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African mobile advertising market continues growth - InMobi

JOHANNESBURG: InMobi, the independent mobile ad network, has released its April 2011 Mobile Insights Report for Africa providing insights on mobile advertising trends on the continent. Data from the report shows that InMobi now serves 4.2 billion impressions a month in Africa, up 21% from 3.5 billion in January 2011.

6 Jun 2011

Herman Manson
[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 12 May 2011

Significant shifts in South Africa, Africa's mobile patterns
Significant shifts in South Africa, Africa's mobile patterns

A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011

RIM launches BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in Europe, ME, Africa
RIM launches BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in Europe, ME, Africa

WATERLOO, US: As well as in Europe and the middle East, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Protect in Open Beta in 30 African countries.

25 Mar 2011

Loeries 2011 opens for entries, categories revised
Loeries 2011 opens for entries, categories revised

The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.

15 Mar 2011

Roundup of SxSWSA posts from the weekend
Roundup of SxSWSA posts from the weekend

Here is a roundup of the posts published on this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]

By Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011

IFC Village Phone program wins CEO Gender Award

WASHINGTON: On Tuesday, 8 March 2011, International Women's Day, Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, participated as special guest speaker at a ceremony at the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) headquarters, where the Village Phone program received the annual IFC CEO Gender Award for outstanding achievement in promoting women in business.

10 Mar 2011

Zim: Potraz orders penalties against non-compliant subscribers

Zimbabwe's telecommunications regulator has ordered mobile phone network operators to penalise subscribers who have not yet complied with a directive to register their personal details ahead of a 28 February 2011 deadline.

By Dumisani Ndlela 31 Jan 2011

Zim: Potraz targets rural areas for telecom services

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has begun a process to roll out telecommunication services to rural areas through the Universal Service Fund (USF), which has been idle for years.

By Dumisani Ndlela 27 Jan 2011

Research Bureau International wins Zim media survey tender

Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011

Econet takes defaulters to court

Zimbabwe's largest mobile telecoms company, Econet Wireless, is increasingly resorting to litigation to recover huge debts owed by defaulting customers.

By Hendricks Chizhanje 11 Jan 2011

NetOne threatens to name and shame customers

NetOne Cellular, the country's smallest cellular network operator by subscribers, has threatened to name and shame its post-paid customers with outstanding bills as it battles to free itself from a financial quagmire.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Dec 2010

Zimbabwe fixed-line operator probed

Zimbabwe's Competition and Tariff Commission (CTC) says it has opened investigations into alleged abuse of monopoly by the state-owned fixed-line telephone service operator, TelOne. In a public notice, CTC said it would embark on the investigation in terms of the Competitions Act.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Nov 2010

Zim: NetOne in financial dire straits
Zim: NetOne in financial dire straits

Zimbabwe's smallest cellular network operator NetOne Cellular is wriggling to extricate itself from a financial crisis, with sources indicating the company had punched a financial black hole after being deserted by contract subscribers last year.

By Dumisani Ndlela 25 Oct 2010

CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative
CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative

ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.

16 Sep 2010

Zimbabwe's Econet gets US$60m Swedish loan

HARARE: Zimbabwe's largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has secured a US$60 million loan facility from Swedish export credit agency EKN to expand its infrastructure, the firm said on Wednesday (11 August 2010).

13 Aug 2010

Econet dangles carrot to unregistered subscribers

Econet Wireless has unveiled brand new Isuzu vehicles to persuade unregistered subscribers to register their lines with the network under new regulations.

By Dumisani Ndlela 28 Jun 2010

Orascom elects listing Zimbabwean unit on ZSE
Orascom elects listing Zimbabwean unit on ZSE

Orascom Telecom has spurned members of an investment consortium bidding for shareholding in Telecel Zimbabwe and instead proposed a listing of its Zimbabwean unit on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE).

By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Jun 2010

Zim: Mobile networks to disconnect unregistered users

Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator has given mobile phone users up to 31 August 2010 to register personal details with their operators, failure of which would result in the disconnection of their lines.

By Dumisani Ndlela 15 Jun 2010

Ericsson, Econet expansion in Zimbabwe

Ericsson plans to expand Econet's existing network, which to date has approximately four million subscribers. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the expansion of the Core and Access (2G and 3G) networks as well as key business support system delivery. Ericsson will also provide transport and transmission technologies and services such as system integration and business consultancy.

11 Jun 2010

NetOne sets up World Cup fan parks
NetOne sets up World Cup fan parks

Zimbabwe's mobile phone network operator NetOne has begun rolling out fan parks across the country ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by South Africa in June.

By Dumisani Ndlela 19 May 2010

MTN to enter Zim through Telecel, NetOne?
MTN to enter Zim through Telecel, NetOne?

Recent reports of MTN's talks with Orascom Telecom have triggered speculation the telecommunications firm could finally buy the Egyptian group's Zimbabwean asset, Telecel Zimbabwe.

By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Apr 2010

Zim telecoms firms fight for survival

Zimbabwe's telecommunications battle was normally one for the mobile telecommunications networks, but recently, other players are entering the fray. Technological advances have meant that players can easily provide services that their licences restrict them from offering, albeit through the “technological backdoor”.

By Dumisani Ndlela 22 Apr 2010

TelOne in surprise market campaign

Zimbabwe's landline network operator TelOne has launched a surprise campaign to seize a share of the country's mobile phone market.

By Dumisani Ndlela 19 Apr 2010

MTN's Zimbabwe acquisition under threat
MTN's Zimbabwe acquisition under threat

MTN's planned acquisition of a 49% stake in Zimbabwe's state-owned cellular network NetOne could collapse after revelations some members of the inclusive government are opposed to its privatisation.

By Dumisani Ndlela 29 Mar 2010

MTN signs confidentiality agreement with Zim operator

MTN, has signed a confidentiality agreement with Zim state-owned cellular network, NetOne, as the South Africa-based mobile company moved closer to acquiring a key stake in the Zimbabwean company. Sources in Harare said MTN had wound up its due diligence on NetOne and was expected to place its final bid soon.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Mar 2010

Zim: Telecel attracts customers with new offer
Zim: Telecel attracts customers with new offer

Nyasha Mudonhi last week rushed to buy a Telecel (Zimbabwe) line after news of a bargain on international calls. He already owns an Econet Wireless mobile line, but says he will now possess two lines because of the different benefits from each of the networks.

By Dumisani Ndlela 23 Feb 2010

Zimbabwe telecom calling

Zimbabwe could become an attractive telecom investment destination in the next five years.

By Evan Pickworth 22 Feb 2010

Telecel Zimbabwe targets listing
Telecel Zimbabwe targets listing

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris' Orascom Telecom-controlled Telecel Zimbabwe is earmarked for a listing on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) in a move meant to raise additional capital and broaden the shareholder base.

By Dumisani Ndlela 5 Feb 2010

MTN quiet on claims it is eyeing Zimbabwean firm
MTN quiet on claims it is eyeing Zimbabwean firm

MTN yesterday, 6 January 2010, declined to comment on reports that it is eyeing a stake in Zimbabwean cellular firm NetOne. MTN said it would not comment on projects on which its acquisitive team were working.

By Ure Kamhunga 7 Jan 2010

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