Issue no 790 14th August 2015

Top Story

Trends that will accelerate Africa’s data future – anticipating the end of the mobile operator as we know it

The transition to an all-data future in Africa will not necessarily be smooth or quick. But signs from elsewhere indicate an accelerating move from the old mobile ways to what may become the new data ones. Russell Southwood looks at recent global and African industry news developments that have important implications for Africa’s communications industry. When industries go through a process of fundamental change it’s often difficult to tell what’s busy being born and what’s busy dying. Below I’ve tried to highlight a number of trends that will be of significant important for Africa: The Commodization of Smartphones Rajan Anandan,…

Telecoms

Zimbabwe Government Faces Resistance Over Telecel

A new twist to the Telecel saga has emerged amid indications that neither the major shareholder in the company, VimpleCom, nor local shareholders under Empowerment Corporation have agreed to sell…


Telecoms

Telecoms Sector Key Focus of Kenya's U.S.$55.6 Billion Infrastructure Development Plan

An estimated $55.6 billion in investment into infrastructure development for Kenya is planned (as of 2015), the majority of which will focus on telecommunications and power generation infrastructure, a new…


Telecoms

Algeria’s ICT ministry to draft new telecoms law by the end of 2015

Algeria’s new Minister of Post, IT and Communications, Iman Houda Feraoun, has disclosed that a new postal and telecoms bill will be drafted by the end of the year, Tout…


Telecoms

Lagos Deputy Governor Urges Youths to Explore Telecom Opportunities

The Lagos State Deputy-Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule has urged Nigerian youths to explore opportunities in the telecommunication industry by coming up with ideas that would create wealth for them. Adebule…


Telecoms

Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia Agree to Lower Roaming Charges

Mobile operators in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe recently agreed to reduce roaming tariffs as part of a pilot roaming project, which will commence among all operators in the four…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Telecom operators in Rwanda have began revising downwards their SMS and data charges from Rwanda to countries within the Northern Corridor region marking the beginning of the second phase of…


Internet

Huawei completes 100G upgrade to West Africa Cable System

Huawei Marine Networks has announced the completion of its work to upgrade the West Africa Cable System to 100G transmission technology. The WACS is the largest of a number of…


Internet

MainOne’s Tier III Data Center is first PCI DSS, ISO 27001 Certified Data Center in Nigeria

The certifications ensure the Data Center’s compliance to globally accepted standards on Customer Data Security as well as commitment towards the security and protection of the company’s information assets. MainOne’s premier…


Internet

TTLC Completes Broadband Connectivity Across Tanzania

Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) has announced that it has completed broadband connectivity in the entire country marking an important milestone in digital transformation that will lead the country to…


Internet

Nigeria: Operators Deploy 80,938km of Fibre Optics Cable System for Services

The quest for expanded service offerings has resulted in the deployment of about 80, 893km of fibre optic cable systems by the telecommunications operators including the (GSM and CDMA/Fixed telephony…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Globacom, is set to boost subscribers' roaming experience with the launch of its Wi-Fi roaming service for subscribers on the go. The Glo Wi-Fi roaming service affords subscribers who travel…


Computing

Computer Access Motivates Learners in Namibia

Learners at the Moses van der Byl Primary School in Katutura says they feel motivated and eager to learn now that they have access to computers after the school received…


Computing

Kenyatta University, BRCK Sign MoU to Promote Digital Literacy

Kenyatta University, and BRCK, a local technology firm based in Nairobi, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote digital literacy in the country.The MoU covers among other areas,…


Computing

Student Software to Ease Parking in Nairobi

A university student has invented a computer system to map and monitor parking lots.The software informs motorists about the availability of parking space in the city.Patrick Waweru, a computer student…


Computing

Computing – In brief

Kenyan startups can now submit their app development ideas for the Orange API AMEA (African, Middle East and Asian Countries) Developer Challenge. This competition will see startups submit their proposals…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Lagos — Bharti Airtel, the world's third largest telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, today announced a significant milestone in its African odyssey when…


Money Transfer

MTN rings up Ericsson for money service platform

MTN SA is considering the use of Ericsson’s technology platform for its mobile money service to enhance its offering, a move that will allow it to provide more value-added data…


Money Transfer

Worldremit introduces mobile money transfers to Burundi

Online money transfer service WorldRemit today launches instant Mobile Money transfers to Burundi, the first remittance service to do so. Customers in 50 countries can now send money direct to…


Money Transfer

Airtel money Africa’s total transaction value at $3.33b in Q1-FY16

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel’s mobile commerce subsidiary Airtel Money’s total values of transactions in Africa has grown 72.2% to $3.33 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 from $1.93…


Money Transfer

18.5 Million Subscribers Patronize MTN Mobile Money per Month in Ghana

Telecommunications giant, MTN Ghana has announced that 18.5 million volumes of transactions are recorded through its MTN Mobile Money in a month, as against more than five million in 2014.Out…


Money Transfer

Mukuru and Mkesh partnership Enables South Africa to Mozambique Remittances

Mukuru and Mcel have partnered to allow money to be sent from South Africa into any Mkesh mobile wallet in Mozambique. With the mobile phone being central to the process…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt publishes second quarter financials

Telecom Egypt (TE) reported consolidated revenues of EGP3.025 billion (USD385 million) in the quarter ended 30 June 2015, representing year-on-year growth of 9.6%. Turnover generated by the company’s ‘Home Services’…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IHS closes tower sale with Etisalat Nigeria

Mobile telecoms infrastructure provider IHS Towers has completed the second tranche of a transaction with Etisalat Nigeria, involving the transfer of an additional 555 towers. The deal was first announced…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Neotel and Transnet “kickback” scandal widens

State-owned Transnet has awarded two more mega-projects to telecoms firm Neotel, both without going to tender. And there are indications that mystery company Homix may have been involved again. AmaBhungane…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NATCOMs Puts Subscribers' Yearly Call Expenses at N2.5 Trillion

The National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOM) has disclosed that telecoms subscribers in Nigeria spent a whopping N212bn on monthly basis. Speaking over the weekend on the Channels Television's through…


Digital Content

Rwanda's Online Portal to Boost E-Governance Goes Live

The government's one-stop portal that aims to provide online services to citizens and businesses has gone live. The online platform branded "Irembo" is a public-private partnership deal between the government…


Digital Content

Online Trading Platform for Grain Farmers in Kenya

For the first time, grain farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will be able to sell their produce and connect with buyers online. This follows the launch of the G-Soko…


Digital Content

Envoy Advised Uganda to Use Hi-Tech to Track Mineral Wealth

Kampala — African countries should invest in advanced technology to track the quantity of mineral resources extracted by multinational companies, an envoy has advised.Prof Lekoa Solly Mollo, the South African…


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Opportunities

Chief Technical OfficerRemuneration:    R370020 - R435267 per year Benefits:    To be discussedLocation:    Cape TownJob level:    Mid/SeniorJob policy:    Employment Equity position, Disabled positionType:                   PermanentReference:    #E15153 Job descriptionThe Department of Mathematics…


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People

MTN Appoints Acting CMO for Ghana - As Rahul De Moves to NigeriaMTN Ghana has appointed Noel Kojo-Ganson as its Acting Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective July 30th, 2015. Mr.…


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Events

Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum 14-16 September 2015Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, KenyaThe Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum is an annual three-day conference and exhibition which brings together government ministers and senior officials,…