News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 854 25 November 2016

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Inside the Operation of a Kenyan Grey Operator – Reaching out to new users with a very local focus

25 November 2016

In an interview with Ben Roberts, CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya we did in mid-October he spoke of the “underground ISP market” in Kenya. At the end of October Russell Southwood visited a Kenyan grey operator who has rolled out fibre and Wi-Fi in a Kenyan neighborhood, offering pirated content to a willing set of customers. He looks at how the operation works and what lessons it holds. The article that follows has been written on the basis that I will protect the name of the person I interviewed and the neighborhood visited from public exposure. So let’s call the…

Telecoms

Gemalto pioneers SIM Reactivation solution to help Ghanaian mobile operators seamlessly reconnect with lapsed prepaid subscribers

25 November 2016

Gemalto, a world leader in digital security, launches the world's first solution for real-time reactivation of dormant SIMs in Ghana. LinqUs SIM Reactivation, allows operators to seamlessly reconnect lost prepaid…


Telecoms

Nigeria: CBN Suggests FG Tax Mobile Phone Users N100Bn

25 November 2016

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele has proposed an alternative to source of revenue for the government, which is a telecoms tax for phone call conversations above 3…


Internet

Eseye announces breakthrough IoT technology with launch of AnyNet Secure

25 November 2016

Eseye, a leading global cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity provider for Internet of Things (IoT) devices has announced the launch of its new AnyNet Secure technology; a SIM designed to counter…


Internet

Paratus Telecoms turns on first FTTH in Namibia

25 November 2016

Paratus Telecoms is the first 100% privately owned Pan-African operator to turn on Fibre to the Home (FTTH) in Namibia. Connected residents in Finkenstein estate, East of Windhoek, will now…


Internet

SA Connect broadband tender cancelled

25 November 2016

The State IT Agency has cancelled a tender for the construction of a rural broadband network under the South Africa Connect broadband strategy, but hasn't said why. The State IT…


Computing

South Africa: Launch of Digitisation of Birth Records

25 November 2016

Speech by the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba MP at the launch of the digitisation of birth records in Pretoria Modernising Home Affairs is the first of the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Tanzania: Telecom Firms Dash to Meet Share Listing Deadline

25 November 2016

Mobile phone companies are struggling to meet a government deadline for them to list their shares on the local market by the end of the year, industry sources said, leaving…


Money Transfer

Mobile banking has sounded death-knell to plastic money in Kenya

25 November 2016

A shift in droves to mobile banking by citizens in Kenya is sounding a death-knell to plastic money, whose uptake and usage has stalled despite service providers making the cards…


Money Transfer

MFS Africa connects 120 million mobile wallets in Sub-Saharan Africa

25 November 2016

Largest network on the continent allows merchants, banks and mobile operators to scale transactions cross-border, cross-currency and cross-network Johannesburg, South Africa, November 22nd 2016 – MFS Africa, the leading Pan-African…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe:Mobile money firms innovate to survive

25 November 2016

Zimbabwean mobile money platforms are exploring cashless solutions as the liquidity crunch that has stretched for almost a year continues to worsen. Ecocash and Telecash agents have been hit hard…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom, WBS said to have inked a roaming agreement

25 November 2016

South African telecoms provider Vodacom has reportedly reached an agreement with technology firm Multisource/Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) – the parent company of ISP iBurst – to roam over its time…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Carrier Econet Secures $300 Million Loan for Expansion

25 November 2016

Econet Wireless unit Liquid Telecom has secured $300 million to help fund expansion in Africa and its 6.55 billion rand ($458 million) acquisition of South African fiber company Neotel Pty…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The Carlyle Group to acquire CMC Networks

25 November 2016

Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group has announced that it has agreed to acquire a majority share of CMC Networks, a Pan-African provider of managed connectivity solutions for global…


Digital Content

Hudibia is a mobile app that wants to disrupt the Nigerian medical scene

25 November 2016

Yet another startup has made an entrance into the Nigerian medical tech scene. It’s called Hudibia, and is a mobile app that allows users search for a doctor anywhere in…


Digital Content

Orange Money France launches Android app

25 November 2016

Orange announced that its mobile payment service Orange Money France can now be accessed via an Android app available on the Play store. Launched in June, the service enables money…


Digital Content

Expand Your YouTube Horizons With These Award-Winning African Online Video Creators

25 November 2016

YouTube celebrated African online video creators at the inaugural Sub-Saharan African (SSA) YouTube Awards on Friday November 11. The event took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards have been…


Digital Content

Fresh Direct is the winner of the 2016 She Leads Africa Accelerator Demo Day

25 November 2016

Fresh Direct was founded by Angel Adelaja (I’ve met her, she’s major hair goals, but I digress) in 2014 and it is an agricultural production and processing company. It produces…


Digital Content

Cameroonian Government Launches Campaign Against Social Media, Calls It “A New Form of Terrorism”

25 November 2016

The government of Cameroon has launched a campaign against social media, which according to the government-controlled daily, Cameroon Tribune, is “fast becoming a threat to peace and a secret instrument…


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Opportunities

25 November 2016

Mastercard backs female entrepreneurs in SA with $96k Mastercard has extended its support of the Junior Achievement South Africa Mini Enterprise Programme for a sixth year, making a ZAR1.4 million…


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People

25 November 2016

FibreCo appoints Business Development Executive FibreCo Telecommunications today announced the appointment of Sammy Thamsanqa Mafu as its Business Development Executive. This strategic and pivotal role will help drive the growth…