East African Business Week

Tanzania: Helios Towers Subsidiary Steps Up Tanzania Services

Dar es Salaam — Telecoms infrastructure firm, Helios Towers, has launched a new service that they say guarantees high-quality and dependable telecoms networking in the country.

Speaking during the launch last week, the Helios Towers (Tanania) Chief Executive Officer, Norman Moyo said this marked a significant milestone in telecommunications in Tanzania.

"As the sector matures there is a clear mandate to improve on the breadth and quality of these services," he said.

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Uganda Develops National Web Portal

Uganda's government has developed a Web portal that will ease the flow of information from its institutions to the general public. Pius Mwinganisa the Principal Information Officer at the Ministry of Information and National Guidance said the Government web portal will host all Government institutions.

It will help the public to access information from all the Government departments which has been a big challenge. "The Government web portal will be a one stop information center where the public will access Government information.

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Uganda telecom upgrades mobile money platform

Uganda telecom, a partially state owned telecommunication service provider, has signaled it will embark on upgrading its mobile money banking platform, M-Sente, in the next two weeks to enable their customers enjoy the service flawlessly.

Over the years, telecom customers have embraced the use of the handset to do business because of the convenience it offers them compared to other traditional ways of handling and accessing money.

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Tales of Mobile Money Fraudsters in Uganda

Since entering the public domain, electronic money transfer using the mobile phone platform, has almost literally lit up the airwaves.

Paperwork is at the minimum and speed is usually counted in minutes. This is the kind of service business people and especially small traders appreciate since banks intimidate them.

Uganda currently has eight registered telecom companies and practically all are involved in mobile money services.

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Vehicles in Tanzania to be Registered Online

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has launched an electronic system that requires motor vehicle fees be paid online.

"Payments through mobile money will be very safe to clients and this means that such an amount being paid by the client will directly go to the Bank of Tanzania coffers," the TRA Revenue Accounting Manager Ramadhani Sengati said last week.

He said this will make it easier for TRA to collect the relevant taxes at a lower cost. It will also reduce overcrowding at TRA payment centres.

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Uganda: Students Win U.S. $12,000 From Microsoft for Malaria APPs

A team of Ugandan students who took part in the 11th annual Microsoft Imagine Cup for young technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs, won in the women's empowerment category.

Brian Gitta, Joshua Businge, and Simon Lubambo who make up Uganda's Team Code 8 received the $12,000 first prize in the Women's Empowerment Award, sponsored by the UNWomen agency.

Their winning entry dubbed 'Matibabu' is a WindowsPhone Application that diagnoses for malaria without pricking the body (not getting any blood sample from the body).

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Tanzania: Farmers Benefit From New Zantel Service

Lack of timely information on how to access markets, get better seeds and improve their farming methods are among the serious challenges holding back smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

According to Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives, Tanzania has only 35% of its required extension officers. This has limited the growth of the agricultural sector in the country.

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Africa: Google's New APP May Aid Africa Businesses

Kampala, Uganda — When the idea of 'hanging out' is mooted in any discussion, very often than not, relaxing in a certain location with a group of friends just catching up is what springs out.

However on Google+, Hangout is a video-conference that allows you to connect with people in different locations. This is a feature that has the potential to change the way businesses communicate.

Source: East African Business Week