Issue no 786 17th July 2015

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Mauritius’ Emtel makes first mainstream African commercial deployment of Fibre Through The Air (FTTA)

Mauritian mobile operator Emtel has rolled out the first mainstream commercial deployment of Fibre Through The Air Technology in Africa. The technology has significant advantages for high-speed broadband service roll-out to less dense populations. Russell Southwood interviewed Emtel CEO Shyam Roy about why he deployed it and how things are going. There have been trials of FTTA on the continent but until this announcement no mainstream commercial roll-out. A deal between Bluwan and Somcable in Somaliland was announced in 2012 but little has been heard since. It was a technology originally created for battlefield communications and missile guidance and has…

Telecoms

VMK starts assembling feature phones at Brazzaville plant

Congolese phone brand VMK's plant in Brazzaville started producing feature phones on 13 July ahead of an official inauguration of the facility on 22 July, Agence Ecofin reports. The basic…


Telecoms

Kenya: Orange rolls out 3G network in Kajiado County

As it looks for the best buyer, Orange has unveiled its 3G network in Kajiado County today, the 41st county to have its 3G sites across the country, coming closer…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone: Airtel Partners With Ericsson and Huawei Communications

In order to strengthen and provide quality telecommunications service to users in Sierra Leone, one of the leading telecommunication companies in the country and third largest communication provider in the…


Telecoms

Mozambique cellcos face fines over failure of SIM registration

The government of Mozambique has published a new decree under which mobile operators will be fined if they fail to register the details of all SIM card users. Obligatory SIM…


Telecoms

YEZZ, TD click deal to explore Mobile Nigeria

US-based mobile phone maker, YEZZ says it has partnered Nigerian technology conglomerate, Technology Distribution (TD) to distribute its devices across Nigeria, under a broader expansion plans into Africa and Europe.…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Brazilian PC and smartphone manufacturer Positivo Informatica starts the production of 750,000 notebooks and tablets in its factory in Rwanda this week, reports Olhar Digital. The first educational equipment coming…


Internet

Alcatel-Lucent achieves distance record for undersea data transmission over more than 10,000 km using unique 300G technology in Africa

Telecom and cable Television operators in Africa are set to improve on quality and increase their clientele reach, thanks to an affordable high tech innovation from the Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks…


Internet

MainOne: Internet services provider to invest over N99.5 trillion on broadband infrastructure by 2020

According to sources, MainOne, a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa, plans to double its investment on broadband infrastructure in the next…


Internet

Avanti Inks Broadband Deal With South African Business Chamber

Avanti Communications Group PLC on Monday said it has signed a deal with the South African Foundation for African Business And Consumer Services business chamber and its Microtelco e-ncubator business…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Zimbabwean company Webdev says its online payments gateway, Paynow, has processed transactions worth USD 500,000 over the past year. Webdev's group sales and operations director Vusi Ndebele said the platform…


Computing

RTI and IBM partner to address Africa’s developmental challenges with big data

RTI International, a non-profit research institute, and IBM’s African research lab have partnered to deploy big data and cognitive technologies to help transform development approaches in Africa. In a joint…


Computing

Hacking Team boss: we sold to Ethiopia but ‘we’re the good guys’

Attack that revealed data exposing deals with dictatorships was on a ‘governmental level’ and ‘planned for months’, says David Vincenzetti in first statement The founder of cybersecurity firm Hacking Team…


Computing

Computing – In brief

South Africa: An investigation was underway on Wednesday after the department of arts and culture's website appeared to have been hacked. A self-styled Algerian 'hacktivist' group is believed to have…


Money Transfer

African Bitcoin Startup Wins Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant, Launches Blockchain Event Series in Nairobi

Bitcoin startup Bitsoko announced that it soon will begin sponsoring a Blockchain Event Series in Nairobi, Kenya. The events, held monthly at the iHub innovation hub, will focus on Blockchain…


Money Transfer

Safaricom, Airtel To Solve M-Pesa Trademark Dispute In Court

M-PesaA few weeks ago, Safaricom and Airtel Kenya opted for an out of court settlement in a trademark dispute, over mobile money transfer service branding,  advertising and promotion. Safaricom had…


Money Transfer

Paytoo partners Infenix on Africa remittance service

Paytoo entered into an agreement with Infenix to offer a remittance solution to more than 79 million subscribers in 29 African countries, at very competitive rate. The partnership which combines…


Money Transfer

Safaricom, Standard Chartered In M-Pesa Merchant Settlement Partnership

Safaricom and Standard Chartered Bank have partnered to launch a real time M-Pesa merchant solution that allows the bank’s business customers and M-Pesa agents to deposit and access their float…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libya, Uganda finalise plans to rescue Uganda Telecom

The uncertainty over the future of Uganda Telecom (Utl) may be all but over, after the shareholders approved cash injection of about $65m (Shs217b). After two days of meetings concluded…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda: Crystal Telecom lists on local bourse today

Crystal Telecom will list on the Rwanda Stock Exchange today, a day earlier than the scheduled July 17 over uncertainties on whether tomorrow will be Eid-al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday marking…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe's govt to acquire Telecel?

The Financial Gazette has reported that Zimbabwe's government is in negotiations with the intention to acquire telecommunications operators Telecel Zimbabwe. According to the report the country's ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mauritius Telecom, Telma in the running to acquire new Comoros licence

Mauritius Telecom and Telecom Malagasy (Telma) of Madagascar have joined the race to acquire the second telecoms licence on Comoros, Agence Ecofin reports. As previously revealed by the Autorite Nationale…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: PIC to offload part of its Vodacom stake

The Public Investment Corporation has appointed Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch as sole bookrunner to sell 25 million ordinary shares in Vodacom Group Limited 0.27% . This placement is in…


Digital Content

Mobile-only iROKOtv is already making UX tweaks with progressive downloads

Nigeria’s iROKOtv has begun modifications to its mobile platform, only days after it went mobile-only in Africa. The company will now allow users initiate playbacks before they are done downloading.…


Digital Content

SnapnSave app launched in South Africa

SnapnSave, a free web and mobile shopping app developed in Cape Town, has been launched in South Africa. According to the development company, the app allows South African shoppers to…


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Opportunities

CcHub’s Summer of Code 2015 opens for applications Nigeria’s co-working space and incubator, CcHUB has opened registration for its 2015 summer code school for kids. The programme is a four-week…


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People

MTN Group appoints new CEO for SA operations MTN Group announced the appointment of Mteto Nyati as CEO of MTN South Africa. He succeeds Ahmad Farroukh, who resigned earlier this…


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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…