Issue no 730 24th October 2014

Top Story

Two million people using e-retailers in Nigeria - e-Commerce Sub-Saharan Africa starts here

Payment methods and logistics challenges have made e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa (outside South Africa) more talked about than actual. But recent players in Nigeria have shaped the way things work to meet market conditions and are having promising signs of success. Russell Southwood spoke to Jeremy Doutte, CEO, Jumia Nigeria.Early e-commerce market entrant in Nigeria Nasper’s Kalahari.com came and went and the “told-you-so’s” said what did you expect: the number of customers was tiny. Rocket Internet start-up Jumia was launched two years in May 2012. Together Konga (invested in by Sweden’s Kinevik and Naspers) and Jumia are estimated by those…

Telecoms

ARTCI confirms Cafe Mobile licence revocation

The Ivorian telecoms watchdog L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications/TIC de Cote d’Ivoire (ARTCI) has confirmed that it is set to revoke the mobile licence held by mobile market minnow Aircom…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC Blames Bank Loans For CDMA Operators’ Collapse

The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah, has blamed the strings of bad loans from Nigerian banks for the collapse of several CDMA network…


Telecoms

Guinea: Samsung Donates 3,000 Smartphones for Ebola Fight

Samsung Electronics Company Ltd has announced that the company - through its global headquarters in Seoul, Korea - will donate 3,000 smartphones, worth about $1 million to support the ongoing…


Telecoms

At Vodacom your voice is your password - a South African security first

Voice biometrics, the practice of using a person's unique voiceprint to provide security access, is gaining traction worldwide and Vodacom has now implemented this technology in South Africa.In a first…


Internet

Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training in Gabon

Libreville, Gabon, October 21st, 2014: Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has unveiled a new training programme targeting to impart new…


Internet

Djibouti Internet start-up aims to boost broadband speeds across east Africa

Internet access in east Africa is still relatively slow and costly but a Djibouti-based technology start-up company has ambitions to help change that.Djibouti Data Center (DDC), set up by a…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) and Angola Cables have signed an IP Transit agreement to enhance regional connectivity to TSIC’s customer base along the West African coast using Angola Cables’ submarine…


Computing

A cheap new tablet that can speak Zulu

South Africans can now choose to have a tablet with Zulu-language capability, rather than an iPad, thanks to Vodacom.SA’s largest cellular network this week launched the Smart Tab 3G, which…


Computing

Thuraya connects Central African Republic humanitarian units

Thuraya has announced its partnership with SOS Children's Villages International's Gulf Area Office to bring satellite connectivity to remote communities in the Central African Republic (CAR). The collaboration facilitates communication…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

PORTAZ orders Operators to slash rates

The Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has ordered the country’s mobile operators to slash tariffs by more than 30% from December this year. Call rates must be reduced…


Money Transfer

Barthi Airtel Rwanda launches cross-border mobile money

With growing competition in mobile banking in the telecoms sector in Rwanda, Barthi Airtel, an Indian mobile operator, has launched a cross-border mobile money transactions within the East African region,…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Airtel adds tax payments to mobile money service

Airtel Kenya has inked a partnership with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The partnership will allow Kenyan citizens the opportunity to pay their taxes through the Airtel Money service.According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VimpelCom agrees to sell African assets

Operator group VimpelCom is to sell its interests in operations in Burundi and Central Africa Republic (CAR) for a combined $65 million.Its subsidiary Global Telecom Holding is to sell Telecel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Angola Cables gets USD260m bank guarantee for cables; Movicel expands 4G

Angolan banks have approved a USD260 million bank guarantee for the Angola Cables consortium, earmarked for building the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) undersea fibre-optic cable connecting the African country…


Digital Content

4-part Ebola Response webinar series, starting on 21 October

More than 15 international health organizations,  led by mPowering Frontline Health Workers and IntraHealth International, are coming together to share information related to this response, through webinar discussions and via…


Digital Content

BBC launches Ebola information service on WhatsApp

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an Ebola information service on the popular multimedia instant communication platform WhatsApp.The corporation said the service is in English and French languages. It…


Digital Content

From drones to floating smartphones: how technology is helping African journalists investigate

Data journalist Raymond Joseph reports on how low-cost technology is helping African newsrooms get hold of information that they couldn't previously trackPutting old smartphones in plastic bottles in rivers to…


Digital Content

Mobile Phones Help Divine Water Supplies in Angola Slums

Ana Paulino, a 40-year-old street vendor in Luanda, balances plastic cans of water four times as heavy as a bowling ball on top of her head every morning and night…


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Opportunites

Spark calls for entries to Changemakers program for social entrepreneursSpark is calling for applicants to for the 2015 Changemakers program for social entrepreneurs that will include access to world class…


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People

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has settled on China's ICT engineer-turned-career diplomat Houlin Zhao as the 'safe pair of hands' to steer the organization through the next four years, taking…


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Events

TMT World Congress18 November 2014LondonTMT World Congress 2014 & Awards will gather the leading industry, finance and advisory executives in London on November 18 to assess the most exceptional investment…