Issue no 646 15th March 2013

Top Story

TV White Spaces Proof of Concept offers promising route for rural coverage

A joint venture between the ISP Indigo, Microsoft and the Kenyan Government has rolled out a TV White Spaces Proof of Concept in two parts of rural Kenya. This is the one of the first commercial trials of TV White Spaces on the continent. It offers another route through which connectivity can be delivered in rural areas. Russell Southwood spoke to Indigo’s Chairman Peter Henderson and Louis Otieno, General Manager, Microsoft East & Southern Africa.TV White Spaces (or dynamic spectrum, as it is sometimes called) operates in the “guard band” space between different TV spectrum transmissions. It can either operate…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Mode of planned auction of 2.3GHz slots unfair – Spectranet, Mobitel, DoPC

At the stakeholders’ forum on the best option for licensing the remaining slot on the 2.3GHz band held last week in Lagos, major internet service providers in the country including…


Telecoms

Airtel launches Africa-wide mobile HD offering

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 HD…


Telecoms

Zambia Gains Rural GSM Phone Coverage

South African wireless communication specialist Multisource Telecoms has won a contract that will see 20 low-cost GSM towers bringing cell phone communications to rural Zambians for the first time.Supplied by…


Telecoms

Atlantique Telecom selects Ericsson to manage African mobile networks

Etisalat-owned Atlantique Telecom, which has operations in Benin, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Niger and Togo, has signed a five-year multi-country managed services agreement with Ericsson. Under the…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt Posts Fall in Full Year Profits - Plans 4G Network

Telecom Egypt has posted a near 13 percent fall in its full-year profits of EGP2.61 billion (US$386 million) as the country's economy was hurt in the post-Mubarak confusion.However, the company's…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Orange Guinea has announced plans to invest EUR120 million (USD156 million) on the upgrade of network infrastructure and the extension of services to all of the country’s regions.- Unitel…


Internet

Eutelsat and OneAccess launch innovative technology for advanced enterprise services on KA-SAT satellite

New generation of performance-enhanced satellite-based VPN services immediately available across entire KA-SAT coverage in Europe, the Middle East and North AfricaParis, 12 March 2013 - Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL)…


Internet

MWEB hosts local Dota 2 server Local server puts Africa on the map

South Africa’s biggest gaming service provider MWEB Gaming has launched local Dota 2 servers into the test build with the Valve Corporation, an American video game development and digital distribution…


Internet

South African company to spearhead network provision in South Sudan

Airspan Networks Inc has announced that RCS-Communication Ltd has selected its solution for a 4G WiMAX network deployment. According to the company, Air4G is a dual platform 4G base station…


Internet

Africa’s Information Highway: The African Development Bank Launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for the following 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- An agreement between the South African division of mobile brand Samsung and internet provider AlwaysOn will offer free Wi-Fi access on Samsung smart devices from hotspots. All owners of…


Computing

Africa’s Information Highway: The African Development Bank Launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms (www.afdb.org/statistics) for the following 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,…


Computing

Teraco broadens African horizons through link to AMS-IX

Teraco Data Environments, South Africa’s first provider of vendor-neutral data centres, has announced that it has now connected with the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), which interconnects over 550 IP networks,…


Computing

Computer – In Brief

- Huawei Ghana said it has successfully completed the US$30 million phase one of the e-government project and has begun work on the US$150 million phase two.


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecel introduces Broadband Plus

TELECEL Zimbabwe has introduced Telecel Broadband Plus and is giving subscribers double the data they pay for when they buy data bundles worth $10 or more.It is also giving away…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Country-specific climate vulnerability data now online

Data from a climate vulnerability monitor for 184 nations are now available via an interactive online portal, making them more accessible to researchers, academics and policymakers worldwide.The data are based…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Tanzania: TCAA to Digitalise Transmission of Flight Plans

In a bid to improve provision of information on flights schedules and other related issues at major airports in the country, the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) will soon introduce…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cloud-based accounting programme launched

Pastel Software Zimbabwe, in partnership with Utande, on Tuesday launched Sage Pastel My Business Online, a cloud-based accounting programme designed for start-up and small businesses.The programme enables businesses to access…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Mobile money transfers hit Shs11 trillion in four years

Money transferred through the mobile money platform offered by mobile phone companies grew by 211 per cent last year, hitting the highest amount since its inception in Uganda about four…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Could Lower M-Pesa Fee

The transaction cost of M-Pesa could be lowered after bankers got a court injunction against the Kenya Revenue Authority over the taxation of money transfer services.Safaricom has said it is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Malawi's Airtel is raising its tariffs by an average of 25% from the 11th March just after rival network, TMN hiked its tariffs by 30%. Both blame a massive…


Digital Content

Africa: Smartphone prototype device Used to Detect Parasitic Worms

A smartphone, a strip of double-sided tape and a simple glass lens could have a significant impact on the diagnosis of intestinal parasites that affect millions in remote, rural parts…


Digital Content

Al Jazeera employed both voice and SMS technologies to aid its extensive coverage and citizen reporting of the Kenyan elections.

Kenya is known for its high mobile phone penetration, as well as related innovations like M-PESA (mobile money) and Ushahidi, a crisis-mapping tool that had its roots in the 2007-2008…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Airtel Introduces Ussd for Facebook Users

Customers of one of the leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria can now access popular social networking platform, Facebook via a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Code. With this innovation,…


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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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People

Christoph Limmer Joins Signalhorn as VP Marketing & StrategySignalhorn announces that Mr. Christoph Limmer has joined its marketing team in the position of VP Marketing & Strategy. In this role,…