Rwanda plans to hike telecoms tax
Government says move will not affect consumers, but telcos are not so sure.The Rwandan government aims to increase tax on telecoms services in a bid to plug a budget gap, according to local press reports at the weekend. The telecoms tax rate will increase to 10% from 8% at present on 1 July if a bill tabled in the lower house last week passes into law in the coming weeks, Rwandan daily
nTrust pilots Bluetooh payments in Canada
Canadian payments and money transfer provider nTrust has begun piloting a new mobile payments service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed in stores to make wireless purchases. nTrust is using hardware from Estimote for the pilot. “Estimote Beacons use Bluetooth Smart technology to transmit context and micro-location data to smartphones within range — allowing nTrust members the ability to locate merchants using the nTrust app,” the company said.
IP interconnect hub launches in Asia
IP interconnect provider XConnect and Malaysian and Indonesian ICT specialist Extol this week launched the Asian Interconnect Exchange (AIX), giving local service providers access to an IP hub where they can exchange IP traffic and services. The combined population of Malaysia and Indonesia is nearly 300 million, according to the CIA Fact Book, and the aim of the AIX is to make adopting IP services like VoIP easy for local and regional operators in order to drive growth in IP services in Southeast Asia.
German companies look to Berlin start ups for innovation
German companies are beginning to recognise Berlin as a hot spot for technology innovation, thanks to the substantial number of up-and-coming start-up companies that call the capital city their home. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, fashion, music, art and entrepreneurs began to rebuild the city, and it is still known for its relaxed lifestyle and Bohemian culture, which provides a cheap foundation for small businesses looking for a European connection to both the East and West.
Virgin Media broadband figures stay at 4.5m as superfast cable grows and copper dies
Virgin Media’s latest financial results show that appetite for superfast broadband continues to grow, with 4.4 million customers now taking fibre-optic cable. More customers than ever are feeling the need for speed – over a third of Virgin Media customers are now getting 60Mbps or faster, representing a growth of 27 per cent from a year ago. But as interest in headline-grabbing speeds increases, numbers of Virgin’s legacy ADSL service – National Broadband – continue to fall, as rumours of a possible sell-off emerge.
Security being left in the dust amidst rising cloud adoption
Adoption of cloud services is on the rise but basic security features might be left behind. Areport from SkyHigh has shown that a third of firms have experienced unauthorised access to their cloud systems while the majority of cloud services in use still lack basic security features. The worldwide survey, conducted by SkyHigh, received feedback from more 250 organisations spread over ten industries including education, finance, retail and manufacturing.CloudPro
Netflix confirms price hike for new customers
Netflix has confirmed an increase in prices for new customers in Europe and the US. The company signalled at its last earnings report that it would raise prices in order to offset growing costs of content. New customers in the UK will pay an additional GBP 1 per month for the streaming service, for a total GBP 6.99, and new customers in the euro zone now pay EUR 8.99 per month.
How Facebook rewrote the advertising rulebook
A year or so ago, Facebook introduced mobile app install ads with the intent of giving app marketers a more efficient means of targeting high-value users. After recently reporting an 82 per cent year-on-year increase in mobile ad revenues, it’s safe to say it worked. And that success is kicking off a cascade of similar ad products across the industry.
Google Glass owners become citizen journalists with CNN iReport
Google Glass users can use their wearable tech as citizen journalists to capture breaking news as-it-happens. CNN iReports will provide the network with exclusive first-person footage as Google Glasswearers submit their own photos and videos to the platform. It’s not being released as a standalone app but is hidden in the “Share with” menu that pops up after taking a photo or video with the wearable headset. You’ll also have to allow CNN to send notifications to your Glass headset, and set up the link to your iReport profile.