Sony updates handset portfolio ahead of crucial 2013

Sony Mobile unveiled its new flagship device, the Xperia Z, at the 2013 International CES event this week, in what is set to be an important year for the recovering handset maker. The smartphone has an impressive feature set

Vodafone targets prepaid users with

Vodafone UK launched its Nearly New scheme, which offers

M-Pesa sister service clocks up transactions

M-Shwari, the new mobile banking service launched by Safaricom, has had total transactions of KES1.1 billion ($12.7 million) since its launch in November last year. The Kenyan operator

NFC facing further challenges in 2013

For many years, near-field communications (NFC) technology has been touted as the next big thing; an opportunity for operator to get themselves into the payment space. However, the technology is yet to take off outside of select markets and now faces continued disappointment in 2013, when it is likely to be overshadowed by other developments in retail payments, according to a new report by financial research firm Celent.

Ericsson to test and verify AT&T devices

US operator AT&T has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide testing and verification for the devices it sells. Ericsson will test the performance for each manufacturer’s device to ensure they are compatible with regulatory and international carrier requirements and networks.

MTN Uganda announces LTE roll-out plans

The roll out of LTE in Africa continues apace as MTN announces that it will be launching a network in Uganda in 2013. The subsidiary of the South African network has announced plans to upgrade its network to offer speeds of up to 100Mbps and said it would be investing $70m in network infrastructure during 2013, following on from the $80m it said it spent in 2012.

PatientSafe raises $20M in Series C round

PatientSafe has closed a $20 million Series C round led by the Merck Global Health Innovation (GHI) fund with participation from other investors including Camden Partners, TPG Capital and Psilos Group. The company also announced that Max Kahn, an inves…

Telenor wins contract with all of Norway

Telenor has won a contract to supply telephony and other communications services to all of Norway