Issue no 615 27th July 2012

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Nigeria mobile money special: Mobile money providers still struggling to get to grips with the need for strong agency network and the scale of the market

In this Nigeria mobile money special, there are two views of the market. Emmanuel   Okoegwale, Principal Associate, MobileMoneyAfrica identifies lack of clarity over current regulation and lack of focus on the agency network as key obstacles. In a country as large as Nigeria, the geographic spread of agents for internal remittances will be crucial. Russell Southwood took the temperature from the point of mobile money provider Paga when he talked to its CEO Tayo Oviosu.It’s been a year since mobile money providers in Nigeria were licensed and approved. The providers are a combination of financial institutions and independent providers. Despite…

Telecoms

Kenya: Price

The raging price war among Kenya’s mobile operators is far from over. Just a day after Safaricom lowered its rates in a one-month promotion, Telkom Kenya has followed suit by…


Telecoms

MPs of Uganda Give UCC Two Months to Crack Whip On Crafty Telecom Firms

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been given two months to crack the whip on telecom companies sending unsolicited messages to their customers. The ultimatum was issued by MPs on…


Telecoms

Ethiopian handset assembler Tecno Telecom Plans Rapid Expansion After Inauguration

Peter Gatkuoth Gey, state minister of Communications listen attentively when Amare Teferi (PhD), marketing manager of Tecno Mobile explains how the company employees assemble the mobile apparatus at the inauguration…


Telecoms

Umeme Launches Mobile Money Payment System in Uganda

Umeme recently launched bill payments by Mobile Money together with real-time bank reconciliations, meaning that customers will be able to avoid disconnections caused by delayed payment reconciliations.The instant payment solution…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zamtel has completed connections to two submarine cables, to WACS and SAT-3, with both links made via Telecom Namibia. The Zamtel fibre network runs from Solwezi, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone…


Internet

University research networks ZAMREN and TENET form the first UbuntuNet cross-border link

UbuntuNet Alliance announces that the research and education community in Zambia joined their global counterparts on Tuesday, 17th July 2012 when a team of Engineers from ZAMREN, ZESCO (the Zambian…


Internet

Africa to Get Own Internet Domain

Africa will now have its own Internet domain name; dot Africa, in the next 18 months.This is after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) completes its evaluation…


Internet

Airtel Malawi Upgrades Mobile Internet

Airtel has launched its 3.75G mobile internet in Malawi and Madagascar, which offers fastest information transfer. According to a statement released by Airtel, the launching of the 3.75G is an…


Internet

Tanzanian incumbent to sell NICTBB bandwidth to neighbours

Tanzania’s state-owned fixed line PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) is looking to strike deals with neighbours such as Mozambique and landlocked Burundi, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, to sell them…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- ISP PowerTel has increased its presence in Bulawayo, the second largest city after it commissioned three base stations in the city. PowerTel announced that it has switched on three…


Computing

SMEs in Zimbabwe Urged to Utilise IT

Small to medium enterprises have been urged to utilise new information technology software in order to improve business efficiency. Pastel (South Africa) product manager Alfred Nhira said most companies in…


Computing

ISPON Begins Nationwide Search for Software Talents

ON the heels of the global software contest powered by Microsoft Corporation which held in Sydney, Australia a fortnight ago, the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) has flagged…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Johannesburg, South Africa –Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions,  announced further expansion into South Africa with the appointment of InfoBuild…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Safaricom has launched a new promotion Wakenya Tuongee with discounts of up to 75% on their calling rates.The customers pay Kshs. 4 for the first minute of their call,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UN Denies Any Wrongdoing in Kenya’s Internet Deal

United Nations officials in Nairobi have denied that a Sh800m contract for Internet services in Gigiri is being improperly awarded. UN Information Director Nasser Ega-Musa has now advised, "A contract…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom 2Q12 revenues up 9.3% to ZAR17bn

South Africa-based Vodacom Group has reported consolidated revenues of ZAR17.02 billion (USD2.08 billion) for the three months ended 30 June 2012, up 9.3% on the corresponding year-earlier period. The carrier’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nedbank still committed to M-Pesa

Nedbank, the financial services partner in Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile payments initiative, says it is “disappointed” that the service hasn’t taken off as fast as it had hoped for but it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nedbank still committed to M-Pesa

Nedbank, the financial services partner in Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile payments initiative, says it is “disappointed” that the service hasn’t taken off as fast as it had hoped for but it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Maroc Telecom has recorded net income of MAD3.13 billion (USD344 million) for the first six months of 2012, down 22% year-on-year following voluntary redundancy costs and declining sales in…


Digital Content

Taxman to Track Via E-System in Kenya

ELECTRONIC tax registers will soon be connected to a central server at Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters to help in real time monitoring of transactions for fraud detection.KRA commissioner general John…


Digital Content

Cameroon to fight power cuts with cell phones, Internet

Cameroon plans to send daily emails and text messages to electricity customers asking if they have experienced power cuts, in a bid to get a handle on its crippling blackouts,…


Digital Content

Online Auto Shops Set to Eclipse Car Markets in Nigeria

EVERYBODY is wondering what is happening in the Nigerian internet market. Surprising, more than 40 million Nigerians are on the internet and most of them use mobile applications. A lot…


Digital Content

E-Cargo Tracking System Starts in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam — The much awaited Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) that is aimed at ensuring and monitoring the movements and safety of cargo started operations on July 1…


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People

- Samsung Electronics SA has appointed Matthew Thackrah to the newly created position of deputy MD, just weeks after the sudden resignation of MD Deon Liebenberg, who left the Korean…


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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…