Issue no 681 15th November 2013

Top Story

Hybrid provider Eduze wants to get local content available offline on smartphones at high footfall locations

Eduze co-founder Charlie Beuthin wants to provide free, local offline content for smartphone users using Wi-Fi boxes in high footfall locations. The content (some of which will be in local languages) will be free at the point of use, supported by advertising and sponsorship. Russell Southwood talked to Charlie Beuthin about the content, the technology and the business model.Eduze’s business idea is aimed at overcoming the current shortcomings in the mobile operators data networks. (Eduze means nearby in Zulu.) These are either too slow or congested to make extensive video streaming or downloading a reality or the data charges (particularly…

Telecoms

Ghanaian firm wins $11m lawsuit against Vodafone

International Rom Limited, a Ghanaian company, has won a garnishee order against Vodafone Ghana Limited for the telecommunication company’s failure to settle a judgement debt awarded against it last May.Justice…


Telecoms

Hydrogen phone chargers to keep Africans connected when power runs short

African smartphone users will soon have an alternative means to get round the power shortages afflicting much of the world's poorest continent - a portable charger that relies on hydrogen…


Telecoms

Zamtel spends $4m on mobile network as IPO looms

State-owned Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Zamtel) has reportedly spent USD4 million on upgrading its mobile network in the city of Livingstone, the Zambia Daily Mail reports, citing the company’s chief…


Telecoms

Mobile number portability talks underway

The  Zimbabwean Government is currently engaging stakeholders on the implementation of number portability by all mobile network operators.Number portability ensures that mobile subscribers keep their phone numbers when they move…


Telecoms

Somalia police set up emergency 888 phone number

Mogadishu's first emergency number for 20 years is latest sign of return to normality after years of civil war and militancyCrime victims in Mogadishu finally know who to call. Dial…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

- South Africa-based regional mobile operator MTN Group has selected Intracom Telecom of Greece to supply it with its WiBAS point-to-multipoint wireless system, as part of its network upgrade programme…


Telecoms

Somalia: Mogadishu Gets International Fiber Connectivity

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) Ltd, a telecommunications carriers' carrier, together with local shareholder Dalkom Somalia, has announced that it will launch connectivity to and from Somalia via the…


Internet

Botswana Post launches Poso cloud

In their endeavor to connect communities to each other as well as bridging the digital divide, BotswanaPost has formed a strategic partnership with Cloudseed to provide reliable, affordable, high speed…


Internet

Mobile networks in Africa: Video accounts for less than 6% of traffic, but is expected to grow faster than in any other region - Report

Blackberry email and BBM messaging accounts for over 13% of traffic across AfricaSandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today released its Internet…


Internet

Alcatel-Lucent and YooMee Africa join forces to build ultra-broadband wireless internet access based on TDD LTE to West and Central Africa

YooMee Africa, a wireless broadband operator in Cameroon, owning licenses in several countries on the African continent will use Alcatel-Lucent equipment when expanding as its main partnerAlcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and…


Internet

SOMALILAND: SOMTEL to Bring High-Speed Internet in 2014 after Satellite Deals

Somaliland will have access to high-speed telecommunications networks after agreeing to two deals that will connect the Horn of Africa nation to fiber optic cables and satellites.O3b Networks Ltd., a…


Internet

Benin first to reserve dotAfrica name, more governments urged

The African Union Commission (AUC) has urged African governments to reserve their domains ahead of the launch of dotAfrica (.Africa), with Benin the only country to have done so as…


Computing

Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summer school opens, event Android app goes live

Computer Society of Zimbabwe’s regional summer school has just started today  in Victoria falls and the event android app is now live on Google Play. This year’s edition is running…


Computing

Sierra Leone: Sierra Wifi Takes Internet Service to Schools

Sierra WiFi, an internet service provider operating in the country, has commenced a project to provide internet service to schools across the country for the next 25years.Chief Executive Officer of…


Money Transfer

Ghanaian internet users petition Paypal to come to Ghana

Have you ever gotten frustrated when you were unable to purchase a service or product online just because you did not have access to an online payment account such as…


Money Transfer

MTN Nigeria switches on online banking top-ups

Nigeria’s biggest mobile operator MTN has partnered with banks in the country to enable customers to top up airtime on their phones via their bank accounts.The service has been dubbed…


Money Transfer

Spacecom Obtains Loans from Canada's EDC, US Ex-Im Bank and Israel Aerospace Industries for AMOS-6 Communications Satellite

Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, today announced that it has signed agreements with a consortium of banks and the AMOS-6 satellite manufacturer for…


Money Transfer

Nedbank Mobile App Upgraded To Support Blind Users

JSE-listed Nedbank has upgraded its digital banking apps to suit its visually impaired customers, propelling it to become the first local bank to offer functionality in its app for the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA:Tigo Cash, partners win US$100,000 for supporting financial inclusion

Tigo Cash (Ghana) and its partners such as USAID, Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) and GADCO, have been given a US$100,000 grant and a plaque from the VISA Foundation for facilitating…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Samsung Targets 20 Million Smartphone Sale In Africa

A top African official of Samsung Electronics Tuesday disclosed plans by the South Korean manufacturer to supply half of the estimated 20 million smartphones to be sold on the continent…


Digital Content

Kenya: Chief Kariuki's Twitter Community Policing Takes Global Stage

"A local administrator from a small town in Kenya is making a huge impact through social media." That's how @ChiefKariuki was introduced at the annual Google Ideas conference in the…


Digital Content

Senegalese Startup wins the VentureOut Challenge for Africa

Marodi.tv, an online video platform broadcasting African content, has won the Africa category at this year’s VentureOut Challenge, walking away with US$10,000 USD and six months worth of mentorship.The announcement…


Digital Content

Rwandapedia Could Not Have Come At a Better Time

There never could have been a better stage to showcase Africa's ICT talent at the just concluded Transform Africa 2013 Summit. And participants did not disappoint.Africa showed the rest of…


Digital Content

AfricaCom 2013 Awards winners announced

he AfricaCom 2013 Awards winners were announced in Cape Town on Wednesday night, recognising and celebrating the best achievers in the fields of ICT, telecommunications and media across the continent…


Digital Content

“Spotify not coming to Africa soon” – Spotify

Music streaming services have become very popular over the last couple of years and aside from the likes of Pandora and iHeartRadio, Swedish offering Spotify has probably been the most…


Digital Content

MTN Group, Hello Doctor partner on m-health services

MTN Group and Hello Doctor, a subsidiary of Metropolitan Health within MMI Holdings, have partnered to deliver mobile health services to MTN's territories across Africa. The roll-out to MTN markets…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Development of a web-based, interactive, and user-friendly application 1    Company: ILRI    Deadline: Monday 25th November 2013    Location: NairobiJob DescriptionI.  INTRODUCTIONa.  BackgroundThe International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and its partners have…


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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…