Issue no 824 - 22nd April 2016

Top Story

Sliide launches the African version of a mobile Flipboard in Nigeria with free data for users as the incentive

There have been a number of different attempts to address the mobile data price barrier. In competitive markets data prices are now comparable to the USA and Europe but still not low enough yet to create a really wide African data mass market. Sliide’s pitch is to use content to acquire a mobile audience that it then sells to advertisers. It passes back some of the advertising revenues as free data for users. Russell Southwood spoke to its Sliide’s founder and CEO Corbyn Munnik about how it works. Corbyn Munnik’s idea for Sliide came out of him growing up in…

Telecoms

11 African Countries Set Up One Area Network

East African citizens will soon be able to make and receive calls across several African countries at reduced rates following a decision by several African states to implement the One…


Telecoms

MTN cuts off 4,5m subscribers in Nigeria

MTN disconnected a further 4,5m subscribers in Nigeria in February, taking its customer base in its biggest market down by 6,9% quarter on quarter. Nigeria and South Africa have again…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom and Vumatel in fibre partnership discussions

Telkom and Vumatel are in discussions about a fibre-to-the-home partnership, which will significantly increase the reach of both companies. Telkom and Vumatel are growing their fibre-to-the-home footprints, and are currently…


Telecoms

Nigeria: World's 'Lightest' Instant Messaging Service Launched At Lagos Mobile Conference

Jongla has announced that it is launching its fast, open and light instant messaging app in Africa at the Mobile West Africa conference taking place in Lagos. Jongla enables users…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

A total of 362km of fibre-optic cable has already been installed – out of the 504km planned – to connect the Republic of Congo with Gabon, under the World Bank-funded…


Internet

Liquid Telecom Questions CA Wi-Fi Rules

Liquid Telecom has poked holes in proposed rules that require hotels and other public places offering wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi) to install CCTV cameras for monitoring their customers. The telecommunications…


Internet

US issues injunction in favour of DotConnectAfrica Trust

The US Central District Court of California has granted a preliminary injunction in favour of DotConnectAfrica Trust (DCA) which prevents the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from…


Internet

Liberia: Cellcom launches 4G+LTE services

In a bid to provide quality telecommunications services to Liberia, Cellcom GSM company has launched a high speed internet service referred to as 4G+LTE.Speaking at the launch of the services…


Computing

Kenya: Liquid Telecom unveils backup and restore service

Huge financial setbacks across Kenyan businesses caused by inadequate IT security and data loss have prompted Liquid Telecom Kenya to launch a backup and restore service, which has been dubbed…


Computing

A 15-ton computer aims to provide clean water, electricity, and the internet to thousands of Africans

The creators of Watly, a 15-ton multitasking thermal dynamic computer, believe their machine could help address three developmental challenges in Africa in one go: clean water, electricity and internet connectivity.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MINPOSTEL to update Senegal’s telecoms legislation to meet future ICT demands

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MINPOSTEL) of Senegal has revealed it is looking to overhaul the country’s legislative framework to reflect the new demands of ICT and telecommunications in…


Money Transfer

Why Interswitch’s partnering SlimTrader on transaction monitoring

Africa-focused digital payment and e-commerce company, Interswitch recently announced a strategic partnership with Africa’s turn-key e-commerce solution provider, SlimTrader to deploy a new payment monitoring portal on the MoBiashara for…


Money Transfer

E-commerce gains traction in rural Kenya

Kenya’s rural population is increasingly taking to the internet and aggressively placing orders online catching up with their urban counterparts, an internal survey by Jumia Kenya has revealed. According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange completes 100% acquisition of Tigo DRC

France-based Orange Group has announced it has completed the acquisition of 100% of Millicom International Cellular’s (MIC’s) Tigo subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bruno Mettling, Deputy CEO…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vumatel earmarks R3bn for FTTH

South African fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) specialist Vumatel has announced it has reached a significant finance deal with Standard Bank and will spend R3bn (USD208.6 million) over the next two years to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tigo Tanzania pays Tigo Pesa customers US$2.3 million in quarterly profit share

Tigo Tanzania, the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, has announced that Tigo Pesa customers have been paid about US$2.3 million as profit share paid every quarter. A press…


Digital Content

Facebook Founder Hail 10-Year-Old Malawian APP Developer Panache Jere - Team Malawi Wins Developer Challenge Supported By TNM

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has hailed a 10 year-old Malawian app developer, Panashe Jere for his achievements at the Facebook F8 conference where he also met him. Panashe created an…


Digital Content

23-year-old Nigerian uses FueledUp app to address fuel scarcity in the country

Subomi Owo-Odusi, a 23-year-old Nigerian has said that by May 2016, his innovative app FueledUp will be fully functional. The app is designed to spare Nigerians the trouble of sleeping…


Digital Content

'Saviour Barbie' Instagram mocks white volunteers in Africa

SAVIOUR BARBIE: The hit social media account challenges ideas about self-serving white volunteers on the continent AN INSTAGRAM account titled 'Barbie Saviour' has become a online hit for taking jabs…


Digital Content

Mobile app for small-scale fishing in South Africa

A mobile app being piloted in South Africa aims to boost the small-scale fishing sector, writes Sarah Wild. David Shoshola, a traditional fisher in Lamberts Bay, South Africa, holds a…


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People

Cell C top women managers defend CEO in sexism row Top women managers at South African operator Cell C have defended CEO Jose Dos Santos after complaints on social media…


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Opportunities

Online Voting in Progress for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 Online voting for the Kenyan Blog Awards 2015 is underway. Voting started on March 3 and will continue until May…


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Events

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