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Kenya's Safaricom Drops Exclusivity Rule for Mobile Money Agents

Kenya's dominant mobile network, Safaricom has dropped a rule that barred its mobile money agents from working with other mobile networks.

The company had tried to enforce a rule that a mobile money agent was only allowed to handle transactions for its customers, but pressure from rival mobile networks and an investigation by the regulator seem to have forced a reversal of that position.

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Senegal: Mobile Phone App Helps Diabetics During Ramadan in Senegal

Senegal has become the first Francophone country to pilot a mobile phone platform, called mRamadan, which helps people with diabetes safely manage their health while fasting. Diabetics who are testing the new app say it has been quite helpful.

Diabetics in Senegal can now receive - for the first time - free, daily text messages with recommendations for fasting before, during and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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Operator participation vital to African digital music industry

Mobile operators must participate if Africa’s digital music industry is to become a viable market by introducing attractive value propositions to customers, as the current model of the music industry is not working, according to panelists at the VAS Africa summit in Johannesburg.

Panelists considering distribution channels and revenues of the digital music industry in Africa agreed the value chain currently in play in the largely download-based market is not working, as it does not provide fair income to artists and does not incentivise consumers to pay for music.

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Sudan Cuts Off Unregistered SIM Cards

Sudan's telecoms regulator has ordered the country's three mobile networks to cut off unregistered SIM cards, following several months of warnings that a suspension was imminent.

The regulator said that "hundreds of thousands" of unregistered SIM cards had been cut off, although millions are said to be still unregistered.

The three mobile networks, Zain, Al Sudani and MTN have been promoting the registration process from late last year, when it was reported that two million SIM cards were still unregistered.

Of that, by June 2014, some 1.6 million responded.

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Moov Togo launches new ‘Sports Connect’ platform for mobile users

Mobile operator Moov Togo has selected leading voice messaging and media mobile apps developer Kirusa to supply it with its social media messaging service – ‘Sports Connect’ – enabling Moov users to receive exclusive sports voice message updates directly on their mobile phones.

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Ghana's Expresso Banned from Sales Until Next Month

Ghana's Expresso has been banned from signing up new customers until next month following complaints about poor network quality.

The telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA) imposed the ban that affects both sales and marketing efforts by the mobile network operator.

According to the regulator, Expresso had operational challenges in all the three Northern regions as well as the Eastern and Volta regions.

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WhatsApp Accounts for a Quarter of Mobile Data Usage at Zimbabwean Network

A Zimbabwean mobile network is reporting that WhatsApp usage now accounts for nearly a quarter of its entire mobile data traffic.

In February, Econet Wireless launched an unlimited WhatsApp bundle, using Sandvine's Usage Management solution implemented with Sandvine's local partner Three6Five Technologies.

The WhatsApp bundles includes varying plans - 30 cents daily, 95 cents per week and $3 a month - to offer bite-sized Internet plans priced to meet the needs of the market demographic.

WhatsApp now accounts for more than 23% of network activity.

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Rwanda to use SMS for disaster management

The Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR) is launching a service involving the use of SMS in alerting the public about looming disasters.

Jean Baptiste Nsengiyumva, director of research and public awareness at the ministry, said it would soon be possible for people to receive messages from the Rwanda Meteorology Agency warning them of disasters earlier so they can vacate areas if need be.

The service will also help government agencies in charge of intervention respond to the crisis in time.

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Africa: 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations - CAF and Morocco Assess Preparations, TV important

Marrakech or Rabat for the opening match of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2015? The proposal of the Moroccan side to CAF will be made in the coming days for an answer to this question. This is one of the commitments made by the Moroccan delegation at the working session of Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the headquarters of CAF in Cairo, relating to preparations for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

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Moroccans denounce new information draft law

After a heated debate and a long wait, the Moroccan government secretariat withdrew the “Information Law” draft bill (“Code Numerique”) from its official website, after it had published it in a bid to receive feedback before submitting it to parliament.

The document sparked a huge uproar on social networking sites, which impeded its legislative track for now, until it is reviewed.

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