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Mobile

  • Why South African decision-makers must adopt mobile business intelligence

    In today’s competitive corporate environment, managerial decision-making processes require a wealth of information that can be enhanced and transformed with immediacy into effective action. Mobility in business is increasingly exercising an influence on core organisational business processes. The advances in wireless technology, coupled with the rapid growth of mobile devices, have spawned a new era in business computing: Mobile Business Intelligence (mobile BI). Increasingly, managers spend great portions of their day out of the office; travelling, attending meetings and visiting different company- or client sites. At the same time these managers are required to...

  • WeChat SA launches mobile wallet: includes P2P payments, SnapScan integration

    WeChat South Africa on Tuesday announced the launch of WeChat Wallet, a mobile money offering that allows for peer-to-peer money transfers, the purchase of prepaid electricity and airtime, and the ability to cash out at retailers among other things. According to WeChat SA head Brett Loubser, the service has been in the works for a little while now, and isn't just a copy-paste of the mobile platform's offerings in other markets, such as China. In fact, he pins WeChat's South African successes to date to the fact that it's been able to identify the needs of the local market, citing online...

  • Here’s what you need to know about safeguarding your corporate SIM

    For companies who have come to rely on SIM cards for machine-to-machine communication and other enterprise-level solutions, fraud can be crippling. Fortunately, there are several preventative measures decision-makers can take to minimise the risk. Any company with a sizeable SIM base has experienced fraud in some way - it is one of those things that often gets hidden in the plethora of bills a company receives. We have seen a few cases each totalling well over a R1-million. To say that SIM fraud can put a small company out of business is not an exaggeration. Abuse categories There are mainly two types...

  • Check out Durex’s (safe) sexy condom emoji proposal

    Durex has always taken a topical, slightly edgy approach when it comes to getting people to use condoms. Small wonder then that it's latest campaign is aimed at getting an official condom emoji developed. According to Durex, such an emoji will enable young people to overcome embarrassment around the discussion of safe sex, encourage conversation and raise awareness of the importance of using condoms in protecting against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV and AIDS (and provide it with massive brand awareness at the same time). In its quest to get the emoji developed, Durex is calling...

  • How Africa’s 1bn+ population will transform telecoms sector

    Africa has earned itself many titles over the years and one of which is that it is the untapped market, with much potential. During 18th annual AfricaCom 2015, which is currently on its second day of the three-day conference in Cape Town, the continent has been branded with another title -- that of being the untapped telecommunications market. Against a slowing subscriber growth around the world, Africa is showing a 47% market penetration and offers 500 million potential mobile subscribers. “Africa’s telecoms sectors will continue to undergo huge transformation. While over the last decade this has largely been fuelled by a series of...

  • WorldRemit users can now send money to Tigo Cash mobile wallets

    WorldRemit, a UK-based global online remittance service on Tuesday announced a deal with Tigo that will allow its users to make instant transfers to Tigo Mobile Money accounts in Rwanda. According to WorldRemit, the service effectively means that people from more than 50 countries can send money to Rwanda as easily as they would an instant message. Tigo Cash in Rwanda offers digital financial services to over 2.6 million people in Rwanda – the main services includes sending and receiving money, merchant payment, Electricity bills and Pay TV, as well as airtime recharging. The Rwandan remittance space is fairly big...

  • The Ericsson Mobility Report sheds light on Sub-Saharan Africa connectivity

    The Ericsson Mobility Report is out, painting a rosy, albeit distant, future of 5G networks in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and other markets. The report reveals that in 2021, there will be about 150 million mobile subscriptions. This growth will be driven by the 5G network, based on standards that meet ITU IMT-2020 requirements, expected to be deployed from 2020. The numbers are impressive in all the markets, proving once again that we now live in a connected world. Predicted to lead with the first and fastest 5G subscription uptake are South Korea, Japan, China and the US. According to the...

  • Merchant solutions could be the answer to mobile money’s last mile issue

    In disrupting the traditional financial system, with its reliance on formal tellers and ATMs, mobile money and its agency model have taken off across Africa. According to Frost & Sullivan, the value of mobile money transactions in Sub-Saharan Africa reached USD 656 million in 2014, and may more than double to USD 1.3 billion in the next four years. The success of the likes of M-Pesa, Paga, Zoona and Splash-Cash stemmed from the relative inaccessibility to and unaffordability of the banking system for small transactions. Mobile money providers reduced the cost of transactions by eliminating the need for high-cost office...

  • Zomato now lets you order food online from your favourite restaurants

    Restaurant listing service Zomato has introduced online ordering capability to its app and web for its users in South Africa. The online ordering capability was introduced in India, Delhi in April this year. With this feature, Zomato users can now order from within the iOS, Android app and on the web. Users not only to see restaurant listings but can make and pay for their food orders within the app, without having to leave their humble abodes. Orders can be followed with real-time notifications. “We do believe it is applications such as this one that will see more restaurants moving in...

  • What lessons can Starbucks teach SA businesses about mobile tech?

    The arrival in South Africa of the Starbucks coffee brand will present an ideal opportunity for South African businesses to learn from a leader in the use of mobile technologies in loyalty programmes. Software and app development specialists Paradigm Group say local businesses have lagged in harnessing the full power of mobile in their loyalty programmes, but that the arrival of the Starbucks brand in the country next year should serve as a wake up call. Starbucks and Taste Holdings will launch Starbucks and its advanced digital offerings in South Africa next year. South African businesses have tended to use mobile...

  • FNB app gets mobile vouchers, coupons

    FNB on Friday announced a couple of new features on its app which sees the bank getting into the mobile voucher and coupon space. According to a press release sent out by FNB, the coupon feature is a combined effort with Shoprite Checkers EeziCoupons deliver in-store product coupons on the FNB Banking App. This, it says, means that FNB customers can get instant access to savings at Checkers till points. "Coupons are easy and simple for our customers. You browse through the coupons available on the FNB App while shopping, and view the discount per product in Rands. When...

  • 10 incredibly annoying mobile habits you need to break now

    Staying connected has never been so important to so many of us. We have developed a love affair with our smartphones -- to the exclusion of other, more important thing in life. Ever since all the major brands, such as Apple, Nokia, Microsoft, Samsung raised their game and started releasing high end mobile phones at competitive prices, there have been upward trends in owning cell phones across the globe and with 967.78m units sold across the world, almost everyone in civilized countries owns a cellphone. We have become infatuated with our smartphones and cannot seem to put them down....

  • 4 key qualities to look for in a mobile enablement partner

    South Africa’s mobile messaging market is a fiercely contested space, it is therefore important that organisations examine their mobile channel requirements carefully to obtain optimal value in the future. The mobile phone is at the heart of how organisations communicate with their clients - from sending invoices, payslips and statements to communicating special offers and promotions. Cost plays an important part in any organisation; however, it is imperative that enterprises do not compromise on reliability or performance. As such, bulk SMS is an important aspect of most organisations’ communications infrastructure. Here are four questions that companies should ask of their bulk...

  • What the Count 19 app tells us about the paradox of innovation and anonymity

    A new app, which includes a matric learner as one of its developers, has a South African high school up in arms. Called Count 19, the app allows people to broadcast anonymous messages to anyone near them who also has it installed and started gaining traction in the last week or so. There's nothing terribly unusual in that: it's sort like the now defunct Secret, but based on location rather than your contact list. The trouble is, a number of pupils at Seheti High School in Johannesburg, where one of the developers is believed to be a pupil, started...

  • Google introduces Accelerated Mobile Pages for rich, faster content on mobile

    Google has announced a project called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) which is an open source HTML code framework that publishers and developers can adopt into their websites and apps. The AMP code will work across multiple browsers, apps and devices. AMP HTML is a new open framework that is built from existing web technologies, which allows websites to build light-weight webpages. Google, with this initiative, wants not only to bring rich content like video, animation, smart ads and other graphics to mobile web but to optimise it so that it can load faster on mobile web. This appears a lot like Facebook’s...