Issue no 814 - 12th February 2016

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South Sudan: MTN becomes the number one player in Africa’s newest country market

When South Sudan became independent from Sudan it looked like a golden opportunity for operators.  Then came the disastrous civil war and things went rapidly downhill with a falling oil price. However, a ceasefire agreement is rolling very slowly into place and things may change. Russell Southwood talked to MTN’s CEO Philip Besiimire about the prospects for the market. There are four mobile operators (my estimate of their market share in brackets):MTN (37%); Vivacell (35%); Zain (<30%%); and Gemtel (<5%). Gemtel is owned by the Libyan investment vehicle Lap Green and has therefore struggled to hold its place in the…

Telecoms

MTN, Vodacom hiked prices by 400%: claim

Altech Autopage’s largest client, Saicom, alleged before the Competition Tribunal on Wednesday that the cost of some of MTN and Vodacom’s cellphone packages have increased by between 400% and 500%.…


Telecoms

Airtel appeals for Sh2.1 billion frequency licence fee waiver

Airtel Kenya has lodged an appeal with ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru for a waiver of the Sh2.1 billion frequency licence fee that the Communications Authority of Kenya ruled that…


Telecoms

Konga partners mi-Fone for launch of mi-Tribe A500 in Nigeria

Nigeria’s leading online store, Konga, has partnered with mi-Fone to launch the mi-Tribe series of smartphones in Africa’s most populous country. See Here The first smartphone launched is the Mi-Tribe…


Telecoms

Tanzania: New frequencies for auctioning to boost services

Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) will auction new frequencies acquired at the World Radio Communication Conference (WRC) for improved mobile broadband, it was disclosed. Opening the national frequency stakeholders’ meeting…


Telecoms

Vodafone still interested in Mobilis

British telecoms group Vodafone is still reportedly interested in entering the Algerian mobile market via the acquisition of a stake in Mobilis, the mobile arm of state-owned telecoms provider Algerie…


Telecoms

MTN ordered to take down its music

Johannesburg - Fed-up songwriters have issued mobile network MTN a ‘take-down’ notice to remove music from its stores as of today. Non-profit organisation the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (Capasso)…


Telecoms

Etisalat Nigeria leads in porting wins in December

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said mobile operators posted a total of 35,500 numbers in the month of December 2015. NCC's latest report shows that there was a decrease of…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Nigeria's Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has directed MTN Nigeria to pay NGN 1.85 million to one of the winners of its Ultimate Wonder Promo for lack of due diligence. CPC's…


Internet

The Battle for the Web: Five Years After Egypt's #Jan25 Uprising

Behind the Western-supported government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s lies a troubling trend threatening free speech in Egypt. CPJ’s latest figures list Egypt as the second highest jailer of journalists,…


Internet

AXA partners with Africa Internet Group to sell insurance products and services through Jumia

Africa Internet Group (AIG), parent company of online retailer Jumia, has announced a partnership with insurance and asset management company AXA. The deal will see AXA become the exclusive provider…


Internet

Telkom said to be close to R750m government Internet deal

The ANC has pledged to extend broadband access to every household by the end of this decade. Rows of fibre optic cables are seen feeding into a computer server inside…


Computing

Africa: UN ICT Chief Believes All Girls Should Aspire to Be 'Geeks'

Atefah "Atti" Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer of the United Nations, carries the following items in her handbag at all times - a screwdriver set, a Swiss Army knife…


Computing

South Africa: Government needs private sector to refresh SA Connect

The ANC government’s fixation with its developmental state as the apex service delivery vehicle is proving to be the major impediment to the delivery of South Africa Connect, an ambitious…


Computing

Uganda Deploys Biometric Technology to Improve General Election Transparency

On February 18th Uganda’s General Elections will take place. The Electoral Commission of Uganda is partnering with Smartmatic, the world’s leading electronic voting technology company, to use a biometric voter…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: MTN Picks Gemalto for Roll-Out of Mobile Connect Service

MTN Nigeria has picked digital security company Gemalto to provide it with its mobile ID platform, the MTN Token. This new project marks the first commercial roll-out of SIM-based services…


Money Transfer

As Its Market Grows, Nigerian E-Commerce Startup Africa Internet Group Raises $83 Million

Some of Africa’s best funded ecommerce startups just secured more capital. Africa Internet Group (AIG)—which owns online retailer Jumia and 9 other e-ventures—will receive €75 million ($83 million) from Europe’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label gains on jump in earnings

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, which is in talks to buy 35% of mobile operator Cell C, looks set to turn in a strong financial performance in the six months ended…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label gains on jump in earnings

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms, which is in talks to buy 35% of mobile operator Cell C, looks set to turn in a strong financial performance in the six months ended…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Sudan FY revenue advances 13% to USD 717 mln

Zain Sudan performed well in 2015 in local currency (SDG) terms, with revenues up 13 percent year-on-year to SDG 4.56 billion. In US dollar terms, revenues rose 7 percent to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat Nigeria is bringing an “antitrust” suit against MTN

When it rains, it pours. Major news outlets are reporting that Etisalat Nigeria is squaring off in court against its bigger, yellow counterpart. The problem? MTN’s acquisition of Visafone, a…


Digital Content

REDISA launches mobile game about waste collection

To drive education about the benefits and opportunities that can be found in waste, the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) has launched a mobile game. This…


Digital Content

250 Taxi - Kigali's Version of Uber

Using information and communication technology (ICT) to access services is progressively becoming a way of life in the country, with the latest innovation the introduction of an online application that…


Digital Content

The Power of Social Media in Uganda's 2016 Elections

On February 18, Uganda goes to the polls. Like many countries around the world, social media has become part and parcel of political communication and conversation in Uganda. For example,…


Digital Content

Cashless parking app KaChing launched in SA

Cashless, ticketless, user-friendly parking app KaChing has launched in South Africa, using LPR technology to open the boom when users arrive at and leave a parking lot, and automatically deducting…


Digital Content

Digital Classroom In a Box unveiled

Gilat Satcom has announced that its Digital Classroom In A Box is now available for shipping to Africa, as a part of the Smart Village turnkey solution. This new concept…


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Opportunities

The Entrepreneur Club for start-ups in Africa and the Middle East Orange is launching the Entrepreneur Club, a new space for information in French and English devoted to entrepreneurs in…


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Events

Education Innovation Summit17 March 2016 Protea Fire & Ice, Johannesburg. South Africa Education reform is essential to provide learners with what are commonly called 21st century skills — those competencies…