News Update Telecoms and ICT in Africa Issue no 841 26th August 2016

Top Story

Tanzania’s digital advertising: “our clients spend (including Tigo) 10 to 15% of their budget on digital media”, Nadeem Juma, Aim Group

As the revenues in telecoms change from voice to data, the importance of digital advertising cannot be underestimated. Not only will it be a stream of revenue for African telcos but it will also be the sustaining lifeblood of some of the new digital content and services.  It will also be a key area of media spending for mobile operators trying to reach Africa’s potential digital natives. Sylvain Beletre talks to Nadeem Juma, Chair of the AIM Group about how and why those digital revenues are developing in Tanzania and how it is riding this wave.“ Tanzania is one of…

Telecoms

Smartphone platforms: key to Africa’s internet trifecta

Mary Meeker is a partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield & Beyers (KPCB) who authors arguably the most widely anticipated annual internet trends report. It focuses on the giant…


Telecoms

Bitflux partners Alepo for wholesale LTE network launch

Bitflux Communications, the Nigerian consortium which secured a national 2.3GHz spectrum licence in February 2014, has launched commercial wholesale LTE services in partnership with Alepo. ‘At Bitflux, our vision is…


Telecoms

Telkom ‘sabotage’: Over 13 000 customers affected

Telkom has revealed more details on what it calls wide-scale sabotage of its network, saying that 13,200 customers were affected by the outages.On Friday, Telkom announced a R500 000 reward…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s ATCON: Proposed Communication Tax dialling ‘wrong signal’

The Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) says that a 9% taxation in the proposed Communications Tax Bill before Federal lawmakers will send a wrong signals to investors in…


Telecoms

AMCODET: Nigeria’s mobile phone technicians ‘make N40 billion monthly’

The Association of Mobile Communication Device Technicians of Nigeria (AMCODET) has told Technology Times that mobile phone technicians record over N40 billion monthly transaction from the nation’s mobile economy.  Mr…


Internet

Saicom Voice Services clinches a VoIP, Cloud PBX partnership with SEACOM

End-to-end telecommunications and networking solutions provider Saicom Voice Services has entered into a strategic partnership with SEACOM, a leading provider of internet, connectivity and cloud based services, to allow SEACOM…


Internet

Togo considers new tender for ISP licences

Togo’s Council of Ministers has instructed the Minister of Posts & Digital Economy, Cina Lawson, to issue a tender to award three new licences to ISPs in the West African…


Internet

WIOCC building Johannesburg metro network with 39 PoPs

WIOCC is building a large forty PoP metro network for the South African city of Johannesburg.Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, Johannesburg has told Capacity that WIOCC is building a large…


Internet

Internet News - In brief

South Africa's VAST Networks has purchased the Benu Virtual Service Edge (VSE) to support growth and enhanced service experience for its Wi-Fi network, which already includes more than 2,200 hotspots…


Computing

Rwanda: Local Officials Resolve to Speed Up Adoption of Irembo E-Govt Services

On Wednesday, local government officials held discussions with RwandaOnline Platform Limited on how to speed up adoption of online services delivered through Irembo Platform.Since July 2015, Rwandans have been able…


Money Transfer

‘Cashless Nigeria’ spikes ATM payments to ₦2.6 trillion at mid-2016

Nigeria recorded ATM transactions totalling ₦2.6 trillion in the first six months of 2016 in a major boost to the Cashless Nigeria policy hoped to make more people embrace electronic…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Banks, Telcos urged to collaborate to capture the unbanked

Banking Consultant, Nana Otuo Acheampong is encouraging greater collaboration between banks and telecommunication companies offering mobile money services and reduce the unbanked population in Ghana. According to him, this will…


Money Transfer

Visa, Banks Plan Mobile Payments Rollout In Nigeria

The global leader in payments, Visa Inc, has said that it is in advanced discussions with leading Nigerian banks to bring its mobile payments solution, Mobile Visa (mVisa), to Nigeria…


Money Transfer

KENYA:KCB-MPesa loans hit over Sh25 million daily

Kenyans are borrowing between 25 and 30 million daily through the mobile-based KCB-Mpesa credit line, Safaricom and Kenya Commercial Bank have said.The two firms, which jointly operate the savings and…


Money Transfer

Zambian Mobile Money Startup Zoona Raises $15M, Eyes 10 African Markets

Zoona, one of the leading money transfer service providers in Zambia and Malawi, raised $15 million in its second round of capital funding as it seeks to spread its operations…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Govt Calls NSSA to Order Over Telecel Acquisition

The Government has called the National Social Security Authority to order directing the authority to focus on financing the acquisition of Telecel Zimbabwe through Zarnet, instead of attempting to usurp…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Partial privatisation of Broadband Infraco on the cards

The South African government is reportedly planning to reach a decision on the partial privatisation of state-owned telecoms infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco this week, TechCentral reports citing two people familiar…


Digital Content

Kenya: OLX Kenya Launches SMS Platform to Aid Potato Farmers Sell Their Produce

Kenyan farmers have a reason to smile as OLX Kenya has launched a service to help Kenyan potato farmers without smartphones or internet access sell their produce via SMS.The launch…


Digital Content

African Twitter Is Still Making Our Stomachs Hurt in Laughter with #IfAfricaWasASchool

African Twitter is back at it again with the ever trending #IfAfricaWasASchool hashtag, where we get the lowdown on the complex and hilarious dynamics of the continent, but this time…


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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…