Issue no 614 20th July 2012

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Mobile number portability slowly begins to take off in Ghana – Need for high profile MNP awareness schemes

Mobile number portability schemes in Africa have not yet been a real success. There are a variety of reasons, including multiple phone ownership. But Ghana’s NCA has been running a scheme for a year now and has done a review of how well it has worked. Russell Southwood looks at the winners and losers.The National Communications Authority (NCA) introduced Mobile Number Portability (MNP) on 7 July 2011. It allows Ghanaian mobile customers to move from one mobile service provider to another whilst retaining their entire mobile number. This kind of ability to move from one operator to another is essential…

Telecoms

Mobile phones for Family Planning in Uganda

As health practitioners, politicians and entrepreneurs from all walks of life gathered in London for the Family Planning Health Summit, the rest of the world commemorated World Population Day on…


Telecoms

Zantel to expand to rural areas

Zantel Tanzania has set aside $70 million (Tsh 110.74 billion) investment plan to expand its network to the rural areas, a move which is expected to increase competition among the…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Overcharging Refuted

Econet Wireless and Telecel, two of the country's three mobile phone service providers, last week refuted claims they are overcharging customers. Representatives of the companies appeared separately before the Portfolio…


Telecoms

Tanzania: Farmers to Access Information Through Mobile Phones

Farmers across the country will through mobile phones access up-to-date market information to help them fetch premium prices. Industry, Trade and Marketing Deputy Permanent Secretary Dr Shaban Mwinjaka said in…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SEACOM has outlined a number of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives to give back to the communities where the company operates. The initiatives will be held under the auspices of…


Internet

Northern Mali: Resistance in the Streets and Online

Northern Mali, which comprises about two-thirds of the national territory, has been de facto cut off from its central government since first the Tuareg rebels of the National Movement for…


Internet

MTN Nigeria rolls out services with WACS

MTN Nigeria has started making use of the West African Cable System (WACS) cable by launching a range of services running on the high-capacity submarine cable. The services are managed…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Countries in the east African region are fast-tracking the implementation of joint initiatives to combat rising challenge of cross-border cyber crimes that are a threat to peace and stability…


Computing

Exams in Zimbabwe to be marked electronically for first time ever

Exams in Zimbabwe to be marked electronically for first time everZimbabwe’s secondary school examinations will be evaluated using the electronic marking technology for the first time ever, even as the…


Computing

Kenya: IT Entrepreneurs Find Surprise Success in Dadaab Refugee Camps

Two decades on, Dadaab is home to many resourceful refugees who feel unable to return to Somalia Mohammed Bashir Sheik was four when he arrived at Dadaab refugee camp with…


Computing

Tunisia: Young Tunisian Finds Friends in Techgirls Program

As a young child, Nada Lakhal first learned to use a computer so she could email her parents whenever they left town on various trips. Since then, the 16-year-old Tunisian's…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Deputy Minister lauded the initiative of leading South African company Esquire Technologies, which donated computers, sporting equipment and books to the Lenasia Secondary School as its contribution to Mandela…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Coverage and Offers

- FNB’s Cellphone Banking customers are now able to do banking on Facebook. This first in banking innovation in South Africa, enables the bank’s customers to access certain banking services…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Swazi MTN Seeking Compensation for Breach of Wireless Monopoly

MTN's Swaziland subsidiary is seeking SZL850 million (US$100 million) in compensation from the state-owned telco, Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) stemming from a dispute over MTN's monopoly on mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA crowdfunding start-up unveiled

StartMe.co.za, a new start-up, claims that South African entrepreneurs who have struggled to secure finance via traditional means such as bank loans can now take advantage of its new funding…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Airtel Burkina Faso, the largest mobile company in the country, has launched its mobile money platform named Airtel Money, or m-ligdi, in partnership with Ecobank. The platform allows consumers…


Digital Content

IBM leads agencies in combating cervical cancer in Kenya

The Kenyan government’s health department, the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the United States Embassy have partnered in a project focused on pulling down the increasing cases of cervical cancer…


Digital Content

YouTube Launches Face-Blurring Feature to Protect Protesters

During the Arab Spring, a lot of the footage coming out of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya wasn’t taken by the major news networks but rather ordinary citizens armed with cellphone…


Digital Content

Tanzania: Device to Recover Lost Phones

Security for mobile phones and laptops in the country will be enhanced after the introduction of a technology that will track the gadgets when lost or stolen. The technology uses…


Digital Content

Google Launches Gmail SMS in Africa

Although there has been phenomenal growth in cellphone ownership and use in Africa, not everybody has a smartphone and mobile broadband access through 3G or Wi-Fi remains patchy. Google is…


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Events

Managed Services World Congress 201218 – 19 September 2012, Maritim Pro Arte Hotel, Berlin, GermanyWith Managed Service business models evolving in new and exciting directions, it’s time to reassess the…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Google Apps Developer ChallengeYou can participate in the Google Apps Developer Challenge by developing new applications built using the Google Apps and Google Drive APIs. The sections below provide information…