Issue no 608 8th June 2012

Top Story

VOD services are beginning to gain traction but are operators ready for this kind of traffic?

There’s a mismatch happening out there in African markets. Users have demonstrated that they want streaming video services and they want them now. However, the majority of operators do not have the networks required to deliver these services. New entrants are coming to market and the pressure to deliver streaming effectively can only intensify. Russell Southwood talks to Nyasha Mutsekwa, CEO, MeTVAfrica.com about how things are shaping up.The table below shows the position of You Tube in the Alexa web site rankings:Cameroon        5thCote d’Ivoire    4thGhana             5thKenya             5thMadagascar     6thNigeria            5thSenegal          4thSouth Africa    4thSudan            3rdUganda          5thThese…

Telecoms

ip.access small cells powering deployments in remote Congo communities with RascomStar-QAF and ViaSat

RascomStar-QAF, the pan-African satellite operator, will deliver mobile coverage and fixed telephony access for IPX Extenso in remote and rural areas of the Republic of Congo through a unique collaboration…


Telecoms

LTA suspends MTN Liberia’s licence, reports says

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has reportedly suspended the two operating licences of MTN Liberia, trading under the Lonestar Cell brand, for two weeks in relation to its ‘unilateral disconnection’…


Telecoms

Mauritius Telecom 2011 profit rises

Mauritius Telecom posted a slight rise in pretax profit last year, up 4 percent to MUR 2.55 billion, on revenues of MUR 3.5 billion, Reuters reported. It posted a 4.3…


Telecoms

South Africa's MTN Investigated Over Bribery Allegations

South Africa's anti-corruption police force has started looking into allegations that MTN paid bribes to secure its Iranian mobile operating license. The company denies the claims, which were made by…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

­Staff at one of MTN Nigeria's outsourced call centers have been barred from returning to work, more than a month after the office was locked-down by the owners.On the 1st…


Internet

Ethiopia Introduces Deep Packet Inspection

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation, which is the sole telecommunication service provider in Ethiopia, has deployed or begun testing Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) of all Internet traffic. We have previously analyzed…


Internet

African Internet Governance Forum in Cairo Soon

The African Internet Governance Forum - AfIGF 2012 is to take place 3 - 4 October 2012, in Cairo, Egypt.The establishment of the African Internet Governance Forum comes within the…


Internet

Namibia: Faster Internet Link Unveiled

Telecom Namibia has launched its latest product, SpeedLink, which is a fixed broadband product with faster Internet connections and higher bandwidths for both home and business users.Telecom Namibia's Managing Director,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Domain registry LogicBoxes announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with Moroccan registrar and web hosting provider Genious Communications to help increase its domain extension portfolio. According to LogicBoxes,…


Computing

Morocco's strategy to build digital trust

The threat of cybercrime has become an integral part of the daily lives of individuals, businesses and government agencies in Morocco.Every day, news websites and social networks report attacks against…


Computing

Zimbabwe: Utande, Sage Launch Cloud Computing Platform

Zimbabwean firms are set to benefit from a new cloud computing platform, the Sage Enterprise Resource Planning X3 Cloud.The new Internet-based computing product, which will allow for sharing of resources,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nairobi, Kenya — The government has announced that  it will be possible for investors to register their businesses online by September. Finance Minister NjeruGithae told Parliament that the e-registration…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- African telecommunications operator Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) has launched a new service in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, enabling the delivery of mobile broadband services including live video chat…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN launches mobile money transfer in Rwanda

MTN Group and MFS Africa today announced the launch of an online money transfer service. MTN Mobile Money customers can now receive international remittances directly on their mobile phones. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DRC court suspends auction of Vodacom unit shares

The Democratic Republic of Congo Supreme Court has suspended a planned mandatory auction of shares in the local unit of South African mobile phone provider Vodacom, the parent company said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa Cellular Towers Forced into Liquidation by Creditor

South Africa based Africa Cellular Towers (AC Towers) has been placed into provisional liquidation after a major creditor sought a winding up of the company last Friday.The company, listed on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Liberian mobile operator Cellcom, part of the Cellcom Telecommunications group, plans to invest up to USD60 million in new mobile technologies as it looks to overhaul its network and…


Digital Content

Mali: 'Til Death!' Say North Youth

Youth in northern Mali are exasperated by the politics plaguing their homeland. Since Islamist rebels and Tuaregs took over, the internet has provided a place for them to congregate, seeking…


Digital Content

Mobile phone boom in developing world could boost e-learning

A study of young people in Ghana, Morocco, Uganda and Maharashtra aims to encourage networks to improve education through mobile technologyGlobalisation, as defined by the rich, is a very nice…


Digital Content

Hoping to Help Curb Corruption in Morocco by Mapping It Online

By the time protests began in December 2010, Nesh-Nash, now 34, was already both technologically apt and politically active. The son of a human rights activist, he had also already…


Digital Content

Citizen journalism project becomes the world's eyes & ears in Sudan

A new citizen journalism project, Eyes & Ears Nuba, plans to give voice to the people affected by the ongoing violence in southern Sudan. The project trains locals in journalism…


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People

OluAkanmu joins Airtel as Chief Marketing OfficerTelecommunications Services Provider Airtel Nigeria has announced the appointment of OluAkanmu as Chief Marketing Officer with effect from 1 June, 2012.Speaking on the appointment,…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Developer Team    Reality Creating MediaVacancies: 3Location: Nairobi, KenyaDeadline: 31 Jul, 2012Shadow Election is a service for promoting democratic participation in election debates. It was initially trialed in Finland and is about…