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IFC Village Phone program wins CEO Gender Award

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

Landmark online platform launched to combat clampdown on civil society
Landmark online platform launched to combat clampdown on civil society

JOHANNESBURG, SA: Too many governments are blatantly getting away with enacting repressive restrictions on civil society and diminishing the freedoms of expression, assembly and association, CIVICUS: World Alliance of Citizen Participation said yesterday, 21 February 2011, while launching its landmark Civil Society Watch Online platform.

22 Feb 2011

Egypt: Revolution busts Mubarak's media monopoly
Egypt: Revolution busts Mubarak's media monopoly

An essential part of former dictator Hosni Mubarak's strategy was controlling the media. However, over the last decade, access to television stations such as Al-Jazeera and to a lesser extent Al Arabiya, not to mention increasing Internet in Egypt, has meant losing his grip on the media. Now there's a chance for free and independent media to take root.

By Simon Allison 14 Feb 2011

ME conference opens with call to protect journalists
ME conference opens with call to protect journalists

DUBAI, UAE: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) opened its annual Middle East Conference this week by calling on authorities to protect journalists covering the ongoing demonstrations in the region and to allow the press to fulfil its role in providing free and credible news.

10 Feb 2011

IWMF condemns attack on journalists
IWMF condemns attack on journalists

WASHINGTON DC, US: The International Women's Media Foundation strongly condemns the violence against international media covering the historic events unfolding in Egypt.

8 Feb 2011

Journalists under physical assault in Egypt
Journalists under physical assault in Egypt

NEW YORK: Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak began violently attacking journalists reporting on the streets of Cairo on Wednesday, 2 Febraury 2011, a shift in tactics from recent media censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. CPJ has called on the Egyptian military to provide protection for journalists.

3 Feb 2011

Vimpelcom board backs revised Sawiris deal

MOSCOW: Vimpelcom on Monday, 17 January 2011, said its board had approved a revised deal for Egyptian magnate Naguib Sawiris' telecom assets that will create the world's sixth-largest mobile phone carrier by number of subscribers.

18 Jan 2011

Mobinil, Alcatel-Lucent introduce mobile ad service

PARIS / CAIRO: Egypt's Mobinil and Alcatel-Lucent have entered into a partnership that will see the mobile provider's subscribers receiving interactive advertising in line with their personal interests.

3 Dec 2010

Smartphones dominate mobile traffic worldwide
Smartphones dominate mobile traffic worldwide

LONDON, UK: Smartphone users are generating two-thirds of total mobile cellular traffic* worldwide despite the fact that only 13% of mobile subscribers use smartphones, according to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media (

3 Nov 2010

Research reveals changes in online behaviour

Digital Life, a global research project into people's online activities and behaviour has revealed significant findings as well as indicators for the future of the world's online behaviour. The research covered 88% of the world's online population through 50,000 interviews with consumers in 46 countries.

By Carole Kimutai 3 Nov 2010

Egypt: New media regulations ahead of elections
Egypt: New media regulations ahead of elections

CAIRO: According to the International Press Institute (IPI), Egyptian authorities have introduced a host of new regulations ahead of parliamentary elections, to be held on 29 November 2010, in an apparent attempt to clamp down on independent media.

19 Oct 2010

Press freedom deteriorates in pre-election Egypt
Press freedom deteriorates in pre-election Egypt

NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed its alarm at the deterioration of press freedoms in Egypt ahead of November's parliamentary elections and next year's presidential vote. In particular, it is concerned over the firing on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 of Ibrahim Eissa, the editor-in-chief and founder of the independent daily Al-Dustour.

15 Oct 2010

Egypt media needs permit for SMS news

CAIRO: The telecommunications regulator is asking Egyptian news services to obtain a licence before sending news alerts in cellphone text messages, newspapers reported on Tuesday (12 October 2010).

13 Oct 2010

CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative
CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative

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

Global mobile advertising industry grows by 61% in Q2
Global mobile advertising industry grows by 61% in Q2

SINGAPORE: BuzzCity, the global mobile media company, on 6 July 2010 released the results of its Global Mobile Advertising Index for Q2 2010, with South Africa in fourth place, sporting an impressive 65% increase in ad banners served, while Kenya reported a massive 243% increase for the period. The Kenya growth, while impressive was the third largest growth percentage after Vietnam, which reported a 273% increase. Meanwhile Ghana showed a massive 654% growth rate, although it was off a low base.

7 Jul 2010

Egypt approves France Telecom purchase of Mobinil

CAIRO: Egypt's financial regulator has approved the sale of the Egyptian telecom giant Mobinil to France Telecom's Orange, the official MENA agency has said.

14 Dec 2009

Egypt's MobiNil confident of further growth

MobiNil, Egypt's largest mobile phone operator by subscribers, said it would continue to experience robust growth despite the global economic crisis.

9 Dec 2008

Mobile web usage in Egypt continues to rise

Mobile web usage in Egypt has continued on a surprising rise since its debut last month in the top countries for Opera Mini usage. The country displaces the UK and Poland in Opera's State of the Mobile Web report for the mobile web.

25 Nov 2008

Egypt bans GPS capable mobile phones

As more phones come with built-in GPS capabilities, importing smartphones into Egypt is proving increasingly difficult - thanks to local laws which restrict the use of GPS without a license.

13 Oct 2008

Egypt's first SMS divorce?

An Egyptian woman is seeking clarification from a court on whether her husband's declaration of divorce by text message is legally valid, a state-run newspaper reported.

14 Jan 2008

African nations agree to $1 billion Indian satellite project

A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest $1 billion in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

30 Nov 2007

Nigeria launches DVB-H mobile TV

Nigeria has beaten South Africa in the roll-out of the DVB-H mobile TV... Details Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa's local business partner in Nigeria, recently launched Africa's first commercial mobile broadcast TV service in the city of Abuja.

30 Aug 2007

Covering Africa's elections and promoting press freedom by phone

Mobile phones have revolutionised communication in Africa - even during elections.

30 Jul 2007

VoIP goes mobile
VoIP goes mobile

Cape Town-based telecommunications company, Yeigo, is one of the first companies worldwide to have developed mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), enabling it to offer cheaper and even free mobile calls.

4 Jun 2007

Egypt gets Nseries handsets
Egypt gets Nseries handsets

Mobile phone giant Nokia's Enterprise Solutions division has signed a distribution agreement with Egyptian firm Silicon 21 for the distribution of the ‘complete communications device in your pocket'.

28 May 2007

Roam freely with new global SIM

letsroamTM Limited has launched its new global SIM card which provides free roaming in over 50 countries and operates in over 90. The service simply requires the customer to replace the SIM in their unlocked GSM phone before travelling.

3 May 2007

Chinese company wins major Ethiopian contract

China's Zhongxing Telecom Corporation competed against five other major players to win the lucrative contract that should see a major improvement in northern African state’s communications.

30 Apr 2007