Issue no 647 22nd March 2013

Top Story

Africa’s race for data – making sense of the transition through everyday services today

There’s a growing acknowledgement that the all-data future is upon us but much less idea what the road looks like between here and there. MTN has announced that it will launch Triple Play at some point in the near future and become a “services company”. Russell Southwood looks at the sequence of changes that will need to be made by any successful operator.In business terms, the mobile operators’ lot is not a happy one. In most of Africa’s big markets there is now an intense level of competition. Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) is down below the US$10 mark and…

Telecoms

Ethiopia: Ethio-Telecom to Upgrade to LTE

Ethio-telecom announced that it will upgrade its current 3G telecom infrastructure networks to LTE. Dr. Mesfin Belachew, e-government directorate director at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, told reporters…


Telecoms

Nigerian Networks to Launch MNP Services Next Week

The Nigeria's telecoms regulator NCC has announced that Mobile Number Portability will go live in the country next week, and also a day earlier than originally planned.Reuben Muoka, Head, Media…


Telecoms

Libya Delays Tender to Manage State-Owned Telco

The Libyan government has put a halt to a process to award a management contract for its state-owned telecoms network, the Libyan Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Co (LIPTIC).Citing Etisalat's…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- The leading telecom operator in Ghana, MTN has announced it is investing a total of GH¢105 million to expand and upgrade its network in order to deliver quality services…


Internet

10KWEB Moves into French West Africa

Internet start-up, 10KWEB, is pleased to announce the addition of Burkina Faso in French West Africa to its global family network. This marks the latest country in Africa to join…


Internet

UN Broadband Commission sets new gender target: getting more women connected to ICTs ‘critical’ to post-2015 development agenda

Commissioners gathered for the 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, held today in Mexico City, have agreed an ambitious new target designed to spur female access to…


Internet

US Embassy, Mobile Web celebrate Internet freedom

The US Embassy and Mobile Web Ghana (MWG), a community of mobile technology entrepreneurs, has held a forum to discuss innovative ways in which Ghana can take advantage of the…


Internet

O3b Networks announces capacity deal with unnamed DRC ISP

Channel Islands-based satellite service provider O3b Networks has announced what it describes as a major long-termo3b-networks-ltd capacity deal providing highly resilient and affordable capacity to ‘the leading ISP in the…


Internet

Loggu 4G to provide affordable uncapped internet access in Ghana

Ghanaian start-up, Loggu 4G Ghana Limited is gearing up to start offering uncapped, unmetered and affordable high speed internet service in Ghana.Founder of Loggu 4G, Gershon Adeklo told Adom Business…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Kenya will adopt digital signature systems for online transactions by October this year, if the roll out exercise goes according to plan. The Kenya ICT board deputy chief executive…


Internet

Pamoja launches vision to cultivate cloud services market for Africa

In what is a step closer to establishing a premier Cloud services marketplace for Africa, Pamoja, the Cloud services business unit of Pan-African ICT enabler SEACOM, has launched its go-to-market…


Computing

Solar-powered mobile health centre rolls into Cape Town

Solar truck equipped with remarkable range of facilities could revolutionise healthcare in rural parts of sub-Saharan AfricaAt the back of the truck is a small soundproof booth with a chair,…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

 - The Ministry of Education has handed over a total of 7,200 laptop computers to basic schools in the Ashanti region to support the teaching and learning of Information Communication…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nigeria: NCC Crashes Voice Tariffs, Favours New Entrants

Nigerian subscribers' demand for the cost of voice tariffs to be lowered has been answered with a new mobile termination rates (MTRs) also known as interconnect rates introduced yesterday night…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Airtel Tanzania unveils affordable off-net calls offer

Mobile network operator Airtel Tanzania has launched a new service that enables its customers to make off-net voice calls and SMS at savings of up to 75% compared to previous…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Orange Kenya Launches Nisort – Pay4Me Service

Orange has launched a reverse charge call service dubbed ‘Nisort’ that will allow callers to make reverse charged calls. This service will allow callers to make calls and have the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya to Secure Online Transactions

The government has set up an online identity and verification system in order to create a secure online transaction environment.Kenya ICT Board Project Manager Evans Kahuthu said that the digital…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sudan: Zain Sudan Repatriated Part of Its Profit Abroad in 2012

Zain Sudan has been able to repatriate a portion of its operating profit abroad in 2012, a senior banking official told Sudan Tribune today.The official who spoke on background said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Signalhorn Completes Installation of Over 400 Point of Sale Sites in South Africa

Signalhorn has completed the rollout of over 400 point of sale (PoS) sites which service a global fuel retailer’s South African network. This global fuel retailer benefits from Signalhorn’s hybrid…


Digital Content

Angola: Writers Union to Sell Books Through Website

Lovers of literature have the opportunity, anywhere they live in the world, to buy books by Angolan authors, through the site of the Angolan Writers Union (UEA), which contains the…


Digital Content

South Africa's Vodacom Starts Offering Mobile Heath Services

South Africa's Vodacom Business division has announced the launch of a number of mHealth initiatives together with its partner Mezzanineware.Based on a centralised mobile/cloud environment, Vodacom's Mezzanine mHealth services allow…


Digital Content

Rwanda: More Companies Adopt .rw Domain

Within a period of four months since Rwanda's Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), ".rw" was formally re-delegated from Belgium, more companies/individuals have started registering their websites under the '.rw'…


Digital Content

Referendum crowdmap live in Zimbabwe

A crowdmap is live in Zimbabwe allowing citizens to report on cases of intimidation and corruption in tomorrow’s constitutional referendum, in spite of government attempts to crack down on monitoring.The…


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Events

2nd Annual Cloud World Forum Africa23rd-24th April 2013Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg, South AfricaCombining the Cloud Computing World Forum Africa and Cloud Africa, this two day conference and exhibition covers every…


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Jobs & Opportunities

The 2013 Development Leaders Scholarship - worth £15,200 - is available for developing country applicants to the one-year MSc ICT4D programme; creating ICT4D champions.  It is also tenable on the…