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Jumia Nigeria unveils its third white paper on African Mobile Trends 2017

Jumia Nigeria is pleased to present the 2017 edition of the African Mobile Trends Paper. This is the third white paper presentation from Jumia delving into mobile trends across Africa and specifically Nigeria. The study takes a look at the how the market has democratized mobile internet use, the consumer behaviors driving increased smartphone adoption and the role of mobile brands, mobile operators and m-commerce in creating a synergy of an enhanced customer experience. This year’s Mobile Africa Study was carried out in 15 African countries which generate more than…

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Vodafone Egypt launches new app for blind and visually impaired customers

In an attempt to reach a wider sector of customers, Vodafone Egypt launched a new mobile application for blind and visually impaired users called “E3rafli” (an Arabic word for “Find out for me”) to help them recognize basic things and services through their mobile phones. E3rafli can determine the colors, identify the value of Vodafone scratch cards and charge them up easily. Moreover, it will enable customers to recognize each denomination of the Egyptian currency and count it on the go. “The digital solution will enable you to recognize the…

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Low-Cost Smartphones – Key To Digital Radio Success In Africa

If digital radio services are to take-off and be successful in Africa, there is a need for low-cost mobile phones with digital radio receivers to be readily available. This is from Mr Omar Essack CEO of Primedia Broadcasting, South Africa. According to Mr Essack, the digital broadcasting services promise of variety, diversity and choice is, or course, great for the consumer and potentially lucrative to broadcasters. However, the concern is about large-scale consumer take-up of digital radio services in Africa due to the cost of digital radio receivers. To this…

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CAF Looking To Review And ‘Reverse’ 10-Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal With Lagardere

The new boss of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has strongly suggested that the organisation might review the TV broadcast rights awarded to French company Lagardere by his predecessor, Mr. Issa Hayatou. Mr Ahmad Ahmad, from Malagasy, told reporters shortly after assuming office that the terms of the existing deal – that gives Largadere the TV broadcast rights to AFCON for next ten years – do not represent appropriate commercial value. He is of the opinion that the contract, even when the ongoing court actions currently instituted against it…

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Kwese Partners With Safaricom To Deliver Video Content To Customers

Kwese TV and Safaricom have agreed on a video content distribution partnership that will see Kwese offer some of its premium content to subscribers of Safaricom – the Kenyan mobile operator. Kwese TV will provide access to some of its blockbuster ccontent such as VICELAND, NBA Basketball, the English Premier League as well as some music and lifeshow content. Commenting on this partnership, a senior executive from Safaricom said: “as video evidently becomes the future of mobile networks, the agreement with Kwese will help cement Safaricom’s position as the industry…

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Ghana’s RLG Wins 31 Million Dollars Contract To Produce Digital Set-Top Boxes

The Ghanian-owned RLG have been awarded the contract to manufacture and deliver Set-Top Boxes for the Nigerian DSO programme. The contract is valued to the tune of 31million US Dollars. RLG will work with a local partner – Adulawo Technology Company. The Government of Nigeria affirms that the Nigerian Digital Switchover programme is fully on course, and that the contract award to RLG and its Nigerian partner is a testament to that ‘fact’.

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Tigo Launches First State-of-the-Art Call Centre in Tanzania

Tigo (www.Tigo.co.tz), Tanzania’s leading Digital Lifestyle company, has announced the opening of a new state of the art Call Centre, the first of its kind in the country. Boasting the latest technology, the Call Centre complete with embedded data security measures to protect customer information and identity, has been designed to offer Tigo customers dedicated world-class service. Migrating from E1 to the latest in Call Centre technology – the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), allows for wide range of functionality and agility necessary to service Tigo’s dynamic 10 million-strong, and growing, loyal customer…

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Bringing connectivity to the entire world

In a world where you can make a Skype call to other countries via a watch on your wrist; where it’s possible to create a prosthetic hand by printing it; and where self-driving cars are starting to roam our streets, it seems bizarre that so many of the world’s population have never experienced the internet or been able to make a phone call. We typically see the technological divide as the gap between the developed and the emerging world. With this view, one expects that everyone in the US and…

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Ecobank plans to use its app to make traditional bank accounts relevant in Africa

For the past 15 years, the growth of mobile phones in Africa has helped fill the void poor banking infrastructure has created – with the technology being used to address the needs of the unbanked. For example, east Africa’s mobile money platform M-Pesa has allowed users to store and transfer money digitally via their phones; Zoona in Malawi and Zambia uses mobile phones and a network of kiosks to enable consumers to easily transfer money; and Kenya’s Tala offers microloans by analysing the data on an individual’s smartphone and determining…

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Critical infrastructure protection gets a boost with Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 23, 2017/ — Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) has announced the global availability of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Energy (https://ICS.Kaspersky.com), a vertical advanced package for energy enterprises, based on Kaspersky Lab’s suite for protection of industrial infrastructure. Modern electrical power grids are complex networks, with integrated automation and control functions. However, because they communicate through open protocols, they do not have sufficient built-in cybersecurity functions to combat the increasingly sophisticated range of security threats they face. Kaspersky Lab’s recent report on industrial cybersecurity found that 92% of externally available…

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