Issue no 562 8th July 2011

Top Story

Kenya’s Eat Out generates real cash not burn rate and plans to expand across East Africa

Beyond donor-funded web services and apps, new online commercial services are beginning to set up and attract traffic. Some like Eat Out in Kenya are generating actual revenues and have ambitious expansion plans, both geographically and with new online services. Unable to afford large marketing budgets, it has forged alliances with old print media. Russell Southwood talked to Mikul Shah, Managing Director, Eat Out.Q: Where did you get the idea for Eat Out?A: I was familiar with Top Table and London Eating from living in the UK. Eating out is primarily based on word of mouth. Restaurants don’t get much…

Telecoms

Mobile Number Portability begins in Ghana

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) comes into effect in Ghana, bringing another revolution into the country’s already dynamic telecoms industry.On Thursday June 30, 2011, Parliament adopted the report of the Committee…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt eyes MVNO licence towards year-end

Egypt's revolution has not dimmed Telecom Egypt's ambition to push further into mobile phone services and the company aims to secure a mobile virtual network licence towards the end of…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Microfone wants control of NITEL operations

Microfone Telecom Nigeria, an initiative of the Nigerian Capital Development Fund, is looking to take over the operations of fixed line incumbent Nigeria Telecommunications (NITEL), after the latest attempt to…


Telecoms

Kenya: Yu Supports proposal seeking interoperability of mobile payment services

Essar Telecoms yuMobile has welcomed a proposals for a common system facilitating mobile money transfers across networks. The proposal is part of the recommendation by a task force set up…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to its Chief Executive Officer, Rajan Swaroop, Airtel Networks Nigeria has spent US$1 billion (about N150 billion) on network expansion and facility upgrade in the country. He further…


Internet

World Bank grants financial support to fill connectivity gaps in the Gambia, Guinea and Burkina Faso

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved three projects totaling US$92 million to boost ICT infrastructure and access to better services in three African countries. Burkina…


Internet

South Africa: Uniform environmental standard needed to speed up fibre network built out

Government needs to make it easier for telecommunications operators to build infrastructure, especially fibre-optic networks, as red tape and conflicting requirements are slowing the ability of companies to build broadband…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Potraz Sees Internet Charges Going Down

Access to high-speed internet in Zimbabwe continues to be prohibitive partly due to charges levied by operators but the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) says the recent surge in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Indications emerged that Nigeria may have to postpone the launch of its second earth observation satellite, NigeriaSat-2 and one other, NigeriaSat-X, scheduled for this week. The postponement according to…


Computing

Tech Mahindra to expand into Nigeria

Tech Mahindra, a global systems integrator and business transformation consulting company, plans to establish its Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations in Nigeria.The company hopes that by establishing their headquarters in…


Computing

South Africa: Didata Buys US Cloud Services Company

South Africa's Dimension Data (DiData) has acquired US enterprise cloud company OpSource for an undisclosed sum, as part of its efforts to accelerate and expand its cloud computing service offerings.The…


Computing

Kenya: Computer courses to become compulsory in middle level colleges

Knowledge of computers is to become compulsory for students aspiring to join the government's tertiary training institutions.A baseline survey conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education in the 47 mid-level…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has announced moves to acquire the 3 Dimensional, 3D, Geological Modeling to tackle the incidences of collapsing buildings as well undertake other geological…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile operator, MTC Namibia, has announced that it is in the process of extending its coverage to areas that are not covered countrywide. Currently, MTC network performance coverage is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Supports Moves for Stock Market Listing of Rwanda Subsidiary

South Africa's MTN has said that it will support plans by the Rwandan government to float its 10 percent stake in MTN Rwanda onto the local stock market, ending speculation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tariff Cuts Repulsing Investors says Telkom Kenya’s CEO

Mobile telephony in Kenya has lost the shine to attract investments owing to major cut in tariffs, Telkom Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein has said. The company which has announced plans…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission approves fibre optic joint venture

Zambia’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has issued an unconditional final authorisation for the creation of a joint venture between Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and Liquid Telecommunications Holdings Limited…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Interview: iBurst sees success in DRC

iBurst Africa is a wireless data provider established by its current founder and CEO, Thami Mtshali, to offer superior connectivity solutions to consumers and businesses on the African continent.iBurst Africa…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, troubled Renaissance Financial Holdings Limited has been provisionally barred from disposing of its 30 percent stake in Africa First Renaissance Corporation Limited - until it clears a…


Digital Content

Startups to ‘Ignite’ Tech4Africa 2011

Tech4Africa, one of the continent’s most prominent web and emerging technology conferences, has launched an initiative called Ignite, which will provide leading African startups with the opportunity to pitch their…


Digital Content

BlackBerry uber alles for South Africa’s youth

BlackBerry is the most desirable handset among teenagers and tertiary-level students in SA, but they aren’t using the devices to make voice calls.A new study from London-based research firm MobileYouth…


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People

- Arthur Kouassi Aloco has been appointed at the head the telecoms regulator, the Agence des télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire (ATCI). He used to be head of regulation at Côte…


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Events

Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit30 July- 1 August 2011, Nairobi, KenyaConference convened by the ATU Summary: Convener:ATU/SponsorFor more information visit here: Connecting Rural Communities Africa ForumDate: 24-26 August 2011,…


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Jobs & Opportunities

BE A PARTNER IN WORLD 2011’s “IDEAS CONNECT THE WORLD” The opportunity: An open innovation competitionTechnology can do amazing things: It can change the way we live, how we do business,…


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Contracts

Glo 1 and Julius Berger Construction - NigeriaConstruction giant, Julius Berger has signed on to Glo 1 International submarine cable. By the terms of the contract, Glo 1 will provide…