Issue no 747 6th March 2015

Top Story

Malian MVNO Aidou Telecom set to launch later this year with cheaper prices and LTE – The African MVNO bandwagon starts moving?

MVNOs have hardly made a dent on African markets. A number of regulators have talked about issuing MVNO licences but it largely remains talk. However, an influential Malian is now setting about launching one in a country that needs more competition. Russell Southwood spoke to Dr Adama Traore about the MVNO he wants to launch, Aidou Telecom.Dr Traore’s involvement in telecoms in Mali goes back many years and took some time in the telling. National incumbent SOTELMA was once a monopoly and got all the usual rights and privileges of that status from government. But when Orange was given a…

Telecoms

Low cost base station operator NuRAN Wireless Expands African Operations

NuRAN Wireless Inc. has announced that it has expanded its operations in Africa and received its first order in the continent for GSM LiteCell, its low-power (54W), low-OPEX GSM base…


Telecoms

Burkina Faso: Isocel connects with PCCW Global

PCCW Global, the international telecoms carrier division of Hong Kong's HKT, has signed a Network-to-Network Interface (NNI) agreement with Benin's Isocel Telecom, which will interconnect with PCCW Global's MPLS network…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Millicom Ghana, which operates under the Tigo brand, has completed expansion work on its eastern microwave backbone, upgrading network quality and resilience across the Volta Region. BizTech Africa reports that…


Internet

National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt and GSMA Announce Agreement to Support Economic Growth and Digital Inclusion Through Mobile Broadband

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA) and the GSMA today announced an agreement to establish a framework of cooperation designed to promote Egypt's mobile economy, recognising the transformative…


Internet

PublicVine 'disappointed at lack of uptake' from African content producers

Online video content platform PublicVine is disappointed at the lack of uptake from African content producers who are not taking advantage of the platform to monetise their products.PublicVine gives video…


Internet

Zoom Wireless Launches High-Speed, Reliable and Affordable Internet Access Service in Northern Uganda

Zoom Partners with EveryLayer to launch Internet service at business speeds from 1-9 Mbps and residential speeds up to 3 Mbps– with no usage capsGulu, Uganda. Zoom Wireless (www.zoom.co.ug), a…


Internet

Kenya: Liquid Telecom to re-enter home market

Liquid Telecom has stated to media that it is currently set to re-enter Kenya's retail internet market. Liquid Telecom Kenya CEO, Ben Roberts, told media that the company intends to…


Internet

Open Access Infrastructure and the Cost of Mistrust

Steve Song, Many Possibilities writes: Recently I've been writing about the relationship of openness and trust in open movements which has led me to think more about the strategic role…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

Rwanda's Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) has entered into a partnership agreement with equipment vendor Ericsson to design a roadmap and deploy solutions and services required to create a…


Computing

East African PC shipments fall 10.8% in 2014

PC shipments to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia totalled 657,472 units in 2014, according to preliminary figures from International Data Corporation. IDC said this is a decline of 10.8 percent…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Inflation leads to further TNM price hike

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country's second largest mobile operator by subscribers, increased its tariffs by an average of 14% yesterday (4 March), in response to high inflation in the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

South Sudan joins East African call rate initiative

South Sudan has joined an initiative that allows mobile users to make calls between the country and Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda at local rates, StarAfrica writes, citing news agency APA.…


Money Transfer

Visa, Airtel bring mobile payments to 7 African nations

Visa and Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, this week announced a partnership to bring mobile payment services to seven markets…


Money Transfer

MasterCard expands mobile remittance services in Africa

MasterCard today made two announcements at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that expand mobile remittance services in Africa. MasterCard announced an agreement with eTranzact International PLC, a leading…


Money Transfer

Mobile e-money taking off in Côte d'Ivoire

Located on the coast of West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). Spread over an area of 322,460 sq km with…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

How much MTN really paid for Afrihost

MTN has disclosed for the first time how much it paid to acquire Afrihost, and it's not as high as earlier reports suggested.The mobile operator said on Wednesday in its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C for sale

Cell C's largest shareholder Oger Telecom is looking at selling its stake in the company, Reuters reported. Cell C is 75%-owned by the Lebanese firm.Oger Telecom chairman Mohammed Hariri told…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

E-Corp to offload 40% Telecel stake; Vimpelcom has three interested in its 60% share

The Zimbabwean consortium Empowerment Corporation (E-Corp) is to go ahead with the sale of its 40% stake in the country's number-three mobile operator Telecel to Brainworks Capital Management. Brainworks offered…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Opportunities

UNION of the Comoros - selection process for a second unified telecommunication licenseIn accordance with the process of telecommunication sector reform, the Government of the Union of the Comoros is…


Digital Content

DStv Adds Three More Channels To Its App

The newly launched DStv app, DStv Now,has launched three bonus channels Shorts TV, Ginx TV and Eurochannel, which will be available for a limited period.This marks an unprecedented move for…


Digital Content

Ericsson to deliver connected kiosk to Rwanda

Ericsson and Coca-Cola have revealed a pilot project to bring mobile connectivity to Rwanda. The Ekocenter is a solar-powered kiosk developed with German start-up company Solarkiosk. Tigo Rwanda and Ericsson…


Digital Content

ARTP gives Sonatel 48 hours to explain Viber, WhatsApp blocking

Senegal's telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes (ARTP) has given national PTO Sonatel 48 hours to explain why it is blocking end user access to…


Digital Content

Media24 to launch news wire service

Media24's digital division, 24.com, is launching a news wire service next month, it announced on Thursday.The new service would be called News24Wire with syndication and access being handled by Gallo…


Digital Content

Didata named as Tour de France tech partner

In a major coup for a South African-based company, Dimension Data has been appointed as the official technology partner of the Tour de France for the next five years.Johannesburg-headquartered global…


Digital Content

Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition 2015 Hots Up

The 2015 edition of the Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition (DA 2015) will be held from July 20 - 23, 2015, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. This annual…


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People

UBUNTUNET ALLIANCE APPOINTS DR HOBA AS CEO5th March 2015, Lilongwe, Malawi: UbuntuNet Alliance, the Regional Research and Education Networking organisation for Eastern and Southern Africa, announces the appointment of Dr…


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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…