News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 839 12 August 2016

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Kenya’s Safaricom edges quietly into the home space with the Big Box and possible FTTH option with Kenya Power

Kenya’s Safaricom has taken its time positioning itself to attack the home connectivity market. But with the Big Box it’s now got an improved product it feels happy with and has other plans to strengthen its hand in the household space. Russell Southwood spoke to Safaricom’s Head of Strategy Ken Okwero about what’s on the horizon.The Big Box is a set-top box that gives customers three things: 1) a DTT receiver for Free-To-Air TV signals; a Wi-Fi hot-spot to distribute connectivity in the household; and a 3G or 4G signal to receive mobile bandwidth for streaming and other uses. The…

Telecoms

MTN’s Visafone unit trials new LTE network

Visafone Communications, a subsidiary of mobile market leader MTN Nigeria, has begun trialling a 4G LTE service for smartphone users, with a view to strengthening its position in the West…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NATCOMS welcomes the new Board of regulator NCC

“We welcome and congratulate the new Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission of Mr. Sunday Dare, Mr. Aliyu Saidu Abubakar, Mr. Clement Obeiza Baiye, Chief Okoi Ofem Obono Obia, Pastor…


Telecoms

Safaricom to book Sh9.2bn for police security system

Safaricom is set to bill the government Sh9.2 billion for construction of the communication and surveillance system for the National Police Service.The telco says in its latest annual report that…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Optimum Telecom Algerie (formerly Orascom Telecom Algeria [OTA]), operating as Djezzy, is aiming to launch 4G LTE services in Algeria this autumn, according to an investment report by Egypt-based parent…


Internet

MainOne deploys anti-cyberattack service in Lagos

MainOne, West Africa’s connectivity and data centre provider, says it has launched a counter cyber-attacks service in Lagos for Nigerian businesses to check Internet attacks.MainOne says the service has become…


Internet

Tigo, KT Rwanda Networks ink IP Transit partnership

Tigo Rwanda has announced the commissioning of a wholesale IP Transit service for local 4G wholesale operator KT Rwanda Networks. The deal will allow international broadband traffic from KT Rwanda…


Internet

The world's first website went online 25 years ago today

On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words…


Computing

Data privacy rules give certainty for cloud adoption in Africa

With stronger information privacy and data protection laws coming into effect in South Africa and other parts of the continent, businesses operating in Africa must think carefully about where and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

South Africa - Cwele asks court to block spectrum auction

Minister Siyabonga Cwele asked the High Court to interdict, review and set aside ICASA's spectrum licensing process.The minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), Siyabonga Cwele, has…


Money Transfer

Azimo lets users send money via Facebook

Consumers around the world are now able to send money to each other via Facebook thanks to a new transfer service being introduced.Azimo, creator of the world’s largest digital money…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana Poised To Promote Cashless Economy

According to the General Manager, Mobile Financial Services at MTN Mr. Eli Hini, who was speaking at the launching ceremony of MTN Mobile Money Month , held in Accra ,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat completes sale of Sudanese telco Canar

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has announced the completion of the sale of its 92.3% stake in Sudanese fixed line operator Canar Telecommunication Company (Canar) to the Bank of Khartoum. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN loses over R80m on Afrihost sale

MTN's 50.02% shareholding in Afrihost will be sold back to the Internet service provider within the next three months.In November 2014, MTN acquired 50% plus one share of Afrihost for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PIC reported to be abandoning Sale of Vodacom Stake to Black Investors

A planned sale of shares in South African wireless operator Vodacom Group Ltd. by the Public Investment Corp. to black investors has been abandoned, according to two people familiar with…


Digital Content

7 South African Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasting has blown up internationally in recent years with the success of shows like Serial and This American Life and the popularity of black podcasts like The Read, For Colored…


Digital Content

Mobile tech enables family planning data access

An innovative mobile technology is helping countries in Sub-Sahara Africa access vital data on family planning and reproductive health every six months. Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), which uses the…


Digital Content

Ethiopia: Whatsapp, Facebook Blocked in Ethiopia After Protestors Killed By Security Forces

This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 8 August 2016.In response to Ethiopian security forces killing dozens of protesters in the Amhara and Oromia regions during protests on August…


Digital Content

From Nollywood to Shujaaz: how the internet is shaking up African entertainment

From low-budget action movies to ‘Africa’s Netflix’, smartphones and the internet are kickstarting innovation in film and TVFrom the juggernaut that is Nigeria’s Nollywood to the budget action films made…


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Opportunities

Women In ICT Awards “Partnering for Change”MTN in partnership with Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio have unveiled a female recognition platform that acknowledges and celebrates the contribution made by…


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People

Safaricom Appoints Ron Webb the New Head of Financial ServicesSafaricom has announced Ron Webb as the new head of the financial services division. The division houses Safaricom’s mobile money service…


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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…