Issue no 570 2nd September 2011

Top Story

African online content and services come of age – business models, users and delivery platforms begin to crystallize

Last week’s Mobile Entertainment World in Cape Town began to crystallize the beginning of successful, business-worthy African online content. It bought together a handful of mobile operators, mobile platform operators and content companies offering things as diverse as music, gaming and Nollywood. Russell Southwood picks over the lessons from this emerging content market.It’s a hazard of doing what we do that we attend (and sometimes even programme) conferences. The standard pattern is that everyone senior turns up for the first half day to network and by the end of the conference you’re left with a handful of people listening to…

Telecoms

Spectrum unavailability and review of guidelines delayed Globacom’s operations in Ghana says Minister Iddrisu

After Globacom was handed the license to operate as the fifth telecoms company in the Ghanaian market for a fee of $50 million, there was an unavailability of spectrum for…


Telecoms

Vodacom South Africa to launch apps store in September

Pieter Uys, Vodacom CEO, has announced that Vodacom will be providing a mobile app store to consumers in September 2011. The announcement came after an extensive inquiry into the local…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Fleeced - Power company and telecoms operator demand stiffer penalties for cable vandalism

Ethiopian Electric Power Cooperation (EEPCo) and ethio-telecom, which reported losses of US$4.2 million and US$3.6 million, respectively, due to theft and intentional damages on their infrastructure this year, appealed to…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cell C Loses Final '4gs' Appeal

The final appeal committee of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has dismissed a last attempt by Cell C to have a ruling that the "4Gs" term it…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Uganda, the parliamentary committee on information and communication technology wants telecommunication companies to share masts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. "ICT infrastructure, especially telecom and broadcasting masts, have…


Internet

South Africa: Facebook Check-in Deals launches with two Cell C deals

Facebook Check-in Deals launched in South Africa with Cell C offering two deals to potential customers through the platform Earlier this week Facebook’s official sales partner in South Africa, Habari…


Internet

Kenya: Motor Vehicle Licences to Be Verified Online

The government has developed an automated system to verify the authenticity of transport vehicle licences, putting the brakes on cartels that have thrived from the sale of counterfeits.Supported by mobile…


Internet

Eutelsat Announces distribution agreement with Egyptsat for satellite broadband service

Eutelsat Communications has announced a 6-year distribution agreement valued at EUR20 million between its Skylogic subsidiary and Egyptsat. The agreement enables Egyptsat to use the new-generation Tooway satellite service to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In a statement made available to local newspaper This Day, Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel said that the company is ready to launch a 4GLTE network following…


Computing

Ghana’s Government to spend between $10m to $25m on e-school project

Government is expected to spend between $10 to $25 million within the next five years, under the e-school project to procure laptops and desktop computers for schools, Mr Haruna Iddrisu,…


Computing

Rwanda: Progress report on the OLPC program

By 2017, Rwanda intends to distribute half a million laptops to primary school students across the country through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program. However, as Nkubito Bakuramutsa, Rwanda's…


Computing

Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre in Kenya

Electronics firm Samsung plans to establish a research and development centre focused on planning, design and development of electronics suited to the Kenyan market.Samsung Deputy Managing Director Robert Ngeru said…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Rwanda, the Government has placed an order to purchase 50,000 digital television sets to facilitate the commitment to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by next year. The…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- At a media demonstration of its soon to-be-launched 3G network, Zamtel Managing Director Hans Paulsen said that it would lay and switch on 185 3G mobile sites along the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: MTN Opposed to Selling Some Shares to Public

MTN is opposed to President Museveni's idea of telecoms selling some of their shares to Ugandans through the domestic stock market, according to Sifiso Dabengwa, the group's president and CEO."You…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa looks to Africa again

Telkom is still keen to expand its operations elsewhere on the African continent despite the sensational failure of Multi-Links, its Nigerian business, says chairman Lazarus Zim.He was speaking at the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Coming to Nigeria is our biggest move in W-Africa, says Huawei boss

In this interview with Vanguard Hi-Tech, the Managing Director, Terminal, West Africa of Huawei Technologies Co. Nigeria Limited unfolded the company’s plans for the market.Q: How long have you been…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- US authorities are investigating allegations that executives working for software group Oracle paid African officials in violation of anti-bribery laws. Agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and…


Digital Content

Mi-Fone Launches Lowest Cost Android Devices Range launched Into Africa

Mi-Fone, one of Africa's fastest growing mobile device brands, has done it again. Listening to their target audience and keeping up with demand, Mi-Fone has released a range of low-cost,…


Digital Content

Mobile Subscribers Loyal to Networks, Prefer Nokia Handsets - Nielsen's Mobile Insights Study

South Africa's mobile phone consumers are overwhelmingly loyal to their network providers, with 95 percent having been with their current provider for an average of 4.2 years.What's more, 81 percent…


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People

­The government of Swaziland has sacked the entire Board of Directors at the state-owned telco/regulator, the Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC). Although no reason was given by the Minister…


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Jobs & Opportunities

TDR Deputy PM / Database Manager – RwandaPact is a non-profit international development organization with a purpose to enable poor and marginalized people in the developing world to earn a…


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Contracts

Mi-Fone and Opera - AfricaMi-Fone and Opera Software have partnered. The agreement will see all data capable Mi-Fones pre installed with the Opera Mini browser. Mi- Fone is one of…


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Events

Nigeria Com20 - 21 September, 2011, Lagos, NigeriaThe 2nd annual Nigeria Com returns to Lagos. Gain unique market perspectives and insights from a 40 strong speaker-line up including 25+ Operator…