Issue no 662 5th July 2013

Top Story

Hunting Africa’s newest Holy Grail – An affordable Internet and content device for the home

Up until now, the focus has largely been on seeing how the price of mobile phones (whether smart or feature phones) can come down to open access to different content and services to wider numbers of people. But the new Holy Grail is finding a cheap household or “on-the-go” device that can deliver both Internet and VoD content to households. Russell Southwood looks at the kind of projects that are coming forward to tackle this need.Whatever anyone tells you, Africans buy content. Go anywhere in an African city and you will find a market stall or small shop selling DVDs…

Telecoms

Somalia's Unregulated Telecoms Market Looks to Be Reined-In

Somalia could make its first attempt at regulating the mobile telecoms networks since the government of Siyad Barre was overthrown in 1991.The industry has been in a totally unregulated state…


Telecoms

Ghana To Impose 6% Tax On Mobile Calls

The Ghanaian government has submitted a bill to its parliament seeking to impose an additional 6% taxes on inbound international calls. Mobile telecom operators currently already pay a Communication Service…


Telecoms

Airtel Nigeria in retail partnership with Konga

Telecoms giant, Airtel Nigeria has partnered with online retail outfit, Konga, to offer consumers on the network a range of data services with the purchase of any Blackberry and smartphone…


Telecoms

Ethiopia Refuses to Liberalise the State Telecoms Monopoly

Ethiopia's Prime Minister has rejected calls for the state-monopoly in telecoms services to be broken, saying that the government needs the revenues to fund an unrelated railway project.Liberalisation of the…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Telecoms Operators Deactivate Unregistered Lines

With the expiration of the deadline for mobile phone users to register their Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) card on Sunday, telecoms operators have started deactivating unregistered numbers.The telecoms industry regulators,…


Telecoms

Liquid Telecom taps Ekinops for fibre rollout

Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of South Africa-based Econet Wireless Group, has enlisted French telecoms vendor Ekinops, to complete its fibre-optic network rollout in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Wholesale provider…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Kenya: The Nokia 208 will be available in single SIM and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. The Nokia 207 will be available as a single SIM option without a…


Internet

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation joins the Alliance for Affordable Internet

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has joined the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), a coalition of private sector, public sector, and civil society organisations dedicated to achieving affordable access to…


Internet

Burundi to get broadband connectivity in a month

Landlocked Burundi will have its own broadband connectivity in one month, allowing Burundians to access all the ICT benefits of broadband.Speaking in Nairobi, David Easum, CEO, of the Burundi Backbone…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Angola Cables, a joint venture of several Angolan telcos established to own and manage high speed bandwidth on international submarine networks, has signed an agreement with global network exchange…


Computing

East Africa: Sandisk Expands in Africa With Mitsumi

SanDisk, global leader in flash memory, has signed a distribution deal with Mitsumi, one of the largest and fastest growing IT distributors in Africa.Mitsumi will distribute to 22 countries in…


Computing

Nigeria: Main One Backs ICT Education in Secondary, Tertiary Institutions

Main One Communications Services Company has reiterated its determination to boost ICT, especially in secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.According to the company, it became interested in supporting ICT education…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- Inlaks, an ICT and Infrastructure solutions provider has announced its strategic partnership with Ramco Systems, an enterprise business application provider on cloud technology and solutions. At a seminar on…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Orange Kenya has launched a new mobile data bundle of 20MB for KES 20. The bundle has a validity of seven days. Orange has also reduced the prices of two…


Money Transfer

Malawi Government to Promote Use of Electronic Transactions

Malawi has announced a commitment to increasing the use of electronic based money services. Malawi's primary goals in shifting to e-money are to increase transparency, decrease costs, accelerate economic growth,…


Money Transfer

Uganda: New mobile payment solution from Imara to drive cashless transactions

You can now use your mobile phone to pay for your goods and services at specific points of sale, thanks to a new mobile payment solution that seeks to boost…


Money Transfer

Botswana: FNBB launches prepaid electricity service

The First National Bank Botswana (FNBB) has introduced additional payment channels that will allow customers to purchase electricity round the clock in collaboration with the Botswana Power Corporation's (BPC) super…


Money Transfer

Mahindra Comviva Announces Global Launch of its mobiquity payPLUS MPOS Solution

Mahindra Comviva last week announced the global launch of its payPLUS solution, powered by its award-winning mobiquity platform. An integrated payment solution, payPLUS works as a one-stop-shop for all requirements…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s First Bank, UN partner on mobile payments

Nigerian financial institution First Bank has partnered with the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to help roll out health services to formerly unbanked populations in the country.The bank has…


Money Transfer

Money - In Brief

- Libya based LAP Green Networks says that it has settled a dispute with Huawei over unpaid bills for network equipment supplied to its various subsidiary networks across Africa. LAP…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Djezzy Discovers IT Problem Overstated its Customer Base by 1.4 Million

According to the most recent financial statement from the company, it had recorded a customer base of 17.93 million at the end of March -- while its correct customer base…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: CCK to Collect Rural ICT Levy From This Month

Communications sector licensees will this month start remitting part of their revenue to the Universal Access Fund (USF) for investing in remote areas.The contributors include mobile operators, broadcasters, internet service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: MOAT warns: govt’s TZS1,000 monthly tax on SIM cards could affect up to eight million subs

Lobby group the Mobile Operators Association of Tanzania (MOAT) has warned that the government’s decision to levy a TZS1,000 (USD) monthly charge on every SIM card in the country, may…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom to Focus on Smaller Companies as Voice Sales Decline

Vodacom, South Africa’s largest wireless company, will increase its focus on small-to-medium-sized business customers to offset declining revenue from its domestic voice division.Vodacom Business will contribute as much as 25…


Digital Content

Maroc Telecom adds Berber voicemail interface

Maroc Telecom has added voicemail service in the Amazigh language, spoken by North Africa's Berber people, to complement its current provision of French and Arabic. Users can choose the language…


Digital Content

Twitter translates tweets from leading Egyptians

Tweets from leading Egyptians are being automatically translated as part of a new Twitter service for non-Arabic speakers.As Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday, non-Egyptians were able to…


Digital Content

Firm launches new IT solution to link Kenyan artisans to US market

If you happen to be in New York one of these days, you might see the residents donning the popular Maasai beaded belt or other ornaments associated with the Maasai…


Digital Content

Namibia’s one stop info shop goes live

Data usage in Namibia has taken on a different meaning with the recent launch of web solution virtually aggregating third parties information free to end users in real time.Designed by…


Digital Content

Mobile app links blood donors

LifeBank from Nigeria is the first mobile application that allows potential blood donors to match with those in urgent need of blood based on their location.The app is a result…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: New Electronic Voters' Roll Makes Inspection Easier for Zimbabweans

A group of organizations involved in the pro-democracy movement have created a website with an electronic voters' roll, after years of refusals from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to provide this…


Digital Content

Firms urged to adopt country’s .rw domain

Local institutions have been urged to adopt the country’s .rw Internet domain to promote local content and enhance their presence online.Didier Nkurikiyimfura, the ICT director at the Ministry of Youth…


Digital Content

South Africa: Zuma, Tutu to get smart ID cards

The first batch of smart ID cards will be issued to a list of eminent South Africans this monthThe first batch of smart ID cards will be issued to a…


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Events

App Promotion Summit 2013Accelerating your mobile application marketing strategyThursday, 11th July 2013Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, LondonThe App Promotion Summit is set to tackle the most important issue for mobile app…