Issue no 545 11th March 2011

Top Story

Mobile payment pricing structure: a two speed service with most African mobile operators

Four years ago, Safaricom launched M-Pesa in Kenya. The mobile operator which introduced the first mobile payment scheme in Africa on March 6th 2007 has since witnessed this service been introduced in several African countries by other mobile operators including its competitors in Kenya. Mobile payment services have launched in South Africa, Madagascar, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Tanzania, etc. However none of the payment services in these countries have attained yet the depth and reach of Safaricom’s mobile payment services. The mobile operator offers of course standard transfer services but also international remittance services, bank accounts, utilities payments, purchases facilities,…

Telecoms

Vodafone Ghana boss against international calls monitoring

The Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Kyle Whitehill has kicked against the installation of international call monitoring systems on the premises of telecom operators to verify the volume of…


Telecoms

MTN Confident Of Getting 3G License in Swaziland

MTN's Swaziland subsidiary has confirmed that it will launch 3G services as soon as the telecoms regulator grants them permission. An application earlier this year for a license was however…


Telecoms

Rwanda: MTN scrap cross border roaming charges

MTN Rwanda has decided to scrap cross border roaming charges for its customers when they use the service in Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Zambia.According to company officials, the…


Telecoms

Nigeria: WACS Submarine Cable Ready for Landing, Says MTN

The West African Cable System (WACS), being managed from Europe to Africa by MTN, is set to land on the shores of Nigeria, according to Corporate Services Executive of MTN…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

Mobile phone subscribers in Ghana would soon sigh for relief as changing mobile phone networks without losing one’s number is becoming possible. The NCA says it would launch the MNP…


Internet

Satellite Sentinel Project Confirms Intentional Burning of Third Village in Contested Abyei Region in Sudan

The Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) has released new satellite imagery confirming the intentional burning of a third village, Tajalei, in Sudan's Abyei region, in addition to the deliberate destruction since…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Bulawayo Man Arrested Over Facebook Message

A Bulawayo man has become Zimbabwe's first "Facebook arrest" over an innocent comment he posted on the social networking site on the 13th February.Vikas Mavhudzi of Old Magwegwe, is being…


Internet

Mozambique: Pre-Paid Electricity Goes Online

As from the second half of this year, Mozambican consumers will be able to pre-pay for their electricity online.The pre-payment system, known as Credelec, allows consumers to control how much…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

AccessKenya on Thursday opens its first retail store in Nairobi, taking the data market war to the doorsteps of mobile phone operators. "This is part of a new move by…


Computing

South Africa: Home Affairs Saves Billions in IT System Saga

Government has saved over R2 billion in tax payers' money and averted a protracted court case by settling a dispute over the upgrading of the Department of Home Affairs' information…


Computing

Nigeria: JTB Plans E-Registration for Taxpayers

As the Joint Tax board get set to commance the e-registration of tax payers, one state from each geo-political zone would participate in the pilot scheme.This was disclosed by the…


Computing

iPad prices officially dropped in SA

Core Group have responded in kind to Digicape's iPad price cutsThe official distributors of Apple products in South Africa, Core Group, have cut the retail prices of iPads after Digicape…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

International ICT company Intel Corporation will continue supporting the Ministry of education to train teachers and students on information technology. The company has picked 1050 schools in Kenya where five…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

Etisalat Nigeria has announced a new tariff plan with the unveiling of new Homezone tariffs and Bonus on Incoming Calls (BOIC) campaigns on a modified easy starter package. The modified…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN grows subscriber base 22% to 141.6 million in 2010; revenues increase 3%

MTN saw a 22% increase in subscribers, to 141.6 million, for the year ended 31 December.The company says it enjoyed a “satisfactory operational performance” for the year, despite being negatively…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EU loan granted to Seychelles Cable Systems Company

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR8 million (USD11 million) loan to the Seychelles Cable Systems Company (SCS) for the installation and operation of the island nation’s first…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

American Tower Closes Initial Purchase of Cell C Towers in South Africa

As originally reported last November, American Tower has now, through its local South African subsidiary, acquired approximately 960 existing towers from South African mobile network operator, Cell C for an…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: IT Firm Invests U.S.$1.5 Million, Expands Lagos Centre

One of the Nigerian Internets Service Providers (ISP), Internet Solutions (IS) has announced further investment of 1.5million dollars (N225 million) with the expansion of its Lagos data centre and hosting…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

France Telecom's Orange has denied media reports by a French website that it secured its mobile operating license in Tunisia by means of corruption. The website claimed that although Orange…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Zanu PF Abuse Cell Phone Text Messages for 'Sanctions' War

Not content with violently invading farms and other businesses, ZANU PF has now begun invading the privacy of Net One mobile phone subscribers, by sending messages telling them to sign…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Jonathan Solicits Votes Through Voice Messages

As the battle to occupy the Presidential Villa continues among the Presidential candidates, one of the leading Presidential candidates for the elections, President Goodluck Jonathan has added a new dimension…


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Events

Broadband World Forum MEA14-15 March 2011, Dubai UAENetwork, learn and do business with 750+ decision-makers from across the regional Broadband ecosystem to deliver you inspiration, insights and ideas that will…


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People

MTN Group has appointed Ahmed Faroukh as its Vice President (VP) of the West and Central Africa (WECA) region.Faroukh was CEO of MTN Nigeria for almost five years and recently…


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Jobs & Opportunities

NPO Project Manager – Kenya- More than 8 years experience in GSM technology with minumum 3 years experience in NPO Project management.- Excellent understanding of project delivery phases.- Good knowledgeof…


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Contracts

Main One and Cisco – NigeriaMain One Cable Company, the first privately owned submarine network cable in West Africa, will be deploying Cisco's Internet Protocol Next- Generation Network (IP-NGN) solution…