Issue no 711 20th June 2014

Top Story

Nigeria’s bitflux to launch an LTE-A local access wholesale network on open access principles

The bandwidth glass in Nigeria seems to be going from half empty to half full. One of the first new licences aimed at cracking open broadband supply barriers went to a local company Bitflux. Russell Southwood spoke to the people behind it, Biodun Omoniyi and Tokunbo Talabi.When I was last in Lagos in February this year, I talked about the possibility of there being a real take-off of broadband. Smile, Spectranet and Swift now have somewhere between 100-150,000 LTE data subscribers, with growing network coverage. Because as one industry insider told me:”The mobile operators’ performance in terms of data (on…

Telecoms

Thuraya launches its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal with MIL-SPEC components

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a Mobile Satellite Services operator, has announced the launch of the Thuraya IP Commander, its first ruggedized satellite broadband terminal designed using MIL-SPEC components. The terminal will…


Telecoms

New Wireless Phone Charging Trouser Could Strike Gold in Africa

At first glance, a trouser collection designed by British luxury fashion designer, A. Sauvage seems to offer purely sleek, luxury detailed designed and well-tailored pants. However, a closer look at…


Telecoms

Orange introduces trial LTE service in Cote d’Ivoire

Orange Cote d’Ivoire has introduced 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in selected areas of the capital city Abidjan, albeit on an experimental basis. Coverage is currently limited to the…


Telecoms

Gilat Satcom Launches Satellite Phone Service to Provide Connectivity in African Underground Mines

Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of satellite and fibre-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, has announced a new system which will provide high-quality voice connectivity to…


Telecoms

Ethio Telecom connects 89% of settlements

Ethiopian fixed line and mobile monopoly operator Ethio Telecom has announced that it has extended telecoms network access to over 16,000 out of 18,000 kebeles, or settlements, in the country.…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- According to a survey on ICT usage by the Agence Nationale de Reglementation des Telecommunications (ANRT), the number of smartphone users in Morocco has more than doubled in the…


Internet

Egyptians move away from fixed line to mobile Internet services

Egypt's fixed line subscribers declined 21.3 percent in March compared to the same period the prior year, falling to to 6.7 million when they registered 8.6 million in 2013, revealed…


Internet

Angola Cables and DE-CIX Announce Long-Term Strategic Partnership for African Continent

Angola Cables, an operator of fiber-optic submarine cables, has announced a strategic partnership with DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet exchange operator. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)…


Internet

Free MWEB WiFi in Durban

Internet service provider (ISP), MWEB, has launched  a free Wi-Fi ‘zone’ in Florida Road, Durban, its first Wi-Fi activated high street.The group said that the Wi-Fi zone solution covers 90%…


Internet

Mozambique seeks partners to provide cheap internet

Maputo is hosting the Forum of Multi-Stakeholders of A4AI Mozambique, with the aim of establishing a multilateral partnership that will contribute to the development and implementation of targeted government policy…


Internet

MTN cuts off WBS, iBurst

MTN South Africa terminated services to iBurst parent Wireless Business Solutions for non-paymentMTN South Africa has terminated services to Wireless Business Solutions (WBS)/iBurst for non-payment on 6 June 2014.MTN said…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- TI Sparkle, the international services arm of the Telecom Italia Group, has announced a new partnership with national PTO Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) for the delivery of IP…


Computing

Zitouna Bank chooses IBM cloud for core banking systems

IBM announced that Zitouna Bank has selected cloud capabilities consisting of IBM systems, software and services to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for customers.As in many…


Computing

Microsoft 4Afrika Launches Women-Only Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco

Microsoft 4Afrika, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco (AFEM), and INWI today officially launched the Cloud Startup Academy in Morocco to help young Moroccan women especially recent graduates or…


Computing

Africa: U.S.$35 Raspberry Pi Could Round Up Computer Viruses

A computer costing only US$35, the Raspberry Pi, could be used to create a firewall to improve 'security hygiene' in developing countries, says the researcher behind the idea.Internet users in…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- South African start-up Vumatel, which recently won a project to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Parkhurst, an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg, is reportedly planning to deploy fibre-optic broadband…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodafone has announced a partnership with eTranzact Ghana to allow the network’s subscribers to make voice and data payments electronically via eTranzact’s e-payment platform.


Money Transfer

Orange Expands Mobile Banking in Africa with BNP Paribas

Orange Money already enables customers to pay for good and services such as utilities and phone credit using their mobile phones, and by linking their Orange accounts to their BNP…


Money Transfer

KCB Signs Up Modern Coast For Cashless Fares Deal

The Kenya Commercial Bank has partnered Modern Coast for its cashless payment card that will allow commuters to load sh600 as minimal amount and sh140,000 maximum for bus fare in…


Money Transfer

3G direct pay limited moves to protect customers against card fraud

As data compromise becomes more sophisticated, 3G Direct Pay Limited, a leading online payments service provider has moved to cushion its customers against security breaches and theft of payment card…


Money Transfer

PayPal expands payment services to Nigeria, 9 other markets

PayPal is entering 10 new countries this week, including Nigeria, providing online payment alternatives for consumers via mobile phones or PCs in markets often blighted by financial fraud.Rupert Keeley, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe CTC goes after Econet

The Competitions and Tariffs and Commission has started gathering information, which may result in a fully fledged investigation on alleged uncompetitive behaviour by Econet Wireless.CTC has arranged a meeting with…


Digital Content

In Mali, village elders’ wisdom soon to be delivered via smartphone

New technologies and ancestral traditions may seem like two completely different worlds. And yet, our Observer is aiming to change that through his new blog through which Malians can share…


Digital Content

Can Mobile Digital Music Help African Musicians?

In the recent past, most African musicians had limited ways to distribute their music. If not through the sales of their CDs, it was through airplay, which was hard to…


Digital Content

MTN, PriceCheck set sights on Nigeria

PriceCheck and MTN are exploring other African markets where the South African group has a presence to expand their co-branded app that enables mobile network users to access the online…


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Jobs & Opportunities

DVT launches mobile app testing hub in Cape TownSoftware and services specialist company DVT has opened the doors on its new, purpose-built mobile application testing hub in Cape Town.The new…


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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,…