SoLoMo: the glorious intersection of social, location and mobile that was going to superpower hyperlocal search and prove to be the holy grail, allowing retailers and other businesses to attract an army of smartphone-wielding customers. Pretty exciting stuff, especially during an economic downturn, right? In my opinion, quite the contrary.
By Vanessa Clark 23 Jan 2013 11:54
The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.
By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 15:01
Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.
By Staff Reporter 21 Sep 2013 14:25
Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.
By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42
Sweet Spot Content took an authentic story about a fishing boat in Zimbabwe - a story that illustrates how Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is helping local communities - and turned it into a piece of cinema.
Issued by Sweet Spot Content 10 Jun 2013 08:54
More than half of Africa's one billion population has a mobile phone - and not just for talking. The power of telephony is forging a new enterprise culture, from banking to agriculture to healthcare. Africa has experienced an incredible boom in mobile phone use.
By Richard Firth 18 Mar 2013 11:14
TechZim reports that the use of Opera Mini in Zimbabwe has been increasing while the use of other mobile browsers have been declining over the past two months.
7 Nov 2013 12:09
First National Bank's eWallet continues to show strong growth in its African operations with a 119% year-on-year increase. It has also maintained growth in SA with the total number of eWallets in all countries reaching 2.5m‚ an 84% increase from the previous financial year.
By Bekezela Phakathi 28 Oct 2013 10:52
IT Web Africa reports that Zimbabwean mobile operator, Econet Wireless, will soon enable Zimbabweans living in South Africa who use its 'CALL HOME SIM' cards, to load money using their handsets, and send it 'instantly' to an Econet number in Zimbabwe.
29 Aug 2013 11:44
Zimbabwe on Thursday, 30 May 2013, raised by nearly 40% the licence fees for mobile telecommunication operators to $137.5 million from $100 million.
31 May 2013 10:53
Zimbabweans have taken to social media to express their disgust at politically-motivated violence by starting an online group called Blackout Thursday. Every Thursday, the Facebook group members blackout their picture profiles in an effort to promote peace.
18 Mar 2013 14:03
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a telecommunications company listed in Zimbabwe, is to extend its footprint into South Africa, with plans to open a new shop in Johannesburg to serve its Zimbabwean clients.
7 Mar 2013 12:56
Microsoft has announced the opening of 21 web stores for apps and games across several African countries.
18 Dec 2012 12:19
Fundamo, a Visa Inc. company and a global specialist mobile financial service provider, have reported accelerated growth of mobile financial services in Africa. In 2012, Fundamo has launched three new services - FirstMonie with First Bank Nigeria and Celpay with Celpay International in Uganda and Zimbabwe.
13 Nov 2012 10:50
Zimbabweans in South Africa can now enjoy reduced call rates to their country thanks to a new initiative by Econet Wireless and Econet Wireless South Africa.
By Marcus Mushonga 8 Nov 2012 12:33
Zimbabwe's minister of Information Communication Technology, Nelson Chamisa says the country has its eyes on 100% teledensity by year end in order to justify the International Telecommunication Union's compliment of Zimbabwe being one of the fastest growing ICT countries in the world.
By Paul Moyo 1 Nov 2012 11:49
State-owned mobile telephone operator, NetOne has struck a deal with South Africa's MTN to ensure that customers from Zimbabwe can access roaming facilities when visiting the country.
By Marcus Mushonga 21 Sep 2012 11:08
Telecel Zimbabwe, a mobile network operator, has outlined plans to cover upto 85% of the population by the end of 2012.
By Marcus Mushonga 19 Sep 2012 09:53
Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has reportedly become the first cell phone operator to offer its customers a free service to recharge their cell phones.
By Tapiwa Gurajena 12 Sep 2012 12:17
TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.
By Craig Wilson 27 Aug 2012 11:09
In a bid to improve poor mobile network penetration into the country, Zimbabwe has announced a US$24 million tender for the erection of more base stations, the national telecommunications regulator has said.
22 Aug 2012 14:20
Editorial cartoons can be important as signposts of history. They are good too as mirrors of social-political developments in any country. But in a deeply polarised political environment, as was the case in Zimbabwe before the establishment of the inclusive government, editorial cartoons tend to mirror one-sided political ideology while disregarding rationale.
By Knowledge Mushohwe 25 Jul 2012 15:15
Zimbabwean app developers will see their unique ideas for SMS-based mobile applications launched to more than three quarters of the country's 7.7 million mobile subscribers this week at the JumpStart Community event taking place in Harare from tomorrow, 27 March 2012. The app competition will enable winning developers to earn revenue from their apps, which will be launched across Econet Wireless Zimbabwe's network of 6 million subscribers.
26 Mar 2012 10:22
PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has launched its 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme, providing newspaper companies in Sub-Saharan Africa an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms.
13 Mar 2012 10:17
Trustco Mobile's operation in Zimbabwe will be back on track soon, following an interim order handed down by the High Court of Zimbabwe against Econet, a company incorporated in Zimbabwe. Trustco Mobile is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Namibian-listed Trustco Group (TTO), which is also listed on the Africa Board of the JSE.
27 Jul 2011 12:19
HARARE: Zimbabwe's debt saddled and sole fixed landline phone operator, Tel*One, is set to undergo a restructuring exercise which will result in the government losing its majority control in the firm as the commercialisation of loss-making state parastatals gathers pace despite stiff resistance from some officials.
22 Jul 2011 13:38
Neo@Ogilvy's global CEO, New-York based Nasreen Madhany, has been visiting South Africa for a corporate summit, where she talked up the role emerging markets will play in the future profitability of her company.
By Herman Manson: @marklives 5 Jul 2011 13:30
JOHANNESBURG: InMobi, the independent mobile ad network, has released its April 2011 Mobile Insights Report for Africa providing insights on mobile advertising trends on the continent. Data from the report shows that InMobi now serves 4.2 billion impressions a month in Africa, up 21% from 3.5 billion in January 2011.
6 Jun 2011 12:11
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
By Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011 18:55
A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 09:37
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