Issue no 619 24th August 2012

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Hybrid base station power supplier Orun Energy conducts successful tests in India and is close to rolling out in Africa

There are a number of companies working on producing low CAPEX and OPEX base stations. Africa’s Orun Energy has chosen to focus on power and cooling and makes some bold claims in terms of cost savings. It has just completed indoor and outdoor tests with an Indian operator. Russell Southwood talks to its founder Kwabena Smith.Smith started the company because he thought that mobile operators in emerging markets would be challenged by the issue of operational costs as ARPUs declined as they had in other large emerging markets like India.“We felt that one of the ways that they could cut…

Telecoms

Cellphones reduce maternal mortality by 30 percent

The project, focused on improving maternal and child health in Nigeria’s Ondo State, has seen 30 percent reduction in maternal mortality, according to Adeyanju.Based on deployment of mobile phones to…


Telecoms

Namibia: Leo Goes to Court to Prevent Liquidation

The owners of Powercom and Leo last week turned to the High Court in a bid to save its merger with Telecom Namibia and stop the country's second mobile operator…


Telecoms

Chad: To Finally get the connection to fiber optic

Thanks to an agreement signed August 19, 2012 by the Company Sitcom Chad and Cameroon national operator Camtel, Chad will soon benefit from a connection to the optical fiber. A…


Telecoms

No laughing matter as deadlock between Chad and Cameroon’s SIT-COM continues

According to Agence Ecofin reports, the government of Cameroon has demanded XAF1 billion (USD1.9 million) from neighbouring Chad in order to connect the landlocked nation to the pan-regional Central African…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone: U.S.$15 Million Chinese Loan to Complete Fibre Optic Connection

Sierra Leone has signed a US$15 million loan agreement with China to complete its connectivity to the Africa Coast to Europe ACE cable scheduled to be switched on by October.According…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Ndukwe to Chair Forum On Infrastructure Protection

Immediate past Executive Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Ernest Ndukwe has been tipped to chair the maiden 'Telecoms Infrastructure Protection RoundTable' scheduled to hold next month in Lagos.Ndukwe who…


Telecoms

Telecoms news - In Brief

- Airtel Nigeria plans to increase the total length of its fibre-optic transmission network by 2,000km to 6,000km in a bid to improve the quality of its services.- Burkina Faso’s…


Internet

Hackers attack Ugandan prime minister’s site over ‘gay activism’

According to reports, Anonymous, a worldwide association of hackers, is once again rallying against the Ugandan government’s position on the LGBT community rights.The hackers have collaborated with a collective called…


Internet

Kenyan Govt pushes for LTE to be rolled out across Kenya by December

Kenya’s government is pushing for countrywide Internet coverage with Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity, also 4G technology, expected to be rolled out in most parts of the country by end…


Internet

Somalia firm woos Optelian to roll out broadband across East and Central Africa

Somalia’s fibre-optic specialist Somcable is spinning out a broadband network penetration across the East and Central African region. The company is partnering with Optelian, a trusted global provider of multi-technology…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Google has announced Thursday that 2 Nigerian universities; University of Lagos and University of Ibadan have emerged finalists in the 2012 edition of its annual Google Online Marketing Challenge…


Computing

Eritrea: Endeavors Underway to Introduce Technology and Information System Education At All Levels

Alem Habte, director of the Ministry's Information Technology and Communications branch, said that such education was limited to secondary education level since 2005, and that the current endeavor aims at…


Computing

Nigeria: AfDB to establish U.S.$11 Million IT - Based Research Centres for Students

The Resident Representative of African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr Dore Ousmane, said the bank had established $11 million information technology based research centres to enhance science and technology education for…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya: The technical chair of the Konza Techno-polis Development Authority Tom Luusa has castigated leaders in Makueni and Machakos for fighting over the location of Konza ICT Centre. Speaking…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- A new health app iAfya has been launched in Kenya and will be available on the Blackberry operating system. The application helps users to check up health issues using…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Savannah Fund Announces Its First Investment – biNu, A Platform That Brings Smart Apps To Dumb Phones

Savannah Fund, a seed investment fund focused on developing tech entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa today announced that it participated in a $2 million round into biNu, led by Eric Schmidt…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Barclays launches Pingit Mobile App in Kenya

Barclays on Monday launched Pingit in Kenya. Pingit is a fee free person-to-person mobile app for international money transfers between UK and Africa, beginning a new era of international money…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania adopts online tool for investors

Tanzania has introduced an online tool to help investors and entrepreneurs gain easy access to up-to-date information on investment-related procedures, Tanzania's Daily News reported Friday (August 17th).The Tanzania Investment Centre…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- 88mph-funded startup Tusqee Systems has launched an online application branded Sematime that enables users to send bulk SMS, bills and invoices. The application supports SMS branding, 480-character text message…


Digital Content

Senegal: SunuCause, a Blogger-Driven Humanitarian Project

The Senegalese presidential elections in March 2012 were hailed as an overall success despite some confrontations during the campaign. One of the contributing factors to this assessment was the level…


Digital Content

Sudan complains of unregulated web journalism

A Sudanese official has expressed dissatisfaction with the existence of virtual newspapers and media outlets operating without regulation from the state, warning that they represent “a challenge to journalism”.Samia Mohammed…


Digital Content

South Africa - Google to offer free online workshops

Google is set to run a series of workshops in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban with the aim of helping travel and tourism small businesses get connected and succeed online.The…


Digital Content

Gaming in Africa growing with Kuluya landing $250K funding

In a span of a few months, we have seen Africans taking gaming seriously. Whether is on mobile or on the desktop or even on consoles. Nigeria’s Kuluya is the…


Digital Content

New online initiative allows Egypt to report power cuts

A new online initiative has been created to assist Egyptians in reporting and monitoring electricity cuts throughout the country.The Kahrabtak.com website, which translates as “Your Electricity” hopes to give Egypt…


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People

VIS NAIDOO APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT OF COLProfessor Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), has announced the appointment of Mr. Visagan (Vis) Naidoo as COL's Vice…


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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…