Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

Tecno Mobile, the rising star, doesn’t seem to want to stop its march as it expands its spread in the smartphone space. If The Western media [those based in the US and Europe] ever write about Tecno, they’re going to categorise it as one of those no name Android phone makers that are eating into the shares of Samsung.

 
Well, what you choose to call Tecno doesn’t matter anymore. You can choose to call them Chinko, China Made, Knock off or rip off. Whatever you call them, they are bent on dominating the market and giving users what they want.
 
Recently they launched the Tecno Phantom A, F7. As soon as they did that, I reckoned that I saw a Tablet in the wild running Android being christened as a Tecno Android Pad. Lo and behold, the tablet is not a rumour, but a real tablet.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

The introduction of an affordable smartphone in Ghana could be set to take the local mobile landscape to the next level. Kathryn Cave speaks to Kane Mani, the 25-year-old CEO and co-founder of app developer, Origgin about apps, Waakye and how technology can help solve Africa’s problems.

On 19th June this year, MTN Ghana launched the brand new Ascend Y210 in partnership with Huawei. This could be described as a milestone because by offering the country’s first affordable smartphone it could help drive data usage, increase business potential and through the availability of apps, help ease social issues. Priced at USD 81, this handset comes complete with 65 minutes of voice calls and 200MB of data each month for 12 months.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

THE NATIONAL Communications Authority (NCA) has entered into discussions with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) for the implementation of interim measures that will help manage unsolicited electronic communications.

 
Such intervention by the NCA follows complaints by mobile service subscribers in Ghana on the proliferation of unsolicited electronic communications from MNOs.
 
Dr. Edward Kofi Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, who announced recently in Accra, said some of the recommendations made include the requirement of mobile network operators to maintain “start” and “stop” for activation and also de-activation of all non-transactional and promotional electronic communications.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

The mobile services industry is a modern day gold mine for the “Gold Coast” – according to the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, the mobile services sector has created over 1.5 million jobs in the country and the Ghana Statistical Service, the telecoms industry has been a key driver of economic growth, directly accounting for 7% of investments in Ghana, 10% of government income, and 2% of GDP.

And yet Ghana’s Parliament wants to kill this golden goose by raising prices 20% in a hunt for $50 million in government revenues. This is a good way to curtail the explosion in mobile penetration and the benefits it brings. 
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

Ghana (with MTN being the dominant player) was the cheapest country, offering a similar basket to Vodacom at 26% of the price.

 
The cheaper rates look great for Ghana and MTN Ghana, but what was not mentioned by MPs is that their regulator has imposed fines on all the Ghanaian operators for poor service levels.
 
Various quality standards were not met, including call setup rate, network congestion and dropped calls.
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Francisco Grau
ICT

The government has provided 459 schools and institutions with fully furnished and equipped Information Communication Technology (ITC) laboratories and Internet access.

So far, 38 colleges of education, 37 national vocational training institutes, 26 technical institutes,10  youth leadership training centres and 249 senior secondary  schools have benefited from the government's schools connectivity project.

Other beneficiaries are 25 junior high schools, 49 nursing colleges and 25 community development vocational institutes.