Tech & Telecom

MTN dominates Market as Mobile Voice Penetration hits 136%

Mobile Voice Penetration

The total number of mobile voice subscriptions in the country increased from 35.0 million as of the end of 2015 to 38.3 million by the end of December 2016. This represents a percentage rise of 9.42 per cent and brings the total penetration rate in the period to 136.34 per cent. Who gained? During that period, MTN maintained its dominance ...

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YouTube is killing off its unskippable 30-second ads

YouTube

YouTube will stop serving unskippable 30-second ads to users in 2018, Google announced on Friday. The company will instead push its other unskippable ad formats, including the 6-second ad unit it launched in April and its 20-second ads. (We first spotted the story on Campaign.) “We’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on ...

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Focus on efficient development and resist flashy projects – World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth rate, yet their economic growth has not kept pace, the World Bank Group has said. The Bank says it may be partly due to low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty. However, the Bank is hopeful that African leaders can still set cities unto more efficient development paths ...

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Facebook commits to ensure safer and better Internet for Africa

facebook

Facebook has launched a series of initiatives to help make the Internet a safer and better place for people across Africa, with focus on children and youth, the social media giant announced today. The launch coincides with the celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID). As part of the launch, Facebook is partnering with public sector agencies and non-governmental organisations from ...

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Orange seeks Africa deals as wireless carrier eyes expansion

Orange

Orange SA is seeking deals in Africa as France’s biggest wireless carrier targets the continent as a source of additional revenue growth, according to a company official. “We are looking for acquisition opportunities in Africa, it is a priority region for us,” Yannick Decaux, Orange’s commercial director for Africa, said in an interview in Johannesburg on Thursday. “We are speaking ...

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Telcos expect reforms as new NCA director takes office

Telcos

With the appointment of Joseph Anokye as new Acting Director-General of telecoms regulator National Communications Authority (NCA), the telcos say they are looking forward to institutional and regulatory reforms. While welcoming the Director-General, the telcos also said they want greater collaboration between industry players and the NCA under the new leadership to develop Ghana’s telecoms and ICT sector. Although they ...

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WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users To Recall/Edit Sent Messages

WhatsApp

WhatsApp could soon grant a wish that many users have been longing for since the app’s inception. It would save users from going into panic mode after sending wrong texts. As per the tweet by WABetaInfo, the upcoming feature will allow the sender to delete a message from receiver’s device if it is not read. For now, the function is ...

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Telcos kick against mobile money intermediary

mobile money

Telecom operators in the country are unhappy about moves by the central bank to impose on them a third-party company which will intermediate in mobile money transactions across different networks. The BoG is said to have contracted a private company to act as the switch for across-network mobile money transactions, with additional cost implications for both consumers and the telcos. ...

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