Issue no 797 2nd October 2015

Top Story

Olleh Rwanda Networks’ 4G wholesale network plans to have 95% population coverage by 2017 and looks to expand across Africa

With the demise of Kenya’s idea for a 4G wholesale network, Olleh Rwanda Networks is the only fully implemented example of this type of model. Although not without its critics, it offers a very different approach to the speedy implementation of a national 4G network. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Patrick Yoon about its prospects. Olleh Rwanda Networks is the product of the Rwanda Government’s determination to create high-speed broadband across the country. In partnership with Korea’s KT it has plans to spend US$100 million on the 4G network, of which it has spent US$65 million so far. Firstly,…

Telecoms

Vodafone Uganda Registers 100,000 Customers in Seven Months since it launched in the Market Featured

Vodafone Uganda has registered 100,000 customers seven months since the telecommunications services provider launched in the Ugandan market in February 2015. According to Vodafone Uganda CEO Allan Richardson, achieving this…


Telecoms

Alcatel Onetouch to launch multiple devices in Nigeria

Smartphone manufacturer Alcatel Onetouch is planning to launch a wide range of mobile devices into the Nigerian market Nick Imudia, the newly appointed regional director for Nigeria and Central Africa…


Telecoms

Kenya: Airtel to finalise Eaton Tower deal

According to a report via The East African Weekly, Bharti Airtel is preparing to close a USD 186 million deal with Eaton for the sale of its 1,100 towers in…


Telecoms

Telkom Said to Seek Cell C for Less Than $1.6 Billion Price

Telkom SA SOC Ltd. is seeking to buy mobile-phone operator Cell C Pty Ltd. for less than the 22 billion rand ($1.6 billion) value placed on the South African company…


Internet

MTN buys fibre-to-the-home player from MultiChoice

Mobile operator MTN says it has concluded a deal with MultiChoice to acquire Smart Village, which will accelerate it’s fibre to the home (FTTH) strategy. The transaction is subject to…


Internet

Tshwane citizens can now use free Wi-Fi to do good

Over the past couple of years, we’ve written fairly extensively on the City Of Tshwane’s efforts at rolling out free Wi-Fi in conjunction with Project Isizwe. It’s been a pretty…


Internet

Africa online, iWay Africa merge with Zim company

African information technology company, Gondwana International Networks (GIN), is awaiting approval by the competition and tariff commission in Zimbabwe on a merger deal with an internet service provider in the…


Internet

Online job portal begins operations in Ethiopia

Everjobs has revealed that it has recently started its operations in Ethiopia. The company’s mission is to simplify the job search and hiring process by connecting professionals with employers in…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Maroc Telecom (IAM) is yet to publish a new wholesale offer for access to its copper local loop and passive fibre infrastructure, despite being given a deadline of 20 January…


Computing

MTN Business completes Hybrid Cloud offering with Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute

MTN Business has taken another step in moving African enterprises closer to accessing cloud services. The company today announced it would offer Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute to its clientele. Customers can…


Computing

Happy Independence Day Nigeria! Google joins celebrations with a Doodle

It’s exactly 55 years ago now since Nigeria got her independence from British colonial rule and became sovereign nation. It’s been 55 long and difficult years plagued by a Civil…


Money Transfer

East Africa: Beyonic Partners With Accord to Expand Further Into Africa

Beyonic a technology company that aims to eliminate the rampant use of cash in emerging markets, is announcing a partnership with Mobile Accord that will make Beyonic the largest mobile…


Money Transfer

Bidvest, MasterCard launches World Currency Card in South Africa

Bidvest Bank, a fully-fledged niche bank in South Africa and MasterCard have announced the launch of a multi-currency card – World Currency Card. The card allows South Africans that are…


Money Transfer

Balancing Act releases latest Mobile Financial Services in Sub-Saharan Africa: Industry Report (Sept. 2015)

The explosion of mobile devices and internet connectivity has disrupted numerous industries due to changing consumer behavior and supplier value chains. Financial services, which have already experienced some disruptions through…


Money Transfer

SA’s Bankymoon launches bitcoin crowdfunding platform for African schools

South African startup Bankymoon has launched a crowdfunding platform that allows public schools in Africa to use blockchain technology to gain electricity credits. Disrupt Africa reported in May on Bankymoon,…


Money Transfer

SimbaPay wins DEMO Africa 2015. Next stop: Silicon Valley

SimbaPay, a leading digital money transfer provider, was on Friday, September 25th, 2015 announced as the winner of the DEMO Africa 2015 event which was held in Lagos. SimbaPay now automatically…


Money Transfer

Kenya’s National Treasury to float Ksh5billion bond via mobile phone

The National Treasury of the Kenyan Government has announced plans to float Ksh5billion Government Infrastructure bond exclusively via mobile phone. The bond will be traded through the mobile phone-based M-Akiba…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Safaricom Promises to Reduce Mobile Money Fraud With New M-Pesa

M-Pesa users will soon be able to see the names of the intended recipients of mobile money transfers as Safaricom confirms roll-out of the new redesign. The telecommunications giant seeks…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Liquid Telecom to float in Europe next year – report

London-based Liquid Telecom, which operates an 18,000km fibre broadband network in 15 African countries, has seen consistent growth in recent years as demand for internet capacity continues to soar in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vimpelcom considering arbitration over Zim licence

Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom Ltd is preparing to launch a legal battle against the government of Zimbabwe over the cancellation of the operating licence of its 60% subsidiary in the…


Digital Content

Guinean Bloggers Battle the Digital Divide and Threats to Free Speech

Well aware of the catastrophic situation in Guinea and the crucial role the Internet plays in the development of a nation, young Guineans have now decided to rise to the…


Digital Content

South African rhinos need technology to curb poaching

We Are Protect is planning field testing of high-tech devices to stop rhino poaching in Africa. The British conservation group recently completed proof-of-concept trials in South Africa of high-tech devices…


Digital Content

New mobile prescription app to help patients stick with medication plan

The software called MobiDawa which is available on Google Play store helps patients to search for information about drugs, dosage and prescriptions. It also has a reminder notification, improving patient’s…


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People

Ex-Safaricom executive appointed CEO of East Africa Cables East African Cables has announced the appointment of Peter Arina as the new CEO, succeeding George Mwangi who is set to leave…


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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…