Issue no 670 30th August 2013

Top Story

African LTE momentum is building despite all the obstacles along the way

LTE will be a game changer in terms of how a significant number of Africans use their phones. Its implementation has been slow so far because of the many obstacles it faces: a shortage of devices, lack of appropriate spectrum and waiting to get back investment on 3G. But from our tracking it’s clear that a momentum is building up that will see LTE implementation as the big story on data in 2014. Russell Southwood looks at the current state of play.Since the beginning of 2013, I’ve been saying that there will be at least a dozen live LTE implementations…

Telecoms

Telecel subscribers told to register sim cards or risk disconnection in 3 days

Telecel Zimbabwe has issued a press release that says they have urged all subscribers whose SIM cards are not registered to do so within the next 3 days or risk…


Telecoms

Bharti Airtel Africa Data Growth to Quicken on Smartphones

Bharti Airtel the Indian wireless company with operations in 17 African countries, said data usage on the continent will accelerate after more than doubling in the year through June.“We do…


Telecoms

Sudan considers MVNO

Sources told TMT Finance that the regulator in Sudan has been holding discussions with external advisers over the possibility of allowing a new MVNO player to enter the market. It’s…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Tigo Senegal has successfully completed the identification of its entire mobile subscriber base, in compliance with the regulator, Agence de Regulation des Telecoms et Postes’ (ARTP’s), revised 18 August…


Internet

Intelsat, SoftBank Mobile conclude successful field trial of managed, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya

Intelsat and Japan-based SoftBank Mobile last week announced the successful trial of a cost-effective, rural 3G mobile phone service in Kenya. Intelsat supported the demonstration through capacity on the Intelsat…


Internet

Namibia's Wi-Fi Rollout Not Encouraging

Wi-fi in Namibia is not as widespread as one would hope, with some hotspots in and around the capital's city centre, the bigger hotels and elsewhere around the country having…


Internet

“We are IPv6 ready!” AFRINIC and Teraco on joint training for Network Access Providers

Teraco Data Centre Environments co-hosted an IPv6 training with AFRINIC (The African Network Information Centre), the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa, on 20 – 23 August 2013. AFRINIC is…


Internet

States Get 12 Months To Switch To Nigeria’s Internet Address

As part of measures to ensure Nigeria plants its feet firmly on the cyberspace, all the 36 states governments and their agencies have been given till August 18, 2014, to…


Internet

A Tiny Island Finally Connects To The World Wide Web

Sandwiched between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda, the island of Idjwi had no Internet access until last month. Host Scott Simon speaks with Jacques Sebisaho, a doctor…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Google Africa has expanded the YouTube partner programme to Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda, following the launch of YouTube domains in those countries. The YouTube partner programme enables content producers…


Computing

UWE students refurbish computers for west Africa charity

Students from Bristol have refurbished computers for use in internet cafes in west Africa as part of a charity drive.The project is the initiative of Bristol-based charity Deki which helps…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has reportedly defied the ruling of telecoms regulator the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to reverse its latest…


Money Transfer

Kenya Airways Launches Mobile Money Ticketing Option

Leading African flyer, Kenya Airways and Uganda’s leading Mobile Money service provider, MTN Uganda have partnered to launch an additional payment option that allows customers to pay for the airline’s…


Money Transfer

Jumia announces launch of mobile app for Android users

JUMIA has launched its App in Nigeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Kenya. JUMIA’s App is available for all Android phones – enforcing m-commerce in Africa. With their new app, JUMIA’s…


Money Transfer

Blue Label to roll out POS to rural regions

South Africa-based Blue Label Telecom plans to distribute about 10,000 partly subsidised point-of-sale (POS) terminals across rural areas over the next year, following the successful launch of its Rechaja Mo…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huawei and Warid at odds in Cote d’Ivoire

A long-running dispute between Warid Telecom and Huawei continues to rumble on in Cote d’Ivoire, where the pair are at odds over existing debts owed for the rollout of Warid’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt's Mobinil negotiating LE2.5 bn loan

Egyptian mobile carrier Mobinil is negotiating a LE2.5 billion ($357m) syndicated loan with four banks, the company said in a statement to the stock exchange on Wednesday.The loan would be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Datacentrix acquires eNetworks

Datacentrix said on Tuesday it had bought eNetworks, an internet service and networks specialist, but did not disclose the amount paid for the company.Datacentrix has been seeking acquisitions to strengthen…


Digital Content

'Parlons-en!': free speech for all in DRC

With almost 17,000 members, the Facebook group Parlons-en! (‘Let’s talk!’) gives young Congolese a platform to enjoy their freedom of expression and contribute to democracy in the DRC (Democratic Republic…


Digital Content

Kenya: Farmers to Know Market Prices Via SMS

A new technological invention aimed at helping farmers to access information on markets has been launched in Laikipia. The Sokopepe marketing system will enable farmers and other producers meet buyers…


Digital Content

Registry calls on African countries to apply for domain names

The ZA Central Registry is calling on African governments to apply for certain internet domain names reserved for national interests before the general registrations are opened.In 2011, the Internet Corporation…


Digital Content

Google to add more African languages to Google Translate

Search engine giant Google already has 71 languages in their highly-successful Google Translate service, and it seems that a number of African languages are gearing up to be added to…


Digital Content

Optician's clinic that fits a pocket

The World Health Organization says 285 million people are blind or visually impaired.The reason is often simple and easy to treat. A pair of glasses or cataract surgery can transform…


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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

Telecommunications company Bharti Airtel Ltd. has hired a former executive of rival MTN Group to head its loss-making operations in Africa. Christian de Faria will first take charge of Anglophone…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Google kicks off ‘Africa Connected’ CompetitionGoogle is calling on entrepreneurs, creators, innovators and web-lovers in Nigeria and across Africa to share their stories of how the web has transformed their…