Issue no 617 10th August 2012

Top Story

Africa's insatiable thirst for social networking spurs the growth of local mobile brands in key markets

Africa’s thirst for social networking seems insatiable and homegrown products to meet this thirst, like MXit and 2go, have really got traction. It’s a mixture of flirting, free messaging and meeting real people that draws people in. With the current numbers, advertisers will begin to use mobile as a media and support their development. Russell Southwood spoke to Marc Herson, 2go about how it will seek to expand.2go is a mobile social network where people can use IM to chat with their friends for free and meet new friends in its chat-rooms. In total, it has over 20 million registered…

Telecoms

SkyVision Acquires Afinis - African VSAT operator - from Monaco Telecom

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fibre optic networks throughout Africa – last week announced that it had acquired Afinis Communication SA from…


Telecoms

Africa’s hottest entertainment company agrees to support Mobile entertainment Africa

All Amber, the organiser of premier mobile-related events in Africa, last week announced that iROKO Partners, the world’s largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment, will be the Gold Sponsor at this…


Telecoms

Telkom fined for "bullying" competitors

A South African government tribunal has fined Telkom SA US$54.8mn following allegations that the company used its monopoly to “bully” competitorsThe Competition Tribunal of South Africa, which looked at Telkom’s…


Telecoms

New Telecom Company In Equatorial Guinea To Improve Telecommunications Infrastructure

The government of Equatorial Guinea recently launched the first telecommunications infrastructure company, GITGE (Management and Maintenance of Telecommunication Infrastructures organization in Equatorial Guinea), to optimize the national telecommunications service with…


Telecoms

Nigeria's NATCOMS wants fast revival of rural telephony plan

The Nigerian Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has called for the speedy revival of the rural telephony project. NATCOMS president Deolu Ogunbanjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that…


Telecoms

MTN’s Liberian unit caught up in Charles Taylor link claim

South Africa-based regional mobile operator MTN Group’s Liberian subsidiary, MTN Liberia (trading under the Lonestar Cell brand), has become embroiled in allegations that it may be a financial vehicle for…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwean fixed line operator TelOne has issued a statement saying that at least 48% of its network is running on an old analogue system. The company says that it…


Internet

DRC: M23 Rebels Take Their Offensive Online

Rebel military group the M23 movement has made headlines by entering into open conflict with the Congolese army, but it is not stopping at armed conflicts on the ground; the…


Internet

Gilat Satcom Donates Satellite Communication Equipment to Advance Education in Liberia

Gilat Satcom, a communication solution provider offering satellite and fiber-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced its donation of a VSAT communication system to connect…


Internet

Internet Gabon to launch satellite internet service

Internet Gabon has announced in Libreville the project Triple Net, in cooperation with SES and Hughes. Communications minister Blaise Loembe attended the event, reports Africa Info. The USD 12 million…


Internet

Mara Mentors, Africa’s First Online Mentorship Network

Ugandan Billionaire, Ashish Thakkar has launched the beta version of Mara.com, Africa’s first online mentorship ‘social network’.The goal of the network is to help connect young, budding African entrepreneurs to…


Internet

Internet Market in Libya to be Opened for Private Companies

The spokesperson of the Libyan Transitional Government  has announced that Libya will soon allow private local companies to provide internet services to subscribers throughout the country.This is the first initiative…


Internet

Broadband boost for rural Africa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Nexpedience have entered into a deal to bring quality broadband access to rural AfricaAccording to ITU, Nexpedience, which is a supplier of proprietary point-to-multipoint…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone is set to receive Wi-Fi Network after Edgewater Wireless Systems confirmed to have been paid US$4.9 million by Edgewater Wireless Systems to facilitate the project.- Effiwe.net, an…


Computing

Zimbabwe gets solar-powered computers from India amid power crisis

Zimbabwe has received solar-powered computers from India, one of the fastest growing economies, even as several parts of the country are off-grid. The computers have already been distributed in three provinces…


Computing

Ugandan government to implement cloud computing

The Uganda government is planning to implement cloud computing in order for its citizens to attain access to information on government ministries, agencies and departmentsNITA-U (National Information Technology Authority) has…


Computing

Congo-Kinshasa: My Blog, My Voice in the DRC

Freedom of speech is elusive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Alain Wandimoyi chooses to make his voice heard in cyberspace. His mission: to denounce the inequalities and injustice…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Beta Computer has signed a partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria to distribute affordable computers to students through a student ownership scheme.


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Coverage and Offers

- Vodafone Ghana has extended the welcome period for its mobile internet customers from 60 to 90 days, during which they will get double their internet allowance. The allowance on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Investrust Zambia unveils mobile banking

Zambia’s Investrust Bank has launched a mobile banking service branded Invest Mobile. While unveiling the service, Investrust Bank’s managing director Friday Ndhlovu said existing customers will first benefit from the service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

88mph partners with Google to boost African tech ecosystem

Africa’s leading tech accelerator 88mph has partnered with technology giant Google in a venture expected to boost the African tech Ecosystem, by providing extended hands-on support for local startups. Aiming to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Secures Lower Sales Commission Rate with Vodafone

Kenya's Safaricom is reported to have negotiated a lower sales commission fee with Vodafone, which is also its largest shareholder.Safaricom made a 6 percent commission payment to Vodafone for all…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- One of Nigeria’s leading banks, GTBank last week announced via Twitter that it has created a few additional Twitter handles to help deliver fast and efficient service to its…


Digital Content

Websense opens data centre in SA

Websense last week announced a strategic expansion of the company's global footprint in offering cloud-based security as a service (SaaS) solutions to South African companies. This new facility supports cloud…


Digital Content

Eskimi overtakes Google, Yahoo, BBC as most visited site in Nigeria and Namibia

Social networking site Eskimi has overtaken Internet giants Google, Yahoo, BBC and Goal.com, to become second most visited site after Facebook in Nigeria and Namibia, according to Opera Software monthly…


Digital Content

Vodacom Tanzania Vodacom Tanzania Unveils a New Competition for App Developers

App developers in Tanzania have a reason to smile as Vodacom looks to better their lives even before Safaricom employ the same in Kenya. It is just not clear if…


Digital Content

AfDB funds US$1.2 million agricultural online project

African farming online portal 1.2mn Africa RenewalThe Association for Strengthening Research in Agriculture in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is set to carry out a US$1.2mn project to establish an…


Digital Content

We can improve climate information for Africa

A collaborative project in Ethiopia that has created climate data and tools can be applied in much of Africa, says climate scientist Tufa Dinku.Famine in the Horn of Africa 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

Applications open for Google RISE AwardsGoogle last week announced that applications are now open for its RISE (Roots in Science and Engineering) Awards. The awards are aimed at promoting and supporting…