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Nigeria frets over Kenya ICT

TechCentral wraps up the week's major technology news from around the African continent.

By Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd 21 Aug 2012 10:24

Kenya has become a media lab

I always marvel at the popularity of my newspaper seller. The appetite for news in Kenya is simply off the charts. And that has been the case for as long as I can remember.

By Aly Khan Satchu 21 Aug 2012 10:05

Uganda moving ahead with alternative undersea cable

The Ugandan government over the weekend once again revealed plans to build an alternative undersea cable to service the nation, as constant interruptions from Kenya is no longer a viable option.

20 Aug 2012 09:59

Digital pay TV company eyes Kenya's key towns

Kenya's digital pay TV market is becoming more competitive with the aggressive entry of StarTimes Media Kenya, a company that recently launched its services in Kenya's capital Nairobi and second city Kisumu. StarTimes has now launched in Mombasa, the third city as part of its plans to reach seven major towns in Kenya by the end of 2012.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 17 Aug 2012 14:33

[Executive Check] GOtv eyes expansion in Africa as it marks one year of business

GOtv, a low cost pay television service owned and operated by MultiChoice Africa celebrates its first year in business in four markets. Patricia Kiconco, the country manager GOtv Uganda speaks about the performance of the brand and its future plans for Africa.

By Walter Wafula 15 Aug 2012 15:49

IBM chooses Kenya for key research lab

The US-headquartered technology giant has decided to set up one of its key research labs, its first in Africa, in the East African nation of Kenya.

15 Aug 2012 10:17

IT News Africa launches African Innovator magazine

The publishers of IT News Africa have launched African Innovator magazine, a quarterly magazine dedicated to the coverage of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and its impact on Africa.

8 Aug 2012 11:04

Telecom revolution positions Tanzania as a powerhouse

The arrival of new submarine telecommunications cables starting in 2009, paired with government investment in the national telecommunications backbone, has spurred a revolution in Tanzania that has seen the cost of internet connectivity drop to as little as US$0.15 a day on a prepaid service.

7 Aug 2012 14:26

New Vision regains top spot in Uganda's cyberspace

New Vision has displaced Monitor Online as the most visited local website in Uganda following its redesign. The website which is the online version of The New Vision print newspaper in Uganda regained the top spot last week after the revamped version was uploaded.

By Walter Wafula 7 Aug 2012 13:44

Mobile connectivity improved in Republic of Mauritius

Gateway Communications, a supplier of pan-African telecommunications services, has provided connectivity solution to Emtel, for the remote islands of Agalega and Rodrigues, which form part of the Republic of Mauritius.

31 Jul 2012 15:46

WIEF hosts Web-Reach Internet Marketing Workshop

The World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) Foundation is to host the 1st Regional Web-Reach Internet Marketing Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya from 4-8 September 2012. The workshop is aimed at helping women entrepreneurs in the African continent to increase online presence and enhance their market reach, both local and international.

30 Jul 2012 11:10

[Executive Check] Mobile pay-TV takes shape in Uganda

The mobile phone is changing lifestyles and the business landscape in Africa. Many companies are innovating around the technology to thrive and remain relevant to their customers. Simon Arineitwe, country sales manager at StarTimes Uganda, speaks about the benefits of mobile TV and the firm's plans for the country.

By Walter Wafula 18 Jul 2012 11:40

Banking sector goes digital with online event

The newly rebranded industry body Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has turned to social media in a strategy aimed at creating a platform where members of the public can engage senior executives in the banking sector. The online event is part of a wider plan by the industry umbrella body to engage stakeholders and increase awareness and knowledge about the banking industry.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 17 Jul 2012 11:33

[BFMA 2012] Digital technology proves to be the next money maker

Day 1 of the Broadcast Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference opened with a house full. The two day conference, under the theme "Innovation, investment and partnerships for local content and service excellence" takes place at the Oshwal Centre, located in the Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 11 Jul 2012 09:51

Ethiopia denies banning Skype, other internet communication services

The Ethiopian government has dismissed allegations that it has banned Skype and other use of Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services that offer audio and video related communications over the internet.

25 Jun 2012 12:47

Mobile makers looking at apps to grow market share

The fight for the mobile phone market in Kenya is now about Apps. In a strategic move geared at boosting local technology entrepreneurship prospects, Samsung has confirmed plans to provide support to local developers deploying their applications on the popular Android platform.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 19 Jun 2012 12:16

Import tax on digital set top boxes waived

With three years before the deadline to migrate from analogue to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting elapses, Kenya's finance minister, Njeru Githae, has waived import tax on Digital Set Top Box units.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 18 Jun 2012 13:05

Uganda scraps import duty on TV decoders

The cost of acquiring television decoders in Uganda is set to reduce following government's decision to scrap import duty from the electronic devices. The decision was announced on Thursday, 14 June 2012, by Uganda's minister of finance, Maria Kiwanuka as she read the 2012/13 national budget in Kampala.

By Walter Wafula 18 Jun 2012 10:50

Broadband satellite connects inland, rural Africa

Satellite services continues to fulfil an important role in providing the telecommunications infrastructure for Africa's inland and remote rural areas, while the dozens of optic fibre cable networks now reaching the continent's shores will - at least initially - have limited penetration inland.

24 May 2012 10:01

Apply now for the Orange African Social Venture Prize

Orange, the telecommunications corporation has launched the second edition of its Orange African Social Venture Prize. The goal is to promote social innovation that supports development through information and communication technology (ICT).

23 May 2012 13:32

Botswana benefits from sub-sea connectivity

Gateway Communications, the supplier of pan-African telecommunications services, continues with its plans to bring sub-sea connectivity inland across the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The most recent country to benefit from this initiative is Botswana, with capacity from SAT-3 being brought into Gaborone securely via South Africa.

14 May 2012 12:09

AITEC Africa to host 2012 BFMA conference in Nairobi

The 2012 Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference, hosted by AITEC Africa, is set to take place from 10-11 July 2012 at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi. The conference is aimed at evaluating opportunities for growth in the industry.

14 May 2012 09:55

ITWeb Africa launches new website

South Africa's technology publisher, ITWeb on wednesday, 9 May 2012, launched its new ITWeb Africa website which will provide news, insight and analysis for Africa's ICT sector, at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.

9 May 2012 13:41

World Press Freedom Day: How technology impacts journalism in Kenya

The world has dedicated one day in a year to scribes 3rd May. This is World Press Freedom Day. According to the United Nations, it is a day that "celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession".

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 4 May 2012 11:53

HTT awarded 'Africa Loans Deal of the Year' by The Banker

Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT), a subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa (HTA) and reportedly the first tower company in Tanzania, has been awarded 'Africa Loans Deal of the Year' by The Banker magazine. The award follows the completion in December 2011 of HTT's US$85 million equivalent deal.

3 May 2012 14:03

Retail outlet opens multimedia store

Kenyan retail outlet Nakumatt Holdings is opening a multimedia store that will be branded as Planet Media and is reportedly valued at KSh 25 million (USD 312 000). The store will feature Kenya's largest selection of books, toys and entertainment mediums including music and movie CD's and DVD's alongside a fully fledged interactive gaming section.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 2 May 2012 10:21

Loeries expand into Africa with new category

A new category for the 2012 Loeries, 'Rest of Africa and the Middle East', will be officially launched on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 6pm at the Sierra Lounge, 2nd Floor, Yaya Centre, Argwings Khodek Road in Nairobi, Kenya.

5 Apr 2012 12:08

New East Africa cable to go live in April

Following the recent broadband cable cut that affected much of East Africa's connectivity, the new Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION2) is set to go live and active on 14 April 2012.

2 Apr 2012 12:37

Innovation Africa Digital Summit gets underway in Ethiopia

One of Africa's largest ICT gatherings got underway in Ethiopia yesterday, 27 March 2012, with the kick-off of the Innovation Africa Digital Summit in the capital Addis Ababa.

27 Mar 2012 16:05

Telecoms skills stagnate while demand soars

There is a critical shortage of the technical skills needed to support the fast pace of telecommunications growth sweeping across the African continent. This is one of the main findings of the 2012 Telecommunications Survey, carried out by Landelahni Business Leaders, a member of the global Amrop executive search group.

27 Mar 2012 14:19

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