Issue no 707 30th May 2014

Top Story

MTN Play Côte d’Ivoire getting "5,000 video views a month”: Broadband access is not an issue anymore

Since July 2013, MTN has been getting its feet wet with content by piloting a VoD services offer - MTN Play - in Cote d’Ivoire. Balancing Act’s associate editor Sylvain Béletre talked to Laurent Duprey, Head of Product & Services Department and Boubakar Sorgho, Manager Consumer Project, at MTN Côte d’Ivoire.  At the end of 2013, Balancing Act launched a market report reviewing all VoD platforms related to Africa. MTN Play in Ivory Coast was one of the 52 platforms we listed. Nine out of the 52 are set up by telcos. For African Telecoms service providers, there were at…

Telecoms

Smart signs IP backhaul contract with Avanti Communications

Smart, the East African mobile operator, has appointed global satellite operator Avanti Communications to deliver IP backhaul services in East Africa.Owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Smart…


Telecoms

MTN Uganda contributes UGX 16 bln to RCDF

MTN Uganda has paid UGX 16 billion to the Uganda Communications Commission Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) in tax remittance. This is part of the mandatory 2 per cent levy…


Telecoms

Ministry urges three smaller players to unite to increase competition

The Ministry of Communications in Cote d’Ivoire is calling for the three smallest operators in the country’s cellular market to merge to create a more effective competitor to the trio…


Telecoms

PCCW Global and Etisalat Group sign group framework agreement for voice interconnection

PCCW Global serves MNOs with the genuine end-to-end value of IPX over a private and managed IP networkHKT PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications…


Telecoms

Govt abandons plan to privatise Comores Telecom in wake of strong opposition

The government of the Union of Comoros has shelved a plan to privatise the country’s incumbent fixed line operator Comores Telecom (Comtel) and postpone until a later date, after receiving…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- The government of Osun State in Nigeria has shut down a number of base stations of mobile operator MTN in the region, following the South African-owned company’s failure to…


Internet

Globacom Nigeria targets 90% 3G coverage in 6 months, set to upgrade network

Globacom has announced plans to increase its 3G coverage in Nigeria to 90 per cent from the current 43 per cent, while it will also invest in network upgrades in…


Internet

Yaoundé & Douala First To Experience An Internet Hub In Cameroon

Cameroon’s Minister of Postal Services and Telecommunication, Jean Pierre Biyiti bi Essam has announced that soon the construction of the first internet hubs in Yaoundé and Douala, the two largest…


Internet

Stellenbosch free WiFi chaos

The Stellenbosch free Wi-Fi project seems to be in disarray, with different stakeholders in the project giving very different versions of what is really going on.The free Stellenbosch Wi-Fi project…


Internet

Gilat Satcom expands its fibre network with the new PoP in Tanzania

Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of satellite and fibre-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, today announced additional investment in its broadband network in East Africa with…


Internet

East Africa Discuss Sharing Internet Infrastructure

Members of the east African region are currently deliberating on how they can put up regional internet exchange points to contain local Internet traffic and reduce costs associated with traffic…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is in the process of changing the Automatic Trading System (ATS) and Central Securities Depository (CSD) engine into a more robust and cost…


Computing

Nigeria: NPC Insists On Biometrics, Satellite to Conduct 2016 Census

As a complete departure from the 2006 census exercise, the National Population Commission (NPC) said it would ensure that biometric, digital satellite and other information and communication technology (ICT) facilities…


Computing

Kenya Leads in M2M Connections in Africa

Kenya has stood out among the early adopters of machine to machine communications in the continent with half of all respondents questioned by IDC's 'Annual Europe Middle East and Africa…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom Tanzania is offering all users unlimited access to mobile internet on its new ‘Uhuru Wa Kweli’ data bundles, irrespective of what type of phone they use, available on all…


Money Transfer

WesternUnion.ng Finally Launched in Nigeria

Western Union Yes!Global payments firm Western Union has finally launched in Nigeria, allowing consumers in Nigeria to use www.WesternUnion.ng to direct funds Into bank accounts.The new web site in Nigeria…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Equity Rolls Out SIM Cards for Mobile Money Service

Equity Bank announced last week it will reduce cost of transferring money through mobile phones by up to half the prevailing average market rates when its service goes live in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zantel defaults of USD96m loan, sources claim

Tanzania telecoms operator Zanzibar Telecommunication (Zantel) is facing a bank demand for the immediate repayment of a USD96 million loan after defaulting on its payments, according to a bond prospectus…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat Drops Offer to Buyout Minority Shareholders in Maroc Telecom

UAE based Etisalat has cancelled its offer to buy out the minority shareholders in Maroc Telecom after securing a special waiver from the local stock exchange.Etisalat recently bought a 53%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom cuts off iBurst for unpaid bills

Vodacom has terminated an SMS agreement with iBurst owner WBS, and cut off its SMS interconnect, after WBS failed to pay its interconnect bill. WBS, however, said that there was…


Digital Content

Sudan looking into ways to control Facebook and Whatsapp

Sudan’s National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) is conducting technical studies on social networking sites, particularly Facebook and Whatsapp, in a bid to find ways to control their use in the country.NTC…


Digital Content

The Slums Of Liberia Spring To Life In These Animated GIFs

François Beaurain explores life in the capitol of Liberia through a series of beautiful GIFs.What makes an animated GIF so compelling isn't just that it's an image in motion; it's…


Digital Content

Tanzania’s new online music platform Mkito.com wants to reach a million users in a year’s time

 Launched at the end of April, Mkito.com is Africa’s newest online music platform. Founder Sune Mushendwa spoke to Digital Content Africa about how the idea came about and his ambitions…


Digital Content

Tunisia’s rubbish selfie trend

A Facebook page in Tunisia is harnessing the power of the selfie to draw attention to piles of rubbish littering the nation's streets.A selfie is usually designed to portray its…


Digital Content

Street style fashion offers opportunities for South Africa's entrepreneurs

Ask the average European what they brought home from their safari trip to South Africa and they're likely to show you a beaded cuff, a pair of salad tongs or…


Digital Content

eLearning Africa’s Response to ICTAU on Conference Fees

his week, Uganda ICT Association released a statement in which it urged the organisers of the eLearning Africa Conference – happening at Speke Resort, Munyonyo, Kampala, starting Wednesday – to…


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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

Software developer2Company: Futures GroupDeadline: Monday 30th June 2014Location: LusakaJob DescriptionWe are looking for two skilled, motivated and creative full time software developers for our informatics team in Zambia. We are…