Posts Tagged ‘West Africa’
Monday, July 18th, 2011

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) launched in Ghana on 7th July 2011, enabling mobile subscribers to move from one mobile network to another, whilst still retaining their full mobile number. It has generated some buzz in the Ghana's mobile communications sector with all the mobile providers offering mouth-watering incentives to woo subscribers from other networks whilst keeping their existing subscribers. As of this morning (18th July 2011), over ...  [Read more]

A spotlight on the Esoko platform and apps
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

This is the 3rd and final part in a series of posts related to Esoko. Esoko: The Platform Esoko is an agricultural market information platform. It takes advantage of the explosive growth of mobile communication services in Africa. Managed on the web and delivered via mobile, individuals, agri-business, government and projects use Esoko to collect and send out market data using simple text messaging. The Esoko platform provides automatic and ...  [Read more]

Ghanaian mobile operators woo customers to port to their network, via the web
Monday, July 11th, 2011

Following the launch of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Ghana on 7th July 2011, the mobile networks all launched campaigns geared towards enticing mobile subscribers to port to their network. Newspaper ads, radio jingles and TV ads have taken the lead but since the internet is slowing going mainstream in Ghana, the leading mobile networks have taken their marketing the internet, as well. I am highlighting the web campaigns ...  [Read more]

Infinity TV goes premium
Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Infinity TV, a direct-to-home satellite TV service on Astra 2B has gone premium. Most of the channels they offer which have hitherto been free since early 2010 are now ...  [Read more]

Esoko Ltd: Powering an agric revolution
Friday, July 8th, 2011

This is the 2nd part in a series of posts focused on Esoko. While many web/software development entities in Africa focus on fancy applications (apps) that have little meaningful impact on their society, a fast-growing software company headquartered in Accra is focused on improving some agricultural processes through creating software for collecting, analysing and sharing data related to agriculture. Esoko Ltd is championing an unusual mix in ...  [Read more]

Meet WACS, the latest submarine cable into Africa
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In case you missed the memo, Africa is rising. Having been largely ignored in the development of the Internet, things have been changing rapidly in the past decade with telecommunication companies forming alliances with financial institutions to bring serious data connectivity into Africa, and with it, lots of potential for prosperity. You can thus understand my excitement each time a new submarine cable is announced. West Africa Cable ...  [Read more]

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I granted the following video interview to ICTWorks.org in January 2011, and spoke about ICT for development, mobile communications, e-commerce, web hosting in Africa. ...  [Read more]

MTN Ghana’s lofty broadband promise
Saturday, May 28th, 2011

I was a bit amused by a bold promise from MTN Ghana's Facebook update recently: Dear All Thank you for your commendations .We are working hard to even give you much more better coverage for both voice and data services Indeed, MTN’s USD 90 million West African Cable System (WACS), the biggest in Africa, has landed from UK and soon subscribers across the continent like you will be receiving a broadband windfall ever. WACS (West Africa Cable ...  [Read more]

Free Super Broadband in Accra Mall, Ghana
Friday, March 11th, 2011

MainOne "Feel The Impact" broadband promo for Accra Ghana MainOne Cable Company is set to launch a free broadband promo from  14th to 26th March inside Accra Mall, in collaboration with a local partner BusyInternet. The promo is similar to what they unleashed in The Palms Mall Lekki Nigeria in December 2010. The promo is meant to bring the high-speed experience possible via MainOne, directly to end-users. Though MainOne does not sell internet ...  [Read more]

Free Super Broadband @ The Palms, Lekki
Thursday, December 30th, 2010

I am now headed back to my abode after a day at The Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki Nigeria. I had stumbled on a Facebook update from MainOne Cable just yesterday offering free broadband via Wi-Fi and so this dawn, I set-off to take "undue" advantage of the free broadband service. I was more excited with the potential speed, than it being a freebie. You see, Main One is a submarine cable system that carries gigabytes of data from Europe to West ...  [Read more]