Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Huawei set to double South African imports

ABN – Huawei Technologies has announced that it is expecting to double its smartphone imports into South Africa this year.

The company hopes its imports into the African nation will reach over 2 million.

Huawei CEO of the local unit Steven Wu said:"Last year we sold 1 million devices and this year in 2015 we will double the shipment."

Analysts believe that Africa’s smartphone industry will boom as cheaper phones accelerate penetration.

The industry is expected to rise from the current 79 million units to 412 million units by 2018 and Huawei is keen to take advantage of this growth.

The company has also announced that it is eyeing investments in Angola, Nigeria, Egypt and Mozambique.


Etisalat partners with Guaranty Trust Bank to introduce savings account

ABN – Etisalat and Guaranty Trust Bank have partnered to introduce a new savings account, which is easy to open and save.

The GTEasySavers account is designed to enable underbanked users to achieve their financial goals while operating a regular bank account via their mobile phones.

Etisalat customers can open an account by dialling a USSD short code and they will then be sent a GTBank account number via SMS.

Cash can then be deposited at Etisalat Experience Centres and GTBank branches and money can also be electronically transferred from other bank accounts.

Etisalat CEO Matthew Willsher said: “This is a new chapter in the continuing growth of the banking industry made possible through GTEasySavers by GTBank and Etisalat Nigeria.

“Enabling account opening via an Etisalat phone will make it more convenient for individuals to carry out transactions using the transformative power of the banking system.

“Etisalat currently has the highest quality network in Nigeria and our partnership with GTBank is designed to add value to the lives of our customers and make banking more accessible.

“We will continue to offer innovative products and services in fulfilment of the promise we made to Nigeria over six years ago when we commenced operations in the country.

“The partnership will also begin the journey for unbanked customers from our over 22 million subscriber base.” 


Merck launches telehealth clinics in Kenya

ABN – Merck (NYSE: MRK) has partnered with the Kenyan Ministry of Health to launch its first telehealth clinics at the Kenyatta National Hospital and Machacos Hospital.

The new e-health initiative is part of the company’s five year Capacity Advancement Programme, which was launched in 2012.

Patients and healthcare providers in remote areas will be able to use the telehealth clinics to access cancer specialists at the Kenyatta Hospital.

Dr James Macharia, Cabinet secretary of Health, said: “We are happy to partner with Merck to support Kenya national telemedicine programme which will enable patient consultations with specialists in referral hospitals to help earlier diagnosis, quicker and better care.

“Video conferencing technology takes into consideration the reality of Africa in which majority of poor population live in rural set-up with inadequate health facilities and less developed road infrastructure which are barriers to better healthcare especially in Cancer early detection and treatment.

“The next phase will also include upgrading of the telemedicine to facilitate the sub-specialists examine the patient at the county hospital in real time by availing digital patient examination equipment.”


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