Issue no 600 13th April 2012

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African games sector stutters into life but needs some oxygen to help it breath

The available African consumer surveys show there is an audience for computer and mobile phone games but there is little evidence that anyone is much focused on trying to produce local games. For the brave few games developers already doing it, the business model is both confused and constrained. Russell Southwood looks at how African gaming might get out of the box and talks to Kenyan developer Cliff Onyari of Virtual Designs.African game developers may be out there in considerable numbers but they don’t have much presence. What’s described below is what I’ve collected and there may be more out…

Telecoms

Algeria to provide 3G license once Djezzy issue settled

Algerian Minister of Post, Information and Communication Technologies Moussa Benhamadi said Sunday that 3G licenses would be allotted once an agreement is reached over Russian telecom firm Vimpelcom's local unit…


Telecoms

International telcos eye Libya as elections near

International firms are keen to enter Libya's telecommunications sector, one of the major business opportunities created by last year's uprisings in the Arab world. But they will only find out…


Telecoms

MTN denies two-month old Turkcell charges

South Africa's MTN on Thursday denied allegations it used corrupt practices and promises of weapons to win its licence in Iran, the first time the mobile operator has clearly rejected…


Telecoms

Safaricom, Qualcomm team up for ‘3G Experiential Tour’

Kenyan mobile giant Safaricom and US-based wireless technology manufacturer Qualcomm have announced the launch of an ‘Experiential Tour’ for 3G products and services in Kenya, which will take place between…


Telecoms

Nigeria: FG to Introduce Mobile Technology for Teachers - NTI DG

The National Teacher's Institute (NTI) has mapped out strategies to use mobile technologies to update the knowledge of teachers and strengthen their competencies.NTI Director-General, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu disclosed this…


Telecoms

Vimpelcom seeks arbitration against Algeria over fine

Russia-focused telecoms firm Vimpelcom said its subsidiary Orascom has submitted a formal notice of arbitration against the Algerian government, escalating a disagreement between the parties over a $1.3 billion fine.Vimpelcom…


Telecoms

3G licences and more international fibre bandwidth set to boost Gabon’s broadband market in 2012

GDP per capita in Gabon is well above the African average, with the country’s oil revenues make it one of the wealthiest nations in the continent - although a distorted…


Telecoms

Nigeria: ATCON pushes for sanctions

The Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has campaigned against the mild sanctions meted against telecoms operators.They have called for compensation for telecoms subscribers if they are affected by…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Rwanda’s newest cellular operator Airtel has agreed to a deal to acquire mobile tower infrastructure from bankrupt telco Rwandatel. Airtel paid RWF9.3 billion (USD15.5 million) for the assets, AllAfrica…


Internet

Angolan rights activists say young protesters lead pro-democracy push using Internet

Young Angolan protesters who have been able to mobilize online have invigorated anti-corruption and pro-democracy campaigns, traditional political activists in the southern African nation said Monday.Elias Isaac, country director in…


Internet

e-Legislation to reduce bottlenecks

The government of Botswana says it is geared towards enacting reforms that would see the operations of both government departments and ministries go online in order to expedite services that…


Internet

Djibouti - Reporters Without Borders creates mirror of radio station’s blocked website

Reporters Without Borders has launched a mirror site of radio La Voix de Djibouti’s website, in order to help circumvent the government’s censorship and allow the population to have access…


Internet

Africa: Orange to Offer Customers Free Online Access to Wikipedia

In what is being promoted as the first partnership of its kind, millions of mobile phone owners in Africa and the Middle East will soon have free access to Wikipedia,…


Internet

Consulting firm, McKinsey releases report on the impact of the Internet on Nigeria, other emerging economies

Global consulting company, McKinsey & Company, recently released a report on the impact of the Internet in Nigeria and eight other countries around the world namely Argentina, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico,…


Internet

Tunisia - After Recent Attacks, Interior Ministry to Beef up Internet Security

Concerns about the security of the websites of  Tunisian Interim Government ministries have increased, especially after recent breaches.Recent cyber-attacks have targeted the Tunisian Prime Minister’s email account and the official…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Two young Tunisians have been sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons of the prophet Mohammad on Facebook, in a case that has fueled allegations the country's…


Internet

South Africa: Kagiso New Media Launches New Celebrity Website

Kagiso New Media have launched a website, Zalebs celebrity channel, by branching it out of its former Howzit MSN platform. Lauren Lee Atkinson has been appointed as the editor of…


Computing

Southern Africa: Region Cracks Down on Cyber Crime

Southern Africa is taking steps to respond to rising cyber crime, which is now among the world's fastest growing crimes.Cyber crime involves use of the computer networks to harm the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A computer scientist and former deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinedu Emeka, has developed a computer software that could be used to track criminals and check their activities…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Coverage and Offers

Vodacom announced on Tuesday that Vodacom Tanzania customers can expect roaming savings when travelling to 9 African countries where Vodacom and its partners operate.These countries include: South Africa (Vodacom), Mozambique…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Picks Up Rwandatel's Tower Assets

­Bharti Airtel's African arm is reported to have bought the tower network infrastructure owned by Rwanda's bankrupt Rwandatel.Bharti Airtel paid US$15.5 million for the towers, according to local media reports,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Gives Uganda Telecom 21 Days to Settle Outstanding Bills

­MTN Uganda has given the incumbent landline operator, Uganda Telecom 21 days to settle an outstanding invoice for Shs22 billion (US$8.8 million) otherwise it will seek to have the company…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FNB’s digital strategy aims to disrupt industries

FNB’s virtual ISP will be boosting its free data packages to 5GB for qualifying banking customers from May 8, 2012 – a move that is seen by some as gimmicky…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: CBN payment system meets glitches

The money market segment of the financial system was thrown into confusion as technical hitches in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) payment system – the Real Time Gross Settlement…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- All Corporate Directors and CEO’s of Airtel operations in Africa and South-East Asia forwent their salary increase for the period March 31, 2011 to March 31, 2012 to save…


Digital Content

Egyptian Entrepreneurs Hope Technology, Google Funding, Will Spur Economy

The Egyptian revolution sent the country’s economy into a tailspin. Egypt was already plagued by high unemployment, particularly among those under the age of 30. Amid ongoing unrest, foreign investors…


Digital Content

Kenya Vision 2030 ICT innovation awards

A distance radiology solution has won this year’s Kenya Vision 2030 ICT Innovation Award.The solution by Medisoft East Africa Limited, the brainchild of two medical doctors and an IT professional,…


Digital Content

GIFEC launches ICT device for James Town fishermen

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), has launched “Eco-finder,” Information and Communication Technology (ICT) device, to improve fishing activities, in Accra on Wednesday.The mechanism that would facilitate the…


Digital Content

Nigeria to boost social technology

Nigeria’s first technology innovation hub, Co-Creation Hub, last week announced that it has partnered with the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF).The partnership is aimed at encouraging innovative ideas that could help…


Digital Content

Online learning inspires refugees

Sanky Kabeya, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has spent half of his 24 years in Dzaleka refugee camp in central Malawi. He attended primary and secondary…


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People

- The World Economic Forum has named Brian Herlihy, Seacom Executive Director among the Young Global Leaders 2012.


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Jobs & Opportunities

CTA-NEPAD Photo and Essay Competitions WinnersIt is with great pleasure that the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and…