Issue no 683 29th November 2013

Top Story

A nice mobile music and video service with a handset attached – Solo launches in Nigeria and turns the business model on its head

Another made in China African handset launch would be deeply uninteresting. But the unveiling of Solo’s new handset bundled with data and content in Nigeria somehow turns the business model on its head. If you want people to use data, then you’ve you’ve got to offer them things they want. Russell Southwood talks to Solo’s Michael Akindele about how it wants to re-invent the market. Solo’s CEO Tayo Ogundipe worked as a Nigerian for a number of the global big names in the USA and Taiwan: HTC, Sony Ericsson and Ubiquitel. But that by itself is not what makes the…

Telecoms

China's Huawei to roll out 4G service in Ethiopian capital

Ethiopia's state-run Ethio Telecom said on Thursday it had picked Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's second largest telecom equipment maker, to roll out a high-speed 4G network across the…


Telecoms

Telecoms in Rwanda Call for Scrapping of Taxes on Incoming Calls

The prohibitive roaming call rates have caused discomfort among the business community and ordinary Rwandans who want to communicate with friends and relatives across the region. The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory…


Telecoms

Third of Mobile Phones Cut Off in Niger

Around a third of the mobile phones in the African country of Niger have been cut off -- in a move aimed at cutting crime related to unregistered SIM cards.The…


Telecoms

NCA to charge annual rent on new mobile number blocks

Ghanaian telecoms watchdog the National Communication Authority (NCA) is reportedly planning to introduce an additional annual levy on new blocks of mobile numbers. The regulator initially assigned each of the…


Telecoms

Swaziland Creates an Independent Telecoms Regulator

Swaziland's state-owned monopoly landline network, SPTC has been stripped of its regulatory role as the company continues to fight with the sole mobile network MTN over its own attempts to…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

- Telkom South Africa hopes to launch commercial fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services by the end of 2014, with ongoing trials of the service said to be returning positive results.


Internet

South Africa: Cradlestone Mall boasts country’s first carrier-grade Wi-Fi

South Africans are set to experience the next evolution in mobile connectivity, as Internet Solutions and AlwaysOn launched the first of many carrier-grade Wi-Fi solutions at Cradlestone Mall this month.With…


Internet

Building a grassroots African Internet – Meet the Mesh Potato

Sick of waiting around until telecommunications companies bring you a faster and cheaper Internet? Some techies believe there’s no need to wait around anymore. They have started to build their…


Internet

ICASA to water down universal access obligations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published draft amendments to its Universal Service and Access Obligations (USAO), including removing the demand for mobile network operators to provide…


Internet

MTN SA rolls out mobile internet cafés

South African mobile operator MTN has launched mobile internet cafés that will allow customers to connect and experience the smart life for free throughout the country.MTN’s eStreet mobile internet cafés…


Internet

Internet – In brief

- The African Union has launched the the African Online Library on Law and Governance that will provide an online database that offers legal text and secondary literature on the…


Computing

Cisco, in association with World Wide Worx, has released the findings from the Cloud in Africa:

The research shows that Cloud computing uptake is about to explode in Africa’s major economies, as businesses gain confidence in both the security and reliability of the Cloud.Key findings from…


Computing

Computing – In brief

- Nigeria - Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board in partnership with Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, has introduced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in public primary schools across the state.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mozambique's Vodacom has launched a credit facility that lets prepay customers dip into a small debt on their account balances.- Morocco based Inwi has deployed a SIM based Facebook…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: No legal framework for mobile banking

Zimbabwe does not have a legal framework that governs mobile banking services, opening up the sector to unacceptable practices, a Bankers Association of Zimbabwe official said on Friday.BAZ president George…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Paga Records N47 Billion Transactions in Two Years

Paga Mobile Payment Services has said it recorded 4.4 million transactions valued at N47 billion in the last two years as more Nigerians embrace the cashless policy.Also, the firm rewarded,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Convergence Partners to accelerate African ICT development through new infrastructure fund

Convergence Partners - an investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa - has announced the launch of the Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Raises Stake in Tanzanian Subsidiary

South Africa based Vodacom has raised its stake in Vodacom Tanzania from 65% to 82.2% for a payment of ZAR2.5 billion (US$250 million).It's making the purchase of the additional 17.2%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Turkcell resumes R43bn lawsuit against MTN

Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri has resumed its $4.2 billion (R43bn) damages claim against MTN Group, Africa’s largest telecommunications firm, this time in the South Gauteng High Court, where it filed papers…


Digital Content

FG moves to safeguard vital private data of Nigerians

Lagos. November 21, 2013: Nigerians that can prove they suffered damage from “an unlawful processing operation” of their private data by an organisation may soon heave a sigh of relief…


Digital Content

Joel Mwale - bringing 'Facebook' education to Kenya

A young social entrepreneur from Kenya might have solved one of the conundrums of the Facebook generation - how to stop social media getting in the way of studying.Joel Mwale,…


Digital Content

'Nigerian iTunes' dances to the mobile phone beat

Founded by three university friends, MyMusic.com.ng is an ambitious startup aiming to be the major online distribution channel for Nigerian music. The new digital service is focused on providing an…


Digital Content

Google tailors products to African markets

In developed economies, most people began using the internet on their computers. However, in Africa, online usage is being propelled forward by mobile phones.“Africa is special because we are leapfrogging,…


Digital Content

Africa: Mobile Texts to Give Sexual and Reproductive Health Information to Young People

Pathfinder International is exploiting mobile technology to address youth sexual and reproductive health in Mozambique and Ethiopia.Text messages and stories are being used to provide young people with information about…


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People

GISPA re-elects Mr. Ernest Brown as PresidentMr. Ernest Brown was re-elected at the association's general meeting held at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel last Thursday, November 21.At the same event,…


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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…