Issue no 637 11th January 2013

Top Story

Happy New Year Africa, 2018 – Imagining a different kind of future

It’s the morning of 1 January, 2018 and Africa is waking up to the New Year. All across the continent, Africans are thinking about what’s changed for them over the past year and what they’d like to see in the coming year. Russell Southwood engages in a piece of imaginative speculation about the different kind of Africa that might emerge.Christmas and the turn of the year are the time when everyone in the tech sector makes predictions. This gadget or app will succeed and this or that trend will become popular: we’re not immune to this ourselves. However, isolated tech…

Telecoms

VMK launch 'first African-designed' smartphone and tablet

A smartphone and tablet said to be the first designed by an African company have been launched. The products, designed by Congolese entrepreneur Verone Mankou, are manufactured in China.His company…


Telecoms

Vodacom among potential bidders for Zambia’s fourth mobile licence

More than five companies are considering bidding for Zambia’s fourth mobile network operator licence with the country’s communication, transport, works and supply minister, Chris Yaluma, cited as saying: ‘I can…


Telecoms

Liberia: Libercell for Sale?

State prosecutors here are on the verge of reaching a conclusion for the sale of the Atlantic Wireless Incorporated or Libercell GSM for its indebtedness to the government of Liberia…


Telecoms

Ethio Telecom to create new operating regions to improve network management

With local management having recently resumed control of Ethio Telecom after the conclusion of a management contract with France Telecom-Orange (FT-Orange), details of the telco’s new network management strategy have…


Telecoms

Nigeria: ANPP anger over free phone plan for 10 million farmers

A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a government scheme to give 10 million mobile phones for free to farmers. All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) General Secretary Tijani Tumsa said the…


Telecoms

Intel to launch low-cost smartphone in Kenya

Chip giant Intel is intending to plunge deeper into low-end smartphone manufacturing, with HumanIPO learning that it is set to launch a low-cost phone in Kenya in the coming weeks.The…


Telecoms

MainOne Cable To Launch Data Centre In Nigeria

Communication service company, Mainone cable has hinted on building a high standard Data centre in Nigeria which could accommodate 600 racks by the end of 2013. The data center which…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Targets Rooftop Acquisitions

Authored by managers at ethio telecom, the federal government may soon write a bill that will force developers of buildings to avail rooftops for the erection of wireless network antennas,…


Telecoms

Kenya: 400,000 More Suspensions Brings Safaricom's Unregistered to 1.2 Million SIMs

Safaricom Limited has suspended an additional 400, 000 unregistered lines in the 2nd phase of the deactivation exercise. This brings to 1.2 million the total number of lines disconnected so…


Telecoms

Telecoms News in Brief

- Each week the ICT Division of USAID features two or three highlights from programs around the world where USAID plays a role.  These stories may be from the USAID…


Internet

Ethiopian govt increasingly online

With 49 e-service portals under seven Ministries now functional, the Ethiopian government is making progress in its e-government strategy.Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Debretsion G.Michael, says (ICT) is an essential…


Internet

Partnership between Tunisian Internet Agency and Meninx Technologies

The Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI) & Meninx Technologies Data Centre (MXT) announced a public-private partnership which aims at:- The strengthening and the active participation in IPv6 deployment in Tunisia. In…


Internet

Ghana to introduce internet-powered payment system for traders

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GIPSS) is to introduce an Internet-powered payment system that will link some local financial service providers with their counterparts in Nigeria and Francophone…


Internet

Internet News in Brief

- Mike Omeri, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), has said that the Federal Government has no plan to restrict the use of social media. Omeri told the News Agency of…


Computing

Can Katine, a Ugandan village keep its computers running after the donor pulls out?

Funding for Katine's computer centre runs out in a year, and it's down to local residents to come up with a sustainable plan It's lunchtime, and teenagers, some in school…


Computing

High hopes for new web-based exam processing

The Botswana Examinations Council (BEC) is optimistic that the web-based application it is using for processing the national examinations will produce the desired results.The Malepa application, used for capturing candidates'…


Computing

Computer News in Brief

- The Financial Gazette website in Zimbabwe was hacked last week. Hama Saburi, The Editor-in-Chief of The Financial Gazette said last week measures had since been taken to restore and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Free Facebook browsing for Vodafone customers

Vodafone customers and Facebook enthusiasts have a reason to smile, as Ghana’s most respected Telco, Vodafone Ghana, is offering free browsing on Facebook for existing customers on their Streamer internet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: M-Pesa Partners With Veta Kipawa

Vodacom’s M-Pesa service continues to spread its wings across various sectors in the country, with the latest development being education."From today, students, parents and guardians in Kipawa Vocational Education and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet seeks TN Bank takeover

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile phone operator, Econet, has moved to acquire the entire shareholding in TN Bank through a share swap deal.The mobile operator has integrated its mobile money transfer service,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt examining new telecoms tax options

Proposals for a tax on new mobile voice connections could net the Egyptian government around EGP750 million (USD115 million) per year, the Egypt Independent notes, citing executive director of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News in Brief

- Telkom Kenya has entered into a partnership with electronic payments provider Pesapal to enable its customers make online top-ups. The deal will enable Orange users buy airtime through its…


Digital Content

Cameroon: Phone Texts Fail to Boost Adherence to HIV Therapy

Mobile phone text messaging does not considerably enhance HIV/AIDS patients' adherence to treatment, a study conducted in Cameroon reveals. The study, which was published in PLoS ONE last month (6…


Digital Content

Kenya: Google Rolls Out Kenya Elections Hub

The country's litany of technology issues might not be featured directly on most of Kenya's presidential candidates' promises but tech will indeed play a big role in the upcoming 2013…


Digital Content

Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud

As Kenyans gear up for the presidential elections in less than 90 days, technology is proving to be a friend and foe to the many politicians embroiled in political musical…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Telemedicine Project On Track Year After Plan Was Hatched

A year ago plans to connect Rwandan hospitals through telemedicine - the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide distant clinical healthcare - were announced.According to the plan, district…


Digital Content

South Africa: TUT Students Access Academic, Financial Information Via Mobile

Following a successful pilot project in December 2012, students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will be able to access academic and financial information on their mobile devices through…


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Events

Broadband MEA 19 - 20 March 2013 The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, The region’s premier broadband event attracting 750  decision makers from across The Middle East and Africa. Now…