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Zambia’s Zamtel adding 3G base stations

January 22, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Zambia’s Zamtel adding 3G base stations

Zambia’s only landline phone operator Zamtel has announced that it will roll out over 400 new 3G base stations across the country in 2013 in an effort to grow its user base.  According to the company, the new stations will help double the company’s one million subscribers this year to two million. Zamtel CEO Mupanga Mwanakatwe [&hellip...

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Policy change on price by ZA Central Registry

January 15, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Policy change on price by ZA Central Registry

Following an extensive consultation process with the local domain name/ ISP industry, involving the .ZA Domain Name Authority, The ZA Central Registry (UniForum SA) has announced tariff changes to domain name registrations on the Legacy System. According to...

Google Kenya launches elections info portal

January 11, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Google Kenya launches elections info portal

Google Kenya has launched an information portal dedicated to publishing information about the country’s General Elections in March. According to a report published on The Star, the portal http://www.google.co.ke/elections features aggregated content,...

Kenyan authorities looking out for social media haters

January 10, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

As Kenyans head to the polls ahead of the March General Elections, authorities have stated their intention to clamp down on social media haters. Capital FM in Nairobi reports that authorities plan on closely monitoring social media to identify and take action...

iROKO Partners opens SA office

January 8, 2013 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

iROKO Partners, an established online distributor of Nigerian movies and music, starts 2013 with news of further expansion, with the opening of a new office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The office, located in Maboneng precinct, will house a team of up to 5...

Google reveals top searches for Africa in 2012

December 12, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (1)

Google has announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on this year’s major events and hottest trends based on searches conducted in South Africa. Topping the list for...

LinkedIn attracts two million South African users

December 11, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on LinkedIn attracts two million South African users

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 187 million members globally, today announced it has signed up more than two million South African professionals. “Two million South Africa members is an important milestone for us. It...

Kenya: calls to oppose new ITU regulation

December 10, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: calls to oppose new ITU regulation

Kenya’s The Star reports that the country’s Information PS, Bitange Ndemo, has called on the communications industry to stand against a set of new regulations as proposed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).   According to the...

Gulfsat chooses O3b for satellite Internet in Madagascar

December 3, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Gulfsat chooses O3b for satellite Internet in Madagascar

Madagascar is to receive a boost to its satellite Internet services after Gulfsat Madagascar inked a long-term deal with the satellite provider O3b Networks for a new service aimed at increasing infrastructure.   Madagascar has been hit with a series of...

simfy Africa song tally now over 20-million

November 29, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on simfy Africa song tally now over 20-million

simfy Africa has announced that more than 20 million songs are now available on South Africa’s first legal music streaming service. The company advises that 22,500 songs have been added every day in 2012, with an average track length of three and a half...

Namibia supports ZACR .africa bid

November 29, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Namibia supports ZACR .africa bid

The Republic of Namibia has become the 40th African country to formally endorse the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) bid for the rights to administer the proposed .africa generic Top Level Domain (gTLD). Namibia’s formal Letter of Support was prepared by the...

Can a re-launched MySpace take on Spotify and Pandora?

November 26, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Can a re-launched MySpace take on Spotify and Pandora?

Social network MySpace, once one of the biggest social networks on the Ínternet, is in the process of lobbying for $50-million to re-launch the service and serve as a direct competitor to music streaming services Spotify and Pandora next year. The...

Kenya delays Open Data Portal launch

November 23, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Kenya delays Open Data Portal launch

Kenya has announced that it was delaying the launch of the Open Data Portal after initial reports said the portal would go live on Friday. According to the country’s ICT Board, the move has been delayed by the government in order for legislators to...

UN, Tunisia host first digital journalism training

November 15, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on UN, Tunisia host first digital journalism training

Tunisia and Google, in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the World Bank Institute, have hosted a one-day bootcamp in the Tunisian capital this week for 30 journalists from North Africa to develop their online and web skills....

Microsoft launches specialised program for regional small businesses

November 15, 2012 • Online & SocialComments Off on Microsoft launches specialised program for regional small businesses

Microsoft has announced the launch of a brand new program focused on providing support, benefits and tools for the small and medium businesses (SMB) segment in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. The online program, titled ‘Keep Your Business...

Mobile, M2M and data driving Africa’s connectivity

November 14, 2012 • Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Mobile, M2M and data driving Africa’s connectivity

There are 695 million mobile connections in Africa, representing 65% penetration, with one in four people connected by mobile phones and 22 million mobile broadband subscribers. These were just a few statistics communicated to delegates at AfricaCom 2012,...