Issue no 734 21st November 2014

Top Story

Breaking through Africa’s payments pain barrier – lowering online mobile transaction costs

For Africa’s digital economy to work, it desperately needs an effective payments system that can handle micro payments and with transaction costs that are reasonable. Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative has partnered with payments provider Skrill to offer an answer. Russell Southwood spoke to Nilesh Pandya, SVP Emerging Markets, Skrill and Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access and Smart Financing Africa Initiatives.Owned by private equity company CBC, Skrill has been operating since 2001 in the online payments space. It has partnered with Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative to launch its e-commerce platform in Africa: the product has been designed in such a way that…

Telecoms

Vodafone signs new Partner Market agreement with Afrimax in Uganda

Vodafone and Afrimax Group - a 4G LTE telecommunications operator in sub-Saharan Africa - jointly announced a strategic framework agreement to cooperate and explore opportunities for Partner Market agreements in…


Telecoms

Ghana mulls scrapping 20% import tax on handsets

The government of Ghana is reportedly planning to scrap the 20% import duty on mobile, cellular and satellite telephone handsets, which was passed by parliament in mid-2013, BizTech Africa reports.…


Telecoms

Egypt’s mobile app users are predominantly young: 75% of adult mobile apps users in Egypt are younger than 34 years of age

A new Arab Advisors Group survey of Egypt’s mobile application users was concluded in November 2014. The survey revealed that young dominate the ranks of mobile app users in Egypt.…


Telecoms

Uganda: MTN to Compensate Data Customers

MTN Uganda will compensate data customers who have lost money through the multiple data activations they experienced over the last few months, Brian Gouldie, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN…


Telecoms

MTN restores services to Expresso

Subscribers of Telecommunication firm Expresso can now make calls to MTN following the decision of the latter to restore services to Expresso.MTN on November 1, 2014 alerted its subscribers through…


Telecoms

Nigerian Communications Commission bans Owntel Communications – no licence to operate

Nigeria’s telecoms industry’s regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced a clampdown on Owntel Communications. According to the NCC, the company was providing telecommunications services without an operational license.The…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

The latest Ericsson Mobility Report launched yesterday (Wednesday) revealed that proliferation of mobile technology continues to grow at a rapid pace. According to the report, Africa has topped 880 million…


Internet

South Africa: Telkom FTTH roll-out in Parkview, Parkhurst stopped

Telkom has revealed that it has stopped its roll-out of fibre-to-the-home in Parkview and Parkhurst“We have stopped our fibre roll-out into Parkview and Parkhurst,” the head of Telkom’s retail and…


Internet

Liquid Telecom unveils 100mbps FTTH progress and plans at Africacom

Liquid Telecom has unveiled its progress in laying Fibre To The Home over which it is providing homes and small businesses with unlimited data packages and 100Mbps, the fastest broadband…


Computing

As Liberian schools remain closed, tablets could become digital classroom

Schools in Liberia have been closed since July as the country has confronted a deadly Ebola outbreak that, so far, has killed nearly 3,000 people.With 1.4 million school-aged children currently…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

Focus Softnet, a global ERP and software solutions development company, has announced that it has signed Future Kenya as their new partner in Kenya. According to the terms of the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecel Zimbabwe expands roaming to prepaid customers

Telecel Zimbabwe said it has entered into voice roaming agreements with seven countries for its prepaid customers and 58 data roaming deals for its postpaid customers. Telecel roaming services were…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Free simfy Africa subscription from MTN

MTN is giving a free 12-month subscription to simfy Africa to all subscribers who purchase a Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact.This will give them quick and easy access to…


Money Transfer

Orange Madagascar signs Mobile Money deal with bus operators

Orange Madagascar has signed an agreement with the country's urban, regional and national bus operators to allow passengers to pay their fare by using the Mobile Money service, Agence Ecofin…


Money Transfer

Monitor M-Pesa Transactions On Mobile APP

Developed together with a local start-up Dynamic Data Systems, the partnership is the first in an anticipated series of partnerships Safaricom will be pursuing with local developers and start-ups."We strive…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Access Bank, Airtel Nigeria Unveil Mobile Money Platform

Access Bank Plc and Airtel Nigeria Limited have gone into a partnership to introduce a mobile money service known as Access Money.The service allows customers to perform simple, secure and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Malawi: TNM plans to diversify through ISP acquisition

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has revealed in an announcement on its website that it is currently involved in negotiations to acquire the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana: Tigo invests $3.2 Million in overhead fibre project

Tigo Ghana has started work on a USD 3.2 million overhead fibre-optic cable project. The project is part of efforts to boost customer experience in the Western and Ashanti regions.…


Digital Content

Ugandans Launch Hashtag Campaign Against Telecom Giant

Eight million people use MTN Uganda, making it the country's undisputed mobile telecom giant. According to Chimpreports.com, customers have grumbled for years about unreasonable extra charges and unexplained reductions in…


Digital Content

In Cameroon, New Tool for Pregnancy Planning

Cameroon has become the seventh African country to begin using the Calculator 28, a program that calculates female ovulation to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies.  The Calculator 28 can be…


Digital Content

AfriLeaks - Africa's answer to Wikileaks?

AfriLeaks, an anonymous whistleblowing platform for Africa, is set to launch at the end of November. DW takes a look at how the platform will work and the push for…


Digital Content

Namibians to cast e-votes in African first

In a first for Africa, Namibians will cast their ballots electronically in this month’s presidential and legislative polls, the election commission said Friday.Over a million voters, or just about half…


Digital Content

Teenagers develop mobile app to ease math learning

Listening to  17-year-old Feleile Naberwa pitching mobile games developed by Code Clubbers, you want to stop and ask her what her master’s degree thesis was all about. This high school…


Digital Content

Orange Unveils Its Radio App In South Africa

Orange has launched its Orange Radio application in South Africa. The App is compatible with  iOS and Android devices, acts as an aggregator (integrated with Deezer), providing users with free…


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People

Bharti Airtel appoints Dr. Titus  Naikuni as Chairman, Airtel KenyaBharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has announced the appointment of Dr.…


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Events

Digital Migration and Spectrum Management Forum – Africa 201425th -27th November 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa  A high-level industry conference, this conference will bring together key stakeholders across the broadcasting, telecoms,…


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Opportunities

SA's Mxit, codeX partner to enrich ICT skillsMxit, the South African mobile social network, has partnered with codeX and is offering three bursaries to the value of R25,000 each to…