Tuesday Roundup: BitPesa Expands to Tanzania, The President’s Twitter

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Here are the news making the rounds on the African tech space today.

Bitpesa is Extending its Remittance Services to Tanzania

The Kenyan bitcoin remittance startup, BitPesa says users can now make payment to Tanzania using its infrastructure. Remittance was formerly limited to Kenya.

President Barack Obama now has a Personal Twitter Account

Obama joins a list of Presidents who interact directly with citizens via Twitter. For the tortuous twitter trolls; threats posted at the president attracts a penalty of 5 years jail term and $250,000 as fines.

Telkom Is Extending its LTE-Advanced Network to 22 Suburbs in SA

The South African telecommunications operator, Telkom has widened its commercial next-generation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network coverage to additional 22 suburbs across South Africa.

The African Entrepreneurship Award Opens Application

Award organizers, Morrocan BMCE bank, said it is trying to locate entrepreneurs who are impacting education, environment and uncharted territories in Africa. Winners will receive up to USD 500,000 in funding

Light Phones are Forever

A credit card-sized phone worth $100 (20,000 naira) has a battery that will last up to 20 days, it is called the Light phone. It comes preloaded with minutes, SIM card and an app to be used with an existing phone, the developers are currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

Innjoo Will Launch Another Budget Phone in Nigeria this Thursday
Chinese OEM, makers of Innjoo brands will launch a new smartphone, Innjoo Fire. It features a 2 GB RAM, 5 Inch display and comes in four color variants; classic black, milk white, fashion gold and natural bamboo.

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Nigeria: PLG Inks Manufacturing Deal with Airtel

Airtel Nigeria has inked an agreement with device manufacturing firm, RLG. The deal will see RLG produce handsets for potential Airtel subscribers.

Heated Debate Over SA’s Nuclear Plans

In a heated energy budget session, the Democratic Alliance gave energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson a roasting and continuously disrupted her during her budget speech in the national assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Kaymu Uganda launches iOS Mobile app

Kaymu Uganda, an online marketplace yesterday released a Mobile App designed to run on Apple Mobile products such as the iPhone and iPad.

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