Africa: Most Read Stories in Telecoms / ICT of 2017

2017 proved to be another year where the rate of technological disruption increased, yet again, as major headlines all around Africa and the rest of the world were dominated by tech-related stories.

Data prices and deals gained a lot of attention in South Africa as the #datamustfall campaign raged on.

While stories of Bitcoin dominated headlines around the world, in Nigeria the government was quick to come out and warn Nigerians of the potential dangers. Also making headlines in the West African country was the poor health of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who spent an extended period of time in England receiving treatment. This grabbed the attention and imagination of many Nigerians who often took to social media to express their opinions.

This year the team at IT News Africa again produced compelling features such as; 15 Best Countries for Business in Africa. In gadgets and gaming in 2017, the launch of the Huawei P10 and Moto Z2 peaked the interest of many Africans, so naturally, we reviewed them for you.

From all of us at IT News Africa, have a great festive period. The most read stories of 2017 can be found below.


MTN slashes out-of-bundle and data prices
On Thursday 30 November 2017, South African telecommunications company, MTN, announced two major developments which according to the company addresses the data price problem in South Africa. Read More.

MTN and 16 SA firms warned to vacate Nigeria
Nigerian militant groups on Wednesday, threatened to bomb South African companies in retaliation for the Xenophobic attacks that have occurred in Johannesburg and Pretoria over the past couple of weeks. Nigeria Communications Week reports that Niger Delta militants have given South African firms a month to vacate the country. Read More.

The Death of 3D TV’s
The year is 2009, and all anyone can talk about is… 3D entertainment. The movie Avatar is the biggest movie of the year, 3D entertainment is all the rage and everyone is spending their hard earned cash to bring that experience into their homes. Read More.

MTN extends Black Friday deals
On Thursday 23 November 2017, South African telecommunications company, MTN announced a new array of Black Friday deals which will be running from this Friday 24 November 2017 through to Cyber Monday 27 November 2017. MTN revealed that customers can walk away with free devices, televisions and data deals of up to 100Gigs. Read More.

Nigerians warned against digital currencies like Bitcoin
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Nigeria has issued a warning to all Nigerians about the danger of investing their money into cryptocurrencies (digital currencies) such as Bitcoin. Read More.

Opinion and features

15 Best Countries For Business in Africa
The African continent is buzzing with potential. Rich in natural resources, a hardworking population, and huge gaps and opportunities for anyone who wants to succeed in business. Read More.

Nigerian President death rumours- how twitter reacted
Over the past week, sparked by a report in, social media has been agog with rumours and chatter about the wellbeing of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Read More.

Were you with Buhari in London?
Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to return to his country from a reported holiday in the UK. Over the past week the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, visited the president in the UK. To reassure the Nigerian public of their president’s wellbeing, photos of this meeting were posted online. Read More.

How online stores can take steps to stop the Grinch from stealing Christmas
The Christmas rush has started. The postal service warned South African residents that if they want their Christmas parcels sent abroad to arrive on time, they must have been sent by October – so they may already be too late. Read More.

Nigerian fashion company tapping into social retailing
The Style Group, a contemporary lifestyle retail group in Nigeria, is looking to take advantage of the booming social media and e-commerce market in Nigeria and overtake traditional retail stores by focusing on offering their products via modern social-commerce. Read More.


Source: IT News Africa

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