Safaricom Drops Roaming Charges by up to 99%

Following successful negotiations with its global network of partners, Safaricom has reduced roaming charges for calls and data by up to 99 per cent for over 200 networks across the world.
Safaricom customers will be able to enjoy reduced data roaming rates at the rate of Sh14 per MB in over 52 countries, as well as make calls at reduced rates.

“Our new roaming rates progress our deliberate strategy to continuously invest in optimizing our customers’ experience in order to provide the best experience on our network,” said Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom.

In China for example, Safaricom subscribers roaming on China Mobile will now be charged Sh50 to call back home and enjoy a low of Sh10 per minute to call within China, down from the former rate of Sh360 and Sh130 respectively.

Data pricing will fall to Sh14 per MB while roaming on China Mobile and China Unicom, down from the previous rate of Sh1,900.

The new rates will be applicable to both PrePay and PostPay subscribers with customers able to select their network of choice in the destinations that they travel to based on the rates on offer.
“Our continued push to provide more value to customers is underpinned by our continued desire to empower customers so that we retain a relationship based on trust with them,” said Mr. Collymore.

Subscribers can check applicable rates for country they wish to travel and the preferred roaming network by visiting

Customers will also be able to compare roaming costs on different networks so as to decide which one to roam on.
Source: Biztechafrica

Safaricom Slashes Data Roaming Charges in 52 Countries

Telco Safaricom has today announced it is slashing data roaming charges by up to 99% for over 200 networks across the world. The reduced charges are for the company’s data offerings, and come after negotiations the company had with its new and existing global network of partners. The rates will apply to both pre-pay and post-pay customers of the network. Under the new plans, the data roaming rates in 52 countries will be lowered to Kshs.14 per MB. In China for example, Safaricom subscribers will be charged Kshs. 14 per MB while roaming on China Mobile and China Unicom from the former Kshs. 1,900.

Closer home, In 2015  East Africa member nations signed an agreement dubbed “One Network” that stated telcos in member countries would take significant measures aimed at reducing roaming charges. These changes were to apply to the four member countries of the Northern Corridor including Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi. According to the latest report by the Communications Authority of Kenya, the One Network initiative has paid off with total roaming out data stood at 2.3 million MB during the quarter under review with EAC countries contributing the greatest volume of 1.2 million MB.

Source: Techweez

MTN Nigeria Prepares For Listing

On 10 June 2016, MTN Nigeria announced that, as part of a settlement arrangement with the Federal Government of Nigeria, it would undertake to take immediate steps to ensure the listing of its shares on The Nigerian Stock Exchange (The NSE) as soon as commercially and legally possible.

MTN Nigeria is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has resolved to proceed with preparations for a listing of MTN Nigeria on The NSE as soon as commercially and legally possible and has established a management task team with the responsibility to guide the company towards a listing. At present, MTN Nigeria is targeting that the listing takes place during 2017, subject to suitable market conditions.

MTN Nigeria is further pleased to announce that it has appointed Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited (together with its affiliates, The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited and Standard Advisory London Limited) (collectively “Stanbic”) and Citigroup Global Markets Limited (“Citi”) as its Joint Transaction Advisors and Joint Global Coordinators with Stanbic acting as Lead Issuing House. A full syndicate including Nigerian receiving agents, Nigerian receiving banks and other advisers would be appointed in due course, as appropriate.

The proposed listing would be subject to suitable market circumstances and conditions and the appropriate approvals from relevant regulators and other stakeholders.
Source: Biztechafrica

Kenya: Top African Ministers to Attend Innovation Africa Summit 2016

The Innovation Africa Summit 2016; Africa’s leading annual Education and ICT forum is proud to announce that they have to date received confirmations from 17 dignitaries from Africa, attending the event alongside their Kenyan counterparts. The event is being held for the first time in Nairobi, Kenya and is set to take place from 20th to 22nd September 2016 at the Safari Park Hotel.

The summit is being held in the country under the official patronage of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science & Technology and hosted by Cabinet Secretary Hon. Fred Matiang’i.

The list of 17 dignitaries confirmed so far include as per below:

• HE Maria Augusta da Silva Martins – Angola State Secretary for Innovation in Higher Education
• Hon. Dr. Janvière Ndirahisha – Burundi Minister of Education, Higher Education & Scientific Research
• Hon. Zacharie Perevet – Cameroon Minister of Employment & Vocational Training,
• Hon. Bruno Nabagne Kone – Cote d’Ivoire Minister of Post and ICT
• HE Cesar Augusto Mba Abogo – Equatorial Guinea Secretary of State, Ministry for Program Monitoring of Equatorial Guinea Horizon 2020
• HE Rufino Ovono Ondo – Equatorial Guinea Secretary of State, Ministry of Technology and Telecommunications
• HE Shiferaw Shigute – Ethiopia Minister of Education
• Hon. Aboubacar Senghore – Gambia Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology
• Hon. Khotso Letsatsi – Lesotho Minister of Communications, Science & Technology
• Hon. Dr. Mahali Phamotse – Lesotho Minister of Education & Training
• Hon. George Werner – Liberia Minister of Education
• Hon. Prof Anthony Anwukah – Nigeria Minister of State Federal Ministry of Education
• Hon. Mary Teuw Niane – Senegal Minister of Higher Education & Research
• Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth – South Sudan Minister of ICT
• Hon. John Phiri – Zambia Minister of General Education
• Hon. Prof. Jonathan Moyo – Zimbabwe Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development
• Hon. Paul Mavima – Zimbabwe Deputy Minister of Primary & Secondary Education

The summit has gained the support and endorsement of officials from over 35 African countries and these numbers are primed to improve this year. The summit has become known for its varied pre-scheduled meetings and round tables each previously represented by an African Government ministry or leading educational institutions. Additionally, the high-level summit brings together government, business and civil society thus fulfilling the need and opportunity for greater public private partnership in education, science and research across Africa, the Middle East and beyond.
Source: Itnewsafrica

•    MTN Ghana Launches 20th Anniversary Edition of I-Fest
The MTN Ghana 20th Anniversary edition of the internet festival (iFest) has officially been launched at a colorful outdoor event in Abeka Lapaz, a suburb of Accra by the new Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana, Asher Khan.

The event witnessed the exhibition of some innovative applications from MTN ranging from tracking devices, locally developed animations, construction monitoring applications also provided the platform for the MTN team to interact and introduce to customers various affordable MTN partnered mobile handset device on displayed and help them with the swapping of their old SIM cards with a brand new 4G LTE ones.

Speaking during the event Mr. Asher Khan noted that this year’s iFest is even more special because of the launch of the first on-the-go 4G service in the country which is available nationwide in all the ten regional capitals and key large cities hence the theme for this year’s edition of iFest “Faster connectivity, smarter businesses”

According to him the Internet has become the nerve center of so many activities in our personal and professional lives, and that has made people move from the era of simply using the internet to send and receive emails to being inextricably linked with our mobile devices and the internet.

He said in spite of the growth of MTN network, there are many Ghanaians who are yet to experience the benefits of the internet and allied technologies. “And so our work is not done; we must continue the data education. The fact that our 4G services can make the experience even more enjoyable and beneficial is further reason to continue the education”.

The new Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana further stated that beyond creating data awareness, MTN has empowered many through iFest. “A complement of our I-Fest month is the MTN Apps Challenge, which is in its 4th year. The App Challenge has recognized and nurtured budding talents in the Ghanaian app developer community. Since its introduction, we have recognised and rewarded more than ten developers in Ghana, and winners have been hosted on our MTN Play and other app store platform, giving them the opportunity to earn more with app downloads” he added.

The App Challenge has recognised and nurtured budding talents in the Ghanaian app developer community. Since its introduction, we have recognised and rewarded more than ten developers in Ghana, and winners have been hosted on our MTN Play and other app store platform, giving them the opportunity to earn more with app downloads” he added.

MTN Ghana offers the first and only 4G service that enables users to experience higher-speed mobile internet on the same mobile phone from which they make and receive voice calls. With faster internet, the transmission of data in the form of text, images or video/TV can be done with ease, on-the-go, and at the best speeds. Higher speed internet broadband promotes business growth and enriched social lives, ultimately boosting national development.
Source: Biztechafrica