Issue no 728 10th October 2014

Top Story

Gambia: I-Link to launch LTE data services across Greater Banjul area in early 2015

LTE data services once seemed like a service that would only be for the larger markets in Africa. But LTE has now all but replaced WiMAX as the data delivery technology for wireless broadband for new implementations. Russell Southwood spoke to the co-owner of the Gambian ISP I-Link, Danny Isaac.I-Link started in 2004 as a small Internet café and over the years has morphed into an IT services and hardware company before also wanting to add ISP services for corporates and high end home broadband users.“We identified the need for stable, high-speed broadband. We applied for an ISP licence a…

Telecoms

Broadband strategy plans for Zambia

A national broadband strategy is on the cards in Zambia. Government says it plans to implement a strategy so as to bring down broadband costs in Zambia and fast-track social…


Telecoms

Malawi to set up universal access fund

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is planning to establish a universal access fund (UAF) to ensure that rural areas of the country are served by mobile services. ‘The fund…


Telecoms

Orange Botswana partners Ericsson for enhanced efficiency and quality of service

Orange Botswana has entered into a multi-year managed services agreement with Ericsson that will have the latter manage network operations for Orange Botswana.This is an effort by Orange to optimize…


Telecoms

Nashua Mobile subscribers to be moved soon

Nashua Mobile subscribers will be moved to Vodacom, MTN, and Altech Autopage Cellular within the next few weeksNashua Mobile has informed subscribers that their accounts will be moved to Altech…


Telecoms

MTN reduces roaming charges

MTN Rwanda has announced that it has lowered roaming charges for the region, in line with the East Africa One Network Area agreement.Robert Rwakabogo, MTN Rwanda marketing operations manager, noted…


Telecoms

Djezzy authorised to launch 3G in four additional provinces

Algerian mobile operator Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), operating in the country under the Djezzy brand, has been certified by telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Sierra Leone’s telecoms watchdog, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has announced that effective 13 October 2014, the operational licence granted to Comium Sierra Leone will be revoked, following the company’s…


Internet

Nedbank deploys Gemalto’s plug-and-play solution to secure online banking for corporate clients

Gemalto , the world leader in digital security, announces that Nedbank Ltd, a leading commercial bank in South Africa, is deploying its Ezio eBanking solution to provide their wholesale customers…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Zimbabwe’s cellular market leader Econet Wireless has introduced new time-based bundles for mobile internet customers using the Opera Mini browser. The firm is charging USD0.40 for 24 hours of internet…


Computing

Vox Telecom makes a play for Cloud in SA

Vox Telecom is looking to make a play for Cloud once again. Speaking at the final leg of its national cloud roadshow, Craig Freer, head of products at Vox Telecom…


Computing

East Africa: UNHCR, Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom Bring Tablet-Based Learning to Dadaab Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Vodafone Foundation and Safaricom, have recently announced a partnership to bring transformative mobile-based education programmes to pupils at 13 schools in one of the…


Computing

IBM Watson goes live in Africa

As digital platforms evolve with online, mobile and social media channels, companies like Metropolitan Health need to deepen their interactions with customers and transform the way they provide marketing, sales…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom launches ‘fastest’ wireless network in Lesotho

Thursday’s launch of Long Term Evolution (LTE), or 4G, as it is commonly known, marks another huge milestone in the history of Vodacom Lesotho, the company’s Managing Director, Ian Ferrao…


Money Transfer

South Africa’s Wallettec Partners with BitPay to take Bitcoin Transactions to Brick-and-mortar Retailers

Wallettec, a South African Point of Sale and loyalty system firm has today announced a partnership with BitPay, a bitcoin payment processer to allow bitcoin transactions in the Wallettec system.Wallettec…


Money Transfer

PayGate adds Zapper to mobile payment options

Payment service provider PayGate has added mobile payment system Zapper to its stable of options, says general manager for business development Brendon Williamson, as the company gears up for a…


Money Transfer

Equity Bank issues mobile banking smart SIM powered by Taisys Technologies to provide mobile banking and mobile communication services

Taisys Technologies Co., Ltd. has announced that Kenya’s leading bank Equity Bank will be issuing a ultra-thin mobile banking smart SIM with patented technology from Taisys. Equity Bank customers can…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wananchi Group concludes USD130m financing for expansion

Wananchi Group, one of Kenya’s largest internet service providers (ISPs), has completed a USD130 million financing to fund its growth and expansion in East and Southern Africa. In a press…


Digital Content

Music Streaming Service, Deezer To Launch In South Africa On Vodacom Network

It seems that earlier talks between Vodacom and Spotify to launch in South Africa have fallen apart, as latest reports from Bloomberg suggests that Deezer may have agreed a deal…


Digital Content

Submission of events open for SMW Lagos 2015

Submission of events for Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) has official begun today October 8 according to the producers of SMW Lagos Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21.From October 8 to…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Etisalat launches Kirusa entertainment services

Kirusa has unveiled the launch of its Celeb Connect and Sports Connect services with Etisalat Nigeria. According to both entities, customers can now stay in touch with their favourite celebrities…


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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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Jobs & Opportuntites

Wikipedia's 'Wiki Loves Africa' Contest to Showcase Africa's Diversity Via PhotosI'm sure you have seen this on the top banner of the Wikipedia page once you tried to search something…