Issue no 813 - 5th February 2016

Top Story

Start-up mPedigree uses mobiles to help companies track products and weed out counterfeits – building on “the plumbing” of business processes

The African start-ups that seem to be gaining fastest traction are those that have focused on “the plumbing”: business processes that can be both enabled and made more efficient by mobile phones. Ghana’s mPedigree Network is one of those rare start-ups that has rolled out in multiple markets and is profitable. Russell Southwood talked to mPedigree Networks Bright Simons about how it works. mPedigree Network was launched in 2007 out of a failed technology that didn’t take off:”Through this we discovered the problem of counterfeit medicines and cases where Nigerian children had died as a result of taking these counterfeit…

Telecoms

Ringo Mobile to enter Senegalese market, reports Leral.net.

Ringo Mobile will launch Ringo Africa to target members of the African diaspora, numbering in the millions, who wish to stay affordably in permanent touch with their families abroad. Senegal…


Telecoms

Multiple taxation leading to disruption of services, telcos warn

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has warned that local government agencies are threatening to shut down base transceiver stations (BTS) in a number of states if…


Telecoms

French regulator ARCEP seeks bids for 4G in Africa’s French Overseas Markets

Arcep invites interested parties to submit their applications for 3G and 4G spectrum in overseas markets Paris, 2nd February 2016 Deadline for applications: 10 May 2016 To bring superfast access…


Telecoms

Nigeria: MTN Hires Former U.S. Attorney-General to Sort U.S.$3.9 Billion

Telecommunications giant, MTN, has intensified its efforts to ward off a $3.9 billion fine by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for failing to disconnect unregistered SIM cards, by hiring a…


Internet

SES Combines GEO and O3b MEO Connectivity with new SES Plus Offering

SES has launched a new satellite data network called SES Plus that melds the operator’s geostationary (GEO) capabilities with those of O3b Networks’ Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites. SES Plus…


Internet

Facebook Helps West African SMEs Connect with Customers

ACCRA, Ghana, February 4, 2016/ -- Facebook hosted a roundtable with small and medium sized enterprises from Ghana and Nigeria on Tuesday this week as part of its effort to…


Internet

Report: Google testing 5G drones that deliver internet 40 times faster than 4G

According to a records obtained by The Guardian, Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America, a New Mexico facility that formerly played host to Virgin Galactic. The project, codenamed…


Internet

Twitter brings Trending Tweets & Moments to Users Not Logged in

Not long after reports about Twitter experimenting with a Timeline-Moments hybrid have surfaced, the popular microblogging platform rolled out an update which allows certain groups of users to check out…


Computing

Gabon selects Gemalto for fully integrated border and visa system

February 2, 2016/ -- Gemalto, a leader in digital security, has been selected as end-to-end solution provider by Gabon’s Department of Homeland Security DGDI* to supply and implement a fully…


Computing

Gates Foundation pays for contraceptive delivery by drone to African women

Drones are delivering contraceptives to hard-to-reach Ghanaian villages in a programme jointly funded by the United Nations (UN) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and it’s so successful that…


Computing

Former Angani CEO launches new cloud startup Node Africa

The former chief executive officer (CEO) of Kenyan cloud startup Angani, Phares Kariuki, has co-founded another Kenyan cloud and infrastructure company, named Node Africa. Kariuki departed Angani last year, with…


Computing

Computing – In brief

Flexenclosure, a specialist developer of intelligent power management systems and pre-fabricated data centres for the ICT industry, has set up a new company in one of its key markets –…


Money Transfer

Terra launches Pulse to improve quality of remittance reporting

Lagos, Nigeria – February 03, 2016: Terra, a mobile-first international payment network, incubated by Mahindra Comviva, today, announced the launch of Terra Pulse to help financial authorities and regulators accurately…


Money Transfer

Africa: View On Migration - Protect Refugees With Mobile Banking

I wondered whether innovative mobile financial services could protect migrants and their assets - not just at the Danish border but throughout migration routes. To find out more, I rang…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vox Telecom acquires bulk text and e-mail provider Everlytic

South Africa's Vox Telecom has become the majority stakeholder in Everlytic, which offers bulk email and SMS services, MyBroadband reported. The Vumela Fund, which is managed by FNB and Edge…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Liberia: President Sirleaf Meets With Cellcom - Orange Delegation During a Courtesy Call

Monrovia — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcome the proposal of Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire, in acquiring 100 percent the Cellcom - Liberia subsidiary. "We want to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial results - In brief

The Treasury of Kenya will acquire a further 10% stake in national telecoms operator Telkom Kenya, increasing its total shareholding in the struggling firm to 40%, under a new deal…


Digital Content

Al Jazeera launches new audio service app for low-bandwidth regions

If you have been missing out on news because you were worried about running down your data bundle, you’re in luck because Al Jazeera Media Network has launched a new…


Digital Content

Africa-Themed Emojis With Customized Languages Launched On Google Play, App Store

A Washington, D.C.-based company hopes to make a killing selling Africa-themed emojis and sticker characters dressed in traditional African attire that come with pan-African phrases customizable by users in their…


Digital Content

The polygamy hoax that spread from Iraq to Eritrea

A false rumour that men in Eritrea would be legally obliged to marry at least two women went viral this week. But it's a hoax that has hit at least…


Digital Content

Moroccan Telecom Providers Lift Restrictions on Skype WhatsApp, Viber

Rabat- Mobile calls through the free application WhatsApp have resumed following a period of restriction after Morocco’s three telecom providers blocked VoIP services through free applications. All of the services…


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The Bobs 2016: Deutsche Welle starts contest on online activism For the 12th time, Deutsche Welle issues the call for entries to its online contest "The Bobs – Best of…