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Ghana Telcos Bear Brunt of Fibre..

By Masahudu Kunateh: Accra — THE Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has reported an upsurge in the incidents of fibre cuts, a setback that is costing local mobile network operators millions of Cedi. According to the chamber, 1 370 fibre cuts were recorded nationwide within the six-month perio.. read more…
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SON to Partner NCC, Telco's On N..

By Femi Adekoya: Wary of the intrigues being played by mobile phone dealers in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), yesterday unveiled plans by the agency and other stakeholders in the telecommunications industry to initiate a system that would remotely reject counterfeit and s.. read more…
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What the Future of African Broad..

London — The subjective experience of using the Internet in Africa has always been a strange one. Having been using it for over 14 years, we know it's got better but it's sometimes hard to see it as anything but frustrating. There's always cost, network or capacity restrictions that pull you down ev.. read more…

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'Not All China Made Phones Are Bad'

By Adeyemi Adepetun Chinese original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Konka telecoms recently launched some of its mobile phone series into the Nigerian market in a bid to deepen competition in the mobile phone market. In this interview with ADEYEMI ADEPETUN, Konka Sales Manager for Africa, Evangelous Hsieh, denies claims that China made phones are bad. He also spoke about the firm's plans for Nig.....read more...

Namibia Joins Africa's Mobile Phone Banking Boom

Namibia is among the few African countries with money account penetration greater than 10%, a study done by rating agency Moody's Investors Service said. Namibia's penetration is 48% while that of South Africa is 58%. In terms of the percentage of use of mobile accounts by those over 15 years, Namibia ranked 10%, Kenya just below 58% and Uganda 38%. Namibia has a penetration of 60% in ter.....read more...

There's One Thing Uber's Technology Can't Replace

By Bankelele On Wednesday, the government agreed to engage in talks with Nairobi taxi owners who had threatened to go on strike if the government did not crack down on Uber, the taxi-hailing service. The announcement came a few days after violence targeting some Uber drivers and their vehicles was reported. Uber has operated in Kenya for just over a year, and traditional taxis can see th.....read more...

Mixed Reactions As Cashless Bus Fare Payment Is Rolled Out in Kigali

By Lydia Atieno Last week, the City of Kigali rolled out an e-fare payment system for public transport users on selected city routes, like the Kanombe-Kigali route. The move is part of its Smart Kigali initiative and efforts geared at green development by cutting down on paper production which hurts the environment. The service that has been running for the past six or so months means that .....read more...

MTN Nigeria's Legal Battles Pile Up

By Gareth Van Zyl Abu Dhabi headquartered telecoms company Etisalat is suing MTN [JSE:MTN] for the second time in under a year in Nigeria. Etisalat confirmed to Bloomberg on Monday that it is suing MTN over the latter's purchase of Nigerian internet provider Visafone Communications. Etisalat said MTN's purchase could create a dominant data services market player in Nigeria, harming compe.....read more...

Drone Technology to Improve Delivery of Medical Supplies

By Collins Mwai Delivery of medical supplies across the country is set to improve in coming months following an agreement between the government and an American firm to introduce remotely piloted aircrafts, popularly known as 'drones.' The agreement, signed between the Ministries of Youth and ICT, and that of Health on the government side and Zipline, an American robotics company, will see .....read more...

No Computer Skills, No Promotion, Govt Tells Workers

By Favour Nnabugwu The Federal Government has ordered civil servants in the country to develop computer skills or forfeit their promotions. The government said the order became necessary because it would soon switch from biro-to-paper examinations to computer-based exams for onward promotions and advancement in the civil service. The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, HoS, Mrs .....read more...

Social Media Will Not Out-Compete us - Journalists

By Chris Tusiime With the growing influence of social media, a several journalists and media scholars last Wednesday converged at Makerere University to devise means of dealing with its impact on their profession. Speaking at a dialogue organised by the French embassy in Uganda, in partnership with the department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, it was acknowledged th.....read more...

ICT Firm Adapts to Challenges

By Tintswalo Baloyi Johannesburg — ADAPT-IT, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed provider of specialised software solutions, has released a satisfactory set of results for the half-year ended December 31. Turnover was up 19 percent to R310 million (2014: R261 million) while operating profit increased 50 percent to R53 million (2014: R35 million). Geographically, turnover from South .....read more...

Why Cell C Is Fighting for Unregulated Over-the-Top Services

By Stuart Lewis Before last week's parliamentary portfolio committee meetings on over-the-top (OTT) services regulation, Cell C released a statement by its CEO Jose dos Santos that said that "Vodacom and MTN have declared war on consumer interests" in a bid to maintain "their stranglehold on a vital artery feeding [South Africa]'s economic and social future". But why is Cell C alone among the .....read more...