News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 838 5 August 2016

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Africa’s Data Future – Telecoms regulators need to innovate to get lower Internet access costs

Africa’s data and Internet communications infrastructure has improved so much in the last decade that it’s easy to become complacent. The dual challenges of price and quality of service have not been overcome. African regulators have never been good at imagining the future and with all the improvements they seem to have taken their eye off the ball. Russell Southwood looks at why things are stuck and what might get them moving again.Africa’s transition to data is crucial for the next round of investment in the continent. The existence of relatively cheap Internet access and the services and content it…

Telecoms

Meet the Tizen Smartphone That Samsung is Bringing to Kenya and Other African Markets Soon

There was an interesting unannounced guest at this evening’s local version of the global Samsung Unpacked event where we got to see the Galaxy Note 7 unveiled: a pre-release Samsung…


Telecoms

MTN spent R1.3 billion on ‘professional services’ to negotiate Nigeria fine

MTN has reported a big drop in earnings for the six months ended June 2016, which it says is primarily down to its operations in Nigeria – including a regulatory…


Telecoms

Tanzania: Government Blocks Two Million Fake Phones From Market

The government has blocked 1.82 million counterfeit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers since the exercise began last month, with the control against the use of fake devices in the…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Following successful negotiations with its global network of partners, Safaricom reduced roaming charges for calls and data by up to 99 per cent for over 200 networks across the world.…


Internet

Wananchi Group selects Qwilt to improve video streaming

Wananchi Group has chosen Qwilt's open caching solution to optimize over-the-top (OTT) video delivery and improve quality of experience for its subscribers. By deploying Qwilt's Open Cache solution, Wananchi was…


Internet

South Africa: BitCo Launches 300Mbps Fibre to the Business Promotion

BitCo is excited to officially launch its Corporate Fibre Uncapped Internet 300Mbps at only R12 950 per month. This is a massive opportunity for businesses to upgrade their connectivity at…


Internet

NCC Declares Internet Users Remained at 92m in June

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently said Internet users on Nigeria’s telecommunications networks have reduced to 92,281,921, as at June 2016. The commission made this known in its monthly Internet…


Internet

Sonatel tests free public Wi-Fi

Senegalese incumbent telco Sonatel, 42.3%-owned by France’s Orange Group, has launched a free public Wi-Fi trial network in Rufisque in the Dakar region of western Senegal. Pending the outcome of…


Internet

Internet - In brief

Tigo Rwanda has announced the commissioning of a wholesale IP Transit service for KT Rwanda Networks. The wholesale IP Transit deal will allow internet international traffic from KT Rwanda Networks…


Computing

Nigeria: Govt Moves to Curb Cybercrime Threat to National Security

Following the rise in cybercrime in recent times, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said that the federal government is now ready the expand its horizon to protect the…


Money Transfer

FNB just launched a bank branch made out of a shipping container

FNB has unveiled a new mobile banking unit made from a shipping container, and designed to extend banking services to unbanked rural communities in South Africa.The container is equipped it…


Money Transfer

ChatPay Launched in Nigeria

Social media in Nigeria, last week, got a boost with the launch of ChatPay, which targets 100 billion social media users in the next few years. ChatPay, which comes with…


Money Transfer

Africa’s New Top-Up Leader: Ozaremit Accelerates its Development

LONDON, United Kingdom, August 4, 2016/ -- Ozaremit (www.Ozaremit.com), a new top-up leader, accelerates its development only 3 months after its launch.Ozaremit currently covers 110 countries, including 35 countries in…


Money Transfer

Why Nigeria suspended some intl money transfer operators

The Central bank of Nigeria has advised Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to beware of the unwholesome activities of some unlicensed International Money Transfer Operators in the country.It…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit Calls for Urgent Restoration of Money Transfers to Nigeria

Hundreds of global remittance companies forced to cease transfers while Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria continue.WorldRemit, a leading online remittance provider, is calling for the urgent restoration of money transfers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa: Ericsson Targets Tanzania for investment

Dar es Salaam — Ericsson is considering to invest an unspecified amount in various sectors of Tanzania.It is looking up to sectors of transport, energy, technology, finance and public safety…


Digital Content

AdVoice to serve audio Ads on Nigerian mobile networks

Nigerian mobile advertising provider, AdVoice, says it is rolling out an audio Ads service on mobile operators’ networks in Nigeria.AdVoice has been built for mobile network operators to get a…


Digital Content

Africa's most innovative – and controversial – tech hacks

Africa may be taking a great leap forward into the digital era. But when technology reaches a new area, the hackers are never far behind.Many are familiar with the African…


Digital Content

'Don't marry a woman who can't cook'

He's one of Nigeria's most influential and well-respected pastors in a country that is fervently religious, so when Pastor Enoch Adeboye speaks, people listen. Although sometimes a little later than…


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Opportunities

MTN Business reveals winners of the App of the Year Awards 2016MTN Business has revealed the winners of its 5th annual MTN Business App of the Year Awards during a…


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People

Nigeria: NCC appoints new commissionersAccording to a report by TelecomPaper, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye as chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).According to the report,…


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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…