Issue no 745 20th February 2015

Top Story

Africa’s Forgotten Featurephone Users – What they use, what they want and their future

Africa’s featurephone users number in the millions but are largely forgotten when start-ups start to target mobile Internet users. A piece of market research carried out by Balancing Act gives some insight into what they do with their phones and what they want. Russell Southwood looks at what emerges from the research and the uncertain future of the featurephone.In 2013 Balancing Act carried out a detailed market research study in seven Sub-Saharan countries in the vanguard of adopting the Internet and social media. The study has four parts – which are available for free as downloads – and looks at…

Telecoms

US Opens Export of Cellphones, Communications Tools to Sudan

The United States is easing sanctions against Sudan to allow Americans to send smartphones, laptops and other communications hardware and software.The change comes even as U.S. officials denounce Sudan for…


Telecoms

Rwanda: Airtel sells off towers to IHS

Airtel Rwanda has finalised the sale its mobile towers, with IHS taking hold of the assets. According to Airtel, the deal will see a vast majority of mobile subscribers enjoy…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

The smartphone Infinix Hot marks its arrival in Côte d’Ivoire exclusively on JUMIA, the first online shopping destination in Côte d’Ivoire. The new smartphone with incredible specifications will be available…


Internet

Strong demand boosts Teraco’s Cape Town growth

Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, has reported that its Cape Town data centre has continued to grow on the back of strong demand for colocation services. The facility,…


Internet

AGETIC: Mali Gives Millions of Malaysians a New Internet Identity

African nation shakes up Malaysian website industry with free domainsMali, one of the largest countries in West Africa, has introduced the .ML domain name registry today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,…


Internet

Africa 118 Launches Online Business directory In Uganda

Africa 118, the East African tech firm which has been supplying a mobile directory service in Kenya,  launched its online directory in Uganda today dubbed ‘InfoMoby’.The directory covers thousands of…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

South African ISP Afrihost has announced that all its data top-ups will now roll over and be available for use in the month they were purchased in and the month…


Computing

We need an accessible cloud in Zimbabwe

I don’t know when it began, but it has been going on for a while now in the boutiques and other indigenous clothes stores. As soon as you enter the…


Computing

Internet Solutions launches disaster recovery service

South Africa's Internet Solutions (IS) has launched Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The cloud service includes connectivity, hosting, network, licensing and hardware, with the ability to be managed via…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

The Sage One Accounting cloud accounting software is now available in a number of major markets throughout sub Saharan Africa, following a partnership between Sage Pastel Accounting and MTN Business.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Airtel Kenya launches new UnlimiNET bundles for unlimited connections

Airtel Kenya has today announced the introduction of a product that offers customers the freedom to talk and remain connected to their world through the internet. The new flexible and…


Money Transfer

PayGate launches e-commerce payment collection service for SMMEs

An e-commerce hurdle for smaller businesses in South Africa has fallen with the launch of a new payment collection service from PayGate.“For a small company that’s turning over less than…


Money Transfer

MoneyGram Reaches 25,000 Locations Across Africa

MONEYGRAM recently announced an agreement with Safaricom that enables consumers in over 90 countries outside Kenya to send funds directly to nearly 20 million customers of M-PESA.NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17,…


Money Transfer

Telkom mulls mobile money offering

Telkom Mobile is considering the inclusion of a mobile money service as part of its consumer offering – a move analysts say is essential in a telecoms era that is…


Money Transfer

Uganda now has 18.5 million mobile money users

Uganda’s Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka says the country was home to 18.5 million mobile money users by the end of 2014, with transactions totalling more than UGX18 trillion (USD6.2 billion)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DealDey Has Just Raised A $5 Million Series B From Kinnevik

DealDey, a Nigerian ecommerce website that aggregates discounted goods and services has raised $5 million in follow-on funding, TechCabal has learnt from reliable sources.The startup’s second round of funding comes…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom may look at buying Cell C: Maseko

Bloomberg recently reported that Cell C is working with Goldman Sachs to explore the possibility of a sale.Citing sources familiar with the matter, Bloomberg said the possible sale would be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN headline earnings could rise 15%

MTN said on Thursday that it expects that its headline earnings per share (Heps) for the full-year ended 31 December 2014 rose by between 5% and 15%.The mobile operator, which…


Digital Content

#WhereIsTheBomb warns Egyptians of violence-related traffic

Egypt's long-suffering drivers, worn down by decades of jams and crashes, are turning to social media to stave off a new, even more pressing threat -- the traffic chaos caused…


Digital Content

New Minister Threatens to Shut Down Zambian Independent News Site

Zambia's newly-appointed minister of information, Chishimba Kambwili, has pledged to close down Zambian Watchdog, one of the country's few independent online news sources focused on political and investigative reporting.Kambwili, who…


Digital Content

South Africa: Parly Jamming Case Postponed

Cape Town — An urgent application to prohibit the use of mobile network blocking devices in Parliament was postponed in the High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday afternoon.The postponement…


Digital Content

#BBCtrending: Celebrities defend gay rights in Ghana

Ghanaian celebrities have taken to social media to condemn the beating of a suspected gay man, opening a rare window for debate on homosexuality in a country where gay sex…


Digital Content

Citizens monitor Nigeria’s elections using mobiles

Nigeria’s elections, which were scheduled for 14 February, have been postponed for six weeks, with the government citing security concerns posed by insurgent group Boko Haram. But civil society groups…


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People

M4JAM announces appointment of Brett StClairBrett StClair has joined M4JAM (Money for Jam), the microjobbing startup that has taken South African brands and consumers by storm. StClair’s 10 years of…


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Jobs & Opportunities

DXX Network DesignerPosted date: Thu, 19th FebLocation: Western Africa• Experience in audit and optim projectProducing design specifications for each site and network element in the network,• Make traffic modeling and…


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Events

Africa IT & Telecom Forum 201526 -27 March 2015 AbidjanHow Africa will manage its digital transformation?Share the experience and success of policy makers in the development sector.For further information click…