Issue no 799 16th October 2015

Top Story

Google’s Project Link commits to building 1,200 kms of metronet fibre in three key Ghanaian cities and changes the pricing model

Working quietly “below the radar” Google has rolled out metronet fibre in Uganda and Ghana to break through the market barriers that are preventing lower cost retail bandwidth. Russell Southwood spoke to Project Link’s Estelle Akofio-Sowah who heads up its operations in Ghana. Google has committed itself to building 1,200 kms of metronet fibre in Accra, Tema and Kumasi: the majority of the fibre will be rolled out in the Accra/Tema conurbation with 300 kms in Ghana’s second city Kumasi. Work started in June this year in Accra and Tema and on 2 October in Kumasi. The network will be…

Telecoms

Viettel Expands in Africa with a Vision to Provide Every Tanzanian with a Mobile Phone

Viettel has announced the launch of mobile and internet services in Tanzania, under the brand name of Halotel. The launch reflects Viettel’s expansion in its tenth market, and to the…


Telecoms

Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch in South Africa

The Apple brand’s newest trademark phones, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, are now set to debut in South African market. The phones are a new wave of…


Telecoms

NCC lifts minimum retail tariff restriction on new, small operators

In a public notice published on its website, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has permitted ‘small operators’ and non-profit organisations to set their voice and data tariffs below…


Telecoms

Meet Openserve, Telkom’s redesigned wholesale division

Cape Town - Openserve is a distinct business unit within the Telkom Group formed to offer a renewed focus on wholesale customers in particular. The separation heralds a new era…


Telecoms

Kenya: CA to block unregistered SIM cards after audit

Two years after telecom companies in Kenya switched off unregistered SIM cards, the Communications Authority (CA) has commenced an audit to ascertain, identify and block unregistered cards that still flock…


Telecoms

Morocco to establish a centralised number portability database by June 2017

Morocco’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (Agence Nationale de Reglementation de Telecom, ANRT) has amended the terms and conditions for number portability services in the country with Decision 04/15 of 8…


Telecoms

Paratus Telecom Deploys Infinera TM-Series for Metro Network in Africa

Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced the deployment of the Infinera TM-Series for Paratus Telecom’s metro network in Africa. The deployment is Paratus’ first offering of wavelength division multiplexing…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Employees at Malian fixed line incumbent Societe des Telecommunications du Mali (SOTELMA) are now finally stakeholders in the company, Agence Ecofin reports. It was confirmed at a meeting of the…


Internet

Nigeria: Bitflux Rolls Out 'Controlled Service' in Lagos

Eighteen months after winning the 2.3GHz spectrum licence, Bitflux Communications Limited, has finally rolled out 'controlled service' in some parts of Lagos. One of the firm's directors, Biodun Omoniyi disclosed…


Internet

SEACOM’s fibre Internet & Cloud services turning the tide for African business

Pan-African telecoms enabler SEACOM has entered the African enterprise market with best-in-class connectivity and Cloud services that bring business customers lightning–fast bandwidth at highly competitive prices. The launch offerings include…


Internet

South Africa: Project Launched to Promote Safe Internet Use

Johannesburg — THE Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has launched an online safety project to educate South African users on the safety of navigating the internet. The first phase of…


Computing

Ethiopian schools connectivity project boost with China Huawei

ADDIS ABABA (Xinhua) -- Chinese telecom solution provider Huawei has delivered a project that aims to promote resources sharing and educational exchanges among schools in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.…


Computing

Kenya: Biometric Exercise Boosts Kenya Adolescent Girls

Nairobi — Thousands of Kenyan girls that regularly attend school, as well as their households, are set to benefit from a biometric registration exercise a United Kingdom aid agency is…


Money Transfer

MTN Rwanda inks money transfer deal with Safaricom

MTN Rwanda said it has opened its corridor with Kenyan operator Safaricom to let MTN Mobile Money and M-Pesa users send and receive money between the two countries. This comes…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: RSwitch Partners With Telecoms to Boost Electronic Money Transfer Services

The Rwanda national payment switch (RSwitch) yesterday facilitated the first electronic -money interoperability between Airtel and Tigo telecommunication companies. This followed a recent deal reached between the two telecom companies…


Money Transfer

Safaricom rolls out new M-Pesa name confirmation function

M-Pesa users can now confirm the names of mobile money recipients before completing the transfer transaction. Safaricom's new functionality, dubbed "Hakikisha" gives customers a fifteen-second window to confirm the name…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KRA sues Airtel for Sh531 million fifteen-year claim

The taxman says in court papers that the amount arose from Airtel’s $55 million (Sh5.6 billion) purchase of an operating licence in the year 2000. The Commissioner of Income Tax…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Why Millicom is buying a 24% stake in Helios Towers Africa

By owning own 24% of shares in HTA parent company on a fully diluted basis than owning shares in HTA’s tower companies in Ghana, DRC and Tanzania, Millicom positions itself…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Botswana: Africa’s Longest Running Privatisation Process goes into 2016

The part-privatisation of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) is set to be postponed once again, with the country’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recommending that the current deadline of December 2015…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Lawsuits fly in each direction over Unitel ownership

The local shareholders of Angolan mobile market leader Unitel filed a lawsuit at a Luanda court on 12 October against PT Ventures, a subsidiary of Brazilian telco Oi possessing 25%…


Digital Content

East Africa: Google Cultural Institute Launches Digitised National Archives Ahead of Mashujaa Day

The Google Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives, has launched the digitised National Archives - an initiative that celebrates and promotes Kenyan history, Africa's heroes and cultural…


Digital Content

WhatsApp Leads in Popularity, But Not Substance in Tanzanian Election Campaign

Tanzania is set to hold its General Election on October 25, 2015. The main presidential contenders are the popular former Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa, who defected from the ruling party…


Digital Content

South Africa: MTN targets 'free loading' WhatsApp

Cape Town – Mobile operator MTN has fired a shot at popular chat application WhatsApp. The operator fumed at the popularity of chat over the top (OTT) operators.“You have these…


Digital Content

Kenya: #MakeItKenya - Annual Wildebeest Migration to Broadcast Live Online

One of the "Seven New Wonders of the World" - the annual Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Kenya's Maasai Mara - will be broadcasted live for the…


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Opportunities

Finalists revealed for 2015 Appsafrica Innovation Awards With over 200 entries in hand, Appsafrica has now revealed the finalists. (Image Source: theminorityeye.com). The Appsafrica Innovation Awards 2015, according to the…


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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…


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People

Africa’s Top 10 Richest in Tech Africa is home to some of the richest individuals in the world. One of the richest, according to Forbes, in Africa is currently Aliko…