Mobile Business
2:00

WhatsApp comes to KaiOS-powered feature phones

Most smart feature phones powered by KaiOS will have WhatsApp preinstalled on shipment.

6:30
Yesterday

Nokia embarks on its second chapter

HMD Global counts the feature phone market as a critical part of the Nokia business, as the brand’s second chapter unfolds.

1:20

Spectrum policy imminent, says department

The communications ministry confirms the spectrum policy direction has been finalised, highlighting it is going through the requisite processes prior to publication.

1:30
Yesterday

MTN appoints Thato Motlanthe as exec for investor relations

Motlanthe, who will report to CFO Ralph Mupita, joins the mobile operator from Absa Asset Management.

5:30
Friday

iPhone retention slips as Apple loses its innovation edge

Lack of innovation, high prices and stiff competition are some of the reasons cited for Apple’s increasing consumer churn rate, says BankMyCell.

2:10
Thursday

EU slaps Qualcomm with EUR242m antitrust fine

The European Commission accuses the chipmaker of abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets.

1:40
Thursday

2019 to deliver worst performance for cellphone shipments

The trend for lengthening mobile phone lifespans began in 2018 and will continue through 2019, says Gartner.

4:20
Wednesday

Hello Paisa shakes up remittances market

The money transfer operator targets customers accessing international remittances with its new digital retail banking offering.

2:30
Wednesday

MTN engages Comp Commission, Eliovect cries foul

The Competition Commission probes Eliovect’s allegations that MTN and Cell C are colluding with Blue Label to block black service providers.

5:20
Wednesday

Young ‘digital natives’ drive mobile subscriber growth

Mobile subscriber additions in Sub-Saharan Africa will see a 44% increase by 2025, driven by a new generation of young ‘digital natives’, reveals a GSMA report.

3:10

BEE group wants Blue Label investigated for monopoly

An empowerment consortium claims the JSE-listed company has the prepaid airtime market monopoly and demands an immediate resolution.