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The Red Queen in action: The longitudinal effects of capital investments in the mobile telecommunications sector

Organizations undertake capital investments in technology to generate revenues or decrease costs, and thereby enhance profitability. However, Red Queen–type responses by competing organizations in the form of rapid imitation and escalating of technology investments erode the ability of the investing organizations to sustain gains in profitability. Productivity gains from these investments may persist, but...

Airtel and Warid Innovate as Sim Registration Deadline Draws Near

Airtel Uganda today at a press conference announced an a couple of innovations that it hopes would speed up the SIM card registration process of its customers as the deadline draws closer. Among these is; “Partial” Registration introduced.  If you register you get 20 minutes of voice and 20 SMS messages.  Airtel Warid Registered Customers to register any other numbers by simply sending their unregistered...

Orange Uganda Launches 4G LTE — Boasts of Superiority

In 2009, when Orange came to the market, UTL had 3G working at 2G speed. It’s not about advertising. Figures give facts; 3.75 or 3.9 are not worldwide standards. Our policy is to be straight forward with customers and give them the best service. — Philippe Luxcey, C.E.O Orange Uganda The same message of superiority and efficiency was echoed over and over at  Orange Uganda’s 4G LTE launch that was held...

An instrument for discovering new mobile service opportunities

This study proposes a systematic approach to discovering new mobile service opportunities from related documents to overcome the weaknesses of previous methods based on the judgements of experts. At the heart of the suggested approach is text mining to explicitly specify the meanings of documents and information visualisation to effectively explore critical implications. Specifically, we integrate the strengths...

Infrastructure Development: Public Private Partnership Path for Developing Rural Telecommunications in Africa

It is the quest of every government to achieve universal Access and service of telecommunication services and ICTs. Unfortunately due to the high cost of deploying infrastructure in rural areas of developing countries due to non-significant or no economic activity, this dream of achieving Universal access and service of telecommunications/ICTs have been stalled. This paper throws light on a possible Public Private...

The digital mobile phone comes of age

In July 2012, the digital mobile phone celebrates its 21st birthday. Of course wireless technology is much older, dating to the turn of the 20th century, and analogue cellular mobile phones — so called first-generation (1G) phones — were already around in July 1991 when the Finnish operator, Radiolinja, opened the world’s first commercial digital mobile service. But there are good reasons to celebrate...

Africa’s True Mobile Revolution Has Yet to Start

From HBR The United States economy is nine times the size of Africa’s, but Africa has twice as many mobile phones. This tantalizing statistic would seem to indicate that, in the mobile era, Africa’s time has come. But the mobile subscriber numbers are only part of the story. So far, the buzz about African mobile has been about the consumer side of things. I believe, though, that it is at the enterprise...