Issue no 742 30th January 2015

Top Story

Nigeria’s 3 LTE ISPs pull ahead of the pack as key spectrum remains unavailable

There have been significant delays in Nigeria’s digital broadcasting transition and other unexplained delays on a recent spectrum auction. These delays are giving independent LTE ISPs in Nigeria the kind of opening to expand that may be repeated elsewhere on the continent. Russell Southwood looks at how these ISPs are pulling ahead.The ISP story in Africa is like a roller-coaster. Back in the day, they sold dial-up to corporates, cyber-cafes and a few high-end individuals. They dominated what was a tiny market. With the arrival of ADSL, the fixed line incumbent telcos took back the initiative and by wholesaling unfavourably…

Telecoms

Mauritius Telecom upgrades Alepo Billing and Customer Care Platform to Support Rapid Subscriber Growth

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Austin, TX – Alepo, a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, announced today that its longstanding customer Mauritius Telecom (MT)…


Telecoms

Liberia: LTA to amend licensing regime to allow Vodacom to enter the market?

National industry regulator the Liberian Telecommunications Authority (LTA) is reportedly in the process of amending the country’s Licensing and Authorisation Regulations in a move designed to allow the entry of…


Telecoms

Mobile Streams moves forward into Africa

Mobile Streams revealed in its latest trading update that revenues for its fiscal first half to end December 2014 fell to GBP 18.5 million from 27.1 million the year before,…


Telecoms

Nigeria - No Political Party Has Approval For SMS Campaigns – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has not given approval to any political party to run Short Messages (SMS) campaigns.Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the Commission’s Director of…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Airtel Nigeria has extended its strategic partnership with Huawei Technologies by selecting the Chinese vendor as a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for the capital city Abuja and the surrounding Federal…


Internet

Teraco secures R400-million from Barclays Africa for new data centre

Data centre operator and Internet exchange point (IXP) firm Teraco Data Environments has secured R400m in funding from Barclays Africa to build a new data centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.The…


Internet

Africa gets its first commercial TV white space offering

Ghana has become the first country in Africa to have a commercial TV white space offering. The offering, which is a joint venture between Spectra Wireless and Microsoft 4Afrika, is…


Internet

Price hike for SA Internet domains

The ZA Central Registry has informed registrars about a price hike for .ZA domain registrations and renewalsRegistering or renewing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains will cost more from 1…


Internet

Alcatel-Lucent to build FTTH network for Vodacom in South Africa

Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to underpin ultra-broadband network for enterprise, residential and mobile customers of South Africa’s largest mobile operatorAlcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by Vodacom, South…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone,…


Computing

MTN Group joins AWS Direct Connect service to bolster cloud connectivity

MTN Group has joined Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) Direct Connect service in a bid to improve cloud connectivity and its ability to attract large multinationals to its network.The operator will…


Computing

Computing - In brief

To douse the cry of marginalisation by the Southern Kaduna people, Kaduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has commenced the process of converting the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State…


Money Transfer

Uber eyes use of mobile money service in Africa

After launching its service in seven African cities and hitting a few hitches, especially in Kenya, Uber is exploring the use of mobile money services.The service has been launched in…


Money Transfer

Orange invests EUR 1 million in Afrimarket

Money transfer operator Afrimarket, which uses a 'cash to goods' model, has closed a EUR 2 million funding round comprising EUR 1 million from Orange and EUR 1 million from…


Money Transfer

Swish Payments Secures MasterCard Membership

mPOS provider Swish is proud to announce that it is now a full member of MasterCard. This has been achieved through sister company Swish Payments Ltd which is a fully…


Money Transfer

Moving towards a cashless public transport system in Kenya

Kenya’s transport system is infamous for chaos, corruption and carnage on the roads. The majority of the population use the country’s thousands of minibus taxis, locally known as matatus. Although…


Money Transfer

Money Transfer - In brief

Mahindra Comviva has announced its partnership with Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s only telecommunication service provider for its PreTUPS™ electronic recharge solution. Mahindra Comviva will enable the transition of 29.4 million Ethio…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN, Orange Cameroon hit with XAF75bn licence renewal fee?

Cameroon’s two largest mobile operators MTN and Orange Cameroon are said to be in talks with the government to reduce the fee for the renewal of their operating licences, reports…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Selling Telecel won’t sail smooth. Mutasa opposes it. Shareholding one big mess

The news about Brainworks offering to buy 40% of Telecel Zimbabwe was much welcome news. The market needs a thriving Telecel, so this glimmer of hope in something potentially ending…


Digital Content

'Most-followed' Africans on Twitter: Presidents don't rule here, its musicians, comedians, models and sports stars

You would think that, given Africa’s high-stakes, cutthroat political arena, where a portrait of the president – as a symbol of his power – still adorns business premises and public…


Digital Content

Mobile App's Creator Seeks to Preserve African Folk Tales

Elizabeth Kperrun says she learned life lessons from the folk stories she heard as a child, a tradition she says should be kept alive. Her AfroTalez app for children offers…


Digital Content

Fuel alert app FillApp hits South Africa

The app has designed for the person on the go, and according to the company, is easy to setup and use.According to application developer TouchFoundry its latest application dubbed “FillApp”…


Digital Content

Meet the entrepreneur who created Algeria's online advertising sector

Few countries can boast that their number of internet users has gone from 1.5 million to 15 million in eight years, that they reached eight million 3G users in just…


Digital Content

Google launches portal to call out Nigerians to vote

Everyone talks about politics in Africa whether offline or online but only a few end up doing the real voting.Google today launched an online portal expected to encourage eligible voters…


Digital Content

Facebook releases Lite app in emerging markets, chasing mobile users

Facebook quietly launched a new stand-alone app over the weekend in a handful of test markets in Africa and Asia, according to TechCrunch.Facebook Lite, a simplified version of the company's…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Boko Haram Launches PR Campaign, Opens Twitter Account

Insurgent group, Jama'atu AhlisSunnah Lidda'awati Waljahad, popularly known as Boko Haram has launched a new Public Relation campaign via twitter meant to win people over to its side.The twitter handle,Alurwa…


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People

One Channel Botswana acquires top technical skillsAs part of its future growth strategy, One Channel Botswana has announced that it is acquiring top industry skills. The company has appointed Obakeng…


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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…