Vodacom network, Enhanced Voice Services (EVS) – also known as Super High Definition (SHD) voice or HD Voice+ in a live commercial network.
Equitel processed 87.9 million mobile commerce transactions between April 2018 and June 2018, up from 77.6 million transactions in the preceding quarter, representing a 13 per cent increase. At the same time the value of mobile commerce transactions increased to Ksh328.2 billion, a 13 per cent increase from Ksh290.3 billion that was processed over the same period.
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced the availability of the Nokia 6.1 Plus in Kenya. The Nokia 6.1 Plus joins the Android One family of Nokia smartphones and will be available for of Ksh. 31,900.
Operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications Intelsat, and Q-KON announced that Q-KON will introduce new, multiple high-speed broadband services powered by the IntelsatOne Flex for Enterprise platform.
Kenyans will from today start paying more for Safaricom voice calls and data. Safaricom in a statement sent out yesterday said this was as a result of the increased taxes passed in the Finance Act 2018.
Cytonn Investments has released their annual Cytonn Corporate Governance Report – 2018, “Cytonn CGR”, which demonstrated that firms with higher levels of corporate governance outperformed those with lower levels of corporate governance.
Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Wellington Makamure as the new Regional CEO of Southern Africa, placing him in charge of four key markets in the region.
Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has appointed Adil Youssefi as the new Regional CEO of East Africa, where he will oversee five key markets in the region.
Airtel Nigeria, leading telecommunications services provider, has announced a strategic partnership with Coverage Broadband, a subsidiary of Phase 3 Telecom, to launch 3flix mobile TV service in Nigeria.
The possibility of free trade within Africa is an ongoing one, to which several African countries have pledged their support and signed their agreements. Though Nigeria has shown caution in joining The Agreement, its one champion is Aliko Dangote, Nigerian industrialist and wealthiest African.
Kenya’s postal service provider the Kenya Postal Corporation of Kenya is eyeing a deal with American e-commerce company Amazon that will see it become their official logistics in the country.
Growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is projected to rebound to an average of 2% in 2018, up from an average 1.4% in 2017 according to a new World Bank report.
The Central Bank of Nigeria has asked the court not to grant an injunction that will stop the MTN Group from transferring the disputed $8.1bn back to the country, and wants the company to pay 15 per cent annualised interest on the sum until judgment is given, and 10 per cent from then until the whole amount is paid.
October is already proving to be a great month for the South African business and economy, maybe even greater. With only a week into the month, three South Africans have been appointed for senior positions in the ICT, aviation and engineering sectors.
Colin E. MUKETE, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MTN Cameroon, has announced on behalf of the Board, the appointment of Mr. Hendrik KASTEEL to the position of Chief Executive Officer of MTN Cameroon, effective 17 September 2018.
Cross-network mobile money transfer between Safaricom and Telkom went live in Kenya on Thursday. This came as the country’s main telcos come together to roll out mobile money transfer interoperability that commenced in March this year.
Orange says its mobile money solution is also now available in 17 countries reaching more than $30 billion in transactions in 2017.
Kenya telecommunication company Safaricom has partnered with the Kenya Alliance of Residents Association to increase security in member estates with pilot surveillance project launched in Ngei Estate phase 2, Langata.
Kenya’s telecommunication company Safaricom has been recognized as a Global Compact LEAD company for its ongoing commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business.
MTN Uganda in partnership with Mastercard and United Bank for Africa have announced a new service that will enable quicker, safer and more convenient online payments globally.
The renewed partnership between Astria Learning, a global e-learning solutions provider and Zambia’s telecommunications company, MTN Zambia has seen a larger percentage of Zambia’s economically challenged young adults obtain a college level education online.
Communication Authority of Kenya has directed mobile operators switch off all unregistered SIM cards on their networks with immediate effect.
This week, the ever aggressive South African business world has seen two major companies, Vivo energy and Naspers all set to list on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
Mergers, expansions, partnerships, taxation controversy and delays at major installations have dominated Kenya’s headlines this week.
Vodacom Eastern Cape region has embarked on a crucial network investment drive in that province and has already invested R300 million, about $21 million, over the past three years to ramp up network investment in deep rural areas of the Eastern Cape.
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, has named South African startup Wala as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion, as well as the regional winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.
Safaricom has received Tier III Design Certification from Uptime Institute for the Thika Data Center, thus joining elite data centers in the world to be certified by the leading Data Center Authority.
Tanzania’s digital lifestyle company Tigo, has heightened the availability of ultra-fast digital experience for data customers in the country with the launch of 4G+ network.
Telecom Egypt has announced the conclusion of the acquisition of Middle East and North Africa Submarine Cable, MENA Cable, from Orascom Investment Holding.
Global telecommunication firm VueTel has announced it that plans to continue its $1.2 million investment to expand its wholesale voice and data services to help U.S. companies better connect with African countries.
Telecommunication company Orange and MainOne Cable Company have signed an agreement allowing for a major investment by Orange in the West Africa submarine cable system, MainOne.
ADvTECH has announced the acquisition of Monash South Africa (MSA), a leading South African private tertiary education institution with students from more than 50 countries.
The leading mobile network operator, Vodacom Tanzania has signed a partnership deal with Google to give customers the option to pay for content on the Google Play Store using Vodacom Airtime balance.
Comsol Networks, a leading provider of enterprise-grade wireless infrastructure, and Samsung South Africa have lit up Vilakazi Street in Soweto with a live 5G pilot network.
Opera and Worldreader, the global nonprofit that believes everyone can be a reader, announced on the International Literacy Day that African mobile users have spent more than 4 millions hours of reading books on their mobile phones in 2018.
Vodacom region has announced that it has invested over a quarter of a billion rands on capital expenditure over the past two years, targeted primarily at expanding its 3G and 4G footprint.