News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 846 30 September 2016

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#Legacybusinessmodelsmustfall – Taking the pulse of tomorrow’s industry at the Africa Tech Summit

30 September 2016

The centre of gravity for tomorrow’s communications industry in Africa has shifted. It’s now possible to attend an event full of people who will have significant impact on the shape this future industry and not meet a single telco or equipment vendor. Russell Southwood takes the pulse on yesterday’s Africa Tech Summit. The Africa Tech Summit took place yesterday in London and was attended by a mixture of investors, start-ups and mobile and online content and services providers. It bought together a good sample of those who will play a significant role in changing how communications works in Africa and…

Telecoms

Tanzania to issue telcos with separate licences for mobile money platforms

Tanzania plans to issue separate licences to mobile phone companies running money transfer services in a move to secure customers’ interests. The unbundling of mobile money from telephone companies is…


Telecoms

Africa still hot for feature phones

Feature phones dying? Not in Africa, they aren’t. New research from International Data Corp (IDC) shows that shipments of feature phones in Africa in the second quarter of 2016 surged…


Telecoms

HTC Reveals High Hopes for Africa & Middle East in 2016

HTC didn’t have a great 2015 in terms of sales but the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is hoping to bounce back this year, especially when developing markets are concerned. As Nikitas…


Telecoms

MTN is in trouble again after allegations it illegally moved billions of dollars out of Nigeria

Africa’s largest mobile provider is facing allegations that it has illegally moved $14 billion out of Nigeria. According to reports by Bloomberg and Nigerian newspaper Premium Times, lawmakers in Nigeria’s…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom seals R1bn fibre deal with Prasa

Vodacom has won a 15 year fibre deal worth R1 billion (£57 million) with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The deal, signed with Prasa subsidiary Intersite Asset…


Telecoms

South Africa” Cabinet approves white paper on communication

THE cabinet has approved the long-awaited integrated communication technology white paper dealing with government policy on spectrum and other issues. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said at a post…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In brief

- Microsoft just introduced the Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM, two new feature phones that keep you entertained with apps and games, and are great for capturing and…


Internet

Nigeria posts growth of Internet domain names

Uptake of Nigeria’s Internet domain names have continued to rise totalling over 33,000 at August this year, according to the nation’s online real estate managers. The Nigerian Internet Registration Association…


Internet

South Africa: Cell C introduces new promotional LTE packages

Cell C has announced their new LTE packages. Ideally suited for home, home office and small business environments, Cell C’s five new promotional contract LTE packages offer consumers higher speed…


Internet

Rural municipalities in South Africa forced to use dial-up: ISP

Internet service provider Zinia has called out the South African government and the telecommunications industry, saying that they need to take faster action and make last mile Internet connectivity for…


Computing

Cloud service now backs up Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Samsung says it has launched its own cloud service that allows Galaxy users to quickly upgrade, back up and retrieve their data applications. The dedicated cloud service for Galaxy users…


Computing

US invests $50m in Niger drone base for counterterrorism

The US is investing at least $50m in a military air base in Niger that will be capable of deploying drones. The US already has a presence in the capital…


Money Transfer

Express Pay launches first Instant Money Transfer service

Ghanaian payment solutions provider, Express Pay has launched the first interbank and mobile cash instant money transfer service in Ghana and West Africa as a whole. Dubbed “Bank Direct”, the…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Cash Shortages Cripple Mobile Money

The prevailing cash shortages have suffocated mobile money subscribers, who are failing to get their money or do cash-out transactions. The crisis, which now makes it almost impossible for subscribers…


Money Transfer

GTBank partners Zeepay to offer mobile money services

Technology Advanced Bank of the Year 2016 and “E-banking Services of the Year 2016 award winner, Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited has partnered with mobile financial services provider, Zeepay Ghana…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Ghana marked for 35% stake sale

MTN Group is gearing up for the divestment of a 35% stake in its unit in Ghana, with the transaction expected to generate USD500 million for the company, TechCentral writes.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Viettel Global claims 26m subs; 1H16 international revenues reach USD494m

In operational terms, Viettel reports that its Tanzanian unit Halotel has passed the two million-subscriber mark, as a result of its rollout to 95% of the country, including remote and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BTCL and beMobile to unite under the BTC banner

Fixed line carrier Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) is to merge with its wholly-owned wireless subsidiary BTC Mobile (which trades as beMobile) to create a fully converged fixed-mobile operation. The…


Digital Content

Uganda: Online Violence Against Women Soar - Human Rights Commission Boss

Kampala — The use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp have increased risks of violence against women, according to the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). Medi Kaggwa,…


Digital Content

YouTube Launches Hub for Arabic TV Series “Mosalsalat” in North Africa

YouTube launched today a new hub called Mosalsalat which features more than 500 of the most iconic Arabic television series dating back to 1962 from across the Middle East and…


Digital Content

Kenya: #paymentsea - Nest VC Set to Launch Its Metta Programme in Kenya

VC firm, Nest, is set to launch Metta, a global club for entrepreneurs that connects people, in Kenya. This announcement was made by Aaron Fu, Managing Partner, Nest VC, during…


Digital Content

Mastercard Survey Shows Kenyans Want More Digital Services

The mobile phone becomes our most beloved gadget – The Mastercard Impact of Innovation study reveals increase in demand for digital solutions Almost 90% of consumers in Kenya use their…


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Opportunities

Applications open for Innovation Prize for Africa The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has opened applications for the sixth edition of the annual The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which offers…