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Mobile Money Interoperability to challenge Safaricom’s Dominance of the Telecoms Market

Mobile Money Interoperability to challenge Safaricom’s Dominance of the Telecoms Market

Business
M-Pesa’s position as the leading cash transfers service is set to face a new challenge with the launch of mobile money interoperability, which will see users send and receive money across networks in real time. The communications and banking sector regulators are today set to announce the start of a pilot test of the cross-network service beginning Monday next week, before its full launch to the public later on. The cross-network transfers will be limited to Airtel and Safaricom employees in the pilot phase. “One of the key reasons we need interoperability is to make sure that people are not limited by a closed network, you should be able to send money to anyone on any network and receive money from anyone,” said ICT minister Joe Mucheru in an interview yesterd
Airtel launches new broadband Internet service

Airtel launches new broadband Internet service

Broadband
Telecommunications service provider, Airtel has unveiled its newly introduced Unlimited Data plans to boost mobile broadband connectivity. According to airtel, the plan will empower and create more prosperity opportunities for telecoms consumers as well as boost mobile internet broadband connectivity. The Home Broadband Service, allows customers to share data with colleagues, friends and family members with and the new package will empower telecoms consumers to have access to unlimited internet service at reasonable cost. “Airtel is committed to pioneering innovation, superior data experience and affordability.“Our new Unlimited is truly unlimited as we have stretched the threshold to deliver up to 100GB to telecoms consumers so that they can empower more people within their circle of

Safaricoms’ Mpesa, Airtel Money to brace for new entrant Equity Bank, as competition for mobile money market share heats up

Business, Internet, Mobile
Equity Bank goes for special SIM cards for its mobile money service reports businessdailyafrica.com In Summary Equity Bank plans to issue consumers with the ultra-slim SIM cards that can sit on the back of normal SIM cards, saving users the trouble of migrating or carrying two phones. The layered SIM card can receive and make calls as an independent line and comes loaded with mobile wallets for financial services. The special SIM card allows users to access financial services and make cheap international phone calls by diverting traffic from the parent network to the carry-on SIM. Equity Bank’s customers will get special SIM cards to simultaneously access the lender’s mobile virtual network without parting ways with the existing telecoms operators. Equity
Evolving 3G competition is a positive sign for Burkina Faso

Evolving 3G competition is a positive sign for Burkina Faso

Broadband, Governance
Next month, Burkina Faso will presumably hold its 9th annual semaine nationale de l’Internet (national Internet week). Last year’s event urged rural areas to better contribute to national development using ICT. In advance of this great moment, we’ve taken the time to highlight current Internet happenings in Burkina Faso. Mobile broadband is certainly on the rise in the West African nation. As of early 2012, 91% of Internet users used mobile devices. Market share among the three operators is tight; as of last year, Airtel and Telmob were tied with 39% and Telecel followed with a 22% share. That is poised to change with aggressive 3G offerings from Airtel and Telmob, along with the regulator’s call for a fourth mobile provider. More