Issue no 648 28th March 2013

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Sproxil aims to make counterfeiting unprofitable in Africa with mobile product authentication

Counterfeiting is rife in Africa and in many instances – with things like fake drugs and electrical products – it puts lives at risk. Sproxil has come up with a mobile-driven authentication system which it hopes will drive at least some of the counterfeiters from the market. Russell Southwood spoke to its founder Ashifi Gogo.In Nigeria, the car mechanics offer you the choice between non-branded parts, fake branded parts and the more expensive branded parts. Unfortunately those who find themselves taking ineffective or completely counterfeit drugs are not offered such an honest choice. Ashifi Gogo did a Phd looking at…

Telecoms

Another Green World: Libyan telco heads to London to defend Zamtel deal

Lusaka high court judge Albert Wood has agreed with the assertion of Libya’s LAP Green Network that its officials would be placed in danger if they gave evidence in Zambia…


Telecoms

Spreadtrum Announces Strategic Partnership with Orange

Spreadtrum Communications has announced a deal to provide its low-cost mobile platforms to Orange for use in smartphones in Europe and Africa."Orange's goal is to make the mobile internet more…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies, has demanded that domestic telecoms operators submit their raw Call Detail Record (CDR) information…


Internet

Q-KON and partners Alvarion and Skyband help connect top Malawi school for the introduction of iPads in the classroom

Q-KON, a Pan-African distributor of Alvarion solutions, has provided Alvarion Wi-Fi technology to Malawi’s Bishop Mackenzie International School (BMIS), enhancing the academic institution’s existing network and equipping it with valuable…


Internet

Egypt arrests as undersea internet cable cut off Alexandria

Egyptian authorities say they have arrested three divers trying to cut through an undersea internet cable.The men were caught on a fishing boat just off the port city of Alexandria,…


Internet

Google puts spectrum database to use in Cape Town white space broadband trial

Microsoft is testing white space technology in Kenya, and now Google is doing the same in South Africa. The company’s involvement extends to sponsorship and the use of its newly-launched…


Internet

Internet Solutions Mozambique: country’s best ISP

Internet Solutions Mozambique has scooped the award as best internet service provider in Mozambique. Following a two month independent study by PMR.africa, IS Mozambique was highest rated on an overall…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), the country’s incumbent fixed line operator, is working on the expansion of its WiMAX network to areas outside of the three major cities of Lilongwe,…


Computing

Nigeria: 12 Public Primary School Teachers Get Computer Appreciation Scholarship

No fewer than 12 public primary school teachers drawn from Bariga and Shomolu communities in Lagos State were empowered last Saturday with three months free computer appreciation scholarship programme by…


Computing

Microsoft Unveils Strategic Cooperation With iHub and m:lab to Accelerate Innovation in East Africa

As part of the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft Corp. has announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable startups, innovators…


Computing

Energy price hike sees datacentre pricing-model revision

Recently the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) granted power utility Eskom an 8% average increase per annum over the next five years. Lex van Wyk, chief executive officer…


Computing

Computer – In Brief

Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Atef Helmy said international companies operating in the IT sector are keen on increasing investments in Egypt despite hard conditions in the country…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN Fined for Poor Network Quality in Nigeria

MTN's Nigerian subsidiary has been fined N90 million (US$567,000) by the telecoms regulator for missing quality of service levels.Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo said the fine…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom slashes Prepaid data pricing by 84%

Vodacom has slashed its Prepaid data pricing by up to 84% on its latest data promotion which is set to run from 27 March to 30 April 2013.Phil Patel, Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Women bank on cheaper phones for easy payments

Cheap phones have accelerated mobile money service penetration among women in Kenya and helped them to make a major step into financial inclusion.A study by Bankable Frontier Associates (BFA), a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet launches virtual debit card

EcoCash Debit CardZimbabwe’s largest mobile phone company, Econet Wireless, has unveiled an innovative functionality on its mobile money service EcoCash which allows a cell phone to also operate as a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Venture Capital for Africa: crowdsourcing a startup movement across Africa

10.000 entrepreneurs and investors collaborate to fill early stage investment gapOnline community VC4Africa (Venture Capital for Africa), connecting promising entrepreneurs in Africa with investors and startup resources, continues to gain…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- Tanzania's Vodacom has linked up its M-Pesa service to the Diamond Trust Bank to allow mobile banking cash withdrawals from the banks ATMs.


Digital Content

Nigeria: Customs Develops Web Based Application to Guide Import, Export

IN an apparent attempt to consolidate on its modernization efforts for eventual take-over from the Service providers in June, the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, has developed a web-based application to…


Digital Content

Safaricom Launches Phone Book Back-Up Service

Kenya's Safaricom has launched a back-up service for phonebook contacts in customers handsets. The service is being provided by Gemalto.Gemalto's LinqUs Cloud Backup combines both SIM and handset phonebook backup…


Digital Content

‘Thinking Big': Gambian IT Teacher Talks Moving the Classroom Online

Ousman Faal, a young computer instructor and IT professional from The Gambia, has traded the classroom for a blog.Faal is the man behind the Faal Academy, a website that offers…


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People

Telkom SA appoints new GCEOIn South Africa, the Telkom Board has announced the appointment of telecommunications executive Sipho Maseko as Group Chief Executive Officer and executive director of Telkom Group…


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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…