Issue no 666 1st August 2013

Top Story

Bozza steps up its game to become a platform for new African talent – 300,000 users without marketing

No-one has ever said that Africa is short of potential creative talent – in music, film and writing – but until recently it has lacked the channels through which newcomers can project what they do. Bozza’s digital platform aims to take talent from the slum or township and allow it to connect with potential audiences. Russell Southwood talked to Emma Kaye about how she sees Bozza developing.Late last year Bozza closed its second round of funding with investment from Omidyar, Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa and an individually wealthy investor. For Emma Kaye, the company’s CEO this provided the runway to…

Telecoms

Ethiopia signs $700 mn mobile network deal with China's Huawei

Ethiopia has signed a $700 million agreement with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce high-speed 4G broadband network in the capital Addis Ababa and…


Telecoms

Kenya: Safaricom wins legal dispute over 3G licence

Safaricom has reportedly won a two-year legal battle with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) relating to claims that it over-paid for its October 2007 3G licence. Following Safaricom’s USD25…


Telecoms

Nigerian telcos blocking MNP face ‘punishment’

Punishments could be dished out to mobile network operators if they are found guilty of ‘frustrating’ the country’s mobile number portability (MNP) exercise.This is according to the Nigerian Communications Commission…


Telecoms

Libya Telecoms and Broadband service expanding at steady pace considering new telecoms law

In post-rebellion Libya, the telecoms are up and working and more fiber optic linkages are being established to improve efficiency, but policy makers want to see the telecoms entities devolve…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Regulator bans international texts to Zimbabwe phones during election

Zimbabwe's telecoms regulator is reported to have issued a ban on international text messages being accepted by the country's mobile networks during the national elections for a new President.A number…


Telecoms

NCC: MTN Nigeria hit by largest number of porting subscribers

MTN Nigeria has suffered the biggest hit by recording 49 per cent of overall subscribers that switched service providers under the recently-introduced Mobile Number Portability (MNP) scheme, according to figures…


Telecoms

In brief

- Angolan cellco Unitel has launched the ‘4Afrika’ smartphone, a Huawei-built model based on the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system pre-loaded with applications designed by African developers and targeted at…


Internet

Microsoft to connect schools in South African white-spaces project

Microsoft is expanding the push for so-called “white spaces” broadband to South Africa, where it will help to deploy the technology in a pilot project serving five primary and secondary…


Internet

MFWA commences Internet Freedom project

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commenced a long-term advocacy to promote internet freedom in the West Africa region.The project is aimed at enhancing freedom of expression online…


Internet

Zambia: Africonnect Spreads Wings

Africonnect, a local internet service provider will spend about US$7 million to expand connectivity throughout the typically underserved regions of Zambia in the next 18 months.AfriConnect managing director Matt Madzima…


Internet

Cybercafés in Nairobi dwindle as Internet-enabled phones rise

Vincent Nzesa sits in his cybercafé in Donholm, a suburb on the east of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, whiling away time as he waits for customers, with his eyes fixing at…


Internet

In brief

 South African-backed Bidvest Namibia Information Technology is the latest company to apply to the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) for a technology- and service-neutral (Comprehensive) telecoms network operating licence…


Computing

Ghana: Tecno Launches Phantom Pad

Tecno Ghana has launched the latest addition of its line of smart products, with the unveiling of the new Phantom PAD.The Phantom PAD offers an excellent combination of a phone…


Computing

Nigeria: Time Now to Embrace Cloud Computing, Say EMC Officials

As cloud computing gains ground worldwide, Regional Manager for West Africa, EMC Corporation, Rasheed Jimoh, has argued that since Nigeria has automatically become the business hub of many local and…


Computing

In brief

Monrovia — A project aiming to provide high school students with the needed and most recent academic materials has been launched in Liberia. The Project is being launched by the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Safaricom has unveiled a new internet bundle targeted at the youth dubbed 'chattitude'. The product which is targeted at the youth will enable customers access social networking sites for…


Money Transfer

Equity Bank, Airtel Kenya partner on m-commerce

Equity Bank and Airtel Kenya have entered into a partnership that will offer comprehensive mobile commerce solutions to their customers in Kenya, through Airtel Money.The service, available to all Equity…


Money Transfer

SA mobile money flop prompts new models

 Local industry players are looking to other models formobile money transfer solutions, amid the failure of these to take off in SA - in stark contrast to otherAfrican countries where…


Money Transfer

Nomanini - A little orange box is spreading economic opportunities across Africa

A little orange box that started in South Africa is now making it’s up across the continent.Nomanini is a social enterprise company that sells a “business in a box.” The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa's IHS Towers Secures $522 Million for Expansion

African tower network operator, IHS Towers say that it has raised US$522 million in fresh debt and equity, led by new and existing lenders and shareholders.The combined transaction, which represents…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SES, Portugal Telecom ink capacity renewal deals

Satellite operator SES has signed two capacity renewal deals with Portugal Telecom to meet connectivity demands across the Archipelago of the Azores and the Portuguese-speaking African countries. Under the terms…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kuwait Zain Q2 net profit falls 14%

Kuwaiti telecommunications operator Zain reported a 14% fall in its second-quarter net profit on Sunday to 61 million dinars ($214 million), mainly because of a currency loss in Sudan, according…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Track election results online

As the Zimbabwean elections draw to a close and vote counting starts across the Southern African nation, voters and citizens will be waiting with baited breath for the results to…


Digital Content

Vodafone Egypt assures security of its “tracking” technology

Vodafone announced it is capable of providing users Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) tracking services with the highest available level of security to protect both their data and privacy.A representative for…


Digital Content

Using technology to conquer harassment in Egypt: A look at HarassMap

When we see major social problems around us continue to grow, we can either ignore them, deny them, or face them head on to find solutions using whatever resources we…


Digital Content

Sudan army spokesman ready to fight Facebook impostor

Sudan’s military spokesman is ready to battle a Facebook imposter who has been making online comments about the country’s armed forces, official media say.Somebody has been using an account on…


Digital Content

Zimbabwean regulator 'blocks' bulk SMS as election nears

Authorities in Zimbabwe have allegedly blocked an organisation, which distributes civil society and human rights information, from sending bulk SMS messages in the country.The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, which incorporates…