Issue no 803 13th November 2015

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Group TigoPaare accounts in Chad may lead to Peoples’ Banks for communities across Africa

M-money has had a transformative effect in some countries but the success of its roll-out has been patchy. Some places have taken to it like a duck to water whereas others have not really taken it up in any great numbers. Tigo has developed a new m-money concept that seems to be gaining traction in one of Africa’s poorest countries, Chad. Russell Southwood spoke to Toffene Kama who is working with Tigo on the project. Toffene Kama launched his own start-up Willstream, that does payments from the diaspora to Africa which we covered in January last year:  Since then it…

Telecoms

IHS Towers Sponsors UNDP partnered documentary focusing on the role of telecommunications in promoting economic and entrepreneurial growth in Africa

IHS Towers, in partnership with Regency Foundation Networx and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has produced a documentary as part of the 'It's Africa's Time' series, which highlights the…


Telecoms

Telecoms will help lead Africa's growth, says Etisalat CEO

Despite being one of the fastest-growing mobile markets in the world, there are large swathes of Africa that are under-served and represent opportunities for further penetration, according to the CEO…


Telecoms

Togo’s mobile users demand third mobile network operator

Agence Ecofin reports that the League of Consumers of Togo (LCT) has written to the country’s Minister of Post and Digital Economy, Cina Lawson, demanding that the government redress the…


Telecoms

Ghana: NCA, GRA lock horns over Subah, ICH, telcos

Ghana's telecom industry regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA) and the state revenue agency, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) are engaged in a fierce turf war over who has the right to…


Telecoms

South Africa: Xiaomi Targets Tech-Savvy South Africans

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi is aiming to target a tech-savvy market in South Africa, says a distributor. The manufacturer, which has seen success in mainland China for its devices, is…


Telecoms

Liberia: Consumers Decry Hike in Lonestar Cell Scratch Cards in Liberia

Subscribers and dealers of LoneStar Cell MTN have complained of the increment in the price of the scratch cards being sold by the GSM service provider on the Liberian market.…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

Vodafone and Globacom Limited today jointly announced a new, non-equity partnership agreement that covers Nigeria and the Republic of Benin. Under the Partner Market agreement, Vodafone and Globacom will work…


Internet

Twitter appoints Mideast and North Africa media partnerships director

Twitter has appointed Kinda Ibrahim as Director of Media Partnerships for the Middle East and North Africa. Based in Twitter's recently opened Dubai office, Kinda's team will work to accelerate…


Computing

WestconGroup introduces cloud programme

The CAP programme helps partners build better cloud-centric businesses, says Westcon's Leane Hannigan. The CAP programme helps partners build better cloud-centric businesses, says Westcon's Leane Hannigan.WestconGroup Southern Africa yesterday introduced…


Computing

Alcatel-Lucent and Burkina Faso to apply cloud networking technology to stimulate economic growth through digital public services

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) is to provide the government of Burkina Faso with cloud networking technology that will enable it to develop new digital public services, such as E-government,…


Computing

East Africa PC market falls 24.8% in Q3

The PC market in East Africa, comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, suffered a year-on-year decline of 24.8 percent in the third quarter to 108,088 unit shipments, according to International…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

DRC telcos reject proposed tax increase

Four telcos operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), namely Airtel DRC, Orange DRC, Tigo DRC and Vodacom Congo, have sent a letter to the country’s Minister of Finance…


Money Transfer

MFS Africa & Airtel Malawi Launch Mobile Remittance Service

MFS Africa and Airtel Malawi are proud to announce the launch of mobile money remittances from South Africa and beyond to Airtel Money customers in Malawi. MFS Africa is the…


Money Transfer

Millennium Bim selects Ingenico Group to upgrade its POS fleet in Mozambique

Ingenico Group , the global leader in seamless payment, today announced that Millennium Bim, the largest bank in Mozambique, has partnered with Ingenico Group to replace its current fleet of…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Mobile Money Bridges Ghana Financial Sector Divide

The growth of mobile money services is transforming the lives of millions of Ghanaians previously excluded from the West African country's financial sector. The service, which is a fast, simple,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone says decided against spinning off emerging markets unit

Mobile networks operator Vodafone has looked at spinning off its entire emerging markets unit, which includes its interests in India, Africa, New Zealand, Qatar and Turkey, but decided the synergies…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Smile partners with Squire Technologies for VoLTE rollout

Mauritius-based pan-African telecoms group Smile Telecoms Holdings, which owns and operates 800MHz LTE networks in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, has selected Squire Technologies for the deployment of voice and messaging…


Digital Content

Wiki Loves Africa reaches 4,000 entries with 2 weeks to go

Since the 1st of October, photographers and Wikipedians (experienced and new) have been contributing their impressions of the inspirational design from Africa and expressing the influence of culture on day-to-day…


Digital Content

Four Tanzanians Charged for Publishing Political Information on WhatsApp

Four Tanzanians, Leila Sinare, Godfrey Soka, Deo Soka, and Monica Gaspary Soka, were charged under Section 16 of Cybercime Act 2015 for publishing false election-related information on the social messaging…


Digital Content

SA’s find-a-cleaner app Domestly partners Airbnb hosts

Recently launched South African find-a-cleaner app Domestly has partnered on-demand accommodation platform Airbnb on a host level, allowing Airbnb hosts to use Domestly as part of their service experience. Disrupt…


Digital Content

Harnessing 3D printing tech for sustainable development

Africa should turn to high-skill manufacturing to aid sustainable growth, writes Hailemichael Teshome Demissie. One of the most puzzling paradoxes of the much lauded recent African growth is its bizarre matrix…


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People

CTO Secretary General praises Nigeria for election of Festus Daudu as Chair of WRC-15 GENEVA, 2 NOVEMBER 2015 – Secretary-General Shola Taylor extended his congratulations to the Government of Nigeria…


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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…