Issue no 794 11th September 2015

Top Story

Liquid Telecom’s Nic Rudnick on rolling out Fibre-To-The-Home in eight African countries and launching a VoD platform

It’s been a busy few months for Liquid Telecom as it gears up a new phase of its roll-out plans and it’s not over yet. It’s also launched a VoD platform that it can either operate itself or run “white label” for other operators. Russell Southwood caught up with Liquid Telecom’s CEO Nic Rudnic at Capacity Africa 2015 in Dar es Salaam. Q: Does it make sense for mobile operators to continue to build their own fibre networks? A: The business model for fibre is changing in Africa. It’s no longer enough to find an anchor customer and everything will…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Telecoms Firms Deactivate 38 Million Lines

As Nigerian security agencies intensifies operations to comply with President Muhammadu Buhari's order to eradicate insurgency within three months, mobile telecommunications operating companies and their subscribers have started to bear…


Telecoms

Fibre optic cable linking Kenya and South Sudan Commences

Kenya and South Sudan will be connected to a high-speed fibre optic cable within the next two years enhancing communication and inter-border trade. The two governments are implementing the optic…


Telecoms

Over 80% of African Facebook users on mobile device

Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are…


Telecoms

Workonline Communications partners with FibreCo

Terrestrial connectivity service provider Workonline Communications has partnered with FibreCo Telecommunications. According to the partnership FibreCo will assists Workonline with the expansion of their South African national network into new…


Internet

Smile closes USD365 million financing to accelerate its 4G LTE network expansion in Africa

Mauritius, 8 September, 2015, which owns and operates mobile wireless 4G LTE broadband networks in the 800MHz band in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, announced that it raised USD365 million of…


Internet

Free internet at all Western Cape schools

The Western Cape schools will have free high-speed internet access by the end of 2016, to support teaching and learning, said Premier Helen Zille on Tuesday at the launch of…


Internet

Malian Web Activists Finance Academic Support for Timbuktu Students

The Internet community in Timbuktu, Mali, has come up with a new IT project called ” Tombouctou” to support the academic system of a city under duress after the recent…


Internet

Airbnb launched in South Africa

Airbnb has launched in South Africa, with CEO Brian Chesky visiting the country on 27 July to announce their plans to accelerate its growth. The service lets people list accommodation…


Internet

Togo ISP CAFE shut down for non-payment of taxes

According to an unconfirmed report from Agence Ecofin, Togolese internet services provider (ISP) CAFE Informatique & Telecommunications was forcibly closed on 1 September 2015 by the country’s revenue authority OTR…


Internet

How Refugee Saharawis Use ICTs in Their Fight for Independence

The formation of the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, started in 1975, when Spain sold off its former colony to Morocco and Mauritania, and a war now commenced between…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Total South Africa has revealed that it will be offering free Wi-Fi at its services stations. According to Total, its customers can now check email messages as well as perform…


Computing

These two controller boards are home-grown alternatives to Arduino for South African makers

It’s a lot easier to get hold of hobbiest and prototyping boards in South Africa than it used to be, but while Raspberry Pis and Arduinos are easy to get…


Computing

Local data underpins Tanzania’s next malaria plan

Tanzania’s health ministry is set to revisit the way it goes about collecting data to control malaria following new insights into the disease. The ministry is preparing to sign a strategic…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom South Africa has extended its Just 4 You offer of personlisaed promotions. Just 4 You offers are unique to each individual customer, with over a hundred possible variations. Vodacom…


Money Transfer

Diamond Bank delivers new Windows Phone app

One of Nigeria’s more tech-forward companies, Diamond Bank, has released a new Windows Phone app. The app is full features and lets users conduct business from the comfort of their…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe : Mobile Money declines by 7.7%

HARARE: Mobile money transfers declined by 7,7 percent to $406 million in the first quarter this year compared to the last quarter of 2014, latest statistics from the Postal and…


Money Transfer

Banks’ appetite for mobile money rattles Safaricom

A territorial dispute pitting banks against telecom companies is looming over control of the increasingly lucrative mobile banking industry. The groundwork was laid when Central Bank of Kenya permitted telecom…


Money Transfer

Glo Xchange agents begin operations

Globacom has announced its readiness to roll out the first set of market-ready agents for its mobile money service, Glo Xchange. This new development follows the  launch last year of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom remains hopeful on Neotel deal

Vodacom its still confident that its R7bn acquisition of Neotel will go ahead, despite a protracted investigation by the Competition Tribunal and allegations of impropriety by Neotel executives over the…


Digital Content

From online trolling to death threats – the war to defend Eritrea's reputation

Daniel Mekonnen has been the target of online attacks from forces loyal to the Eritrean regime for over a decade, ranging from abusive emails to fully fledged death threats –…


Digital Content

Viacom’s video-on-demand service Play Plex is coming to South Africa

You can clearly never have too many Netflix-style video on demand services: production giant Viacom has just announced that it’s launching an app called Play Plex, and that it’s coming…


Digital Content

Orange, Visa & Nasdaq invest $30m into Chain, a bitcoin technology startup

Through its Orange Digital Ventures, Orange alongside NASDAQ, Visa, Citi, Capital One and Fiserv have said they’ll invest 30 million dollars in Chain and form a blockchain Working Group to…


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Opportunities

Fifth Wired Women Conference to address workplace diversity for women in tech Diversity in the tech workspace and women and men learning from one another will be the main agenda…


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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,…