Issue no 784 3rd July 2015

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Benin connects 2nd landing station (ACE) but continued Benin Telecoms monopoly holds back growth

This week saw the ACE cable connect one of its second phase cable landing stations in Cotonou, the capital of Benin. Like many francophone African countries, Benin has a monopoly telecoms provider that is holding back the growth of the market. Russell Southwood looks at what ought to change.The connection of the Cotonou landing station is part of the second phase of deployment of the ACE submarine cable, which now serves 18 countries: France, Portugal, the Canary Islands (Spain), Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Two…

Telecoms

South Africa prepares Broadband Infraco for possible sale

The South Africa government has directed state-owned fibre infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco to undertake a valuation exercise in preparation for its possible sale. In a presentation by the Department of…


Telecoms

It can happen: Viettel’s Burundian start-up Lumitel notches 600k subs in first month

Vietnamese military-backed telecoms group Viettel has confirmed that its 2G and 3G networks are now live in Burundi. Legally registered as Viettel Burundi SA, the company is headquartered in Bujumbura…


Telecoms

MainOne to invest another USD 300 mln in coming years

MainOne Cables has invested over USD 300 million in infrastructure and services in about seven countries in the West African sub-region, The Guardian reported. CEO Funke Opeke said the company…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In brief

Guinea’s minister of communications Oye Guilavogui has announced that defunct state-owned full-service telecoms operator Societe des Telecoms de Guinee (Sotelgui) is expected to relaunch over the summer, and should be…


Internet

Free Wi-Fi on Buses in South Africa Thanks to RADWIN's Wireless Mobility Solution

RADWIN, the global provider of sub-6 GHz broadband wireless solutions, announced that the City of Tshwane in South Africa is using RADWIN's FiberinMotion wireless mobility solution to provide free Wi-Fi…


Internet

Facebook opens first African office in South Africa

Facebook has opened an office in South Africa, its first in Africa, to further the company’s commitment to assist businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionallyFacebook is already…


Internet

Orange connects Benin to ACE submarine cable

Orange together with the other members of the ACE consortium, have announced the launch of the ACE cable in Cotonou, Benin and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.The connection of these two…


Internet

Internet – In brief

The Libyan government is to pump USD56 billion into the Ugandan fixed and broadband provider Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) in order to shore up its ailing business. Libya owns a…


Computing

Huawei launches Digital inCloud centre in Africa

Huawei has revealed the launch of their Digital inCloud Eastern and Southern Africa regional center at the 5th Annual VAS Africa summit. The event attracted over 70 carriers and Service…


Computing

Kenyans on Public Wifi hot spots to log in with personal credentials

Kenyans on WiFi will be required to log in using their personal credentials such as passport or ID numbers if regulations by the Ministry of ICT through the communications Authority…


Money Transfer

Econet sets sights on money transfers in SA

Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator Econet Wireless is targeting 1-million registered mobile money transfer customers in SA within the next 18 months.Earlier this month the company was given the green…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s Interswitch has joined PCI Security Standard Council to improve global payments data security

Lagos-based integrated payments and transaction switching company, Interswitch has joined the PCI Security Standards Council on the improvement of global payments data security.The company announced earlier today in a news…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PIC scores big in Vodacom stake buy

THE Public Investment Corporation (PIC) secured itself a 10% discount when it came to the government’s rescue by buying its 13.9% stake in cellphone operator Vodacom Group.The stake was valued…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Visa denies Fundamo shutdown

VISA denies that it is about to shut down Fundamo, the mobile payments company it bought for $110m in cash five years ago.That is contrary to what a number of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel raises USD 1.3 bln from towers sales in Africa

Bharti Airtel announced that it raised USD 1.3 billion with the sale of its mobile towers in five African countries. The proceeds will go towards reducing debt. In February Airtel…


Digital Content

The African King Of Pinterest: Re-Visualizing The Continent Through Color

When Okayafrica came across the stunning Pinterest boards of German-Zambian luxury brander William Chitangala we quickly dubbed him “The African King of Pinterest.” When he’s not applying his marketing know-how…


Digital Content

Digital Content - In brief

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Opportunities

Wits University to Host Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2015Wits University will be hosting the second Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival in conjunction with the City of Johannesburg spanning over…


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Events

The LINK Centre's Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management starts on 20 July 2015•         Neo who?  What will the buyout mean for telecomms competition in SA?•         A new CEO…