Issue no 748 13th March 2015

Top Story

Main One to offer Infrastructure as a Service in April in partnership with EMC and Microsoft

The transition to cloud based services in Lagos is coming into view. As the Lagos Infraco, Main One wants to be able to offer pervasive fibre and is launching Infrastructure as a Service with EMC and Microsoft. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Funke Opeke about where the market has got to,Main One’s independent data centre in Lagos launched in mid-January this year. It has 600 racks and is adjacent to its cable landing station in Lekki. Opeke says that:”Interest globally has been phenomenal” but it hasn’t yet sold a lot of racks.Nevertheless, it is aiming the facility at three…

Telecoms

Mobile phone users rise to 14 million in Angola

Mobile phone users in Angola amounted to some 14 million, almost doubling the number of five years ago amid the development of the telecommunications and information technologies, one of the…


Telecoms

Huawei bags submarine cable order from Equatorial Guinea govt

Huawei Marine Networks has won a contract from the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to build the Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System.The Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System is expected to…


Telecoms

Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal

Mozilla's major new ally will sell its Klif phone and six months' network service in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Orange likes Firefox OS's inexpensive hardware requirements…


Telecoms

Zain and Ericsson join South Sudan refugee location scheme

Zain Group has announced that it has joined Refugees United (REFUNITE), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Ericsson in a pilot scheme in South Sudan to enable families to search…


Internet

Botswana launches TV white spaces project

Southern African nation Botswana has become the latest African country to launch a TV white spaces (TVWS) pilot project.TVWS taps unused portions of spectrum in frequency bands - commonly used…


Internet

Liquid Telecom offers free high speed internet in Kenya

Network and internet solutions company Liquid Telecom has launched a free high speed Wi-Fi network in Nakuru County, Kenya.The 1 Gbps high capacity Wi-Fi will be offered for free to…


Internet

YahClick & Vox Telecom to Provide Internet to Square Kilometer Array (SKA) Community in South Africa

YahClick, the satellite broadband service of UAE and Vox Telecom have won the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) project tender in South Africa. This will see YahClick delivering voice and data…


Internet

Inaugural Conference and AGM of Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa

The newly-established Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (Wi-Fi Forum SA) is holding its inaugural conference today in Johannesburg, South Africa. Wi-Fi Forum SA will play an active and positive role…


Computing

Intel to donate 30 computers worth Kshs 1.5 million to boost ICT clubs in 9 secondary schools

Intel Corporation has this morning announced a donation of 30 computers worth KES 1,500,000 to boost ICT clubs in 9 secondary schools located in various counties across Kenya.Intel has already…


Computing

Data centres – the world’s greatest energy guzzlers

Data centres have for years been known to be excessive consumers of power, consuming up to 3% of all global electricity production, and roughly ten times more per square metre…


Money Transfer

Mobile payments grow up

The announcement of Samsung Pay, in direct competition with Apple Pay, is a signal that payments with mobile devices are growing up. Samsung wants to make it clear that, not…


Money Transfer

Tigo, Azuri partner on rural energy, money services

Tanzania solar systems provider Azuri Technologies, mobile operator Tigo Tanzania and mobile retail operator Lotus Africa announced a partnership to bring integrated pay-as-you-go energy and mobile payment services to rural…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Invenfin grabs 20% stake in WyzeTalk

Invenfin, the early stage venture investment arm of Remgro Limited, has acquired a 20% stake in South African social enterprise platform WyzeTalk.The investment means that WyzeTalk has now raised more…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

American Tower Is Said to Eye MTN’s South African Assets

MTN Group Ltd., Africa’s largest wireless carrier, has received interest from American Tower Corp. for at least a part of the network of about 9,000 towers it’s selling in South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Oger Telecom may sell South Africa's Cell C stake - chairman

Oger Telecom is looking at the possibility of selling its majority stake in Cell C, South Africa's third-largest mobile telecoms network operator, the chairman of the Middle Eastern firm told…


Digital Content

Parliament Watchdog Connects Ugandans to Women MPs Through Twitter

Ugandans are taking advantage of social media to bridge the gap between citizens and legislators, thanks to Parliament Watch Uganda, a virtual tracker that monitors the Parliament of Uganda on…


Digital Content

Deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015

Despite reports in the Kenyan media to the contrary, the deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting in the UHF Band remains 17 June 2015, and this includes…


Digital Content

Uber Enters Nigeria, Launches Low Cost Taxi Service in Lagos

VENTURES AFRICA – Uber – the technology company that connects riders with drivers through a smartphone application – recently launched its low cost option, uberX as a safe, reliable and…


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Opportunties

Project Inspire: looking for tech & design to change the world for womenA competition which seeks to support social entrepreneurs around the globe, Project Inspire, is calling for initiatives that…


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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…