Issue no 714 11th July 2014

Top Story

O3B starts operations in Africa and launches second constellation which will cover more countries

It was nine years ago that O3B started as an idea but it seems like an eternity. But with the launch of its second constellation of 4 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, it will now begin to swing into operation with services targeted at a range of countries, largely where fibre is absent. Russell Southwood spoke to Daniel Schapiro about current operations and what’s planned.Greg Wyler came up with the idea of launching O3B to connect the 3 billion unconnected globally and saw MEO satellite constellations as a way of making satellite capacity as cheap as fibre. This was the…

Telecoms

Liquid Telecom Installs a $2 million Fiber Optic Network in Siaya County

Liquid Telecom Kenya has said it’s installing  a $2 million (Ksh175 million) fiber optic network in Siaya County,as part its plan to invest $50 million dollars in partnerships to connect…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telecel defaults on licence payment

Second largest mobile network operator, Telecel Zimbabwe is allegedly in default of its license renewal payment terms it brokered with government last year, potentially prejudicing treasury of critical financial resources…


Telecoms

Algeria: Djezzy GSM launches commercial 3G services

Algerian cellco Djezzy GSM has launched commercial 3.5G services in seven wilayas (provinces) across the country, Agence Ecofin reports. The operator offers HSPA+ services on both a pre-paid and post-paid…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Govt to Auction LTE Spectrum

The Government says it is ready to auction the long term evolution (LTE) spectrum to mobile operators for broadcasting to raise US$173 million needed to complete the broadcast digitalisation programme…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Ghana’s regulator National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced that the ban it imposed on Vodafone Ghana, which barred the operator from signing up new subscribers until 31 July 2014,…


Internet

Nigeria: Airtel Connects 27 Universities in Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria has partnered with Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) to deploy the first Research and Education Network dubbed, 'Nigerian Research and Education Network' (NgREN), in order to empower Nigerians with…


Internet

South Africa: OpenWeb out to to shake up ADSL market

OpenWeb has launched Hybrid Uncapped, a broadband offering that is set to shake up the local ADSL market. According to OpenWeb there is high customer demand for internet solutions, which…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- The government of Botswana is to implement a new five-year plan, currently dubbed the Draft National Broadband Strategy (DBNS), to improve internet access in rural areas.


Computing

Egypt: Online Registration System Hacked

The online registration system for the forthcoming elections was the target of a "violent attack" by computer hackers aimed "to undermine the citizens' right to register on electoral lists," a…


Computing

Kenya: New Portal to Offer Free Online Courses to Africa's Managers and Entrepreneurs

The African Management Initiative (AMI) has launched the first series of online courses developed with top business schools aimed at reaching one million African entrepreneurs and managers in the next…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Mobile subscribers across Africa will now enjoy cheap, fast and easy access mobile video content thanks to Tuluntulu app, a mobile platform designed to deliver more than 10-TV type…


Money Transfer

Safaricom & Microsoft Launch Mobile Operator Billing for Windows Phone Apps

Local developers are in for a kill after Microsoft and Safaricom today introduced a service that will Windows Phone users buy apps using their airtime instead of using PayPal, mobile…


Money Transfer

Airtel Complains About Higher Mobile Money Charges by Rival Network

Kenya's Airtel has confirmed that the country's Competition Authority is investigating a complaint about the pricing of mobile money services.Airtel had sent a complaint to the anti-trust regulator after reportedly…


Money Transfer

Kenyan Regulator Investigates Use of Ultra-Thin SIM Cards

Kenya's telecoms regulator has said that it will seek outside expert advice on the use of embedded SIM cards following a complaint by Safaricom.The complaint was sparked by proposals from…


Money Transfer

Credit cards, internet access, and online bill pay: Moroccan e-commerce is booming

Without a doubt, e-commerce in Morocco is experiencing a peak of interest. Over the last seven years, we’ve seen, at my startup Synergie Media, an explosion in demand for online…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CamTel, MTN sign fibre capacity deal

CamTel, Cameroon’s state-owned incumbent telecoms operator, has announced the signing of a ten-year partnership agreement with MTN Cameroon, under which it will provide the South African-owned firm with dark fibre…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NTRA launches tender for mobile network strengthening

Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has launched a tender aimed at strengthening the national mobile network in northern Sinai, southern areas of the Red Sea, Halayeb and Shalateen. It…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet becomes Zimbabwe exchange’s third highest traded stock

Zimbabwean telecommunications group, Econet Wireless, notched up $5 million in trade dealings on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) to become the third largest contributor to the local bourse's overall trade…


Digital Content

uAfrica.com targets Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda in African expansion

South African e-commerce technology company uAfrica.com is expanding into the rest of Africa.uAfrica.com develops cloud based e-commerce technology that helps users easily create online stores.In May this year, the company…


Digital Content

Gmail now in Afrikaans, Zulu

Google has added 13 new languages to Gmail, including Afrikaans and Zulu.This means that Afrikaans and Zulu speakers can now make use of the service in their mother tongue on…


Digital Content

Jumia Nigeria empowers SMEs with new platform

Jumia Nigeria has provided small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with a platform that will give them an opportunity to showcase their products online and reach a larger and more targeted…


Digital Content

How to open up citizen journalism in Africa beyond the smartphone minority

With Africa a predominantly feature phone market, we need to be creative to ensure the news reachesOpen journalism has turned all of us into experts, each with our own unique…


Digital Content

Ivory Coast stallholders turn to digital marketplace

Ebay and Alibaba may be the world's biggest online marketplaces, but not in Africa.Few have access to them or have even heard of them. Instead, Kaymu, whose website declares it…


Digital Content

Zone 9 blogger urges world to call for freedom in Ethiopia

In April, the Ethiopian government imprisoned nine journalists, including six bloggers from Zone 9, in one of the worst crackdowns against free expression in the country. Ethiopia is the second…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Evernote looking for Zim tech talent for global app competitionadvertisementAre you a talented African designer or developer and are looking at showcasing your talent at a global stage? Well Evernote,…


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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,…