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Accra, May 10, GNA - Nokia and MTN Group have signed an agreement to expand their strategic relationship to new markets within Middle East and Africa MTN affiliates.
A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Tuesday by MTN, said the Framework agreement signed in Dubai and Johannesburg, would permit the large community of MTN customers to benefit from the integration of Nokia devices and solutions.
Joint marketing and sales campaigns will be designed on a regional level and will bring consumers the latest Nokia mobile phones and smartphones, combined with value added services such as orientation and navigation tools, for seamless mobile communications while at work, home or on the go.
Building on previous success stories such as the joint launch of the Nokia C3 with MTN data and value add package in Nigeria, and the launch of the Nokia E7 and business tools for corporate clients in South Africa, the intention is to drive similar bundles, services and experiences in other MTN markets to add value to consumers.
The two companies will also collaborate to create hyper-local applications, such as Ovi Life Tools, which will soon be officially launched in Nigeria, bringing value to consumers through the provision of locally relevant data for farming, education and entertainment.
Mr Christian De Faria, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Innovation MTN Group said, "Going to the market with a strategic partner like Nokia is of prime importance for our operations. We are convinced that our MTN customers will obtain immediate advantages for their cost effective and reliable communications thanks to a strong brand such as Nokia."
Mr Chris Braam, Vice President for Nokia Middle East and Africa, added: "A strategic partnership agreement with MTN Group brings us an additional opportunity to strengthen our existing relationships and bring a strong consumer proposition to other markets."
"We are committed to delivering outstanding communications technologies to the growing community of 141 million MTN subscribers in the whole of Middle East and Africa."
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MTN GhanaAccra - Nokia and MTN Group have signed an agreement to expand their strategic relationship to new markets within Middle East and Africa MTN affiliates.

A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra on Tuesday by MTN, said the Framework agreement signed in Dubai and Johannesburg, would permit the large community of MTN customers to benefit from the integration of Nokia devices and solutions.  

skypeIf Microsoft does buy Skype, The Wall Street Journal reported that the deal could be valued at $8.5 billion, including assumed debt. At that price, a Skype takeover would top Microsoft's biggest previous acquisition — a $6 billion purchase of the online ad service aQuantive in 2007.

Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, the Journal said Microsoft could announce an agreement with Skype as early as Tuesday. The newspaper reported the same people also cautioned the talks could fall apart.

Uganda Telecom announced over the weekend that it intends to appeal a ruling that orders the company to pay MTN Uganda five billion shillings (approx US$ 2 million) for charges, damages and interest. The decision to appeal means the battle between the two companies is likely to drag on into the near future.

MTN Uganda had sued Uganda Telecom over unpaid interconnection fees dating back over two years.

Issue 4, May 2011 CoverPC Tech Communications today announced the release of PC Tech Magazine's Volume 2, Issue 4, "Re-engineering Talk". The magazine is available in major book stores and supermarkets in East Africa, while online readers can download a copy here.

EDITORIAL NOTES


If you asked me about it back in February, I’m sure I wouldn’t have preferred to read either of the words, Facebook or Twitter in our cover story – let alone on the cover. In that magazine, we discussed issues of Internet Freedom, with our key focus on what some writers called the “digital revolution” of Egypt. As predicted, that revolution would have far more lasting implications on, not just Egypt, but the whole continent: and as it appears, even on PC Tech Magazine!

HMN_head_shotMay 3, 2011 - Ham Namakajjo has joined Google Uganda as Country Manager and commenced his role as Country Manager on May 2nd. Ham is a strategy and business development professional joining Google’s Sub-Saharan Africa team to lead Google Uganda.

Osama Bin LadenAs news of Osama bin Laden's death made its way across the globe Sunday night, Internet traffic exploded.

Twitter: At the news event's peak, Twitter said that users were sending off more than 4,000 tweets per second. That makes the volume of tweets surrounding the event either the second or third-highest in Twitter's history.

That volume is on par with the 4,064 tweets-per-second peak of this year's Super Bowl, but still far short of the 6,939 tweets per second record set when Japan brought in the 2011 new year.

Twitter-follow-me1-300x298Just weeks after posting and then removing a new homepage, Twitter is back at it again with a fresh look.

The new page looks exactly like the one the microblogging site posted earlier, but apparently this time comes with fewer bugs. Neowin.net reported the change, stating that they had revised many of the issues that initially plagued users.

FacebookUganda's state communications regulator warned Tuesday that its likely to close down more media outlets which are deemed to be inciting people in the ongoing protests against escalating food and fuel prices, PC Tech understands.

Last week's order to internet service providers to block the use of Facebook and Twitter was just a "caution", according to Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission.

Warid Chief Commercial Officer Shailendra Naidu unveils Warid's new international calls rate UG X 2 per secondWarid Telecom has lowered international call rates in another move to empower customers. The promotional tariff will enable customers to call China, USA, Canada, India for as low as 2/=, running for three months effective 19th April 2011.

The announcement was made at a Press Conference during which Warid Head of Sales and Marketing Shailendra Naidu also unveiled a new Warid hip phone nick named Chali which will be selling at Ugx 40,000 alongside the famous Warid Daboline phone. According to Shailendra, the move is in line with Warid’s continuous endeavour to break all the barriers that hinder Ugandans from owning a mobile phone.

lkamauEvery day more than 300,000 Android devices are activated globally. A growing number of these mobile device activations are in markets across Africa, making local African mobile content more relevant and important than ever before. In recognition of this, Google today announced its Google Android Developer Challenge, inviting talented and creative developers in sub-Saharan Africa to design and build original Android applications for mobile phones that will delight users.