Issue no 682 22nd November 2013

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Google invests an estimated US$14 million in a Metronet in Kampala to open up the market

Google has a global ambition to get Internet access available more widely (see Brett St Clair video link on access at the bottom of this story). This week it announced the launch of a Metronet in Kampala designed to open up the market. Russell Southwood spoke to Google’s Access Field Director, Kai Wulff about what it’s setting out to achieve.Google has been looking at the supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa and wanting to find a way of intervening that would break down market blockages and ultimately reduce retail prices for users. However, it’s always been very clear that it did…

Telecoms

Mascom to remain BoFiNet client despite investment on fire-optic cable

Botswana Fibre Networks Limited has said it does not view Mascom Wireless as a competitor following news that it has invested heavily on its own fibre-optic cable infrastructure.BoFiNet Communications and…


Telecoms

Swedish telecom giant K3 Telecom enters Ghanaian market

Sweden-based global provider of patented technology, K3 Telecom has partnered local telecoms operator Media Ghana Limited, to launch its unique Triple Play services in Ghana.The partnership will lead to the…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Algerian telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has ordered the country’s three mobile operators – Ooredoo Algeria (Nedjma), Algerie Telecom Mobile (Mobilis) and…


Internet

600 million potential internet users in Africa by 2025

A recent McKinsey & Co. economic report on Africa looks at the potential of the internet to contribute $300 billion to African GDP by the year 2025. The report, “Lions…


Internet

Neotel usage-based WAN in South Africa

Neotel announced in a press statement on Thursday (21 November 2013) that it was launching an enterprise usage-based wide area network (WAN) service in South Africa.“We are excited to be…


Internet

Airtel launches Opera Web Pass in Africa

Opera Software and Airtel have launched an Opera Web Pass for customers in 17 countries across Africa. The pay-as-you-go service allows subscribers to choose a data package that is either…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- Kenya: 34 counties have already been connected to the government's National Fibre Optic Broadband Infrastructure. ICT PS Joseph Tiampati says digitization of government services remains a key priority. He…


Computing

Nigeria: Asus Partners Intel to Launch Two New Computer Products

Asus, a computer manufacturer has officially announced its presence in the Nigeria technology market, with the launch of two new products. The company partnered Intel Corporation to launch two Intel…


Computing

Nigeria: Technology Companies Partner Anambra to Deploy ICT in Schools

A consortium of internet communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and services providers led by the Galaxy Backbone, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard (HP) among others, have reiterated their commitments to partner with the…


Computing

Computing – In brief

- The Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology has announced its partnership with Microsoft and Oracle, designed to boost Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service offerings in the state.


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa's Cybersmart has launched its new Cybertel voice product, offering unlimited calls to all mobile operators, landline calls to all operators and free calls to most international destinations…


Money Transfer

FNB takes mobile banking to Africa

FNB has expanded its digital banking services into Africa by launching and integrating its banking app and online banking services into its subsidiaries on the continent.Outside South Africa, FNB currently…


Money Transfer

Equatorial Bank Kenya Unveils Mobile Banking

Equatorial Commercial Bank, ECB, has launched its new mobile banking platform called ‘GoMobile’‘GoMobile’ is an innovative mobile banking solution that allows EBC customers access the full range of banking services…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Airtel, Grameen Foundation Partner On Mobile Financial Services for Ugandan Women's Savings Groups

Bharti Airtel has announced that it is working with the Grameen Foundation to initiate a project to provide mobile financial services to Savings Groups in Uganda. The innovative project, dubbed…


Money Transfer

MTN Rwanda to use Ericsson’s m-commerce wallet service

Offering expected to see mobile operator offer additional financial services to the unbanked.MTN Rwanda plans to deploy communications technology and services provider Ericsson's converged wallet m-commerce solution for customers in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

LapGreenN expansion in Sierra Leone stalls

As a recent court injunction postpones indefinitely the expansion plans of Libya-based Lap Green Networks in Sierra Leone, company executives say they have documentation countering claims from the founder of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel May Sell Africa Tower Business

Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel may sell its $1.8 billion-valued Africa tower business, to reduce debt of about $9.69 billion.Airtel which incurred most of its debt from the $10.7 billion…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Crystal Ventures plans to sell its 20% stake in MTN Rwanda

Rwandan investment firm Crystal Ventures is reportedly considering offloading its 20% stake in MTN Rwanda, the country’s leading cellco in terms of subscribers, via an initial public offering (IPO) on…


Digital Content

UN partnership struck to protect Zambian children online

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) have partnered on cyber security matters including creating awareness among Zambian children about the optimal…


Digital Content

Kenya: New Technology Helps Small Farmers Attract 'Big' Business

Small-scale farmers in Kenya can now store and manage data on the pesticide content in their crops before exporting them, thanks to a cloud-based mobile platform that keeps track of…


Digital Content

Startups chosen for Savannah Fund accelerator class

The Savannah Fund launched its next cohort of startups for its accelerator, beginning work at the m:lab office space in Nairobi, Kenya.The four startups come from four countries and were…


Digital Content

Sudan: The Revolution Will not be Televised, It Will be Tweeted

In a recent African Futures article about the protests that erupted in Sudan this September, Alex de Waal concludes that the "immediate challenge for the opposition is intellectual." In his…


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People

WAPA announces new team for industry’s challenges in 2014The Wireless Access Providers’ Association (WAPA), a non-profit organisation acting as a collective voice for independent wireless operators in South Africa, announces…


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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…