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Innovation is the key to keep Africa moving forward

NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 June 2017, – In the wake of Africa month it’s easy to be proud of all that we are achieving as a continent. According to the African Development Bank, Africa is the continent with the world’s second fastest growing economy. There’s little doubt that our vibrant continent is making great strides towards a bright future, with our economy expected to grow by 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018, according to research in the African Outlook Report. Children are being left behind But the 110 million children…

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New chairperson for telecoms companies – AIM

The shareholders of Mozambique’s two publicly owned telecommunications companies, TDM (which runs the network of fixed lines), and the mobile telephony company MCel, met on Thursday and elected Mohamed Reafique Jusob as chairperson of the board of directors of both companies. The shareholders also confirmed the principle of merging the two companies into one, in line with government policy towards the telecommunications sector. Rafique was Deputy Minister of Industry Trade and Tourism between 1994 and 2000. From 2000 to 2010 he was the general director of the government’s Investment Promotion…

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Kaspersky Lab Introduces New Partner Program in Africa to Drive Business Growth for Managed Security Services Providers

Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) has launched a new partner program in Africa, aimed at managed service providers (MSPs) that already offer security services or would like to add them to their current portfolio. The program helps MSPs to address the growing demand for IT security services and enables them to attract new customers in the SMB markets, while satisfying existing customers looking to outsource all IT functions, including security, to a trusted third-party. Riaan Badenhorst, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab Africa says: “Kaspersky Lab’s MSP Program was created specifically to meet the…

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Digital Economy to Create over 3m Jobs, as Nigeria, Others Discuss Road Map in Geneva

It has emerged that financial services within Nigeria’s digital economy could add US$88 billion and create over 3 million new jobs over the next 10 years GENEVA, Switzerland, April 25, 2017/ — It has emerged that financial services within Nigeria’s digital economy could add US$88 billion and create over 3 million new jobs over the next 10 years. This comes as Ministers from developing countries namely Nigeria, Mexico, Kenya, Argentina, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica and Pakistan under the auspices of Friends of E-Commerce for Development (FED) resolved…

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FAMOCO announces its partnership with Orange Cameroon to improve the efficiency of their distribution network

FAMOCO, the leader in secure professional Android devices, announces a major commercial partnership with Orange Cameroon. A strategic choice by Orange to increase the efficiency of its distribution network (reduce fraud, theft and loss of data) and to meet compliance needs. Orange is using FAMOCO’s technology to accelerate the digitization of distribution in Africa by equipping agents in the field. The technology helps to better identify buyers, increase agent efficiency and address the problems of data theft and loss. “Consumers in Africa do not have physical stores to purchase phones…

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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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