Michael MalakataLusaka Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Malakata is a correspondent for the IDG News Service.

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Mobile money transfers to Africa expected to hit $33 billion this year

Most sub-Sahara Africans are using mobile financial services to buy goods, pay utility bills, send and receive money

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Nigerian gov't hands over Nitel, Mtel assets to NATCOM

Whether the consortium can turn around the company is an open question

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Catching up to other African nations, Zambia plans mobile infrastructure initiative

There's little doubt than in many African countries, people depend on mobile phones for Internet access.

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Gilat Satcom offers connectivity package for rural Africa for just $1 per month

Voice-over-IP (VoIP), cellular, video over IP and Wi-Fi connections offered

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East Africa expands One Network Area to include data, mobile money

Officials expect mobile money services to boost trade and development in the region.

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Nigeria joins list of African countries threatening prison sentences for mobile operators

Tanzania, Zambia also among countries imposing prison sentences on mobile operators who do not provide quality telecom services

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Malawi's natioanal carrier seeks partner for fiber-optic network

The Southern African country is looking for international players who can help develop the cable system

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South Africa moves on plan to connect schools to Internet

After a continent-wide project failed to produce results, countries take steps individually

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Kenya becomes second country in East Africa to enjoy free Wi-Fi

As in Rwanda, the free Wi-Fi connection will give users open access to the Internet

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Cost of communications back on the rise in Southern Africa

The Southern African countries face increasing inflation rates compared to other regions

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Visa, MasterCard partner with mobile money providers in Africa

Visa to partner with Bharti Airtel, MasterCard teams with eTranzact

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Millicom deal with Vodacom on mobile money in Tanzania a sign of the times

Millicom's Tigo is expected to replicate deal in other countries

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Kenya abandons school laptop project, moves to computer labs

A snag in the bidding process derailed the laptop plan, but there are high hopes for computer labs

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Liquid Telecom raises $150 million to extend broadband in Africa

Fiber network to offer speeds up to 100Mbps

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Huawei faces outcry over telecom towers in Zambia

Towers do not adhere to technical specifications