Issue no 642 15th February 2013

Top Story

VoD will be a major opportunity for African telecoms operators and investors...now

At the end of 2012, it seemed like every week Balancing Act was being approached by film and video VoD platforms, either in business or promising to start soon. Some like iROKO and AfricaFilms.tv have built their initial success on diaspora audiences, whilst others have begun to attract attract more local audiences. Last week Buni TV announced it had hit 1 million views, most of which have come from Africa. Balancing Act’s broadcast analyst Sylvain Beletre interviewed Marie Lora-Mungai, Founder and CEO, Buni TV and Enrico Chiesa, President of AfricaFilms.tv (AFTV).The arrival of LTE will give VoD a new shot…

Telecoms

France asks Vivendi to delay Maroc Telecom sale

French president Francois Hollande is said to have asked Vivendi to delay the process of selling its 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom until the war in Mali is over,…


Telecoms

Alpha Telecom formally signs agreement for Mali’s third mobile licence

It has been confirmed that Mali has finally put pen to paper on the country’s third mobile operator licence, with Agence Ecofin reporting that Alpha Telecom Mali, a joint venture…


Telecoms

MTN Uganda commissions fibre network at Katuna border

MTN Uganda has commissioned its fibre network at the Katuna border, in the Kabale district.The fibre system would complement two existing cables between Kabala and Mombasa, which provide Uganda with…


Telecoms

NIL, Neurones Technologies facilitate network core upgrade for CI Telecom

Slovenia-based NIL, together with local partner Neurones Technologies, has conducted a network core migration for Cote d’Ivoire Telecom (CIT) to prepare the telco’s infrastructure for new technologies and an enlarged…


Telecoms

Azur Gabon has the best telephone network, according to ARCEP

From 11 December 2012 to 7 January 2013, the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) conducted an audit of the four mobile operators in the country. It appears…


Telecoms

Zambia SIM registration delayed

Airtel Zambia’s lack of registration forms has halted the country’s SIM card registration process.“The shortage of registration forms at registration points was unacceptable and unfortunate,” said Thomas Malama, Director of…


Telecoms

Etisalat Misr, Huawei ink strategic partnership agreement

Etisalat Misr, a subsidiary of UAE’s Etisalat and a major mobile operator in the Egyptian market, signed a strategic partnership agreement with leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei.The agreement will…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- The number of fixed and mobile telephone subscribers in Nigeria increased to over 113.195 million at 31 December 2012 from 107.367 million three months earlier and 95.886 million at…


Internet

Tanzania: Submarine Cable Fault Causes Internet 'Blackout' in Dar es Salaam

Tanzania faced a breakdown in Internet connections for the better part of Thursday afternoon after two submarine cables linking the country to the outside world experienced technical problems.In an interview…


Internet

YouTube Ban in Egypt Is a Setback for Freedom of Expression

A temporary ban on YouTube imposed in Egypt over a video deemed offensive to Islam is a setback for freedom of expression , Amnesty International has said.A court in Cairo…


Internet

Algerie Telecom Launches Gmail SMS

Algerie Telecom has announced the launch of an SMS service through Gmail, a move that is likely to spur interest in Algeria’s telecommunications sector and fuel excitement amongst users eager…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Travellers to Kenya will no longer have to spend hours at the airport after arrival to apply for an entry visa. Immigration minister Otieno Kajwang says an electronic visa…


Computing

Blind SA students receive e-braille computers and MP3 players

Two schools in the Western Cape have received portable computers and MP3 players designed for blind users, in a R1 million (US$113 million) investment push by the Western Cape Education…


Computing

Telkom boosts rural e-learning

Six Mpumalanga schools facing ICT infrastructure challenges have been given a connectivity boost by the Telkom Foundation’s Connecting Schools project.Yesterday saw the handover of 303 tablet computers to teachers from…


Computing

Ethiopia: Ericsson launches school broadband project

Global telecommunication services operator Ericsson has launched a new school broadband project in Ethiopia aimed at boosting Internet services for local schools in an effort to increase infrastructure and services…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- An NGO calledChild Affairs has tasked teachers not to allow children have access to social media networks without supervision. Managing Director of the NGO Francis Okpeta who said this…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodafone Egypt launches new data packages

Amid ongoing political tension in Egypt and frustration over the recent hikes in Vodafone’s recharge tariffs, Vodafone Egypt has announced a new mobile Internet data bundle for USB modems, tablets…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Eritrea's Eritel announces the selling of shares

In a move aimed at boosting the Eritrean telecommunications operator’s economic standing and liquidity, Eritel on Wednesday announced that it had begun to sell off a large number of shares.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Treasury to Formulate New Rules On Mobile Money Tax

The Treasury is working on new regulations on taxing mobile money transfer services aimed at leveling the playing field for all operators.Finance minister Njeru Githae said a 'minimum charge per…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Guinea To Launch Data, Payment Services

Amid growing interest in mobile technology and infrastructure in Guinea, mobile services operator MTN Guinea has announced plans to roll out data and payment services in March.The company’s CEO Phumzile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Senegalese telecoms service provider Sonatel has reported an 11% rise in net income for the year ended 31 December 2012 to XOF171 billion (USD349 million), from XOF154 billion in…


Digital Content

Uganda: Tablets to Detect Fake Permits

Face Technologies, the company contracted to print and issue computerised driving permits, has provided a new solution to eliminate forged driving permits.The company has acquired and equipped the traffic police…


Digital Content

Nyanga residents march against man who posted nude pictures of woman on Facebook

A group of women marched to a house in Mau-Mau, Nyanga, to confront a man they accuse of posting nude pictures of a woman, his girlfriend, on Facebook.The woman’s face…


Digital Content

Musicians Aim Fighting Words at the Gambia's Hardliner President

A popular music video featuring a group of artists taking aim at the president of the Gambia's tightening grip on the West African country is making the rounds among Gambians…


Digital Content

Real Time Wine app a first for South African wine drinkers

A wine advisory app aimed at the average wine drinker has recorded more than 20,000 visits to its mobile platform in eight months.One of its popular selling points is “sweaty…


Digital Content

Meditel launches phone account management app

Moroccan operator Meditel has released a locally-developed app called Meditel et Moi, available for Android and iOS smartphones, to allow customers to manage their Meditel account and optimise the use…


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Events

Mobile Web East Africa 201319th - 21st February 2013Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, KenyaTaking the monetisation and content creation dialogue to the next levelMobile Web East Africa, the East African…