Issue no 751 2nd April 2015

Top Story

Gambia’s Netpage makes it first across the line to launch 4G/LTE – Will make quality of service a priority

The race to be the first to provide 4G in Gambia has gone to Netpage which has launched its service last week. Others were in the race but have not yet reached the finishing line. Russell Southwood spoke to Netpage’s CEO Simon Abraham about his ambitions for the new service.In issue no 728 10th October 2014, we reported that I-Link had plans to launch an LTE service in Gambia in early 2015. It has been pipped at the post by the launch last week of Netpage’s service.Abraham’s reasons for moving to LTE are several-fold:”We wanted to be able to give…

Telecoms

Ghana - SIM card re-registration to start by end of 2015

All mobile phone SIM cards will be re-registered after the National Identification Authority (NIA) finishes distributing the Ghana Cards to citizens by the end of the year, deputy Minister of…


Telecoms

Orange to launch WhatsApp rival in SA

Libon, the mobile messaging and voice over Internet Protocol app from Orange, is on its way to South Africa, CEO of Orange Horizons Sébastian Crozier has confirmed.The app offers instant…


Telecoms

Final radio spectrum assignment plan published

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its final plan for assigning IMT Radio frequency spectrum in South AfricaThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its…


Telecoms

Ethiopia launches 4G mobile service in the capital

Ethiopia's state-run telecoms monopoly has launched a fourth generation (4G) mobile service in the capital Addis Ababa, aiming to catch up with the high-speed communications available in some east African…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

MTN South Africa and Telkom said they are still in talks on the potential extension of their existing roaming agreement to include bilateral roaming and outsourcing of the operation of…


Internet

SkyVision introduces Internet Television in Africa

Television landscape in Africa is set for a massive changeover with entry of SkyVision Global Network which seeks to introduce the advanced Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as satellite…


Internet

DE-CIX to establish neutral Internet exchange at key landing site for Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East Internet traffic at TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo

The International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, is announcing a new partnership with the world’s leading Internet exchange provider, DE-CIX, who will establish an Internet exchange (IX) in “Sicily…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

US-based software vendor Alepo has been chosen by Ghanaian internet service provider (ISP) Zipnet, a brand of Accra-based Broadband Home (BBH) Ltd, to implement its policy and charging control solutions,…


Computing

Cisco invests ZAR 60 mln in Square Kilometre Array project

Cisco has signed an agreement with South Africa's Department of Science and Technology (DST) to become the Square Kilometre Array's (SKA's) technology partner. The US-based company will invest ZAR 60…


Computing

Togo embarks on wide-scale project to deploy fibre to 500 administrative centres

The Government of Togo has launched an ambitious project to connect 500 institutions, including ministries, government agencies, hospitals, universities and airports, to fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of next year.…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

Napteker is an African online systematic pharmaceutical directory that provides education and information to its users on important issues pertaining to use of medicines in Africa, such as dosage, drug…


Money Transfer

Millicom International Cellular: Millicom Launches Rwanda’s First Mobile-Based Savings Product with Tigo Cash

Millicom, the international telecommunications and media company, announced that its Tigo operation in Rwanda has launched the country’s first mobile-based savings product – Tigo Sugira – with Tigo Cash.The service,…


Money Transfer

Airtel Rwanda Introduces Micro-Loans On Airtel Money

In a bid to expand reach into mobile financial services, Airtel Rwanda has announced plans to introduce micro-loans on Airtel Money on April 1, 2015 in a partnership with Atlantis…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Business Connexion & Telkom merger still on track

Business Connexion (BCX) has revealed that Telkom has made an offer to acquire the entire share capital of BCX by way of a scheme of arrangement.According to BCX, the Long-Stop…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TNM net profit more than doubles

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has posted net profit after tax of MWK5.243 billion (USD11.9 million) for the twelve months ended 31 December…


Digital Content

StarAfrica Sounds 2015: what if you were the new Star?

Orange launches the 4th edition of the music contest in Africa, on StarAfrica.com, in partnership with Deezer, Believe Digital, Zimbalam, Africa n°1 and SoonvibesIn order to promote new African music…


Digital Content

Trevor Noah: Fans rally after backlash over old jokes

Within 24 hours, as writer Dave Weigel noted, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah went from "progressive icon to villain".The cause? A social media record that showed Noah cracking jokes…


Digital Content

#Nigeriadecides: how Buhari's election played out on Twitter

Most hotly contested campaign in country’s history was also the first to reach such levels of excitement on social media. Here’s how it unfoldedFinally, Nigeria has a new president. Muhammadu…


Digital Content

South Africa: Gov’t turns to Mxit to reach youngsters

Government has launched a youth app on Mxit meant to empower young people to interact with government on its upcoming national youth policy. Deputy minister in the presidency Buti Manamela…


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People

Mohapi takes reins at SitaSetumo Mohapi, the former CEO of Sentech, has taken the reins at the State IT Agency after all.Setumo Mohapi, the former CEO of Sentech, has taken…


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Opportunities

PIVOT East 2015 Announces Call for ApplicationsEast Africa’s premier mobile startups pitching competition and conference, PIVOT East, has announced applications for this years competition are open for entries.Available online through…


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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…