Issue no 593 24th February 2012

Top Story

Mobile Money – Liberia opts for bank-centric approach but gets low take up

In August 2011, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) officially issued guidelines for mobile money services that will serve as the legal framework for the future rollout of mobile money services in the country. It is a laudable step forward for a country that has one of the lowest GDP per capita in Africa and a banking sector that is as shallow as a paddling pool. Following conversations with various stakeholders, Isabelle Gross reports on how mobile money services have been so far rolled out The guidelines for mobile money services issued by CBL prescribe a “financial institution-led model whereby…

Telecoms

Airtel asked to reduce cost of its services by Minister

Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Minister Yamfwa Mukanga has urged Airtel Zambia to consider reducing the cost of making calls on their network so that Zambians can use their phones…


Telecoms

Egypt’s Orascom to give shareholders dividends from recent deal

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom said it will give shareholders most of the $1 billion it is gaining in its recent deal with France Telecom announced this week.The recent deal includes the…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe government blocks Econet

The government has blocked a bid by Econet Wireless to install a fibre optic cable linking Zimbabwe to high-speed undersea cables in Mozambique.Transport and Communications minister Nicholas Goche told reporters…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt sees businesses investing again

Telecom Egypt expects to maintain its profitability this year as it presses ahead with cost cuts and business clients look again at investing after a turbulent 2011, company executives said…


Telecoms

Ghana: Over 7.5 Million Mobile Phone Numbers Face Deactivation

More than 7.5 million mobile phone numbers in Ghana are likely to be deactivated come March 3, 2012, the legally set date by which all SIM cards in country should…


Telecoms

Econet seeks $3.1 billion damages from Bharti Airtel

Econet Wireless is seeking at least $3.1 billion in damages from Bharti Airtel in a dispute over ownership of its subsidiary Airtel Nigeria, according to a suit filed on Wednesday.The…


Telecoms

Kenya: Push for a Minimum Calling Rate By Orange Could Raise Airtime Costs

Calling rates could rise to a minimum of Sh4.42, if a request by Orange-Telkom to the government to set a minimum calling rate is heeded. The company wants to set…


Telecoms

Liberia: Lonestar/MTN Cell Subscribers Suffer Network Problem

Residents of Camp Freeman Town adjacent villages and towns in Grand Cape Mount County have frowned at the Lonestar/MTN for not extending its network coverage to their areas.The residents said…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cellular operator MTN Rwanda is reporting revenues for 2011 of RWF80 billion (USD132 million), up from RWF73.6 billion a year earlier. The company says it is targeting sales of…


Internet

Ségou Connection: Introducing The Internet To 800 Villagers

The Ségou Village Connection “cruise for Internet literacy” on the river Niger, in Mali, in partnership with the Loire-Niger UNESCO heritage project [fr], has now  completed a two-week training tour…


Internet

# Senegal: 'The Web is Very, Very, Very Powerful'

"I will vote for Wade, of course!" shouts Amadou, a young taxi driver, taking me to my hotel in downtown Dakar. "Wade has worked hard and that's how it works…


Internet

Rwanda: MTN Explains Internet Disruption due to fibre cuts, announces Increased Capacity

Reacting to the irregular Internet connection experienced by MTN users over the past days, the CEO of MTN Rwanda, Khaled Mikkawi, on Tuesday explained this is due to multiple cuts…


Internet

The Tiziano Project: Helping Local Community Journalists Showcasing Their Stories

The Tiziano Project is a multimedia website and an outreach effort focusing on training citizen journalists in conflict and underreported regions around the globe. The project has trained community journalists…


Internet

Angola: Optical Fibre Links Provincial Capitals

The country's 18 provinces will be interlinked by fibre, meant to expand and improve telephone and internet services, says the minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Rocha de Carvalho.The…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Satellite providers Global Telesat and RascomStar have entered into a joint venture to offer satellite-based internet access throughout Africa, beginning with Angola. The venture, using capacity on the Rascom-QAF1R…


Computing

Namibia: Plot Thickens in Election Tender Dispute

New information has surfaced about the manner in which the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) awarded the N$63,8 million electronic voter registration contract to a South African IT firm, Face…


Computing

Rwanda: Rural Settlement and Habitation to Be Improved using GPS

In a bid to continue standardize habitation countrywide, the the ministry of local government has embarked on a program to provide GPS (Global Position Satellite) tools to the districts, to…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A Ghana government official says the country's drive to get voters to register their biometric data will result in “fraud-free” elections in that country later this year. The country's…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Moroccan postal service Poste Maroc is reportedly planning to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) within the next few months. A report from Telecompaper, which cites…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UN panel ends LAP Green ‘asset freeze’

Subsidiaries of Libya's sovereign wealth fund are no longer subject to a freeze on their assets abroad under an informal easing of U.N. sanctions targeting the regime of late leader…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerian bank, telecom operator to join forces on mobile banking

Mobile banking is set to get a major facelift after Nigerian bank FirstBank and Airtel have agreed to join forces to develop and produce a unified mobile money service to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Somalia: Head of Telecommunication Company's Assets Frozen By UN Security Council

Ali Ahmed Nur (Jim'ale) according to the statement released on Friday by the Security Council's department of public information, held leadership roles with the 'radical-Islamist element', the Somali Islamic Courts…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibia: Windhoekers Can Now Buy Electricity by Cellphone

Speaking at the launch of the new purchasing method for pre-paid electricity in Windhoek on Tuesday, the deputy mayor of Windhoek, Gerson Kamatuka, said the municipality will not repeat the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Pretoria — Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced a proposal that will bring about relief for Gauteng motorists with regard to e-tolling fees. Delivering his Budget Speech, Gordhan said…


Digital Content

Maroc Telecom Blocks Skype

The Moroccan telephone operator, Maroc Telecom, has blocked  access to several sites that provide free VoIP telephone service to its users.The ban has affected the Skype service that is used…


Digital Content

Angola: Health Service Includes Mobile Phones On System

A project of indicators of the health quality through mobile phone, even without using the Internet, was presented has recently been presented in Luanda by the National Department of Public…


Digital Content

Kenya: Phone Money Transfer traps criminal

An M-Pesa transaction was the key piece of evidence that nailed a suspect in a robbery with violence case. A court said the fact that cash was transferred from the…


Digital Content

Ghana: Airtel Fights SIM Box Fraudsters

In curbing the growing SIM Box fraud in the telecommunications industry, which adversely affects the industry's revenue, Airtel Ghana has introduced a short code - 919- for customers to report…


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