News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 853 18 November 2016

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Angola: In tough times, Unitel focuses on CSR to combat malaria and keeps betting on content as a driver of data

18 November 2016

With the oil price on the floor, Angola’s economy is experiencing really tough times. But privately-owned Unitel is focused on doing right by the country and wants to keep developing its content offer despite the difficulty of not being able to buy international content. Russell Southwood spoke to its Marketing Manager, Miguel Soares at this week’s AfricaCom in Cape Town. Soares sees two growth areas in the company: its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and its focus on local content to drive data use. Angola has recently suffered a very bad malaria outbreak:”At the beginning of the year hundreds of…

Telecoms

South Africa: Intracom Telecom Supplies Its Streetnode Platform to MTN for Trial in South Africa

18 November 2016

Intracom Telecom announced that it has successfully completed the live field trial of StreetNode, its SON (Self Organizing Network) based Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) platform, implemented by MTN's South African operation. Intracom…


Telecoms

Senegal: ARTP gives 4m unregistered mobile subscribers one week to fall into line

18 November 2016

Senegal’s telecoms watchdog the Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications and Posts (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has confirmed that the deadline for mobile network operators (MNOs)…


Telecoms

Egypt's NTRA, mobile operators to establish mobile towers network worth 750 mln pounds on all main roads

18 November 2016

Egypt’s telecom regulator, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) has set a strategic plan to cover all main roads with telecom signal strength towers, a source in the NTRA told…


Telecoms

More mobile operators in West Africa are targets of SS7 attacks than any other African Region, AdaptiveMobile reveals

18 November 2016

AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today announced at AfricaCom 2016 new research findings that show mobile operators in West Africa are the highest target for SS7 attacks…


Telecoms

Afrimax-Vodafone Group Deploys Airspan's LTE Network Architecture in Zambia

18 November 2016

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwired - November 17, 2016) - Airspan Networks Inc. a leading provider of LTE small cell and small cell backhaul solutions announced today that Afrimax-Vodafone Group has…


Telecoms

Airtel Nigeria enhances smartconnect package

18 November 2016

Airtel Nigeria has rejigged its Smart Connect package, specifically designed to give new customers six times the value on every recharge to include a family and friends feature, reports Vanguard.…


Internet

Angola Cables and Etix Everywhere combine their expertise to offer a Low Latency Route between the Americas and Africa

18 November 2016

Angola Cables has announced that it is has selected Etix Everywhere (www.EtixEverywhere.com) as its partner to build its critical infrastructure globally as part of an ambitious project to offer a…


Internet

InterCEL + and Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL) build breakthrough Wireless Network to boost Broadband in Guinea

18 November 2016

Cambridge Broadband Networks, a market leader in licensed point-to-multipoint (PMP), has today announced a landmark partnership with InterCEL + (www.InterCel-Guinee.com), a subsidiary of Expresso Telecoms Group, to build a major…


Internet

SES partners MADA to provide high quality connectivity in South Sudan

18 November 2016

SES has announced a multi-year agreement with MADA Communications International S.A.L (Offshore), a licensed Voice and Data Communications Internet provider, to provide Internet services to an Internet Service Provider (ISP)…


Internet

Gilat Satcom Connects DRC Customers Over Reliable, High Performance O3b Network

18 November 2016

O3b Networks and Gilat Satcom have announced that Gilat Satcom has gone live on O3b’s unique ‘Fiber in the Sky’ satellite network, offering latency and throughput comparable to fiber over…


Internet

Facebook outlines Plans to grow its African Ecosystem at AfricaCom 2016

18 November 2016

Facebook had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.…


Computing

Malawi ICT service provider Sparc Systems eyes business in West Africa

18 November 2016

In its desire to be become a major ICT provider in Africa, Malawian company, Sparc Systems Limited has announced plans to open an agency in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)…


Computing

Etisalat partners DevHub for legislative summit on SDGs

18 November 2016

The thought leadership summit, which will hold on November 22 and 23 in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, is aimed at producing a National Legislative Forum on the SDGs (NLF-SDGs)…


Computing

T-Systems private cloud meets international assurance standard Featured

18 November 2016

In a bold move to provide documented assurance to customers, T-Systems South Africa (TSSA) has undertaken to have its private cloud platform ISAE 3402 audited by reputable audit firm, Deloitte…


Computing

World Bank Group, CTIC Dakar Launch Tech Lab to Spur West Africa’s Digital Economy

18 November 2016

DAKAR, Senegal, Nov. 3, 2016 — The World Bank Group and CTIC Dakar today launched the Jambar Tech Lab, a business acceleration program to help West African tech start-ups commercialize…


Computing

Teraco aims for 50-megawatt data centre offering in South Africa

18 November 2016

Africa’s largest colocation data centre provider, Teraco Data Environments, today announced that it has kicked off construction on a new data centre in River Fields Bredell, 20km north of the…


Money Transfer

Nigerian Military, eTranzact launch e-payment cards for pensioners

18 November 2016

E-payment service provider, eTranzact International Plc, in collaboration with the Military Pensions Board, has launched an electronic payment card to offer identification, verification and rewards to all members of the…


Money Transfer

MTN Nigeria pledges support for mCash

18 November 2016

Telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria has thrown its weight behind a new cashless initiative, mCASH, launched recently by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, NIBSS. The platform is a mobile payment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Togo into one: govt to merge Togo Telecom and Togocel

18 November 2016

The government of Togo has confirmed its intention to move onto phase two of the full reorganisation of state-owned operators fixed line PTO Togo Telecom and mobile operator Togo Cellulaire…


Digital Content

Broadpeak and Eutelsat to offer live TV and VOD to mobile devices

18 November 2016

Broadpeak and Eutelsat Communications are combining their complementary skills to offer content providers a satellite-based solution for multiscreen video delivery to connected devices. The new offer is a game-changer for…


Digital Content

AppsAfrica.com Innovation Award Winners 2016 Announced

18 November 2016

Ten winners of the AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards 2016 were announced at a pan-African mobile and tech awards party in Cape Town, South Africa. The Awards supported by Opera Software, The…


Digital Content

Kirusa’s InstaVoice® Service breezes past 100 Million monthly Active Users

18 November 2016

InstaVoice, based on Kirusa’s patented technology, helps mobile users to be connected with each other using missed calls, voicemail, and Voice SMS CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 15, 2016/ --…


Digital Content

Huawei debuts video cloud platform for Africa

18 November 2016

Huawei believes video should be positioned as a basic service for operators. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has launched its ‘Huawei Envision' hybrid video solution, which is designed to assist carriers…


Digital Content

Uganda: Kawunyemu App Warns Drink-Drivers of Police Checks

18 November 2016

If your country's police force has a reputation for corruption, how comfortable would you feel as a motorist about spot checks for drink-driving? One software developer came up with his…


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Opportunities

18 November 2016

Orange announces the winners of the sixth edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize for Africa and the Middle East Orange is announced the winners of the 2016 Orange Social…