Issue no 645 8th March 2013

Top Story

Out of Nigeria and the UK, Gbamm! bids to become Twitter for football fans

A global football social community network called Gbamm! has been soft-launched by entrepreneur Ayo Alli, who divides his time between London and Lagos. Asa licensed Premier League Football agent who has already worked on marketing other social networks, he has the skills and connections to make it work. Russell Southwood talked to Gbamm!’s Ayo Alli about what he’s planning.Two things are happening that make it an auspicious time for a footballing social networking site. The TV habit is changing with people using a second screen device (like a smartphone or tablet) to interact with friends and comment on what’s happening.…

Telecoms

Kenya: Mobile phones being used to warn of possible animal disease outbreaks

Extensive use of mobile phones to issue alerts on possible spate of attacks such as animal disease outbreaks has been widely reported among farmers and veterinarians across Africa.Until five years…


Telecoms

Safaricom clarifies election role

Safaricom has issued a statement clarifying its role in the election, saying its VPN had 100% uptime in the areas it covered. This comes in response to ‘public concern’ over…


Telecoms

Libya Seeks PR Support For Communications Liberalisation

The Libyan Government is seeking public relations support for its attempts to liberalise the country's telecoms and internet industries.The country, which is emerging from a brutal civil war, intends to…


Telecoms

DDC launches Tier 3 data centre in East Africa

The Djibouti Data Center (DDC), a joint venture between Djibouti Telecom and Djibouti Data Center SARL, a group of local and international investors, has announced the commercial launch of a…


Telecoms

Ghana: Airtel Rolls Out Mobile HD Voice Service

Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of the mobile HD voice service for its subscribers in Africa. The development comes as the first step in Airtel's ambition to make mobile…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Angolan cellco Unitel has issued a contract to Astellia to provide service troubleshooting and performance monitoring systems, with the aim of gaining a complete picture of its 2G, 3G…


Internet

Nigeria ISPs kick against NCC moves to sell 2.3GHz band

Nigerian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have kicked against moves by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to sell the remaining spectrum in the 2.3 gigahertz (GHz) band, arguing that such a…


Internet

Sudan: SPLM Website Temporarily Suspended

The website of South Sudan ruling party (SPLM) has temporarily been suspended. StartLogic, a source told Sudan Tribune, pulled down the party's website early this week. "This site has been…


Internet

Internet Gabon Telecom, Congo rail co sign VSAT deal

Internet Gabon Telecom (Telecom IG) and the Railway Company Congo-Ocean (Chemin de Fer Congo Ocean or CFCO) have signed an agreement on the supply of telecommunications services and the maintenance…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

-  Q-KON has been appointed as a member of the global Newtec Business Partner Program (bePART) and is therefore an official distributor of Newtec satcom products. As a Newtec certified…


Computing

Tanzania: Ericsson Donates Computers to Kagera School

Ericsson has donated computers worth 30m/- to KADEA Secondary School in Kagera Region.The donation was presented to the school's administration by Echezana Ozumbe, Ericsson's Project Manager in Tanzania over the…


Computing

Rwanda: KCC Donates Computers, TVs to Outskirts Dwellers

The City of Kigali, on Wednesday, donated a flat screen television set and a desktop computer to each of the 50 villages in the outskirts of the city to help…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- Kenyan IT distributor Mitsumi Distribution has sealed a deal with Samsung Africa to act as the official Samsung IT products distributor across sub-Sahara Africa. The deal is part of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nigeria’s Glo announces global Wi-Fi bundle

Nigeria’s telecom operator Globacom (Glo) has announced the launch of a new Internet wireless router in the hope that it will boost ”on-the-go and office” connections for users.According to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana : Airtel Money rolls out School Pocket Money Service

Airtel Money has added a new product to its growing bouquet. The “School Pocket Money Service” is aimed at eliminating the stress associated with parents and guardians who struggle to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Absa unveils portable bank

Absa has introduced a mobile branch that can be operational anywhere in SA, within 24 hours of arrival.The big four bank yesterday announced the launch of its first “mobile village…


Digital Content

Bantu Babel – African Language Translation App, now available on Google Play

Bantu Babel is a product of a Randon Hacks of Kindness hackathon, The Peace Corps Innovation Challenge Hackathon, which was held in December 2012 at BongoHive, Lusaka’s Technology and Innovation…


Digital Content

Mali Music Culture Defined By The Cellphone

In Northern Mali, one of the towns where French and African troops have been trying to unseat Islamist rebels is Kidal — a small, dusty hub of trans-Saharan traffic and…


Digital Content

Zapacab to improve SA taxi services

South African taxi ordering solution Zapacab is set to launch before April this year, seeking to provide reliable and efficient taxi services on the streets of Cape Town.Zapacab aims to…


Digital Content

Ghana - National Web-Based Gallery Launched

The Ministry of Trade and Industry yesterday launched a National Web Based Product Gallery  in Accra aimed at enhancing the businesses of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the…


Digital Content

Namibian Films Available Online

With the shelf life of local films expiring some time after a glitzy debut night and some cracks at international film festivals, Namibian film directors have been looking for a…


Digital Content

Google ads fuelling ivory trade: conservation group

A conservation group claims that Google is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels.A conservation group claims that Google…


Digital Content

Platform for Angolan Slang

The Plataform KALLUN  (meaning slang), founded by Leocarpo Mário, is a recent collaborative project with the ultimate goal of gathering in just one place all the slang with Angolan origins.…


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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 in its 5th…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Call For Candidates: Internet Security Trainings For Gulf of Guinea Journalists and ActivistsOn May 27, and July 15, 2013, Internet Sans Frontières and the University of Clemson will organise five-day…