Issue no 798 9th October 2015

Top Story

Tanzania’s E-KYC registers a mobile user in 5-7 minutes – mobile operators increase registration throughput

Registering the SIM cards of Africa’s mobile phone owners has been a real headache for operators. They know they have to abide by the law but the processes of registration can seem like an enormous distraction from real business. Russell Southwood talked to Nadeem Juma of E-KYC about its experience of helping mobile operators speed up the process. I give you Sim registration as a tale of two cities: Kigali and Dar es Salaam. A week ago I was in Kigali and needed to get a new SIM card. The mobile operator’s sales outlet had a number of people waiting…

Telecoms

Dream Mobile launches SA-made smart feature phone

South Africa’s Dream Mobile has launched its latest affordable smart feature phone, the Dream Chat. Dream Mobile, a startup based in Cape Town, has set before it the one goal…


Telecoms

Mobile Contribution to Sub-Saharan African Economy Surpasses US$100 Billion, Finds New GSMA Study

The mobile industry in Sub-Saharan Africa contributed more than US$100 billion to the region’s economy last year, according to a new GSMA study published at the ‘Mobile 360 Series –…


Telecoms

Telma awarded second Comorian licence for USD16m

The National Authority for Regulation of ICT (Autorite Nationale de regulation des TIC, ANRTIC) has awarded Comoros’ second telecoms licence to Madagascan operator Telecom Malagasy (Telma), thus removing the long-held…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Govt to take on US$322 million TelOne debt – Leaving it free to borrow again

Government could soon assume State-owned telecommunications firm TelOne’s legacy debts amounting to US$330 million amid indications various cabinet committees have okayed the plan, businessdigest has established. The legacy loans amounting…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

BICS, has announced a step forward in its innovative fraud protection solution, FraudGuard, by extending the crowdsourcing platform to incorporate protection against roaming fraud for its MNO Partners. Roaming fraud…


Internet

Tanzania: Tigo Enter Deal to Expand 4g Mobile Network Rollout

Tigo has entered into partnership with UhuruOne, a local wireless internet service provider to expand 4G mobile network rollout in the country. The uniqueness of this partnership is that it…


Internet

Econet extends LTE internet from modems to mobile devices

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has rolled out LTE internet service for mobile phones in Zimbabwe, ITWeb reported. In 2013, Econet became the seventh mobile operator in Africa to offer LTE connectivity…


Internet

Africa: Facebook, Eutelsat to Partner On Satellite Initiative to Get More Africans Online

Facebook has partnered with Eutelsat, to launch a new satellite that is going to provide internet coverage to large parts of Sub-Saharan Africa as part of its Internet.org initiative. Making…


Internet

Orange Invests In Afrostream Video-On-Demand For African Movies

  French telco group Orange hopes to play a larger role in Africa’s booming markets by funding Afrostream, a video-on-demand service that showcases African, African-American and African-Caribbean films and TV…


Computing

Rwanda to Host World's First 'Drone Airport'

The government has moved to set up a regulatory framework for remotely piloted aircraft, popularly referred to as 'drones,' following investor interest to establish the world's first drone airport (drone…


Computing

E-learning system wins Seedstars World competition in Ethiopia

Software development startup AhadooTec won the Ethiopian leg of the Seedstars World competition in Addis Ababa yesterday for Fidel, its e-learning and school management system. AhadooTec will now progress to…


Money Transfer

We're Not Swindling Ghanaians - MTN

Telecommunications giant, Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) - Ghana, has debunked claims that its Mobile Money platform has been turned into a milking cow, thus shortchanging Ghanaians. MTN Mobile Money's Senior…


Money Transfer

Mobile money transfers hit Sh1.81tn in eight months

Mobile phone payments hit a record high in August, underlining Kenya's rising status as a global leader in mobile money. The value of mobile transactions grew by a fifth to…


Money Transfer

Swish Payments Obtains Visa Membership Ahead of European Pilot

Malta, 06 October 2015: Swish Payments, an international mPOS service provider, today announced that it has been granted principal membership for merchant acquiring by Visa Europe. Swish’s Visa membership complements…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Paga closes US$13 million investment deal

Paga, arguably Nigeria’s leading mobile payments company, has completed a $13 million Series B financing round. The financing was supported by Adlevo Capital, Omidyar Network, Acumen Fund, Capricorn Investment Group…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Malawi: Lacell Pays U.S $1.1 Million to Macra for Licence - Malawi New Mobile Operator to Create 1000 Jobs

A new mobile phone network service, Lacell Private Limited, which has been awarded a license to operate in Malawi has paid Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) $1.1 million (K600 million)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MIC reshuffles Helios shares for 24% stake in parent company

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it will own 24% of the shares of Helios Towers Africa (HTA) following a shareholding reorganisation. The reshuffle will see MIC exchange its…


Digital Content

Kenya: Geek Teams On Two Continents Write Poverty-Breaking Apps for Kenya

Nairobi — Powered by caffeine and adrenalin, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in a 28-hour 'hackathon' to develop apps to improve rural Kenyans' health, farms…


Digital Content

Samsung and onTV-Media Bring SA’s First Smart TV App to Life

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 05 October, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa’s partnership with onTV-Media gives Samsung Smart TV and Smartphone users access to Africa’s first and only lifestyle app,…


Digital Content

SES and Softwire Digital Solutions introduce high speed data connectivity for computer literacy programme

SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 50 geostationary satellites, today announced a multi-year contract with Softwire Digital…


Digital Content

South Africa Tops Africa in Mobile App Downloads

South Africa leads in mobile application downloads in the sub-Saharan Africa market as consumers in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya race to catch up, says an international organisation. The GSM Association…


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Opportunities

Applications have opened for the African Rethink Awards My African StartUp is now accepting applications for The African Rethink Awards. The award is aimed at developing African entrepreneurs to become…


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Events

Fibre to Home Conference 201520-21 October 2015Kigali Rwanda"Despite the abundance of sub-sea cables linking Africa to the rest of the world, most African countries still struggle with a lack of…