Issue no 812 - 29th January 2016

Top Story

BusyInternet launches LTE in with zero rated YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Joy Online and Ghana Web freebies

The battle for Africa’s generation of high-speed Internet users just hotted up in Ghana. BusyInternet launched its 4G offer to both its corporate customers and to new consumer customers. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Praveen Sadelage about how the first few days have gone. BusyInternet has launched its TD-LTE service covering most of Accra and Tema. It goes from Kasoa in the west to Prampram in the west and to Danfa in the north. It has been selling through eleven outlets spread out across the coverage area with a flagship store reporting heavy foot traffic. It’s been marketing itself…

Telecoms

Angola: Unitel to launch VoLTE with SRVCC in Angola

UNITEL in Angola has successfully completed the first call through the LTE network (VoLTE – Voice over LTE) with continuity of the call in case of handover, i.e. start the…


Telecoms

Court adjourns MTN Nigeria fine case for settlement talks

A judge at the Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned MTN Group’s legal challenge of a NGN780 billion (USD3.9 billion) fine its local unit received from the Nigerian Communications…


Telecoms

Vox Telecom and Intuitive alliance to fulfil growing demand for RightFax dashboards

PRESS RELEASE: South African-based Vox Telecom (Vox) has signed a partnership agreement with UK-based Intuitive Business Intelligence in response to growing customer demand for Opentext RightFax dashboards. Telecoms operator, Vox…


Telecoms

WiFi-Forum cautions against OTT regulation

The Wi-Fi Forum of South Africa (WFFSA) has urged the country's mobile networks to develop innovative ways to benefit from OTT (over-the-top) technologies or risk redundancy. WFFSA chair Andile Ngcaba…


Telecoms

Senegal: Macky Sall calls for sanctions against Sonatel Tigo and Expresso

According to sources quoted Dakar News, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, asked the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARTP) for sanctions against Sonatel mobile phone operators, Tigo and Expresso. The Head of…


Internet

Canal + will provide the Internet via the electrical wiring

Canal + in Benin has introduced a new way of providing the Internet. It will be done through the network of the Beninese Electric Power Company (SBEE). The partnership agreement…


Internet

South Africa: Fibre breaks down Seacom once again

Seacom services between Africa and Europe went offline again on Thursday after fresh cable breaks in Egypt cut off African Internet users in East Africa and Southern Africa. It’s the…


Internet

The UN wants 1.4 billion people connected to the Internet in the world by 2020

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, held January 21, 2016, a new global partnership was developed during a special session of the UN Commission: “The broadband service sustainable development …


Computing

She Will Connect: Intel Connecting Women to Bridge Africa's Gender Gap

Intel and its partners, NGOs working in the field of women and technology including CARE, ChangeCorp, Telecentre.org, World Pulse, and World Vision, will collaborate to transform women's and girls' lives…


Computing

Kenyan Cloud Infrastructure Provider Node Africa Launches In Nairobi

Cloud infrastructure provider Node Africa has launched in Nairobi, with former Angani CEO Phares Kariuki at the helm. Impressively, the company took six weeks from inception to launch, partnering with…


Computing

MTN Group selects ItsOn for digital experience delivery

ItsOn has signed a group agreement with MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile operator with more than 230 million customers throughout Africa and the Middle East. MTN will use ItsOn’s cloud-based…


Money Transfer

CBA Uganda unit seeks approval to replicate M-Shwari loans model

CBA Uganda has written to the Bank of Uganda (BoU) seeking the green light to launch a savings and loans mobile service by April in collaboration with MTN. The Commercial…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Mobile Money Deposits Slump

Total deposits on the country’s mobile money platforms slumped 10,5 percent in the third quarter of 2015, to record  $458 million from $512 million recorded prior quarter. According to a…


Money Transfer

MTN & WorldRemit ink Mobile Money partnership in Africa

WorldRemit has revealed that its customers can now send money instantly to MTN Mobile Money wallets in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. WorldRemit has revealed that its customers can now send…


Money Transfer

Safaricom unveils M-Pesa statements service

The service is one of the enhancements made possible to the system following the relocation of the M-PESA servers from Germany to Kenya, which took place last year in April.…


Money Transfer

HELLO Group Scoops Award for BEST Mobile Remittance Service

Hello Group has again been recognised for innovation in the fintech environment, with the Kalahari Award for Best Mobile-centric Remittance Service in the lead up to the 6th Remittance &…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Government raises telecoms operators’ Universal Service Fund contributions

Local telecommunications operators are going to have to make larger contributions to the State following the government’s resolution to raise the contributions to the Universal Service Fund from 0.5% to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ivory Coast: Morocco Telecom paid a deposit of 50 billion CFA francs for the granting of 4G license Moov

The mobile operator Moov has obtained January 25, 2016 the global telecommunications license enabling it to deploy 4G in Ivory Coast, reports the AIP agency. Its parent, Morocco Telecom group;…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African mobile VoD platform Tuluntulu boasts user growth

New African Video on Demand (VoD) platform Tuluntulu is turning heads with its services. The company offers African-focusses content to a global audience and has received international recognition in the…


Digital Content

South Africa: Now Icasa to probe OTT market

Communications regulator Icasa said it plans to launch an inquiry in the next financial year to look at the impact of over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype on…


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Opportunities

Applications open for 6th Andela Kenyan cohort Global talent accelerator Andela has opened applications for its sixth Kenyan cohort, looking for talented, ambitious individuals with an interest in technology and…


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People

Konga founder Sim Shagaya steps down as CEO Nigerian tech entrepreneur Sim Shagaya has announced he is stepping down as the CEO of Konga, which is one of Africa’s leading…


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Events

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