'Covid-19 hits smartphone sales' - report

04 May 2020

Smartphone sales hampered by pandemic, research found

Smartphone sales hampered by pandemic, research found

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a growing impact on the global economy, with the effects of the virus eroding gains in the global smartphone market, according to new research.

Global lockdowns have led to a huge economic bump in almost all sectors and TrendForce found that global production in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q20) fell by 10% year-on-year (YOY) to around 280 million units, the lowest in five years, due to pandemic-induced disruptions across the supply chain.

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Avoid unnecessary video calls, says Ghana’s regulator

17 April 2020

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has released 10 pointers to consumers on the responsible and rational use of telecom networks as well as the internet, during this period of the coronavirus crisis.

According to the umbrella organisation that regulates and promotes the interests of telecom firms in the west African nation, the advice needs to be adhered to in order to ease communication during this period. It has also asked that consumers avoid unnecessary video calls, not only during rush hours but at all times.

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GSMA creates Africa and Asia digital inclusion fund

06 April 2020

Mobile industry group GSMA has launched the Innovation Fund for Mobile Internet Adoption and Digital Inclusion, designed to increase mobile internet adoption and usage among those who have coverage but are not using it in in Africa and Asia.

It is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany, the GSMA and its members. 

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'Blocking of phone calls a growing problem'

23 March 2020

Call blocking by South Africa’s biggest network operators is negatively impacting many local telecoms customers who are finding they cannot always successfully complete phone calls, according to Anthony Engelbrecht, technical director at independent telco, Huge Networks.

He said that some clients of SA’s many Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecoms networks such as Huge Networks, Connection Telecoms and dozens of others are increasingly finding that calls they place are not reaching the intended telecoms user.

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