Issue no 783 26th June 2015

Top Story

The International MVNO operators start arriving in Africa – more competition on international calling

This week international MVNO operator Lycamobile announced that it has got a licence in Cameroon where it has set up a subsidiary. Others are in the wings and this could bring a new wave of competition on international calling. Russell Southwood looks at what might develop.In the bad old days, when the Government-owned telcos ruled the roost, they usually had monopolies on international calling and rates were very high. However, international companies offering cheap calling to diasporas were nearly always able to buy a “backdoor” connection internally. As a result, there was a vigorous grey market in international calling, either…

Telecoms

Econet separates VAS billing after customer complaints

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is to separate its customers’ value added services (VAS) charging system from its main billing platform following complaints of unwanted automatic service registrations, multiple billing, VAS spamming…


Telecoms

Orange Klif is the First Firefox OS Smartphone in the Kenyan Market

Orange Kenya estimates smartphone penetration in the country to be between 20-25%. That means that a majority of Kenyans still don’t have a smartphone and as a result are either…


Telecoms

Telma launches 4G in Madagascar

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has launched 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in more than 50 cities across Madagascar.The operator offers 4G coverage to Toliara, Taolagnaro, Mananjary, Ihosy, Antananarivo, Sainte Marie,…


Telecoms

Number of mobile subscribers in Nigeria hits 143 million – NBS

The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday (Tuesday) announced that number of mobile subscribers in Nigeria has exceeded 143 million. According to the agency, there are 143.05 million registered lines…


Telecoms

Safaricom, Airtel Kenya To Settle Mobile Money Suit Out-Of-Court

A trademark dispute over mobile money transfer service branding, advertising and promotion had seen Safaricom take its rival Airtel to Court. In its suit filed on June 8th 2015, Safaricom…


Internet

Q-KON’s private networks enable satellite growth in Africa

The arrival of innovation in the satellite technology space will continue to deliver significant value to trade and commerce…This is the view of management at Q-KON, an established specialist service…


Internet

Improving Internet Experience In Angola

Angola is improving the experience for all internet users by launching Angonix, which is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform situated in Luanda, the capital of the country, in West…


Internet

SEACOM brings Africa closer to central Europe with DE-CIX peering

Pan-African telecom enabler and network provider SEACOM has added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Frankfurt, Germany to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it…


Internet

Angola: Minister Welcomes Free Internet Service

Luanda — Angolan minister of Family and Women Promotion, Filomena Delgado said Monday that the newly launched national free Internet service "internet.org", by mobile operator Movicel in partnership with the…


Internet

1.6 million taxpayers now on KRA online tax payment system

About 200,000 TAXPAYERS sign up on KRA’s online tax filing system iTax in May 2015, bringing the total number of users to 1.6 million.In May 2015 alone, 200,000 taxpayers signed…


Computing

Microsoft will computerize the Public Administration of Equatorial Guinea

On Tuesday, June 23, the agreement between the company Microsoft, a multinational company of the computer programming sector, and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, was closed to carry out the…


Computing

Cisco to help partners build sustainable business models for cloud, software & services

At Cisco One Africa Partner Summit held in Johannseburg South Africa, Cisco announced it aims to work with partners to help them build sustainable business models for cloud, software and…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Banks Partner Telecoms to Cope With Mobile Pressure

The explosion of mobile phone usage, internet data, and other technologies has expanded rapidly into traditionally underserved markets and customer segments, changing the way people transact and communicate.Ugandan banks seem…


Money Transfer

Tigo Rwanda starts banks transfers with Bank of Kigali

Tigo Rwanda has partnered with Bank of Kigali (BK) to enable customers to send money seamlessly between any Tigo Cash wallet and any Bank of Kigali bank account. To move…


Money Transfer

Chase Bank launches SME Biz Hubs in Nairobi, Mombasa

Kenya’s Chase Bank has announced it has launched SME Biz Hubs in Nairobi and Mombasa, providing a physical setting for entrepreneurs to meet and obtain access to advisory services.Chase Bank,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Konga.com has acquired Zinternet Nigeria Limited for its mobile payments license

Konga Online Shopping Limited (Konga) today finalized its acquisition of Zinternet Nigeria Limited (Zinternet). The transaction was finalized upon consent from the Central Bank of Nigeria with Konga now owning…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa Said to Near Agreement on Vodacom Sale Terms

South Africa is in advanced talks about the terms of the sale of some or all of its 27.7 billion rand ($2.3 billion) stake in Vodafone Group Plc’s African unit…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Furore over MTN Zambia's listing strategy

Controversy has erupted over mobile operator MTN Zambia's decision to list its shares on the Lusaka Stock Exchange using a special purpose vehicle called Ikulileni Investments Plc.Prospective shareholders have raised…


Digital Content

iROKOtv Is Rethinking Its Mobile Strategy For African Consumers (Hint: It Will Focus On Android)

In what appears to, largely, be an experiment of sorts, iROKOtv is on the verge of killing off its streaming service in Africa and focus on a mobile download experience…


Digital Content

Namibia: Team Namibia's Smartphone APP to Identify Local Products

Team Namibia, the non-profit organisation which has been tasked with advancing the country's economically sustainable future by promoting the use of local products and services, yesterday announced its own smartphone…


Digital Content

Nigeria – Online - The anger over money for politicians' clothes

Nigerians online are criticising an alleged "wardrobe allowance" proposal for MPsNigerians are venting their frustration online after reports of an alleged proposal to pay huge wardrobe allowances to lawmakers.Politicians's salaries…


Digital Content

Safaricom sues blogger over posts

Safaricom has sued a local blogger claiming that he has defamed the company by authoring and posting a number of unsubstantiated and unsupported claims on his blog about the telco.Through…


Digital Content

Nigeria’s favourite satirist goes global after ambushing Robert Mugabe

Following her sharp questions for Zimbabwe’s president, Adeola Fayehun is being hailed as part of a new generation of African journalists holding leaders to account. Daily Maverick reportsAdeola Fayehun’s ambush…


Digital Content

Digital Content – In Brief

#BeingGhanaianHasTaughtMe is a trending Twitter hashtag for humorous descriptions of lessons learned from being a Ghanaian.


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PEOPLE

Shola Taylor appointed secretary-general of the CTOShola Taylor has been appointed secretary-general of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), an international treaty organisation headquartered in London. Mr Taylor is expected to…


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OPPORTUNITIES

25 Startups make it to PIVOT East 2015 finalsAfter an intense evaluation process by a panel involving over 15 investors, PIVOT East is  happy to announce the top 25 exceptional…


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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…