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Land grab begins in mobile payments

There’s a revolution under way, and this one’s not being agitated by the working class, although they certainly have their part to play. It is being waged by banks, cellphone providers and entrepreneurs hoping to capitalise on a mobile commercial market that is estimated will be worth more than US$800bn by 2016 and have more than 400m users

Podcasts
TalkCentral: Ep 107 – ‘M-Pressa’

It’s been a busy news week on the technology front. Your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg tackle some of the bigger developments in this week’s episode of TalkCentral. Items on the agenda this week include Vodacom’s relaunch of

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Vodacom has another crack at M-Pesa

Will it be a case of second time lucky for Vodacom? The mobile operator has finally relaunched M-Pesa, the mobile payments platform that has proved enormously successful in Kenya and Tanzania, in South Africa, hoping it will

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Data underpins Vodacom growth story

Vodacom has shown good growth in the user base of its South African operation, and turned in a healthy service revenue increase in its international services for the quarter to June 2014. Group revenue for the quarter

Duncan McLeod
M-banking turns cashiers into tellers

South Africa’s cellular operators have been trying for years to crack the mobile commerce code, but haven’t been able to repeat the successes they’ve had in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. MTN, working with Pick n Pay, may just have found the key to success at

Duncan McLeod
Risks to Africa’s mobile boom

In the mid-1990s, there were fewer telephone connections in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa than there were in Manhattan. What a difference two decades has made: by the end of this year, there will be more than 635m active telephone subscriptions on the sub-continent. That number is twice the population of

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Joosub on Vodacom’s big growth plans [video]

Vodacom published its annual results for the 2014 financial year on Monday. TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod sat down with the group’s CEO, Shameel Joosub, after the results presentation to ask him about the operator’s offer to buy Neotel as well as its plans to relaunch M-Pesa. Joosub talks about Vodacom’s view on where

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Africa’s M-Pesa makes its way to Europe

Mobile money system M-Pesa, a service that originated in Kenya through Safaricom, in which Vodafone has a 40% stake, is making its way to Europe for the first time. The service is be introduced in Romania, reportedly the first time a mainstream mobile money service has made

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Ummeli: employment made mobile

New service Ummeli is a more than just a free mobile job board for those who might not otherwise have access to such things, says project manager Lauren Kotzé. It’s also a resource for staffing nongovernmental organisations and a platform for young South Africans to share ideas and employment opportunities

Duncan McLeod
SA losing to Kenya in tech race

South Africa appears to be losing its status as the preferred investment destination on the continent for international technology companies. That honour, increasingly, is going to Kenya, which may be on the cusp of a technology-fuelled era of economic growth. When apartheid ended in