VWV introduces Airtel brand across Africa

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South Africa’s VWV Group, an experiential communications agency, was recently appointed to produce the launch of a new mobile telecommunications network into Africa. Bharti Airtel commissioned VWV to launch the brand into 16 African countries, through events that ran simultaneously. Airtel’s launch was conceptualized, produced and managed by VWV. The launch consisted of an interactive production which saw a tie …

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Airtel introduces staff transfer program (Africa)

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Airtel Africa has launched a staff transfer program which will give African employees the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within the company’s parent company Bharti Airtel. The program started on the 23rd of February, 2011. The initial phase of the program saw the integration of specialized staff from Bharti airtel into some African markets. In this phase of the …

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Apple’s IPad an overwhelming favorite among U.S. minority population

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13% of first-generation immigrants currently own a tablet device, representing approximately five million Americans, according to a survey by mobile VoIP network, Rebtel. According to a survey, the iPad reigns supreme as the preferred tablet device, with two-thirds of tablet owners choosing the device. French Americans claim the highest percentage of tablet owners (17%), followed by Mexican-Americans (15%), Nigerian-Americans, and …

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Airtel Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard honored for mobile payments innovation at Mobile World Congress

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Airtel Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard Worldwide were honored for mobile payments innovation at the 16th Annual Global Mobile Awards held during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011. The recently launched virtual card product, developed in collaboration between Airtel Africa, Standard Chartered and MasterCard, received top honors as the Best Mobile Money Product or Solution. Honored by a panel of …

EditorAirtel Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard honored for mobile payments innovation at Mobile World Congress

Affordable handsets and mobile broadband tariffs enhance uptake in West African region

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­A new research report has unearthed that over the past years that the West African broadband market has witnessed a dramatic increase in broadband connections mainly due to the deployments of advanced technologies and affordable customer premise equipment as well as tariffs.  It was also found that the market earned revenues of $929.9 million in 2009 and estimates this to …

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Multi SIM phenomenon continues in emerging mobile markets

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One in ten mobile phones sold in the Middle East and Africa are now dual SIM. In Asia 16% of all mobile phones sold have dual SIM card facilities which represent an increase from 13% at the beginning of 2010. However, it is when you look at the extreme trends in specific countries that it becomes clear that this is …

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No financial bail-out for Nigerian CDMA Networks

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­Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Communications Commission (NCC) has ruled out possibility of a financial bailout for the country’s struggling CDMA network operators. According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Eugene Juwah, the regulator was technology agnostic, and would not step in to support on technology over another. The Nigerian CDMA networks have struggled to secure market share against the …

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17 countries generate 80% of its mobile advertising traffic

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­Google has released detailed information about where its 2 billion daily mobile ad requests come from. While the AdMob network generates monthly ad requests from more than 190 countries, 17 countries account for more than 80% percent of total traffic in December 2010. According to their data, most regions had 2-3 countries that accounted for more than half of total …

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LAP grabs 51% of Sonitel (Niger)

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If reports are to be believed, LAP Green Networks has agreed to acquire 51% of Niger’s state-owned telco Sonitel for US$63.6 million. According to LAP CEO Abdul Basit Al Azzabi, over the next five years the Libyan company plans to invest US$146 million in Sonitel and its wireless arm SahelCom. Niger has become something of a telecoms hotspot in recent …

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Nigeria shows first internet exchange point

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly commissioned the country’s first internet exchange point, aimed at reducing the cost of internet services nationwide. According to Executive vice chairman of the NCC, Eugene Juwah, the Lagos-based Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) would save the country US$20 million in offshore internet bandwidth payments in the first year alone, by keeping domestic …

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Globacom Nigeria unveils LTE network

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Nigeria’s second national telecoms operator Globacom has reportedly launched a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Services will initially be available to corporate users in Lagos and other large cities for wireless backhaul, following on from an agreement signed with US vendor Ceragon Networks in September 2010 for the provision of high-capacity 4G/LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions. According to Globacom, it will …

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Niger to increase telecom taxes

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The authorities in Niger are reportedly to impose new taxes on operators, in order to fund anticipated record state spending. According to sources, the contribution from telecoms to the budget has been weak up to this point, despite the enormous resources of the telecoms operators. Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, Orange and state-owned Sonitel operate in the country.

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