News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 837 29 July 2016

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Comsol to spend US$70 million rolling out Millimetre Band nationally in South Africa to create fibre-like wireless for local access

Big international players like Facebook and Google are promising a range of connectivity solutions relevant to Africa including balloons, drones and lasers. Comsol has rolled out and has operational with customers Millimetre Band wireless technology that can deliver 7 gbps connections at a local level. Russell Southwood spoke to Comsol’s CEO Iain Stevenson about how it works and its potential for Africa.South African connectivity provider Comsol has gone through a number of evolutions before its current focus on providing last mile connectivity for all sectors and delivery to fibre nodes.Without much fanfare it has been piloting Millimetre Band technology to…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Danjuma takes over as ntel Chairman after buying ‘significant’ shares

ntel, the successor company of Nigeria’s pioneer national operator, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), has landed “significant investment” from General TY Danjuma, who has taken over as Chairman of the telecoms…


Telecoms

Orange Drives Digital Transformation in the Middle East and Africa with New Innovations in Smart Metering, Solar Power, NFC and Customer Experience The Middle East and Africa remains a key growth contributor for Orange

Speaking at its 4th annual strategy and activity update for press and analysts in London on 28 July, Ramon Fernandez, Deputy CEO and Chief Finance and Strategy Officer, Bruno Mettling,…


Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania deploys PeerApp Content-Delivery Solution

PeerApp has announced the sale of its UltraBand content-caching solution to Vodacom Tanzania.Vodacom compared the PeerApp product to competing offerings and determined that UltraBand constitutes the most efficient solution for…


Telecoms

Africa Hits 557M Unique Mobile Subs; Smartphones to Dominate By 2020

More than half a billion people across Africa now subscribe to mobile services, with the next wave of growth to be fuelled by mobile broadband networks and services that will…


Telecoms

Ghanaian parliament approves Interconnect Clearinghouse regulations

The parliament of Ghana has approved the regulations covering the operations of an Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH), confirms a press release from the National Communications Authority (NCA). The Electronic Communications (ICH…


Telecoms

Huawei Launched its 1st Innovation & Experience centre in Africa

Huawei signed a Cooperation Contract with the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) on July 19th during the launch of their joint Innovation and Experience Centre in Johannesburg. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Middle East and Africa telecom carrier CMC Networks has expanded its NNI and partnership programme reach by finalizing a partnership and interconnect with Ethio Telecom to provide MPLS services to…


Internet

Gilat Satcom Launches ISP in Uganda, Continuing its Pan-African Expansion

Gilat Satcom announced that it has established an ISP in Uganda which is already providing fast, reliable and highly secure broadband services to more than 60 business clients, mainly around…


Internet

South Africa: BitCo debuts licensed spectrum radio network

Licensed frequency microwave links are the perfect alternative to fibre, especially for areas where fibre is not currently available. BitCo has a National Spectrum License and can now deploy high…


Computing

Rwanda: Babyl Launches Digital Healthcare System

A new digital health care system for patients to access doctors through their mobile devices was introduced yesterday at the opening of this year's trade exhibition in Gikondo, Kigali.The service…


Money Transfer

Kenyan Diaspora Sends One Million Money Transfers With WorldRemit

Kenyans living abroad have now sent one million money transfers with WorldRemit.  With the WorldRemit app or website, the diaspora can send safe, instant transfers to Kenya at the touch…


Money Transfer

Ecobank and BOI Join Forces to Drive Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

Ecobank  Transnational  Incorporated  parent  company  of  the  Ecobank  Group,  its Nigerian  subsidiary  Ecobank  Nigeria and  Bank  of  Industry  Limited yesterday  signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate  in deepening financial …


Money Transfer

Bill Gates to expand interests in Ethiopia

The Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, has expressed an interest in investingh in the electronic payment and store value system in Ethiopia after seeing the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom ups its stake in XLink Communications to 100%

South African telecoms operator Vodacom, via its investment arm Vodacom Ventures, has increased its stake in Internet of Things (IoT) player XLink Communications for an undisclosed sum, TechFinancials reports. Vodacom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom’s revenue up by 6% in 1H16

Maroc Telecom (IAM), the country’s leading telco in terms of subscribers, has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2016, reporting a 6.1% increase in revenues,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom settles Sh693m Safaricom inter-connection bill

Telkom Kenya has paid a long-outstanding Sh693 million claim it owed Safaricom for interconnection charges.Steve Chege, Safaricom director for corporate affairs, however, says Telkom Kenya is yet to settle another…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Pan-African Fintech company, MFS Africa acquires airtime top-up provider, Sochitel

Leading pan-African fintech company, MFS Africa has announced the acquisition of Sochitel, an international airtime top-up provider, in a move that creates the largest value transfer payment network focusing on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mergers, acquisitions and Financial results – In brief

Helios Towers DRC, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa has completed a USD105 million upsizing of its syndicated term loan facility. The loan facility will…


Digital Content

From killing machines to agents of hope: the future of drones in Africa

How advances in unmanned aerial vehicle technology are providing promising solutions under African skiesSome are killing machines. Others are pesky passions of the weekend hobbyist. As such, drones have not…


Digital Content

Code club Senegal, where women are leading the way

Buying land to build on in Senegal can be a nightmare. There are plenty of empty-looking plots in desirable areas, but woe betide the novice buyer.Scams abound, and any one…


Digital Content

Toyin Aimakhu Announces Yoruba-Themed ‘Teemoji’ App

An estimated six billion of the digital shorthand icons are sent daily worldwide, and its popularity contines to explode, which translates into mega-bucks.Kim Kardashian’s Kimoji app launched in 2015 nearly…


Digital Content

Tanzania: New Innovation Challenge Launched

The Human Innovation Development Fund (HDIF) in collaboration with the Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) has launched the Mawazo Challenge, an initiative to stimulate ideas and find design concepts…


Digital Content

Movie platform, NollyLand launches Apple TV app

NollyLand, a world class movie platform, has announced the launch of an app for Apple TV, allowing subscribers to enjoy content on their large TV.They can watch thousands of hand-picked…


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Opportunities

Miss.Africa seed fund opens second roundNon-profit organisation DotConnectAfrica (DCA) has launched the second round of its Miss.Africa initiative, a seed fund that awards selected women and girls in the science,…


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Events

AITEC’s 10th anniversary Banking & Mobile Money Conference30-31 AugustNairobi, KenyaShowcase for the region’s leading fintech innovations.To mark the 10th anniversary of its Banking & Mobile Money COMESA Conference, AITEC is…