Issue no 800 23rd October 2015

Top Story

Seacom’s Pamoja aims to build an IT-as-a-service market through African resellers – Not should I go but when and what?

With African international bandwidth going down to commoditized prices, everyone has been talking for several years about higher margin, value-added services that can be used with the new bandwidth. But it’s only now that things like the clould market has begun to be something more than hype. Russell Southwood spoke this week to Regional Channel Manager, Pamoja Cloud Services. If I could have a hundred dollars for every time someone mentioned “the cloud” to me I’d be sunning myself on a beach somewhere and not writing about it now. All the cloud consists of is the ability to access data…

Telecoms

South Africa: MTN SA Subscriber Base Tops 29 Million

Growth in prepaid connections boosted MTN South Africa's subscriber base by 2% for the quarter ended September 30 2015, according to the group's latest market update released on Thursday. "MTN…


Telecoms

MTN calls for more broadband penetration in South Africa

MTN South Africa says significant infrastructure investment is necessary in order to meet government's national broadband targets of extending universal access to broadband services by 2030. Krishna Chetty, General Manager…


Telecoms

Niger to Merge State Owned Fixed, Mobile Operators

Niger is set to merge national state-owned telecoms operator Societe Nigerienne des Telecommunications (Sonitel) and its mobile arm SahelCom, in a bid to combat rising competition from the likes of…


Internet

Rwanda: Airtel Rwanda Partners With Facebook to Bring Free Web Access

Airtel Rwanda and Facebook have partnered to offer free web access to Rwandans while using the Airtel network. Through Free Basics by Facebook, Rwandans will be able to access various…


Internet

Poor market showing prompts Tiso Blackstar exit from Vidi

TISO Blackstar is set to exit its video on demand (VOD) business Vidi following poor take-up. The service, partly owned by Tiso Blackstar, was launched in September last year. The…


Internet

Kiswahili is first African language to be supported by Microsoft Translator

Microsoft has launched Kiswahili text translation, the first African language to be supported by the company’s automatic translation service, Microsoft Translator. The translation system was created in collaboration with Translators…


Internet

Commercial ACE services officially launched in Benin

High speed connectivity services on the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) international submarine fibre-optic cable were officially put into service in the Republic of Benin at a ceremony last week…


Computing

Kaymu Kenya sellers to utilize Facebook to increase sales

Kaymu Kenya just recently launched a Facebook shop aimed specifically at increasing sales for its sellers. The shop is an automized feature that displays the seller’s Kaymu shop on their…


Computing

Uganda's Infinity Computers Awards Services and Cloud Deal To IBM

Leading Ugandan IT services provider Infinity Computers has chosen IBM (NYSE: IBM) to deliver cloud, analytics and IT services to support a wide range of new web and mobile offerings…


Computing

This Modular Hi-Tech Buoy Is Helping Africa to Monitor Its Coasts

A hi-tech buoy that provides real-time data can play a key role in helping South Africa manage its coastal waters. It could also be deployed beyond the country’s waters. Devised…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

South African ISP Afrihost is poised to unveil a new resale service on 10 November, TechCentral reports, citing comments by the company’s CEO, Gian Visser. The website claims that Afrihost,…


Money Transfer

Mukuru and MPC partner to enable easy money transfer to Malawi

Mukuru has announced it had entered into partnership with Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) to allow for easy access of remittances to Malawi. The partnership will allow for Mukuru customers in…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana to Allow Subscribers Receive from Abroad via Mobile Money

Ghana’s leading mobile operator, MTN is to partner Western Union to allow MTN-Mobile Money subscribers to receive money from abroad on their mobile wallet next year. Mr. Stephen Asare, MTN-Mobile…


Money Transfer

African chat app announces remittance feature

BeepTool, the Nigerian internet communications firm, has launched a new service that allows Nigerian breadwinners abroad to play an active role in managing the finances of their families back home.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom sale proceeds to fund SA’s first Brics bank payment

The government will fund its first payment towards the Brics bank from the sale of its Vodacom shares. Questions about how the government would finance the payments have swirled since…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telkom increases its offer to Cell C

South African fixed line provider Telkom has reportedly increased its offer for smaller wireless operator Cell C, which is 75%-owned by Dubai-based Oger Telecom, MyBroadband reports. Earlier this month Telkom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Insurers in South Africa Seek Technology Partnerships, PwC Says

South Africa’s biggest insurers are considering technology and telecommunications partnerships as they seek ways to improve earnings to counter increased competition and a slowing economy, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. “There…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Google Pumps Funds Into Africa’s Biggest Wind Power Project

Google is backing Africa’s largest wind power project, two years after investing $12 million in the continent’s largest solar power project. This morning, at a conference in Washington, D.C., the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Oi, Cape Verde government strive to resolve management dispute

Representatives from Brazilian telco Oi and the Cape Verde government are reportedly working together to end a boardroom dispute – relating to the management of Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT) –that…


Digital Content

Tigo Rwanda Announces Winners of Digital Changemakers Competition

Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has announced the winners of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition 2015. The announcement was made at the prestigious Transform Africa…


Digital Content

Two Tanzanians Accused of Posting ‘False Information’ Face Charges Under New Cybercrime Law

Two Tanzanian citizens have been charged under the country's new Cybercrimes Act for posting what authorities claim to be “false information” on social media. They are the first individuals to…


Digital Content

Meet Africa’s top young entrepreneurs for 2015

Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22, announced its 12 finalists for 2015. They represent nine African countries. The selection process has been…


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Events

AfricaCom / AfricaCast / TV Connect Africa 201517-19 November 2015Cape Town, South Africa The largest annual meeting of ICT, telecoms and broadcast professionals for Africa. A 'must attend'. AfricaCom welcomes…