News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 847 7 October 2016

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Tanzanian MVNO AMOTEL works with TTCL to connect remote villages with voice and data

7 October 2016

Tanzania’s Amotel is pioneering a new approach to connecting areas that are unprofitable for big carriers. It is working as an MVNO on the TTCL network and World Telecoms Labs’ Vivada equipment to make it work. Russell Southwood spoke to Simon Pearson and Satya Mekala of World Telecoms Labs about how it’s being done. The idea for Vivada and rural solutions was already part of World Telecoms Labs portfolio. But says Pearson:”We already had a rural telephony solution before based on data. There was a cyber-café in a village in Morocco for 100 villagers. The problem with the model was…

Telecoms

Auto-provisioning VSAT service launched by Gondwana International Networks

7 October 2016

Pan-African telecommunications provider, Gondwana International Networks (GIN) has announced Africa’s first roll-out of Satmotion from Integrasys, a leading manufacturer of carrier monitoring systems and VSAT commissioning tools. Satmotion, is an…


Telecoms

Globacom LTE goes live in nine cities

7 October 2016

Globacom, Nigeria’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has announced the commercial launch of LTE services in nine cities across the country, namely Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Jos, Warri, Eket,…


Telecoms

South Africa - Cwele gets court order to stop Icasa’s broadband auction

7 October 2016

THE Pretoria High Court has interdicted the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) from auctioning high-speed broadband spectrum. On Friday, Judge Roland Sutherland handed down a temporary order on an…


Telecoms

Investec: Off-grid solar could be as transformational for Africa as mobile phones

7 October 2016

The World Bank estimates that 24% of the sub-Saharan African population doesn’t have access to electricity, with the installed generation capacity for the region (excluding South Africa) being equivalent to…


Telecoms

Vox to connect SA towns

7 October 2016

The privately held telecommunications company has announced plans to build a national long-distance fibre network, starting with a link to Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. Privately held telecommunications company Vox has…


Internet

Uganda: Internet Providers Divided Over Licenses to New Players

7 October 2016

With numbers of internet service providers (ISP) and mobile network operators (MNO) increasing every day, some companies are feeling the pressure from the competition and have come out openly to…


Internet

Burkina Faso - Onatel fined XAF5bn for network failures

7 October 2016

Burkina Faso’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, ARCEP) has fined telecoms operator Office Nationale des Telecommunications (Onatel) a total…


Internet

Nigeria: Smile extends 4G LTE services to mobiles

7 October 2016

Smile Communication of Nigeria says it has extended its 4G LTE services and voice calls to mobile broadband in Nigeria in partnership Lenovo Technologies. The Smile Voice App that now…


Internet

South Africa Backs Open Access Networks in Web Rollout Plan

7 October 2016

South Africa’s cabinet approved a proposal backing “open and shared networks” in its attempt to provide all citizens with better access to internet services by 2030. The policy is intended…


Internet

RCS boosting capacity in South Sudan with O3b Networks

7 October 2016

O3b Networks has announced that it has been commissioned to more than double the bandwidth capacity of South Sudanese ISP RCS-Communication. Over the next two years, O3b will work to…


Internet

Internet – In brief

7 October 2016

Leading South Africa based global managed ICT services provider and member of the Business Connexion (BCX) Group, Integr8 has announced a partnership with Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware…


Computing

Can big data offer hope for Africa’s exasperated commuters?

7 October 2016

Zuhura Wangara lives just outside Nairobi and, on a good day, spends at least five hours commuting. She uses a combination of buses and between four and six matatus –…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Vodacom launches special deals for deaf customers

7 October 2016

Vodacom has launched three new contract data and SMS deals for its deaf and hearing-impaired customers. The deals start from R99 on a 1GB data price top up plan over…


Money Transfer

Egypt's fintech innovators pick up speed

7 October 2016

There is new hope for Egypt’s large unbanked population thanks to recently formed financial technology (fintech) accelerators and the launch of services to bring people into the banking sector. Among…


Money Transfer

Vodacom Announces Masterpass In-App Payments for Security Reasons

7 October 2016

Vodacom unveils masterpass in-app payment that will enable its customers buy airtime, data bundles and SMS bundles through the My Vodacom mobile application, the global digital payment service from Mastercard.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Interswitch buys Value Added Network Solutions (VANSO)

7 October 2016

Interswitch Limited, one of Africa’s leading digital payments and commerce company has successfully completed a 100% acquisition of Value Added Network Solutions Limited (VANSO). VANSO is a market leading mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’s Purchase of Visafone Said to Be in Doubt Without Spectrum

7 October 2016

MTN Group Ltd. is considering abandoning the acquisition of Nigerian internet provider Visafone Communications Ltd. after the country’s industry regulator ruled that broadband spectrum shouldn’t be included in the deal,…


Digital Content

Kenya: This Newly Launched App Is Set to Increase Trade Between China, Kenya

7 October 2016

Amanbo - the first Sino-Africa e-commerce platform has launched its online shopping project in Kenya Nairobi. Adopting innovative marketing OSO (online + social + offline) mode, it offers online shoppers…


Digital Content

Uber sees potential for food delivery services in Africa, starting with Joburg

7 October 2016

Uber has branched out into food delivery in Johannesburg with the launch of its UberEATS app. The global company hopes to use the service to learn more about the potential…


Digital Content

Liberia: Tunes Liberia Launches Android APP

7 October 2016

Liberia's biggest music portal, Tunes Liberia, has officially launched its long awaited android app, which comes with several features, including the main website. In a press release signed by the…


Digital Content

Facebook deploying Messenger Lite in Kenya and Tunisia

7 October 2016

Facebook has launched its Messenger Lite app, aimed at “markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones”. The initial roll-out will see the app…


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Opportunities

7 October 2016

Applications open for Google’s Women Techmakers Scholars Programme Google has opened applications for its Women Techmakers Scholars Programme, which offers cash and mentorship in a bid to encourage women to…