Issue no 741 23rd January 2015

Top Story

WeChat’s Brett Loubser on why Africa’s mobile operators have to change their attitude to OTT companies

Africa’s mobile operators and Over-The-Top (OTT) companies have moved in together but not yet worked out a way to live with each other. The mobile operators both want the love and interest OTT operators bring them. But in the main they can’t quite give up their defensive stance about what they feel should be their home. Russell Southwood talked to ex-mobile employee Brett Loubser, Head of WeChat Africa.South African Brett Loubser has spent most of his working life in the mobile industry, both with device manufacturers (Samsung, Nokia and HTC) and nine years with MTN managing its product portfolio. He’s…

Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Mobile subscriptions on the rise in Q3

Subscribers using mobile money transfer services rose by 16.3 percent to reach 4.9 million from 4.2 million in the previous quarter.The total number of subscribers in Zimbabwe’s telecommunication sector grew…


Telecoms

Telecel could lose licence if foreign ownership not reduced

Zimbabwean mobile operator Telecel is once again under fire for failing to comply with the country’s empowerment laws which require local investors to own a majority stake in the company.…


Telecoms

South Africa: MTN allows data sharing

MTN has realised many subscribers do not use all their data, says MTN SA chief marketing officer Larry Annetts. MTN promises to end the angst customers feel when their data…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Airtel Gabon has become the country's first mobile operator to connect to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable, announced CEO Herve Njapoum. The connection to the cable will allow…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

Cabinet has set up a committee to begin the process to get Telecel Zimbabwe cease operations in line with a directive by the Ministry of Information Communication Technology, Postal and…


Telecoms

Wananchi Telecom & Epsilon Partner For Network Expansion

Wananchi Telecom and Epsilon have joined hands to supply outsourced network services to support the growth of its wholesale telecommunications business. This union will guarantee expansion of its network and…


Internet

Vodacom Told to Halt Congo Services Amid Protest Over Laws

Vodacom Group Ltd. (VOD) said it’s been ordered to switch off all Internet and text message services in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid protests against proposed changes to the…


Internet

Tech Firms Extend Internet Access To Help Ebola Treatment in Africa

Inveneo, a San Francisco non-profit, this week began a three-month effort to bring Internet access to 100 locations in West Africa to fight the spread of Ebola. To determine how…


Internet

Facebook Announces Launch of Internet.org in Ghana

On Wednesday, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of internet.org app in Ghana in partnership with Airtel.The partnership will enable Airtel customers in Ghana have free access to the…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Togo Telecom has started deploying Wi-Fi hotspots in the capital city, Lome, in a project called 'Helim Zone', Agence Ecofin reports. The operator plans to install hotspots in all of…


Computing

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven

“I could make many, many things with that,” said Sam Kodo, looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. “Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried.…


Computing

Umhloti Primary gets solar-powered PC lab

GiveITback, in partnership with Poynting and African Union Communications, has donated the first of its solar-powered computer labs to Umhloti Primary School, in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal, to create a better understanding…


Computing

Gambia National Library to Be Digitalised

The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of…


Computing

Computing – In brief

Avaya Inc a provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices, has announced that they are currently working with five County Governments in Kenya…


Money Transfer

Azimo Launches New Instant Money Transfer Service to 8 New Countries in West Africa

Online money transfer service Azimo today opened its doors to recipients in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Tog in West African CFA francs for instant…


Money Transfer

Airtel Partners Cignifi and WSBI to Develop Innovative Mobile Savings Product

Brussels-based WSBI (World Savings and Retail Banking Institute) and Cignifi has announced an agreement to develop and test-market an innovative mobile savings product targeted at underserved and dormant savers.The product…


Money Transfer

Sub-Saharan African mobile money worth USD 656 mln in 2014

The Sub-Saharan African mobile money market earned revenues of USD 655.8 million in 2014 and this should reach USD 1.32 billion in 2019, according to research by Frost & Sullivan.…


Money Transfer

Card Payments Drop As Mobile Money Use Grows In Kenya

Payments made using plastic cards dipped by a fifth in 11 months to November last year as mobile phone-based payments ate into commercial banks’ business.The latest Central Bank of Kenya…


Money Transfer

Mama Money Launches To Reduce Cost Of Money Transfer In South Africa

 Mama Money, an homegrown South African startup launched today hoping to save immigrants and refugees living in South Africa up to 270 percent on their remittance when sending money to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TTCL intends to acquire Airtel shares

National fixed line operator Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has reportedly indicated that it intends to acquire the 35% stake currently owned by Indian-backed operator Airtel, thus giving the government…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Orange, Airtel Gain Ground on Safaricom in Kenya

Airtel and Orange, Kenya's second and third largest mobile networks, have made the most of Safaricom's slide to gain market shares over the last quarter.Figures from the Communications Authority of…


Digital Content

Gumaho digitizes milk sales

Gumaho milk app also commonly known as Milk Collection and Distribution System is a web-mobile application that empowers dairy cooperatives with data that provides them with support and inputs they…


Digital Content

Homeless of Nairobi: Facebook project gives rough sleepers a voice

Sham Patel gave little thought to people living on the streets of Kenya’s capital until a chance encounter. Now, he gathers photos and stories to help shine a light on…


Digital Content

It’s official: Netflix is coming to South Africa

Netflix has confirmed that it will be coming to South Africa as part of its global expansion plansSouth Africa will be among the countries that Netflix expands to in the…


Digital Content

Digital Content – In brief

Kenyans have hit upon a novel way to vent their anger about the tear-gassing of children trying to protect their playground from development. There have been allegations on social media…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Zimbwabwe’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp calls for entriesZimbabwe’s Social Entrepreneurship bootcamp is on and now all social entrepreneurs are clled upon to  submit their entries for the six-month structured bootcamp where…


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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…