Issue no 811 - 22nd January 2016

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Trouble comes two at a time – international fibre outages are a sharp reminder of what’s still to be done with African infrastructure

On Thursday 21 January Seacom was hit by two route failures in Egypt. Almost simultaneously the WACS cable was hit by an outage on the route connecting it to a data centre in London. Russell Southwood looks at what a crisis like this can teach operators and how it provides a good moment to remember the continent’s wider unsolved infrastructure problems. The WACS cable suffered problems slightly earlier than the Seacom outage with a cut in of all places the UK with its route to the London-based data centre where it connects to other routes. Meanwhile slightly later Seacom was…

Telecoms

Viber introduces public chats in Africa

Viber has revealed that it has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East. Brands, organizations, celebrities, public figures and social influencers from…


Telecoms

South Africa: Petition Launched to Reject WhatsApp Regulation

An online petition is calling on South Africa's government to reject calls by mobile networks to regulate over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype. Online women's magazine All4Women.co.za has…


Internet

Moroccans Protest Ban of VoIP Calls, Including Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook and Skype

Moroccans switched off their phones for two days to protest a ban on VoIP services. Many users, like Othmane Haikouma, opted to turn their phone to airport mode for the…


Internet

The Twitter murder that never happened

It was a horrific crime that came to light in a series of impassioned tweets that gripped and appalled a nation. But it was all made up. The story of…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Ghanaian ISP BusyInternet is reportedly planning to deploy 4G LTE services in Ghana by the end of January, with the operator said to be currently trialling a pilot programme aimed…


Computing

Django Girls come to Lagos, to teach women computer programming for free

Django Girls, a non-profit organization that empowers women through free computer programming workshops, has announced it is coming to Lagos, Nigeria to teach young women and girls programming. A free…


Computing

Mauritius launches online weather portal for farmers

Mauritius has launched an agricultural decision support system (ADSS) to collect and disseminate timely and accurate information on weather and climate change. The ADSS will relay information about temperature, humidity, rainfall,…


Computing

Accounting software firms take advantage of weakening rand

THE plummeting Rand is likely to boost locally owned accounting software companies, says Stephen Corrigan, MD of Johannesburg-based Palladium Business Solutions. Locally owned accounting software companies have in the past…


Computing

Report Links Tech Firms to Child Labor in Africa

Major tech manufacturers fail to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not produced by child labor, according to a new Amnesty International report. In the…


Computing

Nigeria: How Jonathan Govt Paid Companies Linked to Doyin Okupe to Hack 'Unfriendly' Websites

Two companies linked to Doyin Okupe, a former media aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, got at least N1.6 billion off the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, in three shady…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe mobile money agent assn halts operations

The Mobile Money Transfer Agents Association of Zimbabwe (MMTAAZ) has temporarily suspended operations, leaving agents who offer money transfer services without collective representation, ITWeb Africa reported. Francis Chinjekure, coordinator of…


Money Transfer

BancABC extends service on mobile frontier

BancABC, a pan-African bank with operations in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, has launched a mobile banking platform, as the bank seeks to leverage technology to roll out services.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Nigeria set to post R15,9bn profit

MTN’s Nigerian operation is likely to report a profit after tax of approximately R15,9bn for the year ended 31 December 2015, it was revealed on Tuesday. The JSE-listed telecommunications operator,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Davos 2016: Who’s there for Africa?

From January 20 to 23, some 40 global leaders and 2,500 business and civil society leaders will gather in the Swiss alps, Davos, to discuss pertinent issues affecting the world…


Digital Content

Apple raises the price of apps in seven territories, including South Africa

Have you already adjusted your budget for the year ahead to include your new Netflix subscription and the ever-rising price of a loaf of bread? If so, then there’s one…


Digital Content

Innovative Developers to Be Recognised By Facebook

Social Media site, Facebook launched an Innovative Challenge in Africa late last year with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard…


Digital Content

Al Jazeera’s AJ+ launches Apple TV app

Al Jazeera’s maverick online news and current events channel AJ+ has announced the launch of its Apple TV app, bringing its offering to TVs for the first time. The new…


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Opportunities

Applications open for ZAR50million WeChat Fund    Late last year, leading social communication platform, WeChat launched a ZAR50million fund to be used for investment in promising mobile startups in South Africa.…


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Events

Education Innovation Summit17 March 2016 Protea Fire & Ice, Johannesburg. South Africa Education reform is essential to provide learners with what are commonly called 21st century skills — those competencies…