News Update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 843 9 September 2016

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The new data-driven telco business model - Why digital advertising matters

Balancing Act has recently published a market report on Advertising in Africa . Five years ago the level of digital advertising was tiny. Now it has begun to grow and its growth is intertwined with the fortunes of digital content and services on mobile phones. Russell Southwood looks at why understanding advertising revenues is essential for anyone involved in the evolving telecoms market. The transition to data in Africa poses a number of severe challenges to operators. Voice revenues are down and will continue to go down as Africa’s price conscious customers switch communicating to new platforms like WhatsApp and…

Telecoms

Nigeria: MTN to Float Bond to Pay N330 Billion Fine

MTN Group Limited, yesterday, disclosed plans to raise dollar denominated bond that would help it to pay for dividends, capital expenditure and the N330 billion ($1 billion) fine levy imposed…


Telecoms

Uganda: Phones Protect Uganda's Sex Workers From Police Harassment

Nairobi — In Uganda, sex work is illegal and highly stigmatised, making women vulnerable to unlawful arrest, rape, bribery, beating and murder When Fatia, 25, leaves her home to sell…


Telecoms

MTN loses phone number porting court case

Johannesburg - MTN Group has been ordered by a Johannesburg court to allow customers to keep their phone numbers when leaving for South African telecommunications competitors. The policy of Africa’s…


Telecoms

Nigeria takes steps to license five remaining InfraCos

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced its intention to auction off the five remaining regional infrastructure company (InfraCo) licences, which allow for the deployment of metropolitan fibre-optic infrastructure and…


Telecoms

Trouble afoot at Benin Telecoms; workers stage industrial action

Employees of government-backed incumbent fixed line operator Benin Telecoms and its mobile subsidiary Libercom have staged sit-ins at the group’s headquarters to demand better working conditions. Agence Ecofin reports that…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Orange Egypt has commissioned Nokia to deploy its Subscriber Data Management (SDM) platform to be able to launch new, customized services faster to its subscribers. The platform, based on Nokia…


Internet

Kenya: Safaricom Pledges to Link Rural Farmers With Internet

Telecommunications giant Safaricom is betting on farmers in rural areas to generate traffic on its Internet infrastructure whose upgrade is focused on connecting them to ease their access to markets.…


Internet

Internet-hungry Africans are increasingly seeking smartphones

Smartphones are invading Africa, making up more than half of all phone shipments to the continent in 2016. According to Deloitte’s Africa Mobile Consumer Survey 2015-16, consumers are increasingly choosing…


Internet

Non-compliant org.za website domains suspended

The registry, which tasked with administering second-level domains within the greater .ZA namespace, which includes .org.za, said this was part of its continued and transparent efforts to maintain the country’s…


Internet

South Africa: Afrihost moves to shake up DSL market

Internet service provider Afrihost’s management team, fresh from buying back the company from mobile operator MTN, is moving to shake up the fixed-line broadband market, providing capped digital subscriber line…


Internet

American entrepreneur’s journey from finance to running an ICT company in Africa

When American-born Paul Jones flew to the Central African country of Gabon a decade ago, he didn’t know the trip would lead to him running a telecommunications company in Equatorial…


Computing

ITU, standards bodies lead smart cities rollout plan

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says it has formed a coalition with the world’s leading standards bodies for the purpose of working together towards actualising the smart cities project. The bodies…


Computing

Oracle Continues to Drive Cloud Adoption in Africa

‘Africa Executive Summit’ hosted in Mauritius to drive awareness and highlight the impact of Oracle Cloud Solutions for business growth Exchange of best practices and gaining expert insights from top…


Computing

Cameroon tackles Identity Fraud with Gemalto’s Advanced eID Solution

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 7, 2016/ -- Gemalto, a leader in digital security, is supporting DGSN, the General Delegation for National Security in Cameroon, in tackling fraud and document counterfeiting…


Money Transfer

MTN SA mulling shutdown of mobile money service

MTN South Africa has stopped signing up new Mobile Money customers, as it is in the process of reviewing the service, Fin24 reports. Chief Consumer Officer Larry Annetts was cited…


Money Transfer

Orange accelerates mobile financial services in Africa

Sets up the Orange Money Compliance Expertise Centre (CECOM), a mutualized compliance centre in Abidjan devoted to Orange Money With the recent receipt of Electronic Money Establishment licenses (EME) in…


Money Transfer

AppZone’s BankOne app lets banks ‘issue instant debit card’

Nigerian technology company, AppZone Limited says its flagship product, BankOne, now allows Micro Finance Bank (MFB) customers to open accounts and receive their debit cards instantly. The service which can…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PwC South Africa, Google enter joint business relationship

PwC South Africa has entered into a joint business relationship with Google to bring new and innovative solutions to companies across Africa through PwC’s Africa Network. In a statement released…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nokia moves for complete buy-out of Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia today announced that it has filed a draft offer document relating to a public buy-out offer in cash for the remaining Alcatel-Lucent shares it does not already own. Rajeev…


Digital Content

Free airtime start-up Sliide expands to SA

Sliide, a start-up that serves targeted sponsored content and advertising to users’ smartphone lock screens, is expanding from its initial market of Nigeria to South Africa, promising users free data…


Digital Content

Taxi Chap Chap launches APP

After successfully trialing for the last six months, Taxi Chap Chap mobile app has now been launched with an offer for two lucky winners to fly free to Dubai. "Anyone…


Digital Content

App launches in Egypt to combat forced disappearances

Disguised as a calculator on smartphone screens, I Protect alerts contacts and a local human rights group if the user is arrested For Egyptians, the risk of being snatched from…


Digital Content

5 Stylish Bloggers Putting South African Fashion on the Map

In South Africa, there’s a new crop of stylish young people taking the blog world by storm. A few are even making their blogging skills profitable. If last month’s Mercedes-Benz…


Digital Content

Etisalat, partners to launch special midwife service

Etisalat NigeriaTelecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria, in partnership with GSM Association (GSMA); value added services company, Vas2Nets, and Audrey Pack today unveiled a mobile-based health service called Special Midwife Service. Special…


Digital Content

Togo: Togolese operators support digital farming project

With support from the African Development Bank (AfDB), electronic wallets provided by Togolese mobile network operators Moov and Togocel will facilitate the provision of farming subsidies in a joint project…


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People

Orange Business Services appoints VP for Menat region Orange Business Services has appointed Luc Serviant as vice president for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (Menat), based in the…


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Opportunities

Seedstars opens applications for Tanzania competition Seedstars World has opened applications for the Tanzanian leg of the global startups competition, which will see one startup selected to represent the country…


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Events

TMT Finance AfricaLagosSeptember 20 2016Africa's top 80 decision makers in telecoms, media and technology will be speaking in Lagos on Sept 20 - don't miss out on the region's first…