Issue no 732 7th November 2014

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Africa’s International Bandwidth Passes 2 Tbps – Fibre roll-out now reaches out to 44% of continent’s population.

A recently published report shows the stratospheric growth in African bandwidth over the last five years and the extent of the build-out of fibre networks. 44% of Africa’s population is now within reach of fibre networks.Back in 2009 we reported that international bandwidth from Sub-Saharan Africa hadincreased from 11.3 Gbps in 2006 to 17.5 Gbps in 2007 to 26.1 Gbps. Overall international African bandwidth (including North Africa) was 96.3 Gbps in 2008. All this seemed very impressive at the time but is absolutely dwarfed by growth over the last five years.Africa’s international Internet bandwidth has increased twenty-fold in the last…

Telecoms

Airtel Africa launches Thuraya satellite operations in 12 countries

Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Airtel has partnered with Dubai based mobile satellite services provider Thuraya to launch its products and services in 12 African countries and…


Telecoms

Mozilla's Firefox OS readies for Africa launch

Phones running the operating system have been gradually hitting various markets across Europe since last year, and have since been released in Brazil, India, and Asian markets too. Now the…


Telecoms

Nomanini, Paratus Telecom brings mobile airtime distribution service to Namibia

We’ve covered South African point of sale (PoS) startup Nomanini extensively in the past (especially its airtime distribution service), but now it’s broadening horizons across the border in Namibia, partnering…


Telecoms

BTC privatisation suffers another setback

The planned sale of shares in Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) has been postponed to a later date, the government has announced. The initial public offer (IPO) was due to…


Telecoms

Smart Telecom Opens Shop In Mbale

In a move aimed at taking its services closer to Ugandans as well as widen its geographical presence, Smart has today launched its services in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.The introduction of…


Telecoms

Huawei to support reformation of Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd

Following the visit of Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete to the headquarters of Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei last week, it seems Tanzania can rely on continued investment from the Shenzhen-based…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Uganda’s Court of Appeal has ordered incumbent fixed line operator Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) to pay the full UGX6 billion (USD2.2 million) which is owed to cellco MTN Uganda for…


Internet

Liquid Telecom upgrades Kampala’s International Internet gateway

Liquid TelecomLiquid Telecom-owned Infocom recently unveiled a major upgrade of its international Internet gateway in Kampala to provide 16 times more international Internet capacity.One of the major upgrades is the…


Internet

Jovago.com Partners With Nigerian Bus Transport Companies

Online hotel booking platform, Jovago has commenced forging partnerships with nationwide bus transport companies in Nigeria to make hotel bookings accessible to travelling Nigerians.So far, the company has partnered up…


Internet

Africa: Cisco - Africa, Middle East to Have Second Highest Cloud Workload By 2018

By 2018, there will be a continued strong growth of cloud traffic, cloud workloads and cloud storage with private cloud significantly outpacing public cloud.According to a new study by Cisco…


Internet

Important news from the Parkview Residents’ Association about ConnectParkview – a project of the PRA

Indra de Lanerolle writes: I’m writing with the exciting news that we have completed the process of selecting a partner to deliver a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network in Parkview that…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Maroc Telecom, the country’s incumbent telecoms provider, has successfully trialled Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in Rabat, achieving maximum download speeds of 140Mbps, Maghreb Emergent reports. The test process, which…


Computing

MTN SA launches low-cost Steppa Tablet

Following the sell-out of the Steppa 1, MTN SA has revealed the next device in their low-cost range – the Steppa Tablet.Bundled with 200 MB data for 12 months, the…


Computing

Samsung Bequeaths Kenyan Primary Schools With E-Learning Libraries

VENTURES AFRICA – In line with its commitment to providing quality platforms for education of school children in Kenya, Samsung has started an initiative which will see the South Korean…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Virgin Mobile offers free on-net calls

South Africa MVNO Virgin Mobile has launched a promotion offering free on-network calls to contract and prepaid customers for three months. The new offer is expected help it meet the…


Money Transfer

Kenya: competition heats up in mobile payment space

Safaricom released its half year financial report yesterday, showcasing that it is still the most profitable communications company in the East African region. The company also unveiled its plan to…


Money Transfer

Bitcoin donations reach Ebola charities in Sierra Leone much faster – Benke

BitcoinAgainstEbola.org has revealed that Bitcoin donations reach charities and people in Sierra Leone much faster and at a lower cost compared to traditional money transfer services and banks.In an exclusive…


Money Transfer

GSMA Introduces Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers

Airtel, Avea, Axiata, Etisalat, Millicom, MTN, Ooredoo, Orange, Telenor, Vodafone and Zain have become the first to endorse the the GSMA Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, a series…


Money Transfer

Somalia: Puntland mobile subscribers must hold valid ID card

Puntland, a region of north-east Somalia which declared itself an autonomous state in 1998, has announced new conditions for mobile telephony users and customers of money remittance services, local news…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom gets go-ahead to acquire Essar Mobile

Two months after Safaricom shareholders approved the acquisition of Essar Telecommunications Kenya, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya have given the company approval.Described…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s Cardplanet Raises $100,000 from Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups

Kenya’s  Cardplanet Solutions has raised $100k from 500 Startups to up its products, hire engineers and focus on customer acquisition in a move that will turn around the firm’s fortunes…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN-Afrihost deal approved

Afrihost has announced that its deal with MTN has been approved by both the Competition Commission and the Commission Tribunal.“This marks the continuation of the successful collaboration between the two…


Digital Content

Racially Diverse Emoji Are Finally Coming to Your iPhone

The first black Emoji will come June 2015There are 59 different types of food Emoji, but the pictorial smartphone language has been severely lacking in other areas—specifically when it comes…


Digital Content

Facebook adds “donate to Ebola” button

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.The social media…


Digital Content

Violence-forecasting model offers peacekeeping hope

A statistical model that can accurately predict where violence will occur in Liberia has been developed. The advance raises the possibility that developing countries could use similar models to target…


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Events

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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People

Sudatel axes CEO in wake of Expresso’s poor performanceSudatel Telecom group has acted decisively to replace its chief executive at Senegalese unit Expresso as the cellco’s poor performance continues to…