How you helped Safaricom make Sh48 billion profit

M-pesa helped Safaricom make $465m profit

Safaricom’s record-breaking Sh48 billion profit announced on Wednesday was not unexpected. For the richest company in East Africa, money has been coming in from all directions, day and night. Kenyans’ love for chatting, transacting business conveniently using their phones, surfing the Internet, betting, catching up and having funky beats as their ringtones has created a […]

Zuma, Buhari said to meet over MTN

Presidents to discuss $5.2bn fine issued by Nigerian Govt to S.African firm MTN.

President Jacob Zuma and his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, are set to meet in Johannesburg this week to discuss the $5,2bn fine imposed by Nigerian authorities on South African telecommunications group MTN’s subsidiary in the West African nation. Jacob Zuma President Jacob Zuma and his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, are set to meet in Johannesburg […]

Kenya: Airtel, Medanta Africare in Pact for Mobile Healthcare

Nairobi — Airtel Kenya has partnered with Medanta Africare, an outpatient health provider to launch the mHealth service that will allow customers access quality health advice from doctors through their mobile phones. The service will enable Airtel subscribers consult doctors from Medanta Africare and access relevant health care advice by calling 1525 at normal calling […]

Mobile traffic up as One Network Area comes into effect

Mobile traffic up as One Network Area comes into effect

PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP East African countries have recorded an increase in telecommunications traffic attributed to the One Network Area agreement. According to the latest data from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), there has been an increase in mobile phone traffic of 16.9 per cent to 19.1 million minutes, up from […]

Science Africa

Scientific Innovation in Africa

With a digital and mobile revolution already in full force across the African continent, satellites and who is in control of them are becoming increasingly important. South Africans are leading the way with their National Space Agency (SANSA) operations in Hartebeesthoek, Gauteng.  With an antennae farm of over 22 antennae and orbcomms, as well as […]

Briefly… MTN the most admired and most valuable African brand

MTN the most admired and most valuable African brand

At the official launch at the Nairobi Stock Exchange, Brand Africa announced the 2014 Brand Africa 100, a ranking of the most admired and most valuable brands in sub-Saharan Africa. In a list dominated by electronics (17%), beverages (14%), auto manufacturers (14%), apparel (12%) and telecommunications (10%), pan-African telecommunications giant, MTN, topped the African list […]

Ghana: Wireless Spectrum Debate Heads to Africa

Ghana: Global Wireless Spectrum conference in Accra

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)  will hold the world’s largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing in Accra, Ghana on 13-14 May 2014. This comes at a time when new laws and regulations are needed in order to release spectrum for vital radio, TV, broadband and other wireless applications, including broadband access and Machine-to-Machine (M2M). Leading […]

Facebook to buy messaging app WhatsApp for $16bn

Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $16bn

Facebook has bought messaging app WhatsApp for $16bn (£9.6bn), with an additional $3bn given to WhatsApp’s founders and employees. It is the social networking giant’s biggest acquisition to date. WhatsApp has over 450 million monthly users and is popular with people looking to avoid text messaging charges. In a statement, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg described […]