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OA News: May 26 – June 15, 2014

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Below is a summary of the 185 African tech-related headlines from the past three weeks; the articles, perspectives, and updates span 36 countries. South Africa leads with 25. Nigeria and Uganda are next with 13, followed closely by Kenya with 12. Cote d’Ivoire has unusually strong representation with 6 stories. As usual, dozens more articles focus on general African mobile growth.


  • Candidates for Angolan telecoms licences could include MTN, Airtel, Vodacom {}


  • Au rendez-vous des surfeurs {}


  • Samsung Battles Fake Phones In Botswana {}
  • Botswana Innovation Hub gains international recognition {}
  • Singaporeans seek business ties in Botswana ICT sector {}


  • YooMee secures support for 4G rollout in Cameroon, Chad {}

Cape Verde

  • ANAC supports establishment of IXP in Cape Verde {}

Central African Republic

  • Le gouvernement suspend l’utilisation des SMS {}
  • Communications ministry confirms SMS block in Central African Republic {}


  • Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market {}


  • Comoros’ population reject new top-up tax on mobiles {}


  • Vérone Mankou : “Je ne souhaite plus qu’on m’appelle le Steve Jobs africain” {}
  • MTN Congo va installer 21 bibliothèques durant 21 jours dans des écoles publiques du Congo {}

Cote D’Ivoire

  • La Côte d’Ivoire totalise 20 millions d’abonnés au mobile {}
  • Les opérateurs demandent à l’ARTCI la redistribution du spectre de bande 900 Mhz. {}
  • Les six opérateurs punis d’une amende globale de près de 3 milliards FCFA pour mauvaise qualité de service {}
  • MTN Play Côte d’Ivoire getting “5,000 video views a month”: Broadband access is not an issue anymore {}
  • Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market {}
  • Ministry urges three smaller players to unite to increase competition {}

DR Congo

  • Airtel porte à 550 millions $ son investissement dans l’amélioration du réseau {}

East Africa

  • Eastern Africa IXP and Regional Internet Carrier Workshop Starts in Rwanda {}
  • Regional Countries Discuss Sharing Internet Infrastructure {}
  • Pivot East 2014 finalists announced: check out their videos & VC4Africa profiles {}
  • Liquid Telecom launches 1st East Africa fibre Ring {}


  • Activists in Egypt Say Online Monitoring Is Scare Tactic {}
  • Government Defends Internet Surveillance {}
  • Egypt’s plan for mass surveillance of social media an attack on internet privacy and freedom of expression {}
  • Small village in Egypt houses world Internet secret {}
  • Egypt strengthens ICT ties with China, seeks Maadi cooperation {}
  • Egypt’s new media startups are multiplying – but is the trend sustainable {}


  • Community library opens in Auget camp, Asmara {}


  • Internet Freedom in Ethiopia: Firmly gripped on(line) communications {}


  • Après le Tchad, Airtel annonce la formation de 5000 jeunes Gabonais au TIC {}


  • “Chale”, How Much Does it Cost to Browse the Internet? {}
  • Ghana govt worried about rising cybercrime {}
  • Ghana introduces technology tools to improve literacy {}
  • Learning made easier as Ghana school introduces smartboard technology {}
  • Surfline launches 4G LTE in Ghana {}
  • ICT Workshop For Women Begins {}
  • SCL Launches 4G LTE Onto Ghanaian Market {}


  • Le nombre des internautes est en hausse {}
  • SkyVision inaugure de nouveaux services de liaison par fibre optique et sans fil {}
  • Guinea inaugurates ACE landing station in Conakry {}


  • Can Technology Help Half of the Women in Kenya Fight Back? {}
  • Laptop Projects Gets Fresh Funding {}
  • Terror killing ICT events in Kenya {}
  • Kenyan Startup Aims to Speed Bitcoin to Africa {}
  • Cable landings favour Mombasa, Nairobi {}
  • Safaricom’s M-Pesa Turns Kenya Into a Mobile Payment Paradise {}
  • Kenyan government to hand over more bloggers to NCIC {}
  • IBM prepares Kenyan app developers for cloud revolution {}
  • Kenya tops M2M adoption in Africa’ {}
  • ‘Online banking, e-commerce highly risky in Kenya’ {}
  • Kenya : How to ensure the African rising story is one for everyone to benefit from {}
  • Government reaching out to IT multinationals for skills support {}


  • UMMS installing modern technology at Liberia’s only med school {}


  • In Mali, village elders’ wisdom soon to be delivered via smartphone {}
  • When the Village Awakes: A New Malian Culture Blog {}
  • AMRTP fines Orange Mali over mobile bandwidth use for fixed line service {}


  • Mauritania and the Presidential Elections {}


  • Ces Mauriciens qui brillent en informatique {}


  • Moroccan Hackers Attack Mauritanian Government Sites {}
  • Inwi lance son réseau Wi-Fi outdoor à Casablanca {}
  • Internet Freedom in Morocco Two Years After the Arab Spring {}


  • à Niamey, Orange incube les meilleures startups du Niger {}
  • Globacom Nigeria targets 90% 3G coverage in 6 months, set to upgrade network {}


  • FG to Digitalise Public Libraries {}
  • Bauchi State Govt. Working Towards a Computer-Literate Society {}
  • Democracy – Stimulating Growth of Nigeria’s Telecom Industr {}
  • Nigerian phone maker buys MTI stake to expand in rural broadband {}
  • Pictured: Inside Nigeria’s local Internet traffic exchange {}
  • ICT sector contributes 8% to Nigeria’s GDP —Minister {}
  • Nigeria’s internet ecosystem continues to evolve {}
  • Telecoms lose $4.6bn annually to terrorism {}
  • Nigeria fuels MTN growth, SA revenues fall {}
  • Nigeria’s president hosting #AskGEJ interactive forum on TV and social media {}
  • Nigeria’s broadband plan progress slower than expected {}
  • Airtel Nigeria offers free access to Wikipedia {}
  • Nigeria’s Dying Internet Cafes {}

North Africa

  • Internet Ad Spend in MENA to Triple {}


  • Youthconnekt Month Concludes in Gicumbi {}
  • Rwanda ICT Sector Profile-2013 released {}
  • Internet Freedom in Rwanda – A State of Monitored Medi {}
  • MTN Rwanda introduces free access to Wikipedia {}


  • When there is more to Senegal than just traditional music and breathtaking beaches {}
  • La StartUp mLouma lauréate du 1er prix Orange API Challenge {}

Sierra Leone

  • NATCOM Ends Internet Café Registration in Western Area {}
  • Airtel Deploys a High Tech Data Centre In Sierra Leone {}

South Africa

  • Wherefore Stellenbosch wifi? {}
  • New ministers, new ministries, old problems: can the SA government sort out its tech issues? {}
  • The big fight for better Internet in SA since 1994 {}
  • SA Internet penetration stats {}
  • How South Africa is connected to the global Internet {}
  • Stellenbosch free WiFi chaos {}
  • Investing in South African Startups {}
  • Tuluntulu launches mobile streaming app to close Africa’s digital video divide {}
  • SA is Facebook’s best friend in Africa {}
  • Schools ill-equipped to teach computer skills, study says {}
  • App tackles South Africa’s language barrier one phrase at a time {}
  • Cape Town set for $20m broadband budget {}
  • South Africans online grew 20% in 2013 {}
  • Cape Town firm launches low power Android computer with solar capability {}
  • Huge room for growth in SA mobile advertising {}
  • Industry dives in to avert skills crisis {}
  • Wireless association highlights SA’s key ICT challenges {}
  • Is Bitcoin Dead or is it the Future of South Africa {}
  • South Africans are tech junkies {}
  • Fibre broadband will boost SA home values {}
  • Icasa eyes new spectrum bands {}
  • Risks to Africa’s mobile boom {}
  • SA e-commerce on cusp of boom? {}
  • SA tablet for rural areas, education {}
  • South African tablet market to hit 3.1 mln by 2018 – study {}

South Sudan

  • South Sudan government says planning for better internet {https:}


  • Sudan Reporters Go Online to Challenge State Crackdown on Press {}
  • Sudan looking into ways to control Facebook and Whatsapp {}
  • Regulator concludes SIM registration in Sudan {}


  • Tigo Supports Mobiles As Learning Tools {}
  • Trois projets de loi contre la cybercriminalité en gestation {}
  • Fishing town set for ICT centre {}
  • Dar to become 5th wireless internet city in Africa {}
  • Millicom International Cellular: Millicom, Airtel and Zantel Announce Africa’s First Mobile Money Interoperability Agreement {}
  • TTCL and NEC double mobile network capacity in key rural and island locations {}


  • Startup Monday: Meet the Ugandan Hive whose honey is Technology {}
  • Ugandan School Soaks Up E-Learning {}
  • Ssekandi roots for ICT on Africa continent {}
  • MTN Uganda Launches the ‘MTN Internet Bus’ to Boost ICT Literacy in Rural Uganda {}
  • Google Play Movies hits… Uganda? {}
  • The technology ecosystem in Kampala, Uganda {}
  • CIPESA criticises Ugandan laws on internet, media freedom {}
  • E-learning Africa Conference opens in Uganda {}
  • UCC gets 15.9b for rural communications {}
  • What is Uganda opposition’s communications strategy? {}
  • Volo Helps ISPs Solve Barriers to Delivering High-Speed Internet Access for the Next Billion {}
  • ICT helping Ugandan youth in conflict management {}
  • MTN Uganda Anticipates 12% Revenue Growth In 2014 {}

Western Sahara

  • Sadr Takes Part in Workshop On How to Create and Manage Regional Internet Exchange Points {}


  • Zicta Challenges Broadband Providers to Reach All {}
  • Zambian government stops its diplomats from reading online news {}
  • Huawei equips Mulungushi University with ICTs {}
  • Fibre roll-out for 7,000 Zambian households {}
  • Zambians should ignore distorted online media information – Kalaba {}
  • Govt confesses its diplomats depend on online publications {}


  • Is there a new tech innovation boom in Zimbabwe? Insights from the DEMO Africa Innovation Tour {}
  • Social entrepreneur uses innovation to push economic growth {}
  • Student works to provide free internet access in Zim {}

General Africa

  • The dawn of a structured African Tech scene {}
  • ‘Africa Needs Lots of ICT Parks, Incubation Centres’ {}
  • Telcos to Reduce Roaming Charges Across Africa, Middle East {}
  • App uses voice to connect teachers and students in Africa {}
  • We’ve updated the Africa tech hub map using your suggestions {}
  • Mobile Data Use Doubles in Sub-Saharan Africa {}
  • Top 10 technology websites in Africa {}
  • Africa’s mobile ways fit in well with us, says Twitter {}
  • Is regulation about to stifle Africa’s mobile money boom? {}
  • Africa to get its own Wikipedia {}
  • Google Invests in Satellites to Spread Internet Access {}
  • Forget Africa: America’s machine-driven internet is growing much faster {}
  • Research: First Year Startup Costs {}
  • GeoPoll Unveils First Overnight TV Ratings Service In Five African Countries In Time For World Cup {}
  • CEO Weekends: Why African Developers Have no Chance on Mobile {}
  • The amazing spirit amongst Africa’s tech entrepreneurs {}
  • Investing in ICT-enabled hospitals {}
  • TV White Spaces comes under fire as number of African pilots grows {}
  • African tech start-ups dream of Silicon Savannah {}
  • How Africa is out-innovating Silicon Valley {}
  • 4 Tech Megatrends that are Transforming the African Economy {}
  • Africa’s Hackers – A Giant Leap {}
  • Peering drives African connectivity {}
  • SA, Nigerian apps win at Ericsson Application Awards {}
  • African countries must harmonise on mobile broadband deployment {}
  • Is there enough funding for startups in Africa? {}
  • The week in startups 15/06/2014 {}
  • Can Mobile Digital Music Help African Musicians? {}
  • Music Streaming Services In Africa Are In A Tight Race To Become Africa’s Spotify {}
  • Spectrum and low cost smart devices to drive broadband growth in Africa’ {}
  • ICT companies looking to Africa for opportunities {}
  • Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way {}
  • African Union backs creation of regional Internet exchange point {}
  • Market Research Reports, Mobile Broadband in Africa and the Middle East: LTE Profit Drivers and Outlook {}
  • Mobile Africa Tracker reveals that average postpaid pricing in Africa is down to USD 36.77 per month (previous year: USD 43.12) {}
  • Can Africa Save BlackBerry? {}
  • Hype around NGO-funded apps is stifling Africa’s innovation (Wired UK) {}
  • The need for speed: Why Africa’s datacenters are still trailing behind {}
  • Africa moves towards a common cyber security legal framework {}

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