Issue no 823 - 15th April 2016

Top Story

Mawingu Network’s Tim Nderi rolls out low-cost, regional Wi-Fi hot-spots, adding new Counties – “Nothing holding back further expansion”

Kenya’s Mawingu Networks was set up to target areas in Kenya without either electricity or data access. It has quietly built itself a customer base from what at first sight look like unpromising areas for Internet users. Russell Southwood spoke to Tim Nderi, Mawingu’s CEO about its expansion plans. Mawingu’s business model is fairly straightforward. It sets up solar-powered hot-spots in places without grid power. These hot-spots are sales points with what it calls Attendants who help the customers access the Internet on their phone and sell them Internet time. “We’re offering the equivalent of Internet cafes where the hot-spots…

Telecoms

MTN Nigeria migrates Visafone subscribers as it prepares for 4G rollout

MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has begun the migration of more than two million Visafone CDMA subscribers to its own GSM platform, as it prepares to…


Telecoms

Data-over-voice firm Pangea launches operations in Nigeria

Silicon Valley-based data-over-voice company Pangea has launched operations in Nigeria, planning to expand across Africa with its technology leveraging on voice infrastructure to increase internet access. Founded late last year,…


Telecoms

Nigeria: N1.04 Trillion Fine - FG Accuses National Assembly of Stalling Settlement By MTN

Abuja — The Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu, on Wednesday accused the National Assembly (NASS) of stalling progress in the payment of the balance of the N1.04 trillion fine…


Telecoms

Uganda to scrap international call tax – End of a law of unintended consequences

The government of Uganda is proposing scrapping the USD0.09 per minute tax which is currently levied on incoming international calls. According to local newspaper The Daily Monitor, Ugandan telcos have…


Telecoms

Ethio Telecom CEO talks about charging for use of Whatsapp and Viber to make calls

Ethiopians are set to begin paying for VoIP services like Whatsapp and Viber to make calls after the country’s telcom monopoly Ethio Telecom implements a tool to control such services.…


Telecoms

How Nigeria plans to auction ‘broadband spectrum’ in Abuja

The Nigerian telecoms regulator has uncovered broad plans for the upcoming sale of the 2.6 GHz frequency spectrum used to offer broadband services, to be done through competitive bids come…


Telecoms

Cameroon: Solar Power, Text Messages Fight Maternal Deaths in Rural

Idenau — Julianna Senze, 40, had been in heavy labour for eight hours when she arrived at the Idenau Health Centre in Limbe, on the southwest coast of Cameroon. Like…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Algerian telecoms watchdog the Regulatory Authority for Post and Telecommunications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms, ARPT) has accepted three bids for 4G licences submitted by the…


Internet

Orange buys €75m stake in Africa Internet Group

Telecoms operator Orange has acquired a €75m (US$85.5m) equity stake in Africa Internet Group, joining AXA, Goldman Sachs and longstanding investors MTN Group, Millicom and Rocket Internet. Through this investment,…


Internet

BitCo to provide high-speed Fibre Internet to Strijdom Park

BitCo, a Tier 1 Internet and telephony service provider, has announced that it will be installing a state-of-the-art fibre network to service business in the Strijdom Park area near Randburg.…


Computing

Google rolls out plan to train a million young Africans in digital skills

GOOGLE has announced that it will train one million young Africans in digital skills in the next year. The technology giant will‚ in partnership with Cape Town based nonprofit organisation…


Computing

Vodacom Tanzania develops IoT, cloud computing

In a press release, cellco Vodacom Tanzania announces that it has invested in customised Internet of Things (IoT)/Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions and cloud computing services. The cloud computing range is aimed…


Computing

Copyright Board announces one-month amnesty for non-genuine software

The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) has announced a month-long amnesty for individuals, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and corporations using non-genuine software, to allow them a chance to purchase or…


Money Transfer

Cellulant to develop e-register linking Liberia farmers to markets

Cellulant, a Kenya-headquartered software firm, has secured a contract with the Liberian government to develop an e-registration platform that will link farmers and agro-dealers to a supply chain of inputs,…


Money Transfer

Safaricom & CBA invest over KSh. 50 million to promote M-Shwari after the fall of Chase Bank

Safaricom and CBA have launched a 45-day KSh. 50 million plus consumer promotion running for the next 6 weeks to boost Kenyans savings culture and sign up more customers days…


Money Transfer

Mobile payments for goods in Kenya hit Sh102.46 billion

More than a third of the money sent through mobile phones between October and December last year went into paying for goods and services, fresh official data shows. Statistics by…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Cash shortages drive spike in mobile money transfers

There has been speculation that lack of paper notes will drive even more rapid adoption of mobile money technology. That’s certainly borne-out by the data we see here at WorldRemit.…


Money Transfer

Airtel Kenya in new agency drive to catch up with M-pesa, Equitel

Airtel is looking for external partners to help it sign up more mobile money agents in a renewed effort by the second largest telco to catch up with its competitors.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe government to take 100% of Telecel?

The Zimbabwe government’s National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has reportedly reached an agreement with Empowerment Corporation (E Corp) to acquire its 40% stake in the country’s third mobile operator, Telecel.…


Digital Content

This Rap News Webcast Is Keeping It Real By Using Ivorian Street Slang

“Au port ya un vrai championnat: l’argent de dédoua même, ça met drap sur prizo de ton djoho!” “In Abidjan, when you want to import your car, the bribes you…


Digital Content

Report: Digital music sales surpass ‘real life’ formats in 2015

Global digital music sales surpass physical formats for the first time in 2015, a new report from  International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reveals. Total global music industry revenues…


Digital Content

Moroccans divided over video of homophobic attack

A video showing two gay men being beaten up has provoked two very different social media campaigns in Morocco. One in support of the victims of the attack, and another…


Digital Content

These are the #Imake4mycity Orange Foundation Challenge winners

The #Imake4mycity prizes were awarded to the winners on Wednesday 6 April at 8 pm, in Paris, by several members of the Orange executive committee. The Solidarity FabLabs from Cairo,…


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Opportunities

Start-Up Tel Aviv seeks female SA entrepreneurs for Israel trip The Start-Up Tel Aviv South Africa initiative of the Embassy of Israel is looking for female entrepreneurs to participate in…


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Events

18-19 May 2016East Africa Com Radisson Blu - Nairobi, Kenya   29th May to 10th June 2016 Fourth Edition of the Africa Internet Summit AIS’16 Gaborone, Botswana The Summit aims…