Issue no 815 - 19th February 2016

Top Story

ViRural’s “upside-down” MVNO will fill the rural gaps in Africa, starting with Nigeria

Everyone knows that there’s more voice and data business at the edge of the current coverage areas but no-one yet has either got the business model or the regulatory relationships right. ViRural is setting out to build 20,000 base stations in Nigeria to address just this need. Russell Southwood spoke to ViRural Group’s CEO Paul Talley about how they will do it. Talley comes from a finance background and spotted the rural communications opportunity whilst working in Africa:”I was working helping Governments raise capital to build infrastructure. I was struck by the lack of connectivity outside urban areas. I thought…

Telecoms

South Africa: Who MTN will reimburse for network outage

Details have emerged of how MTN intends honouring its promise to reimburse customers affected by network service outages between Sunday and Tuesday this week. The company said on Wednesday afternoon…


Telecoms

Kenya: Wananchi Group’s Zuku initiates Kshs 2.5bn network upgrade

Network connectivity firm the Wananchi Group has confirmed that its home entertainment brand Zuku has upgraded its entire cable network infrastructure to enable faster speeds, accommodate more traffic and improve…


Telecoms

Tigo Tanzania joins campaign against counterfeit devices

Tigo Tanzania has joined the sector's regulator in creating awareness over the dangers of using counterfeit devices as the deadline for automatically switching off all counterfeit mobile phones gets closer,…


Internet

Google Translate adds new languages

The new additions bring the total to 103 languages Google Translate now offers, including Pashto and Xhosa. The languages should be up in a few days. Amharic, Kurmanji Kurdish, Luxembourgish,…


Internet

South Africa: No Telkom, Broadband Infraco partnership yet

Media speculation is rife that a partnership between Telkom and Broadband Infraco is on the cards, as government explores the restructuring of state-owned enterprises (SEOs). According to a Business Day…


Internet

The rise of internet veg box schemes in sub-Saharan Africa

Online grocery startups in Kenya, Rwanda and Gambia help farmers cut out the middleman, but challenges such as low internet access may hinder profitabilityGrowing up on a farm in central…


Computing

Kenya's E-citizen portal hits 1.23 million

The e-Citizen portal has grown tremendously since it was launched in 2014. So far,1.23 million Kenyans have registered on the portal up from 400,000 Kenyans as at June 2015, while…


Computing

Ambitious Project to Teach Rural People to Code

Martha Phora matriculated with grades good enough to get her into an IT college. But like many young South Africans, her dream came to an abrupt end when she could…


Money Transfer

PayPal expects SA mobile spend to reach R12bn this year As smartphones, cross-border commerce drive online sales

Digital payments business, PayPal this week said it expects South Africans to spend more than R37 billion online in 2016 as a high penetration of smartphones and cross-border shopping drive…


Money Transfer

Gambia: Africell launches ‘free’ mobile money service

One of the leading GSM operators in The Gambia, Africell, yesterday launched a service called ‘Africell money service’ which allows subscribers to send and receive money through their mobile phone.…


Money Transfer

The TagPay Digital Banking Platform receives a Kalahari Award for Best Technology Enabler of Mobile Financial Services in Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 15, 2016/ -- Tagattitude (en.TagPay.fr), the innovative French FinTech, has won a Kalahari Award for its digital banking platform, TagPay at the 6th Remittance and Mobile Money…


Money Transfer

Tigo Pesa, now the largest Mobile Financial Service eco-system in Tanzania

Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) announced today that customers of its Tigo Pesa mobile money service will now be able to move funds between any of the country’s mobile money operators, as…


Money Transfer

FNB pulls plug on Windows phones

First National Bank will no longer actively develop its application for Windows-powered smartphones, it said on Thursday. It has also pulled the plug on development of its app for older…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Altech Autopage pushes back shutdown date

Altech Autopage has pushed back its planned shutdown date, which was originally scheduled for the end of this month, with the Business Day citing Autopage’s new managing director, Peter Wattrus,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Netone Scandal Deepens

More details have emerged of possible revenue leaks at mobile operator, NetOne where the inventory reveals that the firm could have been prejudiced of millions of dollars through dubious procurement…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom reports 17% increase in revenues in 2015

Maroc Telecom, the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2015, reporting a 17.1% annual increase in revenues,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mergers, Aquisitions and Financial Results - In brief

The board of commissioners of industry regulator the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) have approved the 100% takeover of domestic mobile network operator (MNO) Cellcom Liberia by French telco Orange Group.…


Digital Content

Facebook hosts first global roundtable on women's safety in Kenya

Facebook hosted a women’s safety roundtable in Kenya on Wednesday, a first that will be followed by others in Ireland, the Middle East, India and the US. The meeting focused…


Digital Content

New App Helps More School Children Fight Abuse On Buses

It's 7:45 in the morning and Zulfa Khalid, a student at Mugabe Secondary School in Dar es Salaam, is stuck at Tegeta bus terminal, sweating in the rising heat having…


Digital Content

Google launches Play Movies service in South Africa

Hot on the heels of Netflix announcing its arrival on our shores, Google has announced that Google Play Movies is now available in South Africa. According to Google, you will…


Digital Content

Nigeria may regulate use of WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook, Skype in country

The Nigerian Communications Commission is considering a framework for the regulation of over-the-top services in the Nigerian telecoms market. Over-the-top services, otherwise known as OTT, are services carried over the…


Digital Content

Ongair-designed BBC Drop now available for trial

BBC Drop, a tailored BBC news content for the smart phone and social media generation designed by Kenyan startup, Ongair is now available on BBC Taster for trial for the…


Digital Content

MTN, Sony Music sign content distribution deal

MTN, a leading telecommunication service provider in Africa, has announced the signing of a content distribution deal with Sony Music, an American music corporation. The deal will give MTN’s customers…


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Opportunities

MTN, Jumia partner to launch Entrepreneurship Challenge across Africa MTN, in partnership with the MTN Solution Space and Jumia, announced the launch of the MTN Entrepreneurship Challenge powered by Jumia.…


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People

MTN South Africa has appointed Benjamin Marais as its new Chief Information Officer, effective 01 March. Marais joins MTN from Discovery Health where he served in a similar role. Marais…


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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…