Issue no 595 9th March 2012

Top Story

Head in the clouds – new opportunities emerge for African cloud-based services as bandwidth improves

Increased bandwidth in Africa has opened up new opportunities for cloud-based services. Unfortunately discussions about these kinds of cloud-based services have generated…well, clouds fully of empty corporate jargon. This week Russell Southwood looks at some different examples of actual cloud-based services that are being used successfully in Africa to try and get a handle on where the opportunities lie.Orange Business has launched two cloud-based services: Flexible Computing Express (just IT infrastructure with company applications on top) and Flexible Computing Premium (Orange providing some applications and managing or sharing managing the service). These services were launched in Europe initially at are…

Telecoms

Nigeria: PDP Asks Court to Revoke MTN’s Licence over access to call records

The Peoples Democratic Party has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for an order to compel the Nigerian Communications Commission to revoke the licence of MTN Nigeria Communications…


Telecoms

Egypt minister sees MVNO licences tender within 4 weeks

Egypt will launch a tender for mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences within four weeks, the country's communications minister said on Tuesday.MVNOs are mobile phone service providers which lease excess…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Agency Seals Airtel Base in Nasarawa

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday sealed off a base station in Tundun Amba area of Lafia, Nasarawa State over environmental violations after pre-sanction notice.Alhaji Abdusalami…


Telecoms

Kenya: Technical Hitch Locks Out Airtel Subscribers

Airtel customers suffered a network outage last week. The outage affected calls originating from Airtel and sending SMS, though some calls from other networks and international calls were able to…


Telecoms

Ghana Gives Subscribers Another Month to Register SIM Cards

Ghana's telecoms regulator has given mobile subscribers an additional month to rectify incomplete SIM card registration data before their accounts are cut off.Last Saturday marked the end of the deadline…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Uganda’s telecoms watchdog, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has launched a SIM registration programme intended to reduce phone-based crime. Wireless subscribers have until 1 March 2013 to register their…


Internet

Rwanda issues new guidelines for operators to provide international redundancy

The Rwandan government has made it mandatory with immediate effect for telecom operators and internet service providers to provide seamless redundancy and diversity of internet bandwidth to guarantee service.The move…


Internet

North Africa: World Bank Announces Broadband Connectivity Initiative, New Focus On Citizen Participation in ICT Solutions

The World Bank has launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing utilities' fiber optic networks into broadband use.…


Internet

Zimbabwe - Aquiva Wireless to launch VoIP by April

Aquiva WirelessOne of Zimbabwe’s licensed Internet Access Providers (IAP), Aquiva Wireless, will be launching VoIP services by April this year. We got the news from the company this week that…


Internet

Spectrum Training launches a new training center in Egypt

Spectrum Training, a leading IT Networking and Security training, certification and consultancy services provider in the Middle East & Africa region expanded its reach in the region by setting up…


Internet

Lonestar Cell MTN Launches Internet for Liberia

Lonestar Cell MTN has launched the Internet for Liberia Project, introducing a variety of internet services.The Internet for Liberia Project is aimed at getting devices into the hands of Liberians,…


Internet

Uganda: Tweeters Oppose Invisible Children Campaign

NGO Invisible Children has launched an internet campaign against Joseph Kony, the fugitive head of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels. The LRA is infamous for committing extreme atrocities against civilians,…


Internet

Angola - Province capitals connected via fibre optic cable

The minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Rocha de Carvalho, announced Tuesday that the capital cities of Angola’s 18 provinces will be connected through fibre optic cable, aimed at…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Liberian gay rights activist, Archie Ponpon, has stopped his campaign for ensuring gay rights in Liberia on Facebook, a global social networking site, just days after he escaped the…


Computing

Zimbabwe government websites hacker helped FBI penetrate ‘Anonymous’

News organisations and blogs globally are reporting that the hacker responsible for leading attacks on the Zimbabwe government’s (and other countries as well) websites following the Wikileaks stir in December…


Computing

CAMFED-Ghana Builds 3 ICT Centers

A non-governmental organization in Ghana, CAMFED, The Campaign for Female Education is currently building three ultra modern Information Communication Technology centers in some selected districts of the Northern region of…


Computing

West African e-twinning project makes gains

Working collaboratively online helps educators develop teaching material that transcends national boundaries and reaches learners of different cultures.  This has been the experience of teachers taking part in an ongoing…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Following the India-Africa Science and Technology Ministers conference it was announce that India had set aside a US$5 billion facility for the development of science and technology in Africa.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Google has added two indigenous African languages, Afrikaans and Zulu, to their social network, Google+ Google+ is available in up to 60 languages and they hope their latest move…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana: ITU Secretary-General wants unnecessary taxes on ICT equipment cut

The Secretary-General of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Touré has implored the government to cut down unnecessary taxes on ICT equipment and services that could hinder the growth of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibia - MTC declares revenue of N$1,4 billion for 2011

MTC has released a mixed bag of annual financial results for 2011 with revenue growing 3,2 per cent to N$1,4 billion, but profit dipping 14,2 per cent to N$319 million.Miguel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Algeria sees Djezzy valuation completed end-March

Algeria expects a valuation of Vimpelcom's Djezzy mobile phone unit, which it is part nationalising, to be completed by the end of March, Telecommunications Minister Moussa Benhamadi told Reuters on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- The Ugandan government has announced that Libyan assets that were seized last year in line with UN sanctions against the North African state, are starting to be returned. According…


Digital Content

South Africa: Dedicated Golf Travel Ipad Application Launched

Giltedge Golf & Sport has launched a dedicated South African golf travel iPad App, which enables travellers to find the best golf locations, together with all the necessary information on…


Digital Content

South Africa - Neotel trialing LTE

Neotel is currently trialing various broadband technologies with the aim of improving their broadband offerings, including LTE and fibre.“We are trialing various technologies including LTE, both fibre and wireless, as…


Digital Content

Lagos traffic takes Nigerian to New York

Gidi Traffic, Lagos motorists’ favourite traffic guide, received a nomination for a Shorty Award which honours the best short format content creators on Twitter.Gidi Traffic helping Lagos' traffic in Nigeria…


Digital Content

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa

Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa. IM and chat messaging clients are incredibly popular on the continent. Applications such as 2go and mobile social…


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