Issue no 820 - 25th March 2016

Top Story

The Moment Minutes Turn Into Data – Smile launches VoLTE voice tariff based on data charges

When they write the history of Africa’s transition to everything becoming data, Smile’s announcement of its voice tariffs on VoLTE may well be the point at which voice really began to change, Russell Southwood spoke to Alero Ladipo, Head, Marketing, Smile last week in Lagos. Smile has been piloting VoLTE and launched in Nigeria to its existing subscribers in February this year and the public launch was two weeks ago:”We wanted to ensure the business was good. 10% of our base (existing subscribers) have made several calls trying it out.” Smile will not give out subscriber data but it is…

Telecoms

Zain KSA offers Wi-Fi Calling feature on iPhone devices

RIYADH – Zain KSA announced the launch of its WiFi Calling service, making Zain the only operator in the Middle East and North Africa and one of the only 12…


Telecoms

Tanzania: TCRA to Expose Fake Phone Users

TCRA communication expert Sayyida Mohamed said a system has been developed that will ensure fake mobile phones will not be registered. According to statistics released by the authority, the number…


Telecoms

Kenya: Airtel Moving to 4G Network By Year-End

Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi says the telco has since grown its 3G network from 35 percent to 75 percent population coverage at the moment, giving more room for…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: More Heads Roll At Netone

Four more executives at NetOne have been sent on three-month forced leave as it emerged that the Government-owned mobile operator decommissioned new network expansion equipment worth $45 million in order…


Telecoms

Djibouti Telecom tests 4G network at ten sites, director says

Djibouti Telecom is considering the rollout of a full-blown 4G network to provide users with data downloads of up to 1GB on their mobile devices and, to that end, from…


Telecoms

Congo orders telecoms shutdown during presidential vote

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Congo Republic's government has ordered the country's two largest telecommunications providers to block all communications during a presidential election on Sunday and again on Monday, a government…


Internet

NIRA unveils 2016 .ng Web Awards nominees

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association, NIRA, managers of the country’s Internet real estate, is inviting the Internet community to choose the best as nominees for the 2016 .ng Web Awards…


Internet

This Website For Young Africans Wants To Be A Platform For Real Talk

“Ravings of a Mad, Broke Returnee” is one of Ezibota’s most viewed posts. Written by contributor Lambert Akwa, the story chronicles Akwa’s return from London to his hometown of Accra,…


Internet

Nigeria: FG Launches Freedom of Information Web Platform

The Federal Government on Wednesday launched a re-designed Bureau of Public Service reform (BPSR) website with a freedom of information portal to receive FOI requests. Director General of BPSR, Dr…


Computing

Microsoft unveils Office Excel Champs SA competition

Microsoft South Africa has launched the Office Excel Champs competition, which aims to find the country’s greatest Excel practitioner, whether he or she is a student, teacher, business professional or…


Computing

Kenya: 10,000 Additional Laptops Due As Digischool Picks Up

Kwale — In a bid to fulfil one of its 2013 election pledges, the government through the Ministry of Information Communications and Technology (ICT) has officially launched Digischool, a program…


Computing

Nigeria: Nestle Sets Up Online Platforms for Expectant Mothers

Nestlé has launched facebook pages where parents and mothers-to-be can source guidance and expert advice on good nutrition for their babies. Nestlé's new Start Healthy Stay Healthy Facebook pages are…


Money Transfer

Orange and Ecobank extend bank-to-wallet money transfer service to three African countries

Orange and Ecobank, a leading independent pan-African banking group, have announced the extension of its bank-to-wallet money transfer service to Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry and Niger. The service facilitates money…


Money Transfer

Gambia’s QCell launches Qodoo mobile money

QCell, Gambia’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has officially launched its mobile money services, under the ‘Qodoo’ brand name. In a launch event at its head office on Tuesday,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C in legal fight with BEE partner

A large empowerment shareholder at debt-laden cellular services group Cell C is looking to disrupt a much-needed recapitalisation exercise initiated by JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms. CellSAf, which holds an effective…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DealDey acquired by Ringier-Silvertree JV

Nigerian discount online shopping platform DealDey has been acquired by Ringier Africa Deals Group, a newly formed joint venture between Switzerland-based Ringier Africa and South Africa’s Silvertree Internet Holdings. Launched…


Digital Content

Mobile app accelerator Neumob launches in Africa

US firm Neumob, which claims to boost app performance and helps them run up to 10 times faster, has announced it has expanded its global network with a launch in…


Digital Content

Uber launches in Mombasa, Kenya

Uber has launched in Mombasa bringing Uber’s growing global network to 399 cities. With the launch of Uber, an innovative technology platform, Mombasa joins the list of smart transportation hubs…


Digital Content

Africa's top Twitter moments of the past decade

It is 10 years since the micro-blogging site Twitter started. But it is not all Justin Bieber and One Direction fans. Some of Twitter's most significant moments of the last…


Digital Content

Kenya to review OTT, MVNO regulation guidelines - 4G Africa

Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications & Technology is reviewing ICT sector guidelines in regards to regulation of over-the-top (OTT) services – such as WhatsApp, Skype and Viber – amidst complaints…


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Opportunities

Top African tech incubator now accepting applications from SA Ghana’s Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), which hosts one of the continent’s top technology incubators, has announced it’s accepting applications…


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Events

Internet Of Things Africa Summit & SMART Expo24 – 25 May 2016Johannesburg, South AfricaInternet of Things Africa Summit 2016 & SMART Expo is a 2 day professional summit focused on…