Issue no 625 5th October 2012

Top Story

Africa’s future data architecture beginning to fall into place – exchange points and data centres

The growth of data traffic and Internet and social media users has been the big story over the last two years. But more quietly behind the scenes, Africa has begun to develop a more sophisticated data architecture through a combination of exchange points and data centres. Russell Southwood looks at the progress so far.One cascade of changes affecting the continent has become very clear. With new, competitive international cables and improved, cheaper fibre access at a national level, wholesale prices in both of these parts of the value chain have dropped. These wholesale price drops have encouraged retail price drops…

Telecoms

Sierra Leone: Top-Up Sold at Higher Cost in Moyamba

The prices of recharge cards have been increased in some parts of Moyamba District despite relentless efforts by the National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) to ensure that the prices remain the…


Telecoms

Tunisia to dissolve fixed-line monopoly to focus on 3G

Tunisia believes the future of their telecom market is in the 3G sector and not in fixed-lines. The government has announced that in their push to boost the 3G and…


Telecoms

Sonitel union seeks end to duplicate fibre rollouts

The union of Niger’s state-owned national PTO Societe Nigerienne des Telecommunications (Sonitel) and its mobile arm SahelCom has criticised the country’s private operators for rolling out fibre-optic infrastructure in areas…


Telecoms

Uganda Faces Uncertainty Over SIM Registration

While neighbour Kenya has seen nearly one million phones turned off as a result of the government registration of hand devices, Uganda could be facing an even larger figure with…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Airtel Kenya Managing Director says the company will not continue to invest if the mobile termination rates are not reduced. Regulator CCK wanted to reduce them but was delayed…


Internet

Tanzania: Tigo Launches SMS Internet Browsing

Tigo Tanzania has launched a text message internet service to cater for those who cannot afford to get hold of smart phones.The service, dubbed "Tigo SMS Internet" is designed for…


Internet

iROKING launches new mobile site and announces redesign of online platform

iROKING, Africa’s number one online digital music platform, has launched a brand new mobile website that allows users to download tracks on the go – anytime, anywhere. The new site…


Internet

Benin university gets high speed bandwidth

Benin’s University of Abomey now has access to 20 Mbps bandwidth to supports its work and research.Max Ahouke, Benin’s Minister of Communication Technologies and ICT, officially launched the new bandwidth…


Internet

Ericsson to provide Internet access to youth in conflict areas in Uganda, South Sudan

As part of its contribution to the Social Good Summit held in New York with parallel sessions in Nairobi and Beijing on Monday September 24, 2012, Swedish-based IT firm Ericsson…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Cape Verde comes in 91st place worldwide in terms of highest per capita Internet use. A total of 32% of Cape Verdeans are “connected,” a figure slightly below the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- US news website Huffington Post has announced that it will partner with Ushahidi to monitor major issues highlighted by the US electorate during the Presidential election.


Computing

Ghana - 60,000 laptops in 2,500 schools by the end of the month

rlg Communications expects  to deliver the last 34,249 laptops to Ghana’s Basic School Computerisation Project by the end of this month.rlg, which assembles the laptops locally, has already supplied 25,751…


Computing

MTN Uganda claims largest Facebook following

MTN Uganda has embraced social media to reach its customers, saying its Facebook page now attracts more than 50,000 people. The mobile operator in 2011 took a new focus on…


Computing

East Africa: Local Internet Provider Launches Video Call Tool

AccessKenya Group has deployed the first High Definition Telepresence solution.Telepresence is technology that allows feeling of real presence in virtual meetings enabling people in different offices around the world to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa’s Cell C has announced its latest data bundle promotional offer called GigaNite, which has been launched in response to customer demand. As of 10 October, new and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana called on to list Vodafone, Airtel shares

Leading officials within the Ghana government have called on the country to float its minority shares of Vodafone Ghana and Airtel Ghana in an effort to boost productivity and trade…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda: Financial Literacy Game Launched in Schools

Visa Inc. and the government of Rwanda on Wednesday officially launched financial literacy in schools across the country dubbed 'Visa Financial Football game.'Financial Football is a free computer game that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICT gets lion's share of venture capital funding

THE information and communications technology (ICT) sector attracted the lion's share of venture capital funding in the three and a half years to July, according to data released this week.A…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) is an unconditional cash transfer programme targeted at the chronically food insecure. The goal of the HSNP is to reduce extreme poverty in Kenya.…


Digital Content

South Sudan Soon to Launch Tele-Education and Medicine

South Sudan will soon benefit from tele-education and tele-medicine projects funded by the Government of India as part of a capacity building programme.Equipment for the project have already been dispatched…


Digital Content

Eat Out extends hands to Google, Wazi Wi-Fi for connected restuarants

Just like napkins and packets of tomato sauce, WI-FI hotspot connections are becoming standard fare in several restaurants in Kenya. Google, Eat Out and Wazi Wi-Fi have inked an agreement…


Digital Content

Nigerians Pay Frequently On Mobile Apps Than Mobile Sites

According to a research by Africa’s largest independent mobile ad network, InMobi Nigerians currently appreciate mobile apps more than mobile websites, with three out of five users recorded to have…


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People

Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed IT firm Gijima has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Jonas Bogoshi has tendered his resignation, coinciding with the company reporting on Wednesday that they had…


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Events

Broadband World Forum16 – 18 October 2012, Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsThe event, now in its 12th year, is the most respected in the regions Telecoms calendar and…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Startup Knight competition launched for software developersDo you have an inspirational idea ready to take the software world by storm? Startup Knight is a competition for software-based tech start-ups that…