News Update – Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue no 845 23 September 2016

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#DATAMUSTFALL – The consumer nightmare that Africa’s mobile operators will have to get to grips with

Last week saw the #DATAMUSTFALL hashtag go viral in South Africa. This is every African mobile operators’ nightmare as data becomes more central to a far greater number of African users. Russell Southwood looks at what data wars across the continent hold for the future. There was a time not so long ago when Internet users in Africa didn’t matter to anyone in power, whether in Government or the private sector. Before the Arab spring, there were a few closures of SMS services but no-one talked about the Internet. Now it seems that not a month passes without an African…

Telecoms

Nigeria: ‘Big Four’ telcos battle for more mobile data clicks

As Nigeria’s Big Four battle for mobile data users, Success Kafoi of Technology Times reviews shifting sales from voice minutes to Internet packages The race among the Big Four mobile…


Telecoms

Kenya permits 700MHz trial networks

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) will allow public and private entities to launch trial networks utilising spectrum in the 700MHz frequency band, to help meet the growing demand for…


Telecoms

Nigeria - Four people arrested with pre-registered phone lines

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says that four persons have been arrested with pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards in Abuja. The enforcement team was led by Salisu Abdu, NCC’s…


Telecoms

South Africa: Prophet Bushiri Launches PSB Connect - First Black Person and Individual to Own a Mobile Network in South Africa

Mobile telecommunication operators in South Africa were, on Saturday, served with a new competitor whose launch signified a tough promise on the competition front. The South Africa - based Malawi…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Senate Hears How MTN Allegedly Laundered U.S.$12 Billion

The Nigerian Senate has heard how South African telecom giant, MTN, allegedly laundered billions of dollars over a number of years, failing to pay necessary tax in the country. Dino…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

Lycamobile Tunisia has reportedly fallen into step with its local competitors, and introduced mobile number portability (MNP), thus avoiding further regulatory intervention. Agence Ecofin reports that technical tests now been…


Internet

UbuntuNet-Alliance, SEACOM sign AfricaConnect2 network services contract agreement

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

Gabon’s Risky Internet Shutdown, The World’s First Since 2011

Following contested elections on Aug. 27, Gabon has seen a crackdown as President Ali Bongo seeks to solidify his victory. The most visible sign of this was Gabon’s four-day internet…


Internet

Teraco invests in new technology to support Africa’s Internet Growth

Teraco has made a significant investment in a new, programmable switching platform, from Arista Networks, an industry leader in software driven cloud networking, increasing the speeds and capacity of its…


Internet

Internet – In brief

Telecel Zimbabwe has undergone a data network improvement exercise by upgrading and increasing radio sites to boost the availability of 3G coverage in areas that previously had 2G and increasing…


Computing

Government commitment to enforce local data hosting of Government data in Nigeria.

The Acting Director General of The National Information Technology Development   Agency (NITDA), Dr Olatunji Vincent has again restated the commitment of the Nigerian Government that data generated in the country…


Computing

Media Reach OMD completes Facebook Blueprint eLearning Programme

In Q2 2016, as part of the regional development programme, OMD joined forces with Facebook to launch a bespoke e-learning initiative in EMEA. OMD is the first agency globally to…


Computing

A Specially Designed Keyboard Allows Yorùbá and Igbo Speakers to Type Their Languages

Typing Nigerian languages, such as Yorùbá and Igbo, is usually a challenge as most keyboards are not equipped for the tonality that characterizes them. These technical barriers have been a…


Computing

Computing - In brief

Over the next two weeks Nigeria will play host to a series of official train-the-trainer (TTT) sessions as the country takes on a leading role in the build up to…


Money Transfer

New United Nations Study: Digital payments could boost tax revenue by nearly US$500 million each year and drive economic modernization in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, September 20, 2016/ -- A new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance (www.UNCDF.org/en/btca) provides findings about the large potential gains for governments, businesses…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless Partners Mukuru.com

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe on Wednesday announced a money transfer deal between EcoCash and Mukuru Money Transfer, which is a well-established and growing international remittance provider. The partnership was facilitated and…


Money Transfer

MTN South Africa shutters mobile money service

Telco says operating costs were prohibitively high; reaffirms commitment to financial services. MTN South Africa this week closed down its mobile money service because it was no longer commercially viable.…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Mobile money float tops GH¢700 million

The total cash float from the various mobile money platforms to the banks reached GHC703.64million in July this year, representing a 48.3 per cent jump from July last year. Head…


Money Transfer

Kenya: KCB, Visa Speed Up Kenya E-Commerce

E-commerce has been effectively accelerated in Kenya following a partnership between Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Visa to launch mVisa. It is the mobile payment solution that will operate through…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange DRC to absorb Tigo user base from 1 October

Congolese wireless operator Orange DRC is expected to take the next step to completing its operational merger with newly acquired Tigo DRC from next month, Agence Ecofin reports. According to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Landmark IFC Project Helps Deliver Internet to 10 Million People in Emerging Markets

Washington, D.C., September 22, 2016 — IFC, a member of World Bank Group, announced today that it has successfully completed a landmark six-year project with satellite operator O3b Networks Ltd…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

OPIC commits $4.1m loan to support wireless internet expansion in Kenya

After an initial grant in 2013 from Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative and the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution,…


Digital Content

Kenyan Techies' App Wins Sh101 Million in Clinton-Backed Fund Contest

Developers of Magic Bus Ticketing, a mobile phone application that enables booking of public transport, have secured a Sh101 million ($1 million) grant from a Bill Clinton-backed fund after emerging…


Digital Content

Africa cracks down on social media

As the mobile revolution continues to drive change across Africa, governments are rushing to introduce legislation to curb cyber crime and to regulate the use of social media platforms. Security…


Digital Content

The DA today launches a petition against the #CensorshipBill - the Films and Publications Amendment Bill

Through the #CensorshipBill, in its current form, government will be able control what videos social media users post on the internet, monitor what South Africans are watching and take down…


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Opportunities

Botswana: Orange Calls for Submissions As Deadline Approaches Gaborone — With a little over a week left till the closing date of the Orange Social Venture Prize, Orange calls out…