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Zim Startups, GSMA has opened applications for another innovation fund

Between US$140 000 and US$350 000 up for grabs!

Startups, Apply For The GSMA Innovation Fund & You Could Pocket US$120k-US$300k

Sub-saharan African and Asian startups helping people get online for the first time using mobile internet stand a chance to win anything between £100 000 – £250 000 by applying to the GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion aims to support innovative solutions to increasing mobile internet […]

[Updated] Corona Virus Uncertainty Clouds Mobile World Congress

With companies withdrawing from this year’s Mobile World Congress left, right and centre, it was only a matter of time before hosting the event would be deemed irresponsible. In fact, the feeling was that the event would be cancelled when GSMA (the event organisers) held a meeting regarding the fate of the tech event held […]

Mobile telecoms trends in Africa & what they mean for your startup (download)

If you’re a local startup, chances are you’d benefit to some extent from partnering a mobile operator. Despite them being viewed mostly as the uninnovative establishment, mobile operators have a lot to offer internet startups in Africa. It can be distribution, their marketing reach, or just tagging along their brand so customers can trust yours. Anyway, the GSMA, […]

Mobile broadband connections account for 28% of connections in Africa, expected to increase to 60% by 2020 – GSMA

According to GSMA, the number of mobile broadband connections is expected to triple over the next 5 years. By 2020 Africa is expected to have 720 million smartphones, representing an increase of 494 million new smartphones between 2015 and 2020.

GSMA report highlights API economy growth – 40 APIs created weekly, opportunities emerge for MNOs & startups

These MNOs opened up specific APIs between 2015 and 2016 as a way of encouraging startup participation in providing solutions for subscribers while offering them expanded service bouquets that included solutions that were also accessible to mobile phones without internet access.

60% of the Zimbabwean population connected on mobile: POTRAZ

Despite having an “over-subscribed” mobile penetration rate of 106%, POTRAZ estimates that only 60% of the Zimbabweans are actually on mobile device or have multiple-active mobile SIM cards (Unique subscriber penetration). This was revealed by a POTRAZ official responding to a question at the recently held Enterprise Office Communication Summit in Harare. The POTRAZ official, […]

The EcoCash mobile payments strategy and numbers: a case study by GSMA

Recently, the GSM Association released a case study report they did on EcoCash this year. The case study focuses on EcoCash’s rapid uptake since launch in September 2011 with a look at how the company has managed to register 2.3 million Zimbabweans in under two years.

New Econet Services company a response to plateaued telecoms business

In October last year, it emerged that the Econet Wireless Group had formed a new company to drive the EcoCash mobile money service. Econet Services. The new company wasn’t “launched” or “announced” formally in the market, as far as we could tell at least. The change was treated subtly by Econet in as far as the market was concern.

Kenya to Switch Off Counterfeit Phones

Kenyan mobile operators will start switching off “fake” cell phones from their networks in accordance with a government directive. They are scheduled to begin the exercise at midnight, 30 September. The switch-off process will involve blocking a handset that bears a fake International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number from accessing a mobile operator’s network. The […]

biNu is shortlisted for a GSMA award

Several days ago, we asked on our Facebook Page if there were any fans that are still using biNu. Most of the responses we got show that people still do. Lots of them. Some even said they are actively selling biNu credits locally. We are learning this shouldn’t come as a surprise; The Australia –based Startup has made quite some impressive achievements since we last checked back in September 2011.