Issue no 574 30th September 2011

Top Story

Operator-agnostic mobile money transfer services Pata Express carves a niche for itself in Congo-Brazza and plans to launch Phone Page directory

While there is a lot of publicity made around mobile payment services launched by mobile operators in Africa (thanks to their very well-oiled PR machine) there is much less emphasis on mobile payment services launched by other organisations. During her recent visit to Congo-Brazza, Isabelle Gross spoke to Alain Ndalla, the CEO of Pata Express about their mobile operator agnostic mobile transfer service and other services that the company plans to launch in the coming 12 months. Pata Express has started offering mobile transfer and payment services in Congo-Brazaville twelve months ago. To comply with local banking rules, Pata Express…

Telecoms

17 firms submit bids for ‘open access’ LTE scheme

According to Business Daily Africa a total of 17 telecoms firms have registered their interest in Kenya’s planned ‘open access’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Of the companies involved, eight…


Telecoms

Kenya’s Yu mobile initiates second round of mobile tariff war

A second round of  the mobile tariff war is looming in Kenya following an announcement by Kenyan  mobile operator Yu, the mobile phone brand of Essar Telecom Kenya Limited, that…


Telecoms

UCC axes six telecoms licences

Uganda’s Communication Commission (UCC) has revoked the licences of six telecoms operators for failing to launch services within their allotted time limit. Uganda’s licensing regime is technology neutral, with concessions…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC Extends SIM Card Registration

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given a grace period for subscribers who were unable to register their SIM cards during the six-month registration exercise. A statement by the NCC…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Essar Telekom Kenya has agreed to pay Kenyan Data Networks (KDN) a lump sum of KES25 million (USD250,000), followed by KES6.2 million until an independent arbitrator can settle the…


Internet

ACE cable lands in Liberia

A high powered cable ship is expected to land at the shores of Liberia next month under the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), intended to increase government inter-connectivity computer networking and…


Internet

Internet Solutions mulls metro Wi-Fi plan

Dimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) is at an advanced stage of planning for a project that could see it investing heavily in building metropolitan Wi-Fi networks to serve business…


Internet

Airtel inks 3G network roll-out deal with NSN

Finnish telecommunications equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has signed an agreement with Bharti Airtel to expand the operator’s 2G infrastructure and deploy 3G networks in seven African countries. Under…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

Airtel has launched an online search platform to help Somali refugees find their relatives. The platform includes the use of mobile Internet (wireless application protocol or WAP) and also Android…


Computing

Teraco opens Durban data centre as colocation demand continues to rise in South Africa

Durban North, 30 September 2011 – Teraco Data Environments today opened the doors of its third vendor neutral colocation facility in River Horse Valley. Dark fibre Africa, MWeb, Telkom, Neotel,…


Computing

Tanzania: Bank Promises Improved Services With New Software

Ecobank Tanzania customers should anticipate improved services as the bank changes bank management software.The shift from Globus to Flexcube, to become effective on Monday next week, will affect all of…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The City Council of Nairobi has developed an e-Construction Permit Management System with the help of the World Bank The Director of Planning Tom Odongo said yesterday that the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Essar Telecom partners with Tata Communications

A new deal inked on Monday between Essar Telecom Kenya and Tata Communications will allow yuMobile to route all international voice calls through the Tata communications network.“It’s a really smart…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nigeria: Starcomms Unveils Trans-Network Migration Service

STARCOMMSPIc has introduced a value added service that will help its new customers who are migrating from other networks to notify their old contacts automatically about their new Starcomms number.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Rwanda: Blackberry Users Yet to Fully Benefit From Smart-Phone Features

Owners of blackberry phones in the country cannot enjoy the full potential of smart phones until the handset maker, Research in Motion (RIM), awards a license to the service provider,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom shares slump, reports a loss

Shares in telecommunications group Telkom slumped R1.60 (Less than US $1) or 4.82% to R31.60 (about US $4.1) on the JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange) today after the group announced losses…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: ICT companies urged to list on stock market

Nigeria’s Communications and Technology Minister Omobola Johnson has again called on information, communications and technology firms in the country to list on the Stock Market in an effort to boost…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Zain's Sudan subsidiary has awarded a mobile advertising contract to Jinny Software.- Sierra Leone’s parliament has approved a concessional loan agreement between the government and the Export-Import Bank of…


Digital Content

iBurst shakes up SA’s data prices

South Africa based wireless data provider, iBurst has presented the South African public with new competitive data packages, available on a month-to-month or contract package.iBurst’s new data packages range from…


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People

Emma Kaye, CEO of bozza.mobi was elected one of Africa's top ten women in science and technology- In the spirit of celebrating African excellence, ITNewsAfrica decided to profile 10 African…


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Jobs & Opportunities

The African Child On-line Protection education & Awareness centre (ACOPEA) seeks partnersMission and goals:ACOPEA aims to promote Africa wide awareness on the importance of child safety in the online world,…