Issue no 506 28th May 2010

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SMS becomes e-mail and chat – Safaricom implements new service and others will follow shortly

In issue 452 in May 2009 we asked what the difference was between e-mail and SMS? Answer: A different interface and one has a far more limited length of message. The moment has now arrived at which the distinction between the two will now become completely blurred. Russell Southwood talks to Jeremy George, the COO of ForgetMeNot Africa about the implementation of a new service called Kipokezi which has just launched with Safaricom.ForgetMeNot Africa’s implementation means that all standard phones that can SMS can be turned into phones that can use e-mail and chat. The company sets up a gateway…

Telecoms

Glo Mobile To Quit Ghana?

Nigeria’s Glo Mobile says it intends to pull out of Ghana, an authoritative source close to the company has disclosed. This source told the Daily Graphic that it has decided…


Telecoms

MTN’s Head of Mobile Money in Uganda calls for lighter regulation for small transactions

Richard Mwami, head of MTN Mobile Money in Uganda, questioned the necessity for operators to gather ID information from customers who make only small transactions, a current feature of banking…


Telecoms

WATRA seeks to lower call tariffs across West Africa

The West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) an association of telecommunications regulators in West Africa is poised to put necessary infrastructure in place to ensure that call cost within the…


Telecoms

Burundi Signs Accords for Development of a National Fiber Optic Telecommunications Backbone

Burundi Backbone System Company SM (BBS), a joint venture between local telecommunications operators, has agreed with SETIC (Executive Secretariat for Communications and Information Technologies) and the ARCT (Burundi’s telecoms regulator)…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecommunication companies have struck a deal with the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to increase charges for calls made by mobile phone users, Sunday Monitor has learnt. According to sources…


Internet

Kenya: Share Cables, Ndemo Tells ICT Firms

The government is set to implement a policy to put a cap to the ongoing menace of individual internet firms hauling fibre cables around in the city and residential areas.…


Internet

Global momentum builds to Connect Schools and Communities

ICT Ministers and senior officials from several countries around the world gathered at the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) to share experiences and best practices and forge common approaches…


Internet

Egypt starts using top-level Arabic domain names

In May 2010, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers activated the top-level Arabic domain name ".masr" for three Egyptian companies (TE Data, InTouch and Vodafone Data). The Arabic…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The National Information Communication and Technology Broadband backbone was switched on in 16 regions in Tanzania after the completion of the first phase of its construction. The move brings…


Computing

Nigeria's top PC maker eyes expansion abroad

Nigeria’s laptops and largest PC manufacturer, Omatek, is targeting continental growth, after establishing a market base in West Africa. The company has manufacturing plants in Ghana and Nigeria and has…


Computing

Rwanda: U.S. 5 Million Data Centre to Be Launched This Year

The construction and installation of the National Data Centre (NDC), which will serve government and private institutions within Rwanda and the region to store and backup important information with a…


Computing

South Africa launches an ICT Programme to Empower Rural Communities

The Department of Science and Technology is currently implementing a national ICT research development and innovation (RDI) strategy which will target rural and marginalised communities.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Reddington, an Indian listed IT distributor and supplier has announced it will consolidate its operations in Africa naming Uganda as one of its major areas of focus.- The Women's…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigerian smartphone makers, Anabel Mobile has expanded its operations in northern part of the country including Kaduna and Kano. This is part of the company's commitment to extend its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom profit climbs 37%

Kenya’s largest telecoms firm Safaricom posted a 37 per cent jump in pre-tax profits to Sh21 billion in the year to March 2010, propelled by a surge in data revenue…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Seven New Grants from the Mobile Money for the Unbanked Programme

The GSMA has announced the details of a further seven grantees from the Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) Fund, which is administered by the GSMA Foundation. with funding from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt Interested in Buying out Vodafone Egypt Stake

­Telecom Egypt has confirmed that it is interested in buying out Vodafone's holding in their joint venture mobile network, Vodafone Egypt. Vodafone currently holds a 54.9% stake in the company,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tunisia: 16% growth in the ICT sector in 2009

Mohamed Naceur Ammar, Minister of Communication Technologies announced that Tunisia's ICT sector grew by 16% in 2009. He noted that the sector provides about 90,000 jobs and creates annually around…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- In Kenya, British American Insurance has launched a new personal accident insurance product whose premiums will be paid through the recently launched M-Kesho Account by mobile operator Safaricom.  The…


Digital Content

Football Debates Move to the Internet in Egypt

About 12 million internet users in Egypt spend most of their working hours chatting about football on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and Google.Once they threw chairs at each…


Digital Content

New Police Device to Put Kidnappers Out of Business in Kenya

A mobile phone tracking technology that the police have acquired is promising to put kidnappers out of business. With the assistance of mobile service providers, detectives are now easily busting…


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People

- For the second time in just three months, Warid Telecom has appointed another Chief Executive Officer in Uganda setting a new corporate management reshuffle record in the country. Madhur…


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Events

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA COM16-17 June 2010, Le Meridien, Dakar, SenegalFollowing 2 incredible years in Nigeria, West & Central Africa's ONLY dedicated event telco returns to Senegal.  Join 700+ decision…


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Jobs & Opportunities

[HIPSSA/CA-5] Calls for Applications for the development of CEMAC guidelines on cybersecurity For this HIPSSA project's activity implemented in collaboration with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and…


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Contracts

Q-Kon and AMOS – South Africa AMOS satellite fleet operator announced that Q-Kon, the South Africa-based telecom service provider, has leased long term capacity on the AMOS-5i satellite and on…