Sub-Saharan African mobile money worth USD 656 mln in 2014

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The Sub-Saharan African mobile money market earned revenues of USD 655.8 million in 2014 and this should reach USD 1.32 billion in 2019, according to research by Frost & Sullivan. The study says there has been a substantial rise in the adoption of mobile banking services, as the majority of Africans have limited access to traditional banking services, thanks to …

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ICASA holds hearings on Vodacom’s Neotel acquisition

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is holding public hearings on Vodacom’s application to acquire fixed line operator Neotel. The regulator advised the media, stakeholders and the public that the public hearings will be held from 15-16 January. On 12 December 2014, ICASA published a general notice in the Government Gazette in relation to the public hearings, as …

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Vodacom Tanzania gives away TZS 30 bln in promotion

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Vodacom Tanzania has launched a promotion for its customers to win over TZS 30 billion in prize money over 100 days. The Jay Millions promotion will see money given away every day. The biggest daily prize will see one customer walk away with TZS 100 million, while another ten customers can win TZS 10 million and 100 more will get …

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Cell C, Vodacom to launch Samsung Galaxy A7 by end-Q1 (South Africa)

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South African operators Vodacom and Cell C said that they will be stocking the Samsung Galaxy A7 by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Pricing details are not yet available. MTN South Africa said it had not yet decided whether it will sell the smartphone, as reported by MyBroadband.

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Cell C says Vodacom-Neotel deal would threaten competition

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South African operator Cell C has warned that Vodacom’s planned acquisition of Neotel will threaten its business and could have devastating effects on the local telecoms market, Bloomberg reported. It said Cell C will tell regulators that the deal should not be approved, because of the detrimental, “indeed fatal”, impact that this could have on competition in the electronic communications …

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Vodafone, Vodacom, Safaricom join fight against Ebola

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Vodafone and its African subsidiaries Vodacom and Safaricom are supporting the African Union as it seeks to deploy more medical specialists to reach the areas in West Africa worse-affected by the Ebola outbreak. A total donation of USD 1.25 million has been made to the African Union’s ‘United Against Ebola’ appeal, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Vodafone HealthLine in Ghana. Vodafone …

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Vodacom launches campaign to curb texting while driving

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South African operator Vodacom has launched a campaign to curb texting while driving. The W8_2send (pronounced wait-to-send) campaign encourages South Africa to pledge to never text whilst driving. W8_2send aims to create as much awareness around the dangers of texting whilst driving as possible. The campaign, which was specifically designed with the youth in mind, uses social media to spread …

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Vodacom launches sweepstakes for M-Pesa users

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Mozambique operator Vodacom has launched a competition for its customers that use M-Pesa, a financial service that allows the transfer and withdrawal of money, paying bills and purchasing top-ups. For every financial transaction with M-Pesa, users automatically qualify for 63 weekly prizes as well as for the main prize of MZN 1 million. The promotion lasts until 2 January 2015, …

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Vodacom South Africa expands Power Hour promotion

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Vodacom South Africa has expanded its Power Hour promotion to include a wider range of low-cost voice and data options, called More Power. It is available to all prepaid customers from 25 November. Power Hour provides one hour of on-net calls for ZAR 6, and Power Internet costs ZAR 6 and supplies 60 MB of data. Another part of More …

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Vodacom South Africa to launch Blackberry Z3 mid-July

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BlackBerry has introduced the Z3 smartphone to South Africa and it will be available to Vodacom customers in stores and online from mid-July. It has a recommended selling price of ZAR 2,999 and will also be available on the Vodacom Smart S plan at ZAR 249 per month. The BlackBerry Z3 has a 5-inch touch display, is equipped with BlackBerry …

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