Issue no 663 12th July 2013

Top Story

Africa’s mobile media moves beyond ringtones, football scores and news headlines

Everyone will nod quickly at the idea that the mobile is Africa’s device of choice but people have been much slower to realize the implications for mobile media. Algy Williams, CEO, Every1Mobile is publishing seven mobile channels (what in old media speak you might have called magazines) on everything from sex and relationships to creative writing. What marks it out as unusual is that it has already gathered sizeable loyal readerships for each of these channels across Africa. Russell Southwood talked to him last week.Algy Williams spotted the mobile media opportunity in 2010:”These kinds of audiences in Africa were almost…

Telecoms

Alcatel-Lucent and Surfline Communications Ltd deploy 4G LTE network in Ghana

Alcatel-Lucent and Surfline Communications Ltd have announced they will deploy a 4G LTE network in Ghana. Alcatel-Lucent will provide hardware and software, along with installation, optimization, maintenance and managed services,…


Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania to Disconnect Nearly Half a Million SIM Cards

Vodacom Tanzania is to cut off nearly half a million SIM cards as a deadline for SIM card registration expires. The telecoms regulator mandated the 10th July as the deadline…


Telecoms

Somalia to get LTE, but targeted at military bases

Somalia is seemingly next on the African LTE watchlist, after it was revealed to HumanIPO.  A new entrant into the market has been granted a licence to roll out the…


Telecoms

Ambitel pays USD 0.5 mln to Sierra Leone's NATCOM

Ambitel Sierra Leone, an affiliate of Libya's LapGreen Networks, says it has paid USD 0.5 million to the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) and that all other relevant balance payments will…


Telecoms

Zambia’s telecoms regulator charges operators

Zambia’s regulator ZICTA has started criminal proceedings against all three cellphone operators in the country, saying they have failed to meet minimum quality standards.Deteriorating service by the local units of…


Telecoms

Cell C confirms ‘energetic’ uptake for Red Bull MVNO

South African wireless operator Cell C has revealed the subscriber numbers for Red Bull Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that piggybacks on its network. Jose Dos Santos, Cell…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Health workers across Sub-Saharan Africa have been equipped with Sony Xperia mobile devices for the improvement of the local community.Sony Mobile, Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Millennium Villages…


Internet

Gilat Satcom announces non-stop coast-to-coast fiber redundancy in Africa

Next week at the Great Rift Valley ICT summit taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 17-18, 2013, Gilat Satcom will unveil a raft of new fibre routes in…


Internet

Sierra Leone parliament group questions ISPs over services

Members of Sierra Leone's Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Information and Communications have questioned the Diakem Investments, Ketraco and Thomas Global Technology (TGT) ISPs after concerns raised by the public regarding…


Internet

Rwanda: ICT On Wheels As Jaguar Buses Get Wi-Fi Internet

A regional bus company has installed Wi-Fi connection on their fleet, an effort officials said will go a long way in upping service delivery to travellers. Jaguar Executive Coaches said…


Internet

NIRA Moves to Drive Domain Name with Security Extension

Determined to increase the number of .ng Domain Name users from its current 40, 000 to 100, 000 by the end of the year, President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIRA),…


Internet

Internet Solutions lights up WACS bandwidth

Internet Solutions (IS) announced that it has connected Namibia (through its local implementation partner, ITN) and Nigeria to the West Africa Cable System (WACS).The company also plans to light up…


Internet

Morocco: Inwi launches pilot Wi-Fi service in El Jadida

Moroccan network operator Inwi (Wana) has launched a pilot outdoor Wi-Fi service in El Jadida, one of the largest cities in Morocco. The free ‘Wifi7dak’ service is said to be…


Internet

Zimbabwe UNWTO 2013: Econet to launch 4G LTE services in Victoria Falls

Econet Chief Marketing Office, Isaiah Nyangari, announced last week that Econet will be rolling out LTE services in Zimbabwe’s tourist town of Victoria Falls, where this year’s United Nations World…


Internet

Tunisia: Article 19 expresses “grave concerns” about Internet freedom

Between February 2012 and February 2013, Article 19 analysed the state of Internet freedom in Tunisia. In particular, we examined the compatibility of the Tunisian legal framework governing the Internet…


Internet

Humanitarian Communications in the Central African Republic: ISP coverage “very patchy”

"The security situation across the country is volatile," says Komi Amedjonekou, ICT Officer for the World Food Programme (WFP) in the Central African Republic (CAR). "It has improved in some…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- O3b Networks has announced a long-term capacity deal to provide high speed, low latency capacity to RCS-Communication, an internet service provider (ISP) in South Sudan. The agreement will lead…


Computing

MIMOS Partners Africa City Of Technology To Nurture Sudan's ICT Sector

Mimos Bhd, the national research and development (R&D) centre in information and communications technology (ICT), signed a memorandum of agreement with Sudanese Africa City of Technology (ACT) to establish a…


Computing

Dell sends solar powered lab to Nigeria to boost access to education and opportunities for the future

Computer giant Dell has announced its first solar powered lab in Africa to provide increased opportunities for learning to students with little or no access to technology or the Internet.The…


Computing

Kenya’s eLimu tablet could revolutionize education in Kenya

The eLimu tablet is engaging Kenyan primary school students in the learning process by shifting the way Kenyans think about education. By changing the approach to learning to a more…


Computing

Computers – In Brief

Gambia: The CountrySTAT, a web-based information technology system that allows gathering and monitoring of national and sub-regional food and agricultural data in compliance with international standards, was officially launched on…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Zimbabwe's Telecel is offering prepay credits of up to US$20 when a customer reactivates a dormant SIM Card.Namibia’s largest mobile network operator, MTC, has announced a massive reduction in its…


Money Transfer

Kipochi brings Bitcoin to Africa through M-Pesa

Kipochi just launched its Bitcoin transfer service in Kenya using M-Pesa as its running platform. This service would allow people across Kenya to send and receive funds abroad with extremely…


Money Transfer

Somaliland Network Activates Mobile Money Remittances From Overseas

Somaliland based mobile network, Telesom has launched a financial remittance service powered by a platform supplied by eServGlobal.Telesom operates a mobile money program in Somaliland called Telesom ZAAD. Launched in…


Money Transfer

Payvia Brings Carrier Billing Mobile Payments to Emerging Markets Through a Partnership with Mobile XL

Payvia, the leading direct carrier billing mobile payments and messaging provider, today announces a partnership to integrate its mobile payments technology with Mobile-XL, whose feature phone browsing platform provides access…


Money Transfer

IFC and Development Bank of Austria (OeEB) Supports Expansion of Mobile Banking in Rwanda

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced it will provide advisory services to Urwego Opportunity Bank to help it expand low-cost mobile financial services in Rwanda, especially…


Money Transfer

Kenya's Equity Bank partners with PayPal

Equity Bank has teamed up with PayPal to allow cash withdrawals in Kenya, Nairobiwire reported. This is the first time a Kenyan bank will directly allow PayPal users to withdraw…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Expiry of Telkom Kenya fibre deal may deepen Orange’s woes

Telkom Kenya’s financial woes look set to deepen after the expiry of a contract to exclusively manage and control the State-owned fibre-optic network, which earned the firm Sh250 million annually…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Morocco wants local partner for Maroc Telecom deal-sources

Morocco wants Gulf telecom operator Etisalat to take on a local partner as a condition of backing its bid for a 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom, three sources familiar…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WBS near to deal with MTN, Vodacom

iBurst parent Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) may be close to signing a deal with either Vodacom or MTN to build a national 4G broadband network based on long-term evolution (LTE)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Deal Talks With Reliance Communications Said Stalled

MTN Group Ltd, Africa’s largest mobile operator, and Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCOM) of India have put talks to link up on hold, according to three people with knowledge of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Deal Talks With Reliance Communications Said Stalled

MTN Group Ltd, Africa’s largest mobile operator, and Reliance Communications Ltd. (RCOM) of India have put talks to link up on hold, according to three people with knowledge of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt in MVNO discussions with mobile operators

The chief executive of Telecom Egypt (TE) has revealed that the company ‘is in talks with mobile operators’ about potential wholesale deals, which would allow fixed line telco TE to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Firm to retain AccessKenya CEO after acquisition

The UK firm that is acquiring AccessKenya will retain Jonathan Somen as CEO for two years as the company prepares to merge its local subsidiary with the Nairobi bourse listed…


Digital Content

Mdundo.com and Microsoft Partnering to Provide Free Music to Africans

Mdundo.com, Kenya’s largest mobile app for legal music downloads, and Microsoft, have teamed up, allowing consumers who buy the $200 Huawei 4Afrika phone a premium Mdundo account for six weeks.…


Digital Content

Zambia: ISP Faces Backlash Over Blocked News Site

Zambian telecommunications company Airtel may be facing unintended consequences for allegedly having blocked access to popular citizen news website the Zambian Watchdog. For over a week, many people in the…


Digital Content

Africom’s Guroo: A VoIP game changer

AFRICOM, Zimbabwe’s converged telecommunications operator, has scored a first by launching the only real Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service in the country.After years of promises by mobile operators and…


Digital Content

Umati Final Report Released

A project by iHub Research and Ushahidi, Umati was born out of the influence social media was seen to have had on the 2007/8 post election violence. The Umati project…


Digital Content

Malawi: Virtual Offices Replacing Internet Cafes

As a strategy to survive on the business market, internet cafes are diversifying into virtual offices in the course of bypassing the smart-phone saturation which has caused the internet cafe…


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