Issue no 657 31st May 2013

Top Story

Google and Microsoft pitch TV White Spaces as a way to wring out more spectrum and beat the digital divide in rural areas

Around 100 people have gathered this week in Dakar to attend an event jointly co-hosted by Google and Microsoft to look at how TV white Spaces and the technology that can use it will make a contribution to the continent’s access to cheaper Internet. Not since the heady days of African ISPs lobbying for international fibre bandwidth has there seemed to be such a head of steam around a particular issue. Russell Southwood looks at what’s promised and what might be delivered.For all the rhetoric about Pan-African unity, the continent is a very divided place in terms of which people…

Telecoms

Ethiopia to sign mobile network deals with ZTE, Huawei

Ethiopia will sign agreements with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in a "few weeks" to expand its mobile phone infrastructure and double subscribers to 40 million, a…


Telecoms

Bloem students plug into 'Solar Flower'

The Central University of Technology, in South Africa’s Free State, has developed a solar-powered charging station that is now set for further roll-out.The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, at…


Telecoms

BIO-key biometric tech implemented for Nigerian SIM registration

SW Global, an IT services provider in Africa, is implementing BIO-key's fingerprint biometric technology as part of the Nigerian SIM card registration programme, targeting the more than 110 million SIM…


Telecoms

Uganda: Sim Card registration deadline: Telecoms want more time

The clock is ticking to the deadline of the Sim Card registration exercise this week on Friday but telecoms companies still want more.  The companies, MTN, Orange, Airtel, Warid, K2…


Telecoms

DRC: Tatem taps Star Solutions for rural expansion

Tatem Telecom, which launched its 800MHz CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2007, has enlisted Canada’s Star Solutions to expand its coverage…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

- Nigeria's Etisalat Nigeria is to carry out tests of personal energy devices powered by Intelligent Energy's fuel cell technology.- Ghana: RLG Communications Limited, a computer and mobile phone manufacturer,…


Internet

Google helps with tablet internet cafe concept trial in Senegal

Regular internet cafes, no, traditional internet cafes, feel so yesteryear. Yes, customers can come in with their own laptops and tablets for the WiFi, but the cafes still have desktops…


Internet

Zimbabwe’s fixed line market continues its decline

The number of fixed line users in Zimbabwe declined in the final three months of 2012, according to figures from regulator the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ).…


Internet

WIOCC wins 15-year contract from Dante in Africa

Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (Dante) has awarded a fifteen year contract to African wholesale carrier West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) for connectivity services in Southern and…


Internet

Internet – In brief

- The latest DMMA/Effective Measure statistics revealed that South Africa’s Internet users mostly speak English and Afrikaans at home. Effective Measure’s February 2013 demographics report showed that 66% of local…


Computing

Microsoft kicks off online privacy campaign

Microsoft has launched a widespread consumer campaign to increase the awareness of saving data on personal computers.The six-week campaign is designed to reach and educate technology users via television, the…


Computing

E-ready primary schools to be given priority in laptops programme

E-ready primary schools in Kenya will be prioritised in the Jubilee government’s free laptops programme, with 2,037 schools jumping to the front of the queue.  The Department of Education, Science…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Globacom has introduced the Glo Zero Facebook, an exciting new offer which gives subscribers on the Glo network access to Facebook pages on their mobile phones without paying data…


Money Transfer

Dynamic Market of Mobile Services Hit Cote d’Ivoire

A four-year program set up by IFC and The MasterCard Foundation is to contribute to the development and expansion of mobile financial services in the countryIFC and MasterCard launched the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Essar settles dispute with KDN

Kenya mobile operator Essar Telecom has agreed to pay Kenya Data Networks (KDN) KES46 million (USD531,000), ending a court dispute between the two companies over unpaid fees for backhaul transmission…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Three prequalify for NITEL liquidation

Nigeria’s Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) has approved three companies to bid for the planned liquidation of ailing fixed line incumbent Nigeria Telecommunications (NITEL) and its mobile arm M-Tel. Local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat shareholders give backing for Moroccan bid

UAE-based telco Etisalat has received shareholder backing to seek external funding to finance its bid for a 53% stake in Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom. Etisalat shareholders were asked to approve…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe's Econet says full-year profit falls 16 pct

Zimbabwe's largest mobile telephony company, Econet Wireless, reported a 16 percent drop in full-year net profit, pulled lower by growing financing costs.Econet Wireless said net profit fell to $140 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results - In Brief

- Data services company AccessKenya has declared a 20 percent increase in net profit from Sh101 million in 2011 to Sh131 million for the year ended 2012.


Digital Content

Kenya: Online portal targets cooperatives

The government has started a campaign to increase the use of technology by cooperative societies.  In a circular to county cooperative commissioners, the national deputy Cooperatives Commissioner Philip Gichuki said…


Digital Content

Innovative CocoaLink Mobile Technology Program Expands to Cote d’Ivoire

The Hershey Company (HSY) announced today that its innovative mobile phone program, CocoaLink, is expanding to Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), which is the world’s largest producer of cocoa. CocoaLink helps…


Digital Content

Tunisia's MobiSpot serves up video advertising to users without smartphones

In 2012, the Middle East and North Africa had the second largest number of YouTube videos views worldwide. Saudi Arabia led the region, boasting the highest number of YouTube video…


Digital Content

Global Hack for Good to connect refugees, families

To raise awareness of the plight of refugees, and find new ways to reconnect refugee families in some of the most remote areas in the world, Ericsson and Refugees United…


Digital Content

Kenya: Olivine Technology, Web Tribe, Iridium and Duma Win Connected Kenya Innovation Awards

Olivine Technology, with a solution that offers Automated System Inventory Manager(ASiM), is the winner of the Google Innovation Awards at the 2013 Connected Kenya conference. The Innovation awards are awarded…


Digital Content

Facebook character stirs up Zimbabwe

Is it a practical joke? A laughable ego trip? A crude piece of opposition propaganda? Or the first real insight that Zimbabweans have been offered into the inner-workings of the…


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