Issue no 628 26th October 2012

Top Story

Mimiboard gets nearly 1 m users through working with media owners, sets a target of 5 m by February 2012

Umuntu Media started life as a set of country portals but has developed its main product – Mimiboard – out of that experience. It’s now working with media owners to generate traffic and create new sources of online income. Russell Southwood spoke to Jaco Liebenberg, Operations Manager at Umuntu Media about what it’s set out to do.African media owners have often been in the vanguard of having an online presence. In the early days, this was more by default than design. Traffic largely came out of the diaspora but with improved connectivity the balance between readers at home and abroad…

Telecoms

Ghana: Dismissed Workers Drag Vodafone Ghana to Court

Vodafone Ghana, the second largest telecom operator in the country has been dragged to an Accra High Court by some workers dismissed by the company.Vodafone Ghana, formerly Ghana Telecom, a…


Telecoms

Alcatel-Lucent Wins LTE Contract in Tanzania

Alcatel-Lucent says that it has won a contract to deploy an LTE network in Tanzania for the Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), Telesis.For the project Alcatel-Lucent said that it will…


Telecoms

DRC expects WACS fibre link to go live ‘within 20 days’

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-awaited connection to the West African Cable System (WACS), which officially launched on 11 May 2012, is expected to occur within the next 20 days.…


Telecoms

INCM launches universal access tender covering 50 rural areas

The Instituto Nacional das Comunicacoes de Mocambique (INCM) has launched a public tender for the implementation of network infrastructure and the provision of universal telecommunications access services. The tender concerns…


Telecoms

Kenya: Communication Commission Issues Rules On Political SMS

Politicians seeking to send campaign messages through bulk SMS to the electorate will have to forward them to mobile service operators at least 48 hours before their scheduled dispatch, in…


Telecoms

Cape Verde starts tender for mobile quality measurement

The National Communications Agency (ANAC) of Cape Verde has launched a tender for the purchase of a system for evaluating the quality of mobile networks in order to analyze the…


Telecoms

Nigeria: MTN network upgrade slowed by floods and security situation in the North

MTN has appealed for understanding from its customers and other key stakeholders saying its $1.3 billion network modernisation and swap-out exercise may not meet the first quarter 2013, deadline as…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - in Brief

- Egypt’s telecommunications giant Orascom Telecom Holdings has announced that it will change its name to Global Telecom Holding before the end of the year to reflect its international presence…


Internet

NCC partners NITDA, Zinox on capacity building for ICT journalists

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Zinox Technologies are collaborating with the ICT Publishers Alliance in a project to build capacity in the…


Internet

Facebook hits 50 million users in Africa

Facebook has officially hit 50 million users in Africa, reporting more than 50 per cent growth within 18 months.The new finding represents the largest growth in all the six continents,…


Internet

Ministers Caught Browsing ‘Zambia's WikiLeaks'

On October 2 2012, Zambia's Finance Deputy Minister Miles Sampa and Minister in Charge of Chiefs Nkandu Luo were caught on camera during a Lusaka Council meeting browsing the online…


Internet

Nigeria: Rural Dwellers to Surf Voice Internet in Local Languages

A new phone technology will now enable thousands of illiterate farmers and traders in the rural areas of the country to surf the internet in their local languages, an expert…


Internet

Internet News in Brief

- Middle Eastern carrier’s carrier Gulf Bridge International (GBI) has deployed full 100Gbps connectivity between its cable landing station in Zararana, Egypt and its PoP in Milan, Italy, based on…


Computing

Tanzania: Connect a School, Connect a Community Program Launched

The Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology (MCST) is implementing the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, the Prime Minister's Office- Regional Administration and Local…


Computing

Samsung inks partnership deal Rwanda government

Samsung has sealed a partnership agreement with the Government of Rwanda geared at facilitating the rollout of information technology solutions. The partnership is expected to play a key role in…


Computing

High-tech nuns team up to build cyber cafes in sub-Saharan Africa

The Boston-based Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are putting high tech into high gear with an initiative to bring cell phones, laptops, and other tech products to the Democratic…


Computing

Computer News - in Brief

- Kenya: An NGO has rolled out an ICT programme to equip Makueni residents with basic computer skills. The NGO, ICT for Development, was started last year and has trained…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile operator Airtel Tanzania is launching a new promotion to drive subscriber uptake, offering pre-pay users an airtime bonus equivalent to five times their average daily spend on calls.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Amana Introduces Mobile Banking

Amana Bank, has introduced mobile banking services that would enable customers to carry out banking transactions through mobile phones."The service offers convenience of accessing banking services anytime, anywhere. It will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Ghana educates hairdressers and beauticians in ICT

MTN Ghana has organised a forum to educate members of the Ghana Hairdressers and Beautician Association (GHABA) on how to use modern information technology to enhance their businesses. The participants…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Angola: BNA and BPC Get Japanese Technology in Treasury Area

Angola's Reserve Bank (BNA) and the Savings and Credit Bank (BPC) have become the two institutions that got the new Japanese technology of money counting, capable of separating at the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Inlaks Connects 700 Rural, Community Banks

Inlaks Computers, an Information Technology and Systems Integrator in Nigeria, with spread in West African region, has extended its expertise in real time online integration beyond Nigeria.The company recently completed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tech-savvy Kenyans develop new fundrasing mobile application

The traditional fundraising has not been left behind in the technology craze and is jumping on the bandwagon.A local IT start up has designed an SMS based fund raising product…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DPP wants to take over MTN tax evasion case

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Richard Buteera, has asked the Buganda Road Court to allow him take to over the prosecution of a multi-billion shilling tax evasion case lodged against…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - in Brief

- Kenyan mobile network operator Yu Mobile is looking into taking a KSh16.8 billion (US$200 million) loan from international financiers to help it meet its expansion plans and upgrade its…


Digital Content

Kenya: Low Income Earners Now Have Affordable Power

The estimated 3 million Kenyans who are yet to get connected to the power grid can now access affordable power for lighting and charge their phones. Safaricom has partnered with…


Digital Content

Firm unveils Swahili mobile, web health application

Technology firm, Avallain Africa has unveiled second version of its mobile and web health application, iAfya Health Information.The launch of iAfya version two comes with a Kiswahili module breaking the…


Digital Content

Africa: Google's New APP May Aid Africa Businesses

Kampala, Uganda — When the idea of 'hanging out' is mooted in any discussion, very often than not, relaxing in a certain location with a group of friends just catching…


Digital Content

The tracking technology protecting Kenyans from elephants

Save the Elephants is sposored by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) who produce leading ArcGIS software for spatial data analysis.  We have written a unique suite of software programs…


Digital Content

SMEs to benefit from Tanzania e-system

The government has adopted a web-based tool called 'eRegulations', which seek to help investors and entrepreneurs to understand the procedures of investing and doing business.The tool allows investors to obtain…


Digital Content

8 new startups from 88mph

88mph has welcomed 8 new startups to its accelerator program, bringing the total portfolio to 15 of investments, representing around $500k of capital investment. Nikolai Barnwell, program manager, says, “88mph…


Digital Content

Google opens a Ghana Elections Hub ahead of December polls

Search engine giant Google has unveiled a new portal that will educate and highlight news on Ghana’s politics, ahead of the country’s December general elections.Ghana Election Hub becomes the home…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Title     Content StrategistCategories     Bloggers/Writers, General – ITStart Date     2012-11-01Salary     AttractiveLocation     PC Tech Magazine – Kampala, UgandaJob Information     PC Tech is a leading technology Magazine…


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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. …