Issue no 678 25th October 2013

Top Story

Improvements in mobile data in Liberia spur radio station to do international online hook-up to promote local music

While Liberia is a regular host of fairly useless, high-minded meetings on fragile states, the country’s youth keeps hustling from one small job to another to make ends meet. Liberia’s entertainment industry is not big but it is well alive and kicking, in particular the music side of it. LIB Hipco music and artists are keen to export their music outside of their small country in search of international recognition and other ways to generate revenue. Isabelle Gross met with Martin Fagans, a young producer of the radio program LIB Weekend Thing and Kaifa KY Yamah, the founder and CEO…

Telecoms

Africa’s mobile phone boom – the Portuguese speaking countries

The 650 million mobile phone devices existing in Africa add up to more than those in the United States and Europe put together says a World Bank report released this…


Telecoms

Nedjma chooses ten provinces for exclusive 3G coverage

Wataniya Telecom Algeria, operating under the Nedjma brand, has reportedly selected the ten provinces to be covered exclusively by its 3G network, Agence Ecofin reports. According to the article, Nedjma’s…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- BICS, has enabled the first LTE roaming call to be made between Africa and Europe in the presence of HRH Princess Astrid, Princess of Belgium.The video call took place…


Internet

Online mapping aims to stop harassment of women in Egypt

Tech startup HarassMap is taking a stand against sexual harassment in Egypt by allowing victims to text, tweet, or email reports of assaults and map them online.A nonprofit startup is…


Internet

MWEB explains uncapped ADSL abuse following ASA ruling

MWEB said that a recent Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruling shows that there is nothing misleading about its uncapped ADSL advertising, and that it is simply enforcing a policy to…


Internet

Telecom Namibia and Jasco ICT Solutions interconnect to DE-CIX Internet Exchange Platform to improve customer experience

Telecom Namibia has joined forces with German Internet provider Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (De-CIX) and New Telco SA, a Jasco Group company, to establish international access points in South Africa…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Community library brings internet to remote village

Given the increasing tasks facing youths today, and the complex skills they must develop for future careers, Manzununu Community Library in Mutare South constituency has dedicated itself to giving unemployed…


Internet

IEEE to champion experts review of Internet Security in East Africa

The Kenya section of the world’s largest technical professional association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has partnered with AITEC Africa to convene a high level expert conference…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- American Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. on Wednesday announced plans to shutdown its Egypt base at the end of 2013, to restructure operations for increased concentration of its employees and…


Computing

Microsoft enters into cooperation agreements to accelerate African innovation

While attending DEMO Africa, Microsoft Corp. announced strategic cooperation agreements with three incubator organizations across the African continent to enable startups, innovators and Africa’s developer community to grow their skills…


Computing

Ethiopia: Schoolnet Programme to Connect All Secondary Schools in Addis Abeba

The Addis Abeba Education Bureau said it will connect all secondary schools in the metropolises with the Schoolnet programme this academic year. About "2,500 computers have already been purchased at…


Computing

Modular data centre specialist Flexenclosure receives large order from MTN Côte d’Ivoire

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has received an order from MTN Côte d’Ivoire. Flexenclosure will supply a 336…


Computing

Ghanaian Invents Pocket PC Tablet

A 28 year old Ghanaian, Derrick Addae, CEO of GIL Corporation from Kwabre-Aboaso in the Ashanti Region, has invented a pocket PC tablet which can compete with most of the…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed cyber cafes to register details of their users, in a move to curb cyber crime in Africa's most populous nation, Techmoran reported.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Kenya's Safaricom has increased its international voice tariffs for calls to East African Community (EAC) countries.- Zimbabwe's Econet is offering unlimited mobile data access to the Facebook website for…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s Stanbic Bank launches mobile money platform to support international transactions

Nigeria’s Stanbic IBTC Bank has introduced a new platform that allows users of its mobile money service to perform transactions on Amazon and other international sites without using credit cards.The…


Money Transfer

Econet develops new product for farmers - EcoFarmer

Econet Wireless has developed a weather-indexed drought insurance service for small holder farmers. The service allows farmers to make a financial claim if their crops fail because of either inadequate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Group reports 4.0% drop in revenues to EUR10.2bn

International telecoms giant Orange Group has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2013, reporting a 4.0% year-on-year drop in consolidated revenues to EUR10.162 billion (USD13.998…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe's TelOne Writes Off $80 Million in Customer Debts

Zimbabwean mobile network operator, TelOne has written off US$80 million of its customers bills in a one-off reduction being applied to their accounts.The company, which is state-owned will apply a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa's MTN hopes for U.S.-Iran thaw to free its cash

Better U.S.-Iranian relations would be very welcome for South African mobile phone operator MTN Group as it has been unable to repatriate around $450 million from a unit in Iran…


Digital Content

Is Algeria ready for an online supermarket?

Despite significant challenges for e-commerce sites in Algeria – including the fact that only 14% of Algerians are internet users – two young entrepreneurs want to believe that Algeria is…


Digital Content

Nokia launches mobile mathematics in South Africa

Nokia and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology have announced the availability of Nokia Mobile Mathematics, a service that helps learners from grades 10-12 better understand mathematics. Any person…


Digital Content

Easy Taxi The World's Largest Taxi App Arrives to Egypt with an Initial Investment of 200 Million EGP in Funding

Easy Taxi, the international taxi booking mobile application backed by the German startup incubator Rocket Internet has officially kicked off its operations in Egypt at the beginning of this month.…


Digital Content

#MeetSouthAfrica through Instagram

Johannesburg - South African Tourism has launched its #MeetSouthAfrica campaign on Instagram, aiming to share the experience of our country through the eyes of all local South Africans. Everyday people…


Digital Content

The apps changing South Africa's transport services

Getting around without your own car in South Africa can drive you crazy, pardon the pun.But a new range of cab hailing applications for smartphones, which use GPS positioning to…


Digital Content

Airtel, Wikimedia Foundation to Bring Free Access to Wikipedia to 70 M people

Airtel, and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia have announced a strategic partnership to provide Airtel’s customers access to the knowledge and information available on Wikipedia through their…


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People

Mahindra Comviva, the global leader in providing mobile VAS and financial solutions, has announced the appointment of Patrick Allainguillaume as the new Global Market Unit Head and part of the…


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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…