Issue no 579 4th November 2011

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Adventures in social media – What we’ve discovered over 12 months

The growth in Africa’s Facebook numbers show that it has touched a chord with users at a near mass level. Social media played a part in the Arab Spring and they’ve been arguing about what part ever since. Here at Balancing Act we decided to engage with social media about 12 months ago and this article looks at what we’ve discovered since then.Balancing Act’s universe of users is about 11,000 people, around 70% of whom are interested in telecoms and Internet in English and French and 30% in broadcast and film: that’s those topics from Africa, not anywhere else. We…

Telecoms

France Telecom seals Congo Chine Telecom deal

France Telecom announced on 31 October 2011that it has finalized the acquisition of Congolese operator Congo Chine Telecom. The deal means France Telecom will own 51% of the company’s stake…


Telecoms

MTN grows fibre access footprint through partnerships in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape

MTN has increased its fibre footprint through partnerships with Metro Fibre Networx (MFN) in Gauteng and Neotel fibre and Ethekweni Metroconnect in the Western Cape and KZN.MTN Business announced on…


Telecoms

Moroccan regulator reports 18% mobile growth in a year

According to Morocco’s telecoms regulator, the ANRT, mobile subscribers in the country reached a total of 36.15 million at the end of September 2011, up by 3.4% quarter-on-quarter and 18.5%…


Telecoms

Altech said to be in East Africa deal talks

JSE-listed Altech has appointed Shahab Meshki as new CEO of its struggling East Africa business Kenya Data Networks. At the same time, the technology group is reported to be in…


Telecoms

Trial opens to consider Ghana Telecom sale

According to an unconfirmed report from online news journal Citi FM, a commercial court in Accra will today launch a trial concerning a lawsuit filed opposing the sale of a…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s NCC may sanction MTN,GLO,Airtel

MTN Nigeria, Globacom and Airtel Nigeria are facing possible sanctions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) if the operators do not improve their services by the end of November 2011.MTN…


Telecoms

Telecom News - In Brief

- Egypt's Mobinil has selected HP TippingPoint solutions to protect its network from external software attacks and viruses.- The Federal Government may have concluded plans to break up the moribund…


Internet

Google Nigeria gets 5000 SMEs online

Google said on 31 October 2011, that through its latest initiative, 5,000 of Nigeria ’s SMEs would move their businesses online in the next five days.According to BusinessDayOnline.com, statistics indicate…


Internet

Broadband speeds: SA versus the world

South Africa’s broadband speeds are still lagging behind the global average South Africa’s average broadband speed of 2.84Mbps is still significantly lower than the global average of 9.18Mbps. South Africa…


Internet

Kenya: Yellow Pages Develops Free Mobile Travel Guide Software

International and local tourists will from January be able to search and access basic information about places of interest on their smartphones .Yellow Pages Kenya Limited has made this possible…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The United Nations says less than one in five small and micro enterprises (SMEs) has a website in sub-Sahara Africa compared with four of five in high-income countries.- YouTube…


Computing

South Africa: Gijima in Apple tie-up

It appears there was method in Gijima’s madness after all. The JSE-listed IT company that earlier this year said it would buy all its employees Apple iPads has signed the…


Computing

Zambia: KCM Donates 110 Computers to Nine Schools

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has provided 110 computers to nine schools and orphanages on the Copperbelt in a bid to enhance Information Communication Technology and the quality of education.The donation…


Computing

Nigeria: National Software Policy Will Boost Economic Diversification

The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Prof. Cleopas Angaye, has said the national software policy being developed by the Federal Government will help in making the…


Computing

New software provider enters Ugandan market

A new software service provider “Twenty Third Century Systems” (TTCS) will this week launch its services in Uganda.The Uganda launch will be the fourth destination for the company among the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Communication, Science and Technology minister Prof Makame Mbarawa last week launched a state-of-the-art communication and information technology centre, dubbed ‘TANZICT and Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi)’ in Dar es…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Airtel Nigeria has introduced an international call rate bundle offer worth N8.33 (about US $0.056) per minute to any of the listed destinations. The International call bundle offer is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

'E-toll hearing futile'

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has put a halt on all future tolling projects.The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says the hearing into e-tolling at the Gauteng Legislature will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa leads in mobile money deployment as users hit over 40 million

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says Africa is leading the trend with 51 mobile money systems in place, and as many as 37 of the deployments…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Roamware Wins Nigerian Mobile Banking Contract

Roamware has announced that FETS (Funds & Electronic Transfer Solutions), a consortium focused on increasing mobile payment usage in Nigeria has chosen its Macalla service as their mobile financial services…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- In collaboration with Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) holds a meeting entitled "Communication for Development". The meeting will be held with…


Digital Content

Ubuntu Linux coming to phones, tablets

Ubuntu Linux, the free and open-source operating system, will power tablet computers, cellular phones, TVs and smart screens in cars and elsewhere, Mark Shuttleworth, the South African behind the software…


Digital Content

Rwandan innovators attend Geneva ICT Telecom expo

Two Rwandan young innovators participated in this year’s ICT Telecom World 2011 held Geneva, Switzerland.According to the NewTimes, Joseph Gatete who presented Quickisms in Secondary School Projects and Robert Katabarwa…


Digital Content

App and music store licensing in SA: Copyright and licensing

What is holding back digital stores, such as Apple’s iTunes, in South Africa?Getting the license agreements in place to sell content such as music and apps seems to be the…


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People

- Absa group chief information officer Len de Villiers is stepping down at the end of the year and says he plans to take time off to “recharge his batteries”…


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