Issue no 653 3rd May 2013

Top Story

African gaming looks set to raise its game with Kulaya.com raising seed stage investment, giving US$2 million valuation

Until recently, the African gaming sector has been largely a small number of dedicated and enthusiastic developers in search of a business model. This week’s announcement that Nigeria’s Kulaya.com has raised small seed funding could be a flash in the pan but might also be the start of the development of a more prosperous games sector. Russell Southwood spoke to the Head of Kulaya, Kunle Ogungbamila.Kulaya.com started in August last year and launched its website in October. According to Ogungbamila:”It came about from a discussion with Jason Njoku (iROKO Partners, who chairs Kulaya). It was a gaping hole that was…

Telecoms

MTN ‘welcomes’ Turkcell’s move

MTN, Africa’s largest cellular operator, has “welcomed” Turkcell’s decision to drop its $4.2 billion lawsuit against MTN before the US District Court of Columbia over the awarding of Iran’s second…


Telecoms

Zain feels the heat in frontier market South Sudan

Mobile phone group Zain knew it was facing a challenge when it set out to build up its network in Africa’s newest frontier market - the vast, strife-torn expanses of…


Telecoms

Angola Telecom launches services in Chongoroi

Benguela - Chongorio municipality, central Benguela province, now has landline telephones and internet services of the state-owned firm of Angola Telecom, after the inauguration of the station by the Minister…


Telecoms

BlackBerry partners Junior Achievement Nigeria to launch STEM Innovation Camps for students

BlackBerry and non-profit organization Junior Achievement Nigeria has launched the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise programme for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Camps in Nigeria.Over 55 high-school students from…


Telecoms

Supreme Court re-instates G-Mobile licence revocation

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday quashed an earlier ruling by the High Court stopping the revocation of a licence for cellular phone services awarded to Globally Advanced Networks…


Telecoms

Government moves to review MTN Nigeria’s tariffs following declaration as dominant operator for mobile voice telephony

NCC says that MTN Nigeria has 44 per cent market share of the mobile voice telephony market while there is also a wide differential of about 300 per cent between…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- According to data from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA), the country’s wireless subscriber base reached 6.04 million at 31 March 2013, up from 5.69 million at the end…


Internet

Nigeria registers 30,000 .ng domain names

The total number of registered Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain Names, .ng, which is the nation’s identifier on the World Wide Web has hit over 30, 000, even as…


Internet

Cell C - first mobile operator to support open peering

Cell C is the first mobile operator in the country to support open peering. All of this has been made possible by NAPAfrica, South Africa’s first open and free public…


Internet

Cameroon Village Celebrates 2 Years of Internet Access

In a locality called Dzekwa, in northwest Cameroon, villagers celebrated recently the second anniversary of having access to mobile phones and the Internet. It was only two years ago that…


Internet

Putting Dissent on Hold: Internet Control and Social Activism in Algeria

How the Algerian government has combated the spread of dissent by using cyber-bullying and by keeping internet and telecoms standards low.Was it coincidence or was it deliberate? Following the January…


Internet

Gambians Unhappy with Skype Ban

The Gambian government has backed away from its announcement last week that the use of free Internet calling services, such as Skype, is prohibited in cyber cafes. Officials are now…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- This isn't another blog about “famine, Bono, or Barack Obama,” warns the blog Africa is a Country in its description on Facebook. The ironically titled blog aims, among other…


Computing

Raspberry Pie for comes to Zimbabwe

One of the major reasons Zimbabwe continues to drop behind in the computing arena is the cost of computing devices. A good smartphone or tablet will set you behind US…


Computing

Tutorys brings social learning to Africa using online video tutorials

Internet access and computing are quickly spreading across Africa. However, certain skills are needed before a user can enjoy all the benefits a computer has to offer. Truly using a…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Kenya: Use Bonga Points to Fly Kenya Airways Within Kenya

Kenya Airways has partnered with Safaricom where subscribers can now use the loyalty Bonga Points to pay for domestic flights. The new partnership that was launched on Thursday allows customers…


Money Transfer

Tanzania to Broaden Tax Base Through Electronic Receipts

Dar es Salaam — The Tanzanian government expects to collect 600 billion shillings ($370 million) a month after a new tax system expanding the use of electronic tax register (ETR)…


Money Transfer

Namibia: MobiPay teams up with Nored

MobiPay has sealed an agreement with the northern electricity distributor, Nored, to supply electricity in bulk to third party vendors. The deal, which has been on the negotiation table for…


Money Transfer

Money - In Brief

- Vodacom Tanzania says that the number of people signed up to its mobile money transfer service M-PESA has broken the five million barrier, while total monthly transactions now stands…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Uganda eyes domestic takeovers after rivals' tie-up

MTN's Uganda unit is considering buying rival local telecom firms following the agreed merger of the country's No.2 and No.3 operators, its chairman said on Wednesday.Uganda has eight mobile companies…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Remaining assets of stricken Rwandatel now up for grabs

The remaining assets of liquidated telecoms operator Rwandatel are now up for sale, AllAfrica reports, citing lawyer Richard Mugisha, who is in charge of the administration process. In April 2012…


Digital Content

In Morocco, Internet May Lead Children to Books Says Publisher

Yanbow Al KitabAmina Alaoui Hachimi from the Moroccan publishing house Yanbow Al Kitab is no luddite when it comes to the impact digital publishing might have on children in North…


Digital Content

On World Press Freedom Day, UN Officials Issue Call to Protect Journalists' Safety

United Nations officials today issued a call to action to ensure the safety of journalists in every country, echoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who declared; "When it is safe to speak,…


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