Archive for March, 2010
Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Welcome to FTAfrica! This first post on this new website offers an introduction into what this website would be about. Focus This website would be mainly focused on residents of Africa who want to enjoy the very best in radio and TV broadcasting using today's technologies. Content might occasionally focus outside Africa where it is necessary to do so. Why? This website exists to serve useful information about satellite radio and satellite ...  [Read more]

"SMS Advertising is far better than radio, TV and print put together" – Alex Adjei Bram, SMS GH
Saturday, March 20th, 2010

If you are a regular Facebook user in Ghana, you would have noticed recent free sms ads like the ones shared to the left of this article. One of the companies advertising free sms to Ghana is SMSGH. SMSGH owns a platform for free sms at Alex Adjei Bram is the General Manager (Sales/Marketing) of SMSGH.COM I chatted with him recently to ask about their new free sms services and to know the catch behind it as well as how ...  [Read more]

Nigerian Internet Business Opportunities. An #ICT4D Skype Chat.
Friday, March 19th, 2010

The following blog post is culled from and involves me. Nigeria is the Giant of Africa, with 1/8 of its population and all the possibilities and problems that come with such size and diversity. It also should be the ICT leader for Africa. Nigeria has the more mobile phone subscribers, at 68 million, than Egypt or South Africa. And more Internet users, 11 million, than South Africa, and almost as many as Egypt. But it doesn't have ...  [Read more]

Zain launches award winning mobile commerce service 'Zap' in Ghana
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

- Ghanaians To Pay For Goods And Services Via Mobile Phones -  Zap Eco-system to enrich lives offering customers more flexibility and security in a multitude of transactions 24 hours a day Tuesday 16 March, Accra – ‘Zap’, Zain’s award winning mobile commerce service that allows customers to use their mobile phones like a mobile wallet to pay for goods and services and conduct banking services regardless of the type of handset they ...  [Read more]

Is Kenya beating Nigeria in Internet Business Opportunities?
Monday, March 15th, 2010

This blog post is in reaction to The 3 Reasons Why Kenya is Beating Nigeria in Internet Business Opportunities as published by ICTworks. I was perplexed at the title of the blog post. Could the author Wayan Vota simply be courting controversy as a means of drawing traffic to the blog? I would attempt to review the reasons listed in the blog post as to why the author is of the view that Kenya leads Nigeria in Internet Business opportunities. 1. ...  [Read more]

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Join young Nigerians to demand for a better Nigeria. Find below a release from a youth movement in Nigeria. Fellow Young Nigerians, Did you know that in Nigeria, young people are in the majority? Did you know that young people below 35 make up more than 70 per cent of the population? That means that we have the power to actually make things happen! So how come we are doing nothing about the many problems that have hit our nation in the past ...  [Read more]

Google's Gmail offering Free SMS to Ghana, but…
Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Gmail users in Ghana who logged into the free email service would have noticed a pop-up message today: The message read: New! Free SMS in Gmail Send free SMS directly from Gmail - just enter a phone number and click Enter. SMS replies come right to your Gmail inbox. This service is now available for mobile phones in Ghana. The free SMS can be sent directly from within Gmail once the user logs in, as seen from the screenshot below: According ...  [Read more]

A review of MTN Nigeria Mobile Broadband service
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I picked-up an MTN Nigeria mobile broadband kit recently and have used it heavily, since then. Find below my review of the service. The entire kit cost N18,650: HSDPA USB stick: N8,500 MTN SIM: N150 Airtime: N10,000 (24/7 monthly plan) The MTN agent asked for an ID and passport photo. As I had no prior knowledge they would demand this, I was only fortunate that I always carried a driving licence and spare passport photos in my wallet ...  [Read more]

Skype now available for Nokia smartphones in Ovi Store
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

More than 200 million smartphone users worldwide now have Skype at their fingertips Skype and Nokia has announced the release of Skype for Symbian, a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. Skype for Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). It is now downloadable for free ...  [Read more]

How Aero Contractors offers very low airfares. The catches!
Monday, March 8th, 2010

Aero Contractors in my view is a budget airline only that it is not so-called. The airline has been advertising very low fares to all its destinations, for some time now. I dragged myself into flying Aero twice in recent times, to satisfy my curiosity on how they could offer such low fares. This blog post is based on what I could see as a passenger who has no expertise in aviation. Aero Contractors (Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd) or ...  [Read more]