Nokia 3310 Comes Back To Life

The iconic cellphone of the early 2000s was known for its durability and long battery life. HMD claims this reinvention will last for 22 hours of talk time and months on standby. New to the 3310 is a colour screen, camera and microSD card slot.

The original device was one of the best-selling mobile phones, selling 126 million units when it was launched in 2000. It was known for its durability and long battery.

SA Warned About ‘Mobile Data Crunch’

Experts say South Africa does not have the necessary spectrum to cater for the country's growing appetite for mobile data.

Mortimer Hope, director of Spectrum and Public Policy Africa at the GSMA, Mortimer Hope, has been quoted as saying that, "The number of mobile data users and their average usage are increasing exponentially. Mobile networks will come under increasing strain to meet this demand unless additional spectrum is made available for mobile broadband."

Uber to Explore Mobile Money Service in Africa

After launching its service in seven African cities and hitting a few hitches, especially in Kenya, Uber is exploring the use of mobile money services.

The service has been launched in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria in South Africa; Lagos in Nigeria; Cairo; and Nairobi, Kenya. Uber offers a cashless service, mainly targeting credit card holders, but the low penetration rates of cardholders outside South Africa has affected uptake.

​Vodacom’s Fibre Network Passes 25 000 Homes

Mobile network Vodacom has joined South Africa’s fibre broadband land rush as the company says its high-speed network now passes around 25 000 homes in the country.

Vodacom chief executive officer, Shameel Joosub, says the company’s annual financial results briefing that it has invested R500 million in its fibre to the home and business segment.

Joosub states that while Vodacom has rolled out fibre access to around 25 000 homes, the company further has another 190 estates in its pipeline.

GSMA Establishes Office in Nairobi to Support Burgeoning African Telecoms Market

Mobile Connections in Sub-Saharan Africa Increase 20 Per Cent to 500 Million in 2013 and Are Expected to Increase by an Additional 50 Per Cent by 2018

The GSMA today announced that it has opened a permanent office in Nairobi, Kenya. The office will be based in the heart of Nairobi’s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community and will enable the GSMA to work even more closely with its members and other industry stakeholders to extend the reach and socio-economic benefits of mobile throughout Africa.

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