Issue no 806 4th December 2015

Top Story

US legal loop-hole creates a business model for ZenoRadio’s phone-up radio service in Africa and elsewhere

A US law designed to compensate rural carriers has created an arbitrage opportunity for ZenoRadio’s IVR-based radio service that is both listened to by several African diaspora communities and more recently across Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to ZenoRadio’s Yossi Rosenberg about its African business. ZenoRadio’s current business model relies on the law of unintended consequences in two ways. What customers pay for the radio services which they dial into is minutes which are certainly not free. But because many US carriers offer unlimited monthly packages, they are for all intents and purposes free. Critics of the Act, though, say this…

Telecoms

Furious Customers in Mali Call for a Boycott of Orange

The Malian blogosphere has been buzzing recently. Why? Because users of French multinational Orange's mobile phone services are unhappy. They decided to organize a boycott of the company, which serves…


Telecoms

MTN Nigeria fine reduced to $3.4 Billion Payable by December 31st

The Nigeria’s Communications Commission asked mobile phone operators to disconnect unregistered Sim cards. Failure to comply with the directive saw all 4 mobile operators in the populous nation from Airtel,…


Telecoms

Uganda Starts Free HIV/Aids Call Line

Kampala — President Museveni has asked Ugandans to fight the HIV/Aids scourge, as well as poverty, "in a revolutionary way" - a method he said the National Resistance Movement (NRM)…


Telecoms

Benin Telecoms launches LTE services in Republic of Benin

Benin Telecoms lit its LTE (4G) network in five cities in the Republic of Benin, and said the service would be available to subscribers in up to 20 cities and…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In brief

South Africa's Telkom has launched a community portal for customers to post experiences with the company's products and services. The online forum is hosted on the Telkom domain at community.telkom.co.za.…


Internet

Yahsat launches satellite connectivity in Uganda with iWayAfrica

Satellite broadband provider, Yahsat, has launched a new service partnership with internet service provider iWayAfrica Uganda, to bring satellite broadband connectivity to Uganda via its YahClick service.Yahsat launches satellite connectivity…


Internet

Google’s Project Link Launches Metropolitan Wi-Fi Hotzone Network In Kampala

Google Project LinkAfter laying Kampala’s metropolitan fibre backbone in 2013, Google has announced the launch of the next phase of Project Link, a partnership with ISPs and mobile operators to…


Internet

Industry Association calls for Film and Publications Board to release submissions on its Draft Online Content Regulation Policy

Company Announcement - South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association has called on the Film and Publications Board to make public copies of submissions made by interested parties in response to…


Internet

South Africa: Cybercrimes Bill Criminalises Range of Lawful Activities

The new cybercrimes bill is flawed, too broad and brings the country one step closer to the securitisation of the internet, the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) has said. It was basically…


Internet

South Africa: Massive uncapped ADSL sale - save up to 60% monthly for life

Due to an overwhelming response, OpenWeb will be making available another 300 Uncapped ADSL packages from R79 per month. It has also confirmed that these prices will be locked in…


Internet

Afrique Telecom, Eutelsat and Wikimédia France to Offer Free Access to French-Language Wikipedia in Africa

Afrique Telecom, Eutelsat and Wikimédia France are partnering with each other to make French-language Wikipedia content available through WiFi hotspots, starting from French-speaking African countries. Afrique Telecom, over the years,…


Internet

Internet - In brief

ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report, released today, reveals that 3.2 billion people are now online, representing 43.4% of the global population, while mobile-cellular subscriptions have reached almost…


Computing

Sage maintains double-digit growth in Africa

Ivan Epstein, president of Sage International, says he is pleased with double-digit growth coming out of Africa. Ivan Epstein, president of Sage International, says he is pleased with double-digit growth…


Computing

Sun International completes rollout of IFS Applications

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sun International Ltd, one of Africa's leading gaming and leisure brands, has successfully completed its implementation of the IFS Applications™ Enterprise Resource…


Money Transfer

Airtel renews M-Pesa agents row with Safaricom

In June Safaricom took Airtel to court over a trademark dispute over mobile money transfer service branding, advertising and promotion. Safaricom claimed Airtel was infringing on its M-pesa trademark by…


Money Transfer

Vodacom empowers customers in SA to send money into Lesotho

Vodacom and Mukuru announced on Wednesday that they have teamed up to enable money to be sent from South Africa directly into any M-Pesa account in Lesotho within minutes. By…


Money Transfer

Zeepay and Small World FS partner to bring mobile remittances to Ghana Mobile Money Wallet first of its kind in West Africa

Every year Africa receives over USD44billion in money transfers from the 32 million African emigrants around the world. Of this, Ghana alone receives over USD1billion annually. Today, Zeepay and Small…


Money Transfer

Orange to sell electricity to rural Africa via mobilemoney

French telco, energy supplier detail partnership deal that could see Orange sell electricity and bill via Orange Money.Orange announced late last week that it has signed a new partnership deal…


Money Transfer

Verve Launches 'Verve world' Mobile app

Verve International, the leading African payment card brand, has launched a revolutionary mobile app, ‘Verve World’, which enables cardholders to store all their payment options and to carry out everyday…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PIC acquires second tranche of government’s 13.9% stake in Vodacom

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which manages investments on behalf of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), has acquired a further interest of 6.812% in domestic telecoms provider Vodacom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zim government has no plans to merge Telecel and NetOne

ICT, Postal & Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has defended the Zimbabwean government’s move to take control of struggling mobile network operator Telecel, saying the state is looking to turn…


Digital Content

FNB funeral policy via cellphone banking

FNB Life, the bank's insurance distribution and administration arm, has introduced the new option to allow customers to take up funeral insurance anywhere and anytime, says the bank. "We plan…


Digital Content

South Africa: The Winners of the 2015 Channel24 Online Awards Are…

After weeks of voting Channel24 can finally reveal the winners of the 2015 Channel24 Online Awards. The 10 category winners clocked 10 000 reader votes in just 3 weeks with…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Innovative New Shona Language Learning APP Developed for Diaspora Kids

A UK-based company has developed a Shona language learning app to help Zimbabwean parents who are settled in the diaspora teach their children the basics of the language. MJDK Ltd…


Digital Content

Lynk, A Blue-collar Job Portal wins Safaricom Appwiz Challenge

In July, Safaricom announced the 3rd edition of the Safaricom AppWiz Challenge. The AppWiz challenge is an innovation call to partner with developers come up with products that could plug…


Digital Content

ESET East Africa Introduces a Parental Control Android app

In its Q4 report on the state of ICT in Kenya, the Communications Authority of Kenya attributed the growth in the internet to among other things communication, growth of e-commerce…


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People

MTN changes operating structure, senior management MTN Group has reviewed its operating structure with a view to strengthening operational oversight, leadership, governance and regulatory compliance across its 22 country operations…


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