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  • me&you mobile: SIM-only contracts are the future [SPONSORED]

    Selling SIM cards isn't a new, brave business venture. Hell, your local corner shop probably sells spade-loads of them, and perhaps even allows you to RICA them as well. But moving this business entirely online is an interesting step that me&you mobile has undertaken. The company, now just over a year old, believes that SIM-only contracts are the future for consumers. But how exactly does me&you describe itself? "me&you mobile is a month-to-month, SIM-only mobile network offering the lowest call rates on the market," company brand manager Dean Ormsby explains. Currently servicing around 15 000 customers, me&you buys voice and data from...

  • Nokia study reveals reasons why consumers switch mobile networks

    A new study by Nokia has revealed the main reasons for people choosing their current mobile network. Of course, price was the number one reason, but there are a number of interesting trends nonetheless. Nokia's 2016 Acquisition and Retention Study polled over 20 000 users in 14 countries (including South Africa), covering both "mature" and "transition" markets. Why are people on their current network? The study unsurprisingly found pricing to be the main factor, with 45% of users choosing this as the number one reason for joining their carrier. It was a tight race for second place, as best network coverage/quality (26%), best geographical network coverage...

  • Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming

    Microsoft's mobile divisions are no stranger to upheaval. After all, the US company added Nokia's mobile unit to the stable several years ago and mobile saw plenty of layoffs last year. Now, there's more big news as the Redmond company is spinning off the feature phone unit. The US company has announced plans to sell the feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing colossus Foxconn, and HMD Global for US$350-million. The deal will also see Microsoft selling its Vietnamese manufacturing facility to Foxconn. "Upon close of this deal, approximately 4500 employees will transfer to, or have the opportunity to join, FIH Mobile Ltd. or HMD Global,...

  • On Nigeria’s digital integration: Q&A with Anakle COO

    Nigeria's digital industry is getting very interesting. More social media campaigns are popping up and during the last elections digital ideas took centre stage. In September 2015 the number of mobile internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks clocked in at 97.21 million, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This is huge, according to the GSMA this is the largest mobile market on the continent. Nigerian digital agencies see this, they see the potential of an internet connected society and the are playing to that. In 2014, a cheeky little game pop up on the web call The Brideprice app....

  • 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...

  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India's ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter's foot in the door of India's booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It's interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial's mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • Mozilla Firefox might be coming to an iPhone near you

    It looks like Mozilla is planning on bringing its Firefox web browser to iOS. If current mobile and browser stats are anything to go by, this would be a smart move if the fiery fox is to dig itself out of a hole in terms of gaining market share. Firefox release manager Lukas Blakk said that “We need to be where our users are so we're going to get Firefox on iOS." According to TechCrunch, Blakk was quoting Mozilla’s VP for Firefox Jonathan Nightingale. Mozilla Firefox is currently available on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. iPhone and iPad users are...

  • MTN now lets people send money between Ivory Coast and Benin

    The MTN Group has revealed the launch of a mobile money cross-border payment service between Ivory Coast and Benin, positioning itself in the middle of the mobile money industry that has grown massively in Africa. The service, it says, has been introduced to enable the cheaper and easier movement of money in the West African region, potentially cutting miles that people have to walk to banks. This service is not the first of its kind that MTN has initiated between two countries. Back in April, the mobile giant introduced a similar service between Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. The success of...

  • Facebook Messenger now has 500 million monthly users

    Facebook faced a lot of flak after it forced users to download Messenger a few months ago. Not only were people annoyed by the fact they now have to use a standalone app to chat to their friends, they were also freaked out by the perceived infringement on their privacy. This, however, doesn't seem to phase the bulk of the social networking giant's users anymore. At least not its half a billion monthly active users. Facebook announced yesterday that 500 million people are using its instant messaging app each month, and that it's more committed than ever to give...

  • 9 graphs that will give you new insight into Africa’s thriving mobile landscape

    We love graphs. They are colourful, digestible and usually provide interesting, insightful data. Below are a couple of charts provided by GSMA's latest report The Mobile Economy that we thought you'd be interested in. We all know by now that mobile is a big deal in Africa. While it's great that the continent is one of the most penetrated regions in the world, it's even more interesting looking at how this technology effects people, from boosting GDPs to creating jobs and innovations. Read more: Sub-Saharan Africa will have half a billion mobile subscribers by 2020 2G connections accounted for 85%...

  • 50% of YouTube’s traffic is now from mobile

    YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed that 50% of views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets. This is impressive growth considering that mobile accounted for 40% of YouTube videos last year and only comprised six percent of views on the video-sharing platform as of 2011. “Mobile is super important. I think it’s important for every business right now,” Wojcicki said. Wojcicki is correct, and one only has to look at other platforms to realise how big the number of people who access social and content platforms on mobile. The 50% growth in mobile views is not a fluke for...

  • Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

    Bharti Airtel Limited, commonly known as Airtel -- an Indian multinational telecommunications services company with its headquarters in New Delhi -- has launched a training programme aimed at giving new technology skills to thousands of young people in Gabon. The initiative, which will be run in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is called “Train My Generation: Gabon 5 000” and will be stretched out over a period of three years. For UNESCO, the initiative is ground-breaking. It's the first time it has formed such a partnership with a private organisation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative...

  • WeChat cannot succeed in Africa if it holds tight to its Chinese legacy

    WeChat is blazing around the globe caring very little of what is in its path. In the last year, the platform's global launch has seen it begin to weave itself into the fabric of Africa's tech ecosystem and platforms of choice. I recently started using the platform. Before now, it held no real appeal for me -- none of the people I would ordinarily IM with are on the platform and sharing seemed futile if my crowd wasn't there to share with. That said, the platform has managed to attract a fair number of users, but what are they doing...

  • Samsung expects a poor quarterly profit, smartphones wearing it down

    Samsung is expecting its quarterly profits to punch in at 4.1-trillion won (US$3.8-billion) -- that's about 60% down from last year's 10.2-trillion won forecast. The tech company seemingly has its fingers in all pies on the market -- from televisions to smartphones, smartwatches and processors. The latter seems to be where it's placing its bets going forward, nudging away from its poor performing mobile sector. A report by Counterpoint Research in July highlighted the company's struggle to keep up with the likes of Apple's iPhone 5s. Even though Apple's then flagship smartphone has been on the market for about seven months,...

  • Facebook to launch ad platform to better track users across 3rd-party sites

    Facebook is allegedly on the verge of launching a brand new ad platform designed to improve how marketers target and measure the advertisements bought on the web. While this update may be applauded for its skillful innovation in the advertising space, it does sound rather creepy. People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the update was a redesigned version of the Microsoft-created Atlas Advertiser Suite which the blue social giant bought in early 2013. Essentially, as noted by the WSJ, the update is to focus on how users interact on ads that appear on Facebook's services as...