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Uber merges with Russia’s Yandex in 6 countries

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Uber on Thursday announced that it was merging in Russia and five other ex-Soviet states with the taxi hailing app of the country’s leading internet giant, Yandex. “Uber and Yandex have entered into an agreement to form a new company,” the head of Uber’s operations …

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Samsung confirms launch of refurbished Galaxy Note 7s

Seoul, South Korea | AFP |  Samsung Electronics said Sunday it would start selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week after an embarrassing recall over exploding batteries rocked the tech giant last year. The recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices cost the world’s …

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Parliament resolves to extend SIM-card deadline to next year

Uganda’s Parliament has Thursday passed a motion extending the registration of SIM-cards deadline by not more than one year. Government responded soon after. Frank Tumwebaze, Spokesperson Government of Uganda said on twitter that “Government notes and will address issues of Parliament in regard to the SIM-card verification period, the deadline stands.” …

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Next big thing at MTN

Company plans to widen data usage, lower tariffs MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Wim Vanhelleputte who has spent eight months in office describes himself as a forward looking manager wanting his leadership to grow company profitability while meeting customer demands. He says the most critical thing he is currently preoccupying …

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EU to end mobile roaming charges in June

Strasbourg, France | AFP | The EU will abolish mobile phone roaming charges from June 15 following a vote in the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs backed a deal between operators and European Union member states that will mean the end of extra charges when people use their phones abroad in …

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Five trends at Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | The phone industry’s largest annual trade fair, the Mobile World Congress which wrapped up in Barcelona on Thursday, was dominated by fast-charging phone batteries, virtual reality and connected objects, from toothbrushes to cars. LONGER LASTING BATTERIES AND FAST CHARGING Several phonemakers unveiled new smartphones with …

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Telecom giant MTN posts first ever loss

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South African telecoms giant MTN said Thursday that it made a $200 million loss in 2016 — the company’s first — after suffering a huge fine in Nigeria and currency challenges in key markets. “MTN Group’s financial results for 2016 reflect the most challenging …

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Canada regulator declares high-speed internet an essential service

Ottawa, Canada | AFP |  Canada’s telecommunications regulator on Wednesday declared access to high-speed internet an essential service that must be available to all, including rural and remote areas of the world’s second-largest nation by land mass. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said a new Can$750 million fund …

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