Issue no 677 18th October 2013

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Central Africa: Some fibre network breakthroughs in the continent’s slow lane for development

African fibre development has a fast lane and a slow lane. The number of countries in East Africa that now have multiple redundant connections to neighbours and extensive national fibre backbones is growing. Among those in the slow lane, there has always seemed to be a disproportionate number of Central African countries, where fibre reach has remained limited and monopolies have kept prices high. Russell Southwood looks at how things might be changing for some of these countries.There are a cluster of countries in Central Africa which have not really understood what needs to be done to get cheap and…

Telecoms

Kenya: Orange Offers Wireless Landline Phone Service

Orange has announced the launch of a wireless fixed voice service targeting households and small office customers. Chief executive Mickael Ghossein said the pre-paid service will be provided via a…


Telecoms

Safaricom fights CCK over voice quality checks

Safaricom is headed for a clash with the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) over quality checks that will determine the renewal of its licence next year. The mobile telecoms firm…


Telecoms

Algeria awards 3G licences to all three bidders

Algerian telecom regulator ARPT has awarded 3G licences to the three candidates, Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis), Wataniya Telecom Algerie (Nedjma) and Orascom Telecom Algerie (Djezzy). The three existing operators met…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- On October 10, 2013, Balancing Act attended the 2nd Edition of "IT AFRIQUE- Investissement & Innovation" on 10 Octobre 2013 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The event gathered more than 120…


Internet

Affordable Internet through Satellite HotSpots

Maxwell Technology, a satellite-based communications and data solutions provider, has launched a satellite Hotspot solution. The Maxwell HotSpot solution is a unique offering for public facilities that require voucher or…


Internet

Kigali’s Internet revolution turns out to be real and real fast

A weekend trip to Kigali allowed a firsthand experience with the Rwandan Internet revolution, which is currently unfolding in the capital city but may eventually spread across the main urban…


Internet

Consolidation in Uganda’s overcrowded mobile sector, Internet growing at more than 200% per year

Uganda is one of the fastest and most consistently growing economies in Africa. The introduction of mobile telephony has revolutionised the country’s telecommunications industry, but with eight networks the market…


Internet

South Africa: Govt to launch online radio station

Government says an Internet-based radio station was chosen over a mainstream radio station because of the effectiveness, influence and listenership of Internet-based radio stations.The Department of International Relations and Cooperation…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- POTRAZ deputy director Alfred Marisa has reportedly announced that a new voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) service, offered by US-based VoIP service provider Zimfon over Zimbabwean converged services operator Africom’s network,…


Computing

Uganda wins Random Hacks of Kindness East Africa 2013

On the weekend of  October 5th - 6th 2013, 13 software developers came together at Outbox to participate in the Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) East Africa.The hackathon also had…


Computing

Kenya: Govt Cancels Laptop Tender Over Sh20 Billion Deficit

The government has terminated the primary schools laptop tender after the lowest bidder quoted Sh32 billion against an anticipated budget of Sh12 billion creating a deficit of Sh20 billion.This was…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- Kenya: Even as the government sets to roll out the laptop project next year, only 1,650 schools are connected to the national grid. Majority Leader in the National Assembly…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers & Coverage

Airtel launches Data Gift Service. CIMG Telecom Company of the year, Airtel, has announced a new product that allows Airtel prepaid users to purchase any data bundle for other users.With…


Money Transfer

VoX Deploys South Africa Local Numbers For Mobile Wallet Initiatives

Pervasip Corp.s  wholly-owned subsidiary, VoxCommunications, a cloud-based voice and video communications solutions, apps and services provider, has initiated a roll out of South Africa virtual numbers as the first phase…


Money Transfer

Dexter payment card malware strikes South Africa

South Africa has been hit by one of the biggest cyber-fraud attacks in its history, according to the body that oversees local financial transactions.The payment card systems of thousands of…


Money Transfer

KENYA : CBK seeks to limit cash limits for mobile money

The maximum amount of money that an individual can send per day through their phones may be slashed by half if new proposals by the Central Bank are effected.The draft…


Money Transfer

KENYA: Open a KCB account on M-Benki

As competition for innovative banking products gathers momentum, financial institutions are going further to make banking easier and more accessible to the unbanked population in Kenya.Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) is…


Money Transfer

iVeri's mPress Chip & PIN Mobile Payments Solutions Approved by Visa Ready Program

African payments provider iVeri's EMV chip-and-PIN mobile payments solution, MPress has been approved by the Visa Ready program. The approval applies for use within Visa Inc. territories.Visa Ready, introduced in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN to offload its BTS in Rwanda and Zambia

South African telco MTN has received the first round of bids for its base transceiver stations (BTS) in Zambia and Rwanda, TMT Finance reports. According to the article, MTN is…


Digital Content

Wolof 2.0: Spoken Languages in a Digital Age

In Senegal, French was traditionally the language of writing, Wolof the language of speaking. But, helped by mobile phones and the web, that is fast changing.At her three-storey family home…


Digital Content

SA reseller in dispute with Apple

Apple has demanded a South African reseller, The Notebook Company, hand over a handful of website domains in its use.The Pretoria-based company currently owns a number of domains including iPad.co.za,…


Digital Content

Technology could empower Africans to hold their governments to account

Mobile phones are almost ubiquitous across Africa but can citizens use this technology to better participate in democracy?Next year, South African citizens will take part in their fifth democratic election.…


Digital Content

South Africa Parliament gets tech savvy with an app

Parliament has created a phone and tablet application to allow South Africans to keep track of legislation and events in Parliament. The legislative arm of government has recently launched a…


Digital Content

Why Kenyan farmers want to sow with M-Pesa

“M-Pesa Foundation is bridging the digital divide between agricultural sector and the ICT sector by partnering with M-Farm Limited to support agribusiness. We are about transforming lives and we believe…


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People

Orange Business Services appoints country manager for South Africa to drive company growthOrange Business Services has appointed Yannick Decaux as country manager for South Africa and sales director for Sub-Saharan…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Ubuntunet Alliance for Research and Education Networking, POSITION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERApplications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the demanding position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UbuntuNet Alliance…


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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…