Issue no 782 19th June 2015

Top Story

Etisalat launches 3rd. Data Centre in Nigeria capital Abuja

In late May 2015, Etisalat Nigeria launched a new data center in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. There are already several data centres of scale in Nigeria's commercial centre Lagos but this is the first of what will undoubtedly be several, writes Balancing Act's Senior Analyst, Sylvain Beletre.Speaking at the launch of the Data Centre, the Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher said that the investment was made to ensure that the customers’ experience on the network is seamless and hassle-free.”Our goal is to create more value for our customers by improving quality, reduce costs, introduce innovation and increase speed…

Telecoms

Smile Communications selects Ericsson for 4G/LTE managed services across all operations

Under the terms of a five-year multi-country managed services agreement, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) will manage Smile Communications' 4G/LTE networks across all operations. This is the first 4G/LTE managed services contract signed…


Telecoms

Vodacom cautious over Neotel deal approval

Cape Town - Vodacom has expressed cautious welcome over one regulator's approval of its planned bid to buy Neotel.The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) earlier this week gave…


Telecoms

Airtel completes network upgrade in Nairobi

Bharti Airtel has announced the completion of phase one of its network upgrade in the Nairobi area.Airtel said the exercise involved a change of hardware and expansion of radio network…


Telecoms

Eaton Towers to exploit booming African telecom industry to launch $350m expansion scheme

Eaton Towers, an emerging African telecom operator, has raised $350m to fund its expansion across the continent. The company, which builds and operates telecom towers for mobile phone networks, has…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Moroccan mobile operator Inwi (Wana) has launched ‘free’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services today, with the network advertised as being accessible ‘nationwide’. According to the operator’s website, the 4G…


Internet

Emtel turns to FTTA technology to counter fibre broadband threat

Mauritian fixed line, broadband and mobile operator Emtel has announced the launch of high speed wireless broadband fibre-through-the-air (FTTA) in the coastal resort of Balaclava, as it looks to reduce…


Internet

Telkom overhauls free Wi-Fi offering

Telkom is overhauling its free Wi-Fi offering in an effort to make access to the Internet and time online easier for non-Telkom customers at the operator’s 6 000 hotspots nationwide.From…


Computing

Medo launches a programme to empower young women in science, technology, engineering and maths

Last night, Medo hosted a discussion and presentation of its Women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme. The event took place in Cape Town, with the young school…


Money Transfer

Centili partners with Ooredoo Algeria on direct mobile billing

Centili has recently partnered with Ooredoo Algeria to bring direct mobile billing to its subscribers. Now merchants can use Centili to reach users in Algeria with seamless web-based payments flow…


Money Transfer

Proflight, MTN partner in mobile ticketing pact

PROFLIGHT Zambia has partnered with MTN Zambia to offer customers an additional payment solution when buying tickets using the mobile money services.The service enables customers with an MTN mobile money…


Money Transfer

MTN, Western Union sign mobile money transfer deal

It will now be easy for Rwandans living abroad to send money to their relatives back home following the launch of a new mobile money transfer service by MTN Rwanda…


Money Transfer

The end of Zampost's mobile money service?

Stiff competition from MTN Zambia and Airtel in the provision of mobile money services in Zambia has been given as the reason for the possible closure of state-run Zampost's online…


Money Transfer

Money Transfer - In brief

Ugandan startup MMINDZS has been awarded a US$100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop the company’s MYAccounts mobile money enabled accounting system for African small…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel’s towers sale deal in Chad and Tanzania terminated

In July last year, Airtel had announced a deal to sell 3,100 telecoms towers in the four countries to Helios Towers Africa for an undisclosed sum. Photo: ReutersNew Delhi: The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

US firm Novatel in R1,1bn play for DigiCore

US-based technology firm Novatel is offering shareholders of JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings R4,40/share, or R1,1bn in total, to buy the business. This offer has sent Digicore’s share price up by more…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SWIFT Networks Acquires Chromecom, Plans 1,000 Additional 4G LTE Base Stations in Lagos

SWIFT Networks Limited, Nigeria’s leading provider of high-speed broadband and data services to enterprise and consumer customers has completed the acquisition of the spectrum of Chromecom (subsidiary of Monarch Communications…


Digital Content

Kenya’s Totohealth raises $60k to fund expansion

Kenyan startup Totohealth, which uses SMS technology to help reduce maternal and child mortality, has raised US$60,000 from a number of investors in order to expand its operations in Kenya…


Digital Content

#Iam76 Honors South African Students Killed During Apartheid-Era Soweto Uprising

The hashtags #Iam76 and #June16 trended in South Africa this week as many South Africans remembered the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976.Makhubo carrying and 12-year-old Hector Pieterson after he…


Digital Content

Women can now rate SA men with this app

Cape Town - A new application that encourages women to rate men launches in South Africa on Thursday.The application dubbed Lulu is heavily focused on women who are allowed to…


Digital Content

4 Cool Tech Things For Ramadan

Ramadan is here and with technology touching every sphere of our lives, it’s only natural something is out there created to super-charge the Ramadan experience.Here are four cool tech tools…


Digital Content

Demand for online video soars in SA

South Africans are racing to adopt video and are watching more and longer rich media clips on smartphones, new research shows.According to research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), locals…


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Opportunities

Microsoft revises BizSpark programme, chooses Sw7 as Africa partnerMicrosoft Corp has announced its revised global BizSpark Plus partner programme, which offers up to US$120,000 in hosting and other services for…


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Events

Nairobi Innovation Week5 -7 August 2015 University of NairobiThe Nairobi Innovation Week Committee has announced the official commencement of the registration process for the event in August, which will bring…