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Safaricom opens applications for 2017 internship programme

Safaricom opens applications for 2017 internship programme

Kenya’s largest integrated telecommunications outfit, Safaricom has announced applications for its 2017 internship programme are now open The programme, which will now be known as the Safaricom Technology Academy, will see 63 university students selected, with at least 40 being females, and four persons living with disabilities. The selected students will take courses on IP


Safaricom launches ‘fibre for business’ in Kisii town

Kenya’s leading telecommunications company, Safaricom has launched its high-speed Internet service, dubbed Fibre ‘fibre for business’, in Kisii, a town in south-western Kenya. Targeted at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), the service, delivered through fibre, has unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest high-speed data connectivity. The launch means SMEs in Kisii town can now


ntel is now live in Port Harcourt

ntel, Nigeria’s most advanced 4G/LTE mobile network operator, has formally announced the commencement of commercial operations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The network operator commenced commercial operations in the city on December 1, 2016, offering customers free on-network calls and unlimited data. “I am delighted to announce that beginning Thursday December 1, 2016 you can


Nigeria’s Wale Goodluck heads GSMA’s operations in Sub-Saharan Africa

The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has appointed Nigeria’s Mr. Wale Goodluck as head of its operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to IT Telecom Digest, quoting sources familiar with the matter. Mr. Goodluck is to assume office on February 6, 2017 (yesterday), operating from the GSMA sub-Saharan Africa’s headquarters in Nairobi,


Other countries should learn from Kenya’s digital migration process – GSMA

The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has urged regulators and policymakers from other countries to learn from Kenya’s digital migration process. Kenya’s analogue to digital television migration, which involved consideration and implementation of a broad range of issues such as policy, state of the broadcasting market, funding, et al, began in 2006.


Liquid Telecom, GlobalReach launch managed Wi-Fi services for African businesses

Liquid Telecom, a leading independent data, voice and IP Provider in eastern, central and southern Africa, has partnered GlobalReach Technology to launch high-performance managed Wi-Fi services for businesses across Africa. The service enables businesses offering Wi-Fi to their guests to connect and engage with these customers through a branded guest Wi-Fi experience. It offers comprehensive analytics


MTN increases stake in tower operator, IHS Holding

MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunication company, has increased its stake in IHS Holding (“IHS Group”), the largest independent tower operator in Africa, Europe and Middle East, and the tenth largest in the world. Founded in 2001, IHS Group provides services across the full tower value chain – colocation on owned towers, deployment and managed services. It currently operates in


MTN Nigeria’s planned IPO delayed

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest telecommunications company, has delayed plans to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange this year, according to reports from TechCentral. Two years back, MTN Nigeria was slapped a hefty fine by the Nigerian Communications Commission for not disconnecting unregistered subscribers as at when due. As part of the condition to pay


Safaricom provides SMEs in Machakos high-speed Internet

Thanks to Safaricom, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Machakos, a town 63 kilometres southeast of Nairobi, Kenya can now enjoy fast, reliable and affordable connectivity. This was made possible following the launch of Safaricom’s high-speed Internet dubbed Fibre for Business in the Eastern town. Fibre technology has unlimited bandwidth capabilities and offers the fastest


Unsolicited text messages: NCC to fine defaulting telcos ₦5 million

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the independent regulatory body for the Nigerian telecommunications industry, has announced telcos will now be fined ₦5 million over unsolicited text messages. Recall the NCC introduced the Do-Not- Disturb (DND) code – 2442 – last year to allow subscribers bar unsolicited messages from telcos in the country. The telcos were given a directive


eCurrency joins ITU to drive international acceptance of digital currency

eCurrency, a technology provider enabling central banks to authorize and issue digital currency, has joined ITU’s standardization arm, ITU-T, to drive international acceptance of digital fiat currency. Digital fiat currency will drive the expansion of the digital payments ecosystem by offering a secure, interoperable payment instrument suited to the increasingly digital world of money. By becoming

Paris, FRANCE:  Picture taken 25 August 2005 shows a logo of French mobile telecommunications operator Orange at the headquarters of France Telecom, the state-controlled parent company of Orange.  AFP  PHOTO  DAMIEN MEYER  (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

Moroccan telecoms operator, Méditel becomes Orange

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has announced its entry into the Moroccan telecom sector by replacing Méditel, one of the three licensed telecommunications operators in the country. Launched in 1999, Méditel made telecoms services widely available in Morocco over both fixed and mobile networks. It continuously invested in its network, which includes more than


Bharti Airtel’s subsidiary to acquire MENA Submarine Cable Systems

Network i2i Limited, a private submarine cable company and subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, is set to acquire the Middle East North Africa Submarine Cable Systems (MENA-SCS) for an undisclosed amount. Network i2i will acquire Orascom’s entire stake in the MENA-SCS – a definitive agreement to that effect has already being signed. MENA-SCS, which owns and operates


Liquid Telecom acquires stake in Tanzanian ISP, Raha

Liquid Telecom, a leading independent data, voice and IP Provider in eastern, central and southern Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Raha, Tanzania’s leading Internet Service Provider. Launched in 1996, Dar es Salaam-based Raha provides fast, reliable, high tech and most importantly value driven connectivity to homes, businesses and organizations. Specifically, it provides connectivity


Data price floor: NCC acted in national interest, says Senate Committee on Communications

According to the Daily Trust, the Senate Committee on Communications has stated that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) acted in national interest on the issue of data price floor. Recall that the NCC had directed all major telecom operators in the country to introduce a floor price for data services in the country chiefly to


The Nigerian Communications Commission has suspended its planned data price floor

Nigeria’s independent regulatory body for the telecommunications industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has suspended its planned data price floor. Couple of days back, Nigerians woke up to hear the NCC had directed all the major telecom companies in the country to introduce a floor price for data services in the country. This, it said,


IOX CABLE Ltd, SEACOM to build undersea cable connecting Mauritius to the rest of Africa

IOX CABLE Ltd, a subsidiary of INDOI LTD, has announced a partnership with SEACOM to build an undersea cable connecting Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, to the rest of Africa. The cable system, called IOX Cable System, will cost US$150 million project and will be the first open access cable system in Mauritius, open