Issue no 674 27th September 2013

Top Story

Balancing Act launches a new web TV channel – SmartMonkeyTV .com – out to capture the energy at the crossroads between culture and technology

Officially launched this week, SmartMonkeyTV.com will replace Balancing Act’s existing You Tube channel. It will be a hybrid channel with video clip interviews, e-letters and some other surprises from time to time. Below Russell Southwood sketches out why he decided to launch it and how Balancing Act’s existing readers will find it a useful addition to their weekly diet of information about Africa.(The bracketed items in italics are a selection of videos that illustrate what Smart Monkey TV covers and why you might be interested in it.)When I started Balancing Act in 2000 I was interested in online content and…

Telecoms

WTL’s Specialist Voice Switches Chosen By Five Of Nigeria’s Interconnect Exchange Carriers

World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced that its specialist high capacity voice switching equipment will be deployed by five of Nigeria’s interconnect exchange carriers.Licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission, the…


Telecoms

Smartphone Uptake Gaining Pace in Africa as IDC Tips Shipments to Double Over Next Four Years

Smartphone shipments to Africa were up 21.5% year on year for Q2 2013, according to the latest insights from International Data Corporation (IDC). Referencing its most recent Middle East and…


Telecoms

Telecel tells Econet subscribers to ‘move over’

Telecel Zimbabwe has upped its fight for mobile subscribers by targeting subscribers on rival operator, Econet Wireless’ network, telling them in a direct text message to “move over” to its…


Telecoms

Rwanda’s Mobile Charging Kiosk seeks US$250,000 to build 100 solar energy hubs

The Rwandan entrepreneur Henri Nyakarundi behind the renewable energy portable multiple mobile charging device “Mobile Charging Kiosk” is targeting substantial investment after making it into the VC4Africa September Cohort.Last week…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Vodafone Ghana Communications has set up a new health line, enabling Vodafone customers in the country to call and enquire about their health conditions. Twenty doctors and nurses have…


Internet

Mauritius leading nation in broadband provision

Mauritius has provided high-speed internet for households and businesses, pushing it ahead of the race for broadband provision in Africa.“This is a very important project for Mauritius Telecom in the…


Internet

Sudan Internet Cut Off As Protests Erupt Against Government In Khartoum

Sudan's internet connectivity abruptly stopped on Wednesday 25 September at 1300 UTC, according to RenesysAll internet connections to Sudan were cut off abruptly on Wednesday afternoon, after riots erupted in…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has teamed up with organisations to offer free Wi-Fi internet access in certain public spaces in Kigali. The initiative, called Smart Kigali, plans…


Computing

Samsung sets up smart school in Sudan

Samsung ElectronicsSamsung Electronics Africa has set up a smart school solution to transform teaching and learning in Sudan. (Image source: Samsung Electronics Africa)Samsung Electronics Africa has announced it has launched…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Nigeria: Micro-Station, a one-stop-shop for mobile phones, laptops and their accessories has extended its retail business to Victoria Island in Lagos, aimed at meeting the demands of phone users…


Money Transfer

Nigeria:FirstBank upgrades FirstMonie App for convenience, safety

First Bank of Nigeria Limited said it has upgraded its FirstMonie App for customers to experience fast, safe and convenient mobile money service from the bank.According to the bank, with…


Money Transfer

Sierra Leone: Africell Signs Agreement With America's Isend Mobile

Africell Sierra Leone and Gambia have signed an agreement with a leading U.S. electronic payment service expert,iSend to enable family members overseas to support other family members in Sierra Leone…


Money Transfer

Lycamoney, MTN and Bics launch UK-Ghana remittance corridor

In separate announcements on Wednesday, two MVNOs focused on mobile services for foreign nationals took the wraps off new payment services that make it easier to send money and buy…


Money Transfer

Econet expands mobile money platform

Econet Wireless says its undertaking an expansion of its mobile money service, EcoCash, in response to its dramatic and unexpected growth since its launch in September 2011. This will make…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa's Vodacom Faces Fresh Legal Challenges to 2008 Share Distribution

South Africa's Vodacom is facing fresh legal action over a 2008 divestment of shares to Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) groups.The losing consortium that had bid to participate in the BEE…


Digital Content

Nigerian fashion brand Mmabon launches e-commerce app and store, and raises capital to expand

Nigerian fashion brand Mmabon is launching a mobile app for all devices, enabling customers to buy its products much easier over the internet. The company has been selected to be…


Digital Content

Digital music in South Africa

New research finds that digital music sales will account for just 14% of South African recorded music retail sales by 2017.This is according to the Fourth South African edition of…


Digital Content

Al-Shabab Twitter Accounts Suspended

The social media site Twitter has again suspended the account of militant group al-Shabab, after the group posted messages about the deadly mall attack in Nairobi.Twitter first shut down the…


Digital Content

When There's No Emergency Phone Number, Kenya Tweets For Help

When al-Shabab gunmen attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall, Philip Ogola jumped to action – with a tweet.Ogola runs the Kenya Red Cross's social media command center, a cluster of computer screens…


Digital Content

Ping: a Tool for Families and Groups to Check-in During Emergencies

It’s been a hectic 4 days in Nairobi. The Westgate siege is now over, so the President tells us, though there will be a lot of cleanup and forensics to…


Digital Content

Yookos Launch Mobile Website For Non-Smartphones

Africa’s innovative social media company, Yookos, have launched a mobile website that can be accessed by any handset globally – including cell phones.The website (m.yookos.com) is a free social utility…


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People

Alcatel-Lucent appoints new MEA channel marketing headAlcatel-Lucent has expanded its enterprise channel support team with the appointment of Manish Punjabi as its new channel marketing manager for the Middle East…


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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…