Issue no 716 25th July 2014

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X-Lab pioneers connectivity using Mesh Wi-Fi software in Somaliland and Tunisia

Using Mesh Wi-Fi software that sits on a range of popular devices, US tech policy intervention start-up X-Lab has created a way of rolling out local connectivity. With two working examples in Somaliland and Tunisia, this is not just a good concept. Russell Southwood spoke to X-Lab founder Sascha Meinrath.The software is called Commotion Wireless and is Open Source software that allows routers, android phones and linux laptops to all speak the same language and communicate using a mesh network. This allows communities to build their own networks out of these devices and they can either be connected to the…

Telecoms

The World Bank Is Pushing The Repairing Of DRC Telecoms Through A $92 Million Funding

The terrible state of the telecommunications infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) has touched the World Bank and it wants to rehabilitate it with a funding of $92…


Telecoms

Three Somali Telecom Companies Have Reached a Landmark Agreement for Interconnecting Their Networks

Three main Somali telecommunication companies namely Hormud, Somtel and National link have signed cooperation.The three said in a joint press conference that the cooperation will pave way for easy communication…


Telecoms

Liquid Telecom, Eutelsat extend IP connectivity

Liquid Telecom and Eutelsat have extended their relationship to 2019 with a new multi-transponder contract for satellite capacity delivering premium coverage of sub-Saharan Africa. The additional capacity is on the…


Telecoms

Airtel Plans $80 Million Worth of Upgrades in Zambia

Bharti Airtel's Zambian subsidiary expects to invest around USD80 million over the next 12 months expanding its network coverage and deploying LTE upgrades.Airtel's managing director Charity Lumpa told the Zambia…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Airtel Niger, the local cellular unit of Indian telecoms company Bharti Airtel, has been awarded a 15-year licence for the establishment and operation of a 3G network, Reuters reports,…


Internet

Chad heads for hi-speed internet – Millicom tests LTE

Tigo's successful testing of 4G (LTE) wireless technology in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad, is a significant landmark for Millicom as well as a regional first for the country.The event…


Internet

South Africa: Now Parkview asks suppliers to quote for FTTH

Residents of another upmarket Johannesburg suburb have kick-started the process of building a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in their neighbourhood. Parkview has signalled plans to follow the example of nearby Parkhurst,…


Internet

Malawi launches Internet Governance Forum, to help shape the development of Malawi’s internet economy

The Malawi Government and the New Partnership for Development (Nepad) have launched the Malawi Internet Governance Forum (Malawi IGF) in an effort to bring a semblance of order in the…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- Kenyan daily The Star has launched an e-paper set to operate on smartphone platforms such as Android, iOs, Blackberry OS, as well as on desktop PCs and tablets.- Algerie…


Computing

Designing effective MOOCs for refugees

There are many problems that need to be overcome before the full potential of online learning can be realised for refugees.But solutions are already on the horizon, and some were…


Computing

Kenya: UK Tech Firms Deliver E-Learning Solutions to Kenya's Marginalised Girls

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has announced a strategic partnership with the private sector to deliver e-learning programmes in Kenya to thousands of marginalised girls.Project iMlango is a…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- Eneza is not necessarily seeking to replace the Kenya Government's laptop project but when it comes to enhancing education for the young Kenyan students through the use of technology,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN has launched MTN Pulse service), offering calls to other MTN Pulse subscribers for as low as 29c per minute. “Keep your MTN Pulse friends in the loop and get…


Money Transfer

Moov subscribers get new m-money service: Flooz

Atlantique Telecom has reportedly introduced the ‘Flooz’-branded electronic money transfer service for its Gabonese unit, Moov. According to online journal GabonLibre.com, the service was unveiled by director general Abdoulaye Cisse…


Money Transfer

Perago (SIA Group) Signs Contract with Swish Payments to Support Launch of New M-Commerce Solution in Africa and Europe

Perago, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SIA, has signed an agreement with Swish Payments Ltd., a mobile commerce provider owned by leading South African payment service provider Setcom Payment Solutions, to…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Verve cards to be accepted on PayPal

Plans are being concluded to add Verve cards to the accepted cards for integration on PayPal, according to Chuma Ezirim, head of e-business at FirstBank Nigeria.According to Ezirim, PayPal cannot…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom sees marginal improvement in its domestic operations in 1H14

Maroc Telecom, the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2014, reporting a marginal 0.7% annual increase in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom’s revenue up by 4.3% to ZAR18.3bn in 2Q14

South Africa-based Vodacom Group, part of the Vodafone Group, has published its financial results for the three months ended 30 June 2014, reporting an 4.3% year-on-year increase in revenues, to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sonatel’s Profit Rise Continues with 6.6% in 2014

Senegal’s telecommunication giant Sonatel has announced Monday, a net profit rise of 6.6 percent to 97.67 billion CFA francs ($201.37 million) in the first six months of 2014.The company is…


Digital Content

In Ethiopia, Protecting Yourself Online Is a Crime

Six Ethiopian bloggers were formally charged with terrorism in Ethiopia's Lideta High Court last week, a move provoking deep concern for hackers and human rights activists in Ethiopia and around…


Digital Content

Tourism gets tech savvy in Southern and Eastern Africa

Pristine beaches, wild animals and vibrantly colourful cities - Africa has something for everyone.No wonder more than 40 million people visit Africa every year, according to the World Bank, and…


Digital Content

UberX uptake in Cape Town “incredible”

Uptake of the UberX low-cost taxi hailing app in Cape Town has been “incredible”, while drivers “love” the work model as it provides flexibility and removes shift-based work, according to…


Digital Content

Some Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa Have No Online Presence. ‘Kumusha Takes Wiki’ Wants to Help Change That

People in Sub-Saharan Africa face hurdles to get online. Despite some progress, the region lags behind in Internet connectivity due to the high costs of service and poor infrastructure, according…


Digital Content

JumpStart Africa makes crowdfunding available to African entrepreneurs

JumpStart Africa is the first crowdfunding platform to revolutionize the way the world supports Africa by backing innovative projects developed by African entrepreneurs. Simply put, JumpStart Africa is Africa’s Kickstarter.All…


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People

Airtel Uganda gets new Managing DirectorTom Gutjahr AirtelTom Gutjahr, a Former Tigo Paraguay chief executive officer  is Airtel Uganda’s new managing director effective 1 August.Gutjahr was previously CEO for three…


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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 &…