Issue no 740 16th January 2015

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The Internet of vehicles – BMW brings ConnectedDrive to Africa in March 2015

When the BMW i3 and BMW i8 go on sale in South Africa in March 2015 they will have a built-in connection to the Internet. It will be able to make intelligent emergency calls offering the exact location of the car and real-time traffic updates. Russell Southwood looks at whether this is simply a high-end import or whether this kind of on-board connectivity has implications for Africa.I was getting a ride back from a meeting recently in South Africa in a manager’s high-end car. He took the speed bumps as we left the venue rather too quickly. A few minutes…

Telecoms

Former Apple CEO to launch own Smartphone Brand in Kenya

John Sculley was selling ‘sugared water’ at PepsiCo (VP 1970–1977 and president of PepsiCo from 1977–1983) before Steve Jobs asked him to become CEO of Apple. Sculley held that position…


Telecoms

Vodacom denies aiming to control Neotel’s spectrum

Vodacom went to great lengths on Thursday to convince the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) that it would keep Neotel at arm’s length and would not have control over…


Telecoms

MainOne launches West Africa’s largest and best-connected data center

MinOne, Nigeria’s leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, today announced the opening of its premier Tier III Lekki Data Center to address…


Telecoms

Safaricom denies Fortumo billing deal claims

Safaricom has ordered payments company Fortumo to withdraw any statements, whether published or unpublished, regarding the signing of a mutually beneficial billing agreement between the two companies.Back in January 2015,…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Senegal’s telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has extended the testing phase of 4G services by a further three months until 31 March 2015, Ecofin…


Internet

WAPA gives advice on deploying networks in municipalities

Following a recent string of legal battles between municipalities and several telecommunications companies, most notably the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in favour of Dark Fibre Africa…


Internet

Orbital Sciences Corporation Completes Preliminary Design Review for Yahsat Al Yah 3 Satellite

Al Yah 3 will be covering more than 60% of the population in AfricaYahsat Al Yah 3 that will cover 60% of Africa populationYahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, a wholly…


Internet

Cameroon’s Clerics Get IT Training to Use Against Boko Haram

Muslim clerics, traditional rulers and dignitaries from Cameroon's northern border areas with Nigeria have assembled in Yaounde to be trained in communication technologies and the Internet in order to share…


Internet

CEC Liquid Telecom expands fibre network in Zambia

Liquid Telecom Zambia is building a new US$5 million fibre link between the country’s capital Lusaka and Victoria Falls in Livingstone, as the company further accelerates its growth across Africa.The…


Internet

Benin’s ACE connection to be completed in March

The World Bank has given an update on the expected timetable for the Republic of Benin to be connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) high speed international submarine…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Filling the gap between Home Uncapped and Home Uncapped Premium, OpenWeb has launched a new Home Uncapped Plus. This new ADSL package offers faster speeds and higher priority on gaming…


Computing

IBM Develops $2.5bn Super Computer for Kenya

Kenya’s eCommerce ecosystem is set to see greater efficiencies as IBM has launched what it has dubbed the ‘most powerful and secure system ever built.’ The z13 mainframe is an…


Computing

South Africa kicks off tablet pilot with slates for every schoolkid in Gauteng

The 2015 academic year begins in South Africa today, and is being marked in the province of Gauteng by the formal launch of an ambitious plan to give every child…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

The executive members of Actiongambia recently donated computers worth D250, 000 to their alma-mater, Muhammadan Primary School in Banjul, among other places, aimed at improving the IT skills of students…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

Ugandan cellular operators MTN and Airtel have confirmed that they have implemented the One Network Area arrangement which has removed international roaming costs for calls between Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.…


Money Transfer

Tunisian Activists Launch “Where is Paypal” Campaign

A movement has emerged calling on the Tunisian government to lift its heavy regulations on Paypal, the world’s leading online payment company, which have rendered its services largely impotent within…


Money Transfer

SWIFT Deepens Sub-Saharan Africa Reach With New Ghanaian And Kenyan Offices

VENTURES AFRICA – The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) will open two new offices in 2015 – in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya – as a crucial part…


Money Transfer

Money Transfers – In Brief

SimplePay has announced a partnership with eTranzact International PLC, a provider of mobile banking and payments services in Africa. This will allow its users to send money to any eTranzact…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IHS Holding to tap capital market for USD800m to expand African operations

UK registered IHS Holding, which was founded in 2001 and is today one of Africa’s leading mobile infrastructure companies with telecommunications infrastructure in five countries, is planning to tap the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Togo government calls on Etisalat, Maroc Telecom to resolve Moov Togo ownership dispute

The government of Togo has summoned officials from Etisalat and Maroc Telecom to the capital Lome, to discuss how the latter’s recent acquisition of the Emirati group’s assets in Africa…


Digital Content

Tigo Tanzania tunes into needs of music lovers

East African telco Tigo Tanzania has announced the launch of a music streaming service that will provide Tigo customers access to over 36 million songs.According to a statement Tigo Music…


Digital Content

GoMetro Mini launches in 11 official languages

South African transport mapping start-up GoMetro has introduced a new version of its mobile transport application site GoMetro Mini, equipped with all eleven official South African languages. GoMetro Mini is…


Digital Content

Digital security company Gemalto expands operations to Ivory Coast

One of the world’s leading digital security companies Gemalto has announced further operational expansion in Africa with the commencement of operations in Abidjan, Côte d’IvoireThe company said with the expansion,…


Digital Content

MTN Debuts 2015 ‘Better Me’ Campaign In Nigeria

MTN has unveiled its Betterme App to urge Nigerians to maximise their Internet usage.“In the past, the focus was on voice – that is the ability to connect people so…


Digital Content

DW signs content deal with Tuluntulu

 Above: Members of the Deutsche Welle team present at AfricaCom 2014. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) and Tuluntulu have teamed up to provide DW's English TV channel as streaming content for…


Digital Content

The Man Behind 263Chat, an Award-Winning Platform for Conversation in Zimbabwe

263Chat is an initiative that started in 2012 as a Twitter hashtag to encourage dialogue and conversations on Zimbabwe. The idea has since expanded to include other social media platforms,…


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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…