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Episode 175: Agency Focus with creative service agency, Havas Boondoggle.

Date: 26 May 2016
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(L-R) Mike van den Bergh, PCCW Global; Funke Opeke, MainOne; Chris Wood, WIOCC; Willem Marais, Liquid Telecom SA; Russell Southwood, Balancing Act
Unlocking Africa's digital potential

International Telecommunications Week earlier this month brought together Africa's leading wholesale carriers, mobile network operators, global service providers and content distribution companies...

2 days ago

Tigo management and local government officials at the launch of Tigo 4G in Mwanza City, Tanzania, earlier this year
Tigo deploys 4G LTE technology in Tanzania

Tigo will this year be investing over US$ 75 million on network expansion...

2 days ago

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Ericsson joins alliance to drive a digital Africa

Ericsson has joined the SMART Africa Alliance as a technical advisor to advance Africa through ICT...

23 May 2016

Tigo Pesa, now the largest mobile financial service eco-system in Tanzania
Tigo Pesa, now the largest mobile financial service eco-system in Tanzania

Tigo Tanzania announced that customers of its Tigo Pesa mobile money service will now be able to move funds between any of the country's mobile money operators

22 Feb 2016

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Mobile phone users in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya hit 700 million

The profile of mobile phone subscriptions in Africa, especially the sub-Saharan (SSA) region has increased tremendously. According to reports, mobile phone subscriptions are now...

By Adeyemi Adepetun 18 Feb 2016

Tigo Tanzania announces free WhatsApp messaging service
Tigo Tanzania announces free WhatsApp messaging service

Tanzania's leading telecommunication company renown for driving digital lifestyle transformation, Tigo (Tigo.co.tz), has announced free WhatsApp services for its 10 million users...

5 Feb 2016

Brandon Wilson
'Apping' SA's awesome SMEs

You can be part of the new Awesome South Africa app, designed to promote local business...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Dec 2015

Viettel expands in Africa with a vision to provide every Tanzanian with a mobile phone
Viettel expands in Africa with a vision to provide every Tanzanian with a mobile phone

Viettel announced the launch of mobile and internet services in Tanzania, under the brand name of Halotel. The launch reflects Viettel's expansion in its tenth market, and to the second biggest economy in East Africa...

15 Oct 2015

Tanzania: Zantel launches real time news service
Tanzania: Zantel launches real time news service

Zantel mobile phone subscribers will start to get real time entertainment news through their smart phones under a new product code named, Zuninga television...

14 May 2015

Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania
Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania

TIGO Tanzania has launched a brand new 4G LTE technology that will make it the biggest and fastest Internet network in the country...

28 Apr 2015

The mobile revolution in Africa
The mobile revolution in Africa

The influx of mobile phone has enhanced ease of access across the world - no more so than in Africa...

17 Apr 2015

Tanzania's Tigo pays out millions to users
Tanzania's Tigo pays out millions to users

Tigo, one of Tanzania's mobile phone operators, has paid out millions to its users, reports Mobile Money Africa...

4 Feb 2015

M-Pesa takes East Africa by storm
M-Pesa takes East Africa by storm

M-Pesa, the mobile-phone wallet has provided new financial options to places where banks and credit cards are scarce and cash has long been king...

26 Jan 2015

Tigo Pesa pays out $1.8m profit to users
Tigo Pesa pays out $1.8m profit to users

Three months after Tigo paid a profit of TZS 14.25 billion ($8.64m) accumulated in the Tigo Pesa Trust Account to its users, the company has announced the first of its regular quarterly payments worth $1.8m to Tigo Pesa users...

1 Dec 2014

Mahindra Comviva enables domestic interoperable mobile financial service
Mahindra Comviva enables domestic interoperable mobile financial service

A new service, powered by Mahindra Comviva, allows Airtel Money and Tigo Pesa customers in Tanzania to send and receive money directly between the mobile money accounts of these two service providers...

14 Nov 2014

[AfricaCom 2014] FB's mission: to get Africa online
[AfricaCom 2014] FB's mission: to get Africa online

Consider how your life would change tomorrow if the internet was to be 'switched off'. Sure you could bear it for a week or so, but once the horrifying reality of, for instance, having to go into a bank kicks in...

By Sindy Peters 13 Nov 2014

Tigo, Facebook take Internet.org app to Tanzania
Tigo, Facebook take Internet.org app to Tanzania

In a move that is expected to promote internet adoption in Tanzania, Tigo is now offering free access to basic internet services through Facebook's Internet.org app...

30 Oct 2014

Application economy creates opportunity for Africa
Application economy creates opportunity for Africa

We all live in an application economy. Retail, news, entertainment, banking, education, government, communications - everything is driven by a connected, mobile, application-based world...

By Gary Lawrence 30 Oct 2014

Bank on change in Africa
Bank on change in Africa

I have been part of the 'banked' segment of civilization since I was five years old. I have tried it all, from savings to home-loans, vehicle finance to credit card...

By Cobus van Zyl 1 Jul 2014

Tigo Business unit to support local organisations
Tigo Business unit to support local organisations

In an aim to support the needs of Tanzania's large corporate organisations as well as its small and medium-sized enterprises, Tigo Tanzania has launched Tigo Business unit to develop a series of products using high-speed fibre connections.

15 May 2014

Tigo to offer free mobile Facebook in Tanzania
Tigo to offer free mobile Facebook in Tanzania

Millicom has announced Tigo mobile customers in Tanzania will be the first in East Africa to enjoy free access to Facebook on their handsets, with the service also including the launch of a Facebook service in Swahilií.

By Agatha Nduku 25 Apr 2014

Text messages may save lives in flood-prone Africa
Text messages may save lives in flood-prone Africa

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages.

26 Mar 2014

Data centres‚ cloud services key to MTN Business's growth plan
Data centres‚ cloud services key to MTN Business's growth plan

MTN Business‚ is set to open more data centres in key markets where it operates as it rolls out its cloud services and video-conferencing to more markets.

By Thabiso Mochiko 17 Mar 2014

Airtel Tanzania once again sponsor for Mwanamakuka Awards
Airtel Tanzania once again sponsor for Mwanamakuka Awards

This week Airtel Tanzania announced that it will once again be sponsoring the Mwanamakuka Awards, an initiative that aims to support women to achieve sustainable economic development from chronic poverty.

6 Mar 2014

Mobile Money transfer service between Tanzania and Rwanda launched
Mobile Money transfer service between Tanzania and Rwanda launched

Tigo, a subsidiary of the international telecommunications and media company Millicom has announced the launch of a pioneering cross-border Mobile Money remittance service between Tanzania and Rwanda.

26 Feb 2014

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'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013

Mobile internet key in Africa
Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013

Vodacom lifts stake in Vodacom Tanzania from 65% to 82.2%
Vodacom lifts stake in Vodacom Tanzania from 65% to 82.2%

Vodacom said on Tuesday, 26 November, it had entered into an agreement with Cavalry Holdings Limited and its shareholders to acquire an additional indirect 17.2% interest in Vodacom Tanzania Limited to increase its total economic interest in Vodacom Tanzania from 65% to 82.2%.

27 Nov 2013

FNB's eWallet shows strong growth in Africa
FNB's eWallet shows strong growth in Africa

First National Bank's eWallet continues to show strong growth in its African operations with a 119% year-on-year increase. It has also maintained growth in SA with the total number of eWallets in all countries reaching 2.5m‚ an 84% increase from the previous financial year.

By Bekezela Phakathi 28 Oct 2013

The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa
The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa

Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.

By Staff Reporter 21 Sep 2013

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