Mobile & Telecoms

KT Increases African Ambitions Following Rwanda LTE Success

Kigali, Rwanda

Following a successful LTE deployment supported by the government of Rwanda, South Korean operator group KT has pledged to increase connectivity in more African markets. KT stated that it would pursue a similar strategy of working with national ICT authorities on communications infrastructure, with the goal of expediting economic development across the continent. Last month, the Korean operator completed the ...

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Rwanda to host continental #innovationsummit

An instructor shows students how to go about their exercise during the launch of the inaugural Robotics Camp Rwanda in Kigali. Photo by Sam Ngendahimana.

Rwanda will host this year’s edition of the ‘Innovation Prize for Africa’, an annual Pan-African event. According to the event’s organisers, this will be the 7th edition of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) and will be aimed at showcasing African ingenuity as well as recognising and connecting African innovators and entrepreneurs. In a press statement, organisers indicated that ...

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MTN multi-million-dollar spend on ICT upgrades

JOHANNESBURG – MTN Group, the continent’s biggest mobile operator by subscriber base, has invested over R31,4 million (US$2,6 million) in rolling out network and information technology (ICT) across its markets over the past year. Some 8 583 3G sites and 8 611 4G sites were rolled out. “This investment has resulted in a marked improvement in network quality and capacity ...

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Digitalisation is reshaping telcos’ operations

By AKANI CHAUKE JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – TELECOMMUNICATIONS providers must reinvent and provide unmatched experience to customers through digital and innovative products lest they struggle in an increasingly digitalised industry. This is according to a recently released study by advisory firm, Analysys Mason, and Huawei. Entitled, “Digitalisation Reshaping Operations: a new Digital Operational Model for the Future,” it has illustrated how digitalisation ...

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Historic AfricaCom 2017 resumes in South Africa

CAPE TOWN – MORE than 11 000 delegates and 400 exhibitors have converged in Cape Town, South Africa for AfricaCom, the annual premier Pan-African technology, telecoms and media event. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the event endorsed by governments promises to showcase cutting-edge information and communications technology innovations and host high level discussions on speeding Africa’s digital revolution. The ...

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MTN Rwanda redefines mobile internet

by PHYLLIS BIRORI KIGALI – MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of Internet Irekure, a tailored internet prepaid pack. The mobile network provider said the move redefines mobile internet. The Irekure concept for voice calls which was launched in June was introduced to give customers a balance of choice, affordability and flexibility when calling on the MTN network. The offer ...

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AfricaCom20: Sigital disruption equals digital democracy

CAPE TOWN – ACKNOWLEDGING the role financial technology is playing in redefining financial boundaries and opportunity, AfricaCom 2017 has added a specific track focusing on Africa’s financial digital fluency. A host of talks, presentations, case studies and prospects around fintech and e-commerce will debut at the event scheduled for November 7-9 in Cape Town. Tom Cuthell, Portfolio Director of AfricaCom organiser ...

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MTN loses top Africa ranking after Nigeria troubles

MTN

LAGOS – SAMSUNG, the electronics firm, has defied the controversy around its flagship model last year to emerge as the continent’s most-admired brand. It has knocked mobile operator, MTN, to that accolade as the South African-headquartered firm still reels from its own mishaps in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy. Regulators fined the company over US$5 billion for its failure to disconnect ...

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Rwanda set to become Africa’s most connected country

Flag of Rwanda

KIGALI – THE lack of access to telecommunication services among Rwandans in the rural areas is set to be a thing of the past with the launch of a solution providing remote populations with the same level of connectivity enjoyed by citizens in developed markets. The initiative is by Vanu Rwanda, a subsidiary of the United States based company. To date ...

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Funding secured to accelerate MTN growth in Iran

MTN Irancell

JOHANNESBURG – IRAN’S leading internet company has announced the closing of a funding round led by MTN Irancell, an entity of the South African-based mobile network operator. The Iran Internet Group (IIG), with several million unique and paid transactions every month, whose ventures include the by far market-leading car hailing platform Snapp, has secured the funding in a move that ...

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