Issue no 698 28th March 2014

Top Story

OpenBTS 4.0 offers new opportunities for Africa’s mobile operators – Targeting remote locations and the transition to IP

Africa’s mobile operators are faced with a number of network challenges that will have major commercial consequences. One of the key ones is the need to transition to IP for both voice and data to reduce costs and to be able create a data network out of their legacy narrow pipe networks that is fit for purpose. A small start-up that is using OpenBTS to reach remote locations may have a contribution to make. Russell Southwood spoke to Paul Homburger, Range Network’s Director of Sales.OpenBTS has long been regarded as an outsider technology and something the mobile operators and equipment…

Telecoms

MTN May Sell Off Nigerian Mobile Tower Networks

Talks of South African telecoms company, MTN’s sale of its mobile tower networks in Africa, which is in line with the company’s asset optimization plan, have again emerged with its…


Telecoms

Zambia to issue fourth mobile licence

The Zambian government has said the country’s fourth mobile licence will be issued soon after implementing the digital migration project.The minister of communications and transport Yamfwa Mukanga said the Zambian…


Telecoms

Hatif taps Satcom for satellite backhaul

EMC Satcom Technologies, a division of Emerging Markets Communications, has announced an agreement with Hatif Libya to deliver a satellite network capable of providing telecoms backhaul in major cities, as…


Telecoms

Cell C could be in deep, deep trouble: report

Cell C’s ability to pay back its debt could be under threat, should The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) fail to implement its new call termination regulations. This…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

-  Airtel Burkina Faso, the local mobile business of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has applied to the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) for a licence to…


Internet

Teraco setting standards for vendor neutral data centres in Africa

Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre, has proven once again that it is a world-class facility by achieving a full ISO 9001 quality certification with no exclusions,…


Internet

Ethiopia, Sudan considered 2014 ‘Enemies of the Internet’

From 2011-2013, no African nation made the Reporters Without Borders annual list of Internet Enemies. A few (usually Egypt, Eritrea, and Tunisia) have often been shortlisted as ‘Countries Under Surveillance.’…


Internet

dotAfrica to officially launch in May

The May 2014 commercial launch of dotAfrica is now certain, after the final outstanding paperwork was inked at the 49th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers…


Internet

Joint PR on PCCW Global & PHASE3 Telecom Landmark Telecommuications Solutions

PCCW Global and Phase3 Telecom collaboration signals new era of communications solutions for Nigeria and other West Africa nations - Agreement sees PCCW Global gain improved access to local networks in…


Internet

Telecom Namibia promotes ‘affordable’ internet

Telecom Namibia has announced the launch of revised, ‘affordable’ data-only fixed broadband packages for residential, small office/home office (SOHO) and small enterprise customers, under a promotion running for a month…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Trans-Sahara for IT and Communications, an IT systems integrator in Libya, has confirmed that it has launched as a business-focused internet service provider (ISP). The company commenced its ISP…


Computing

$100 Zedupad Tablet the Answer to Zambia’s Failing School System?

Many African schools are failing their pupils. Through a combination of lack of resources, low teaching skills and many other factors, the students who come out at the other end…


Computing

Julius Caesar in Africa – ICT helps reinvent Shakespearean drama

The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Set in present-day Africa and featuring an all-black cast, this visionary production echoes recent…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- International humanitarian organisation Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $3.8 million grant to facilitate completion of a mini ICT park to be located in central Accra, Ghana. The philanthropic foundation…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Orange Botswana is launching prepaid packages under the name Ola!, Biztech reported. Ola! Classic starting at BWP 6 a day, contains minutes to call all networks and SMS; Ola!…


Money Transfer

MoneyGram to Connect to the HomeSend International Money Transfer Hub

Agreement enables MoneyGram consumers to transfer funds from 200 countriesMoneyGram,  a leading global money transfer and payment services company, has signed a global agreement with BICS to connect to HomeSend.…


Money Transfer

Vodacom Tanzania, Umoja Switch partner for M-Pesa service

Vodacom Tanzania and Umoja Switch have entered into a partnership that will enable the telecom’s customers to withdraw cash from Umoja Switch ATMs using M-Pesa.Umoja Switch is a banking network…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Bank fined N245 Million for Violating Cashless Scheme

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has revealed that a prominent deposit taking bank in the country was fined a huge sum of N245 million in 2013 for violating the cashless…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Regulator rules on Safaricom and Airtel bids for yu Friday

Uncertainty continued to dog the proposed buyout of yuMobile on Thursday as Safaricom and Airtel awaited the industry regulator’s response on the fate of their bids by the end of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Exit Set To Rock Kenyan Telecom Market

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications, Dr Fred Matiang’i, last week announced that the country will end a lucrative deal which has seen Telkom Kenya manage a state-owned national…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel closes Warid takeover deal in Congo Brazzaville

Airtel Africa has completed its deal with Warid Telecom to buy its subsidiary in Congo Brazzaville, with the transaction successfully approved by the regulator, TMT Finance reported. According to TMT…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Naspers Invests Additional $75 Mln In Souq.com

South African based listed internet and media group Naspers, said on Monday it had invested an additional $75 million in Souq.com, Middle East and North Africa’s largest e-commerce platform. The…


Digital Content

“Click Rights” Campaign for Digital Rights in Middle East and North Africa

Following Edward Snowden's revelations about the US National Security Agency, the international community has been abuzz with discussion over new models for Internet governance. But are Arab citizens taking part…


Digital Content

Media: Sudan seeks to block ‘negative’ websites

Sudanese officials plan to step up efforts to block "negative" websites, state-linked media reported Tuesday, in a country already labeled an "enemy of the Internet" by watchdogs."In coming days, the…


Digital Content

South Africa MG free 2014 elections app

The Mail & Guardian has launched a new smartphone app, which aims to “keep the South African voting public informed in the run-up to the 2014 national elections on May…


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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,…