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West Africa Cable System officially launched

West Africa Cable System (WACS), the fibre optic cable set to meet demand for fast, efficient broadband in Africa, which links Southern and Western Africa to Europe, commercially launched today in Cape Town, South Africa.

11 May 2012 11:48

MTN Group's subscriber base strengthens

MTN Group recorded 170 573 000 subscribers at 31 March 2012. This is a 3,7% increase for the quarter from 164 501 000 subscribers recorded at 31 December 2011. The group delivered a satisfactory performance notwithstanding continued high levels of competition in key markets.

7 May 2012 12:00

Social media drives mobile broadband revenues in Africa

According to Frost & Sullivan (F&S), a business research and consulting firm, effective regulatory environments have made Nigeria and Ghana among the most dynamic broadband markets in sub-Saharan Africa with over 150 market participants and massive terrestrial infrastructure development.

2 Apr 2012 12:27

Dubai Lynx: Over 2000 entries into 2012 awards

DUBAI, UAE: The 6th Dubai Lynx Awards, one of the premier awards celebrating creative excellence in MENA's advertising and communications industry, has received a total of 2037 entries from 17 countries.

5 Mar 2012 08:33

MTN boosts African Opera Mini users

A special version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, launched by MTN and Opera Software last year to MTN's subscribers, has been met with great enthusiasm by MTN customers across the 15 markets where it's available. In just twelve months, MTN subscribers have increased their use of Opera Mini by 1665%.

27 Feb 2012 13:52

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa. IM and chat messaging clients are incredibly popular on the continent. Applications such as 2go and mobile social networks such as MXit have raised the bar on the possibilities in the mobile and social space in Africa.

21 Feb 2012 11:17

The mobile farming revolution in Africa

For some time now, there has been a growing body of anecdotal evidence to suggest that mobile telephony was having a significant impact on the quality and type of farming that is taking place in Africa. But a recent study conducted by global management consulting, technology and outsourcing services company, Accenture, is providing concrete proof and a deeper understanding of this impact.

By Staff Reporter 16 Feb 2012 09:32

Ghana: MTN renews Ericsson as managed services partner

MTN, the telecommunications company with a presence in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, have announced the extension of its managed services agreement with Ericsson for operation in Ghana.

31 Jan 2012 13:36

Cross-border telephone remittances increase in Africa

More people in Africa's poorest countries have mobile phones than have bank accounts. That reality is spurring mobile service companies to explore how they can capture a share of the potential banking market by enabling migrants from these countries to transfer funds back home to their families.

By Anna McGovern 24 Jan 2012 11:28

Airtel Money re-launches in Ghana

Airtel Ghana, last week, re-launched its mobile money platform, under a new brand name Airtel Money, which has been positioned to provide customers with an efficient alternative to cash transactions and provide millions of Ghanaians with access to banking services for the first time.

19 Dec 2011 08:36

Mobile hotspots in Africa - Q3 2011

In Q3 of 2011 a total of 3.2 billion ads were served across continental Africa. This continues a year of growth across Continental Africa characterised by 135% more traffic compared to 2010. Seven countries drew traffic in excess of 100 million ads served per quarter and three countries (South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya) saw more than half a billion ads served in Q3 2011.

16 Nov 2011 13:48

MTN-TransferTo partnership well underway

TransferTo and the MTN Group last week announced that the implementation of their International Airtime Transfer (IAT) partnership in MTN operating companies is well underway.

14 Nov 2011 12:15

AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive

Bizcommunity.com has suspended the article 'AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive' by Walter Wafula, published on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, pending an investigation in the correctness of the facts. We regret any confusion caused.

By Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011 12:00

Brand Africa Forum to present first Brand Africa 100 awards

Pan-African consumers can now vote for their most admired and valued brands in the inaugural Brand Africa 100 Awards, which coincides with the second annual Brand Africa Forum. The continent's most valued brands will be revealed at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 29 September 2011 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa .

15 Sep 2011 14:25

Airtel Ghana awarded Telecoms Company of the Year 2010

At the recent Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Awards, held in Accra, Airtel Ghana was awarded the "Telecoms Company of the Year 2010" for its effort at transforming the telecommunications industry in Ghana.

30 Aug 2011 09:53

Neo@Ogilvy global CEO talks up role of emerging markets, mobile

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

African mobile advertising market continues growth - InMobi

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

[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

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

Significant shifts in South Africa, Africa's mobile patterns

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

MTN offers life insurance in Ghana

MTN, Africa's most valuable brand, is making it easier for people in Ghana to buy life insurance by offering deals through mobile phones. The telecoms giant has partnered with Hollard Insurance and MFS Africa to bring low-income earners in Ghana a product called mi-life, a mobile money life insurance policy.

By Ray Maota 28 Mar 2011 11:53

RIM launches BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in Europe, ME, Africa

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

Loeries 2011 opens for entries, categories revised

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

Roundup of SxSWSA posts from the weekend

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

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 08:55

MTN ticks infrastructure sharing box in Ghana

Mobile operator MTN Group said on Monday (6 December 2010) that it had delivered on its strategy to embark on an infrastructure sharing initiative through TowerCo Ghana, a joint venture with American Tower Corporation.

9 Dec 2010 07:41

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 (informatm.com/smartphones).

3 Nov 2010 09:53

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 10:35

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 13:16

MTN, Mobile-XL offer XLBrowser to customers

LOS ANGELES: Mobile technology company, Mobile-XL, is partnering with MTN Ghana to provide XLBrowser to MTN's customers. MTN subscribers will have access to services ranging from news, sports, music, email access, chat as well as user-generated content.

22 Feb 2010 09:07

Ericsson deploys new technology for MTN Ghana

MTN Ghana recently deployed Ericsson's latest MSC-S Blade Cluster, which is said to have a capacity significantly compared to that of traditional mobile softswitch voice servers and reduces power consumption by up to 60% per subscriber, providing cost savings for mobile operators.

8 Jan 2010 09:42

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