News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 849 21 October 2016

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BluPoint’s content hub offers curated online content offline that can be updated and can operate where there is little or no Internet

21 October 2016

There have been several initiatives to deliver online content offline to local communities and the latest is BluPoint’s Mesh-Wi-Fi hub that is already getting promising results. Russell Southwood spoke to its founder, Mike Santer about how it works. BluPoint is a social impact company that spun off from the UK’s University of Southampton. Its founder Mike Santer was doing a PhD on the adoption of local internet in Sub-Saharan Africa:”I was amazed at how much people were spending on phones in rural Africa. It was often up top 70% of their income….In South Africa, students told me they had to…

Telecoms

Glo Says 8 More Cities Connect To ‘Glo 4G LTE’

21 October 2016

Globacom has within the week announced that it has connected eight more cities to its advanced 4G LTE network. According to an unconfirmed statement from the mobile giant, this is…


Telecoms

South Africa: MTN and Cell C give students free data too

21 October 2016

Earlier today, Telkom offered universities the opportunity to zero-rate access their websites so students could carry on their classes during the #FeesMustFall protests without zeroing out their data. Now, MTN…


Telecoms

Nigeria: MTN has paid part of its fine, but NCC has not seen any of it

21 October 2016

It appears the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has not received any part of the fine paid by MTN because the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has…


Internet

Forum discusses ICT solutions for Africa

21 October 2016

IGF is a platform where African heads of state, AU representatives as well as private sector come to discuss the continents ICT policies, challenges and possible solutions for Africa.(SABC) The…


Internet

OTT debate in Africa captures Commonwealth attention

21 October 2016

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) is to conduct an in-depth study into OTT services in Africa as debate over issues like revenue protection and market share continues. The study, which…


Internet

South Africa: Vumatel in deal to buy Fibrehoods

21 October 2016

Vumatel has reached an agreement to acquire fellow fibre-to-the-home provider Fibrehoods, potentially kick-starting a long-expected consolidation of the industry, in which it is estimated there are more than two dozen…


Computing

T-Systems private cloud meets assurance standard

21 October 2016

T-Systems South Africa (TSSA) has undertaken to have its private cloud platform ISAE 3402 audited by reputable audit firm, Deloitte & Touche. T-Systems South Africa understand the strict audit requirements…


Computing

Africa's portable solar revolution is thwarting thieves

21 October 2016

When South Africa’s government started giving laptops to off-grid schools, James van der Walt spotted an opportunity for a solar business. But his market research revealed a problem: of 12…


Money Transfer

Ecobank to roll out Masterpass QR across 33 African countries

21 October 2016

MasterCard has signed its largest-ever deal for Masterpass, snagging an agreement with the Ecobank Group for the roll out of its QR code-based mobile payment service across 33 African countries.…


Money Transfer

Digital Afrique Telecom launches payment service

21 October 2016

Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) has launched DigiPay, a transaction processing platform that enables service providers to deliver mobile financial products and services to their customers in Africa.Simplice Anoh, founder and…


Money Transfer

Uber Nigeria has partnered with First Bank to offer its best driver-partners used-car loans

21 October 2016

Uber Nigeria announced today that it is partnering with First Bank of Nigeria to offer low-interest, used-vehicle loans to its top-rated driver-partners. With this new initiative, Uber driver-partners with good…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Shs1 Billion Loaned Through Mobile Phones

21 October 2016

Kampala — In just two months, the mobile micro-lending and saving platform, MoKash, has been adding an average of 15,000 customers per day, reaching 920,000 over the period. Launched in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C reports 16% increase in revenues in 1H16

21 October 2016

South Africa’s mobile network Cell C has published its financial results for the six months to end-June 2016, reporting a 16% increase in revenues to ZAR6.963 billion (USD498 million), up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Falls After Nigeria Ups Claim of Illegal Cash Transfer

21 October 2016

MTN Group Ltd. shares slumped to a six-year low after a Nigerian senator claimed the wireless carrier may have illegally moved more than the previously estimated $14 billion out of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tax breaks for tech startups, urges AfICTA chief

21 October 2016

The Chairman of the Africa Information and Communication Technology Alliance (AfICTA), Dr Jimson Olufuye, has urged African governments to create a conducive environment for youths to start their businesses. Olufuye…


Digital Content

Netflix Chooses Spectranet for First Server Deployment in West Africa

21 October 2016

The World’s leading Internet TV service, Netflix and Nigeria’s leading 4G broadband service provider, Spectranet said they have successfully deployed one of the first dedicated Netflix servers in Africa. Reed…


Digital Content

DS-IHUB opens innovation floodgate Hackathon 2016

21 October 2016

Delta-Innovation-HubDS innovation hub has opened the knowledge Olympiad floodgate Hackathon 2016 with a promise to deliver a 48 Hours Non-stop Coding Adventure into the world of Innovation & Creativity. Not…


Digital Content

Kenyan entertainment site, Ghafla, has partnered with Ringier to expand to more East African countries

21 October 2016

Kenyan entertainment news site, Ghafla, is rebranding, and they’ve partnered with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP), Ringier Africa’s publishing subsidiary, to do so. This partnership will see Ghafla expand to…


Digital Content

Rwanda launches national drone emergency delivery service

21 October 2016

Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched the world’s first national drone delivery service during a ceremony in the country’s centrally located Muhanga District. The Rwandan government will begin using drones to…


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Opportunities

21 October 2016

TEDGlobal will return to Africa in 2017 TED announced Africa as the location for its 2017 TEDGlobal event. The international conference, titled “Builders. Truth-tellers. Catalysts”, will be held in Arusha,…


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Events

21 October 2016

The African Heads of ICT Professionals Development Summit 2016 17 November 2016 Merit House, Abuja, Nigeria The summit is a professional event which has the theme: “ICT Proficiency & Corporate…