Issue no 807 11th December 2015

Top Story

DreamOval’s m-money platform SlydePay partners with Stanbic Bank to roll out new ways of paying including cross-border and Bitcoin

DreamOval has partnered with Stanbic Bank in Ghana to launch its latest m-money platform Slydepay. Rather than go the independent route doing it all itself, it chose a trusted financial partner. Russell Southwood spoke DreamOval’s Derrydean Dadzie about Slydepay and how thinks have developed since its launch in April 2015. Dadzie describes Slydepay as “a mobile wallet that’s creating a new business dynamic….” And its website boosts it as “A simpler, more exciting way to manage your money.” Although DreamOval has a team of 45 people, it’s a small company still so the collaboration with the bank was a good…

Telecoms

Cameroon signs loan for Central Africa Backbone, Phase 2

The government of Cameroon has signed an agreement to borrow XAF 24.2 billion (USD 26.55 mln) from the African Development Bank to build the second phase of the Central Africa…


Telecoms

Nigeria's $500m typing error over MTN fine

Nigeria's telecom regulator says it made a $500m (£330m) typing error when announcing a reduction in a massive fine imposed on Africa's largest mobile operator, MTN. The Nigerian Communications Commission…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Airtel Rises On Regulator's Rating

Going by the latest statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Airtel Telecommunications Ltd is currently fighting to regain the number two largest telecommunications firm's spot in Nigeria by subscription…


Telecoms

Kenya: Government Plans New Share Deal With Helios Investment Partners in Telkom Sale

A new shareholding agreement between the government and Helios Investment Partners will be ready by the end of the year, paving the way for France Télécom to exit from Telkom…


Telecoms

Top Twitter trends in SA in 2015

Twitter has released its annual review of the top trends on Twitter for the year, in South Africa and around the world, with #FeesMustFall and #RWC2015 featuring prominently. Twitter has…


Internet

Uganda: Google Launches Wifi Network in Kampala

Kampala - Google has launched its first Wi-Fi network in Uganda's capital Kampala, as part of a project to broaden access to affordable high-speed Internet. The company is making the…


Internet

Africa: Liquid Telecom launches CrashPlan across Africa

Nic Rudnick, CEO of The Liquid Telecom Group, has outlined the company’s expansion of its fibre network in South Africa and announced that CrashPlan, its backup and restore service, is…


Internet

Internet deals take aim at gamers

Cape Town – Internet service provider OpenWeb has expanded an internet access package aimed at gamers and downloaders. Home Uncapped Plus is designed to meet the market gap between cheap…


Internet

Nigeria: Stop Social Media Bill, IT Experts Tell Senate

Some Information Technology experts on Wednesday urged the Senate to stop the Social Media Bill, saying the Cyber Security Law had addressed the issues in question. The experts, in separate…


Computing

Why data was crucial to Burkina Faso’s first election since uprising

Democratic elections in transitional states are never straightforward. With limited experience to draw on, finite resources and a lack of transparency, it’s not uncommon for rumours, tensions and civil unrest…


Money Transfer

Vodafone M-Pesa rolls out in Ghana

Ghana on Monday became the 11th country in which Vodafone has launched its M-Pesa mobile money transfer service. The U.K.-based telco said that approximately 15 million Ghanaians – around 64%…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: Electronic Payment for Rwanda Public Buses

Kigali — The tap and Go card, an electronic payment system will be used by Rwandans to pay for their transport fares. "The coming in of this payment card is…


Money Transfer

Pfizer Foundation Injects U.S.$1.5 Million Into Kenya's First Mobile Health Wallet Platform

Pfizer Foundation, has injected US$1.5million into Kenya's new healthcare payment platform called M-Tiba, the company's Strategist in Kenya announced during the launch of the platform in Nairobi on Wednesday, November…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom proceeds with acquisition of Neotel, drops spectrum

Vodacom South Africa announced it will proceed with the acquisition of Neotel, but has dropped the group's spectrum from the deal. In a statement, Vodacom said it reached a a…


Digital Content

Africa: Canal+, Iroko Sign Multi Million Euro Deal to Launch First Svod App for Francophone Africa

CANAL+ GROUP and iROKO are partnering to create and launch the first Francophone SVOD service aimed at bringing affordable, popular mobile TV content to French-speaking Africa. Announced today as part…


Digital Content

Google launches Play Music service in South Africa

Google Play Music, including the online marketplace for digital music and the All Access music streaming service, has launched in South Africa. “Starting today, local music fans will have an…


Digital Content

Metro Africa Xpress Looks To Bring On-Demand Local Delivery To Urban Africa

Adetayo Bamiduro had to convince his co-founder Chinedu Azodoh that starting an e-commerce site wasn’t necessarily the best idea — at least, not yet. Instead, the two decided to start…


Digital Content

Afrinolly Launches Afrinolly Marketplace

Afrinolly Limited developers of Afrinolly; winner of the Google Android Developers Challenge 2011 and the most downloaded Entertainment app, designed and developed in Africa launched the Afrinolly MarketPlace; a first…


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Opportunities

Facebook brings its Internet.org Innovation Challenge to Africa Facebook is launching the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa, with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet…


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People

Neotel CEO Sunil Joshi steps down Neotel’s CEO Sunil Joshi has resigned with immediate effect to “pursue his own interests”, the company said in a statement on Monday (7 December).…


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Events

e-learninig Africa24 – 26 May, 2016CICC, CairoThe key pan-African networking event for ICT enhanced development, education and training.As the largest conference of its kind, the three-day event is a must…