Issue no 737 12th December 2014

Top Story

Micro networks may offer a way to get 4G out of Africa’s cities and into towns and villages

Mobile technology is changing as it comes to terms with the IP world and everything becomes data. The UK deployment of micro networks for rural areas by EE offers an interesting route for Africa’s mobile operators as they get to grips with 4G delivery. Russell Southwood spoke the vendors on that deployment, Parallel Wireless’ two founders Rajesh Mishra and Steve Papa to see why it may offer a cheaper solution.Back in 2005 I used the phrase “desktop GSM” in the context of the idea of creating rural “plug-and-play” operators in Africa. It was meant to describe the shift from a…

Telecoms

Senegal: ARTP warns cellcos to make sure 4G trials are free

Senegal’s telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has warned the country’s mobile operators that they must not levy any charges on people using their pilot…


Telecoms

Mobile phones aid healthcare innovations in Africa

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Orange have partnered to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth). Ariel Pablos-Méndez, USAID’s assistant administrator for global health, said partnering with companies…


Telecoms

Sale away: BTC IPO postponed once again

The initial public offer of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC), under which the government plans to offload a 49% stake in the company, has been pushed back once again. According…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom & Blue Label Wrangles Over Multi-Links Die Down

The dust between South African companies, Telkom and Blue Label Telecoms, has now settled. The main difference between the two companies was in the claiming of billions of rand from…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has shut down the operations of four companies that it said had been using the 5.4GHz frequency band without permission. The News Agency of Nigeria…


Internet

Technology: Safaricom launches Kenya's first 4G Internet services

Safaricom launched Kenya's first fourth-generation (4G) Internet services on Thursday, seeking to capitalise on burgeoning mobile Internet use in the country.The government of the east African nation of 40 million…


Internet

Kenya: Google Loses Round One of Court Battle With Waiguru

Internet giant Google has lost round one in a court battle with Planning Secretary Anne Waiguru that is expected to define the boundaries of liability for online carriers of material…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Airtel Tanzania has launched a 'Home WiFi with bundle share’ service that allows users in the country connect up to 32 smart devices. The firm said in a statement that…


Computing

Nigeria: Integrated Payroll System Saves FG N160 Billion

Abuja — Government’s anti-corruption effort through the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS), which was introduced in 2011, has saved the nation N160 billion by practically stopping some corrupt practices like…


Computing

Huawei brings HD desktop phone to SA

Huawei has unveiled its full-HD intelligent desktop phone, the Huawei eSpace 8950, to the South African market.According to Huawei, the growing popularity of intelligent desktop phones has changed the way…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

Intel has completed the training of 400 women under its recently launched "Intel She Will Connect programme". The training conducted at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Glo launches Unlimited Roaming offer

Globacom has introduced Glo Unlimited Roaming, offering subscribers free incoming calls in various destinations when they travel overseas. The offer also allows calls at lower rates. Under the promotion, subscribers…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Mauritius Telecom to cut tariffs from 1 January

Mauritius Telecom (MT) is planning to reduce its internet tariffs by almost 50% from 1 January 2015, in a bid to ‘democratise fixed and mobile broadband access in the country’,…


Money Transfer

Benin: MFS launches mobile insurance for cyclists

MFS Africa has launched Zem Aussur – a mobile insurance product for drivers of motorcycle taxis, known as zémidjans.MFS Africa is a leader in providing mobile financial services across the…


Money Transfer

WeShopUp Integrates M-PESA for online commodity purchases

With over 1.1 billion people, Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is exploding and e-commerce is exponentially increasing proportions of or the interest of some giants settle a massively. But online payment such…


Money Transfer

Airtel Money has 1M revenue-earning users in DRC

Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s health and money channels. He is an experienced tech... read moreBharti Airtel said its mobile money service has hit the one-million milestone…


Money Transfer

Money Transfers - In Brief

Angolan Investment Bank (BAI) has launched e-Kwanza a mobile money service that allows users to make transfers and payments for goods and services across the country.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wonderloop Attracts Investment From One Of Africa’s Wealthiest Magnates

Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s wealthiest magnates (who recently launched a $100 million program to support entrepreneurship in Africa) is understood to have put an undisclosed sum into Silicon…


Digital Content

Rebuilding Timbuktu's Cultural Diversity, One eReader at a Time

Mali's Timbuktu region has long been a commercial and cultural crossroad. Songhai, Peul, Sorko, Tuareg, Bellah, Kunta, and Bérabich are longtime neighbors along the Niger River. The relationship between these…


Digital Content

2014 the year e-commerce grew up, says PayGate

Online shopping hit the mainstream in South Africa during 2014, says e-commerce payment services provider PayGate -- and the growth is set to continue during 2015.“The number of merchants we…


Digital Content

Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

AdVine serves ads within a variety of large and small publishers in the region, including the BBC, MTN and Opera itself. The company’s site is currently offline — being rebuilt…


Digital Content

Magazine Reel Wins the 2nd Edition of Safaricom Appwiz Challenge

A team of Egerton University graduates, who came up with a mobile-based web application that allows youth to access the latest campus news though their mobile phones, have emerged the…


Digital Content

Obiwezy.com allows Nigerians to purchase top quality used gadgets with

A new e-commerce platform has been launched in Nigeria to allow individuals to purchase top quality used gadgets at the most affordable price.In an exclusive interview with HumanIPO at Lagos…


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People

Stephen Spengler appointed Intelsat deputy CEOSatellite services company Intelsat SA has announced the appointment of Stephen Spengler as deputy chief executive officer - a promotion from the post of chief…


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Events

AITEC East Africa ICT Summit 201518-19 February 2015Kenya School Of Monetary Studies Nairobi, KenyaThrough its range of in-depth specialist Forums, AITEC East Africa 2015 will provide a unique platform for…


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Jobs & Opportunities

SWIFT To Unveil Africa’s Brightest FinTech StartupsThe Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication’s (SWIFT) will convene policy makers, industry leaders and the broader financial community across Africa in its African…