Issue no 654 10th May 2013

Top Story

Despite setbacks, Somalia begins to pick itself up and looks at bringing international bandwidth to Mogadishu

It may be two steps forward and one step back but Somalia is beginning to pick itself up off the ground after years of civil war. In the absence of regulation, a telecoms sector has developed. Now the new Government must put in place regulation and start to focus on connecting the disparate parts of the country. Russell Southwood spoke to Tim Kelly, World Bank about what’s been happening there.In political terms, there are three parts of Somalia in which it’s possible for the telecoms sector to develop: the area controlled by the new Government around Mogadishu; Somaliland (which has…

Telecoms

Nigeria Sanctions MTN, Glo, Airtel, Etisalat for Issuing Pre-Registered SIM Cards to Customers

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Thursday imposed various sanctions on four mobile communications services operators for contravening the provisions on pre-registration of SIM Cards in Nigeria.The Commission named the…


Telecoms

Cell C lashes Icasa over fees claim

Mobile operator Cell C has slammed the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), accusing it of being “unable to verify its own information” in relation to the amount of…


Telecoms

Senegal mobile users grow 22.64% to 11.47 mln in 2012

Senegal had 11.47 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of 2012, 22.64 percent more than the 9.33 million recorded a year earlier, according to telecom regulator ARTP. Mobile penetration…


Telecoms

Mobile phone data redraws bus routes in Africa

Researchers at IBM have redrawn the bus routes of Ivory Coast's largest city using mobile phone data.The research was completed as part of the Data for Development competition run by…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Rwanda National Police (RNP) on Monday distributed 175 mobile phones to members of the community policing committees (CPCs), in Eastern Province, to ease communication. Addressing hundreds of local leaders,…


Internet

BRCK Keeps The Internet On When The Power Goes Off, Even In Africa

Even in the developed world the power goes out, your internet provider goes down and Amazon Web Services occasionally crashes your favorite apps. What is an annoyance here can become…


Internet

Microsoft uses TV whitespaces to take broadband to Tanzanian universities

TV whitespaces are playing an increasingly important role when it comes to providing broadband to emerging market countries. The latest project to use the technology sees Microsoft partner up with…


Internet

Expresso ACE fibre cable ready for launch in Ghana this week

Expresso Ghana has landed the US$700 million 17,000km-long ACE fibre optic cable on the shores of Ghana.The cable is due to be launched in Ghana on May 10, 2013, so…


Internet

Epsilon and SEACOM ink interconnect deal to provide connectivity options for Africa

Epsilon Telecommunications has announced the signing of an interconnection agreement with privately owned telecoms service provider SEACOM, under which it will be able to offer its customers network connectivity to…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- Internet service provider Rawafed Libya has inked a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications to lease capacity on the latter’s KA-SAT satellite with a view to supporting IP trunking services…


Computing

IBM Opens Innovation Hub in Nairobi to Link Techies with Clients

US tech giant IBM has opened an innovation hub in Nairobi to match IT innovators with investors who will help develop the ideas commercially.The hub, which is the third in…


Computing

East Africa PC Market Shrinks in Q1 2013

The East Africa PC market, which covers Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, shrank 6.4% year on year to 207,385 units. These results were released by IDC, the premier global market…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has deployed an eCentre - an energy efficient and pre-fabricated data centre…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom South Africa has launched the HTC One smartphone. The phone is offered with Smart contracts and a bonus 250MB of data per month. With the Smart S plan, this…


Money Transfer

MasterCard to power Nigerian Identity Card Programme

13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards with electronic payment capability are planned to be rolled out in Nigeria. The pilot programme driven by Nigeria's National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UCC okays Airtel, Warid deal as subscribers are reassured

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has assured ‘former’ Warid Telecom customers of seamless continuity in products and services as it gives Airtel a green light to proceed with the acquisition…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SatADSL Raises 1 Billion Euroes To Increase Its African Expansion

 SatADSL, a Belgian Company providing satellite Internet access and communications service in Sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the successful completion of a capital increase aiming at financing its development over the…


Digital Content

GNA lands on biNu

Ghana News Agency (GNA) is now available through the free mobile application biNu as it bids to reach the large mobile audience. biNu is compatible with low-end web connected devices as…


Digital Content

RICTA to register 5,000 web domain names by 2016

The Rwanda Information Communication Technology Association (RICTA) targets to register about 5000 web domain names by 2016, following the re-delegation of Rwanda’s Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), “.rw” from…


Digital Content

SpryAds Wants To Be The Online Advertising Platform For Africa

SpryAds is a self-serve online advertising network for targeted ads in Africa built for website owners, individuals, companies and advertising,Accordingt o Richard Nyasha Kaseke of Spryads, “We are currently inviting…


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Money Transfer - In Brief

- Standard Chartered Bank has launched the first Digital Banking Branch in Kenya. The Electronic Banking Unit (EBU) dubbed ‘Breeze @ The Junction’ is a sales and self service virtual…


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Money News - In Brief

- Dimension Data, a South African firm has offered to buy local internet service provider AccessKenya for 3 billion shillings.the firm has made an open market offer for a 100…


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Events

Card, ATM & Mobile Expo Africa 201311 – 13 June 2013Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, NigeriaCard, ATM & Mobile Expo 2013 will showcase innovation and new differentiated products, bring about…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Google Kenya launches Doodle 4 Google competitionAs Kenya celebrates its 50th anniversary since independence in December, Google Kenya will launch the Doodle 4 Google 2013 competition, which will be open…