Issue no 627 19th October 2012

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Senegal – land of the de-facto Internet monopoly – is urged to encourage greater competition and innovation to improve penetration levels

Senegal has always been the country where competition has a very different meaning. In the Internet sector, Orange-owned Sonatel controls pretty much the whole of the market. There are almost no ISPs or alternative data operators. At a recent event held by Google, there were a number of calls for the Government and regulator to open up the market to competition and innovation.Isabelle Gross, Head of Research, Balancing Act and author of a study entitled "Challenges and Opportunities for the democratization of broadband Internet in Senegal" urged Senegal to offer more competition and better regulation to boost internet access in…

Telecoms

Vodacom Beats MTN As It Launches 4G LTE

 Vodacom launched South Africa’s first commercial LTE service in Johannesburg yesterday, in a surprise announcement by CEO Shameel Joosub, winning the race for 4G against rival MTN.Joosub surprised attendees at…


Telecoms

Celcom deadline extended

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has extended the launch deadline of the new operator, Celcom, to April next year. Celcom’s original deadline was the end of October.In a notice…


Telecoms

No calls, please: Big Brother in Kenya ties up the lines

Trying to call someone in Kenya? There’s a fine chance the person you’re trying to reach won’t pick up. No, not because that someone is busy, but because the government…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya will bring together all its presidential hopefuls in a series of debates to be broadcast on nearly all its top media outlets in a move that would raise…


Internet

Kenya: Uptake of social media increases Internet use

Stiff competition by Internet service providers has driven up subscription by 82.7 per cent over the past one year to reach 7.7 million, according the latest industry regulator report.The Communications…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Angolan operator Net One has launched its YahClick service, Angop reported. Executive director Jaime Ferreira said the intention is to deliver an internet service through satellite at a low…


Computing

Nigeria: Apple Establishes Presence in Nigerian ICT Market

Apple has announced a new plan to make its products officially available in Nigeria through its official Apple channels. This is the first time the company will make such move…


Computing

Mozambique to get military comms school

New Mozambican operator Movitel has allocated over USD1.5 million toward equipping a communications school for the Mozambican Defence Force.The school, to be built in Malhampsene in Matola, will offer training…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Ghanaian operator Rlg Communications expects to deliver the last 34,249 laptops to Ghana's Basic School Computerisation Project by the end of this month, Biztech reported. Rlg, which assembles the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telcoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Airtel Tanzania plans to increase its coverage to more remote parts of the country and increase the availability to subscribers of its Air Money financial service, The Daily News reports…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Intel Capital courts IT start-ups with eye on future

Intel Capital — the world’s largest venture capital investor in innovative technology — is seeking to acquire stakes in several IT start-ups in Kenya with an eye on long term…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Samsung, KWFT Pact to Boost Mobile Banking

Nairobi — Samsung has partnered with local microfinance solutions provider, Kenya Women Finance Trust - Deposit Taking Microfinance (KWFT-DTM) to promote the uptake of mobile technology solutions among women.The joint…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Ecocash Spreads to Kombis

Econet Wireless has announced that businesses that accept payments in EcoCash are now able to exchange them for cash at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe approved banks. In a statement, Econet said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan mobile money deposits reach $8 billion

A Kenyan sends money through his mobile phone. The sector has witnessed a phenomenal rise, industry regulator data shows.   FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUPKenyans deposited $8 billion into mobile money…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: EcoCash creates ‘parallel payment system’

Businesses that accept payment in EcoCash are now able to exchange it for cash at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe approved banks, the company said today, creating a parallel payment system in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Huawei Technology Company Limited, a Chinese company at the center of a controversial USD $43 million tax exemption by the government of Ghana over an e-Ghana project, is in…


Digital Content

Ghana: MTN Ghana Connects Subscribers to Deutsche Welle Radio

Above: Members of the Deutsche Welle team present at Discop 2014. MTN Ghana subscribers can now learn while on the go with Deutsche Welle's Learning by Ear. The innovative program is…


Digital Content

How much will technology boom change Kenya?

Nairobi City Council recently piloted a scheme to allow motorists to pay parking fees - and fines - on their mobile phones. By eliminating cash payments, the government hopes to…


Digital Content

Tanzania: World Food Program, Vodacom Partner to Support Mothers

Vodacom Tanzania and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced a partnership that will encourage vulnerable, food insecure communities in Mtwara region to take advantage of nutrition and health education…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Passport Office Goes Digital

The Registrar-General's Office will now send SMS messages to passport applicants to collect their documents, while the applicants will now also be able to download application forms on the Internet.Registrar-General…


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Events

AfricaCom 201213th-15th November 2012, CTICC, Cape Town, South AfricaThe digital ecosystem will take centre stage at AfricaCom 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 13 – 15 November 2012. …


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Jobs & Opportunities

ITU launches Tech Needs Girls Prize to spark creativitySeeking the unique voices and talents of girls to invent our futureTo mark the first ever International Day of the Girl Child,…