Issue no 613 13th July 2012

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YouTube opens the road to new online business models in Africa with video streaming

Video streaming will be the next big wave of online content use in Africa. There are still considerable network challenges but… The level of existing use shows that once these issues are resolved, the volume of users will be in the millions. Russell Southwood spoke to the biggest player in the market Google’s YouTube. Elijah Kitaka explained how it sees the potential of video streaming being realized.YouTube is available in all African countries but has been localized in a number of African countries including: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. In one West Africa country with a local Google…

Telecoms

Kenya: Yu, Airtel in Network Dispute

Two mobile phone operators are involved in a Sh1.9 billion network dispute. Airtel has threatened to switch off Essar Telcom's, popularly known as Yu, connectivity over the disputed amount. According…


Telecoms

Four cellcos acquire 3G licences in the DRC

Four mobile operators in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have acquired 3G licences, paying USD15 million apiece for the long-awaited concessions. The companies in question are Airtel DRC, Oasis…


Telecoms

South African farmer gets phone calls from his sheep

A South African farmer has equipped his sheep with cell phones to keep a tab on the flock and prevent livestock thefts from his vast farm.Whenever Erard Louw, a Cape…


Telecoms

South African Ambassador Accused of Accepting Bribes from MTN

South Africa's foreign ministry has started an investigation into claims that the country's former Ambassador to Iran took a US$200,000 bribe to help MTN's attempt to secure a mobile license…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Calculateur 28 is a new SMS application operating in Senegal, Gabon and Burkina Faso allowing women to keep track of important dates in their cycles, especially fertility periods.- mHealth…


Internet

Improved international connectivity from WIOCC reduces bandwidth prices in Lesotho by 67%

Businesses, institutions and consumers in Lesotho are set to experience faster, reliable and significantly more affordable internet connectivity as Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC brings additional broadband capacity into Lesotho. Utilising…


Internet

Safaricom introduces Internet bundle purchases using scratchcards

Kenya’s mobile service provider Safaricom has introduced a new service that will allow its customers to purchase data bundles using Scratch cardsSafaricom says it has introduced a wide range of …


Internet

South Sudan Supports AU-Endorsed Uniform ZACR dotAFRICA (.AFRICA) bid

Africa’s youngest nation has added its voice to the chorus of support for the bid to ensure the African online community is properly represented in cyberspace.The Republic of South Sudan…


Internet

E-Visas coming to South Africa

The South African government announced on July 8, that they would begin offering electronic visas in an effort to increase tourism and relations with other African nations such as Nigeria.allAfrica.com…


Internet

Goal.com goes live in Ghana

Goal.com, the world’s biggest football website, believes that Africa loves football, a sport it is also passionate about. It is hence expanding to populations in love with soccer and this…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- inamibia has announced that they have become the biggest local website in Namibia! They also own the largest Facebook page in the country.  They have achieved this in an…


Computing

Kenyan Elections Authority to Involve Hackers in Testing its Electronic Systems

If you really think that you are a hacker worth his salt, you need to be ready because Kenya’s election authority will be looking to involve you in a systems…


Computing

Tanzania: Record Keeping Tech in Schools Launched

A new technology that keeps records of academic, discipline and other information for students in secondary schools and colleges has been launched.The new system dubbed 'centralized students' information' will enable…


Computing

Africa: Social Media Skills for African Youth With Disabilities

Open Society Foundation and Disability Right Initiative have formed an organization to cater specifically to the disabled African youth - African Youth With Disability Network.Through the network, African youths around…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher , has launched an electronic litigation Judiciary Information Technology Policy (JITPO), to accelerate dispensation of justice. He noted that the e-litigation…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- PSTN operator Angola Telecom has introduced a national single rate tariff to standardise the cost of making calls to all areas of the country within its network, news agency…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Shs 7 trillion collected via e-tax payments

At least Shs 7 trillion worth of revenue resulting from 1.4 million payments have so far been receipted through electronic tax payments. This revenue is a result of over 360,000…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Globacom Gets 2% Of Ghana Telecom Subscriber Market in First Month

Nigeria’s Globacom has acquired two per cent market share of the total Ghana telecom subscriber base just after a month of launching its operations in the West African country, according…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Adlevo Capital, a private equity fund and Intel Capital, the global investment and M&A organization of Intel Corporation, has announced that they have made a growth investment into Rancard…


Digital Content

Walking direction for Google Maps Africa launched

Google has today announced the release of walking directions for Africa, although in Beta. This comes after it released the driving direction on Google Maps in 2010 in Africa.This is…


Digital Content

Radiologists have telecommuting solution in East Africa

Radiologists in East Africa are now able to read and report on x-rays and scans for many physicians with quicker turn around.  They can accomplish their readings and report from…


Digital Content

South Africa startup to publish Arabic ebooks in deal with major regional online player

Snapplify, a service that transform PDFs into company branded mobile applications, has signed a deal with Kotobarabia, an online e-book store that specialises in Arabic content.The deal with the South…


Digital Content

Tunisia: Online Platform to Monitor Police Abuse

Yezzi [translated as “enough” from Tunisian dialect], is a “cop watch map in Tunisia” which seeks to document and report police abuse ranging from taking bribes, physical or sexual abuse…


Digital Content

Namibia: Wifi Hotspots Bring Convenience to City's Mobile Web Users

Africa Online, formerly MWeb Namibia, is rolling out WiFi hotspots in Windhoek, with more centres to follow. Marc Gregan, General Manager of AfricaOnline, said the massive increase in users of…


Digital Content

BeMyApp Winner Announced

The BeMyApp Startup Weekend, has announced the winner, a mobile app “Taxi Counter,” from Morocco has won this BeMyApp World Cup.Every registered idea generator has 1 minute to pitch a…


Digital Content

Africa: Researchers Design 'Smart' Waterpumps for Rural Africa

Nairobi — Researchers hope to harness mobile phone technology to improve water supplies in rural parts of Africa.A team from the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, proposes installing…


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People

IBM SA country GM Oliver Fortuin has stepped down in order to establish his own business. Long-serving IBM executive Abraham Thomas will take on the role. Abraham, who has been…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Innovation Prize for Africa: Call for ProposalsThe United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) have just  announced the call for the 2013 Innovation Prize…