Issue no 685 13th December 2013

Top Story

ISPs steal a march on mobile operators with LTE roll-outs – YooMee will go live in Cote d’Ivoire in February

WiMAX used to be the technology of choice for data insurgent challengers but now they seem to be shifting to LTE. West African ISPs Surfline (in Ghana) and YooMee (Cote d’Ivoire) both look like stealing a march on the mobile operators with LTE roll-outs early next year. Russell Southwood spoke to YooMe Africa’s CEO Dov Bar-Gera about what the company is looking at doing.YooMe is a privately held Swiss company that has two African ISP operations, one in Cameroon and the other to open shortly in Cote d’Ivoire. In the past CEO Dov Bar Gera has set up and sold…

Telecoms

Egyptian Mobile Phone Operators Accused Of Forming Cartel

Egypt mobile operators, Mobinil, Vodafone Egypt and Etisalat have been blamed of operating an unlawful business cartel in the troubled country.Egyptian Competition Authorities (ECA) on Sunday said these mobile operators…


Telecoms

Nigerian Government Asked to Cancel Unused CDMA Licenses

The GSM Association has called on the Nigerian government to revoke the licenses of dormant CDMA networks and resell the spectrum to the incumbent mobile networks.The GSMA's Chief Regulatory Officer,…


Telecoms

After seizing equipment, Ethiopia goes ahead with Huawei deal

In another controversy over China's influence in the African ICT sector, the Ethiopian government has allowed Huawei Technologies to take back $13 million of telecom equipment that was being held…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC taps social media for mobile network complaints

Nigeria's NCC looks to Facebook, Twitter to gather communication on mobile operator complaints.Nigerian mobile subscribers can raise complaints against operators via social media now thanks to the telecommunication watchdog’s ‘consumer…


Telecoms

Senegal’s mobile operators to all deploy 4G pilot trials before year-end

Senegal’s three mobile network operators are all expected to have rolled out pilot 4G mobile networks by the end of this year, as they shift focus to meet pent up…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Bharti Airtel's subsidiary in Malawi has secured a 10-year extension to its mobile operating license, although it has been censured for missing customer care obligations in the past. The…


Internet

Meso and Avanti Communications deliver the high-speed Internet connectivity to the National Library of South Africa

Avanti Communications Group plc and Meso Group Pty have completed the first phase of a major project to connect libraries in South Africa.Following a competitive tender, Meso Group Pty won…


Internet

Google Translate - now in 80 languages (Zulu, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Somali launched)

Whether you’re trekking to a new place or simply trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t share a language with you, Google Translate can help you connect to new information…


Internet

Building a Mesh Network in Rural Somaliland

I had heard about mesh networking before I arrived in Somaliland, but had never been in the position to actually build a meshnetwork. When I accepted the position as ICT…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- The Mauritian government is planning to extend the footprint of the nation’s Wi-Fi network by installing 144 additional access points throughout the country, including the island of Rodrigues, local…


Computing

Uganda gives iPads to all MPs

Uganda's parliament has given iPads to all MPs at a cost of $370,000 (£230,000), saying it will make them more efficient.Parliamentary commissioner Emmanuel Dombo says it means MPs can access…


Computing

Computing In Brief

- SAP has made a series of announcements aimed at bringing more software developers into its fold, making their jobs easier and bolstering the reach of its HANA in-memory computing…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Vodacom has announced the launch of Vodacom Travel Saver, which is designed to help contract customers manage their roaming spend and reduce international roaming bills. The service gives contract…


Money Transfer

Swazi MTN, Standard Bank partner on mobile banking

SWAZI MTN and Standard Bank have collaborated on mobile banking which will bring more convenience to customers.Standard Bank Chief Executive Phil Mnisi said mobile banking was essentially banking through the…


Money Transfer

Mobile Money Userbase Overtakes Bank Accounts in Uganda

The number of mobile money account users in Uganda has surpassed the number of bank accounts in the country, the Bank of Uganda's Deputy Governor Dr. Louis Kasekende has announced.There…


Money Transfer

Safaricom’s MyMarket To Rival OLX Online Auctions Business

The  launch of Safaricom’s MyMarket platform will usher in competition in Kenya’s online merchandising business space, already dominated by local classifieds site, OLX.The service will offer clients free auction services…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ooredoo Algeria gearing up for 2014 IPO

Algerian mobile operator Ooredoo Algeria (formerly Nedjma) is reportedly planning a listing on the Algiers Stock Exchange in 2014, news agency Agence Ecofin reports. According to the article, CEO Joseph…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Govt in negotiations to buy back 35 per cent shares in Bharti Airtel

The government has started negotiations with Airtel Tanzania Limited to offload the remaining 35 percent shares to the Tanzania Telecommucation Company Limited, a move that will enable the firm to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VAT rules in SA to be updated for internet age

Proposals to amend value-added tax (VAT) legislation to include electronic services and products supplied by international firms to South African consumers are under way.VAT laws in South Africa are not…


Digital Content

Twitter's latest deal points to ambitions in emerging markets

The social network is expanding its service for feature phone users, following Facebook's lead in trying to expand its userbase in the developing worldTwitter has signed an agreement with a…


Digital Content

Malawi-based entrepreneur has big plans for property listing site Pakwathu

Gonjetso Chinyama is a young entrepreneur based in Malawi. His advice to other budding entrepreneurs is to not be afraid of failure.At the age of 21, Chinyama is the founder…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Software Firm Introduces Mobile Application for Churches

Software Development Company, eKnowvate Solutions Limited, a mobile applications development company, has introduced a new mobile application into the Nigerian market for churches to effectively manage discipleship and create interactive…


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