News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 855 2 December 2016

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Uber ‘s Sub-Saharan operation is coming up to an estimated million rides a week – no revenue share, no carrier billing

2 December 2016

International OTT player Uber probably has nearly a million users a week in six countries in Africa. From its initial launch in Johannesburg in 2013, it has expanded its footprint across the continent. All this has been done without needing to share revenue or use carrier payment systems. Russell Southwood spoke this week to Justin Spratt, Head of Business in Africa for Uber. Uber is now in six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: South Africa (in 5 cities); Nigeria (in Lagos and Abuja); Kenya (in Nairobi and Mombasa); and Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana in each country’s capital city. It also has…

Telecoms

Huawei and Orange open network operation centers in Africa

2 December 2016

Telecom giants Huawei and Orange inaugurated a Global Network Operation Center (GNOC) with sites in Dakar, Senegal and Abidjan, Cete d’Ivoire. Part of a five-year managed services project begun in…


Telecoms

MTN ties up Smart Village acquisition

2 December 2016

MTN SA’s acquisition of Smart Village has comes into effect, making Smart Village a subsidiary of MTN.MTN said the deal will expand its fibre-to-the home footprint across the country. “Smart…


Telecoms

Comoros’ second telecoms operator Telma to launch next month

2 December 2016

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) is set to launch commercial mobile voice and data services in Comoros next month, bringing an end to the monopoly held by state-owned incumbent telecoms operator Comores…


Telecoms

MTN chairman offloads shares worth R123 million

2 December 2016

MTN Group executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko sold shares worth just less than R123 million on Wednesday, the group announced in a statement. The beleaguered mobile operator appointed Rob Shuter as…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

2 December 2016

MTN South Africa has finally confirmed its readiness to enter the country’s fast-growing MVNO sector, and expects to partner with ‘household names’ as it works toward putting wholesale deals in…


Internet

Poa Internet and Liquid Telecom brings free solar internet to Kibera

2 December 2016

poa! Internet in partnership with Liquid Telecom Kenya has launched a new Internet model into the Kibera slums, drawing thousands of subscribers in just a few months. Delivered using solar…


Internet

Africa benefits from new retail satellite service Jola from iWayAfrica

2 December 2016

Pan-African telecommunication provider, iWayAfrica, a wholly owned division of Gondwana International Networks, has launched Jola, a much needed Pan-African Ku-Band managed retail satellite service into Sub-Saharan Africa. Meaning ‘one who…


Internet

The Gambia bans international calls and internet as voters go to polls

2 December 2016

The internet, international phone calls and demonstrations have been banned in the Gambia as voters go to the polls for an election that poses the first real threat to President…


Internet

South Africa: MTN Foundation provides ICT equipment to safe houses

2 December 2016

MTN views the abuse of women, children and other vulnerable members of society in a serious light, says the company's Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi. MTN views the abuse of women, children and…


Internet

ZACR now an official ICANN registrar

2 December 2016

The ZA Central Registry, South Africa’s .ZA domain administrator, was recently approved as an official ICANN registrar. The ZA Central Registry (ZACR), South Africa’s .ZA domain administrator, was recently approved…


Internet

Safaricom Business launches an SME-focused bundle dubbed Easy50

2 December 2016

Following the launch of its Ready Business Index which found that 6 out of ten Kenyan businesses don’t have access to the internet, Safaricom Business has launched a new mobile…


Internet

Afrinic and Tunisia's ATI sign IPv6 deployment MOU

2 December 2016

African Network Information Center (AFRINIC) and the Agence Tunisien d'Internet (ATI) have signed an MoU during the AFRINIC-25 meeting in Mauritius this week to formalise their cooperation to further IPv6…


Internet

Internet – In brief

2 December 2016

South African cellco Vodacom and Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), the parent company of ISP iBurst, have signed an agreement under which WBS will use Vodacom’s high sites. TechCentral writes that…


Computing

Web4Africa, Pan African Web hosting Company, Launches its Services at Rack Centre, Nigeria Premium Data Centre

2 December 2016

To serve its Nigerian and West African customers better, Web4Africa, the Pan African web hosting company has launched its web hosting services in Rack Centre, the Nigerian Carrier neutral premium…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Sierra Leone regulator stems up fight against SIM Box fraud to recover $1M lost monthly

2 December 2016

The National Telecoms Commission (NATCOM) in Sierra Leone has appointed The Subah Group to tackle SIM Box Fraud and improve Revenue Assurance in the country. According to Birendra Sasmal, CEO…


Money Transfer

CBA to launch M-Shwari loan service in Ivory Coast next year

2 December 2016

Commercial Bank of Africa says its expansion into Ivory Coast will be in partnership with MTN, with whom it already collaborates with in Uganda and is planning to launch the…


Money Transfer

WeChat partners with McDonald’s South Africa to pilot mobile payments

2 December 2016

WeChat Africa and McDonald’s South Africa have joined forces to pilot mobile payments at selected flagship restaurants in Johannesburg and Cape Town. WeChat Africa said it has extended its wallet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AKFED’s Seacom telecom business poised for major growth through acquisitions

2 December 2016

Seacom says it will pursue acquisitions as it looks to target fibre-to-the business in metro areas in South Africa. Speaking to journalists at the group’s head office in Johannesburg on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Dandemutande acquires YoAfrica

2 December 2016

Dandemutande Investments (Private) Limited, one of Zimbabwe's leading broadband internet access providers has announced that it has acquired YoAfrica (Private) Limited, a leading internet service provider in Zimbabwe. This acquisition…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CellSAf challenges Cell C’s restructuring plan

2 December 2016

South African Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) entity CellSAf consortium, which holds a 25% stake in the parent company of mobile operator Cell C, has reportedly filed a legal challenge against…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label, Blue Pencil launch “boutique” SA startup accelerator

2 December 2016

JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms and Blue Pencil Management Architects – trading as Blue Pencil – have launched a “boutique” business accelerator programme to provide high potential South African startups with…


Digital Content

Kenya: Financial sector crises see growth in business blogging

2 December 2016

The financial sector tumult over the past year has seen the growth in business blogging, the State of the Internet Report 2016 reveals. The report by the Bloggers Association of…


Digital Content

Vodafone using app to locate doctors to patients in Lesotho's remotes & worst HIV hotspots

2 December 2016

The Vodafone Foundation is using a pioneering mobile-based HIV programme in Lesotho, a country with an estimated 23% of the population is HIV positive, many of whom live in extreme…


Digital Content

Coke Studio Africa unveils interactive music app

2 December 2016

The app is available in 5 languages: English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and Amharic. Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa has launched the Coke Studio Mobile App, available on both theGoogle…


Digital Content

WeFarm’s ‘Quora for farmers’ scales up in Africa with $1.6M from LocalGlobe

2 December 2016

Agricultural tech, or agtech for short, has gradually become a fascinating vertical for startups. It’s a huge, traditional market, just waiting for the new tools provided by the cloud. In…


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People

2 December 2016

Former Telkom Kenya exec to lead TransferTo’s East Africa operations TransferTo, a B2B cross-border mobile payments network has announced its strategic entry into Africa with the appointment of Sandra Hua…