Issue no 680 8th November 2013

Top Story

Africa reaches the point where the Digital Divide will turn into a yawning power divide

The success of many African countries in addressing the digital divide masks a large, yawning hole into which many are about to fall. The more successful they are at addressing the digital divide, the more it turns into the power divide. The shortage of electricity access and poor quality of supply will begin to undermine what has been achieved. Russell Southwood looks at the next big challenge facing Sub-Saharan Africa.The future for a successful Africa is easy to see and the trends are very clear. Consumer devices like smart and feature phones and tablets will continue to increase in number.…

Telecoms

Solar mobile phone chargers for sub-Saharan Africa to launch next week

A suite of handheld solar phone chargers by U.S.-based World Panel, set to be unveiled next week at the AfricaCom industry conference, target a region where scarcity of electric power…


Telecoms

Telkom Business and Damelin in groundbreaking mobile deal

Telkom Business has recently partnered with South Africa's largest private education provider, Damelin, in a ground-breaking mobile deal that aims to help students stay connected and in touch. The promotion…


Telecoms

Telemune provides WAP portal services ad phone back-up for Warid Congo customers

Telemune, a pioneer of value added services in emerging markets globally, has announced that it is partnering with Warid Congo to launch WAP Portal Services, Low Balance Suite and Phone…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

- Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has reported revenues of KES62.2 billion (USD796.6 million) for the six months ended 30 September 2013, up 17% year-on-year. EBITDA for the…


Internet

4G joint venture suffers setback as Safaricom pulls out

Safaricom has announced that it is pulling out of joint national 4G network and is now demanding its own frequency, adding that it had completed laying fibre optic cable in…


Internet

SA’s Telkom Mobile launches pre-paid internet

Telkom Mobile is championing internet access for all in South Africa with the launch of the Prepaid SIM Only Internet Starter Pack.  To kick-start the online journey, Telkom Mobile will…


Internet

Internet – In brief

- InfiNet Wireless has announced that it was selected by MaxNET of Sudan, a privately owned telecommunication operator in Sudan, to provide comprehensive broadband services to its corporate customers in…


Computing

Microsoft Office 365 now launches in Ghana

Microsoft has introduced Office 365 in Ghana extending availability of its cloud-based service across the African market in efforts to give users both online and offline experiences.The service is already…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Chad's Tigo offered three minutes of free voice calls to customers affected a network outage that lasted several hours.


Money Transfer

M-Birr: Ethiopia’s first mobile money transfer system

Ethiopia lags far behind its East African neighbours in the development of its telecommunications sector and the services, such as mobile money banking, that the system now routinely provides elsewhere.…


Money Transfer

MTN Uganda Partners with Multiplex to Introduce Street Parking Payment via Mobile Money

MTN UgMTN Uganda has partnered with Multiplex to introduce a payment option for parking fees via the MTN Mobile Money platform. Vehicle drivers in Kampala will no longer have to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat buys 53% of Maroc Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation has acquired a 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom from French conglomerate Vivendi.The UAE telecom operator known as etisalat made a binding offer that valued each…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M-pesa, SMS Push Safaricom’s H1 Profit To Highest In Kenyan Corporate History

Kenya’s Vodafone subsidiary, Safaricom Tuesday posted a Sh11.2 billion ($131 million) H1 profit-after-tax, the largest net income ever recorded by any company in Kenya’s corporate history.According to Kenya’s Business Daily,…


Digital Content

Google Unveils The 100K Naija Project To Mark Nigeria’s Centenary Anniversary

Google will help Nigeria mark its centenary anniversary through an initiative called 100k Naija. The initiative involves documenting the history of Nigeria in the last 1oo years through iconic pictures.The…


Digital Content

Connecting the 'last mile' of market research in Africa

"One thing about data in Africa is that there's a huge lack of it," says Jasper Grosskurth, managing director of Research Solutions Africa, a pan-African research firm based in Nairobi,…


Digital Content

No African Governments Submitted Requests For Apple Data

Not one African government made a request to Apple for personal data of its users, according to the technology company’s latest Report on Government Information Requests.Earlier in August, African requests…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Farmers Set to Use Mobile Phones to Access Genuine Fertilizers

In a bid to protect farmers from purchasing counterfeit, expired, or unlabeled products, the International Fertilizer Development Center has introduced a new method of using mobile phones to verify product…


Digital Content

iROKO could scrap its music offering – ex CEO

Drama, drama, drama. Apparently music is not working for Africa’s digital entertainment powerhouse iROKO Partners. iROKING, the company’s Spotify clone, may soon be no more.Considered one of Nigeria’s leading digital…


Digital Content

'Could the next Google come from Africa?'

In East Legon, a smart suburb of Ghana's capital, Accra, two men and a woman in their 20s stand in front of a slick ad featuring a large plane in…


Digital Content

Skywire deploys over 600 Radwin radios in South Africa

Radwin announced that Skywire Technologies, a service provider in South Africa, deployed over 600 Radwin point-to-point and point-to-multipoint links in its network to support connectivity to remote areas of the…


More

People

UbuntuNet Alliance, the Regional Research and Education Network for Eastern and Southern Africa, today announces the appointment of Professor John Ssebuwufu as the new Chairperson of the Alliance with effect…


More

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…