Telecommunications - : Africa and Maghreb's news - The panafrican daily newspaper, Africa's portal offers a daily online newspaper with information on what is going on in the world, culture, economics, sport, societies of 56 african countries. en : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper Orange launches Orange Horizons to seek out new business opportunities outside its operator footprint Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:20:05 +0100 PARIS, France, January 16, 2013/ — Orange ( has launched a new subsidiary called Orange Horizons that aims to seek out new business opportunities in countries where the Group is not already present as a mass-market telecommunications provider. These projects, which will leverage the global reputation of the Orange brand and existing Group assets, aim to provide a new source of revenue for the Group and improve customer loyalty across its footprint without the need for significant investment. Such projects could include the launch of online stores selling telecoms-related equipment or airtime; the introduction of flexible travel solutions; or the launch of a virtual mobile operator (MVNO) activity. Ethiopia: Govt Launches Green Economic Funding Facilit Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:09:55 +0200 The Climate Resilient Green Economy Facility (CRGEF) was launched on September 10, 2012, with the intent of supporting the government's vision of attaining a middle income economy with low carbon growth by 2025. Apple sues Amazon over Appstore name Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:43:47 +0100 <p class="spip">Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon accusing the Web retail giant of copyright infringement over the name "app store."</p> <p class="spip">The complaint, filed Friday, is over the name of Amazon's new store for mobile phone applications: It's called "Amazon Appstore."</p> Amazon Appstore opens Tuesday Tue, 22 Mar 2011 09:28:23 +0100 <p class="spip"> is entering the mobile app business with an Android app store that will open Tuesday.</p> <p class="spip">The Amazon Appstore, accessible at and through a mobile app, will sell applications for Android phones and tablets. It will also encroach on Google's territory by providing Android users with a new way to buy apps that cuts Google out of the equation.</p> AT&T buys T-Mobile rival for $39 billion Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:18:54 +0100 AT&T Inc. said it was buying T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock, a move that would create the nation's largest wireless carrier and shift the competitive landscape of the U.S. industry. Ethiopia: No hope for Ethio Telecom employees? Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:49:30 +0100 French telecommunications giant, France Telecom, and the Ethiopian government are involved in a dispute following a decision to cut 8,000 jobs at Ethio Telecom in a bid to restructure the state-owned company. Concerned over a number of irregularities, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi last week delegated a representative to find a solution to the issue. Desalegn Sisay Television, a real health hazard! Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:40:50 +0100 British doctors have recently ruled on the effects of watching television. Television addiction, which is separated from factors like smoking and high blood pressure, can spell dire health consequences. Destination Santé Kenya mobile phone market registers fastest rise Thu, 03 Feb 2011 15:30:24 +0100 Kenya's mobile-phone users rose at the fastest pace in at least four quarters in the three months through September as tariffs in the East African nation fell, the Communications Commission of Kenya said. The number of users increased 9.5 percent to 22 million in the third quarter of 2010, the Nairobi-based commission said on its website today. In the three months through June, user numbers increased 1 percent, and rose 2.6 percent and 8.4 percent in the two preceding quarters, according to data compiled by the commission. Kenya's telecommunications regulator in August ordered mobile-phone operators to halve the rates they charge each other to transmit calls across networks. That triggered a round of reductions in call costs by companies to as low as 2 shillings (less than 1 cent) per minute. As Africa telecoms grow Ethiopia, Somalia and Zimbabwe present great potential Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:17:17 +0100 A telecoms committee has been recently formed to urge African Countries to focus their attention to broadband deployment and telecom services to rural communities. Jake Mazan SIM card registration: A chance to formalize an informal economy, digitally Sat, 06 Nov 2010 16:33:14 +0100 A growing number of sub-Saharan African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and more recently, Ghana – now require that the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in a mobile phone be tied to the user's name. The main reason: to combat crime. But I am afraid that with its narrow rationale and focus, this exercise misses the big picture; i.e., a golden opportunity to develop a good database that could become the building blocks for stronger institutions and economic transformation. Edward Kutsoati Uganda eyes International Telecommunications Union seat Tue, 05 Oct 2010 18:24:15 +0200 The 18th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has opened in Mexico where Uganda has intensified its campaign to get a seat the in Region D (Africa) Council. Geof Magga MobiCash: A new money transfer service for Moroccans Sat, 10 Jul 2010 12:07:13 +0200 "MobiCash" a new feature in international money transfer for Moroccans living abroad has been put in place by Maroc Telecom since the beginning of July. Moroccans can now send money via their mobile phones by SMS or Internet in the comfort of their homes. Stéphanie Plasse Middle East and North Africa open for telecom business Thu, 01 Jul 2010 16:45:36 +0200 France Telecom have recently announced its plans to acquire five telecom deals in North Africa and the Middle East and are hoping to complete some of these by the end of the summer. This revelation has led to the meeting of the leading names in telecoms at the Next Generation Telecoms MENA summit. Lee Fuller Societe Generale and Obopay Bring Mobile Money to Africa Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:08:00 +0200 Societe Generale, one of the leading financial services groups in the world, and Obopay, a leading mobile banking and payment provider, today announced they are teaming to bring mobile payment services to banked and unbanked customers who have access to a mobile phone. The partnership between the companies is intended to make mobile payments available in new markets, with the first stage of the initiative being launched today in Senegal through Societe Generale de Banques au Senegal (SGBS). East Africa getting ready for internet revolution Thu, 24 Jun 2010 02:57:02 +0200 The recent deployment of the SEACOM broadband cable off the coast of east Africa has sparked “the dawn of a new era” in Internet communications in the region. Charles W. Corey