News Update – Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue no 844 16 September 2016

Top Story

Kenya’s low cost data operator poa! Internet moves from soft launch in Kibera to hard launch and will roll out nationally and in East Africa

Last May poa! Internet  (formerly Argon began its soft launch in Kenya’s high-profile slum district Kibera. Now the service is bedded down, it’s moving to its hard launch there and getting read to roll out nationally. Russell Southwood spoke to one of its co-founders Andy Halsall. At the beginning of September poa! Internet began to ramp up its sales and marketing activity. It now offers access all over Kibera with 55 access points with Wi-Fi hot-spots. If slums could be celebrities then Kibera is Kenya’s celebrity slum. This city within a city has – with some nearby rural edge of…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Regulator NCC to Ban Sales of SIM Cards in Open Markets

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is planning to ban the sales of SIMs cards in open market across the country, a source told the Daily Trust. A source in the…


Telecoms

Malawi: New Cashgate in Malawi, How Macra Funds Are Abused

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has become a gold mine for government officials, their cronies and the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who are dipping into its coffers with reckless…


Telecoms

Tanzanian appeal court dismisses application by Sasatel director

Tanzania’s Court of Appeal (CA) has dismissed with costs an application by a director and shareholder of Dovetel, trading as Sasatel Tanzania, over the telco’s alleged mismanagement and financial ‘crisis’…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

Spacecom has set itself an internal end-of-year deadline to buy an in-orbit satellite to replace Amos-6, which was destroyed in a launch-pad explosion earlier this month. Speaking to DTVE at…


Telecoms

Large SA church group to launch MVNO

One of South Africa’s largest church groups, Shepherd Bushiri Ministries International, which claims to have about 2m followers, is launching a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to offer congregants voice…


Internet

Fibre explosion means that VOIP is finally ready for mainstream business use

South Africa’s ICT industry has long talked up the benefits of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) as an alternative to traditional mobile and fixed-line telephony, but it is only now…


Internet

Six NMG digital products nominated for best Africa websites award

Six digital assets of the Nation Media Group have been nominated for best websites award in Africa. The six were nominated as finalists in the Africa Digital Media Awards for…


Internet

Bentley Walker and Avanti Deepen Partnership with New Contract for Superfast Satellite Broadband Services in Tanzania

Avanti Communications Group plc, a provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Bentley Walker, the largest supplier and operator of VSAT Networks…


Internet

Botswana to retain VoIP services despite BTCL’s struggle

Unlike some African countries, Botswana will not ban free Internet calling services to ensure the survival of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL). “Any attempts to protect traditional voice-calling technology…


Internet

Zimbabwean govt plans central subscriber database

Zimbabwe's government plans to implement a National Central Subscriber Information Database System (NACSID) that some fear could be used by the state to mine telecom traffic data, in a move…


Internet

South Africa's iConnect launches Business WiFi Calling

South Africa's iConnect Voice has launched Business WiFi Calling to enable subscribers to receive even more value from their VoIP service, reports IT-Online. The Wi-Fi service for voice calls enables…


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

Nigeria - Zinox secures $25m for digital hubs

Information and Communications Technology company, Zinox Technologies, has secured a $25m counterpart funding with which it seeks to roll out a trio of digital hubs in Nigeria. This was an…


Money Transfer

GSMA Announces Launch of National Interoperable Mobile Money Service Across Madagascar

London: The GSMA has announced that all three mobile money providers in Madagascar – Airtel Money, mVola and Orange Money – are rolling out interoperable mobile money services across the…


Money Transfer

The founders of Africa Courier Express (ACE) are venturing into online financial services with Lidya

Africa Courier Express (ACE) co-founders, Tunde Kehinde and Ercin Eksin just announced the impending launch of Lidya, a financial services platform that’ll provide unsecured loans of between $500 and $15,000…


Money Transfer

Uganda Has Highest Mobile Money Fraud Cases – Report

More than half of Uganda’s mobile money agents have reported the highest incidents of fraud among the eight countries studied, a new report reveals. The report by Helix Institute of…


Money Transfer

Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Outsources Credit Card Service

Ethio telecom has signed a contract agreement with two global companies to introduce a mobile credit card service for its clients. The companies to have been contracted the project are…


Money Transfer

Visa takes on M-Pesa with launch of new mobile payment service

Global payments firm, Visa, has launched a mobile payment solution in a move set to stir competition in the lucrative cash transfer industry currently dominated by Safaricom's M-Pesa. The service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group offers roughly 4% of shares to new black investors

South Africa-based regional telco MTN Group has opened the sale of almost 4% of its capital to new black South African investors. The offer, which is valued at ZAR9.9 billion…


Digital Content

Tech inspired by faith booms in Africa

"You sign up to a church here and you are in multiple countries, because you have branches all over the world. So, from day one you are an international software…


Digital Content

Jangilova connects people who want to watch TV with people who own TVs

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll be able to can any longer with the names of new Nigerian startups. First, we saw Kolanuts (that’s for movie listings in Nigerian…


Digital Content

Iroko has launched an online network called IrokoX to help indie creators monetise their content

Here’s your bit of trivia for the day: Iroko generated more than N250 million in revenue from content created by their content partners. Reverse the math I just did in…


Digital Content

Cell to launch its own online TV show

Mobile operator Cell C has made its first foray into the content space, launching an online reality show tagged #BreakTheNet, or #BTN, in partnership with Bl!nk Mobile operator Cell C…


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People

Computer Hardware Company IBM has unveiled Ernest Oladipo Faulkner as the new Country General Manager, IBM Nigeria. The new GM of IBM Nigeria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering…


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Opportunities

Seedstars world Kampala set for September 30 Seedstars world Kampala will hold on 30th September 2016 to find Uganda’s best seed stage startup to represent the country at the Seedstars…


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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…