ITNewsAfrica’s top ten stories of the week


This week, the ICT market has again underlined the importance of mobility and connectivity to consumers.

ITNewsAfrica's top ten stories for the week. (Image source: news via

We have noticed a significant increase in articles about mobile service providers tailoring offerings to address growing requirements in the market – and there is more ICT activity in areas like Gabon.

This bodes well for the continent as more regions contribute to the overall wellbeing of trade and commerce between countries.

The list below reflects articles that have pulled traffic and have attracted the attention of readers.

We hope you enjoy!

Google launches balloon-powered Internet access

Google announced on Monday 17 June a first step toward a new, experimental method of providing Internet access to rural, remote and underserved areas: balloon-powered Internet access. Project Loon is experimental technology that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground, providing connection speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster.

Eaton Towers, Telkom Kenya pen 15-year deal

Eaton Towers, a pan-African tower company, has announced that it has signed a deal with Telkom Kenya covering its existing portfolio of over 1,000 towers.

Airtel to invest $125 million in Gabon

Airtel has committed to invest $ 125 million in Gabon following discussions at the New York Forum in Libreville. The New York Forum AFRICA, was held in Libreville, Gabon; under the Patronage of H.E. President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, in collaboration with the government of Gabon. The New York Forum Africa 2013 focused on the initiatives necessary to make several opportunities a reality. The over 600 business and political leaders that gathered in Libreville engaged in collaborative sessions to draw up a road map for individual businesses as well as national policy makers.

Clickatell to capitalise on Rwanda’s mobile money growth

The world’s first bank-grade managed service for mobile money was launched over the last year in an agreement between Visa and the Government of Rwanda. This mobile money platform allows Visa to host and manage all aspects of the mobile money program on behalf of the Bank of Kigali and Urwego Opportunity Bank, through Clickatell’s mobile technology solutions.

MTN introduces new suit of Blackberry service plans

In an effort to simplify data access and offer more choice to BlackBerry customers, MTN announced on 21 June that from 14th July 2013, it will introduce a new suite of BlackBerry service plans to cater for all customer needs, based on their data usage patterns.

Kenya: Intel to invest in local developers

On Wednesday 19 June Intel Corporation announced a new initiative that will see Kenyan developers become the first in Africa to benefit directly from Intel® Software and Services Group (SSG), a global division of the company. In the course of this new initiative Intel will work with Kenyan developers to provide them with design tools, resources and expert consulting.  Further, Intel will this year sponsor three local tech start-ups for online training and mentorship program conducted by UC Berkeley Faculty members and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

Innovation Dinner draws Nigeria’s tech leaders

Africa’s premier ICT news publication ITNewsAfrica, in conjunction with SAS Institute, will host the next Innovation Dinner on 26 June in Lagos, Nigeria. The theme for this exclusive event is The Changing Role of the African CIO.

Spinlet, Etisalat Nigeria make music

Spinlet, the premier international mobile music download service bringing digital distribution to emerging markets in Africa, is announcing a groundbreaking partnership with Etisalat Nigeria to create Nigeria’s first branded Spinlet music application. The Etisalat Spinlet Digital Music App is designed to enable music fans and customers to download and share a broad collection of ethnic and international songs directly to their mobile devices.

Airtel reiterates its commitment to Gabon

Senior Executives from Airtel Africa paid a courtesy visit over the weekend to Gabon’s Minister for Telecommunications, along with the President of ARCEP (Gabon’s Regulatory Body).

Rwanda: government looks to cement Smart Days initiative

The New Times reports that the Rwandan government has initiated an information service delivery chain, based on the application of ICT towards socio-economic development, which is expected to be realised by means of private-public partnership.

Chris Tredger, Online Editor