E-pharmacy MYDAWA partners Airtel for easier access to medical services

KENYA – Airtel Kenya, a communication company, has zero-rated MYDAWA, the e-pharmacy in Kenya in a move that will see Airtel customers be able to access MYDAWA and mobile app free of data costs and pay. They will purchase via Airtel Money when placing orders for medicine, health, wellness, personal care and other essential items. Customers using MYDAWA can also have their purchased medicines and products delivered to them in Nairobi and its environs at no extra cost. Access to essential medication from home is critical especially for those at…

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Ed-tech startup ScholarX partners Airtel to launch new mobile learning platform

NIGERIA – ScholarX, an ed-tech startup, has partnered mobile operator Airtel to launch LearnAM, a new mobile learning platform that provides skills training content to improve learning outcomes. Launched in Nigeria in July 2016, the ScholarX app allows users to select parameters and scroll through lists of available scholarships that match their requirements. The initial version of the LearnAM app has been developed on KaiOS and will be available on affordable “smart-feature phones” with content in local dialects such as Pidgin English, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa. LearnAM provides audio and…

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ICT regulator ZICTA awards Beeline Telecoms Zambia’s 4th mobile license

ZAMBIA – The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has granted Beeline Telecom Limited a licence to commence mobile phone operations in the country. Beeline Telecom, a Zambian wholly owned company, will be required to commence operation within the next six months failure to which, unless determined otherwise by the Authority, the licence will be revoked. Currently the mobile service operators in Zambia include South African telecoms giant MTN, Airtel and local telecoms firm Zamtel. The local company has been offered the international network and national services licences with…

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Airtel Tanzania upgrades its 4G network, to offer quality services

TANZANIA – Mobile operator Airtel Tanzania has announced the successful upgrade of its 4G telecom network across the East African country. The investment, which allowed the company to initiate the “Supa 4G” project, now enables it to offer the population much better-quality services on the 700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands and consumers now have access to Internet speeds above 40 Mbps. Beatrice Singano, Airtel Tanzania’s director of communications, said that with the improved 4G network, the company has once again demonstrated its commitment to providing efficient mobile data…

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MoneyGram partners with mobile wallet and fintech to expand its capabilities

AFRICA – MoneyGram International, a global leader in cross-border P2P payments and money transfers, has announced four mobile wallet and fintech partnerships that give the Company access to mobile wallets in 28 markets in Africa, creating the largest footprint in the industry. These new partnerships with Airtel, Thunes, InTouch and MFS Africa will help drive strong digital growth as the Company continues to execute its customer-centric digital transformation as mobile money adoption rapidly grows in Africa. Airtel, a leading provider of telecommunication and mobile money services, has a presence in…

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French telecom giant Orange announces plans to expand into subscriber-rich Nigeria, South Africa markets

NIGERIA – Orange, a French multinational telecommunications corporation, has announced its intention to expand operations to Nigeria, and South Africa. Chief Executive Officer for Orange, Stéphane Richard, told French newspaper, Les Echos, that the company was planning to kickstart the expansion process in a few months’ time because it believes it would benefit from having a wider footprint in Africa. Orange had earlier announced that it would merge its operations in the Middle East and Africa into a single entity, to make way for a potential listing and raise money…

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Telecoms subscribers in Africa’s largest economy rise by 2.96% to 179m

NIGERIA – The National Bureau of Statistics has revealed that the number of active voice subscribers rose by 2.96 per cent from 174.02 million in the second quarter to 179.17 million in the third quarter of 2019. Although it has faced several challenging years, with rapid currency depreciation and a macroeconomic slowdown weighing on profitability, Nigeria’s ICT sector remains a critical non-oil growth driver. It is also a major contributor to the economy, supported by a sizeable young population and the rapid adoption of mobile internet services. Dominated by four…

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Airtel and MasterCard partner to transform digital payments on online merchants

TANZANIA – Airtel Tanzania has partnered with MasterCard to launch virtual card that will enable Airtel Money customers pay for services, goods, apps, hotel or travel and digital content through any online merchants globally accepting payments from Master- Card. Airtel Tanzania Director of Airtel Money Services, Isaack Nchuda said in Dar es Salaam that Airtel customers, powered by MasterCard will be able to enjoy private, secure and seamless digital payments through this partnership. “We are currently living in a world where payments are processed every second and mobile money transactions…

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Airtel Uganda reduces mobile money fees by 79% to improve financial inclusion

UGANDA – Airtel Uganda announced a 79% reduction in their sending and withdraws fees on their mobile money service as part of the company’s efforts to ensure financial inclusion. Speaking during a press Conference at the Airtel Uganda Head office in Kampala, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, Amit Kapur said that the move is intended to draw more customers to use Airtel money services but also ease access to affordable and basic financial services across the country. “Airtel Uganda has taken big strides towards financial inclusion through giving Airtel money,…

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Airtel Africa partners with Ecobank Group to boost customer convenience

AFRICA – Airtel Africa, a leading global telecommunications services provider, and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the parent company of Ecobank banking group, have signed a partnership which will allow millions of Airtel Money and Ecobank customers across Africa to improve their access to mobile financial services and carry out a variety of mobile transactions. This partnership, which is subject to regulatory approval in each market, will enable Airtel Money customers, through Ecobank’s digital financial services ecosystem. They will be able make online deposits and withdrawals, effect real time domestic and international…

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