News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 851 4 November 2016

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Digital Afrique Telecom seeks to make the transition from VAS provider for francophone Africa to mobile payment platform

4 November 2016

The changing business model for operators is shaking up the VAS ecosystem and current providers are looking to change themselves. Russell Southwood spoke to Digital Afrique Telecom’s Simplice Anoh about his ambitious plans. Anoh got his MBA in the USA and went back to Africa to work in a private equity firm. One day he had a blinding flash moment:”I can sit here and read business plans or be an actor. I started by building websites.” For Anoh, mobile picked up in 2007 in Francophone Africa and that’s when he entered the VAS space. Based in Cote d’Ivoire, Digital Afrique…

Telecoms

SA's mobile data services most expensive in the world

4 November 2016

While the 2016 South African Consumer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for Mobile Data Service Providers has revealed one of the lowest industry averages recorded ( 59,2%), Christophe Meunier, a Johannesburg-based partner…


Telecoms

Four companies apply for a mobile licence in Swaziland

4 November 2016

MBABANE – South African mobile giants Vodacom and Cell C have shown no interest in investing in the country’s mobile telephony industry as four companies showed interest in competing with…


Telecoms

Africa: Tanzania Has Africa's Lowest Mobile Data Cost

4 November 2016

Tanzania has the lowest mobile data cost in Africa as it reaps the benefits of the rollout of 4G LTE network by state-owned TTCL and intense competition from numerous operators.…


Telecoms

In brief

4 November 2016

Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has selected Subah Infosolutions Ghana to provide it with an international gateway monitoring system (IGMS) for the operation of the country’s newly liberalised gateway,…


Internet

Digital delight for SA's Ekurhuleni Metro

4 November 2016

The successful rollout of digital services – including Wi-Fi hotspots and fibre infrastructure - across Gauteng's Ekurhuleni Metropolitan municipality has earned the government institution recognition at the Sita GovTech 2016…


Internet

South Africa: ISPA calls ICT Policy White Paper “broadly positive”

4 November 2016

South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has welcomed the government’s National ICT Policy White Paper as “broadly positive”. It said the focus must now shift to how the proposals…


Internet

Kenya: Safaricom speeds up 4G network rollout

4 November 2016

Safaricom is betting on widening the spread of its LTE technology to drive its data services into seven more towns. The move will leverage on 500 new 4G base stations…


Internet

British aid to fund tech hub

4 November 2016

DFID has launched a 'frontier technology hub' aimed at helping its staff spot, fund and disseminate technologies to support the agency's development programmes. The three-year Frontier Technology Livestreaming initiative was…


Computing

AfICTA Targets 1m ICT Jobs Across Africa by 2020

4 November 2016

The need to create no fewer than one million additional jobs in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by 2020 across African continent, was part of the objectives…


Computing

Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa Alliance to improve cybersecurity

4 November 2016

Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance on October 27 at the Kaspersky Lab headquarters in Moscow. The MoU which will see the…


Computing

Rwanda’s tech initiatives prove African governments can catalyze innovation

4 November 2016

The government of Rwanda, in partnership with California-based startup Zipline, recently started the world’s first national drone delivery program. As an audience of local techies and international press looked on,…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit to kickstart uptake of Digital Money Transfers to Cameroon

4 November 2016

DOUALA, Cameroon, November 3, 2016/ -- Leading remittance service WorldRemit (Worldremit.com/en/Cameroon) is set to accelerate adoption of digital money transfers to Cameroon, after completing a series of strategic deals with…


Money Transfer

Mobile money can ensure 50% cut in cost of international remittances

4 November 2016

The GSMA today issued a report entitled, ‘Driving a Price Revolution: Mobile Money in International Remittances’ that looks at the impact of mobile money on reducing the cost of international…


Money Transfer

Kenya Telcos, Vendors Now On the Spot for Hidden Costs

4 November 2016

Many Kenyans have come to value the convenience of mobile money payments, but a consumer organisation has raised the red flag over the hidden costs. The Consumers Federation of Kenya…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

US firm eyes Uganda investment

4 November 2016

Reports are suggesting that the US telecoms operator Hamilton Telecommunications is lining up an acquisition of fixed and mobile service provider Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL). Earlier this month UTL denied…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya's Safaricom says EBITDA for H1 up by 30.8 percent

4 November 2016

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's Safaricom said on Friday that earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first half of the year are up 30.8 percent on the…


Digital Content

White paper will damage SA’s ICT sector

4 November 2016

Government’s national integrated ICT policy white paper essentially amounts to the “nationalisation of spectrum in South Africa”, with “significant negative implications for current spectrum licence holders”, consulting and research firm…


Digital Content

MTN becomes first mobile operator in the world to test the Facebook-designed Voyager platform

4 November 2016

MTN Group has become the first mobile operator in the world to deploy and test the open optical packet transport platform, known as Voyager, after joining the Telecom Infra Project…


Digital Content

Nigeria’s top celebrity blogger is launching a social network and will share ad revenue with users

4 November 2016

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online…


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Opportunies

4 November 2016

Seedstars Africa Summit to take place in Kigali in December Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World will host the second edition of its annual Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on…