Issue no 755 1st May 2015

Top Story

Africa’s e-shopping sector is busy being born – Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon stake a claim

With hindsight, the growth of e-shopping in South Africa and Nigeria was perhaps inevitable. But the more interesting story is how internationally backed start-ups like Jumia are beginning to make inroads into countries that have much smaller markets. Russell Southwood spoke to a couple of key players in Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon.In October last year I wrote about the scale of e-commerce in Nigeria, looking at two internationally backed start-ups, Jumia and Konga. The story that follows looks at Jumia in Cote d’Ivoire and touches on Kaymu in Cameroon, both backed by Rocket.So why keep the focus on Rocket start-ups?…

Telecoms

CcHUB Publishes New Report On How Blue-Collar Nigerians Use Their Phone

Nigeria has the largest mobile phone user base in Africa. It boasts 142 million active lines and over 167 million phones in the country. Active mobile internet subscription has grown…


Telecoms

Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, TIGO Tanzania has launched a brand new 4G LTE technology that it claims will make it the biggest and fastest Internet network in the country. Speaking…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telecel Shut Down

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) yesterday cancelled Telecel Zimbabwe's licence as a mobile network provider, giving it 30 days to wind down operations.Potraz said Telecel had…


Telecoms

Macra seeks public views on proposed licence for Lacell

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is seeking public views on the proposed licence to Lacell Private, which intends to provide telecommunication services in the country. The regulator also published…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire MTN Communications (MTN), a  provider of communications and content for remote locations around the world.


Internet

Djibouti Telecom Modernizes Fixed Broadband Network with Alepo BSS/OSS Upgrade

Austin, TX – Alepo, a provider of network and IT software solutions for global communications service providers, has announced that its longstanding client Djibouti Telecom has decided to upgrade to…


Internet

Algerie Telecom launches long-range public Wi-Fi with Telnet

Algerie Telecom launched an outdoor Wi-Fi service on 20 April as it switched on a hotspot at the central post office square in Algiers. The new pay service is delivered…


Internet

Facebook’s Internet.org App Coming To Nigeria By May 2015

Facebook is said to be working to bring its Internet.org app to Nigeria by May 2015, according to Ebele Okobi, the company’s Head of Public Policy in Africa.During a panel…


Computing

Kenya’s Uwazi is crunching data to help firms unlock business

Founded by Dennis Onyango and Sharon Adongo, Kenya’s Uwazi, a data and technology consulting firm aims to help organizations efficiently manage their data and programs apart from it being a…


Computing

Qlik Cloud Offerings Unveiled: First in Business Intelligence to deliver Data-as-a-Service

Qlik, a visual analytics provider, has announced its Qlik Cloud offering that is comprised of multiple services.  As a result of its recent DataMarket acquisition, the Company is introducing Qlik…


Computing

Avanti signs $4m pact for Tanzania schools connectivity

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – UK-based Avanti Communications Group Plc signed an agreement valued at $4.5 million (Tsh.8 billion) to connect 250 public schools with internet. The deal falls under…


Money Transfer

Former MTN Uganda Staff get 9 years’ jail for Mobile Money fraud

The Anti-Corruption Court yesterday convicted six MTN staff after they were found guilty of illegally gaining access to the mobile money system and wired cash amounting to more than Shs3…


Money Transfer

Rwanda telecoms start ‘cross border’ mobile money

After a long period of delays, the country’s telecoms- MTN Rwandacel and Airtel Rwanda have set to rollout the cross border mobile money.The  long  awaited  cross  border mobile  money  that…


Money Transfer

3G Direct Pay Partners with Cellulant to Provide Online Mobile Money Payments Solutions for Africa

Nairobi-based 3G Direct Pay ha today partnered with mobile digital payments provider, Cellulant in a move set to provide their customers the freedom to pay online using all major credit,…


Money Transfer

MasterCard Grants Acquiring License to Payment Firm in Nigeria

MasterCard has granted an acquiring licence to Unified Payment Service Limited, a payments service provider in a move that is expected to widely increase the acceptance of MasterCard payment cards…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Surfline set to receive USD15m investment boost

Ghanaian operator Surfline Communications is set to receive USD15 million in funding from German finance institution DEG, via a co-investment with South Africa-based financial group Vantage Capital. The investment will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NATCOM takes over NITEL, Buhari urges review of deal

Yet again, the nation’s former telecommunications giant, Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary, Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTEL) changed ownership as the Federal Government formally handed it over to…


Digital Content

Govt launches a "We are Africa" mobile app

Pretoria - The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has launched a mobile application to support government's efforts against attacks on foreign nationals.Launched on Friday in Pretoria, the "We…


Digital Content

Zain South Sudan rewards app developers in UNESCO tie-up

Young people from South Sudan have developed mobile application during the second YouthMobile training event. Three students were awarded smartphones and 3 GB internet modems, loaded with mobile data by…


Digital Content

We Are Working To Prevent Explosions: Spoken Word in East Africa

The sun hangs low as the hosts of Fatuma’s Voice step on stage at a crowded venue in Nairobi. Words make the space hum. English mixed with Swahili and Sheng…


Digital Content

Technology to tame Africa's deadly transport chaos

Cars, lavishly decorated buses, reckless matatu minibus taxis, and daredevil motorbike riders intermingle with the odd herd of cows to create a gridlocked maze, and a nightmare for the commuter…


Digital Content

New app for managing HIV treatment failure

[KAMPALA] A health informatics specialist in Rwanda has developed a computer-based application to help clinicians reduce medical errors in managing HIV treatment failure. According to Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, the developer, the application…


Digital Content

Digital Content - In Brief

Facebook has announced the launch of free video calling via its Messenger VOiP app in the US, Canada, UK, Nigeria and 14 other countries. The new feature allows users to…


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People

Alcatel-Lucent appoints New MD for GhanaIn a move set to strengthen its presence in key markets in Africa, Alcatel-Lucent has appointed a new Country Senior Officer and Managing Director for…


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Opportunities

Blog Awards winners’ gala event set for May 2nd 2015The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), has announced the dates for this year’s Kenyan Blog Awards that will culminate in a…


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Events

Connected Africa26–27 May 2015The Sandton Convention CentreJohannesburg, South AfricaAfrica’s telecommunications sector is booming!Enterprises, ISP’s telcos and partners are under huge pressure to capitalise on the vast opportunities in the African…