Issue no 641 8th February 2013

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Mobile content – Africa’s no longer a spectator at the feast but big challenges ahead

Time was when the best content you could get in Africa was SMS services bought in from Europe or the USA. Now with the spread of smartphones and feature phones, there’s a much wider diet available including an increasing amount of local content. Russell Southwood attended the WSA Mobile Content 2.0 Awards in Abu Dhabi and reflects on what the winners say about the delivery of content in Africa and the challenges ahead.The WSA Mobile Awards are a global initiative that awards local apps that have global relevance. It looks both for commercially interesting apps as well as those that…

Telecoms

Rwanda: SIM Card Registration Kicks Off

On Monday 4th Febrary, the government officially launched nationwide registration of SIM cards, an exercise expected to last six months.The event that saw telecom staff members, clad in their respective…


Telecoms

Zamtel sues over cable cut

Zamtel has sued Sable Transport for damaging its optic fibre cable along Katima Mulilo Road, causing loss of revenue amounting to over USD62, 000.Zamtel said Sable Transport was conducting road…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe - Potraz to build 43 new base stations

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe says it will spend at least USD24 million to construct 43 new base stations in rural areas around the country.It said it…


Telecoms

Kenya to launch US$500 million 4G network

Telecoms Tower2Kenya plans to roll out a US$500mn 4G network, despite key players continuing to question the timing and viability of the projectIn late November 2012, the government launched a…


Telecoms

Maroc Telecom eyes Warid Cote d'Ivoire licence

Vivendi-backed Maroc Telecom is considering buying a mobile licence in Cote d'Ivoire owned but never used by Warid Telecom, Jeune Afrique reports. The Cote d'Ivoire mobile market is dominated by…


Telecoms

Ethio Telecom lays down expansion plans

Ethiopian telecommunications services operator, Ethio Telecom, has announced that plans for a two-year expansion project on its network are well underway.Ethio Telecom, has announced that plans for a two-year expansion…


Telecoms

Telecoms in Brief

- In Mali, the 14 satellite lines of Télécoms Sans Frontières were allowed to establish 550 connections for the benefit of 4,200 beneficiaries, for whom it is often the first…


Internet

Airtel-UGO deal to shape Uganda’s online image

A deal that will go a long way in helping Uganda generate, manage, project and control its own online local content and image to the world has been signed.The Airtel…


Internet

UAE students launch wireless network in Kenya

Students from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Dubai visited Kenya to connect a wireless internet network at an academic institute in a village.Six final-year students studying Network Engineering…


Internet

Start-up takes computing to the people

A South African entrepreneur is providing residents from some of the country’s most impoverished areas with an opportunity to access the internet and learn about computers.Luvuyo Rani's Silulo Ulutho Internet…


Internet

TV's white spaces connecting rural Africa

"This is the greatest achievement I can say for this school. [The students] are finding it a great favour that they should be the first school in Africa to have…


Internet

South Sudan plans link to fibre-optic Internet in 2013

South Sudan, one of the world's least developed countries, aims to lay a fibre-optic network this year to link the capital Juba with submarine cables in east Africa to cut…


Internet

Gilat Satcom and Microlink create joint venture in Zambia to boost Internet services with high-capacity fiber

Gilat Satcom has announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Microlink to enhance affordable high-speed fiber and satellite connectivity services throughout Zambia. Microlink provides affordable broadband communication…


Internet

K-NET rolls out superfast broadband across sub-Saharan Africa

K-NET broadband packagesK-NET has announced the launch of a new range of superfast broadband internet service packages available to business customers across 16 West and Central African countriesThe company, which…


Internet

More Algerians getting jobs via Internet

According to a report by Emploitic.com, an Algerian job website, job posts rose from 20 percent in 2009 to 40 percent in 2010. In 2011, it rose to 60 percent…


Internet

Internet in Brief

- Intelsat SA has signed a multi-year agreement with Global IP to allow the Spain-based company to provide broadband service to its maritime customers in the Indian Ocean region The…


Computing

Botswana computerises land allocation

The Botswana Government is in the process of computerising all allocated plots.Boteti South MP  Lebonaamang Mokalake told kgotla meetings in his constituency that this would enable the ministry to better…


Computing

Nairobi University's research will be available online for free

One of Kenya's leading universities, the University of Nairobi, has adopted an open access policy to research articles and other academic materials produced by its staff.By placing all scholarly articles…


Computing

Mailscape wins 'best exchange administration tool' award

ICT AfricaSoarsoft Africa has announced that MSExchange.org has chosen ENow’s Mailscape as the winner in the Exchange Service Administration software category of the MSExchange.org Readers’ Choice AwardsThe Mailscape solution aims…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nigerian telecoms comply with NCC, switch to new tariff

Telecommunications companies in Nigeria have complied with the directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) concerning the cost of SMS across the various networks.On Tuesday, various companies officially switched to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Comviva partners with AdaptiveMobile to enhance mobile messaging services

Mobile Phone AfricaComviva Technologies has announced that it has joined forces with mobile security and services provider AdaptiveMobile to provide a network-based web and message content filtering solutionThe new partnership…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: BAZ Lobbies RBZ Over Mobile Banking

Banks have lobbied the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to act against Econet Wireless' reluctance to open up its mobile banking gateway to allow them to transfer money from clients' bank…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange CEO warns Senegal: tax regime could harm investment

Stephane Richard, the chief executive officer of France Telecom-Orange, has called on the government of Senegal to improve economic rules in the country where they concern taxation of the telecommunications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money in Brief

- In compliance with the Cairo Stock Exchange’s new regulations on ownership requirements, Egyptian mobile phone operator Mobinil is to sell a larger stake in the company to a local…


Digital Content

Kenya trials text message alerts in bid to curb poaching

Security officials at Kenya Wildlife Service hope system will help national parks reduce poaching by up to 90%Kenya's wildlife agency is installing an alarm system that alerts rangers to possible…


Digital Content

Somalia's al-Shabab opens new Twitter account

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has opened a new Twitter account in English, less than two weeks after its previous account was suspended. A senior al-Shabab official told the BBC that…


Digital Content

Dignity, Courage and Hypocrisy: Egyptian Man Stripped Naked by Police

Hamada Saber is the name of an Egyptian man, who was seen in a video which went viral and was even featured on CNN, while he was being beaten and…


Digital Content

Konga Gets 100,000 Fans; Becomes Nigeria’s Most Liked E-Commerce Site On Facebook

Leading online retailer, Konga has emerged as Nigeria’s most liked e-commerce site on Facebook with over 100,000 fans since launching in June 2012.It is not surprising that the company which…


Digital Content

Twitter introduces advertising in North Africa

Twitter has launched advertising services in North Africa while launching similar services in the Middle East.This follows user subscriptions tripling in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The…


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Events

Number Portability Forum 201311-12 February 2013-01-11 Dubai, UAEAt Tavess' Number Portability Forum 2013, As the only event in the region dedicated to Number Portability, find out what it takes to…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Google Africa opens Science Fair entriesGoogle Africa has announced the launch of the third Google Science Fair for teenagers, with Google+ Hangout events newly added for 2013’s competition. “Visit the website…