Issue no 697 21st March 2014

Top Story

Alliance For Affordable Internet wants to get Internet prices down to 5% of per capita income or below, focused on several African countries

In terms of widening Internet use, Africa faces several challenges including lowering the cost of both data use and device costs. The Alliance for Affordable Internet has sunk its teeth into getting developing country Internet prices down, Russell Soythwood spoke to its Executive Director Sonia Jorge about the challenges and how she will tackle them.The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) was set up as a coalition of private sector, public sector, and civil society organizations to focus on bringing down the cost of Internet use globally, particularly in poorer countries. Its Honorary Chairperson is Dr Bitange Ndemo, former Permanent Secretary,…

Telecoms

GSMA, Mobile Operators Partner to Improve Mobile Access in Africa

Major mobile operator groups, serving 506 million customers across Africa and the Middle East, are making plans to partner with GSM Association (GSMA) on network infrastructure sharing initiatives.The initiative, which…


Telecoms

Ghana Telecoms ordered to repeat Sim-registration

Telecom operators in Ghana have been ordered to repeat the SIM card registration process after they were accused of engaging in fraudulent activities around the scheme.The government says that there…


Telecoms

Smart Telecom Launched In Uganda

Smart Telecom is the latest telecommunications company to enter Ugandan Market.Smart Telecom is under Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) Kenya, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED)The…


Telecoms

Algeria to Launch Fixed LTE In May 2014

Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) is planning to launch fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in May 2014, while mobile 4G will be introduced in late 2015. Zorha Derdouri,…


Telecoms

Zambian Networks Face Lose of License if Quality is Not Improved

Zambia's government has issued a warning to the mobile networks and threatened to revoke their operating licenses if they do not improve the quality of their service.The out-going minister of…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Nigeria's MTN has announced an expanded managed services agreement with Aviat Networks.- Indian-backed cellco Airtel Gabon has launched the West African country’s first commercial UMTS-based 3G mobile data services,…


Internet

Google’s Project Link offers Ugandans unlimited internet access

Google’s Project Link initiative is offering Ugandans unlimited internet access in a unique way courtesy of its microfibre network, according to Jennifer Haroon, principal, access strategy and operations at Google.HumanIPO…


Internet

Somalia: Mogadishu to Get High-Speed 4G LTE Network

Glocall Telecoms plans to provide 4G LTE high-speed internet connection for mobile phones to Mogadishu residents, government offices, schools and businesses, implementing partner company Tazca Connects announced Wednesday (March 18th)."Deploying…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Algeria’s state-owned telco Algerie Telecom (AT) is planning to launch fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in May 2014, while mobile 4G will be introduced in late 2015, Agence…


Computing

Why Pamoja says Cloud cover is good for Africa

Cloud is ready for your business in 2014, but is your business ready for the Cloud? This was the question put to delegates at an information session on the impact…


Computing

IBM Set 10-year Plan to Address Cognitive Computing in Africa

The International Business Machine (IBM) has come up with a 10-year business model that will address cognitive computing in Africa. This, according to the company, will help develop data for…


Computing

South Africa's Western Cape launches free Wi-Fi pilot

South Africa's Western Cape government has launched a free Wi-Fi pilot project at The Hague Primary School, in Delft, and plans to extend it to Atlantis, Robertson and the Garden…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecom, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Orange hopes to launch a range of new products using Wi-Fi in South Africa this year, and will elaborate further on its plans within the next two weeks, reports…


Money Transfer

Brussels Airlines to fly with MTN Cameroon’s Mobile Money

The Belgian airline, Brussels Airlines, and the leader of the Cameroonian cellular phone industry, MTN Cameroon (59% market-share with 8.7 million subscribers on December 31, 2013), just signed a partnership…


Money Transfer

Western Union Expands Mobile Money Transfer Network in Nigeria with Paga

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, today announced the launch of a new mobile money transfer service to Nigeria, which increases the reach of…


Money Transfer

Uganda telecom upgrades mobile money platform

Uganda telecom, a partially state owned telecommunication service provider, has signaled it will embark on upgrading its mobile money banking platform, M-Sente, in the next two weeks to enable their…


Money Transfer

Mahindra Comviva launches digital wallet solution

Mobility solutions provider, Mahindra Comviva has announced the launch of mobiquity, its digital wallet platform.Mobiquity is a fully integrated digital wallet platform which supports Near Field Communication (NFC), Quick Response…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Lap GreenN eyes Orange Uganda

A subsidiary of Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, Lap GreenN, is said to be interested in bidding for Orange Uganda, which owner Orange has hired Lazard to assess strategic option for,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WeChat throws hat in African ring

Instant messaging platform WeChat has risen to prominence over the last year, and with the dominance of WhatsApp and BBM on the continent, the company is well aware of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Workers acquire 10% stake in Mozambique’s TDM

According to unconfirmed local press reports, management, technical personnel and other workers at state-owned Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) have acquired 10% of the state-owned company’s share capital. Under the terms…


Digital Content

Stanbic Botswana turns to tablets to boost sales

Stanbic Bank Botswana, a subsidiary of South African headquartered Standard Bank Group, has launched sales application tablet technology, through Apple’s iOS software platform, to help sign up new customers.Lerato Chana…


Digital Content

Smart app to help fight Malaria

Capitalizing on the penetration and massive growth of Android-based smartphone and tablet devices throughout Africa, Mobilium Global has announced the launch of its Smart Health application in seven African countries…


Digital Content

How to spread Rwandan propaganda, and intimidate opponents? Twitter, of course.

Last week, a few unfortunate clicks revealed to the world that the Twitter account of Rwandan President Paul Kagame is run by the same person who spews pro-Rwanda propaganda under…


Digital Content

Google snubs South Africa with Movies & TV update

Search giant Google has rolled out an update to its Google Play Movies & TV app. This recent update includes support for over 40 new countries – including Burkina Faso,…


Digital Content

Rwanda Bans Internet Marketing Company

Rwanda has banned PLI Telexfree Rwanda Ltd, a multi-level internet marketing service company, after investigations linked it to alleged money laundering in the country.A Brazilian court of Acre State has…


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Events

AITEC Banking & Mobile Money15 - 16 July 2014Eko Hotel, Lagos NigeriaDear Colleague,For a number of reasons, including the recent dismissal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria,…