Issue no 785 10th July 2015

Top Story

Understanding Sub-Saharan Africa’s Mobile Financial Services ecosystem - analysis in a new report to be released August 2015

Like Topsy, Africa’s m-money sector has just grown and grown with success in some markets and only slow growth in others. But the sector has spawned a whole undergrowth of suppliers and service integrators; you can do everything from sending remittances to paying for insurance. Confused? You won’t be after you read our latest report on Mobile Financial Services. In Sub-Saharan Africa’s, Mobile Financial Services have been growing rapidly to become one of the key investment opportunities within the financial services and ICT markets. In many countries, there are now more mobile accounts than bank accounts. New players have sprung…

Telecoms

ARTP: Senegal added a net 319,507 mobile connections in Q1

Senegal’s industry regulator L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes (ARTP) has released its latest update on the country’s telecommunications market, highlighting that mobile operators Orange, Tigo and Expresso…


Telecoms

South Africa telecoms giant ordered to halt job cuts

One of South Africa's largest telecommunications companies, Telkom has been ordered to abandon plans to retrench thousands of workers. The order by the Johannesburg Labour Court was hailed as a…


Telecoms

Parliament set to discuss rules to tame Safaricom’s dominance

Mobile telephony market leader Safaricom may be forced to split its businesses, subject interconnectivity fees charged to other providers to government approvals and share some of its platforms including its…


Telecoms

Elegant and cool come together in the Huawei P8

The mobile phone has come a long way. From a communication tool to a lifestyle, fun and entertainment gadget. All this comes together in the Huawei P8, the latest from…


Telecoms

Kenya: Safaricom Updates Next of Kin On How to Claim Unused M-Pesa Funds

Safaricom has informed its customers on requirements needed for one to claim unused funds from M-Pesa accounts of loved ones - either relatives or friends - who have passed away…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

MTN Uganda, the country’s leading mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the expansion of its LTE network. From today (9 July) services are available in all major towns, including Mbale,…


Internet

Telkom denies putting Web users at risk

Telkom has rejected claims that it is employing the same techniques used by malicious hackers in so-called “man in the middle” attacks to edit code on websites in order to…


Internet

Rethink over SA internet censorship

Earlier this year The FPB published draft regulations that would require pre-classification of any "film, game or certain publication" on the internet, but those terms came under criticism for being…


Internet

Africa: Liquid Telecom to Compete With Google in Offering Africa DNS Server Addresses

Liquid Telecom has announced that their DNS server addresses can be used in Africa, and that they can be used by, people in the continent, in place of Google's DNS…


Internet

Ethiopia Releases Detained Bloggers and Journalists

Five imprisoned Ethiopian bloggers and journalists have been released in Addis Ababa, after government prosecutors dropped the charges against them, Al Jazeera has learned. The bloggers and journalists, who have…


Internet

Internet – In brief

The City of Cape Town has taken the first steps to making Wi-Fi internet access readily available to passengers on MyCiti buses, it said in a statement on Thursday. "The…


Computing

Huawei and Vodacom launch e-Libraries programme in SA

Vodacom, Huawei, the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme in South Africa. The move is aimed at helping advance literacy development, one of…


Computing

Morocco Seems to Have Hacked UN Computers With Hacking Team Technologies

According to confidential documents, Morocco is the third largest customer and has disbursed over 3 million euros to Hacking Team. Of this amount, 1,19M euros for the DST, 1.93M euros…


Money Transfer

Bitcoin Company, BitX Launches in Nigeria

International Bitcoin company, BitX has announced that it will be launching its Bitcoin Wallet, Exchange and Merchant services in Nigeria. In a release made available to TechCabal, the company said…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Mobile money licence required by telcos

Mobile Money has become an extremely popular service within Africa; however, the service has taken a heavy blows recently. In Uganda, the service was deemed illegal. While not deemed illegal…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Court Dismisses Case Against MTN Mobile Money

Court has dismissed a case challenging MTN Mobile Money services as inconsistent to the registered customers' interest and satisfaction citing complainants' failure to disclose any cause of action. High Court…


Money Transfer

Kenya’s Kopo Kopo launches bulk payments service

Kenyan startup Kopo Kopo, which provides mobile money merchant software, has launched a bulk payments service enabling organisations to schedule large numbers of payments in minutes. Kopo Kopo, which launched…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Burundi: Econet Wireless becomes Econet Leo, following buyout of U-Com, subsidiary of VimpelCom

(Agence Ecofin) - The telecom group Econet Wireless Group, belonging to the Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa announced on 7th July 2015 the completion of the merger of its Burundian subsidiary…


Digital Content

Zapacab relaunches as white-label solution to save SA taxi companies from Uber

Uber’s disruptive nature in South Africa’s taxi sector is more heated than ever before. So much so that it just prompted the relaunch of a white-label product which taxi companies…


Digital Content

App launched to ‘simplify’ SA child visa laws

Controversial child visa laws have the South African travel industry in a spin but a local car rental agency wants to make life easier for travellers after launching a new…


Digital Content

Digital Content - In brief

SERMO, a leading social network for doctors with more than 382,000 members announced additional international expansion, opening its doors to the approximately 42,000 doctors in South Africa. SERMO, available in…


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People

Bharti Airtel Taps MTN Executive to Boost African Operations Bharti Airtel has poached a senior MTN executive to head up some of its African operations. Airtel named the now former…


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Opportunities

DotconnectAfrica Opens Applications for its $5000 Grant Competition for African women in STEM DotconnectAfrica (DCA), a non-profit organization, has opened applications for Miss Africa $5000 competition to support women and…


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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…