Issue no 581 18th November 2011

Top Story

The cost of diesel for Africa’s mobile operators: 2012 may be the year that this bird comes home to roost

While oil prices have not yet reached the peak levels witnessed in the summer of 2008, their steady growth with the OPEC basket price of an oil barrel passing the US$100 mark in February 2011, should ring an alarm bell among African mobile operators. Their dependency on diesel to fuel their base stations remains very high but very few of them have make any serious efforts to tackle these critical issues. Isabelle Gross looks at what the short and long terms options are for African mobile operators when it comes to saving on the energy bill that they are currently…

Telecoms

Mobiles Against Malaria (MAMA) in Mali – an innovative m-health initiative

MAMA - Mobiles Against Malaria - is a community building effort in one of the very poor outskirts of the Malian capital Bamako, Yirimadjo. Dutch agency IICD wants to help…


Telecoms

South Africa: 8ta airtime available online with credit card

8ta has empowered their subscribers by enhancing their free self-service portal with the ability to purchase airtime and data bundles online via credit card.According to Telkom Mobile Managing Executive, Amith…


Telecoms

Africa / Orange launches widest range of exclusive affordable phones with dedicated Facebook functionality in Africa and Europe

Three new phones with deep Facebook integration and dedicated ‘F’ key available in Africa and Europe from Q4 2011 – offering the widest portfolio of affordable phones with deep Facebook…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt to expand amid declining subscriptions

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced its plans to expand broadband and mobile-phone services after third-quarter profit dropped due to a decrease in subscribers.TE runs the nation’s fixed-line telephone monopoly. The…


Telecoms

Telecom News – In Brief

Lagos — Research In Motion (RIM) has announced the launch of two new BlackBerry Torch smartphones in Nigeria, both featuring the new BlackBerry 7 Operating System (OS). The new BlackBerry…


Internet

ISPA helps speed up internet

The Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) has created infrastructure in the form of its Cape Town and Johannesburg Internet Exchanges (CINX and JINX) to help local consumers enjoy…


Internet

Nigeria: Minister decries increase in social media

Labaran Maku, the Nigerian Minister of Information, has expressed concern over the increase in the number of social media in the country. Maku made the observation on Tuesday in Benin…


Internet

Internet News – In Brief

- 'Surf & Pay' wins Orange Best New Service Award at AfricaCom. Orange's Surf & Pay is a service that aims to facilitate access to the Internet. Surf & Pay…


Computing

Nigeria: MDAs to Spend N4.5 Billion on Data Centres - Minister

A selected aggregation of Individual Information Technology Spend Plans for Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) have revealed that N4.5billion will be spent on data centres in the coming year even…


Computing

Gijima extends focus on IT consumerisation

Listed SA IT company Gijima has formed a partnership with US company MobileIron as it ups its focus on the consumerisation of IT in business. Founded in 2007 and based…


Computing

Computer News – In Brief

- Intel has announced a new partnership with Lenovo, B-tech, Carrefour, CompuMe, Computer Shop, Fahem, Mobile Shop, Nahdet Misr and OstazOnline as part of their ‘connecting Egyptians with amazing technology’…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Airtel Kenya will offer a 50% airtime bonus to customers topping up their prepay account via its own Airtel Money platform.- Chinese vendor ZTE has announced that it has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Algeria in talks with Vimpelcom over Djezzy

Algeria is in talks with Vimpelcom aimed at resolving a tug of war over the Russian telecoms group's mobile phone unit Djezzy and efforts to find a resolution could now…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tunisian Government Sets Up Holding Company to Manage Mobile Network Stakes

The new Tunisian government has set up a national holding company to handle its stakes in the country's two mobile networks, Tunisiana and Orange.The CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignation)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zenith Bank, Google introduce new product for SMEs

Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited in collaboration with Google Ghana has introduced a new product unto the Ghanaian market dubbed Z.com in an effort to give its customers the opportunity to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Visa, MTN debut prepaid mobile accounts

The fact that the new card will be linked to the user's phone will significantly enhance the security features, says Fundamo CEO Hannes van Rensburg.Global credit card company Visa and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EasyPay fights back after fraud

This week, an estimated 180 000 EasyPay customers will receive an e-mail that offers money-back rewards on all their transactions as part of the company’s strategy to restore its credibility…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Zamtel has rolled out the mobile banking service to enable its customers on the network to transact using their mobile phones from anywhere…


Digital Content

Kenya: Online Brand Campaigns Fail to Click With Consumers

Many local firms have failed to get their strategies right in creating brand visibility and loyalty through social media, the latest industry survey has shown.However, many companies have invested heavily…


Digital Content

Inside Telkom’s broadband, TV plans

Telkom is involved in a multibillion-rand project to increase the throughput of fixed-line broadband to speeds of up to 40Mbit/s. The plans also include dramatically upping the speed of entry-level…


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People

Ghana’s Expresso Telecom has replaced their Managing Director just months after the buyout of Kasapa Telecom Limited. Just before Kasapa was rebranded, the Managing Director Bob Palitz resigned and was…


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