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United Nations agency, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has ranked Zimbabwe second in the “most dynamic country” category of its latest measurements of ICT development. This development is measured using the ITU’s ICT Development Index

M-Pesa, which has more than 14m subscribers in Kenya, could be forced to increase transaction costs by 10% as East African nation’s treasury looks to impose a levy on transactions made using the mobile money transfer service. Though Kenya’s treasury says it expects mobile

The Kenyan government is ditching proprietary software in favour of free and open-source software alternatives in a move it hopes will save it money. According to a report in Business Daily, the migration away from proprietary systems will related costs go down by 20% initially but by as much as 80% within three

Huawei says it has won contracts to provide new backhaul networks for Movicel in Angola and MTC in Namibia, both of which plan to launch among the continent’s first commercial long-term evolution (LTE) networks. The Chinese company has already been instrumental in the

Kenya’s government has secured a 6bn shilling (R580m) loan from China to connect 36 Kenyan districts using fibre-optic cable. The project is intended to provide the East African nation’s government with the ability to communicate and transact digitally, even from remote areas. The project forms part of a

With competitive pressures increasing, voice markets maturing and price wars becoming more prevalent, telecommunications operators in Africa have to improve their efficiencies, cut costs and find new areas in which to grow, especially if they don’t want to be

Last week’s purchase by Visa of Cape Town-based mobile payments company Fundamo in a US$110m all-cash deal demonstrates clearly how the race is on to provide electronic financial services using cellphones, especially in emerging markets

Cellular network operator Vodacom may seek its own banking licence from SA regulators if its mobile transactions platform, M-Pesa, takes off in the way it expects it will in the next few years. Vodacom launched M-Pesa in SA last year

Mobile money platform M-Pesa has failed to live up to Vodacom’s expectations for the product in SA, Pieter Uys, the group’s CEO, has admitted. Vodacom has registered “more than” 100 000

South Africans will be amazed to learn that Kenyans pay Ksh4/minute, or about 34c/minute, to make a mobile phone call — and that’s one of the most expensive rates on offer in the East African nation