Issue no 700 11th April 2014

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LTE launched in Cote d’Ivoire by YooMee, more countries to follow

Last week, YooMee launched the first TDD LTE in Cote d’Ivoire’s capital Abidjan. YooMee Africa Group is a Swiss based provider of mobile broadband Internet in sub-Saharan Africa. After becoming the market leader of broadband Internet in Cameroon (with over 20 000 customers), YooMee Africa continues its expansion by deploying an LTE network in Côte d’Ivoire where it expects to get up to 40 to 60 000 clients by 2017.Balancing Act’s analyst Sylvain Béletre looked at recent progress made in the country towards universal internet access and interviewed Yann Le Guen, Managing Director of YooMee Côte d’Ivoire SA.M. Yann Le Guen, Managing…

Telecoms

Tanzania: Helios Towers Subsidiary Steps Up Tanzania Services

Dar es Salaam — Telecoms infrastructure firm, Helios Towers, has launched a new service that they say guarantees high-quality and dependable telecoms networking in the country.Speaking during the launch last…


Telecoms

Nigeria licenses additional spectrum as it moves to increase broadband access

The completion of a recent spectrum auction in Nigeria represents a big step forward for the mobile broadband networks. However, given the challenges and costs of maintaining the infrastructure for…


Telecoms

Vodafone Egypt Deploys Telsis Mobile Assistant

Advanced call screening service for high ARPU users goes live with Africa’s largest networkVodafone Egypt has become the largest mobile operator in the world to deploy Telsis Mobile Assistant –…


Telecoms

Telecel to introduce on-net video calling, a first from Telecel

According to information gathered from our sources, Telecel Zimbabwe is set to launch Video Calling Services for its subscribers today. This will be the first time any local network operator…


Telecoms

Smart launches telecom services in Tanzania

Smart has launched its services in Tanzania, becoming the eighth operator in the country. Smart joins Zantel, Airtel, Vodacom, Tigo, TTCL, Sasatel and Benson in the provision of telecommunications services…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

-  Yozma Timeturns, which was granted a concession to operate within the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) wireless sector in July 2009 – but did not actually receive any frequencies…


Internet

Orange to set up internet service provider in SA

FRENCH telecoms operator Orange would establish an internet service provider (ISP) unit as part of its strategy to strengthen its presence in South Africa, Orange Horizons MD Sebastien Crozier said…


Internet

DStv in partnership with MWEB WiFi keep UB40 fans ‘connected’

“Ensuring ‘connected’ consumers have instant; uninterrupted access to their online world is essential for enhancing social experiences.” This is according to MWEB WiFi Head of Marketing, Siphiwe Thabethe, who aims…


Computing

Kenya: Cloud Uptake On the Rise Despite Challenges

The uptake of Cloud solutions is on the rise with latest research indicating that 70 per cent of organisations in Kenya are utilizing these solutions.This is according to a study…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecom, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Users of Libertis, the mobile network division of Gabon Telecom, itself a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, received two new services from the start of April. Firstly, Libertis officially launched its…


Money Transfer

Unified Payments launches Payarena

Unified Payment Services Limited, the leading Payments Industry Service Provider announces the introduction of a new service platform, Payarena®.Payarena offers customers access to Value Added Services which include purchase of…


Money Transfer

Absa launches Payment Pebble

Absa has officially launched its long-awaited Payment Pebble, bringing its mobile payments offering to merchant-held smartphones and tablets.First announced in November 2012, Absa’s Payment Pebble is a result of an…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C claims to have lost revenue market share due to MTRs

South African wireless operator Cell C has revealed that its revenue market share in the country has declined since 2010, when telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Telone Revenue Up 8 Percent

TelOne's revenue performance for the first quarter surged eight percent compared to the same period last year, Managing director Mrs Chipo Mtasa has said.Speaking in an interview at the sidelines…


Digital Content

After genocide, Rwanda looks to tech

BUSOGO, Rwanda — The Rwandan genocide still shadows Immaculee Mukamusoni’s life. Ethnic Hutu militias killed her mother, father and siblings, and for the next two decades, she had little support.…


Digital Content

How One Start-Up is Revolutionizing Egypt’s Food Scene

Sometimes it seems that any news you hear out of Egypt is bad news. Whether it’s about an increasing budget deficit, a new wave of violent clashes or another government…


Digital Content

The market for apps in DRC can only get bigger

Carlo Lekea, a nattily dressed 22-year-old res- ident of Kinshasa, has just created the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) first mobile phone application.I would take computers apart and figure out…


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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,…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced-       A low-cost mobile phone based antenatal diagnosis kit that captures foetal heart beat sounds and provides diagnosis which is sent to the mother…