Issue no 795 18th September 2015

Top Story

The African Internet Effect – Everything it touches turns different

There’s been a lot of individual pieces of news and a slowly building awareness of the scale of Africa’s Internet users but no-one has yet taken in the breadth of the momentum building up.  Russell Southwood tries to get grips with the pace and variety of what’s happening. I ran a session on online content at Capacity 2015, the wholesale bandwidth meet-point and conference in Dar es Salaam. I will be charitable and say it was lightly attended but I don’t take it personally. Those doing the business of business are often focused on the short-term in the form of…

Telecoms

Algeria: ARPT to accelerate 3G deployments

Algeria’s Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has agreed in principle to accelerate the deployment of 3G networks, according to…


Telecoms

Mi-Fone Objects to Xiaomi's Use of 'Mi' Brand Name in Africa

In what could lead to a protracted legal tussle, mi-Fone - the mobile devices brand launched in 2008 - has moved to protect its brand from Chinese intruders. mi-Fone, whose…


Telecoms

South Africa: Icasa calls for comment on infrastructure sharing

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published a new discussion document to develop a regulatory framework providing certainty around infrastructure sharing for broadband services. Print Send to…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NBC, MTN Defend N34bn Spectrum Sale

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and MTN Nigeria have defended their involvement in the licensing of the country’s 700MHz spectrum licence, insisting that the deal was neither controversial nor lacking…


Telecoms

Cote d’Ivoire watchdog gauges interest in new telecoms licence

Cote d’Ivoire’s Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de CI (ARTCI) has invited Expressions of Interest (EoI) for a new telecoms concession in an effort to ‘revitalise the market’. Going forward,…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Tunisian telecom equipment maker, distributor and service provider Cellcom will open a sales office for its Evertek products in Cote d’Ivoire, CEO Mohamed Ben Rhouma told news site Ilboursa. “After…


Internet

Jumia Kenya partners G4S for pickup points across Kenya

Jumia Kenya, an e-commerce platform has partnered with G4S Kenya, a provider of customer focused logistics solution in Kenya in a deal that will make G4S centres across Kenya pick…


Internet

Intelsat signs deal with Mozambique's national operator

Mozambican national operator Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicações Moçambique has announced a multi-year partnership with Intelsat for the provision of satellite solutions that will help the company deliver cellular and broadband…


Internet

Mali left behind as African internet speeds surge forward

Throughout Bamako, Mali, internet office spaces sit idle. Customers can plug in their computers, make phone calls, and take advantage of the solar-powered electricity that’s not subject to blackouts, a…


Internet

Rwanda: Tigo Launches high speed 4G internet service on Samsung Ace J1

Tigo Rwanda has launched its 4G service on the Samsung Ace J1 smartphone. High speed mobile data will now be available exclusively from Tigo for postpaid customers. From their LTE…


Internet

Afrimax Group secures $120m of growth funding from global investors – Leading LTE operator in Sub-Saharan Africa

Afrimax Group, a fast emerging mobile network operator, has secured $120m of growth funding from a consortium of investors led by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to accelerate the rollout of…


Internet

Hong Kong firm enters SA VOD fray

Johannesburg - Asia’s PCCW Global has launched a video-on-demand (VOD) service in South Africa as the local streaming internet space heats up. On Wednesday, PCCW Global launched ONTAPtv.com which will…


Internet

Teraco is interconnecting Africa to the world’s financial markets

Africa’s largest vendor neutral data centre, Teraco, has today announced that a high speed, low-latency fibre link between the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and the Teraco Isando data centre in Johannesburg…


Internet

Internet - In brief

MTN South Africa is planning to invest ZAR1.2 billion (USD89.1 million) in network upgrades in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, the Independent Online reports. As part of its investment programme, the…


Computing

WeThinkCode democratises education in South Africa

WeThinkCode will train world-class software engineers in a peer-to-peer problem solving learning environment in a period of two years Africa 2.0 is excited to announce that it has partnered with…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN has announced that it is now zero-rating all data usage for its FrontRow video streaming service on the MTN network. According to MTN, this means that MTN customers who…


Money Transfer

M-BIRR mobile money transfer system launches in Ethiopia

M-BIRR, a mobile money transfer system, has been launched in Ethiopia to operate local money transfer, according to The Reporter. M-BIRR was established in 2012 by five partnering microfinance institutions…


Money Transfer

RRA Partners with Mobicash to ease tax payments

In yet another move to ease tax payments, the country’s tax body has partnered with Mobicash, a financial transaction platform. Through the partnership tax payers will be able to use…


Money Transfer

ITU tackles financial inclusion for 2 billion people

ITU focus group on Digital Financial Services hosts telco and financialservices regulators from across the globe in Kuala Lumpur Almost a year after its launch, the ITU Focus Group on…


Money Transfer

Africa gets new mobile money system

Mr Herve Chomel, MoneyGram, Vice President Regional Sales Africa, has launched a new electronic payment system which enables VODACOM customers in Tanzania to receive money directly through a “M-Pesa,” accounts.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Kenya sale talks head for home stretch

Negotiations on the sale of Telkom Kenya will be concluded by the end of this month as the government comes aboard to ascertain its position in the firm. National Treasury…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

LAP rejects reported sale of telecom assets

The Libyan African Investment Portfolio (LAP), which owns LAP GreenN, has rejected an unauthorised and fraudulent announcement that the Libyan Post Telecommunication and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) was to acquire…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TelOne scales down fibre optic cable project

State-owned fixed telecommunication provider, TelOne, has scaled down its modernisation project for fibre optic cable installation awarded to a Chinese company due to delays and non-availability of funding by the…


Digital Content

Uganda: Female Ugandan Students Have Created an App That Detects Vaginal Bacteria

A group of five female students from Makerere University in Uganda have successfully created a test kit connected to a smartphone app that is able to detect harmful vaginal bacteria…


Digital Content

Eyes on elephants as Google Street View launches in Kenyan reserve

For once, Google was unlikely to face privacy complaints as the US Internet giant on Tuesday launched its Street View service in Kenya’s Samburu park, in a move conservationists said…


Digital Content

Instagrammer Skye Grove suspended from Cape Town Partnership pending investigation

Cape Town Partnership CEO Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Thursday announced that the organisation’s Communications Manager Skye Grove was officially “suspended”, pending an inquiry by an independent HR specialist, following revelations that…


Digital Content

Social media users let fly over Mugabe's speech spectacle

Government officials in Zimbabwe are pulling out all technological stops, including Twitter, state media websites and other platforms, to try to control response to a mix up that saw President…


Digital Content

Robbed soccer team tracks down culprits with help from Google, police

Johannesburg - A Bryanston soccer team was robbed during a training session on Monday evening - but with help from the police and Google the culprits were quickly tracked down.…


Digital Content

Innovative pharmacy app wins pitching competition at NigeriaCom 2015

A pharmacy-focused app that allows store owners to keep an inventory of drugs has won the inaugural edition of the Entrepreneur’s Hub held at the NigeriaCom conference and exhibition. AGCNigeria’s…


Digital Content

Africa Is Hip

For too long has African tourism narrative been restricted to a few destinations, and Safaris. A new online platform presents Africa to global travelers like they've never seen it before.…


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Events

Fibre to Home Conference 201520-21 October 2015Kigali Rwanda"Despite the abundance of sub-sea cables linking Africa to the rest of the world, most African countries still struggle with a lack of…