Issue no 833 - 24th June 2016

Top Story

WIOCC CEO Chris Wood bullish about Africa’s international bandwidth growth but says new cables “more than market can soak up”

Africa’s international bandwidth markets are experiencing another growth bump with the roll-out of LTE moving ahead apace. Whereas the minimum unit to buy was an E1, it’s now an STM1. Russell Southwood spoke to Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC about how he sees the market. WIOCC’s Chris Wood told me that he was building out metronets in Johannesburg: ”We’re buying (dark fibre) from DFA and we’ll launch 39 POPs around that. This is exactly what we want to be doing. We’re not making money from it but driving traffic on to our core assets.” The amount of capacity used by…

Telecoms

MTN Faces Another Nigerian Fine: $56M For Ring-Back Tone Copyright Infringement

Dial a random phone number in Nigeria and you’re more likely to hear music than a standard repetitive ring. That’s because ring-back tones are the hottest consumer trend in Nigeria,…


Telecoms

ARTP confirms renewal of Sonatel licences; deal includes 4G concession

Senegal’s industry watchdog, the Regulation Authority of Post and Telecoms (Autorite de Regulation des Telecoms et des Postes, ARTP), has confirmed that it has renewed the operating licences of state-owned…


Telecoms

MTN Nigeria named as sole bidder for 2600MHz spectrum

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that MTN Nigeria, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, emerged as the sole approved bidder in the recently concluded 2600MHz spectrum allocation…


Internet

Kenya - CA puts IT firms on notice over unpaid fees, lack of returns

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has issued a notice to revoke hundreds of licences held by dormant IT firms citing their non-payment of regulatory fees and failure to file…


Internet

'Virtual doctors' helping patients in Zambia

The idea of a "virtual doctor" project might sound rather futuristic.But the inspiration for this scheme to improve health services in Zambia began in very low-tech and unhappy circumstances. Huw…


Internet

Africa Internet Group To Rebrand All Startups Into Jumia Subsidiaries

Africa Internet Group (AIG), a subsidiary of Rocket Internet, is renaming its companies in the African market to become part of one huge Jumia brand.This means all startups under AIG…


Internet

Use Made-in-Nigeria domain names, NIRA tells Nigerian Internet community

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), managers of the country’s Internet real estate, wants Nigerians to adopt the .ng domain in a major ”Made-in-Nigeria” brand push.Mr. Mohammed Sikiru Shehu, Dean…


Internet

SEACOM adds more peering points in Europe and Africa to boost customers' Internet experience

Pan-African telecom enabler and network provider, SEACOM, has added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris to the growing list of European…


Computing

Tigo begins construction of datacentre in Senegal

Telco to invest over US$5-million into into infrastructure in the Senegalese town of Diamniadio.Tigo has announced the construction of a datacenter in Senegal as part of its growth and investment…


Money Transfer

Ecobank targets the unbanked across Africa

Pan African banking group, Ecobank has unveiled a plan that aims to boost financial inclusion for those currently unbanked across Africa. The plan mainly targets people in rural areas and…


Money Transfer

Aleda Brings its Specialist Expertise to the Orange Money Service in France, Making Money Transfers to Africa and within Mainland France Easier than Ever

LIMOGES, France, June 21, 2016/ -- Aleda (www.ALEDA.fr), a French company specialising in paperless payment solutions and money transfers, has established itself as a key player in the sector with…


Money Transfer

SAFARICOM denies Tax Man Access to Customers’ Mobile Money Transaction Records

Telecoms operator Safaricom has rejected the taxman’s quest to gain unfettered access to its customers’ mobile money records, throwing a big hurdle at the Treasury-backed plan meant to smoke out…


Money Transfer

M-PESA money safe after switchoff - Vodacom

JUST after the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) switched off all fake phones, Vodacom has said airtime and money at M-PESA account of their customers whose handsets will be affected,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom refuses Broadband Infraco deal: report

Telkom has walked away from buying Broadband Infraco after the companies could not agree on price, TechCentral reported. Read the full story here:


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange completes acquisition of mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso

Orange has announced that, together with its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso. Since the signature of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Oi gives Samba 34% stake in Namibia’s MTC in return for Samba reducing Africatel share to 14%

AngolaAngolaBrazilBrazilCape VerdeCape VerdeNamibiaNamibiaSao Tome and PrincipeSao Tome and Principe Brazilian telecoms group Oi has issued a statement confirming that Samba Luxco S.a.r.l. (Samba), Oi’s investment partner in developing markets holding…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

HIS Towers completes acquisition of tower sites from Helios

Mauritius-based tower management firm IHS Towers has completed its acquisition of 1,211 tower sites from Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN). Under the agreement, IHS acquired the entire issued share capital of…


Digital Content

Econet secures content creation & distribution deal for Kwesé TV with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Econet Media, the entertainment company, and subsidiary of the Econet Group has entered into a content partnership with T.D. Jakes Enterprises International, the company that’s led by United States pastor,…


Digital Content

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

A Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi is being sued by Kenya's National Bank for writing a series of posts about alleged corruption at the bank, which the country's main financial institution…


Digital Content

The weight of light: how gravity is illuminating sub-Saharan Africa

Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple,…


Digital Content

Refugee rescue app pulled from App Store after it is outed as fake

The I Sea app claimed to help people call lifeboats to refugees by locating their vessels, but actually showed static images of the sea The I Sea app, which also…


Digital Content

Algeria blocks social media to beat exam cheats

Algeria has temporarily blocked access to social media across the country in an attempt to fight cheating in secondary school exams. Almost half of students are being forced to retake…


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People

South Africa - Vodacom recruit a dilemma for MTNMTN is caught in a bind after poaching a top executive from rival Vodacom.New vice-president for the South and East Africa region,…


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Events

FTTH Council Africa: Future of SmartEast Africa Workshop | Nairobi, Kenya28 - 30 June 2016Kenya's telecommunications market has undergone considerable changes in recent years with increased competition and improved connectivity.…