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Ooredoo Qatar has announced that its Mobile Money service will give 20 free international minutes, with all international transfers to selected African countries, until 25 July 2015.

According to the company, the offer will be valid in: Cameroon, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya. For Hala customers, the 20 international minutes will be credited to their Hala balance instantly after the transaction. Read more

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Smartphone shipment volumes to the Middle East and Africa grew 83 percent in 2014, boosted the increased availability of cheaper models and dual-Sim devices, according to a media release issued by the IDC. Read more

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Smartphones and tablets have boomed in Africa; however, the standard desktop PC has been left behind. At the Intel Solutions Summit 2015, Intel unveiled its latest innovation – the Intel Compute Stick.

Laura Crone, Intel’s VP of the Client Computing Group (CCG) and general manager of Channel Platforms and Operations at Intel Corporation unveiled the device. According to Crone, the Intel Compute Stick can be plugged into any device, which features an HDMI port, and essentially be used as an entry level PC. Read more

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Facebook has announced the launch of free video calling via its Messenger VOiP app in the US, Canada, UK, Nigeria and 14 other countries. The new feature allows users to start a video call within an existing Messenger conversation by tapping the video icon in the corner of the screen.

Video calling in Messenger is now available for iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, with more regions to be added in the coming months. Messenger has more than 600 million monthly users worldwide and, according to Facebook, accounts for around 10 percent of mobile VOiP calls worldwide. Read more

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Starting a new business within the continent of Africa can be as terrifying as it is exciting. At any given time, a fledgling company can come up against a number of common challenges.

From hiring the right people to defining your brand… start-ups must overcome these obstacles to ensure success. This is according to Dan Karua, Managing Director, Lamudi, Kenya.

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The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market recorded a significant growth in the final quarter of 2014, with holiday purchases and aggressive end-of-year promotions spurring a particularly strong performance in the consumer segment. This is according to the latest figures from the IDC.

According to the IDC, the overall MEA tablet market grew 26.1 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter to total 4.43 million units, with the activities of several Far East manufacturers spurring significant annual growth in shipments of Android (33%) and Windows (131%) tablets. Read more

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52 African countries are now connected to submarine cables, either directly or by terrestrial cross-border fibre optic networks. 44% of Africans live within a 25-km reach of a fibre node.

The key question now is which cities and suburbs are taking the lead in building access networks? In an attempt to answer this question theFTTH Council Africa, in collaboration with Africa Bandwidth Maps are undertaking research to determine network reach and identify Africa’s most connected cities.

Africa’s inventory of terrestrial transmission networks has more than doubled in the last five years. According to the latest research by Africa Bandwidth Maps, Africa’s total inventory of transmission network edges towards 1 million route kilometres, the continent had a total of 586,707-km of operational fibre optic network by December 2014. This comprises of long-haul, metropolitan and FTTH/B (fibre-to-the-home/building) terrestrial fibre optic networks. Read more

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Running a small business is challenging, not only when it comes to designing and managing the best product or service, but also when it comes to presenting your creation to the public. When compared to large companies, there’s certainly less help available for critical processes like establishing a mobile online presence.

According to research conducted by the Endurance International Group, small businesses in the US are currently vastly underserved in that arena — 71 percent of small businesses queried said they would benefit from having a mobile app, but 78 percent did not have one. Endurance is stepping in to rectify that disparity with an auto app builder called Instant AppMachine, a collaboration between Endurance and The Netherlands-based tech developer AppMachine, and announced it in a bit of a party atmosphere at SXSW.

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At Mobile World Congress 2015 (MWC), IT News Africa caught up with Erik Dahlman who is currently one of Ericsson’s top 5G experts.

During the course of the interview, Dahlman gives a brief overview of what 5G technology is. Additionally, he discusses when 5G will be rolled-out as well as gives an estimated forecast of when the service will be introduced into the African continent.

Dahlman also gives an explanation on how 5G can be utilised as well as how it will benefit the connected world.

 

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Mozilla has revealed that the Firefox OS will soon expand to Africa. The Firefox OS ecosystem has gained support from three new key partners in the region: Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, operated by Millicom, are the first carriers working with Mozilla to soon bring first Firefox OS smartphones to Africa.

“We are proud to see that with Airtel, MTN South Africa and Tigo, Firefox OS gains additional support to soon extend the Firefox OS footstep into Africa”, says Rick Fant, Mozilla’s VP Planning and Ecosystem. “The continued growth of Firefox OS holds great promise for enabling millions more people to access the mobile Web at an affordable cost, while helping to remove control points in today’s closed mobile ecosystems.” Read more