Issue no 669 23rd August 2013

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VoIP services in Africa already driving the transition to data – video will accelerate that trend

For years VoIP services in Africa were the grey market in voice calling, which was seen as rather grubby by the mainstream operators. VoIP came of age with  widespread use of consumer apps like Skype and Viber which have continued to increase in popularity, particularly among high-end consumers. Now a corporate version of this kind of VoIP calling is being adopted by companies in Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to Marc Israel, Microsoft Office Division Director and reflects on what this means for traditional mobile operators.Skype has millions of users in Africa, although as elsewhere the number of paying customers is…

Telecoms

Ethiopia signs $800 mln mobile network deal with China's ZTE

Ethiopia signed an $800 million deal with China's ZTE last Sunday to expand mobile phone infrastructure and introduce an LTE network in the capital Addis Ababa and a 3G service…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: POTRAZ imposes price controls on Econet by stopping a 60% cut in user tariffs

Potraz, Zimbabwe’s telecommunications regulator, has reportedly forced the country’s largest mobile service provider, Econet, to reverse a 60% cut in user tariffs – a move that has been met with…


Telecoms

South Africa's Neotel Prepares for LTE Network Launch

South Africa's second landline operator, Neotel is planning a launch of its own LTE network with media invites sent to local journalists to attend an event on the 21st August.The…


Telecoms

Ghana MTN to compensate customers

Ghana’s largest mobile network, MTN, says it will offer a percentage of its service charge to compensate its subscribers who were affected by network disruptions last week.An e-mail in response…


Telecoms

South Africa: Rivals upset as MTN bids on spectrum the industry had ignored

Cellphone giant MTN appears to have stolen a march on its rivals, quietly applying for additional access to a little-known radio frequency spectrum that had been virtually ignored in the…


Telecoms

Telecoms In Brief

- Zimbabwe: TelOne, the country’s fixed line operator is aiming to recover US$50 million by year end through a debt collection campaign that started early this week. The company’s Chief…


Internet

Nigeria: Spectranet Launches 4G LTE Wireless Internet Services

Following the mandate from the newly released broadband policy by the Federal Government that service providers operating in the country should migrate to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, Internet Services…


Internet

Kenya: KDN changes Internet billing in recovery bid

Kenya Data Networks (KDN) will charge Internet subscribers for what they have used, as it fights to claw back market share in an increasingly competitive environment.KDN, like the rest in…


Internet

Nigeria: MTN Unveils Cloud Services for SMEs

MTN, Nigeria’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Company, has launched a Cloud Services in the country for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).The launch makes MTN the first telecommunications…


Internet

Internet In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers Econet Wireless has launched the first commercial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the country, ahead of the United Nations (UN)…


Computing

DHL observes changes in Africa’s technology market

Competition within the technology sector is becoming more intense and Asia’s importance as both a manufacturing location and a consumer market is growing. However, although Asia is still key to…


Computing

Raspberry Pi + Indiegogo = One Rural School In Swaziland Kitted Out With A Computer Lab

Most of the million plus US$25-35 Raspberry Pi microcomputers shipped to buyers to-date have been helping U.S.- and U.K.-based makers realise their electronics’ dreams. But the original mission of the…


Computing

Ontario vendor bringing solar-powered laptop to Africa

A Canadian company is hoping its take on a solar-powered, water-resistant laptop will give Africans a new computing solution.Launching Tuesday in Accra, Ghana, WeWi Telecommunications Inc.’s laptop is designed to…


Computing

Computing In Brief

- Kenya: Belgium has given a 10.5 million euro (Sh1.2 billion) loan for installation of communication technology infrastructure in both the county governments and the central government. The funding will…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Malawi's Airtel has had to disqualify a number of entrants to a big prize draw promotion it is running after they turned out to be employees or relatives of…


Money Transfer

South Africa: Standard Bank’s mobile customers hit 3 million

Standard Bank says its mobile banking customers have swelled to 3 million representing a 58% increase from the same period last year.Standard Bank says its mobile banking customers as at…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Airtel Money Enlists More Banks in Bid to Grow Mobile Transactions

Airtel Money is reaching our to more financial institutions and businesses to grow its market share in mobile transactions.The operator last week partnered with Equatorial Commercial Bank to enable the…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Safaricom Expands Mobile Money Service to Paying Home Rental Charges

Kenya's Safaricom has expanded its M-Pesa mobile money service so that it can be used to pay rent on houses and homes. Under the new scheme -- called Lipa Kodi…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SPARK Raises $2m For Nigerian Internet Startups

Lagos-based Internet group, SPARK has raised a $2 million investment from a syndicate of 17 international investors, based on a $10 million valuation for its network of Nigerian internet startups.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Namibia's Debt Ratings Put on a Negative Outlook

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Telecom Namibia Long-term local currency debt rating at 'BBB-' and National Long-term rating of 'A(zaf)'. The Outlooks are Negative.The affirmation continues to reflect the one notch…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Senegal's Sonatel books net profit of XOF91bn in H1 2013

Senegal-based fixed and mobile operator Sonatel, a 42.30%-owned subsidiary of the Orange Group, has reported consolidated net profit of XOF91.559 billion (USD186.5 million) for the first six months of this…


Digital Content

Congo-Brazzaville: Mapping logging activities in the forest

A new mobile software may help local communities in the region of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, manage their natural resources and monitor logging activities in the forest.The Extreme Citizen Science…


Digital Content

Uganda: Health Care Now On Your Phone

The Medical Concierge Group (TMCG), a partnership comprising doctors and entrepreneurs recently launched Uganda's first ever 24/7 health call centre.The centre is a platform where any one who needs medical…


Digital Content

Vodacom chairman linked to new e-commerce start-up

Vodacom Group chairman, Peter Moyo is one of the executives behind a new online venture in South Africa, Going.co.za, which sells assorted products at heavily discounted prices.South African born Paul…


Digital Content

Nelson Mandela's grandsons start social network for change

Two of Nelson Mandela’s grandsons have set up a social network in honour of their grandfather. Mandela.is will reportedly allow its users, called citizens, to connect, share inspirational photos, stories…


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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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Jobs & Opportunities

Web Developer / Programmer1    Company: Pamoja Media East Africa Ltd    Deadline: Wednesday 28th August 2013    Location: NairobiJob DescriptionPamoja Media East Africa is an online marketing agency that builds applications to…