Issue no 718 8th August 2014

Top Story

Nigerian start-up MMIT offers wants to “connect the dots” by offering international payments service to mobile wallet operators

M-Pesa may have begun to change the face of domestic African payments but one of the missing pieces has been allowing m-money customers to make international payments as easily. Russell Southwood spoke to MMIT’s COO Kim Fraser on how it’s starting to “connect the dots”.The company was started by Nigerian Jide Akindele. His idea was to take a look at how to overcome some of the challenges for people with credit cards wanting to make international payments:”International merchants see credit cards (from Sub-Saharan Africa) and there’s a hesitancy to follow through because of the high risk of fraud. So we…

Telecoms

Orange Niger Expands Relationship with Intelsat, Extending the Reach of its Cellular Network in Rural Niger

Intelsat announced that Orange Niger, part of the Orange Group, is utilizing Intelsat capacity to expand its cellular network to the rural regions of Niger.Under the new, multi-year agreement, Intelsat…


Telecoms

iSAT Africa extends East Africa coverage with Avanti Communications

Deployment of satellite broadband services in Kenya and Tanzania Avanti Communications has announced a new multi-year contract with African service provider, iSAT, a subsidiary of the Wananchi Group. iSAT will deliver…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Ethio-Telecom Finalizes Network Expansion in Addis

The telecommunication expansion project planned for implementation over the last six months in Addis Ababa has been completed on schedule, according to Ethio-telecom.In a press conference held on 5 August…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- Nairobi — Telecommunication services provider Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have announced that Airtel will host Kenya Airways as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, (MVNO) on its Kenyan network.


Internet

South Africa: Vodacom launches US$50 smartphone

South African operator Vodacom has launched a self-branded, ZAR549 (US$51) mobile phone, with the aim of making mobile internet accessible to all South Africans.Vodacom said the device -called the Smart…


Internet

Gambia IXP, an Oasis in the Desert

In the right direction when it comes to Internet development. To start with in early 2012 Gambia hosted the prestigious Africa Internet Summit event preceded by a pre-Africa Network Operators…


Internet

Project Isizwe partners Gumtree for free Wi-Fi in Tshwane

South African non-profit internet access initiative Project Isizwe has partnered with classifieds platform Gumtree to bring free Wi-Fi connectivity to low income communities in South Africa’s Tshwane municipality, with the…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Maroc Telecom subscribers have reportedly complained about not being able to access voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) applications, namely Viber, for the last two weeks, prompting speculation that the operator has…


Computing

Rwanda: MTN Rwanda Launches Cloud Computing Services

Through its Business General Manager Norman Munyampundu, the telecommunications giant announced that it would be offering cloud services to businesses in Rwanda and providing access to ICT services while helping…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- Ghana’s Fidelity Bank has signed a five year deal with IBM for the management of all the bank’s technology infrastructure and services, as the bank seeks higher efficiency to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda And South Sudan Agree to Slash Roaming Charges

Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda And South Sudan have agreed on a regional telecommunications framework to establish a "One Network Area" by the end of his year.When fully operational, charges on phones…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Zuku, Kenya’s largest broadband operator by subscribers, has initiated a KES220 million (USD2.5 million) network upgrade, as it looks to offer improved download speeds and reduced downtime for customers. According…


Money Transfer

M-Pesa relaunches in South Africa: refined strategy, massive roll-out

Vodacom’s well-known mobile money transfer service M-Pesa is having a second go at South Africa’s mobile market. The telecom giant announced that, after two years of assessment, it’s relaunching the…


Money Transfer

Airtel partners with BGFIBank for mobile money transfers in four countries

Bharti Airtel has partnered with Central African financial group BGFIBank Group to expand mobile money access to the bank’s customers, the telecoms group has announced. As such, the partnership will…


Money Transfer

Interview with Joel Awono-Ndjodo,Senior Manager MobileMoney - MTN Cameroon

MMA:Your assessment of mobile financial services in Cameroon and Central Africa region.Central Africa is in a growth stage with regard to the development of Mobile financial services. The different phases…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom confirms yu takeover progress; highlights possible Viettel arrival as a ‘game changer’

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, expects its on-off joint acquisition of smaller rival Essar Telecom Kenya (yu) to be completed within a matter of months, at a cost…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Emirates Telecommunication : Etisalat, IHS ink tower sale deal

Etisalat Nigeria, the local unit of UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat, has announced the sale of 2,136 of its towers to IHS Holding as part of a broader strategy to drive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group’s H1 revenue climbs 10.7% as results across Africa ‘improve’

Pan-African mobile operator MTN Group has reported its financial results for the first six months of the year, noting a strong performance from most operating units across Africa that helped…


Digital Content

Madagascar's new cybercrime law punishes defamation with up to 5 years imprisonment

Madagascar's National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online.Debated and passed without anyone knowing, the law…


Digital Content

Vlogging African fashion: Online the new trend?

Established and emerging African designers are showcasing their work at this year's Africa Fashion Week London. But in an era where vloggers are increasingly setting fashion trends, BBC Africa's Alexis…


Digital Content

Nigeria Using Facebook, Twitter to Inform People About Ebola

The Nigerian government says communication is its first line of defense against Ebola.  With no known cure and new fears about a potentially infected corpse found at a mortuary, health…


Digital Content

Facebook expands Africa push

It's the new frontier for the internet - connecting billions of people in Africa and Asia who have yet to sample the delights of the digital world. Through an organisation…


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Jobs & Oppertunities

Quality Assurance Internship1    Company: Caytree Partners    Deadline: Thursday 28th August 2014    Location: NairobiJob DescriptionAre you a recent college graduate with programming experience? Are you looking to join a fast-paced company?…


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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 &…