In Brief: Foreign telcos again linked with Mobifone 

Telstra, Telenor and Comvik International are all still interested in taking a stake in Vietnam's Mobifone, which is expected to launch a long-awaited IPO at some point this year.Representatives from Telstra and Telenor have held fresh meetings with Mobifone's parent, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), to express interest in investing in the operator, according to an unnamed official at Mobifone.The report claimed that Comvik International is also keen to rekindle its relationship with Mobifone

***Johannesburg STANDARD Chartered Bank is bringing its newest mobile and online banking platform in eight African markets. The move will empower 1 million clients across the markets. Supported by the bank's global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice. After the rollout to Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the first half of 2016, the Bank will launch fingerprint recognition technology in these markets later in the year, giving clients a more secure and convenient way to log in to their accounts.

***Kenya has signed a deal with South Korea for the establishment of a key science and technology centre in the country. It is among several agreements entered into by the government and South Korea during bilateral talks with the Asian country's President.During the event, Kenya called for more investments in the country to balance trade between the two nations. The memorandum of understanding on the centre was signed by Education Cabinet Secretar and Konza Technopolis Development Authority chief executive for Kenya, and officials of the Export-Import Bank of Korea. The Asian country will support the full establishment of the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

***The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has held a high-level meeting with a delegation from the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) of Kuwait to present TRA's advanced strategies and latest approaches in corporate communication. The exchange of experiences and knowledge was part of the TRA's commitment to promote joint initiatives among the federal entity's counterparts in the region and the world. The Kuwait delegation reviewed the TRA Corporate Communications Department's current practices and commended its communications plan, which aims to strengthen effective communication with its target audience and achieve the desired outcome.

***UK telecoms giant Vodafone Group and sub-Saharan Africa 4G operator Afrimax Group have announced a new Partner Market agreement for Zambia.The companies confirmed that, under the non-equity agreement, they will offer customers high speed 4G data services using the ‘Vodafone Zambia’ brand. The roll out of Vodafone Zambia for consumers and businesses will include the opening of Vodafone branded retail stores and kiosks in key locations, with its presence to be bolstered by a network of distributors and resellers offering a full range of 4G handsets and devices. Vodafone Zambia will offer businesses of all sizes a range of connectivity products at retail and through direct sales channels, including 4G and Wi-Fi mobile data services, fixed internet and a suite of office solutions.