Issue no 667 8th August 2013

Top Story

Mobile incumbents start to make early moves towards an all-data future by targeting online transactions and services

Vodafone’s contested acquisition of Kabel Deutschland was highly publicized and is but one high-profile move by one of the former “masters of the universe” to address the all-data future. Two similar things have happened in Africa that are closer to home.  Firstly, Millicom invested in Rocket Internet’s African companies and MTN pledged a wodge of cash for Amadeus Ventures’ for investment in online and mobile applications and services.When it comes to content and services, Africa’s mobile users have by and large not voted for content and services that are offered and run by mobile operators. As ever mPesa remains the…

Telecoms

Telecel Zimbabwe Licence Renewed

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has renewed Telecel Zimbabwe's operating licence after the country's second mobile phone company made a commitment to comply with a requirement to…


Telecoms

Nedjma to take part in Algeria’s 3G licence auction

Qatari telecoms group Ooredoo, which holds the controlling stake in Moroccan cellco Wataniya Telecom (Nedjma), has expressed its full support for the recently launched 3G licence auction in Algeria. Ooredoo’s…


Telecoms

South Africa: Neotel seeks unbundling timelines

Neotel has written to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) asking for clarity on possible delays to the process of unbundling Telkom’s local loop.This comes after Icasa agreed…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Senate Chair on Privatisation resists guided liquidation of NITEL

The Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL)'s liquidation imbroglio is far from being over as the federal government is yet to reach a compromise with the Senate which still maintains that the…


Telecoms

South Africa: Knott-Craig testifies in Vodacom case

Former Vodacom group CEO Alan Knott-Craig contradicted himself under questioning over who invented the “Please call me” service while testifying in the high court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, according to…


Telecoms

Only Liberalisation Can Redeem Ethiopian Telecom

There seems to be no service that Ethiopians of all colours complain about more than telecommunications. A sector destined to live under the reign of the restructured ethio telecom monopoly,…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NATCOMS Pushes for N595 Billion Compensation for Poor Service QualityNigeria: NATCOMS Pushes for N595 Billion Compensation for Poor Service Quality

The National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS) is calling for immediate compensation of N595 billion for all the 119 million subscribers across all networks, for various inconveniences they had suffered…


Telecoms

In Brief

- Senegalese telecoms regulator Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes (ARTP) has extended the deadline for mandatory SIM card registration to 18 August 2013 from 31 July 2013, in…


Internet

ACE cable now operational in Sierra Leone

Station Manager at the Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SLCL), Claudius John, has said that the fibre optic station has been operational since it was commissioned by President Ernest Bai Koroma…


Internet

Forum On Internet Governance in Angola Serves for Integration of Ideas

The 2nd Forum on Internet Governance in Southern Africa is expected to serve for upgrading and integration of ideas, aiming for the development of the sector in SADC region.This was…


Internet

Internet Firms Oppose Hike On Service Tax in Tanzania

Internet service providers in Tanzania have raised concern over the newly introduced 14.5 per cent excise duty on internet services, saying the new tax will inflate the internet costs in…


Internet

In Brief

- The Liquid Telecom Group announced that it has been appointed the official connectivity provider for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.  The Assembly will take place…


Computing

Government of Kenya Seeks Laptop Suppliers for Public Schools

The government has started the search for companies to supply laptops for primary school pupils with a budget of up to Sh17.4 billion in the next one year. The ministry…


Computing

XRX Technologies Launches Connectkey in Kenya

XRX Technologies recently introduced ConnectKey, a software system embedded in Xerox multifunction printers (MFPs) and a set of solutions that respond to an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for…


Computing

Government of Kenya to Consult Industry On E-Learning Over Laptop Project

The Government through the Kenya ICT Trust Fund plans a forum with private industry players to discuss how to integrate e-learning in schools.The conference will provide a platform for educators…


Computing

In Brief

-Kenya: The Zoop Company limited has extended its SchoolPesa service to Valentine Elite School to enable parents pay tuition fees. Parents would have access to the receipts of their payment…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Rates, Offers and Coverage

-Airtel Zambia has registered 1.3 million subscribers for Airtel Money of which more than 60 per cent are active users. Ms Lumpa said the company targeted to reach half-a-million transactions…


Money Transfer

Barclays Kenya to Offer Clients Bulk M-Pesa Payment Solution

Barclays Bank has partnered with mobile telephony service provider-Safaricom to offer a mobile banking service that enables corporate clients to disburse bulk payments such as salaries, dividend payments, per diem…


Money Transfer

Western Union Partners eTranzact on Mobile Payment in Nigeria

The Western Union Company and eTranzact International Plc have announced the launch of a new mobile money transfer service. A statement Monday explained that consumers in Nigeria that use the…


Money Transfer

Zain Group to offer eServGlobal mobile money solution

Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain has entered into a partnership with Paris-based software vendor eServGlobal to provide its customers across Africa and the Middle East with end-to-end mobile money transfer services.…


Money Transfer

Orange Kenya Airtime Now Available On Safaricom's M-Pesa

Orange Kenya users can now buy airtime via rival Safaricom's M-Pesa. The functionality, offered by PesaPal, will be of help to users who might have challenges getting outlets stocking Orange…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telkom Mobile MD claims ‘No sense in Cell C deal’

Telkom MD Attila Vitai says that a hypothetical deal between Telkom and Cell C, that would see the former acquiring the latter, would not make sense for Telkom. This came…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom’s Neotel Acquisition Plans “progressing well”

Vodacom is currently performing due diligence on Neotel following successful acquisition discussions between the companies. This is according to two independent industry sources close to the negotiations.In May 2013 MyBroadband…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

At N$2, Leo Was a 'Handy Gift' for Telecom Namibia

Telecom Namibia, which acquired second biggest mobile operator, Leo in November last year, for a paltry N$2 says the deal was a "handy gift" ahead of its 20 years anniversary.Speaking…


Digital Content

SleepOut.com of Kenya named among the world's top 50 early stage startups

Kenya-based accommodation marketplace SleepOut.com has been named among the world's top 50 early stage startups in the run up to WebSummit 2013 to be held on October 30th and 31st…


Digital Content

Dateme Kenya - Online Dating for the Busy Professionals in Kenya

If you're a single professional living in Kenya looking for a little romance but too busy or shy to troll the bars, coffee shops and other cliched meeting spots for…


Digital Content

New Nigerian music app for music and video downloads on Google Play now

iROKING, Nigeria’s number one music streaming and download service, is now on Android. Launched officially this week, the App, now in the Google Play store, has been designed to make…


Digital Content

Africa Mobile Specialist Every1Mobile partners with One.Org to mobilise 10,000+ young Africans across the Continent

Every1Mobile (E1M) announced today the initial results of their partnership with ONE, the advocacy and campaigning organization co-founded by Bono, on the issue of increased transparency in African healthcare. The…


Digital Content

Vehicles in Tanzania to be Registered Online

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has launched an electronic system that requires motor vehicle fees be paid online."Payments through mobile money will be very safe to clients and this means…


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Events

The Social Media Week Lagos Team is excited to announce that our official schedule is now LIVE and registration is open!  At present we have 84 events scheduled and will…


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People

ICT device assembling giant, Rlg Group, has appointed Tara Squire as Country Manager for Rlg Communications (Ghana) Limited effective July 22, 2013. He takes over from Roland Agambire who becomes…


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Opportunities

Senior Quality Assurance EngineerCape Town, Western Cape, South AfricaA highly successful international payment management company, is looking for the best of the best Senior Quality Assurance Engineer to join their…