Issue no 787 24th July 2015

Top Story

Despite massive new opportunities, Africa’s mobile operators are failing to grasp the digital music play

Not a month goes past without some new African digital music platform or service being announced. There are two them in the story below but beneath this constant flow of activity is the sound of the wheels failing to bite the turf. The problem? You guessed it. The mobile operators are stuck with a historic ecosystem that marginalizes the talent and a business they don’t understand. Russell Southwood looks at the good news and the bad news. TECNO (the brand name of Shenzhen Transsion Holdings Ltd) sold 46 million phones in Africa last year, of which 45% were in Nigeria.…

Telecoms

Start-up VMK launches production of 'Made in Congo' phones

Republic of Congo's homegrown tech start-up VMK this week launched a production unit of its mobile phones in Congo and aims to assemble some 4 million phones annually, the company's…


Telecoms

Senegal: MNP to launch September 2015

Senegal’s telecoms regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has issued Decision No. 2015-009, which confirms that pursuant to the 23 June meeting of the steering committee…


Telecoms

NCC moves to adopt new regulatory guidelines

In a bid to ensure a robust and efficient regulatory framework in the system, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has commenced the process of harmonizing new regulatory guidelines for the…


Telecoms

Orange in talks to buy four Airtel units in Africa

Orange on Monday agreed to enter into exclusive talks to buy four Airtel subsidiaries in Africa, pushing further into a region the company has targeted for growth in recent years.…


Internet

ICASA seeks views on iBurst sale

South African regulator ICASA has asked for written submissions over the proposed acquisition of ISP iBurst and Broadlink parent Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) by MultiSource, TechCentral reported. In the most…


Internet

MWeb Business outage cause: 'Someone pushed the wrong button'

Details are emerging of the provisioning error which caused MWeb Business to erase its customers' virtual machines (VMs). Customers who have interacted with technical staff at MWeb report that a…


Computing

Microsoft recognizes Dimension Data Solutions collaborative expertise

Microsoft values the importance of forging partnerships with various solution providers in Africa. The company perceives such relationships to be important especially as a way of responding to changes in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

NEC deploys microwave link between the islands of Sao Tome and Principe

NEC Portugal, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has installed a microwave radio link between the islands of Sao Tome and Principe, providing 20 2Mbps channels for GSM mobile communications and…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Game Changer as Equity Unveils Mobile Service

Equity Group is this morning officially launching its telecommunications services under Equitel, the brand name for its fully-owned subsidiary Finserve Africa. The largest lender by customer base has been issuing…


Money Transfer

US’s Mozido.com Acquires a Majority Stake in Zimbabwe’s NettCash to Expand into Africa

Mozido, a digital commerce and payment solutions firm with offices in the US, China, India, Africa, UAE, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, and South Korea has expanded into Africa after acquiring a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vox buys Frogfoot in fibre play

Vox Telecom is acquiring Internet services company Frogfoot Networks as part of its plan to build its own fibre-optic network to serve business clients in South Africa. “The acquisition will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom see revenue spike thanks to data

Cape Town - Vodacom Group said first-quarter revenue increased 7% as data sales from international operations helped ease pressure on growth in its domestic market. Sales rose to R19.6bn ($1.6bn)…


Digital Content

MTN Innovation Challenge offers Cameroonian startups funding, incubation

Mobile operator MTN Cameroon has partnered the ActivSpaces tech incubator to launch its Innovation Challenge, which will offer startups the chance to win six months of incubation and XAF1 million…


Digital Content

SA’s Driverly launches on-demand driving lesson platform

South African startup Driverly has launched its on-demand driving lesson booking platform, aiming to apply the disruptive tech employed by the likes of Uber and WumDrop in the transport sector…


Digital Content

Glo Signs Exclusive News Alert Service With Thisday, Arise News

Integrated telecommunications service provider, Globacom, has signed an exclusive Value Added Service (VAS) pact with THISDAY newspapers and Arise News, an international television news channel, to provide Globacom subscribers with…


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Opportunities

East Africa: Orange Launches the 2015 African Social Venture Prize The Orange Group through Telkom Kenya has launched the call for applications for the fifth edition of the Orange African…


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Events

The LINK Centre's Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management starts on 20 July 2015 •         Neo who?  What will the buyout mean for telecomms competition in SA? •         A…