Issue no 704 9th May 2014

Top Story

Africa’s transactional Internet will become an everyday experience – eBay-owned Gumtree gets 3-5 million uniques a month in South Africa

Alongside the growth of social media on the continent, using the Internet for everyday transactions is starting to become as natural as the things it is slowly replacing. Want to sell something? eBay-owned Gumtree in South Africa is now getting 3-5 million uniques a month. Russell Southwood spoke to is newly appointed Head Of Marketing Claire Cobbledick.Gumtree started in the UK initially targeting South Africans and Australians. It was bought by eBay in 2000 from its two founders and then introduced into a number of different international markets. Its South African presence was launched in 2005 but as Cobbledick told…

Telecoms

Flexenclosure delivers energy centre to Vodacom Tanzania in multi million dollar deal

Vodacom Tanzania has ordered an energy centre from Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of prefabricated data centres and intelligent power management systems for the ICT industry. It will power Vodacom Tanzania's…


Telecoms

East Africa: Huawei Launches World's Slimmest 4G Lte Smartphone

Huawei has released the new Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone with 4G LTE capability providing ultra-fast connectivity on a 5 inch display.The device comes with 8MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing cameras…


Telecoms

MTN Takes Two Companies To Court Over Fibre Cuts

MTN Ghana has instituted  legal action against two companies, Hisense Son Electronic Ltd and Zuleah Esifu for damage to its fibre cables.MTN sued Hisense Son Electronic Limited for causing damage…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Addis Connected After Second Phase Telecoms Expansion Project Finalised

The second phase of the mobile service expansion project has been completed in Addis Abeba, bringing the call success rate up to 98pc, amid sporadic SIM card shortages in the…


Telecoms

MTN offloads towers in Rwanda, Zambia

IHS Holding has announced it has acquired a portfolio of telecom towers in Rwanda and Zambia from mobile operator MTN.Under the terms of the deal, IHS will take over all…


Telecoms

Vodacom debuts low-cost smartphone

Vodacom has become the latest operator to debut a low-cost, own-branded smartphone aimed at getting more South Africans connected to the Internet.Following the launch earlier this year by MTN of…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, increased its tariffs by an average of 14% at the start of this month, in response to…


Internet

Connecting Citizens to County Government in Laikipia

In 2010, Kenya adopted a new constitution calling for a devolved system of governance structured around two key facets: national and county. The leadership of the County Assembly of Laikipia,…


Internet

FG officials get 40,000 .ng email accounts for secure communication, says NIRA

Mary Uduma, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has said that over 40,000 email accounts have been created on the DotNG, the country Internet domain name for…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- New figures released by ITU indicate that, by end 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the…


Computing

Samsung ends notebook sales in South Africa as tablets surge

Samsung has announced that it is no longer supplying notebooks in the South African region, effective April, because of a shift in consumer trends. The latest insights from the International…


Computing

East Africa Sees Record Double-Digit Decline in PC Shipments

PC shipments to East Africa suffered a huge year on year decline of 31.6% in Q1 2014. According to a preliminary report released by IDC that covers Kenya Uganda Tanzania…


Computing

Kenya: Laptop Scheme Receives Unesco Boost

The government's school laptop programme has received a boost after the United Nations Education Science Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pledged to complement the programme through events to promote the application of…


Computing

Solar-powered laptop computer introduced to Nigerian Market

Canadian company, Wewi Telecommunications Inc., has introduced a solar-powered laptop into the Nigerian market,that could revolutionalise computing in Africa.SOL (Sun Operated Laptop) is presently the only sun-powered laptop in the…


Computing

Malawi: Macra Says ICT Catalyst of Gender Equality

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has said Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a catalyst to acceleration of gender equality enshrined in the United Nations charter.Macra Board Chairperson, Martha Kwataine…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and coverage

Nigerians can now make international calls and SMS at affordable price with the updated version of KeepCalling iOS app, TelephoneNigeria.com has said.The iOS app free telephoneNigeria.com runs on iPhone, iPad…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Mobile Banking Time on M-Pesa Now Instantaneous

Transaction time on the mobile banking platform M-Pesa will now be instantaneous from the previous 2 hours after a system upgrade on the application programmable interface (API).Safaricom says the new…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: MTN Unveils Insurance Package

A local insurer has taken advantage of opportunities presented by the mobile money transfer service to take insurance services to the masses.Prime Life Assurance, a life insurance services provider, has…


Money Transfer

Kenya and 8 other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have more mobile money accounts than bank accounts

As of June 2013, 98 million (48%) of the 203 million registered mobile money accounts globally were in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) - East Africa holding the lion's share of SSA's…


Money Transfer

Kenya's Helb to issue e-cards

Kenya's Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) has partnered with a number of banks to develop prepaid electronic cards for disbursing funds to students and tracking of borrowers' future bank transactions.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel to spend $1 billion per year in Africa

BUJA: Telecom major Bharti Airtel will invest $1 billion every year on its African operations over the next few years."Airtel will invest $1 billion in Africa per annum over the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vivendi to finalise Maroc Telecom sale on 14 May

French media group Vivendi has announced that all of the conditions relating to the sale of its 53% stake in Maroc Telecom to UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) have now…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Viettel, MTN, UK firm in three-horse race for Telkom Kenya?

A three-horse race to buy out Orange Group's 70% stake in Telkom Kenya is underway, Standard Digital reports citing anonymous sources close to the ailing full-service operator. Viettel Group, which…


Digital Content

Ugandan Women Show Tech Isn't Just for Boys

As East Africa's technology sector takes off, one group in Uganda is working to erase gender stereotypes and ensure that women are not left behind. In Kampala, the gender gap…


Digital Content

Uganda: NBS TV Goes Mobile

To get an edge over its competition, NBS Television has unveiled a new innovation, the NBS TV mobile application. In a statement issued on May 5, Joseph Kigozi, the head…


Digital Content

MTN to collaborate with Nigeria's Davido and SA's Mafikizolo

In an important step in the fast changing face of music distribution in Africa, MTN this week announced the launch of the song 'Tchelete' or 'Good Life' via its MTN…


Digital Content

Rwanda to use SMS for disaster management

The Rwandan Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Affairs (MIDIMAR) is launching a service involving the use of SMS in alerting the public about looming disasters.Jean Baptiste Nsengiyumva, director of…


Digital Content

#BringBackOurGirls focuses world's eyes on Nigeria's mass kidnapping

Three weeks after 257 girls were snatched from their school in Chibok, a fortnight after #BringBackOurGirls first appeared on Twitter, and a day after Barack Obama described the kidnapping as…


Digital Content

Angola: Governor Calls for Digital Library in Lobito City

Benguela ' The provincial governor of Benguela Province, Isaac dos Anjos, last Monday in the central Benguela Province, called for the construction of a digital library in Lobito City, given…


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Events

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit May 13-14, 2014Labadi Beach Hotel , Accra, Ghana The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance would like to invite you to its second annual Global Summit, which will…


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People

Alan Knott-Craig has stepped down as CEO of Cell C following the stroke he suffered in November last year. Jose Dos Santos, who had been running the company in an…