Issue no 691 7th February 2014

Top Story

What the future of African broadband could look like – testing real-life LTE in Kampala

The subjective experience of using the Internet in Africa has always been a strange one. Having been using it for over 14 years, we know it’s got better but it’s sometimes hard to see it as anything but frustrating. There’s always cost, network or capacity restrictions that pull you down even if things speed up a bit. Russell Southwood looks at how LTE is working on Smile’s network in Kampala and wonders whether this might be how it will be everywhere in the near future in Africa.For over a year I have been saying to anyone that will listen that…

Telecoms

Zambia Cuts Of 2.4 Million SIM Cards

Zambia's telecoms regulator says that nearly 2.4 million SIM cards were disconnected at the end of last month following an extension of the registration deadline.The government ordered that all SIM…


Telecoms

Al Shabab switches off telecommunication in parts of southern regions of Somalia

Al Shabab fighters in Somalia have switched off the telecommunication service of Hormuud Company in at last three southern Somalia regions under the group's control. The cellphones telecommunication services of…


Telecoms

Alcatel-Lucent and Libya’s LITC to deploy new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi

Alcatel-Lucent and Libya’s LITC are to deploy  a new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking Tripoli to Benghazi. Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey contract with the Libyan International Telecommunication Company…


Telecoms

YooMee plans LTE launch in Cote d'Ivoire in May

Swiss-based ISP YooMee Africa plans to launch LTE services in Cote d'Ivoire in May, Agence Ecofin reports, citing an announcement made at the Forum ICI 2014 event. The company has…


Telecoms

Africell Sierra Leone Crosses The 2 Million Active Subscribers

Africell Holding has announced that Africell Sierra Leone has crossed the two million mark with over 2,250,000 active subscribers. The Group is expecting to end 2014 with over 11 million…


Telecoms

Cameroon - Nothing Goes right! Eto'o Telecom On the Brink

Who to save Eto'o Telecom? Things have not worked out as Samuel Eto'o might have wanted. The mobile phone company launched in the country in 2012 by the Cameroonian international…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Moroccan operator Medi Telecom (Meditel), an affiliate of French telecoms giant Orange Group, has earmarked investment of MAD4 billion (USD481.5 million) for the upgrade of its 3G network in…


Internet

MTN expands coverage of global Virtual Private Network

MTN’s enterprise customers with global operations are now able to communicate with their branches and employees worldwide. This follows the signing of an agreement between MTN and leading international telecommunications…


Internet

Ghana: Alliance for Affordable Internet Moves to Cut Costs

THE Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) announced plans to launch a new drive to lower internet costs in Ghana. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, next week.According to officials, the…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Smile Communications Nigeria says it will be piloting its LTE network in Lagos. Smile first rolled out its Nigerian commercial operations in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state. It said…


Computing

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

IBM began rolling out its Watson supercomputer system across Africa on Thursday, saying it would help to address continental development obstacles as diverse as medical diagnoses, economic data collection and…


Computing

Kenya: Laptop Project Set for April Rollout

Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said the laptop project will be rolled out before the end of this years' first quarter.He said the tendering process was cancelled after the…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- Microsoft under the 4Afrika initiative will offer financial support to five African start-ups in an effort to empower the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs in the continent. The…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- National telecoms operator, Globacom has launched a new high-speed internet data promo that will instantly give double data bonus to subscribers on the network. Dubbed My Phone Double Promo,…


Money Transfer

Vodafone set to cut M-Pesa fees for Safaricom

Vodafone Group Plc is set to lower the fees it charges Safaricom for M-Pesa money transfer service this year, a move set to lift the mobile telecoms operator’s earnings outlook.The…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Ministry Pilots E-Payment Method

Ghana's Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGSCP) has rolled out a pilot electronic payment system for the beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme in nine…


Money Transfer

Super Fast Mobile Networks and Mobile Money Services Link

The roll-out of super-fast mobile networks will aggressively drive the uptake of mobile money services, as research by MEF, the global community for mobile content and commerce, shows a quarter…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Liberia: LTA Accounts Frozen

The Executive Mansion yesterday said President Ellen Johnson has ordered a full investigation into all standing contracts between the Ministry of Public Works and construction companies in the country, and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Let me tell you how it will be: Taxman targets Cote d’Ivoire telcos

The Cote d’Ivoire government will increase taxes on telecoms companies and require them to invest in government bonds this year, as part of a plan to boost fiscal revenues and…


Digital Content

M-Kazi shuts down

Kenyan mobile job listing service M-kazi has terminated its operations after billing issues with Safaricom, leading to unfounded embezzlement accusations.The company made use of USSD codes that allowed users to…


Digital Content

dotAfrica domains delayed until September 2014

The general availability of the .africa Top Level Domain (TLD) is expected to commence in September 2014, following the expiry of the Sunrise and Land Rush periods which are scheduled…


Digital Content

South Africa focuses on digital

A new study aims to establish South African industry benchmarks on digital media costs and performance metrics across categories and channels.The DigiDex SA study, announced by two trade bodies –…


Digital Content

Kenya: CCTV to Replace Traffic Police in Nairobi From March 2014

Nairobi roads and roundabouts will no longer be manned by traffic police as has been the case over the years following the installation of CCTV cameras on traffic lights that…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Microsoft 4Afrika program announces 5 African startups to receive grantsMicrosoft has announced five African startups that will receive grants as part of the Microsoft 4Afrika program, an extension of the…


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Events

Mobile East Africa 2014 -Expanding mobile data usage & driving monetisation through industry collaboration12 February 2014Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi, KenyaMobile East Africa, the East African edition of the most progressive…