Nokia look to expand

07 March 2019

JAPAN - Finnish giant Nokia has partnered with the Rakuten Group to build a new mobile network in Japan.

Nokia “will provide full turnkey services” to plan, manage, deploy and integrate cloud RAN, AirGile cloud-native core network technology and various Nokia software functions.

Based in Tokyo, Rakuten offers services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to over 1.2 billion members worldwide.

Rakuten said it will use its experience as an IT specialist and exploit its membership base of 100 million+ users in Japan as it enters the market as a greenfield mobile operator and digital service provider. 

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Boomplay and UMG in “landmark” music distribution deal

06 March 2019

Universal Music Group (UMG) says it has become first music company to partner with leading African music streaming and download service

Boomplay Music (formerly ‘Boom Player’) is a music and video streaming app that was developed and is owned by Transsnet Music.

It was was first launched in Nigeria in 2015 by TECNO Mobile and has since gone on to become what’s claimed to be Africa’s biggest and fastest growing music app.

According to July 2018 figures on Boomplay’s website, the service has 31 million users and 17 million monthly active. It is also said to add nearly two million new users each month.

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Alibaba partners with government to promote economic development in Rwanda

06 March 2019

The Rwandan Government has teamed up with Alibaba, the world’s largest online commerce company, to establish an electronic world trade platform (eWTP) hub in the country.

The eWTP is a multi-stakeholder global initiative promoting public-private dialogue.

The aim is to foster a more effective and efficient policy and business environment to enable SMEs to participate in cross-border electronic trade.

Rwanda is the first African country to establish an eWTP hub. 

Under the agreements, Alibaba will work with the Rwanda Development Board to help Rwandan SMEs sell their products to Chinese consumers through Alibaba’s online marketplaces which are said to attract more than half a billion consumers.

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MTN opens mobile money API and launches startups fund

06 March 2019

Developers and programmers in Uganda are being given free access to MTN’s mobile money proprietary software platform.

The company hopes the move will spur innovation in the developer community around the country.

Third party developers will be able to access MTN’s mobile money API (access programming interface) via

The operator says this replaces the previous system where developers had to physically submit paperwork to MTN Uganda and then go through a lengthy standard integration process.

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