Issue no 722 5th September 2014

Top Story

Uganda’s Beyonic looks to extend the reach of bulk m-money payments through partnership with Mercy Corps’ Agri-Fin programme

M-money services take-up has taken time but as it passes the “critical mass” moment, two things begin to happen: firstly, their use spreads out beyond the first wave of users and secondly, more sophisticated service elements get built on top. Russell Southwood spoke this week to Luke Kyohere and Dan Kleinbaum about the work they’re doing.Luke Kyohere had a software business that used to do SMS and mobile technology work. He then went to the USA for “grad school” which is where he met Dan Kleinbaum and together they created the Beyonic platform. They wanted to make it easier for…

Telecoms

Airtel Kenya looks to change game after adopting 2.55M yu Subscribers

Airtel Kenya has announced that it has finalized an agreement with Essar Telecom Kenya Limited (ETKL), which operates as YuMobile telecom service in Kenya, for the acquisition of its part…


Telecoms

PCCW Global and Paratus Telecom collaborate to enhance HD voice and MPLS network coverage in Namibia and neighboring countries

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Paratus Telecom of Namibia have signed an international MPLS and IPX interconnection agreement to enhance…


Telecoms

Egypt approves unified telecoms licence; TE to divest Vodafone Egypt stake by end-2015

Just a few days after reports suggested that Egypt’s unified license regime would go live in early September, according to Reuters the country’s government has approved the concessions. In announcing…


Telecoms

Liberia: Cellcom to Pay Subscribers for Using Network

In the face of the ongoing national crisis, Liberia's number one GSM Company has announced yet another ground-breaking move aimed at providing relief to thousands of its valued and loyal…


Telecoms

SEACOM Deploys Two PoPs in Uganda

SEACOM has moved to strengthen its pan-African presence with the direct deployment of two Points of Presence (PoPs) in Uganda.With the Uganda Communications Commission giving its clearance to SEACOM Uganda…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Earlier this summer Google introduced a new initiative called Android One. The idea is to partner with device makers to offer low-cost, high-quality Android phones that run Google approved software.…


Internet

Umhlanga unveils free Wi-Fi network

Kwazulu-Natal’s Umhlanga has become the latest area in South Africa to give its residents and visitors free Wi-Fi internet.A private initiative, the Umhlanga Wi-Fi connection project was aimed at enticing…


Internet

Orange Foundation funds Khan Academy platform in French

The Orange Foundation has spearheaded a project to create a French version of Khan Academy web platform for education. Orange is providing financial support for the project, with translation provided…


Internet

M:lab to host first Africa YouTube & Internet Personalities forum

The first Africa YouTube & Internet Personalities forum/seminar will be held at the  m:lab, Bishop Magua Centre, 3rd floor from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on September 6th 2014 and…


Internet

OpenWeb breaks the bank

Local Internet Service Provider OpenWeb will be launching a new range of Capped Unshaped ADSL packages with prices below R2 per GigaByte and uncapped packages will start at only R149…


Internet

Uganda: iWayAfrica offering fibre access to SMEs

The demand for high capacity Internet connectivity within enterprise and corporate markets in the major cities of Kampala and Entebbe are ever increasing, and an alternate provider was becoming a…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms and postal services minister, has announced that a final policy on high-demand frequency spectrum for mobile broadband services, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), will be…


Computing

SkyVision gives Education and e-Learning kits to Orphans In Ghana

SkyVision has donated its flagship satellite connectivity solutions to further support students at Ghana’s Crossover International Academy.SkyVision’s donation included upgrading the academy’s communications equipment with the support of VT iDirect,…


Computing

Pamoja’s Cloud Service ecosystem taking shape in Africa

Pamoja, a leading Cloud services and content aggregation business entity in the SEACOM stable, has entrenched the value of its service in East Africa and officially made this high-growth region…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

The Ugandan government is facing a lawsuit from a local IT firm over its plans to siphon off half of the country’s ICT fund and rechannel it into a consolidated…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN Nigeria celebrates 13th anniversary with free data

Nigerian mobile operator MTN is celebrating 13 years of operations in Nigeria, offering users of its data services 100 per cent extra data.Under the offer, a subscriber that buys a…


Money Transfer

Mobile Telecommunications KSC : Zain launches ‘Hassa’, Sudan’s first Mobile Financial Service with Bank of Khartoum

Zain Group, a pioneer of mobile telecommunications in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces that its mobile operation in Sudan has launched the country's first ever mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s CcHUB launches USD 500k investment fund

Lagos based incubator the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), part of VC4Africa’s partnership network, has launched a USD 500,000 seed investment fund to boost its incubation program and support early stage startups…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Djezzy secures USD1bn loan from ‘large national bank’

Vincenzo Nesci, president and CEO of Algerian mobile operator Djezzy GSM, has reportedly revealed that the company secured a USD1 billion loan from an unnamed ‘large national bank’, Agence Ecofin…


Digital Content

'SwaziLeaks' looks to shake up jet-setting monarchy

As WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange prepares to end a two-year forced stay at Ecuador's London embassy, he may take comfort in knowing he inspired resistance to secrecy in places as…


Digital Content

A new ‘video introduction’ mobile app simplifies recruitment in South Africa

Byte Orbit, a bespoke software development company based in Cape Town, South Africa, has developed a new mobile application that could “revolutionize the face of recruitment.”Impress Me is a video-based…


Digital Content

Surprising Europe, an Open Archive of Stories About Migration

There are millions of them. They live scattered across our continent, Europe. They are all categorised as immigrants. Despite this, none of them have the same story. Each one is…


Digital Content

New app Nal’ibali brings books to Mxit to help tackle SA’s literacy problems

One of the lesser appreciated problems in South Africa which, if tackled correctly, could have a knock on effect for everything from business acumen to social understanding to basic education…


Digital Content

Unyazi IV Electronic Music Festival reveals final line-up

NewMusic SA has announced the complete schedule of Unyazi IV Electronic Music Festival, which takes place as part of the Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival line-up, at Wits and the Goethe…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Facebook’s First Ever African Hackathon To Hold In South AfricaFacebook will on September 18 host its first Creative Shop Hackathon in Africa, as attention turns to Africa’s creative sector.The workshop,…


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People

Talking Drum Entertainment’s CEO selected for Prestigious Screen International JuryMoses Babatope, CEO Talking Drum Entertainment is to be a judge on a panel of top UK film industry executives for…


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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 &…