Friday, September 24

Mobile

Safaricom Announces Launch Date for Commercial 5G Network
5G, Mobile, Telecommunications

Safaricom Announces Launch Date for Commercial 5G Network

Safaricom has announced that it will increase its 5G sites by 200 by the end of 2021, and launch a commercialised version of its 5G services in 2022. Kenya’s leading telco launched 5G technology for the first time in the country in March, starting with 15 sites. Now the telco says it wants to take the supremely high-speed internet to additional towns. Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO said Wednesday that the company would use up to 200 sites for testing the upgraded network as it seeks to capitalise on the country’s nascent Internet use which is slowly growing. Safaricom’s 5G service is also hoped to be a central key of its attempts to further expand its data business in order to counter the slow growth in voice calls revenue. Continue reading Image: TechWeez
Netflix launches free plan in Kenya to boost growth
Africa, Apps, Mobile

Netflix launches free plan in Kenya to boost growth

Netflix said on Monday it is launching a free mobile plan in Kenya as the global streaming giant looks to tap the East African nation that is home to over 20 million internet users. The free plan, which will be rolled out to all users in Kenya in the coming weeks, won’t require them to provide any payment information during the sign-up, the company said. The new plan is available to any user aged 18 or above with an Android phone, the company said. It will also not include ads. Netflix, available in over 190 countries, has experimented with a range of plans in recent years to lure customers in developing markets. For instance, it began testing a $3 mobile-only plan in India in 2018 — before expanding it to users in several other countries. Continue reading Image: Krisztian Bocsi ...
iPhone 13 series price in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa
Gadgets, Mobile

iPhone 13 series price in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa

After about a year of speculation and anticipation, Apple has released the iPhone 13 series. During a virtual event on Tuesday, Apple announced that the iPhone 13 will come in four new models: the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.  What’s new about the iPhone 13 series? Well, it looks very much like the iPhone 12 but two notable main updates were made to the phone’s display and camera. The new phones will also run on the latest version of Apple’s operating system, iOS 15. They also come with larger batteries, more storage (maximum of 1 Terabyte storage), a new A15 Bionic processor, a smaller notch and new camera features.  How much does it cost? The iPhone 13 starts at $829 for 128GB, which is twice the storage the iPhone 12 started with; while the iPhone...
Jumo, MTN launch mobile money loan offering to improve SME credit access in Ivory Coast
ecommerce, Mobile

Jumo, MTN launch mobile money loan offering to improve SME credit access in Ivory Coast

South Africa-based Jumo has partnered with MANSA Bank and MTN Mobile Financial Services to provide loans to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Ivory Coast. Founded in 2015 and backed by Goldman Sachs, Jumo offers savings and credit products to entrepreneurs in emerging markets, as well as financial services infrastructure to partners such as e-money operators and banks. In Ivory Coast, which is Jumo’s most recent market, the collaboration will see the company introduce its new short-term and small-scale loan product, VitKash, built in partnership with MANSA and offered through MTN’s mobile money platform. Continue reading Image: UNCDF
5 New Devices Expected to Be Revealed at Apple’s Live Event Today
Gadgets, Mobile

5 New Devices Expected to Be Revealed at Apple’s Live Event Today

After weeks of seemingly daily iPhone 13 rumours, today the device is expected to launch during Apple’s California Streaming virtual live event. Last week, Apple confirmed it was hosting an event on 14 September at 19:00 CAT. With the event’s announcement, Apple’s SVP of Marketing, Greg Joswiak tweeted out a short clip that also points to the 14 September date and shows off a new AR technology that Apple could be working on, possibly in relation to the iPhone 13, which can be experienced here. Today’s event holds the possibility of being the launch point for what could be some of Apple’s most important Spring products, with abounding speculations saying the iPad 9, iPad mini 6, AirPods 3, Apple Watch 7 and finally the iPhone 13 series will all appear at the event. Continue readin...
iPhone 13 Pro Models Reported to Have 1TB Storage Option
Mobile, Telecommunications

iPhone 13 Pro Models Reported to Have 1TB Storage Option

According to reliable Apple and iPhone analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will reportedly offer 1 TB storage options, marking the first Apple smartphone devices to cross this storage threshold. 9to5Mac reports that a new investor report from Kuo details what storage options the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini will be available in. These include configurations of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. Notably missing is the 64GB storage option, which possibly makes the iPhone 12 series the final set of devices that will be released with the configuration. The iPhone 13’s storage configurations far outclass its predecessors, according to the report. In contrast, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are only available in 128Gb, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. The iPhone 1...
TECNO’s CAMON series to be the first to release MediaTek’s latest Helio G96 chips in the African market
Africa, Mobile, Telecommunications

TECNO’s CAMON series to be the first to release MediaTek’s latest Helio G96 chips in the African market

Lagos, Nigeria, 9th September 2021 – International smartphone brand, TECNO just confirmed that it will feature MediaTek’s Helio G96 chipset in its CAMON 18 series to launch in Oct, making it the first smartphone brand to do so for the African market. The newly launched MediaTek Helio G96 chipset is ideal for powerful 4G smartphones for the mainstream market, and is equipped with enhanced technology features which boost display and photography experiences. TECNO CAMON series was first launched in 2015 with a dedication to bring pioneering camera technologies to African consumers. It has grown to be one of the most popular camera phones. The Helio G96 chipset will allow the TECNO CAMON series to further enhance its position and provide cutting edge display and photography capabilities. C...
Samsung Galaxy Z Series Foldables Now Available for Pre-Order in SA
Africa, Mobile, Telecommunications

Samsung Galaxy Z Series Foldables Now Available for Pre-Order in SA

Samsung has announced that its newly launched Galaxy Z series is now available for pre-order in South Africa. The highly anticipated device series includes the foldable smartphones Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G. The South Korean tech juggernaut is also adding in some pre-order bonuses for its South African customers, which include the Galaxy Buds 2 earbuds, the Galaxy Smart Tag key finder and the Samsung Care+ warranty package. “When you pre-order or purchase during the 1 September to 20 October 2021 promotional period, you will receive an exclusive offer, that includes the new Galaxy Buds2, the must-have Galaxy Smart Tag and the peace of mind of Samsung Care+, all valued at R5,200,” the company says in a statement. Continue reading
Telkom SA Cuts 1GB Data Prices & Launches New 1.5GB Bundle
Mobile, Telecommunications

Telkom SA Cuts 1GB Data Prices & Launches New 1.5GB Bundle

South Africa’s semi-private telecommunications firm Telkom has cut the price of its 1GB + 1GB All networks data bundle to R79,00 from the previous price of R99. The telco has also announced the introduction of a new 1,5GB + 1,5GB All networks data bundle at R89,00. According to a statement issued by Telkom, these deals will initially only be available on the *180# USSD menu and from 20 September 2021 may be accessed on all other channels. Telkom says that its all-networks data bundles are available for purchase to all new and existing customers (Prepaid, Post-paid and Top-up or Hybrid). During a BEC attack, fraudsters usually initiate an email exchange with a company employee in order to gain their trust and encourage actions that are detrimental to the interest of the company or...
Vodacom SA Launches 5G in Northern Cape with ICASA’s Temporary Spectrum
5G, Mobile, Southern Africa, Telecommunications

Vodacom SA Launches 5G in Northern Cape with ICASA’s Temporary Spectrum

Vodacom Central Region has become the first network provider to launch a 5G mobile network in Kimberly, Northern Cape province of South Africa. The new 5G network supports both mobile and fixed wireless access services. Customers of the carrier with 5G enabled devices, and within a 5G coverage area, are now able to access the new 5G network in Northern Cape province. In May 2020, Vodacom switched on South Africa’s first live 5G mobile network in three cities – Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. This network supports both mobile and fixed wireless services and is currently available in Free State, Gauteng, Western Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal provinces. Continue reading