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Middle East growth in online transactions with entertainment fastest growing sector

New research from Payfort on seven Arab countries found a 22% increase in online transactions in 2016. “In 2016 the entertainment industry for Egypt and KSA and UAE and Jordan and Kuwait and Qatar and Lebanon reached a combined size … Continue reading

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Majaloop: Helping the unbanked with new Open-Source software

Majaloop: Helping the unbanked with new Open-Source software released by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – 16 October 2017 The Gates Foundation released software designed to create payment platforms to help individuals and companies in the developing world to access … Continue reading

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Sub-Saharan Digital TV penetration to reach 99.9% in 35 forecast countries by 2021 = 74.7 million homes.

2015 was yet another momentous year for television in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most countries missed the ITU’s analog switch-off deadline of June, but DTT, especially pay DTT, made huge gains. And there is much more to come, partly as Canal Plus … Continue reading

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Vodafone Operating Companies

Vodacom Group (Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa) – Vodacom DRC** – Vodacom Lesotho – Vodacom Mozambique – Vodacom South Africa – Vodacom Tanzania Vodafone Albania Vodafone Czech Republic Vodafone Egypt Vodafone Germany Vodafone Ghana Vodafone … Continue reading

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Pay-TV homes in Middle East and North Africa to double 2010 – 2020 to 21.3 million

The number of pay-TV homes in the Middle East and North Africa will double between 2010 and 2020 to 21.3 million, according to a report by Digital TV Research. Turkey will account for 37 percent of the 2020 total. The … Continue reading

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Sub-Saharan Africa pay TV revenues to rocket to $6.2 billion

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach $6.22 billion in 2020, up from $3.54 billion in 2014 and $1.92 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Excluding South Africa, pay TV revenues will climb … Continue reading

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Extracts from ‘Middle East and North Africa TV’, published April 2014

 Kuwait in summary: Population (end-2013) 3,279,848 Area (sq km) 17,818 Population density (per sq km) 184.1 Capital/ppulation KuwaitCity, end-2012 est. 517,786 Households (end-2013) 344,852 GDP (US$ mil.) (2013 est) 185,319 GDP % growth(decline) 0.8 Unemployment (%) (2013 est) 2.1 Inflation … Continue reading

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Is Etisalat the new Zain in Africa?

On Tuesday 5 November 2013 Morocco Telecom confirmed the signing of the final agreement for the sale by Vivendi of its 53 percent stake in Morocco Telecom to Etisalat. Morocco Telecom said in a statement that it and its subsidiaries … Continue reading

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Will Nigeria be the make-or-break for Airtel?

Bharti Airtel entered Africa with the prospect of being a game changer in April 2010: three years later its overall market share have risen just 0.4 percentage points and it has yet challenge the original major groups that operate in … Continue reading

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Progress of LTE charted in new study; Africa starts to light up

In the week that Czech regulator CTU published details on a new auction for frequencies in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, analyst firm Informa Telecoms published its revised  ‘LTE Spectrum Strategies and Forecasts to 2018’ interactive market study. … Continue reading

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