Issue no 727 3rd October 2014

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Understanding Africa’s social media storm – Facebook experiments with how to make itself the “on-ramp” for first-time Internet users

Facebook took Africa by storm and became the social media that everyone seemed to be on. Now Facebook is experimenting (with mobile operators) to use Facebook as the way of attracting first-time users to the Internet. Russell Southwood reviews Balancing Act research on social media use in four African countries and talks to Nicola D’Elia, Head of Growth and Partnerships, EMEA, Facebook on what it’s trying to achieve.One of the things a recently published major market research study by Balancing Act (click on www.balancingact-africa.com and look in the right-hand column. It’s free to download) looks at is the state of…

Telecoms

Africa’s mobile broadband subscribers top 172mn

Africa's mobile broadband subscriptions have reached 172 million. This is according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report, which has been compiled by the Broadband Commission. The…


Telecoms

CamTel handed Cameroon’s fourth mobile licence

Following the launch of Cameroon’s third wireless operator Viettel (operating as Nexttel) earlier this month, the government has decided to award a new licence for the establishment and operation of…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Uganda - A Kampala court has halted the transfer of a majority stake in Orange Uganda until a dispute over employee benefits has been resolved, the Daily Monitor reports. The…


Telecoms

Namibia: Telecom Fights to Get Angolan Loan back

Telecom Namibia is struggling to get back about N$174 million it loaned to the Angolan company, Mundo Startel SA, in 2003. Mundo Startel SA is an Angolan telecoms company that…


Internet

Vodacom tests superfast 4G in SA

Vodacom has launched its next development in 4G technology, capable of downloading an entire 1Gb movie in less than a minute, this being the first time that this has been…


Internet

Freenom Relaunches The National Top Level Domain Of Equatorial Guinea

Freenom relaunches the .GQ top level domain - the domain extension of Equatorial Guinea - and will deploy its innovative business model to give .GQ domains away for free. Freenom…


Internet

SkyVision VPN solution chosen by Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s Largest Retail Financial Institutions to Ensure Seamless Connectivity Between its Branches Nationwide

LAGOS, Nigeria, October 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – SkyVision Global Networks, global communications provider, has announced its recent partnership with Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading retail financial institutions.…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Online classifieds site OLX, ICT Authority of Kenya and Consumer Federation of Kenya today announced their partnership during the launch of the 'Kaa Ridhoo' campaign aimed at enhancing the safety…


Computing

Cape Verde: CV Movel installing 14 public ICT access centres

CV Movel, the largest cellco in Cape Verde, located some 570 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, has installed its third ‘multimedia centre’, providing public internet/computing access and other…


Computing

Zimbabwe: Econet Rolls Out Digital Learning Platform

Mobile telecommunications giant, Econet Wireless has rolled out a digital educational platform that will increase access by university students and lecturers to learning materials.The platform, dubbed EcoSchool, has been on…


Computing

Intel’s Latest Campaign To Halve African Technology Gender Gap

Intel has launched a new digital literacy campaign under its “She Will Connect” initiative to reach 5 million African women and therefore halve the gender gap in technology in the…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

IT services spending in South Africa is expected to increase 10.5 per cent year on year in 2015 to total US $5.7 billion, according to the latest forecast from International…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Safaricom To Slash Rwanda- Kenya Roaming Rates

Kenya’s mobile service provider will making a 60 percent slash in the  roaming calling rates between  Kenya and Rwanda as from today (1st of October 2014).The rates will move from…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

New iBurst uncapped service for R299

iBurst has introduced a new Uncapped Lite service priced at R299 per monthiBurst has introduced a new Uncapped Lite service, priced at R299 per month on a 24 month contract,…


Money Transfer

University Students to Get Bursary & Loans Via M-Pesa

Vodacom South Africa has partnered with Eduloan, an education finance and bursary administration firm to deposit directly Eduloan bursary and cash allowances into their m-pesa mobile wallet, a moe that…


Money Transfer

Belgium’s SatADSL partners local companies for financial and school broadcasting services

The Belgian firm has partnered with Indigo Telecom in Kenya and Uganda’s Maisha Network to enable banks with microfinance institutions to install Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) as well as provide…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label in acquisition talks with unnamed suitor

JSE-listed pre-paid airtime provider Blue Label Telecoms has revealed that it had received an acquisition offer from an unnamed company. According to a Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) announcement from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

7 African start-ups to receive Microsoft innovation grants

To fast-track their growth and provide a roadmap to highlight Africa’s ‘future growth pole’, Microsoft has revealed the 7 new African start-ups to receive funding, technical support and mentorship.According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

InvestNow.NG online trading platform launched in Nigeria

An online trading platform that allows real time funding of investment accounts has been launched in Nigeria by UBA Capital.At the launch of InvestNow.ng held at the Nigerian Stock Exchange…


Digital Content

What Amazon, Uber, and iTunes might look like if they were invented in Mali

The road leading up to the University of Bamako is lined with little improvements. Shacks overflow with old Xerox machines on which anything can be printed, copied or laminated for…


Digital Content

Code.rw: The website helping students to be innovative

Usually, students wait until they are at university to figure out what career they want to pursue. This means nation building and entrepreneurship is largely left in the hands of…


Digital Content

Get your Africa facts right: websites seek to stem flow of misinformation

A lack of transparency, accountability and media resources can make sorting truth from fiction especially difficult across the continent. Now, fact-checkers are seeking to change that.What do these statements about…


Digital Content

Digitising maps of malaria hotspots to save lives

[CAPE TOWN] Malaria is one of the world’s biggest killers. In 2010, an estimated 660,000 people lost their lives to the disease — most of them children in Africa, where…


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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

Africa: Liquid Telecom's NIC Rudnick Listed Among 100 Powerful Global Telecoms LeadersGlobal Telecoms Business has published The GTB Power100, its annual list of the 100 most powerful and influential people…