Issue no 715 18th July 2014

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The case for remote operators in Africa grows stronger with new regulatory approaches and low cost technology

With the bankruptcy of low cost, remote base station vendor Altobridge, it looked like the case for niche, remote vendors had taken a nose-dive. But a number of things have come together to make the picture somewhat brighter than it might first appear. Russell Southwood looks at recent developments.At the ITU’s World Development Conference in April this year, a resolution D19 was passed on Telecommunications for Remote and Rural Areas. Item 3 of the recommendation reads:” Business models which can achieve financial and operational sustainability can be operated by local entrepreneurs supported by a variety of initiatives. These facilities, where…

Telecoms

Airtel Zambia to continue enhancing network with USD80m investment in 2014

Airtel Zambia is to invest around USD80 million in its network this year, on top of the almost USD270 million that has already been spent by India’s Bharti Airtel since…


Telecoms

ANRT orders Maroc Telecom to revise its leased line offer

Moroccan telecoms watchdog, the Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom (ANRT), has ordered domestic fixed line incumbent telco Maroc Telecom to amend some of the terms and conditions of its…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Nigerian operator Globacom has broadened its roaming services with the addition of 100 network partners across the world in the last year. Postpaid subscribers can now obtain seamless roaming…


Internet

Google bringing super-fast internet to Kampala

Google has launched an initiative to bring fast and more reliable internet service to Kampala. Through Project Link the search giant is building fibre-optic networks that will make it possible…


Internet

NAPAfrica celebrates a new peak at 15Gbps

NAPAfrica, Africa’s most successful neutral peering exchange has reached a record-breaking peak of 15Gbps, making it the largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Africa. NAPAfrica is housed within each of…


Internet

Orange strikes ‘strategic’ deal to assume control of DRC fibre backbone

French telecoms giant Orange Group and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have signed a ‘strategic’ deal, which will see the French firm’s local unit Orange DRC…


Internet

Gambia launches first-ever internet exchange point

The Ministry of Information Communication & Infrastructure (MOICI) and Telecom Operators, under The African Union Commission (AUC) Internet Exchange Services (AXIS) Support Project on Saturday July 12th 2014, launched the…


Internet

Meet the BRCK – rugged internet for Africa

Uninterrupted internet access is but a dream in many parts of Africa. One of the reasons for this is the constant power outages that also cuts off internet connectivity.Last week…


Internet

BICS establishes point-of-presence in Johannesburg to increase reach into Africa

Telecoms operators can now access improved quality of connectivityin the region following BICS’ deal with Teraco  BICS, global provider of international connectivity and interoperability services, has established a point-of-presence (POP)…


Internet

Nigeria: “WhiteSpaces” Begins Private Beta To Introduce Affordable Internet

WhiteSpaces begins private beta with 250 beta users and 25,000 intending users who have shown interest.Founder Mark Afolabi says: ” Internet access is a really big deal, with the 6-7%…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Namibia: MTC said this week that it has come to its attention that customers are not happy with what they call 'high data usage' on their handsets. MTC said…


Computing

iWayAfrica partners SevenC Computing

African operator Gondwana International Networks (GIN) announced that its iWayAfrica business will be partnering with managed services company SevenC Computing to grow its foothold in key territories. The move will…


Computing

Rwanda: Online Civil Registration Launched

The government has launched online registration of newborns, deaths, marriages and divorces, among others, as a way of consolidating the country's statistics and coming up with timely and accurate figures.The…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Easy Taxi Nigeria has launched a promotion which offers users in Abuja and Lagos a free ride on every two rides taken within a week. Managing director Bankole Cardoso…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Activ-Edge, SAP Partner for Mobile Money Offering

Activ-Edge, a Nigerian technology firm, has entered into a partnership with SAP Africa to provide mobile payment services to local clients.The deal will culminate in ActivEdge Technologies offering key SAP…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: FCMB commences Agent Banking

As part of efforts to encourage the huge number of unbanked and underbanked Nigerians living in rural communities, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has launched an agent banking system in…


Money Transfer

Kenya's Safaricom Drops Exclusivity Rule for Mobile Money Agents

Kenya's dominant mobile network, Safaricom has dropped a rule that barred its mobile money agents from working with other mobile networks.The company had tried to enforce a rule that a…


Money Transfer

Nedbank launches Send-iMali service

South Africa's Nedbank has launched Send-iMali, a fast, safe and easy-to-use system for sending money through a mobile phone, the internet or the Nedbank App Suite to any valid South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MIC divests its share in Mauritian telco Emtel to local partner

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MIC has a 50% equity interest in Emtel through its wholly-owned Millicom Mauritius Limited unit, while Currimjee owns the remainder. The agreement, which is subject…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EIB lends EUR 20 mln to TV Cabo for Angola network expansion

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a EUR 20 million loan to help expand TVCabo's network in Angola. TVCabo was established in 2002 and is owned by a partnership…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ITU to promote mobile money for the poor

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has established a focus group on digital financial services to promote financial inclusion using ICT. It says the initiative is in response to a proposal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe telecoms Q1 revenue falls 15 pct

Zimbabwe’s telecoms sector has reported a 15 percent decline in revenue to $213 million for the first quarter of the year compared to the preceding quarter as consumers migrated to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe Sets Revenue Target for LTE Spectrum Auction

Zimbabwe's government is looking to auction off 4G licenses later this year, with the aim of raising at least USD173 million from the mobile networks.It has set the target to…


Digital Content

Digital warriors battle to get African games on phones

Safari the warrior crouches in the bush - a digitised heroine from the new mobile phone game "Afro Fighters" that its Nigerian creator hopes will soon rival the likes of…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Safaricom Launches 2nd Edition Of AppWiz ChallengeKenya’s mobile telecom operator Safaricom has launched the 2nd edition of its AppWizz Challenge, a developer competition designed to help identify and develop successful…


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Events

The 7th edition of DCD Converged Johannesburg  Monday, 13th October 2014Join us for this engaging learning opportunity and the chance to network with over 250 data center professionals.- IT &…


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People

Business Connexion Appoints CEOBusiness Connexion Group Limited has announced  that Mr. Isaac Mophatlane has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the company with effect 1 August 2014. He will…