News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 840 19 August 2016

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Paga pulls away from the pack as Nigeria’s m-money market develops – Will offer improved payment choice functionality in September

Nigeria chose to follow its path on m-money and has not allowed the mobile operators to become direct market players. The market has taken longer to develop but is beginning to get into its stride. Russell Southwood spoke to Tayo Oviosu, CEO and Founder, Paga about new developments in its service.There are 21 licensed m-money operators in Nigeria but in practice only three who are operating at scale. A number of these licensed operators are doing niche services: for example, one does collections for an FMCG company.The three main players are Paga, First Monie (First Bank) and eTranzact (Pocket Moni).…

Telecoms

Energy Vision selects Flexenclosure’s eSite for major hybrid power system rollout in Gabon

Energy Vision has selected Flexenclosure – a Sweden-based designer and manufacturer of prefabricated data centre buildings and hybrid power systems for the ICT industry – for a significant eSite hybrid…


Telecoms

Egypt's telecom regulator approves revised terms for 4G licences

CAIRO, Aug 17 Egypt's telecoms regulator has approved revised terms for 4G mobile broadband network licences, and said it will send them out to operators on Sunday.The government offered four…


Telecoms

If I could turn back time… Yozma Timeturns expected to lose 2G licence

Non-operational Congolese cellco Yozma Timeturns is expected to be stripped of its 2G GSM licence – some seven years after being handed the concession. According to a report by local…


Telecoms

Nigerians to Pay 9 Percent Tax On Calls, SMS, MMS, Data, Others

Speaking at a stakeholders' meeting organised by the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI, on CST bill which seeks to levy nine per cent on subscribers for the use…


Telecoms

South Africa: CWU denies sabotaging Telkom’s network

Striking Telkom workers have denied involvement in the alleged sabotage of several network facilities across the country.On Thursday, Telkom put up a R500 000 reward for information regarding the sabotage…


Telecoms

South Africa: Gremlins again hit MTN network

A network outage has hit MTN for the second time this year.The mobile operator said on Thursday that it is experiencing voice and data connectivity issues affecting some of its…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

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Internet

UbuntuNet Alliance and SEACOM partner in providing connectivity for research and education in Eastern and Southern Africa through AfricaConnect2

UbuntuNet Alliance has awarded a 15-year contract to pan-African telecom enabler SEACOM to provide point to point connectivity services to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) of Eastern and Southern…


Internet

Liquid Telecom begins laying Sh54m fibre optic cables in Kisumu

Liquid Telecom Kenya is laying a Sh54 million metro fibre optic network in Kisumu that is expected to boost Internet speeds in the lakeside city ten-fold.The 12.4km metro network will…


Internet

NIRA asks Nigerian photojournalists to click ‘Internet age storytelling’

The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), custodians of the country’s .ng domain name, has asked photojournalists to go online and positively showcase Nigerian story to the global Internet community.Mr. Adebiyi…


Internet

Uganda - Government to Provide Free Wi-Fi in Kampala City Effective October

With ISPs trying their best to get the most internet subscribers on their side by doing all they can, like introducing super combos, night packs, WTF, Midnight Bundles, Happy Hours,…


Computing

MainOne’s Data Center attains West Africa’s 1st SAP Outsourcing Operations Provider Certification

Lagos (Nigeria), August 12, 2016 – MainOne, the premier connectivity and data center Solutions Company, today announced that its Data Center subsidiary, MDXi is now an SAP-certified provider of Infrastructure…


Computing

SEACOM partnership with Microsoft to deliver smoother, faster connectivity to Azure data centres

Pan-African telecom enabler, SEACOM, is now a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner, meaning that it can offer its business customers affordable, dedicated Ethernet links between their own IT infrastructures and Microsoft’s Azure…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom adds new contract packages with more data

Vodacom South Africa has responded to drastic mobile price cuts from Telkom by quietly intruding a variety of new contract packages, reports Fin24. Vodacom's new packages will augment already-existing offerings…


Money Transfer

Mobile Money Users in Ghana to Earn Interest on Deposit

The announcement comes as mobile money transactions in the country reached a total of 679.17 million Ghana Cedis.Mobile Money users in the country will by the end of this year…


Money Transfer

African fintech startup Zoona secures $15 million investment, focuses on major growth over the next 4 years

One of Africa’s regional fintech startups, Zoona, announced that it has raised US$15 million in a new round of funding.Zoona, which was founded in 2009 operates a network independent mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label’s Cell C acquisition deal ‘on track’

Johannesburg - Blue Label Telecoms [JSE:BLU] has said that plans to acquire 35% of Cell C for R4bn as part of a recapitalisation plan are still “on track”.In December last…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The number of tech hubs across Africa has more than doubled in less than a year

The number of technology hubs across Africa have more than doubled in less than a year as more investors and innovators grow the local startup ecosystem beyond the most popular…


Digital Content

MTN reveals earnings of $70m from African music this year

African mobile phone company MTN has in recent years staked a claim in the continent's growing mobile music industry.According to recent figures, distributing music digitally in Africa has earned MTN…


Digital Content

Rio 2016: 'Hands off Caster' trends in South Africa

More than 17,000 tweets made the hashtag #HandsOffCaster South Africa's top trend over the past weekend. It sent a clear message - South Africans were ready to defend their middle-distance…


Digital Content

Eskimi Breaks Into Alexa Top 10

Eskimi social network (Eskimi.com) has become the tenth most popular site in Nigeria, by traffic. This follows the addition of News and content to the site’s social offering (see press…


Digital Content

South Africa: PrideTV has launched as South Africa's first gay video streaming service

PrideTV.co.za charges R79 per month for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) films and TV shows, or R790 per year (meaning two months free).PrideTV says the streaming service, now available…


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Opportunities

Three Kenyan startups into final selection round for Slush 2016    Three Kenyan startups have made it to the final selection round for the 2016 edition of Slush Global Impact Accelerator…


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events

The Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is set to begin this weekend (August 19) in South Africa, showcasing African digital arts, and the role women play in growing the sector.Taking…