Issue no 630 9th November 2012

Top Story

Tuluntulu’s low bandwidth video streaming service could open up video to a new market ahead of LTE

Tuluntulu has a technology that can deliver video over EDGE. It ensures that the audio signal remains intact and reduces picture quality with out breaking as the bandwidth goes down. It offers anything from good quality to rough and ready, depending on how much bandwidth is available. Russell Southwood spoke to the entrepreneur behind it, Pierre van der Hoven, last week.The most frustrating thing about trying to watch video in the African context is that after a minute or two, the video buffers and you have to wait some time before watching the next piece of video and so on…

Telecoms

Namibia: MTC to have 45% roll-out of LTE by end 2013

NAMIBIAN mobile operator MTC intends to have a 45 percent rollout of its 4G mobile network by the end of 2013, says its CEO, Miguel Geraldes.Geraldes said the rollout might…


Telecoms

Nigeria - Mobile subs top 106.9m in 3Q12

According to the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of fixed and mobile telephone subscribers in the country increased to over 107.36 million at 30 September…


Telecoms

Togo: Government states formal aim to license MVNO

The government of Togo has set out its stall to grant a licence to a ‘full-blown’ mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the country, with the Ministry of Posts and…


Telecoms

Africa Becomes World’s Second Largest Phone Market after China

After moving from an accounted sales of 90 million mobile phones in 2005 to an estimated 450 million in 2012, Africa has now become the world’s second largest mobile phone…


Telecoms

Morocco’s Inwi to extend postpaid services, top-ups

Moroccan telecom operator Inwi announced that it has launched a new modular service range to allow users to choose the option that suits their needs instead of having to pay…


Telecoms

Cell C reveals December LTE trial in Cape Town, Durban

Following similar announcements from its domestic rivals MTN, Vodacom and 8ta, South African mobile operator Cell C has confirmed that will also switch on a 4G network based on Long…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

- South African mobile giant Vodacom has tripled the number of Long Term Evolution (LTE)-enabled base stations on its network from just under 70 at launch in October 2012, to…


Internet

Megaupload sequel faces Gabon's suspension order setback

Efforts to create a follow-up file-sharing service to Megaupload have been dealt a blow after Gabon blocked access to its intended web address.The West African nation said it was worried…


Internet

British communications firm Avanti Communications sets up shop in Nairobi

A British Internet service provider has set up shop in Kenya with expectations to tap into the growing Internet usage in the country.Avanti Communications is also eyeing the rest of…


Internet

Rwanda: RURA intl gateway traffic verification system goes live

Global Voice Group and Societe Generale de Surveillance announced that the International Gateway Traffic Verification System (IGTVS) commissioned by the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency earlier this year is now fully…


Internet

Kenya: Google Swahili Push for More Local Content

Google Kenya has embarked on a drive for increased local content on its various platforms in Kenya through a Google in Swahili workshop slated for later this week.Salome Nduku, the…


Internet

Cameroon: Blog - New, Interactive Forest Atlas Can Improve Forest Management in Cameroon

Cameroon's forests, which cover about 60 percent of the country, play a vital role for people and the economy. They provide services and sustenance directly and indirectly to local communities…


Internet

SkyVision Launches New iDirect Hub and Upgrades Pan-African Satellite Network With iDX 3.1 Software

Global service provider deploys new hardware and software to expand coverage and deliver more affordable and efficient Internet connectivity servicesVT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT…


Internet

Gilat Satcom Releases New VSAT Service for Southeast Africa

Gilat Satcom has launched a new VSAT service to provide Southeast Africa with high-bandwidth Internet connectivity, the communication solutions provider announced Nov. 5.The new VSAT service is based on Gilat…


Internet

Internet Gabon to deploy Hughes HN Broadband solution

Hughes Network Systems has announced that internet service provider IG Telecom, headquartered in Libreville, Gabon, has chosen the Hughes HN broadband satellite solution to expand its services throughout the Central…


Internet

Regulator ICTA extends free Wi-Fi coverage to 20 new regions in Mauritius

AgenceEcofin reports that the Mauritian telecoms regulator, the Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), has announced plans to expand the ‘Wi-Fi Mauritius Project’ to 20 new regions across the country. The…


Internet

Cameroon tightens Internet trade security

Cameroon has over the years struggled with cybercrime. Cameroon has begun using online security technology authorities say will boost confidence levels in the exchange of information over an increasingly insecure…


Computing

Tripoli, US Embassy launches online English-language club

The American Embassy has launched an online English-language club to encourage Libyan youngsters to improve their English communication skills.The club, which is aimed at people between the age of 16…


Computing

Zambia: Airtel Donates Computers to Ndola Schools

Airtel Zambia has donated nine computers, three routers, data bundles and furniture to three Ndola Basic schools worth K60 million.The recipients of the computers included Chibolelo, Nkwazi and Twapia.The computers…


Computing

Ghanaian church trains 900 more young people in IT use

Soul Food Ministries International (SFMI) in Ghana said it has trained another 900 young people in the use of ICT through its 'free for all' training initiative, which has been…


Computing

Computing News – In Brief

- South African ICT infrastructure management and managed services specialist firm Integr8 IT, part of the Integr8 Group, has been acquired by Business Connexion for an estimated R126 million (around…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Tunisie Telecom launches Facebook SMS services

CAIRO: Tunisia’s leading telecommunications company Tunisie Telecom is taking their services to the heart of the recent mobile boom in the country and across the region: to SMS and Facebook.It…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Econet offers lower charges on SA-Zim calls

Econet Wireless has linked up with its South African counterpart, Econet Wireless South Africa, to provide the cheapest rates for calls from South Africa to Zimbabwe ever.The service, which is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s GSMA calls on president to cancel mobile money transfer tariffs

Kenya’s GSM Association has called on Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki to cancel and reject a proposed law that would levy a 10 percent tariff on all mobile money transfer transactions…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tigo Ghana reports one-third of users on mobile money

Ghana’s telecom operator Tigo Ghana has reported that around one-third of its customers are currently using its mobile money service Tigo Cash. It said that the platform was seeing around…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Reza Taghipour, is reportedly pushing for South African group MTN to sell off a 21% stake in the country’s second largest mobile…


Digital Content

Kenya's music buying service 'Mdundo' featured on BBC’s Click

Kenya’s new scratch card buying service dubbed Mdundo was featured on Click, BBC's flagship TV show, for introducing innovative means of selling music downloads in Africa.Hailed for giving artists more…


Digital Content

MTN launches mobile advertising service

Ghana's leading Telecommunications Company, MTN, has created an innovative channel of advertising for its subscribers known as MTN Mobile Advertising service.The service, which has generated excitement in the market, was…


Digital Content

Tanzania: TMA Bankrolls Mobile Weather Services

The Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) has officially started offering mobile weather services, which among other things assist fishermen monitor weather conditions in the water bodies, the House heard.The deputy minister…


Digital Content

Nigeria Punch News to launch mobile site version

One of Nigeria's largest news site Punch News readies to launch its mobile Web version with the help of Twinpine Network, a mobile advertising company, the site announced.Technology-africa.com, tech news…


Digital Content

Kenyan learners get mobile maths lessons

Nokia is piloting its mobile education application at ten schools in Kenya.The application, used to deliver mathematics content for upper primary schools, has been successfully rolled out in several other…


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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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People

Orange Business Services appoints new General Manager in MEAOrange Business Services, the business services arm of France Telecom-Orange and one of the Middle East’s major ICT employers, has appointed Jean-Luc…