Issue no 791 21st August 2015

Top Story

Kooba set to become the first carrier-independent data centre in East Africa – Will target international content companies

South Africa has had an independent data centre company (Teraco) and Nigeria has one as well (Rack) but until now there has not been one in East Africa. This will all change in Q1 2016 when Kooba launches its first data centre in Mombasa. Russell Southwood spoke to Kooba’s founder and CEO Richard Bell about what he’s got planned. Founder of Kooba Richard Bell is a long-time veteran of the tech industry in Kenya and East Africa. He launched one of the first East African ISPs Swift and subsequently grew KDN. While at KDN he built a data centre at…

Telecoms

Google Launches Low-Cost Smartphone in Africa

Mobile users in six African nations are being targeted by Internet giant Google, which has launched an inexpensive smartphone with them in mind. The Android One program is designed for…


Telecoms

Viettel's Lumitel signs up 10th of Burundian population

Lumitel, Viettel Group's mobile operator in Burundi, has signed up 1 million subscribers, or 10 per cent of the African country's population, in the four months since it began operations.…


Telecoms

Smile - African telco expects to invest nearly $100M this year

African telecommunications operator Smile Communications expects to launch commercial LTE services in the Democratic Republic of Congo in January, the company’s COO Tom Allen told RCR Wireless News. Allen said…


Telecoms

Buhari Demands Report on Sale of NITEL

President Muhammadu Buhari has demanded a comprehensive report on the sale of the Nigerian Telecommunications Company (NITEL). A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and…


Telecoms

ARTP Senegal: mobile market up 0.82% in second quarter

Senegal’s Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has published its market development report for the three months ended 30 June 2015, noting that the total number of…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

The government of Mozambique is having to recapitalise the struggling state-owned mobile operator mCel to keep the business afloat. Local newspaper Noticias reports that mCel is ‘currently experiencing some financial…


Internet

Internet censorship bill for South Africa has been approved by cabinet

Cabinet has approved the submission of the films and publications amendment bill which is guided by policy that has been criticised for seeking to curb internet freedoms. A cabinet statement…


Internet

Movies add to Tshwane free WiFi mix

Tshwane residents can now make free calls as well as download movies free of charge on the Tshwane free WiFi network. The municipality claims Tshwane is the first city in…


Internet

South Africa: Vodacom Launches Voice Over Wifi in South Africa

Vodacom has made its first ever commercial voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) call in South Africa. Although the service is currently live across the Vodacom network, it is limited to one…


Internet

Naspers starts Showmax with free 7-day trial of all content

Naspers has formally launched its ShowMax video on demand service in South Africa, ITWeb reported. ShowMax is offering a seven-day trial period, with free access to the entire library in…


Computing

MTN, Microsoft cosy up for cloud services

MTN Business and Microsoft have entered into a partnership to provide pan-African cloud computing services from the telecommunications operator’s data centres, the companies said on Thursday. The platform is powered…


Computing

Amazon to open Johannesburg cloud technology hub

Amazon will open its new Johannesburg office during 2015/16, recruiting over 250 local engineers, network specialists, media specialists and other technology staff to service the growing number of Amazon Web…


Computing

Kenya Open Data Portal Hits 44 Million Page Views

The Kenya Open Data portal has announced today that it has hit over 44 million page reviews since its launch 4 years ago. This was announced by Linet Kwamboka ,…


Computing

What is DHL Express doing with pocket-sized, all-touch computers in Africa?

Unlike consumer-grade devices, the TC55 is an enterprise-oriented touch computer with aesthetic appeal and usability of popular personal devices, but has integrated data capture capabilities and is built to withstand…


Money Transfer

Millicom International Cellular: Tigo Pesa and Worldremit Enable Easy International Money Transfers for the Tanzanian Diaspora

Millicom has announced that Tigo Pesa, its Mobile Financial Services in Tanzania, has joined with WorldRemit, the London-based online peer to peer money transfer service. The partnership will enable the…


Money Transfer

Continued success for Seamless’ transaction switch with substantial new order for Nigeria and Ghana

Seamless (OMX: SEAM) has received an order from a leading African mobileoperator group for the installation of its transaction switch. The contractmeans Seamless enters into the strategically very important Nigerian…


Money Transfer

Bitcoin Academy launched in Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s first Bitcoin Academy has been launched at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town, South Africa. The academy will be offering basic, intermediary and advanced training on the use of…


Money Transfer

Mobile money booths out-number bank branches

The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Asante, says the new Bank of Ghana (BoG) guidelines that empower non-banking institutions such as mobile money operators to participate in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Thumbs down for Telkom-MTN roaming deal

Johannesburg - The Competition Commission has struck down a proposed network sharing and roaming agreement between Telkom and MTN. In April 2014, the two telecommunication networks approached the Competition Commission…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Crowdfunding Gone Bad: MyC4 Struggles To Recover $1M From Kenyan Micro-Lenders

Danish investment firm MyC4, that crowd-funds from investors in European countries and lend to small businesses and startups in Africa, has closed its operations in Kenya after it ran into…


Digital Content

Naspers in Talks With Vodacom to Offer Africans Video-on-Demand

Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc.…


Digital Content

African data journalism gets significant boost from Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has signed off on a $4.7 million  grant to promote data journalism in Africa. The pilot programme will initially run in three regional ‘hub’…


Digital Content

M4JAM acquires digital research company Pondering Panda to fuel African expansion

South African micro-jobbing startup M4JAM (Money for Jam) had a good first year. The Stellenbosch-based company lured high-profile talents such as Brett StClair from Google South Africa into its den,…


Digital Content

Loeries 2015: All the digital and interactive winners

While digital may be playing an increasingly important part at The Loeries, South Africa’s premiere awards showcase, the big awards are still going to big agencies. That much was evident…


Digital Content

South African Companies Create Virtual Bitcoin Credit Card App

Even though Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies are slowly taking off around the world, the major problem with them is that you can typically use them only for goods and services…


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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,…