Issue no 694 28th February 2014

Top Story

Central African Ministers sign Brazzaville Agreement, committing to Open Access but key signatories missing

In issue 688 we carried a Top Story on the dead end Cameroon has got itself into with its incumbent telco Camtel. (The Battle Against High Fibre Prices from Monopoly Providers moves to Central Africa. See more here:) This week Ministers in the region signed an accord endorsing Open Access as the basis for the Central African Backbone project. Russell Southwood looks at the implications of the accord.Following a two day meeting of Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications in Brazzaville, the Ministers of DRC, Chad and Congo-Brazzaville signed an agreement called the Brazzaville Declaration, pledging to connect Central Africa with…

Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- South Africa's MTN is deploying a customer care platform supplied by Flytxt.- Morocco's Inwi is to deploy Flexenclosure's hybrid power solution eSite at 30 telecom sites across Morocco.- The…


Telecoms

Tigo Launches Mobile Money Transfer Between Rwanda and Tanzania

The mobile network operator Tigo has started a cross border Mobile Money remittance service between Tanzania and Rwanda.The new service allows Tigo subscribers in Tanzania to send money from their…


Telecoms

Uganda telecoms have lowest revenue per user in EA - report

Telecommunication companies in Uganda have the lowest Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) compared to their counterparts in the region, a Deloitte study shows.The Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Predictions 2014:…


Telecoms

Nigerian Trio fined for missing QoS targets

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fined three of the country’s four largest mobile operators a combined N647.5 million ($3.9 million) for failing to meet quality of service standards last…


Internet

Facebook-Led Internet.org Partners With Nokia On SocialEDU In Rwanda

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be appearing onstage at Mobile World Congress — his first appearance at the Barcelona-based event — to talk about bridging the digital divide. Ahead of…


Internet

Cape Verde joins the African Virtual University as Member State

The Republic of Cape Verde has signed the African Virtual University (AVU) Charter to become the 19th Member State.The Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation signed the Charter at…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- The Algerian government has reportedly decided to amend certain provisions of Algerie Telecom’s (AT’s) licence, in order to allow the incumbent operator to deploy new wireless in the local…


Computing

South Africa Sees Huge Spike in Demand for Tablet Devices in Q4 2013

Shipments of tablet PCs to South Africa increased 107.1% year on year in the final quarter of 2013 to total 513,000 units according to the latest insights from International Data…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- Dell has started providing support services under the name Prosupport in various parts of Africa. The services will be free of charge Prosupport will enable customers to obtain free…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Mahindra Comviva's mobile data platform (MDP)has gone live with MTN in Congo Brazaville that will enable the operator offer an unrivaled number of personalized data plans to its subscribers…


Money Transfer

Ghana Rolls Out E-Salary Voucher

The eagerly-anticipated Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) will replace the manual payment voucher system in July this year, Ghana's Controller and Accountant General's Department (CAGD), announced.The system would be rolled…


Money Transfer

GSMA Report Shows Active Mobile Money Customers Reached 61 Million In 2013

Mobile Money Services Continue to Gain Scale as 13 Services Now Have More Than 1 Million Active Accounts each.The GSMA's Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme today released its…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Airtel, Chase Bank in debit card deal

Airtel Kenya Managing Director Shivan Bhargava said the card will enhance convenience on the company’s mobile money and banking services and ensure that subscribers from both companies get added value.“We…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Benin determined to sell 80% of Libercom to international investor

In a statement issued on 20 February 2014, the Beninese government announced its decision to open the capital of Libercom an international private telecom operator. Libercom is the mobile subsidiary…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

What a carve up! Struggling yu subject to bids from Safaricom and Airtel

According to an unconfirmed report by Standard Media, Indian conglomerate Essar Group has received bids of up to KES8.5 billion (USD96.7 million) for an unspecified stake in Essar Telecom Kenya,…


Digital Content

Digital Surveillance in Angola and Other “Less Important” African Countries

A recent report from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab traces the use of surveillance malware developed by the Italian company Hacking Team and deployed in Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Facebook Partners With Rwanda Govt to Boost Social Education

Facebook has announced its partnership with Rwanda government to carry out a pilot in the country that will provide students with access to collaborative online education experience for free.The partnership…


Digital Content

South Africa: Whatsapp Takes SA Mobile Phones By Storm

More than half of South Africa's urban adult mobile phone users are using instant messaging service WhatsApp, according to researchers World Wide Worx and Fuseware.Releasing an update of their South…


Digital Content

ICI forum: a kick-start for young Ivoirian entrepreneurs

The 2014 edition of the forum Investir en Côte d’Ivoire (ICI) ended optimistically for several young Ivoirians who received funding to launch their projects. However, many young entrepreneurs regard self-financing…


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Jobs & Opportunities

First African Blogger Awards now open for entriesEntries to the 2014 African Blogger Awards, the continent’s very first awards programme that measures online and social influencers’ reach and influence through…


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Events

eGov Kenya 20-21 March 2014Brackenhurst Conference CentreNairobi, KenyaeGov Kenya will provide an intensive two-day briefing for CFOs and CIOs from each county to empower them with the insights and knowledge…