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
WATERLOO, US: As well as in Europe and the middle East, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in 30 African countries.
25 Mar 2011 10:50
The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.
15 Mar 2011 13:19
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
By Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011 13:15
WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, 8 March 2011, International Women's Day, Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, participated as special guest speaker at a ceremony at the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) headquarters, where the Village Phone program received the annual IFC CEO Gender Award for outstanding achievement in promoting women in business.
10 Mar 2011 08:55
Zimbabwe's telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile phone network operators to penalise subscribers who have not yet complied with a directive to register their personal details ahead of a 28 February 2011 deadline.
By Dumisani Ndlela 31 Jan 2011 09:42
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has begun a process to roll out telecommunication services to rural areas through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has been idle for years.
By Dumisani Ndlela 27 Jan 2011 13:49
Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.
By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011 11:50
Zimbabwe's largest mobile telecoms company, Econet Wireless, is increasingly resorting to litigation to recover huge debts owed by defaulting customers.
By Hendricks Chizhanje 11 Jan 2011 07:25
NetOne Cellular, the country's smallest cellular network operator by subscribers, has threatened to name and shame its post-paid customers with outstanding bills as it battles to free itself from a financial quagmire.
By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Dec 2010 10:15
Zimbabwe's Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) says it has opened investigations into alleged abuse of monopoly by the state-owned fixed-line telephone service operator, TelOne. In a public notice, CTC said it would embark on the investigation in terms of the Competitions Act.
By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Nov 2010 13:15
Zimbabwe's smallest cellular network operator NetOne Cellular is wriggling to extricate itself from a financial crisis, with sources indicating the company had punched a financial black hole after being deserted by contract subscribers last year.
By Dumisani Ndlela 25 Oct 2010 08:55
ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.
16 Sep 2010 10:35
HARARE: Zimbabwe's largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has secured a US$60 million loan facility from Swedish export credit agency EKN to expand its infrastructure, the firm said on Wednesday (11 August 2010).
13 Aug 2010 08:54
Econet Wireless has unveiled brand new Isuzu vehicles to persuade unregistered subscribers to register their lines with the network under new regulations.
By Dumisani Ndlela 28 Jun 2010 09:12
Orascom Telecom has spurned members of an investment consortium bidding for shareholding in Telecel Zimbabwe and instead proposed a listing of its Zimbabwean unit on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).
By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Jun 2010 09:33
Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has given mobile phone users up to 31 August 2010 to register personal details with their operators, failure of which would result in the disconnection of their lines.
By Dumisani Ndlela 15 Jun 2010 10:25
Ericsson plans to expand Econet's existing network, which to date has approximately four million subscribers. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the expansion of the Core and Access (2G and 3G) networks as well as key business support system delivery. Ericsson will also provide transport and transmission technologies and services such as system integration and business consultancy.
11 Jun 2010 09:38
Zimbabwe's mobile phone network operator NetOne has begun rolling out fan parks across the country ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by South Africa in June.
By Dumisani Ndlela 19 May 2010 08:50
Recent reports of MTN's talks with Orascom Telecom have triggered speculation the telecommunications firm could finally buy the Egyptian group's Zimbabwean asset, Telecel Zimbabwe.
By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Apr 2010 07:23
Zimbabwe's telecommunications battle was normally one for the mobile telecommunications networks, but recently, other players are entering the fray. Technological advances have meant that players can easily provide services that their licences restrict them from offering, albeit through the “technological backdoor”.
By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Apr 2010 11:01
Zimbabwe's landline network operator TelOne has launched a surprise campaign to seize a share of the country's mobile phone market.
By Dumisani Ndlela 19 Apr 2010 11:17
MTN's planned acquisition of a 49% stake in Zimbabwe's state-owned cellular network NetOne could collapse after revelations some members of the inclusive government are opposed to its privatisation.
By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Mar 2010 08:33
MTN, has signed a confidentiality agreement with Zim state-owned cellular network, NetOne, as the South Africa-based mobile company moved closer to acquiring a key stake in the Zimbabwean company. Sources in Harare said MTN had wound up its due diligence on NetOne and was expected to place its final bid soon.
By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Mar 2010 08:42
Nyasha Mudonhi last week rushed to buy a Telecel (Zimbabwe) line after news of a bargain on international calls. He already owns an Econet Wireless mobile line, but says he will now possess two lines because of the different benefits from each of the networks.
By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Feb 2010 09:38
Zimbabwe could become an attractive telecom investment destination in the next five years.
By Evan Pickworth 22 Feb 2010 09:45
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris' Orascom Telecom-controlled Telecel Zimbabwe is earmarked for a listing on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) in a move meant to raise additional capital and broaden the shareholder base.
By Dumisani Ndlela 5 Feb 2010 07:05
MTN yesterday, 6 January 2010, declined to comment on reports that it is eyeing a stake in Zimbabwean cellular firm NetOne. MTN said it would not comment on projects on which its acquisitive team were working.
By Ure Kamhunga 7 Jan 2010 10:50
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