Archive for the ‘East Africa’ Category
PayPal now in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe…
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

PayPal has extended its online payment system to Nigeria, Belarus, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Monaco, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire,  Zimbabwe, and Paraguay for the first time. Before now, these countries were completely blocked from the party. Credit/Debit cards from these countries were not allowed on the payment gateway either. Nigeria being the largest e-commerce market in Africa is most likely to have the most significant impact on ...  [Read more]

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Domain Name Registrars that have been accredited by ICANN for the registration, transfer and renewal of domain names, are at the very top of the Domain Name system supply chain. Due to the very strict business and technical requirements surrounding ICANN accreditation, only about 1,000 accredited domain name registrars service the whole world today. Out of that number, only 7 operate in Africa. Meet the 7 ICANN Accredited Domain Registrars in ...  [Read more]

GOtv Africa. A new digital pay TV service.
Monday, January 16th, 2012

I noticed multitudes of GOtv Africa banners and balloons in the ancient city of Ibadan Nigeria in the last quarter of 2011. The similarity with the name/logo of DStv was clear. Promotional drives were ongoing at different vantage points in Ibadan. GOtv is a new digital terrestrial TV (DTT) service by Multichoice Africa, operators of DStv. Instead of broadcasting via satellite, GOtv broadcasts from TV masts, sending encrypted digital signals to ...  [Read more]

Fly540: the budget airline for African destinations?
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Too many people in Africa happen to fall within the low-income bracket. Thus, one would expect budget airlines to be commonplace on this continent, catering for the masses. This is not so. Budget airlines are rather common in high-income countries of Western Europe, North America, India and many Asian countries. The relatively few airlines that ply major African cities do so at rather exorbitant fares. As of 21 Nov 2011 7:30am GMT: a return ...  [Read more]

Help famine victims in East Africa
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

From Wikipedia: The 2011 Horn of Africa famine is a famine occurring in several regions in the Horn of Africa as a result of a severe drought that is affecting the entire Eastern Africa region. The drought, said to be "the worst in 60 years", has caused a severe food crisis across Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya that threatens the livelihood of more than 10 million people. Other countries in and around the Horn of Africa, including Djibouti, Sudan, ...  [Read more]

A spotlight on the Esoko platform and apps
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

This is the 3rd and final part in a series of posts related to Esoko. Esoko: The Platform Esoko is an agricultural market information platform. It takes advantage of the explosive growth of mobile communication services in Africa. Managed on the web and delivered via mobile, individuals, agri-business, government and projects use Esoko to collect and send out market data using simple text messaging. The Esoko platform provides automatic and ...  [Read more]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Following the huge success of its Africa Magic channel, MNET has since launched variants of the channel. Africa Magic Swahili is the latest of them all. It will showcase Swahili film-making and storytelling for Swahili speaking audiences in East Africa. The content will be in Kiswahili language, with subtitles in English language. The channel will feature movies, series and music. According to Wikipedia: Swahili (known in Swahili itself as ...  [Read more]

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I granted the following video interview to ICTWorks.org in January 2011, and spoke about ICT for development, mobile communications, e-commerce, web hosting in Africa. ...  [Read more]

DStv Mobile on your laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod
Monday, May 30th, 2011

DStv is offering a major boost to residents of Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya who might be interested in their DStv Mobile service. Before now, the DStv Mobile had been restricted to a few mobile phones - these phones have in-built circuitry that enable them to receive and decode DVB-H signals. DStv is now offering a new device called Drifta, that should increase patronage for DStv Mobile. The DStv Drifta is essentially an adapter. It ...  [Read more]

Android Market paid Apps now accessible to 26 African countries
Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Google recently announced that more smartphone users on the Android platform in some 99 countries now have access to paid apps in their official apps store, Android Market. The newly-added countries include 26 African countries including South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. The Android users in this category had hitherto been restricted to free apps only, from the Android Market. From the official press release: Today ...  [Read more]