Issue no 632 23rd November 2012

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Games distribution on mobile deal highlights the future growth of key content stream

The recent deal between Nazara Technologies based in Dubai and games publisher Electronic Arts to sell its games portfolio into Africa on mobile puts the spotlight on what will be a growing seam of new content. Russell Southwood spoke to Savio Saldanha, Chief Executive, Middle East and Africa, Nazara Technologies and reviews the progress of some local developers.Nazara Technologies’ deal for Africa grew out of its existing distribution deal covering the Middle East. The agreement gives Nazara exclusive distribution rights of Electronic Arts games portfolio on mobile to 49 African countries (excluding South Africa). Electronic Arts portfolio has nearly 100…

Telecoms

Government of the Union of Comoros Privatization of Comores Telecom Request for Expressions of Interest (« REoI»)

The Government of the Union of Comoros (“GoC”), represented by theMinistry of Economy and Finance, is privatizing Comores Télécom («CT»), its national telecommunication company. CT will undergo arestructuring of its…


Telecoms

MTN and Afrihost form partnership

Mobile service provider MTN and Internet service provider, Afrihost, have announced a strategic partnership to leapfrog customer service by providing seamless converged solutions.Through the partnership, MTN Business will become second…


Telecoms

Flexible, cost-effective GSM service for underserved areas at AfricaCom 2012

RascomStar, the pan-African Satellite Operator and its partner, ViaSat Inc., a satellite and mobility communications company, ran a live demonstration of their innovative cellular service during this international show.Thanks to…


Telecoms

LTA says MTN Liberia’s latest licence suspension is ‘irreversible’

National regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has reaffirmed that its decision to suspend MTN Liberia, trading as Lonestar Cell’s, operating licences for three days is ‘irreversible’. At the weekend…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Etisalat Nigeria, the country’s fourth largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to spend over USD400 million on the expansion of its wireless network next year. Rollout of Etisalat’s 2G…


Internet

African Union Commission against .africa domain name

The African Union Commission (AUC) and 16 governments have registered their opposition to the new .africa generic top-level domain submitted by the DotConnectAfrica trust (DCA).The .africa geographic name was applied…


Internet

3G mobile broadband devices carry 70% of all internet connections in Senegal

Senegal’s economy has been growing at 5% per annum on average since the mid 1990s and has only moderately been affected by the global economic crisis. Representing around 6% of…


Internet

Algerian tech company hits big time

DB Algeria announced that they have won a one million euro provisional order for March through December as part of a partnership with a Tunisian enterprise.According to the company, Tunisia’s…


Internet

Congo- High-speed internet development programme

Congo is to embark on high-speed internet development programme - The Congolese government will establish a National Plan for the development of high-speed broadband in a bid to provide the…


Internet

Kenya plans to land 5th undersea cable

Plans to land a fifth undersea fibre optic cable in Kenya are underway, a move that would see the country more than quadruple its current bandwidth capacity.Information Permanent Secretary Bitange…


Internet

Smile and Alcatel-Lucent to expand availability of 4G services in Africa

Network launch in Tanzania to be followed by extension of mobile broadband network to Uganda Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to enable the African wireless service provider Smile…


Internet

Release of Google and iHub Research Mobile Internet Usage Field Survey Results from Kenya and Ghana

Mobile phone users across Africa are increasingly accessing data services. In Kenya, 99% of Internet users are accessing Internet through their mobile phones (CCK, Sector Statistics Report Q4 2011 –…


Internet

New Internet Exchange Point Launched 16 November in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

A new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) was launched on 16 November in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Kinshasa IXP (KINIX) was funded through the Internet Society’s Community…


Internet

Female enterprises in EAC region set to adopt virtual shops

Information and Communication Technology has again been cited as the stepping stone towards successful entrepreneurship for the Small and medium entrepreneurs in East Africa who have once again been advised…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Africa’s carriers’ carrier WIOCC won the Best Pan-African Initiative Award at Africa Com 2012, for building an unrivalled, high-capacity network that seamlessly integrates more than 50,000km of African terrestrial…


Computing

First tablet computer to be fully manufactured in Egypt

Etisalat Egypt and the Arab Company for the Manufacture of Computers, a subsidiary of Kharafi Group, have signed a partnership agreement to manufacture the first tablet computer to be completely…


Computing

Luanda hospitals to go digital

Luanda’s hospitals will be equipped with advanced ICTs next year, allowing for teleconferencing and automation, among other benefits.Angola’s ICT Minister, José Carvalho da Rocha, said these digital hospitals would be…


Computing

Tanzania to Digitalise Its Courts Service Delivery

Tanzania is mulling over fast-tracking the process of computerising its judicial system in a bid to ease and improve court's service delivery, Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said on Monday.While…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Angola's Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology has announced that eight primary schools of Cazenga district, Luanda, will shortly get a computer cabinet and internet service. Local daily Jornal…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Orange Madagascar launches usage-based hotel Wi-Fi

Orange Madagascar has launched the "Surf and Pay" offer to bring the internet to more consumers. Offered to hotels and restaurants, up to 20 laptops, smartphones and tablets can connect…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Fibre provider launches 35Mbps service in Reunion

Reunion-based fibre-optic services provider Zeop, through its subsidiary Reunicable, is looking to attract customers by announcing a special offer to the first 500 people signing up to its new 35Mbps…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Algeria’s Djezzy reports growth in revenue.

Algeria’s top mobile and telecom operator Djezzy has reported a positive rise in revenue for the third quarter of this year. It shows that the mobile sector in Algeria is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia documenting all mobile users in country

A new report published by the Zambian Watchdog has reported that the country’s secret service of the President has created a database of all mobile phone customers in the country…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

6 of South Africa’s hottest ecommerce sites

When it comes to tech startups, ecommerce is at once an easy and tricky space to play in.It’s easy, because to get going all you really need is something to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda: Growing Up - Programmers Start Tackling Local Needs

Software development is gradually leaving the embryonic stage in Rwanda; these days, local programmers are feverishly working to find home-grown IT solutions to local needs, notably in education and business.23-year-old…


Digital Content

Gambia: U.S.-Based Gambian Launches New Social Networking Site

A new social networking site that goes by the name 'Wegambians' has been launched by a Gambian based in the United States of America, thus serving as an alternative to…


Digital Content

The 1st Kenyan Song to Come Out of a Twitter Beef

Jemedari is back with a new track. The song is a direct result of a Twitter altercation he had with the Hits FM Twitter.After ranting about the lack of local…


Digital Content

Sierra Leone: Mapping Out Real-Time Election Data

Sierra Leone holds its third national election since the end of their civil war on 17 November, 2012. A coalition of monitoring organisations in the country, National Election Watch, will…


Digital Content

Africa: New ICRC Website Reunites Dispersed Families

Geneva — "The new website will change the way people go about getting back in touch with family members they've become separated from," said Olivier Dubois, deputy head of the…


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Events

Telecoms Fraud & Revenue Assurance Forum26th - 27th November 2012, DubaiThe only event currently in the region dedicated to telecoms fraud and revenue assurance, Tavess' Telecoms Fraud and Revenue Assurance…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Gearing Mozambique's ICT sector to spread benefits of the national economic boom“Mozambique’s ICT sector needs to rise to the rapidly escalating management demands of its dramatically expanding economy.” This is…