Issue no 526 15th October 2010

Top Story

Naspers backs Kenyan launch of Mocality to get into services and apps sector

Whether on mobile or PC, online businesses begin to thrive when cheap Internet access create a sufficiently large “critical mass” of users. Large numbers of users allow service and app start-ups the opportunity to craft a business model. South African media giant Naspers, which already has an extensive portfolio of global Internet businesses, has decided the time has come to get its feet wet in the services and apps sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to the CEO of its Kenyan start-up Mocality, Stefan Magdalinski.Stefan Magdalinski had been running Internet businesses in the UK since 1994, long before anyone…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Nitel and M-Tel sales approved by President

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved that the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) conclude the privatisation of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) and its mobile arm, M-TEL to the preferred bidder- New…


Telecoms

Ghana’s regulator unhappy with few SIM Card registration centres in rural areas

The National Communication Authority (NCA) has expressed worry about the inadequate registration centres by telecom operators to register SIM cards in the rural areas.Many rural people in the Upper West…


Telecoms

Egypt sets new regulations on SMS services

Egypt's telecommunications regulator has set new rules for companies sending text messages to multiple mobile phones, in a move activists say will stifle efforts to mobilize voters ahead of upcoming…


Telecoms

Malawi: Court stops MACRA from revoking G-Mobile licence

Malawi's Zomba High Court has given G-Mobile a flicker of hope as it has stopped the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) from revoking the mobile service providers licence until the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa has formally announced the launch of the country’s fourth mobile operator in the form of 8ta (Heita). Confirming earlier rumours, Telkom stated that the network went…


Internet

Zambia-Botswana connectivity in progress

Zambia and Botswana authorities have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to connect the two nations with a universal optic cable that will enhance Internet connectivity and telecommunication services.Zambia’s Telecommunications…


Internet

Telkom South Africa’s anticompetitive behaviours still under investigations

The Competition Tribunal hearing into allegations of anticompetitive behaviour by Telkom took a new twist when the fixed-line operator successfully forced Internet Solutions to withdraw one of its complaints.Telkom argued…


Internet

Taking broadband to Africa: an interview with newly re-elected ITU Secretary General Dr Hamadoun Touré

Newly re-elected ITU Secretary General Dr Hamadoun Touré speaks to BizTechAfrica about Africa's broadband needs and how they can be met.BTA: What is the current definition of broadband (speeds regarded…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Western Union payments for Google AdSense have been launched in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda- O3b Networks has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with Netcom Africa, a leading provider…


Computing

Rwanda’s national data centre on schedule

The progress in the development of ICT infrastructures in the country is quite impressive, according to the CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), John Gara.He was addressing the press on…


Computing

Ghana: Jogobu to Launch a Digital Records Management Platform

An innovative business solution that provides an efficient way to store and retrieve documents has been launched in Accra to empower big, small and medium size businesses. It is to…


Computing

NASA partnership sends data to Africa

A partnership between US space agency NASA and agencies in Africa and Europe has sent more than 30 terabytes of free Earth science satellite data to South African researchers to…


Computing

Computing News - In Brief

- A Kenyan software developer won the "Apps4Africa" competition sponsored by the US State Department on Wednesday. Charles Kithika received Sh400,000 (USD 5,000) and an Apple iPad for devising a…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Telkom Kenya has moved to retain its grip on the high-end smart phone market with its launch of the Apple iPhone 4, intensifying a battle between mobile operators keen…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Essar Telecom seeks to double investment in Kenya

Essar Telecom Kenya (YU) is looking to double its investments to gain an edge in the highly competitive mobile market.Media reports last week quoted the Country Manager Atul Chaturvedi as…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AfDB Approves USD 50 Million Loan for Satellites and Ground Infrastructure

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a USD 50-million loan to finance the design, construction, launch and operation of a scalable equatorial constellation of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vimpelcom puts USD7.8 billion price tag on Djezzy but the Algerian government has other ideas

Russian operator Vimpelcom has conceded that it is happy to sell its potential stake in lucrative Algerian asset Djezzy, but only if the Algerian government is willing to match its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mirror Fund Invests Sh80 Million in Telecoms Firm in Kenya

Venture capitalist TBL Mirror Fund BV has invested Sh80 million in a local telecoms company with international operations as it seeks to reap returns from the fastest growing sector.The investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- Dimension Data ( Didata ) has announced that Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation's (NTT's), proposed £2,1bn offer to acquire all its assets had been unconditionally approved.- In Kenya, Paystream,…


Digital Content

The World Banks launches the “Apps for Development” competition

The World Bank Group has kicked off the “Apps for Development” competition, the first global contest of its kind.  President Robert B. Zoellick challenged software developers and international experts around…


Digital Content

Mobile advertising sees strong growth in Kenya and Libya

According to BuzzCity Q3-2010 report, more than 15 billion banners were delivered across the entire network. This represents a Q-on-Q increase of 17% with the top 20 countries delivering 80%…


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People

- Member States of the International Telecommunication Union have elected Mali’s Dr Hamadoun Touré as Secretary-General of ITU for a second four-year term. Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao of China was…


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Events

Mobile Roaming World Summit25-27th October 2010, Hyatt Regency London, United KingdomMaximising Roaming Revenues Through LTE, Data & Hubbing.This year we are delighted to bring you two days packed full of…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Request for Proposal (RFP) for International Gateway Management –LiberiaThe Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has created a stable and predictable regulatory environment and, as a result, Liberia now has a vibrant…


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Contracts

Voxeo Corporation and Inovo - AfricaVoxeo Corporation, a provider of Unlocked Communications, has announced a partnership and reseller agreement with INOVO, a leading provider of telephony, contact centre solutions and…