Issue no 673 20th September 2013

Top Story

Vodacom Lesotho Launches M-Pesa and reaches a critical mass of users in three months

Lesotho is the fifth African market that Vodacom has launched M-Pesa in and it’s been learning the lessons from the other countries it has rolled out in. It has sought to ramp up numbers fast to get a critical mass and then switch to encouraging transactions. Muchangwe Ferrao looks at how Vodacom tackled the M-Pesa launch.You still hear wiseacres telling you that outside of Kenya m-money transfers have not really taken off. Perhaps their failure in the rather different circumstances of South Africa has something to do with it. M-money transfers are succeeding as a product in Kenya, Tanzania and…

Telecoms

Telecel switches off 100,000 unregistered SIM cards

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile phone operator by subscriptions Telecel has switched off nearly 100,000 lines after the country’s telecoms regulator issued a directive ordering players to disconnect unregistered lines.Responding to…


Telecoms

Expresso JV Dolphin Telecom to land ACE cable in Nigeria

Dolphin Telecom, a global communications carrier and operator of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system in West Africa, has announced at the NigeriaCom conference and exhibition that…


Telecoms

Airtel Zambia, Zamtel networks collapse

Widespread network disruptions have been experienced in Zambia this week following the collapse of Airtel and Zamtel networks.Airtel Zambia, the country’s largest network, has said that it has been having…


Telecoms

Mobilis, Nedjma, Djezzy approved for 3G auction

Algeria’s telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (ARPT) held a public bid opening for the award of 3G licences in Algeria on 15 September 2013, in the…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NATCOMS to Institute Legal Action against Telecoms Operators over QoS

The National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS) has chosen to take the last option of instituting court action against MTN, Globacom, Airtel and Etisalat, after all negotiations failed.NATCOMS said it…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Comium Liberia, which was taken over by new investors in July 2012, has announced that it has relaunched under the ‘Novafone’ banner, with coverage of around 85%-90% of the…


Internet

Liquid Telecom signs partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL)

The Liquid Telecom Group has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) to interconnect with its fibre network in Tanzania.Liquid Telecom Kenya has…


Internet

LTT signs ADSL-2 internet contract with Alcatel

Libyan telecommunications company LTT signed a €2.3-million contract with the French company Alcatel-Lucent in Tripoli for the third stage of the development of ADSL-2 internet services in a number of…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- The Wireless Access Provider’s Association (WAPA) last week announced a 25% increase in its membership for the year ended. “The increase in our membership to 164 dynamic wireless operators…


Computing

Kenya IT hubs launched for primary schools

Eighteen digital hubs for Kenyan primary schools, allowing pupils access to computers and the internet, have been officially launched.Funded by the British council and Microsoft, they are intended to serve…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- Nairobi: Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said last week preparations for the class one laptop project will be completed by the end of September. He said a pilot exercise…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN has clarified a press statement it sent out yesterday, which claimed "lowest international call rates to key African destinations" had been introduced for cash-strapped consumers contending with "financially strenuous…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: Travellers to buy bus tickets using Tigo Cash

People travelling to upcountry destinations are now able to pay their fares using Tigo’s mobile money service, Tigo Cash.“The facility will help all subscribers registered on the Tigo Cash mobile…


Money Transfer

Enthusiasm For Mobile Money In Togo Spills Out Onto Street

The only time banks get people dancing in the U.S. is in cheesy commercials. Not so in Togo, where Biz Tech Africa reports Moov sales agents were dancing on a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libya to allow private mobile phone company to operate

Plans to open the Libyan mobile phone market to the private sector have taken a step forward with the announcement by Communications Minister Osama Siala that a tender will be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KT considers bid for 35% TT stake, Tunisiana secures USD133m loan

South Korea’s KT Corp has announced that it is in the early stage of talks to purchase a 35% stake in state-backed telco Tunisie Telecom (TT) from Emirates International Telecommunications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom to Increase Capital Spending as It Rolls Out Cable

Safaricom Ltd., Kenya’s biggest company by market value, plans to increase capital expenditure by 8 percent for the fiscal year through March as it extends cable to meet demand for…


Digital Content

Announcement: Top 10 entrepreneurs selected for VC4Africa’s September Cohort

Africa’s venture capital community VC4Africa announced its new cohort of 10 top fundraising entrepreneurs: The Able Wireless Company, FastCashier, Kiro’o Games, LPM/L’Espace, Mellowcabs, MMABON’, Mobile Charging Kiosk, My eCampus, Rethink…


Digital Content

Kenya to host Vodafone Appstar challenge

Kenya has been selected to play host to the second edition of the Vodafone Appstar Challenge, an international contest targeting mobile app developers from South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and…


Digital Content

Nigerian Senate approves ‘spying’ bill

Despite opposition from civil and human rights groups, members of the Nigerian Senate have unanimously approved the bill seeking to empower relevant security agencies in the country to intercept communications…


Digital Content

Wiki Africa placing SA on the map

Cape Town - Wikipedia is today what the encyclopedia was about 20 years ago. But when it comes to the South African story, there are still many digital pieces missing.In…


Digital Content

ElWafeyat: Online Obituaries

ElWafeyat is a new online service that aims to help you during the most difficult times in life. Dealing with the passing of a loved one is never easy, and…


Digital Content

Meet The Mobile Apps Streaming Music To Africa

Africa’s mobile telecom market is second only to Asia in scale, and it’s growing almost as fast, Quartz reports. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, mobile penetration is expected to reach 75%…


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