Issue no 828 - 20th May 2016

Top Story

Data close to overtaking voice revenues in one African market – The whole shape of the business is changing

For three years or more we have writing about how everything will become data and that Africa will not be any different from elsewhere as this change takes place. Two pieces of news have added significant evidence for this proposition this week. Russell Southwood looks at what it all means for Africa’s mobile operators. The eagle-eyed Arthur Goldstuck noticed in Vodacom’s results that data revenues in South Africa are close to eclipsing voice revenues. Data revenue rose 27% to R17.2bn and voice revenue were down 6% to R24bn.  The point at which Vodacom’s data revenues overtake voice revenues cannot be…

Telecoms

ARTP gives Senegalese operators six months to complete subscriber registration process

Abdou Karim Sall, the director of Senegal’s Regulation Authority of Post and Telecoms (Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes, ARTP), has given the country’s telecoms operators – Orange…


Telecoms

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrates ICT entrepreneurship

World Telecommunication and Information Society celebrated the fact that billions of people around the world are now connected to a smart, networked environment and looked ahead to new and previously…


Telecoms

South Africa: MTN intensifies network improvement exercise

MTN South Africa has invested more than R20 billion in the past two years to expand its network. The company’s Acting Chief Technology Officer, Krishna Chetty, disclosed  the investment in…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Natcoms statement calls for Nigerian mobile subscribers to be given compensation as found in Bangladesh and India

GSM was introduced in Nigeria in August, 2001. The two network operators in Nigeria then, gave subscribers on their network an introductory incentive of N6,000.00 (Six Thousand Naira) FREE to…


Internet

iWayAfrica Extends Contract with Avanti Communications

Avanti Communications Group plc , a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, announces a contract extension with pan-African broadband provider, iWayAfrica until March…


Internet

Africa connecting to global growth with Eseye’s AnyNet Gold SIM

The Internet of Things (IoT) has dramatically shifted business models and disrupted numerous markets, but in terms of global connectivity management solutions, it has fallen short. Enterprises across Africa are…


Internet

South Africa: Vodacom cracks 1Gbps on LTE-U test

Not to be outdone by its rivals, Vodacom has announced it has achieved mobile broadband speeds of over 1Gbps. Vodacom said it has hit mobile broadband speeds of over 1Gbps…


Computing

Vox Telecom launches Private Cloud Services in South Africa

Unlike typically available cloud products, which are offered on an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) model, Vox Telecom is offering a turnkey solution that…


Money Transfer

Ghanaian diaspora embrace MTN Mobile Money when sending home with WorldRemit

MTN Mobile Money has become the fastest growing method of receiving WorldRemit  international money transfers in Ghana. The number of transfers received on mobile accounts is growing by 13% per…


Money Transfer

MobiCash launches in South Africa as M-Pesa takes flight

Mobile payment firm MobiCash (not related to Kenya’s MobiKash) has partnered with cellphone payments company Boloro to launch in South Africa allowing townships and spaza shops to accept mobile payments…


Money Transfer

Sierra Leone: Digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives

Mobile Data UsageMobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Neotel said to have attracted two bids, Seacom and Econet Wireless; GloCell, Allied Mobile in acquisition talks

South African telecoms operator Neotel has reportedly attracted two takeover bids – from submarine cable provider Seacom and Econet Wireless, the parent of pan-African fibre-optic provider Liquid Telecom – following…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Konga is not shutting down – management

Konga.com is not shutting down, according to the management of the ecommerce platform. Responding to rumors that the company planned to shut down its website for five days to test…


Digital Content

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Biko Zulu took home two titles:…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Govt dumps social media Bill

Nigeria's government has this week decided to withdraw the controversial Frivolous Petition Bill after it failed to garner enough support. The action was taken following a submission by the Committee…


Digital Content

Airtel, Facebook Partnership to Narrow Nigeria's Digital Divide

The partnership recently sealed by Airtel and Facebook is expected to narrow Nigeria's digital divide and give room for content developers. Tagged 'Free Basics' with this package, Nigerians with Airtel…


Digital Content

Africa: Rwandan Firm launches Video Streaming Platform

Rwandan artists and content developers now have a new avenue to showcase and exhibit their work following the launch of a new video streaming site. The platform, www.journal.rw, developed and…


Digital Content

Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business revealed

Africa’s first Chair in Digital Business is to be established at the Wits Business School through an initial five-year funding commitment from Telkom. This is in line with leading academic…


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People

Africa’s Top Women Innovators Take the Stage in Kigali · Five winners have been selected from the Forum’s challenge to find Africa’s top women innovators · Winners hail from Kenya,…


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Opportunities

Orange launches 6th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East PARIS, France, May 18, 2016/ -- Orange  is launching a call for candidates for…