Issue no 601 20th April 2012

Top Story

Umuntu Media’s Mimiboard looks to create social engagement for traditional media and a new monetizable business model

Profitable online business models are hard to come by in Africa because although the number of Internet users has shot up, it’s still hard to get a critical mass of regular users and make money from what they do. Russell Southwood talks to Johan Nel, CEO, Umuntu Media about its forthcoming launch of Mimiboard.Johan Nel used to work for South African media giant Naspers and woke up one day to realize that he had ideas and that he wanted to become an online entrepreneur. So he sold his house to raise the initial capital to launch Umuntu Media:”I started purely…

Telecoms

Libya's Lap Green Networks loses interim relief bid for Zamtel

Lap Green Networks, the Libyan Investment Authority's international telecommunications arm, has lost a bid for interim relief in the reversal of its acquisition of a stake in Zambia Telecommunication Co.…


Telecoms

Kenya: Yu Free Calls Offer Nets New 500, 000 Clients

Fee calls within the Yu mobile network helped the operator to add more than half a million customers between September and December last year. The smallest mobile company in the…


Telecoms

Malawi could move from two to six mobile networks in 2012

Malawi is one of the world’s least developed countries, but its economy continues to grow at close to 4% per year. Mobile penetration is less than half the African average,…


Telecoms

Liberia: Senate Releases Final Report On LTA Probe

The Special Investigative Committee of the Liberian Senate setup to probe the controversial imposition of US$14 cents on all inbound by the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) Tuesday, April 17, 2012…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria: Anambra State topped the scale in number of people with access to mobile phones in Nigeria beating Lagos, the nation’s bustling commercial capital that emerged sixth in a…


Internet

Teraco opens Africa’s first privately owned public peering facility

Teraco Data Environments, a vendor neutral data centre provider, recently announced the launch of NAPAfrica, South Africa’s first open, free and public peering facility. Teraco Managing Director, Lex van Wyk…


Internet

Egypt: Internet Radio Powers On After Arab Spring

When an Egyptian court fined former president Hosni Mubarak and two aides a total of 90 million dollars for cutting mobile and Internet services during protests that led to his…


Internet

Mali - Internet and Mobile Phone Access Help Farmers Help Each Other

For 25 years Yacouba Sawadogo, a small-scale farmer in Mali, has been working to stop the process of desertification in the Sahel region of western Africa. During  the 1970s and…


Internet

South Africa: Afrihost boosts ADSL value

Internet Service Provider (ISP) Afrihost announced on Wednesday that their capped ADSL subscribers will get more value for money, with higher data allowances for the same price.“A Bronze client who…


Internet

22.4% of Internet users in Egypt use e-commerce services

A new major survey of Internet users in Egypt was conducted by the Arab Advisors Group in February 2012. The survey revealed that around 22.4% of Internet users in the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Sapo CV internet portal is celebrating four years in Cape Verde by reaching a milestone of 10 million page views. Since launching in April 2008, Sapo CV has…


Computing

Namibia: Old Mutual Donates Computer Software

Old Mutual has donated computer software valued at N$20 000 to Delta Secondary School in Windhoek. The contribution is the company's way of thanking learners for achieving good result in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o is calling on Kenyans to embrace information technology in the provision and access to health services. Nyong'o said his ministry is committed to implement…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Openweb has launched a new 10Mbps uncapped ADSL product at R1,649 per month. This announcement follows the company’s reduction in 1Mbps uncapped ADSL rates earlier this week.-  Zimbabwe’s Aquiva…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IHS invests $8 million to upgrade Network Operations Centre in Lagos

IHS, a telecommunications infrastructure provider, with headquarters in Nigeria and operations across Africa, has invested USD 8 million to upgrade its Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Lagos. The upgrade allows…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Burkina Faso state-owned telecom operator Onatel has signed an agreement with Banque Internationale du Burkina (BIB) to allow mobile subsidiary Telmob's customers to top-up their credit with Visa Africards…


Digital Content

Social Media Is Playing A Role In Ghana’s Election 2012

I have no doubt that social media would play and is playing a significant role in Ghana’s Election 2012. As a keen follower of political debates and analysis on various…


Digital Content

Ethiopia community tourism goes online

Ethiopia’s tourism authorities have launched a new website to showcase sustainable community tourism opportunities in the country.The new site, aims to inform tourists and highlight business opportunities for Ethiopian communities.…


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People

Microsoft Africa chairman named Mali’s interim prime ministerCheick Modibo Diarra, Microsoft’s chairman for Africa, was named interim prime minister of Mali on Tuesday, according to a decree read out over…


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Jobs & Opportunities

SPA seeks speakers for iWeek 2012 conference in Cape TownThe Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa (ISPA) is seeking speakers for iWeek 2012 in September in Century City, Cape…