Issue no 561 1st July 2011

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Senegal: Jokkolabs hosts the first Mobile Monday Dakar

Last Monday, Jokkolabs hosted in Dakar the first Mobile Monday event ever held in francophone West Africa. The event which was attended by developers, mobile operators and key players in the local ICT sector focused on mobile payments. Isabelle Gross who attended the event, also spoke to Karim Sy, founder and chief catalyst at Jokkolabs about this new structure and what it tries to achieve in Senegal.Q: What is the origin of Jokkolabs?A: It is a project that we have been thinking about for a couple of years. The idea is to find an innovative approach that will enable us…

Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC to introduce service quality KPIs

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it was set to take drastic measures to tackle the ongoing poor service quality in the telecoms sector.Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr.…


Telecoms

Ghana extends SIM registration for 90 days

The National Communications Authority has extended the mobile SIM Registration exercise for additional 90 days.This means that subscribers have up to September to register or correct any anomaly with their…


Telecoms

SEACOM and TDM ink deal to connect landlocked Zimbabwe

SEACOM has signed a Master Services Agreement with Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM), the leading telecommunications service provider in Mozambique. This agreement gives SEACOM and its customers access to the largest…


Telecoms

Kenya: Mobile Surveillance Set to Boost Doctors' Response to Outbreaks

The government has launched a mobile disease surveillance system that will enable health workers in the field detect and manage disease outbreaks through smart phones, adding impetus to m-health initiatives…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Outremer Telecom says that it has been granted a 3G license for Mayotte. Outremer Telecom already deploys its 3G networks in the French West Indies, French Guiana and Reunion.…


Internet

Rwanda: TTCS to Be Connected to the Internet

At least 11 Teacher Training Colleges (TTC) across the country have been connected to the Internet.The USAID funded program was implemented by the Rwanda Education Commons (REC) under the Ministry…


Internet

Conmen Target Facebook Users in Uganda

If you sent mobile money to an unknown person following a request from a friend on Facebook, the famous social networking website, you could have been conned.At least four people…


Internet

Kenya: Public Servants Must Have a Strategy for Social Networking

Three days after being sworn into office the new Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga's first order of business included establishing a presence on social media.Dr Mutunga's appointment had generated a…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Gulf African Bank (GAB) has announced the introduction of internet banking. The online service, named GABNET, will allow customers to view account balances, generate statements and transfer funds between…


Computing

Software Firm Targets East African Markets

SW Global an international technology company is set to compete for a share of East Africa's software applications market by starting operations in the region.According to Ms Veronica Ssempbewa, General…


Computing

Tanzania: Computerisation Helps to Slightly Raise Brela Efficiency

One year since the Business Registration and Licensing Authority (BRELA) introduced computerised system, very little success has been recorded as most applicants shun the online submissions.Business registration is now being…


Computing

Nigeria: NECO to Tackle Exam Malpractice Through Biometric Data Checks

The National Examination Council (NECO) says it would fight examination malpractice through the use of biometric data capturing machines.The Head of Information Technology Division of NECO, Mr Tayo Odukoya, who…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Federal Government has inaugurated the e-Nigeria 2011 Local Organising Committee. E-Nigeria Conference which is scheduled to hold in September 2011 is NITDA's annual flagship awareness campaign aims at…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

-  MTN Nigeria said that its subscribers' base has reached 40 million active lines making the country the lead across its 21 operations. - Tanzanian operator Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) says…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa Secures Final Deal to Sell Nigerian CDMA Network

Telkom South Africa has finally secured an exit from its troubled Nigerian subsidiary and has announced the sale of Multi-Links to Helios Towers Nigeria for just US$10 million.Helios Towers had…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethio Telecom Seeking New Vendor Financiers for Expansion

Ethio Telecom, the country's sole telecommunications provider, is seeking a new round of financing as it ramps up expansion plans geared towards meeting the telecommunication sector development goals set out…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Starcomms Boss says that CDMA Consolidation is vital for fair competition in Nigeria

Managing Director of Starcomms Plc, Maher Qubain has reasserted his position that consolidation in the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) segment of the telecommunications market and a fair playground for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Trustco/Econet Fight Continues in Namibia

Trustco has filed an urgent interdict against Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless in a bid to prohibit Econet from infringing its intellectual property rights after the deal in which Trustco Mobile supplied…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Outremer Telecom could turn its back on a plan to invest MUR1.6 billion (USD56 million) in Mauritius, local paper l’Express cites the company’s general manager for Mauritius Michel Rigot,…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Teachers to Receive Salaries via Mobile Money

In a move aimed at paying teachers on time, the Teachers' Credit and Savings Cooperative - Umwalimu SACCO - will start mobile money transfer services to pay members who are…


Digital Content

Kenyan Firms Wins with Health Application

MedKenya, a product by Shimba Technologies Limited emerged the winner of the inaugural Pivot25 competition, beating 25 competitors in the mobile application and services in a show of relevance, sustainability…


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Events

VAS AfricaJuly 6 - July 7, 2011, JohannesburgAfrica’s most exciting NEW event covers the hottest topic in the continent today – value added services. Attend this unique event to network…


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People

- MTN has created the position of Group Chief Commercial Officer, and appointed Christian de Faria, to address the need for end-to-end customer process management.


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Jobs & Opportunities

Expert Siemens/ NSN Base Station O&M engineers (GEMINI).The client is looking for an Expert who have 5+ years in 2G/3G radio optimisation with Nokia (Ex-N) radio networks and having Gemini…