Issue no 750 27th March 2015

Top Story

Battle for 4G subscribers in Cote d’Ivoire set to hot up as mobile operators get ready to roll-out – YooMee wants to be reference point for quality and speed

The battle for 4G subscribers in Cote d’Ivoire looks like it will hot up soon as the “big gorilla” operators enter the market. There’s currently a blockage but the Government and regulator think they have a plan to overcome it. Russell Southwood spoke to Yann Le Guen, Managing Director of Cote d’Ivoire’s only independent 4G provider YooMee. Launched in 2011, YooMee in Cote d’Ivoire offers LTE in Abidjan and operates in 2300 Mhz spectrum as there is no 800 Mhz spectrum available, more of which later.The LTE coverage in the capital city Abidjan covers roughly 80% of the population of…

Telecoms

Ethio launches LTE network in Ethiopia

Ethio Telecom is set to launch its 4G network in Ethiopia this weekend. Ethio, the state-run operator has partnered with Huawei and ZTE to expand mobile phone infrastructure throughout the…


Telecoms

Malawi regulatory body stops TNM from increasing tariffs

Mobile phone service provider, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has reportedly been barred from hiking its tariffs by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) on grounds that the hike does not…


Telecoms

HTC One M9 launch date for South Africa

The date of the South African launch event for the HTC One M9 has been announcedThe HTC One M9 will be introduced to the South African market on 8 April…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Econet Loses Tariff Appeal

Mobile telecommunication giant Econet Wireless was last Friday forced to eat a humble pie when the Supreme Court quizzed how its lawyers filed a hopeless case as an appeal.Econet had…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Nigeria is about to witness another round of spectrum auction, the 2.6GHz spectrum band, which was initially scheduled for auctioning in December last year, but was stepped down for administrative…


Internet

Dakar City WiFi Project: Surf the net free of charge at the Independent Square

Are we moving towards the end of the internet connection costing too much in Dakar? It seems we are on the way with the “Dakar Digital City” project.Well, the citizens…


Internet

Phase3 Telecom to link Niger to Nigeria with aerial fibre

With one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in West Africa, The Republic of Niger will now have the opportunity to leverage on the huge bandwidth capacity.Phase3 Telecom has revealed…


Internet

Improving international connectivity in Comoros

I arrived in Moroni, the capital of Comoros, after a long trip which started in a Bostonian snowstorm, then a stop over in Paris to drop my winter clothes and…


Internet

NATCOM Fines Afcom US$220,000

Internet Service Providers, Afcom Sierra Leone has been fined US$220,000 (Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) for illegally terminating international calls, thus, bypassing the International Gateway. The fine…


Internet

Africa Online to launch new services in Tanzania

Pan-African service provider, Gondwana International Networks (GIN), parent company to Africa Online, has announced that it will be expanding its VSAT services in Tanzania as well as launching a managed…


Computing

SA gets Climate Innovation Centre

The Innovation Hub yesterday opened its Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), in partnership with the World Bank's InfoDev programme for supporting entrepreneurs.The CIC is a strategic green economy initiative founded through…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

Computing solutions company Intel announced the launch of its Software and Services Group (SSG) in South Africa, which will see Intel’s Developer Zone made available locally. The Intel Developer Zone…


Money Transfer

'Facebook money transfer to benefit African users'

Digital finance experts in Kenya say African users will increasingly benefit from the introduction of a money transfer service onto Facebook's instant messaging platform.Facebook said last week that users on…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: MasterCard launches e-payment for MSMEs

Global payment technology company, MasterCard, has introduced electronic payment system technology to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the country.The company described the e-payment system as Nigeria’s first MSME-focused acceptance…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Sex Workers Switch to Mobile Payment Systems

Sex workers in Harare are now demanding that clients pay for services through mobile platforms to avoid being duped with most now moving around with at least two mobile phones…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone open to talks with SA government over Vodacom stake

Telecoms giant Vodafone has so far not held talks with South Africa over the London-listed firm buying Pretoria’s stake in its local subsidiary Vodacom, chief executive Vittorio Colao said on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Oi/PT ‘expelled’ from CVT management; appeals to court

PT Ventures, a company controlled by Brazilian telco Oi, was reportedly ousted from the management of fixed and mobile operator Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT) via a local decision issued on…


Digital Content

MTN Music Plus launched

MTN has launched a music streaming service called MTN Music+, which it says will feature music from all over Africa, including South African favourites.Available as an Android and web application,…


Digital Content

Looking Beyond Boko Haram: Rediscovering the Ténéré Desert in Niger

The conflict with Boko Haram in southwest Niger currently monopolizes the country's news. On March 3, Boko Haram killed 19 civilians in an attack on two villages, Kiu Keleha and…


Digital Content

Dobox now on Etisalat Nigeria

After MTN subscribers, Etisalat Nigeria subscribers are the latest to be able to rent movies and pay with airtime among other services Dobox is now on the Etisalat network and…


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People

WeChat Africa appoints new head of contentWeChat Africa has appointed Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa its first head of content, ITWeb reported. In her new position, Zwane-Siguqa said she will create and implement…


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Events

CompTIA’s 5TH ANNUAL TRENDS IN CLOUD COMPUTING13-14 April 2015, Habtoor Grand Hotel, DubaiWelcome back to the Cloud World Forum MENA – the Middle East & North Africa’s Leading Cloud Computing…