Issue no 788 31st July 2015

Top Story

Equitel’s MVNO launch with Effortel and Airtel shows that despite operator consolidation, more competition is on the way

As if mobile operators did not have enough to worry about – with falling revenues and getting to grips with a data world – along comes the prospect of MVNOs. Equity Bank’s recent launch of Equitel is the stuff of nightmares: a respected retail brand outside telecoms creates an MVNO that has already got more than a million activations. Russell Southwood talks to Liudvikas Andriulis, CMO of Effortel, the company that provided the underlying operational platform. Equity Bank started over three years ago to think about making some kind of play in the telecoms space. Once it had narrowed its…

Telecoms

Thuraya delivers 100 percent connectivity with Airtel Ghana

Dubai, UAE and Ghana, July 26, 2015 –Mobile Satellite Services operator, Thuraya Telecommunications, in partnership with Airtel Ghana, has announced its strategic launch to provide Ghanaians with 100 percent coverage…


Telecoms

Africell Raises $35 Million From IFC to Expand its Mobile Operations in Africa

World Bank Group’s IFC, said it will invest $35 million Africell, to support the expansion and upgrade of mobile networks in Gambia, the DRC, Sierra Leone and Uganda. The IFC’s…


Telecoms

Viettel to launch in Tanzania in Oct-15 under Halotel banner

Vietnam’s Viettel Group expects to launch mobile operations in Tanzania in October 2015 under the brand name Halotel, VietnamNet reports, citing Tao Duc Thang, director general of the telco’s international…


Telecoms

Regulatory Authority of Guinea-Bissau demands improvements in mobile network services

Mobile phone operators MTN and Orange in Guinea-Bissau have until 15 August to find solutions to the technical problems that their telecommunication services face. The request was made at a…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In brief

Airtel Gabon has selected Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy its new LTE network, while the agreement will also see Ericsson preside over the transformation of the cellco’s existing mobile radio…


Internet

iBurst sale heads to Icasa

Communications regulator Icasa has asked for written submissions over the proposed acquisition of iBurst and Broadlink parent Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) by MultiSource, a company that enjoys the backing of…


Internet

Malawi: Internet Charges in Malawi to Go Down

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has disclosed that local Internet charges will go down with 300 percent following the coming in of a new Internet provider Ciba net. Confirming…


Internet

Kenya’s solar-powered internet service provider, Mawingu Networks receives US$4million from OPIC

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US government’s finance institution, is investing in Kenya’s Mawingu Networks in a reported US$4 million deal. The move is to help Mawingu, which…


Internet

Internet - In brief

Kenya's tourism industry needs to capitalise on global online platforms to tap more visitors into the country, booking portal Jovago has said. According to Jovago, most tourists are sourcing for…


Computing

BCX offers pay-as-you-go cloud service

Business Connexion (BCX) has launched a pay-as-you-go service for Windows Azure Pack out of its carrier-neutral, certified tier four data centre. BCX is the only gold-certified Microsoft Cloud Operating System…


Computing

African skills initiative receives USD 60 millions investment

IBM is partnering with the Kenya Education Network (KENET) to deliver advanced hands-on certification courses to faculty and students of 50 Kenyan universities over KENET’s broadband network. IBM has invested…


Money Transfer

Bitcoin companies move ahead in Africa

Efforts to get Bitcoin off the ground in Africa received a boost this week as BitX announced it has raised $4 million in funding. Africa is a market ripe for…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Electronic payments to reach $50 bn by year-end

The central bank says electronic payments are expected to reach $50 billion by the end of the year as the country’s mobile money sector continues to grow in both volumes…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: Tigo dishes $1.8m bonus to Tigo Pesa clients

Tigo has paid back another quarterly Tigo Pesa profit share amounting to Tsh3.314 billion ($1.8million) to its customers. It makes the company to be the first and only telecom company…


Money Transfer

Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge Highlights Bitcoin Technology

The Barclays Africa Supply Chain Challenge is open to entrepreneurs and developers, between the ages of 18 and 35, who are based in Africa. Applications close on Sept. 18, and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange first-half sales, earnings beat forecasts

Orange SA on Tuesday said first-half sales and Ebitda fell less than analysts expected while net profit increased, amid the French telecom operator's attempts to revive profitability after years of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UAE Etisalat telecom's profit dives 40% in Q2

UAE telecom giant Etisalat said on Tuesday its net profit plunged 40 percent in the second quarter because of higher depreciation and the impact of its troubled Saudi unit Mobily.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Convergence Partners Pan-African ICT infrastructure fund to drive African broadband penetration… Fund reaches final close; West African investments underway...

Convergence Partners - an investment management firm focused on the African telecommunications, media and technology sector - today announced the successful final close of its Convergence Partners Communication Infrastructure Fund…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange increases its interest in the Moroccan operator Méditel with the acquisition of an additional 9% of its capital

Fipar-Holding (the Moroccan Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion group), FinanceCom and Orange signed the final documentation today increasing Orange’s interest in Méditel, the Moroccan telecommunications operator, in application of…


Digital Content

Vodacom's Vouchercloud delivers ZAR 500 mln in savings

Vodacom South Africa's location-based deals app Vouchercloud has delivered almost half a billion rand in savings for local consumers in just over a year since its launch. More than two…


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Opportunities

Nigeria’s Hotels.ng is asking developers to create an algorithm that predicts user behaviour Lagos-based hotel booking website, Hotels.ng is organizing a hackathon to develop a machine learning algorithm to predict…


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People

Vodacom’s chief financial officer quits Ivan Dittrich, chief financial officer and executive director, has resigned from company to pursue his own interests. Ivan will step down from board with effect…


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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…