Issue no 817 - March 2016

Top Story

Nigeria: NBC’s sale of 4G spectrum to MTN, the questions that will not go away…

817 - 4G LTE in Africa

The controversy swirling round the sale of 4G spectrum to Nigeria’s leading operator MTN just won’t go away. Indeed there is a danger that it may yet find itself at the centre of the troubles engulfing the broadcast regulator NBC who it bought the spectrum from. Russell Southwood returns to the fray to try and sort noise from signal.

Telecoms

40% Of Mobiles In Tanzania Are Fake, And They’re About To Lose Service

An estimated 40 percent of mobile phones used in Tanzania are counterfeits and the government plans to switch off service to them by June 17 citing lost tax revenue, security…


Telecoms

Emtel and MC VISION First in the World to Commercially Deploy Multicast ABR Technology With Broadpeak’s nanoCDN

RENNES, France — March 1, 2016 — Broadpeak, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies and live and on-demand servers for cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile operators…


Telecoms

Ericsson hosts ‘Africa Night’ at Mobile World Congress 2016

During Mobile World Congress 2016, Ericsson hosted a discussion on the impact of smart cities for a connected Africa with a distinguished panel of leading players in the information and…


Telecoms

Angola: Unitel Data Roaming Reaches Ethiopia

Luanda — Unitel, mobile operator in Angola, reached for the first time, data roaming service in Ethiopia, thus strengthening the presence of the network in Africa. A press note released…


Telecoms

Viettel Burundi (Lumitel) switches on 4G network in six provinces

Viettel Burundi, backed by Vietnamese military-backed telecoms group Viettel and offering services under the brand name Lumitel, has launched the country’s first 4G LTE network. In a press release, the…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has honoured telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, with the ‘Most Innovative Business Idea’ Award for its Recharge & Hit-a-Million Promo. The award…


Internet

Nigeria: NATCOM makes VoLTE test call

NATCOM Consortium, the company that acquired moribund fixed line operator Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary M-Tel last year, has made its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) test call in Lagos,…


Internet

Rocket Internet’s Africa Internet Group raises $326M from Goldman Sachs and others

Fresh from pulling in $83 million from European insurance giant AXA last month, Africa Internet Group (AIG) — the Rocket Internet-backed company behind e-commerce site Jumia — has announced that…


Computing

On Time International expands operations in Africa to simplify access to public services for citizens

On Time International  has just announced upcoming tour in West Africa in order to present the company’s expertise in managing administrative services on behalf of public authorities. Thanks to substantial…


Computing

South Africa: 'Growing Demand' for Raspberry Pi in SA

Demand for the credit card sized Raspberry Pi customisable computer - which was originally developed for education - is growing in South Africa, says a company. Official distributors of the…


Computing

International Women's Day - AfDB Calls for Safe Cyberspace for Women

The African Development Bank's East Africa Regional Resource Centre (EARC), is hosting a forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on the theme "Making the Internet a Safer Place for Women" to mark…


Money Transfer

Visa expands operations to Côte d’Ivoire

Visa has announced its intention to open an office in Côte d’Ivoire, bringing the benefits of electronic payments to the economy and a broader range of consumers and merchants across…


Money Transfer

Kenya takes lead in booming African mobile money market

Technological and cultural trends have put Kenya at the forefront of the mobile money boom in Africa. A recent report by the Central Bank of Kenya shows that mobile money…


Money Transfer

SimbaPay expands Africa Remittance Service to more EU Countries

Africans living in these EU countries will now be able to send money back home instantly and free of charge SimbaPay, a leading digital money transfer provider, has expanded its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN to cut FY dividend ahead of Nigeria fine settlement

A logo sits on display at the headquarters of MTN Group Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. MTN, Africa's largest wireless operator, said first-half headline earnings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C lauds court ruling on Vodacom/Neotel merger

South African operator Cell C has welcomed the high court's judgment that says Vodacom cannot acquire Neotel's licences, terming it a victory for consumers. In a statement, Cell C CEO…


Digital Content

SAFA Digital App to Fight Age Cheating

The South African Football Association (SAFA) is trialling a new digital technology designed to limit the practice of age cheating in school sport. SAFA on Friday launched a programme to…


Digital Content

In South Africa, Drones Used to Battle Rhino Poaching

In hills where Zulu royalty once hunted wildlife, South African conservationists now scan live video from a thermal-imaging camera attached to a drone, looking for heat signatures of poachers stalking…


Digital Content

Trend hunter: Queens of Kenya's tiny screen

In Kenya a growing number of young women have channelled flaunting it into a business, harnessing Instagram and social media and brokering sponsorship deals for their selfies and short clips…


Digital Content

MailOnline to enter SA market, appoints ad partner

The world’s most visited English-language newspaper website, the Mail Online, is set to enter the South African market as it looks to leverage the large readership it already enjoys in…


Digital Content

Kenyan Films Board Gives Google a Week to Take Down Gay Song Video

The Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) has ordered Google to pull down a video that the agency says is inappropriate for promoting gay relationships. According to Business Daily, Chief executive…


Digital Content

Kenyan doctors develop phone app to detect blindness

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Kenyan doctors has developed a smartphone app that will be used for eye examination to help address cases of…


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Opportunities

$100k up for grabs for Africa’s youngest entrepereneurs Applications for the Anisha Prize, now in its sixth edition, have opened with total prize money now worth US$100 000. The competition,…


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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…