Issue no 717 1st August 2014

Top Story

As the global handset market spits out its latest king, Africa will march to a different beat

With the news that last year’s global handset leader Samsung is in trouble, the speed with which consumers change their handset loyalties is dizzying. Russell Southwood looks at the kind of devices that might dominate African markets over the next three years.The ups and downs of global handset manufacturers have an effect on Africa. Although there is no recent data, it is clear that Android phones in general and Samsung in particular have done well in many markets. Nokia has lost ground but hung in there. I’ve actually seen people using Lumia phones “in the wild” outside of encounters at…

Telecoms

‘Greedy’ Swazi royal family fight over mobile telecoms monopoly: SSN

The Swazi Royal Family is reported to be in a bitter feud over mobile service monopoly in the small southern African country.King Mswati III, Makhosetive Dlamini is 'fighting' with mother…


Telecoms

Pros and Cons of 4G/LTE connectivity in Zambia, according to Tech Trends

In a country such as Zambia where internet is generally either hanging on EDGE or 3G, which are not user friendly for the large number of  people using the mobile…


Telecoms

Bharti Airtel achieves 300 million customer milestone

Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced that it has crossed the 300 million customer mark across its operations. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Mehmel Azouaou, CEO of Algerian fixed line incumbent Algerie Telecom (AT), has announced that the company is planning to deploy an additional 20,000km worth of fibre-optic cables by the…


Internet

Laying the Ground for Local Content

A number of seemingly isolated but interrelated events are changing the IT landscape of Uganda and East Africa at large. Since they are occurring in isolation, not much notice is…


Internet

South Africa: Tshwane claims to be the biggest free Wi-Fi city in SA

The City of Tshwane says it will lay claim to being the largest provider of free Wi-Fi in South Africa.Tshwane executive mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will on Wednesday (30 July) announce…


Internet

UbuntuNet, the regional high-speed Internet network for research and education has just been commissioned in Eastern and Southern Africa

Lilongwe, Malawi, 28 July 2014: UbuntuNet Alliance, the research and education network for Eastern and Southern Africa; and DANTE, the operator of GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network, today…


Internet

Teraco remains a hub for global players connecting to over 55 countries

Launched two years ago, the Africa Cloud eXchange (ACX) from Teraco Data Centre Environments  now provides access to 54 African countries via local and global carriers. ACX aims to provide…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- The Information Security Society of Africa, Nigeria (ISSAN) and some stakeholders in the banking industry have decried the absence of cybercrime law to deal with e-fraud offenders in the…


Computing

Teen turns scrap into satellite booster

A self-made inventor from northern Namibia has invented a satellite dish booster from scrap material to boost internet connectivity through radio signals for people in rural areas or in areas…


Computing

MTN Rwanda launches cloud computing services

MTN Rwanda has introduced cloud computing services that are expected to help businesses minimise costs and improve productivity. MTN Cloud Services provide business automation tools to enterprises across professional services,…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

The country's communication and technology regulator, the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), has since trained police officers on detecting and investigating cyber-related crimes, said Stella Libongani, the inspector-general…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN SA launches Cliq5 promotionMTN South Africa has launched a new bundle promotion called Cliq5 which offers users ways to get cheaper call and SMS rates to other MTN subscribers,…


Money Transfer

Unlocking 'M-Pesa billions': African telecoms operators push to open up mobile money

Cash transfer, such as the famed Kenya service, while a money-minting machine, has been modelled as a closed system, making competitors cry foul.The GSMA estimates that 2.5 billion people in…


Money Transfer

Money Transfer - In Brief

- Rwanda's Tigo has expanded its mobile money service to include transfers with the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB).


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa e-commerce firm expands to new markets

Online retailer Jumia, a would-be African Amazon set up by German venture capital firm Rocket Internet, is expanding into three new markets - Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon, the company said…


Digital Content

Filling in the blanks: Students map Niger using GPS

For the past year, a group of university students in Niger have spent most of their free time mapping their country using GPS technology. And in a country with very…


Digital Content

Swaziland: Users bypass censored media with Social Media

Social MediaTech savvy individuals have turned to social media websites like Facebook and Twitter in order to access news that is not censored or governed in any way.Individuals also utilise…


Digital Content

Thwarting Senegal’s cattle rustlers using mobile phones

Abdoul Ba is a farmer. He has lived here in Djilor, the tiny village where he was born, for all of his 56 years. Like 70% of the population of…


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People

BTCL appoints Matlakala as chairmanBotswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTCL) has confirmed the appointment of Daphne Matlakala as board chairman, replacing Len Makwinja. Other new appointees to the BTCL board are Gerald…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Doodle 4 Google gives young creatives a chance to win R100 000The Google Doodle design competition seeks to help encourage creativity, as well as the use of technology in the…


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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 &…