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Nairobi Bitcoin firm partners with Airtel after cutting Safaricom links

Business, Internet
Nairobi-based bitcoin trading platform BitPesa has partnered with Airtel to offer bitcoin payments and trading services in the country, barely three months after Safaricom terminated M-Pesa links to the firm. BitPesa indicates on its website that it is offering bitcoin payment and trading services in four African countries including Kenya (through Airtel), in Uganda (Airtel and MTN), Tanzania (Airtel and M-Pesa) and Nigeria through Quickteller and Paga. It is not clear whether the deal with Airtel was signed with its Indian parent group or with the Kenya office. The Business Daily could not establish the nature of the partnership between BitPesa and Airtel, with Elizabeth Rossiello, chief executive of the bitcoin trading platform, saying she could not comment on the matter at thi...

Airtel is calling on Internet Giants such as Google and Facebook to share revenue with Internet service providers

Internet, Mobile
Airtel wants piece of Google, Facebook revenues, Network operators globally say that Google’s search engine and YouTube video service generate huge amounts of traffic but do not compensate them for using their networks. Reports Business Airtel has revived the debate calling for big Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to share revenue with Internet service providers. The call by Airtel rekindles the debate sparked by Telkom’s Kenya former CEO Mickael Ghossein two years ago when he reckoned that Google should help to pay for the billions of shillings invested in networks for services that consume huge bandwidth like videos. Network operators globally say that Google’s search engine and YouTube video service generate huge amounts of traffic but do not compensate them for usi

Safaricoms’ Mpesa, Airtel Money to brace for new entrant Equity Bank, as competition for mobile money market share heats up

Business, Internet, Mobile
Equity Bank goes for special SIM cards for its mobile money service reports businessdailyafrica.com In Summary Equity Bank plans to issue consumers with the ultra-slim SIM cards that can sit on the back of normal SIM cards, saving users the trouble of migrating or carrying two phones. The layered SIM card can receive and make calls as an independent line and comes loaded with mobile wallets for financial services. The special SIM card allows users to access financial services and make cheap international phone calls by diverting traffic from the parent network to the carry-on SIM. Equity Bank’s customers will get special SIM cards to simultaneously access the lender’s mobile virtual network without parting ways with the existing telecoms operators. Equity, which got a Mobil
Evolving 3G competition is a positive sign for Burkina Faso

Evolving 3G competition is a positive sign for Burkina Faso

Broadband, Governance
Next month, Burkina Faso will presumably hold its 9th annual semaine nationale de l’Internet (national Internet week). Last year’s event urged rural areas to better contribute to national development using ICT. In advance of this great moment, we’ve taken the time to highlight current Internet happenings in Burkina Faso. Mobile broadband is certainly on the rise in the West African nation. As of early 2012, 91% of Internet users used mobile devices. Market share among the three operators is tight; as of last year, Airtel and Telmob were tied with 39% and Telecel followed with a 22% share. That is poised to change with aggressive 3G offerings from Airtel and Telmob, along with the regulator’s call for a fourth mobile provider. More