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July 2011 Blog Posts (19)

Africa / Orange and Google partner to speed up the spread of innovative SMS-based services in Africa

Orange and Google have signed a partnership that aims to facilitate access to Google’s innovative services across Africa by leveraging Orange’s networks. This will enable Orange’s mobile customers to stay in touch with their Google services and Google users to extend their network by using SMS-based services.

•          The “Gmail SMS Chat” service, which will eventually be launched across Orange’s footprint in Africa and the Middle East, is already…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 28, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Forum: Do providers in Africa deliver enough to make the mobile internet a workable reality?

Many African business professionals make use of mobile internet through smartphones. Do internet providers and mobile operators in Africa deliver enough to make the mobile internet a workable reality? Or are there still investments to be made and work to be done?

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Forum: Do internet providers and mobile operators in Africa deliver enough to make the mobile internet a workable reality?

In our weekly online magazine Africa Business Communities News we publish a forum.

We would like you to join next week's forum. This is the question:



Many African business professionals make use of mobile internet through smartphones. Do internet providers and mobile operators in Africa deliver enough to make the mobile internet a workable reality? Or are there still investments to be made and work to be done?



Please send your views and vision in…

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Added by Bas Vlugt on July 27, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Orange launches the African Social Venture Prize.

The project aims at promoting social innovation for development, thanks to information and communication technologies, through financial and management support to new businesses.

 

Rewarding ventures using technology for development purposes

 

The African Social Venture Prize will reward three projects or enterprises addressing needs of the ‘bottom of pyramid’ market in Africa through technology.

The digital projects range from e-health and…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 26, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Bharti Airtel signs five year managed services agreement with Ericsson for its Africa operations

Bharti Airtel, ("Airtel") a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa today announced a five year managed services agreement with Ericsson (NASDA!Q:ERIC) for its Africa operations. As per the agreement, Ericsson will manage and optimise Airtel's mobile networks in Africa in order to provide a superior customer experience.


Under a separate two year agreement, Ericsson will modernize and upgrade Airtel's mobile networks…
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Added by Linda Larbie on July 22, 2011 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Vodacom reveals up to 43% savings on new data pricing

Vodacom today revised its data services structure and pricing which will see contract data customers reap savings of up to 43% and get double their data for free with Night Owl, moving the effective savings to as high as 72%.

The move means that from 1 August customers will pay less for accessing the Internet. Customers will now pay as little as 7 cents per MB for data consumption.

"Vodacom's change to red brought with it the promise of real changes to the network, customer…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 21, 2011 at 12:37pm — No Comments

MTN Mobile Money and UT Bank pay first Insurance Premium in three days

MTN Ghana and UT life today paid their first insurance premium of GH¢ 1,945 to a subscriber within 72 hours of submission of the relevant documents for claims. With this speed of delivery, ‘Mi-Life’, a Mobile Insurance Service which provides cover in the event of death of the subscriber or his next of kin, has demonstrated strong commitment to their promise of paying claims within 10 working days.

Emelia Sena Adjei, who has been on the service for only one month, was the proud…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 20, 2011 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Omidyar Network Commits $5 Million to Government Accountability in Africa

My Voice, Our Community’ campaign to support tools that empower citizens

Omidyar Network announced today a new two-year, US$5million commitment to fund organizations that foster government transparency and accountability in Africa. The ‘My Voice, Our Community’ campaign will invest in innovative organizations that use technology to give citizens a voice in their community by connecting individuals to information and others who share their interests, and by providing them the tools to…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 19, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments

South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya key players in the African ICT sector

South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya will be the key players in the African ICT sector in the next five years. A survey conducted by Africa Business Panel among 800 business professionals involved with Africa shows that these 3 countries were earmarked as the continent’s favourites when it comes to the future of the ICT sector.



Ghana, Egypt, Rwanda, Botswana, Angola, Uganda and Zimbabwe are the runners…

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Added by Bas Vlugt on July 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Mobile Chilli Completes Deal With Leading Music Labels For South African Mobile Download Service

Mobile Chilli is launching its enormously popular mobile download service in South Africa, thanks to a deal completed today with major music labels including EMI, Universal, Warners, Sony & Ministry Of Sound.

The deal with the music publishers allows Mobile Chilli to provide mobile owners across South Africa access to the latest releases, new albums and best-selling hits from many of the world's most popular music acts and artists.

Mobile Chilli is one of the world's leading…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 18, 2011 at 8:23pm — No Comments

“Etisalat Zantel” & “EMS” to launch the first of its kind Apps Store in Africa

“ Etisalat” hаѕ partnered wіth Smartphone company “EMS” tο develop a nеw movable Application Store fοr Blackberry customers. Launching initially іn Tanzania whеrе Etisalat operates under thе name οf Zantel, thе ɡο іѕ a first fοr Sub Saharan Africa.

Thе Zantel Blackberry App Store wіƖƖ give customers access tο a wide range οf content including entertainment, games, Instant Messaging, social networking, news, weather аnԁ working tools such аѕ word/ calendar.

Mr. Essa Al Haddad,…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 13, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Bharti Airtel announces agreement with IBM for IT solutions to employees across 16 African countries

Bharti Airtel and IBM jointly announced a 10-year agreement to provide comprehensive IT solutions to its employees across 16 African countries. In terms of the agreement, IBM will provide a standard operating environment, ‘help desk’ and ‘desk side’ support to enhance employee efficiency and convenience. Today's announcement builds on a strategic partnership signed in late 2010 to manage the computing technology and services to power Airtel’s mobile communications network spanning 16 African… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on July 12, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Mobile Service and service quality

The number of people around the world who will pick up the phone today and make a call is staggering. Yet their goal is to communicate, which means they need to hear, and be heard, clearly.

Poor service provision by mobile operators is generally considered to be a result of lack of investment in network upgrades and has become a source of concern in many African countries where customers are losing money on uncompleted calls.

Call-rate reductions have produced nothing but…

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Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on July 11, 2011 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

Land Management Information System

Looking for Companies To parner with in a tender to " REVIEW CURRENT LAND INFORMATION SYSTEM AND TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP A NEW COMPUTERISED SYSTEM FOR MINISTRY OF LANDS" If interested email me @ jt@silzambia.com

Added by Julius T Chibanga on July 7, 2011 at 9:08am — No Comments

MTN launches Qhubeka partnership, a greening and transport initiative

Working in partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust and Qhubeka, MTN Business aims to address the various socio-economic challenges which face the multitude of disadvantaged communities across the country. One child, one tree and one bicycle at a time.

Qhubeka which means to ‘move forward’, is a corporate social investment project which aims to help rural communities by providing bicycles to children…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 6, 2011 at 5:18pm — No Comments

“Take social media seriously or lose power” – CEO of CTO advises African leaders

African leaders have been invited to take social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, more seriously or potentially lose power. This was a view expressed by the CEO of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, at the recently- concluded UN workshop on e-Leadership in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The CTO Head cited how social media networks have played a role in North Africa and the Middle East in helping to overthrow governments and regimes. He argued…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 6, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

New Mobile Licenses Offer Foothold in Small but Growing Market, Pyramid Finds

Cameroon maintains its rare status as one of the few countries in Africa with only two major mobile network operators; however, an auction for two additional mobile licenses that is slated to happen by the end of 2011 could significantly impact the telecom landscape, according to a new report from Pyramid Research .

 

Cameroon: New Mobile Licenses Offer Foothold in Small but Growing Market offers a precise profile of the country’s telecommunications, media and technology…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 5, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

African VAS Leaders Prepare to Set Strategies for Monetizing Africa’s Growing Value Added Services Ecosystem

Tomorrow, over 200 African value added service leaders will gather in Johannesburg at Africa’s only dedicated VAS conference and exhibition, VAS Africa. Their agenda for the 2 days is to establish strategies, set best practice benchmarks and find innovative ways of monetizing Africa’s growing value added services ecosystem.

The value added services market in Africa is booming but the market’s unique specificities call for a fresh approach from operators, solutions suppliers and…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 4, 2011 at 8:25pm — No Comments

African ICT Summit 2011

Regional integration is the focus of The 2nd ICT Africa Summit in Tshwane

The 2nd ICT Africa Summit will be held in Tshwane (formerly known as Pretoria) – South Africa, 24 – 26 October 2011 at the CSIR International Convention Centre

After the successful 2010 summit in Cape Town was attended by representatives from more than 12 African countries and international guests, the 2nd ICT Africa Summit will continue to focus on regional integration through ICT.

The 2011…

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Added by Linda Larbie on July 4, 2011 at 8:22pm — No Comments

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