Issue no 702 24th April 2014

Top Story

Speeding up the future - A strategy for Africa’s data future where Internet is widespread and prices are much lower

Africa has a unique opportunity to make the transition to IP data more quickly than other continents. Using IP data will help reduce costs and could produce some of the cheapest data delivery in the world. Russell Southwood explores how Governments and regulators could create the right conditions to help bring this about.One day everything will be data and voice will not exist as a separate category, needing different technology. The transition in developed countries has been relatively slow. However, at the international level large amounts of calls now move through IP and MPLS based networks. At the consumer level,…

Telecoms

South Sudan to hook into fibre cable

South Sudan wants to hook onto the undersea fibre optic cables at Kenya's coast by the end of the year.The country's under-secretary in the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services,…


Telecoms

Huawei Starts Base Station Roll-Out in Rural Zambia

Huawei has launched the first of a series of 169 base stations that will connect rural communities in Zambia to the mobile phone network.The coming of the communication towers will…


Telecoms

Burkina drops 4th licence plan to focus on fibre backbone

The government of Burkina Faso has decided to focus on its fibre backbone deployment, which could take 2 or 3 years, before licensing a fourth mobile operator, digital economy minister…


Telecoms

TE SubCom to Deliver AAE-1 Submarine Cable

The AAE-1 Consortium, owners of the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 submarine cable spanning approximately 25,000 km connecting Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company, announced that…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Following the announcement earlier this month that Telecom Egypt (TE) would be required to pay EGP2.5 billion (USD360 million) for a unified telecoms licence allowing it to enter the…


Internet

VConnect And Stanbic IBTC Join Forces To Serve SMEs

Nigeria's largest local search engine, VConnect has announced a strategic partnership with Stanbic IBTC, a leading banking conglomerate in Africa and provider of integrated financial services, to enable SME customers…


Computing

Samsung to open up assembly plant in Ethiopia

Samsung Electronics Co. will be opening up a laptop and printer assembly plant in Ethiopia over the next few months. This is seen as a strategic move in increasing its…


Computing

Vodacom expands training programme

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public…


Money Transfer

Orange Money reaches 10 million customers worldwide

The Orange Money service now has 10 million customers worldwide, less than six years after it launched and less than two years after passing the 5 million mark.It's currently available…


Money Transfer

MTN partners with Jumia in Ivory Coast

African e-commerce website Jumia has partnered with mobile operator MTN, to enable customers in the Ivory Coast to use mobile money to pay for purchases on the online shop.According to…


Money Transfer

Kenyan Bank to Hand Out NFC Enabled Smartphones

Kenya's Equity Bank is planning to distribute over 300 000 NFC enabled smartphones to its retail store customers in an effort to support mobile payments.The smartphones will be offered free…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vimpelcom resolves Algeria row with $2.6 billion stake sale

Russia's Vimpelcom has resolved a long-running dispute with the Algerian government by selling it a majority stake in the country's biggest telecoms operator for $2.6 billion, while it will keep…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Angolan shareholders claim right to buy out Portugal Telecom from Unitel

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and the other local shareholders of Angola's largest cellco Unitel have told fellow shareholder Portugal Telecom (PT) that they intend to 'exercise their rights' to…


Digital Content

Malawi: Voter verification: MEC launches SMS and online service

As the voter verification exercise progresses in Malawi ahead of the May 20 polls, eligible voters will now be able to verify their details online and through mobile phones.The Malawi…


Digital Content

Mapping Africa: readers fill in the gaps

Map coverage across Africa has improved dramatically since the days when cartographers used elephants to fill in the gaps in their knowledge. Google alone has increased its representation of roads…


Digital Content

SAP launches mobile birth registration app in Kenya

SAP Africa has announced the launch of a mobile application prototype to simplify the birth registration process in Kenya, saving costs and time and easing access to education, healthcare and…


Digital Content

'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world

Unesco is pointing to a "mobile reading revolution" in developing countries after a year-long study found that adults and children are increasingly reading multiple books and stories on their phones.Nearly…


Digital Content

Few requests for Facebook, Google user information from African governments in 2013

Relatively few African governments ' 8 to be exact ' requested user information or content removal from Facebook or Google last year.Despite all the talk of online censorship in African…


Digital Content

Will Eastern Congo see the first app to win a war?

Bienvenu, my motorbike driver, negotiated the gargantuan potholes and filthy water tankers to reach what was then the front line. The Congolese army had been fighting a rebellion in the…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Are you ready for Girls in ICT Day 2014? We are!Girls in ICT Day, 2014 This year, we are not only hosting girls from various high schools across the country,…


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People

Bharti Airtel's Ghana subsidiary has named a Vodafone executive as its new Managing Director. Lucy Quist is joining Airtel Ghana from Vodafone Ghana where she has been the Director for…


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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,…