Issue no 802 6th November 2015

Top Story

Digitata’s Dynamic Voice Tariffing helps Africa’s mobile operators to sell unused capacity – data version could crack giving lower data prices

Africa’s mobile operators are running increasingly complex businesses with multiple revenue streams. It’s no longer possible to just focus on voice and everything else will take care of itself. Russell Southwood spoke to Tinus Neethling, CEO of Digitata about dynamic voice tariffing, the data version it’s developing and using mobile media. Tinus Neethling has only just taken over as CEO of Digitata. Formerly he held the same position in Rorotika Technologies in which Digitata acquired a controlling stake in October this year. The new consolidated company has four streams of activity: its dynamic tariffing business (for voice and SMS but…

Telecoms

Nigeria 'won't bow to MTN pressure'

Nigeria's communications regulator says it will not yield to pressure to reduce the $5.2bn fined imposed on mobile phone giant MTN, the Associated Press news agency reports. Its spokesman Tony…


Telecoms

Xiaomi's expansion to Africa comes with concessions

It’s going to be hard for the mobile phone-maker to succeed abroad the way it did at home. Once the world’s most valuable startup, Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker praised…


Telecoms

South Africa: Competition Commission clears iBurst sale to MultiSource

The South African Competition Commission has unconditionally approved the sale of iBurst and Broadlink parent company WBS Holdings to technology company Multisource, IT-Online reported. This means that MultiSource has now…


Telecoms

Somalia: UN-Supported Toll-Free Hotline Aims to Help Tackle Gender-Based Violence in Somalia

A United Nations-backed toll free hotline has been launched for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia to tackle sexual violence by enhancing timely response to abuse cases and offering information…


Telecoms

Egypt: TE still aiming to enter mobile sector, looking to settle disputes with local cellcos pre-launch

State-owned monopoly fixed line provider Telecom Egypt (TE) is reportedly seeking to resolve longstanding disputes with the nation’s mobile network operators with a view to paving the way for its…


Telecoms

MTN now offers dual-SIM high end smartphone

MTN for the first time will be offering a high-end dual-SIM smartphone to cater for an increasing number of customers who have multiple SIM cards. MTN will be ranging the…


Internet

SimbaNET, has launched SimbaSKY, an SME-based product, to enhance internet access in remote rural areas as it seeks to diversify its business.

SimbaSKY is targeted at the rapidly expanding Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market in Kenya by offering more secure connectivity solutions for the customers. According to the firm’s Chief Operating…


Internet

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

New regulations hindering internet access in Mozambique are upsetting Mozambican cybernauts and web surfers. On October 26, three key local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) hiked prices for internet access bundles…


Computing

Webafrica unveils inew ADSL capped data prices

Webafrica has launched new capped ADSL packages, offering subscribers better value for money and 1,000GB of free after-hours data. Webafrica has unveiled new capped ADSL packages, offering subscribers better value…


Computing

Africa: Comesa Signs MoU With Microsoft

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global technology group, Microsoft, in a bid to collaborate in areas of access to technology…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Airtel Money partners Zeepay for farming communities

Airtel Money &Zeepay Ghana Ltdpartner with Ashanti Regional Agricultural District to develop a Mobile Money payment ecosystem for Small Holder farmers &farm communities for a sustainable livelihood Zeepay partners with…


Money Transfer

Jumia: Cards unpopular in Kenya

Only 1% of over 80,000 shoppers sampled in the 3rd quarter of this year used card to pay for products they purchased online, 27 percent preferred to pay via mobile…


Money Transfer

South Africa: Tech Start-Up Leads the Way for Mobile Payments in SA

A Cape Town tech start-up that successfully laid down the "tracks" for mobile payment apps like SnapScan to thrive has evolved into a dynamic business with aspirations to expand its…


Money Transfer

Co-op Bank partners with SimbaPay for Diaspora Remittances

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has today partnered with SimbaPay, a digital money transfer provider, to offer international money transfer services to the bank’s customers in the Diaspora. Co-operative Bank…


Money Transfer

SA consumers can now return goods purchased online with PayPal

71% of internet users in South Africa would be more likely to start shopping online in the future or shop online more often if free return shipping was available. PayPal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C owner said to reject $1bn offer from Telkom

Oger Telecom has rejected a R14 billion ($1 billion) offer from Africa’s largest fixed-line operator, Telkom, for its 75% stake in South African wireless carrier Cell C, according to a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Silvertree, Kevin Tucker Acquires Price Comparison Platform, PriceCheck From Naspers

Silvertree Internet Holdings, an operating and holding company for early and mid-stage tech businesses and Kevin Tucker have announced the acquisition of leading online price comparison platform, PriceCheck from Naspers,…


Digital Content

Botswana: Company Unveils Cattle Tracking Devise

Gaborone — Innovators Perspective in partnership with Wandering Shepherd Company has introduced a livestock and wildlife tracking system dubbed Wireless Rumen Bolus (WRB). This livestock and wildlife tracking system was…


Digital Content

Huawei partners with Rapid Response to put safety of customers first

Huawei is excited to announce that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Rapid Response, the award-winning mobile app that transforms a mobile phone into an emergency panic button. The…


Digital Content

Botswana: Mashaba's Project Goes to Finals

Gaborone — The results for the just ended Orange African Social Venture Prize came in this week, and Botswana's Thabiso Mashaba's project, 'These Hands Social Enterprise project has been shortlisted…


Digital Content

How to secure Africa’s data revolution

Africa needs to embrace the data revolution — the exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, which is creating unprecedented opportunities to inform and transform societies. To…


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People

Intelsat has announced that Brian Jakins has been named the company's regional vice president of sales in Africa, effective immediately. Jakins will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa and report…


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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…