Issue no 810 - 15th January 2016

Top Story

Nigeria’s top broadcast regulator arrested over 4G spectrum sale to MTN – Three questions needing answers

The sale of 700 MHz spectrum to MTN Nigeria by the broadcast regulator, Emeka Mba was already mired in controversy. But this week he found himself arrested by Nigeria’s anti-corruption body the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and taken in for questioning. Russell Southwood picks his way gingerly through the smoke to ask three questions. The arrest of regulators is not entirely unknown in Africa. I have found myself shaking hands with someone one week who was then arrested the next week. The most notable cases have been two Senegalese Director-Generals and a senior Liberian regulator. Also those with long…

Telecoms

Nigeria-Cameroon submarine cable goes live…

MainOne has announced that the high capacity Nigerian-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS) connecting Lagos, Nigeria and Kribi, Cameroon has been completed and went live last month. The new submarine cable…


Telecoms

Spacecom disconnects Amos-5 satellite

Spacecom daid it has officially disconnected the Amos-5 satellite, after failing to re-establish communication with it. The company confirmed to ITWeb Africa that no communication has been heard from the…


Telecoms

Viettel Targets 95% Tanzanian Coverage by Year-End

Mobile operator Viettel Tanzania, which launched commercial services under the Halotel brand name in October last year, plans to increase wireless population coverage from the current level of 90% to…


Telecoms

Econet sues Potraz for $132m

Econet Wireless has approached the High Court seeking an order compelling the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) to pay over $132 million in damages for losses incured…


Telecoms

Orange Will Acquire 100 Percent of the Mobile Operator Cellcom Liberia

Orange has announced that it has entered into a firm agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited to acquire, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire, 100% of Cellcom's Liberia subsidiary, the leading…


Internet

South Africa: WhatsApp Faces Possible Regulation in South Africa

Over-the-top internet services, such as WhatsApp, could be regulated in South Africa depending on the outcome of planned Parliament hearings this month. Over-the-top services - which range from WhatsApp to…


Internet

Kenyan Regulators Differ Over Plans To Regulate Content On Netflix

The Communications Authority Of Kenya has differed with the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) over the regulation of content carried by American movie streaming service Netflix, which launched operations in…


Computing

Presidency: Govt agencies must ‘aggregate databases of Nigerians’

President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a marching order to government agencies collecting demographic and biometric data of citizens and legal residents in Nigeria to aggregate them into the nation’s single…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Uganda's tax collector and telecommunications firms are counting losses caused by small operators that have exploited loopholes in the One Area Network (OAN) system by offering cheap international calls, the…


Money Transfer

Kenya: NBK Partners With Airtel to Launch Mobile Banking Service

Airtel Kenya and National Bank of Kenya have partnered to launch mobile banking services through Airtel Money service. The service will enable National Bank customers transfer funds to other National…


Money Transfer

Nigerian gift-card startup SureGifts introduces unique way to obtain loans

Nigerian gift-card startup SureGifts is introducing a new service that allows employees in Nigeria to obtain voucher loans to pay for certain online services. Even though many Nigerians on social…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Uber to accept cash payments

According to a report via today.ng, Uber will launch a cash payment experiment in Lagos, Nigeria on Monday January 18, 2016. The report reveals that, in order to pay via…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange to acquire Airtel’s subsidiaries in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone

Orange and Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV have signed an agreement leading to Orange’s acquisition of Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. Orange will acquire 100% of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C plans IPO in future

South Africa’s third largest operator Cell C wants to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in the next three to four years after strengthening itself sufficiently for a listing,…


Digital Content

SMS Platform Empowers Small Scale Farmers in Uganda

Despite massive advances in technology, the majority of farmers in Africa do not know how to use a smart phone. Few of them go online to research about a new…


Digital Content

Rwanda: The Founder of SafeMotos On Where to Find Your Next Big Business Idea

SafeMotos is all the buzz in Kigali. The startup connects passengers with safe motorcycle taxis through its smartphone app. The app has been downloaded nearly 4,000 times, and the SafeMotos…


Digital Content

Call of Duty publisher sued by family of Angolan rebel

Jonas Savimbi is portrayed as a ‘barbarian’ in Call of Duty: Black Ops II say three of his children who seek €1m damages Video game publisher Activision is being sued…


Digital Content

The Case Of The Missing Budget: Twitter Reacts To News That Nigeria’s Budget Disappeared

Multiple outlets are reporting that Nigeria’s budget is missing. What might sound at first like some arcane parliamentary problem is actually literal: Hundreds of documents on which the official 2016…


Digital Content

Mapping the Deaths of Protesters in Ethiopia

Since the beginning of November 2015, at least 140 peaceful protesters have been killed in Ethiopia according to Human Rights Watch. Photo and video evidence suggests that most of the…