Issue no 789 7th August 2015

Top Story

Nigeria’s VoD platform Dobox turns its attention to Francophone markets

Nigeria’s digital entertainment platform Dobox has quietly built itself a user base by concentrating on getting a number of things right. According to its CEO, it is now looking at expanding into Francophone Africa. It is probably one of the first Anglophone VoD platforms to make this step. Balancing Act’s Analyst Sylvain Beletre interviewed Dobox’s CEO Gafar Williams about the move. According to the latest Balancing Act study, there are over 50 music platforms (excluding web radio), and over 100 VoD platforms focused on Africa. Many of these platforms are only focused on a single country or a small cluster…

Telecoms

Kenya’s Telecom Sector – stakes just got higher

Mobile data continues to dominate Kenya's market with the number of subscriptions registered at 18.6 million up from 16.3 million, representing a 14.3% growth. This is according to the Jan-March…


Telecoms

Safaricom gets Reprieve from Attorney General in Dominance Battle

Over the last few months, there has been a raging debate between the Communication Authority of Kenya, the ICT ministry and Safaricom, with regards to regulations seeking to declare Safaricom…


Telecoms

Equitel Controls 1.9% Mobile Market Share as Safaricom & Airtel Register Declines

According to the CAK quarterly data, Equitel has been able to acquire  1.9% by registering 665,661 mobile subscribers. In an update issued during the official launch, Equity bank said they…


Telecoms

Airtel trimming down staff members in Africa

Bharti Airtel is cutting a significant percentage of its staff in Africa this year, with the figure likely to be around 15-20%. The operator entered Africa in 2010 but has…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC Gives Operators Seven-Day Ultimatum to Deactivate Pre- Registered SIM

Lagos — Worried by the seemingly intractable security situation in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has handed down a seven-day ultimatum to GSM and other network providers, to…


Telecoms

Etisalat's Suit On Anti-Competition - NCC Pleads for Adjournment to Respond

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Monday pleaded before a Federal High Court in Lagos to grant an adjournment to enable it respond to the processes filed by Etisalat.In the…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Tunisia is set to implement long-delayed fixed and mobile number portability (FNP and MNP, respectively) services from early 2016, following a series of decisions issued by sector regulator the National…


Internet

OPIC and Microsoft begin financing discussions with Kenya’s Mawingu Networks

NAIROBI - The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Governmentâs Development Finance Institution, today signed a mandate letter to begin financing discussions with Mawingu Networks, a provider of solar-powered…


Internet

OpenWeb extends its 60% sale on Uncapped ADSL

Due to increased demand, OpenWeb has extended its sale and is offering up to 60% discount on Home Uncapped ADSL. The company boasts some of the lowest ADSL prices ever…


Internet

DiViNetworks Introducing DiViPipe Solution To Enhance ISP Revenue Generation

Solution Enables Enterprises to Guarantee and Prioritize Network Bandwidth 3 August 2015: Tel Aviv DiViNetworks, the provider of network optimization and data delivery solutions for Internet and telecom markets, today…


Internet

Huwaei Nigeria commences the Installation of the NCSCC, a Nigeria-Cameroon fibre link

Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine), a global submarine network provider, today announced that it has commenced marine installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS). The NCSCS is…


Internet

Public Transport a Battleground for Internet Connection

Public transport in Africa are quickly becoming a battleground for companies seeking to capture the attention of the continent fast growing middle class by using free WiFi internet connection in…


Internet

MTN Zambia’s strategy concentrates on Internet

MTN Zambia has promised to increase Zambia's low internet penetration through the introduction of affordable data services in the Southern African country. The company says while the cost of communication…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Mozambican telecoms regulator INCM has revealed plans to investigate the use of so-called ‘white space’ spectrum for rural broadband use. According to a statement from the watchdog, the pilot project…


Computing

Rwanda Starts Improved ICT Programme

Kigali, Rwanda — CrimsonLogic, an eGovernment solutions and services provider from Singapore, RwandaOnline Platform Limited and the Rwanda Development Board ICT department have launched the Rwanda Technology Associate Programme (RTAP).…


Computing

Computing – In brief

Kenya: The Sh17 billion Digital Literacy Programme will be rolled out next week, ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has said. This is despite skepticism from religious leaders and others about…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Tanzanian market leader TTCL has launched 100% national broadband coverage. Powered by Avanti Communications, the new high speed satellite broadband service provides homes and businesses with the opportunity to enjoy…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe Banks under Mobile Money Pressure

Zimbabwe – Confirmation by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) this week that mobile financial activities totalled US$6.1 billion as at December 31, 2014 reflects a growing threat that technology-based…


Money Transfer

M-Pesa a bigger flop in South Africa than Vodacom’s letting on

In its annual report for the year to end March 2015, Vodacom tries to be frank about the re-relaunch in South Africa of m-pesa, the mobile money transfer service that…


Money Transfer

Mahindra Comviva’s payPLUS mPOS solution is now Visa Ready approved

Lagos, Nigeria - August 05, 2015: Mahindra Comviva the global leader in providing mobility solutions, today announced that its payPLUS mPOS solution has been approved by Visa for inclusion in…


Money Transfer

Western Union to start mobile remittances in Ghana

Western Union will soon open up its remittance services to mobile network platforms in Ghana. The world’s leading money transfer firm has initiated moves to partner some mobile network operators…


Money Transfer

Money Transfer in brief

Kenya: Money transacted through mobile phones hit Sh1.3 trillion in the first half of 2015 compared to Sh1.1trn at the same period last year. In the six months of this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BCX and Telkom SA merger deal approved

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has approved the proposed merger between Business Connexion Group Limited (BCX) and Telkom SA SOC Limited (Telkom) with the imposition of conditions. According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN interim results confirm impact on SA, Nigeria operations

A difficult regulatory environment and weak macro-economic conditions have impacted on MTN Group's performance in parts of its business, the mobile operator confirmed in a presentation of its interim financial…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huawei Nigeria Posts $7.23bn Income for First Half of 2015

Huawei, a leading global information and technology (ICT) solutions provider has continued to record remarkable business growth for first half of 2015 with the total revenue reaching a total of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom SA posts 1.7% rise in revenue to ZAR6.5bn

South African telecoms operator Telkom has reported group revenue of ZAR6.5 billion (USD511.7 million) for the three months ended 30 June 2015, an increase of 1.7% year-on-year, driven by mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sudan: Zain earmarks USD200m for network investment; 4G licence still pending

Zain Sudan, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to invest around USD200 million to expand and develop its wireless infrastructure in 2015 and 2016, Reuters cites the firm’s…


Digital Content

Google, Safaricom Launch Waze Traffic App In Kenya

Google and Safaricom have launched Waze, a free interactive mobile app that will give Kenyan drivers real-time traffic information through crowd-sourced data from other drivers using the same route. The…


Digital Content

Dimagi Unlocks the Potential of Mobile and Cloud Technologies to Deliver Quality Healthcare in Senegal

Through the integration of innovative technology, Dimagi, a social enterprise, helps organizations deliver quality healthcare to urban and rural communities across the world. Since 2002, the social enterprise has broadened…


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Opportunities

Mobile DeveloperLocation: Johanessburg, Northern suburbs Remuneration R82000-85000/month Basic salary Job descriptionDevelopIOS, Android and Hybrid mobile applications RequirementsEight years + developing mobile applicationsFour years + HTML, HTML 5 and JavaScript experienceFour…


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People

Eyal Copitt Joins DiViNetworks as Chief Commercial Officer July 22, 2015: Tel Aviv –DiViNetworks, a provider of network optimization solutions for the Internet and telecom markets, today announced that Eyal Copitt…


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Events

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum 14-16 September 2015Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, KenyaThe Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum is an annual three-day conference and exhibition which brings together government ministers and senior officials,…