Category Archives: Mobile

Zain and Nokia roll out 4.9G trial in Saudi Arabia

Nokia and Zain KSA have rolled out a Massive MIMO pilot in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, which seeks to offer download speeds of up to 700Mbps. The pilot uses spectrum in the 2.6GHz range over Zain’s LTE network and will exploit Nokia’s 5G ready AirScale Massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls. The head [...]

Sirius Telecoms rolls out MVNO services in Senegal

Sirius Telecoms launched the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Promobile in Senegal owned by local business tycoon Mbackiou Faye. It is the first virtual mobile network operator in Senegal to enter the telecom market. The new mobile operator will try to position itself for the development of a digital society that aims to offer [...]

Ooredoo Kuwait and Ooredoo Qatar have successfully tested the 5G

Ooredoo Group has successfully made the first trial International 5G call in the region by showing the remarkable capabilities of its 5G networks in Qatar and Kuwait. The trial occurred between Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Group, and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Kuwait. The trial was [...]

Vodafone Ghana seizes 4G licence

Vodafone Ghana has been granted a 4G licence after having reached an agreement with the National Communications Authority (NCA) for the acquisition of the 2×5MHz frequency spectrum in the 800MHz band for mobile services. Following a successful financial negotiation with the NCA which cost around US$30million, Vodafone Ghana can now operate an LTE 4G spectrum [...]

Mobile Operator Tigo rolls out 4G in Senegal

The mobile operator Tigo has officially rolled out 4G in Senegal. The agreement was signed on December 4 in Dakar between Mass Thiam, CEO of Tigo and Abdou Karim Sall, General Director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and positions (ARTP). In order to exploit the 4G, Tigo had to pay 4.6 million USD (27 billion [...]

MTN rolls out first Disney Mobile Web Service in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has introduced the first Disney mobile web service in Nigeria, Disney nigeria.mobi which is Disney-themed short-form content, games and shareables. The service is the outcome of a partnership between MTN Nigeria and The Walt Disney Company Africa. The two-year deal allows MTN Nigeria exclusivity for the first year of the partnership. The General [...]

Orange and MTN launched Pan-African Mobile Money

Two of Africas largest mobile operators and mobile money providers, Orange Group and MTN Group announced a joint venture, Mowali (mobile wallet interoperability), where the aim is to make interoperable payments across Africa. Mowali makes it possible to send money between mobile money accounts issued by any mobile money provider, in real time and at [...]

Spotify rolls out premium promo package in South Africa

Spotify is offering a new premium subscription in South Africa. The new promo package is R5.99 ($0.42).  The pricing is available for three months, after which the subscription price will be R59.99, or $4.27 USD per month. Spotify also offers a free version, which includes ads, limited song skips, and no offline listening. The promo is only [...]

Spotify is now accessible in MENA

Spotify, the paid music streaming service has officially rolled out in the Middle East and North Africa. The company declared services would now be accessible in 13 Arab markets, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Morocco but not Libya, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen. For several years, Spotify has been accessible in the [...]