Issue no 731 31st October 2014

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Flying blind into the bright lights of Africa’s data future – Spotting the known unknowns

Africa’s voice subscriber data may not always be reliable but it exists. The equivalent Internet data is extremely hard to find. Lack of data is equivalent of trying to cross a busy expressway in the complete dark. Russell Southwood looks at what’s available and argues that in a data future involving more than the mobile operators, there’s a crying need for regular data.Fifteen years ago, the number of Africans connected to the Internet varied between hundreds in the smaller countries to thousands in the larger. Now the more developed markets in Africa have between 15-20% of the market using Internet.Back…

Telecoms

Etisalat’s African subscribers reach 71.1 million

Mobile operator Etisalat’s African subscribers reached 71.1 million for the period ended 30 September 2014, the company announced on Wednesday. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) based telco has operations in…


Telecoms

Malawi: TNM Disappoints, Unceremoniously Wipes Calling Credit From Phones

Some subscribers of Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) were last week let down by the service provider as they had airtime wiped from their lines without use.Airtime use comes in calling,…


Telecoms

Liquid Telecom wins the Infrastructure Innovation of the Year award

Liquid Telecom has done a lot to extend its fibre network across Africa. The company has recently won the Infrastructure Innovation of the Year award at the Fibre to the…


Telecoms

Safaricom’s New $335m Infrastructure Upgrade Plan

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile telecommunications company plans to invest Sh30 billion ($335 million) in upgrading its infrastructure to improve its voice and data offering.“Over the last year we have seen…


Telecoms

Madagascar implements telecoms law after nine-year wait

Madagascar is finally to see the implementation of Law No. 2005-023 of October 2005, as reported by the Midi Madagasikara news site. Head of the Ministry of Posts, Telecoms and…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Vietnamese government-owned telco, Viettel, intends to invest USD1 billion in a new 3G network in Tanzania, according to Reuters. The operator’s chairman, Manh Nguyen, is said to have made the…


Internet

President Kagame presents Open Letter from Broadband Commission to PP-14 Delegates

Governments must enhance their National Broadband planning process to enable ICTs and broadband to catalyse socio-economic development, according to an Open Letter from the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to…


Internet

Facebook launches Internet.org app in Tanzania

Tanzania joins Zambia in being among the world's first countries to have access to Facebook's Internet.org mobile application.In July, Zambians received access to the app which gives users free health,…


Internet

The Government of Burundi officially commissions the Bujumbura Metropolitan Area Network installations

Bujumbura, Burundi, October 28th, 2014: The Government of Burundi in conjunction with Huawei and Onatel officially commission the Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) project installations for Bujumbura.The Bujumbura MAN project is…


Internet

Smile Splashes N10m per Month on 50 Internet Connected Schools

Barely seven months it launched in Lagos, Smile Communications Nigeria Limited has taken bold step towards enhancing education in Nigeria through information communication technology (ICT) by connecting 50 public schools,…


Internet

Nigeria wins ITU Gender Empowerment Award

Nigeria has received an award from the International Telecommunications Union ITU and UN Women for initiating policies and programs empowering women and girls via ICT.According to the organisers of the…


Internet

State House war over Museveni social media accounts explodes

Kampala. What was initially an in-house war in State House’s Presidential Press Unit (PPU) has become public, sucking in the President, who finds himself at the centre of a conflict…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

According to KT Press, he is a tweep, and a tech addict! Rwanda's President Paul Kagame is described by the International Telecommunications Union as the "Digital President." Social media analysts…


Computing

Tanzania: Minister Endorses ICT Outsourcing in Public Services

A business processing outsourcing framework which will be used by different public service delivery agencies including in digitising documents is in the pipeline.Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Professor Makame…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

ABOUT a quarter of the Nigeria's population has cited the lack of security as the biggest challenge impeding on the adoption of e-Commerce. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, head…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN SAfrica launches ZAR 0.49 per minute Int'l call tariffs

MTN South Africa has launched a new international calling promotion that will enable customers to call selected destinations from ZAR 0.79 per minute, MyBroadband reported. MTN will also introduce new…


Money Transfer

Rwanda Joins the Better Than Cash Alliance to Accelerate Digital Payments & Achieve Financial Inclusion

Government of Rwanda has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, an initiative that works with governments, the development community, and the private sector to adopt the use of electronic payments…


Money Transfer

Azimo Launches Instant M-Pesa mobile moneytransfer service

Azimo, the online money transfer service, last week announced that customers across Europe can now send money instantly to the mobile “eWallets” of M-PESA’s 19 million subscribers in Kenya.Kenya boasts…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Sterling Bank Launches Mobile Money Solution, Electronic Library

Sterling Bank Plc has unveiled new mobile banking solution known as "One Bank", to facilitate new account openings, increase mobile money acceptance, use and adoption and deepen brand awareness and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CompCom recommends approval of MTN, Afrihost deal

South Africa’s Competition Commission (CompCom) has recommended to the country’s Competition Tribunal the unconditional approval of MTN South Africa’s proposed acquisition of internet service provider (ISP) Afrihost, TechCentral reports. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom’s revenue up 1.9% in 9M14

Maroc Telecom, the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014, reporting a 1.9% annual increase in revenues,…


Digital Content

Nigeria: All Africa Music Awards Launches 'AFRIMA Mobile App'

In a bid to provide first hand information to African music lovers and enthusiasts, All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) on Friday, October 24, launched its mobile application tagged 'AFRIMA APP'…


Digital Content

South African brothers launch Ebola Care app

Two South African brothers have launched the Ebola Care app to aid the fight against Ebola. The app has already been deployed in Liberia by More Than Me, a not-for-profit…


Digital Content

C-Com antennas to protect rhinos in Africa

C-Com Satellite Systems announced that its antennas are being used in The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park located in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe to monitor and prevent the poaching of…


Digital Content

Seychelles: Seychellois Music Available Online - 'Kreol Wave' A New Website to Sell Music From Seychelles

Victoria — Music produced by Seychellois musicians will be available to a much wider market soon following the launch of a new website called 'Kreol Wave', where Seychellois artists will…


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The AfricaCom 100 Leadership Summit  at AfricaCom 2014 Tuesday 11th November 2014CTICC in Cape TownAfricaCom 100 will make up a research board, offering insight and feedback on future trends in…


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