Issue no 555 20th May 2011

Top Story

Orange Tunisie to launch Africa’s first apps store at the end of May

May 31st is a date to keep in mind because it is the day Orange Tunisie will launch its apps store. It will be the first apps store to go live in an African country. Isabelle Gross spoke to Nadia Mkhinini, Head of Products and Services at Orange Tunisie about what the apps store will have in for the Tunisian mobile users and how Orange Tunisie will tackle local apps development. Orange Tunisie’s says that “the development and the commercialisation of apps are central to their 3G strategy”. According to Nadia Mkhinini, it all started last year when Orange Tunisie…

Telecoms

Vodacom South Africa to invest R7.7bn in network

South Africa's largest cellular operator, Vodacom, will spend R7.7 billion on its network in the new financial year, of which R6.3 billion will go into its local operations as competition…


Telecoms

Ghana: Initial pre-testing of mobile number portability done

Initial test runs on the mobile number portability (MNP) system done on May 4, 2011 was successful, custodians of the central database of all ported numbers, Porting Access Ghana (PXS)…


Telecoms

Homegrown handset start-up dials up Africa

Could Africa have its own giant cellphone manufacturer like Nokia or HTC? Alpesh Patel, founder of start-up Mi-Fone, thinks so. Patel, who was born in Uganda and holds South African…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation’s (CTO) has presented the  results of a Rural ICT Access Gap Study to the management of the Sierra Leone ICT regulator NATCOM and a number…


Internet

Mobile broadband pricing in South Africa: cheap or expensive?

We compare how South Africa’s mobile broadband prices stack up against international ratesSouth Africa’s three largest mobile operators have all launched 2GB mobile broadband promotions priced at R149 per month.These…


Internet

Internet Charges still to high in Tanzania

Despite the landing of submarine optic cables at the shores of the Indian Ocean almost two years ago, Tanzania's Internet access charges have not decreased to levels that end-users initially…


Internet

Rwanda: Kagame and Journalist Get Into Twitter Spat

President Paul Kagame is a leader who draws sharply divided opinions -- praise from some for rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and criticism from others over a record of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Main One Cable Company announced the connection of K-NET, Ghana’s leading internet solutions provider, to its broadband network. The company currently has a growing list of major telecom service…


Computing

Nigeria: Stakeholders Decry Award of N4.5 Billion ICT Project to HP

A group of concerned Information Communications Technology (ICT) Professionals has condemned the award of $29 million- that is, N4.49billion contract to HP for the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMS)…


Computing

Africa: Expanding Region's E-Payment Systems

Interswitch, an electronic payment transaction switching company; last week in Lagos, unveiled its business expansion plans into East and West Africa markets.The expansion plans, which repositioned the company as a…


Computing

Uganda’s Makerere Students to represent East Africa in the Imagine Cup contest

Makerere University students will in July represent the East African region at a global technology competition imagine cup that seeks to address some of the region's toughest challenges.Joseph Lutalo and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The commercial value of unlicensed software installed on personal computers in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA), which excludes South Africa, reached $109 million in 2010 as 83 per cent…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Kenya, mobile firm Yu has launched a promotion calling rate of 50 cents per minute all day and night. The daily voice bundle promotion dubbed "Amua mdogo mdogo"…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom Holds Dividend Steady Despite Drop in Profit

Telecoms giant Safaricom held investors' take home steady at Sh8 billion even as it announced a 13.2 per cent drop in net profits in a year that was marked by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Sh150 Billion Deal Reached to Build ICT Backbone

The government and three mobile phone companies will jointly construct an information communication technology broadband backbone in major urban areas of Tanzania.The project is expected to cost $80-100 million (between…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Zellco Fails to Pay U.S.$14 Million

Zellco Cellular has failed to pay about US$14 million owed to NetOne within the agreed period, prompting the mobile phone operator to terminate the contract.According to NetOne, Zellco was given…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Nokia Sues Phone Trader in Sale Tussle

One of the world's top handset manufacturers is demanding Sh300 million from a Kenyan businessman. Finland-based Nokia Corporation wants Patrick Musimba to pay the money being an alleged outstanding sum,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Kenyan cableco Wananchi Group, which offers triple-play services using the ‘Zuku’ brand, has announced that it has raised USD57.5 million worth of growth capital from a group of international…


Digital Content

Africa: Mobile Phones, Radio Promote Rights, Says Amnesty International

Much needs to be done to secure human rights in Africa, but "the tide is turning" and mobile phones and FM radio have arguably done more than most other conventional…


Digital Content

Kenya: Strathmore University Clinches Samsung Deal to develop mobile apps

Samsung Electronics has signed a deal with Strathmore University for a three-yearSh36million mobile phone research project to develop innovative mobile phone applications.Under the partnership, Samsung will support Strathmore's iLab Africa…


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People

- Mobile operator Airtel has appointed John Barorot as its new Network Director. Barorot was the Chief Technical Officer of Safaricom where he worked for over ten years rising from…


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Events

eLearning Africa 2011 - Spotlight on Youth, Skills and Employability25-27 May 2011, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe 6th event in the series of pan-African conferences and exhibitions will focus on Africa's…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Ghana: Call for free computers and ICT partners Netplus is a cybercafé located in Accra centre, Ghana, on the ground floor of  the 'Ghana  Multimedia House'. The webcafé is one…


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Contracts

- Afriland First Bank Group and BPC Banking technologies - CameroonBPC Banking Technologies, a provider of Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry, announced that it has inked…