Issue no 556 27th May 2011

Top Story

Targeting different groups of pre-pay customers - Business Logic wants to help African mobile operators get smarter

Africa’s mobile operators have been used to splashing about money on blanket advertising and using headline grabbing tactical price offers. But as an increasing number of African mobile markets move towards saturation whilst also experiencing greater competition, this is simply a recipe for lower ARPUs. Operators have to move from thinking about “mass” pre-pay markets to finding the different groups of “niche” pre-pay users. Richard Lewis, Chief Sales Officer - Europe, Middle East and Africa at Business Logic has a marketing software InTelestage that helps operators do this. Isabelle Gross spoke to him about how operators can use it to…

Telecoms

Vodacom chief advocates ‘open access’ rural network in South Africa

In an interview with Tech Central, Vodacom group CEO Pieter Uys has urged South African telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to consider using the 800MHz…


Telecoms

Liberia: Interconnect war breaks out between Cellcom and MTN’s Lonestar

LoneStar Communications, the MTN subsidiary in Liberia, apparently screwed its cellular circuit sending the customers of its archrival, Cellcom, crawling for signals for connectivity. But when two elephants fight, it…


Telecoms

Kenya: Consumers Sue Safaricom Over Number Transfers

Seven customers have sued Safaricom, claiming damages for delayed processing of their mobile number portability requests.The case sets the stage for class action suits against service providers as consumers begin…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC Orders Telecom Operators to Suspend Promotions

The Nigerian Communications Commission has ordered the suspension of all promotions by telecommunication operators except where adequate capacity is provided on the network to carry the volume of traffic generated…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa's MTN has started deploying a trial LTE network comprising of 100 base stations. MTN's Managing Director, Karel Pienaar told Engineering News Online that it would be some…


Internet

Telkom South Africa confirms broadband speed upgrades

Telkom has finally confirmed officially that it’s in the process of upgrading most of its 512kbit/s asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) users to 1Mbit/s.The telecommunications operator says it began upgrading…


Internet

Nigeria: VConnect - Bridging Information Gap Between Sme's And Consumers

Nigeria's largest local search engine, VConnect has continued to bridge the information gap between information seekers and suppliers, using the online platform in connecting and growing several businesses in the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG), in collaboration with Google held a two-day business forum targeted at local institutions and how they can use Google products and…


Computing

Kenya: Computer Imports Up 76 Percent

Personal computer shipments into the East African market expanded by 76 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 even as the worldwide market shrunk.A recent report by market research…


Computing

Tanzania: Microsoft Kiswahili Interface Pack Launched

Kiswahili speakers can now use Microsoft windows 7 in their language thanks to Windows 7 Kiswahili interface pack launched this week in Dar es Salaam.The Windows 7 users may switch…


Computing

Nigeria: CWG Canvasses Unity Among it Groups

Group Managing Director of Computer Warehouse Group, Austen Okere has challenged the various IT associations in Nigeria to form one single body to address the myriads of challenges facing the…


Computing

Microsoft to expand empowerment programme in South Africa

Microsoft SA is about to embark on a second phase of its R475m black economic empowerment “equity equivalence” investment programme and is looking for as many as five black-owned independent…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- During the ministerial meeting of the Second Africa-India held on 23 May, 2011, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Jean Ping and India’s Minister of External…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR), the country's leading bank by branch network spent Rwf30m in a promotion dubbed 'Use 'n' win'. to award clients using its mobile banking service.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

East Africa: Wananchi Group Raises U.S.$58 Million From Venture Funds

The region's satellite television market is set for a new wave of competition as new players enter the market.Last week, Kenyan-based Wananchi Group announced it had received a $57.5 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers Suing Nigerian CDMA Network Over Contract Breaches

The sale earlier this year by South Africa's dominant landline operator, Telkom of its Nigerian subsidiary, the CDMA network, Multi-Links to another Nigerian network, Visafone may have been illegal, local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom 1Q11 net profit boosted by Tunisian unit sale

Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom Holding saw a surge in first-quarter profits following the sale of its stake in Orascom Tunisia Holding and Carthage Consortium, through which it held 50%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s mobile advertising to top R1bn in 2012

Mobile marketing and advertising spend in SA will reach R1bn/year by 2012, according to a new study. Mobile advertising revenues were about R500m in the past year. Year-on-year growth trends…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Telkom Kenya's Orange has entered into a partnership with Equity Bank to use the bank's 2,300 agencies across the country for its money transfer service as it seeks to…


Digital Content

Most popular mobile phones and websites in South Africa in April 2011

Opera's State of the Mobile Web for April 2011 report revealed interesting results about social media website usage in South AfricaOpera releases their State of the Mobile Web report every…


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People

- Communications minister Roy Padayachie has finally moved to fill the vacant director-generalship at the department of communications. He has appointed Rosey Sekese as DG for five years, with effect…


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Events

SatCom 2011 Africa Conference30 May - 2 June 2011,Venue, Sandton Convention Centre, JohannesburgFor more information visit here: West & Central Africa Com 15-16 June 2011, Venue, Dakar, SenegalFor more information…


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Contracts

Bharti Airtel and Comviva - AfricaBharti Airtel has announced a deal for Managed Value Added Services with Comviva for its Africa operations. As part of the five-year deal, Comviva will…


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Jobs & Opportunities

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