News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 856 - 9th December 2016

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Supa Pesa opens up advertising business model revenues for mobile operators – South Africa now, Nigeria and Zambia next

9 December 2016

With a slow but steady shift away from SMS, mobile operators need to be able to offer brand advertisers a wider and richer media offer. South Africa’s Supa Pesa has just launched a product with Cell C that will do this. Russell Southwood spoke to Supa Pesa’s CMO about what the product does and its plans to roll it out elsewhere in Africa. According to Pashley, the new product is “an evolution of the mobile ad units that mobile companies have for text ads”. The advantage of the new product is that “if you have the right device you can…

Telecoms

Telesoft to power Spice VAS Africa Colour Ring Back Tone Services

9 December 2016

Telesoft Technologies, a global provider of government infrastructure, cyber security and telecoms mobile products and services, has announced that its flexible software media server, the vARNE has been selected by…


Telecoms

Intelsat and Orange Partner to Expand 3G Connectivity in Cameroon

9 December 2016

Luxembourg, 07 December 2016 – Satellite operator Intelsat has announced that the Orange Group has renewed an agreement for satellite solutions and support that will bring 3G services to existing…


Telecoms

Onyx Connect to build Africa's first smartphone plant

9 December 2016

According to a report by TimesLive, South African startup Onyx Connect is set to become the first to manufacture smartphones in Africa. Onyx is licensed to load Google software like…


Telecoms

Technology turf war: Shittu to lose NIGCOMSAT, NITDA, Galaxy Backbone

9 December 2016

Technology Times has just learnt that Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications is to lose three Federal Government technology agencies to Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, his Ministry of Science and Technology…


Telecoms

Smart and Kirusa partner to launch InstaVoice in Uganda

9 December 2016

KAMPALA, Uganda - Smart Uganda, an emerging telecom service provider, and Kirusa, global telecom and social media solutions, announced the launch of InstaVoice Missed Call, Voicemail, and Voice SMS service…


Telecoms

In brief

9 December 2016

Swift Networks and Cobranet on Tuesday beat four others to emerge winners of the two slots of 25 MHz of 5.4GHz spectrum for Lagos State in an auction conducted by…


Internet

Africa: Maputo, DRC Eye Dar Internet Data Connection Facility

9 December 2016

Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are eying connection to the national Internet Data Centre (IDC) in Dar es Salaam as the two eastern African countries embark on accessing…


Internet

Link Africa partners with New Telco SA

9 December 2016

Midrand is one of the fastest-growing economic and residential hubs in SA, and the demand for connectivity is vast, says New Telco SA. Metro fibre provider Link Africa and New…


Internet

In brief

9 December 2016

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has announced a three-year plan to connect all cities across Madagascar with its fibre-optic network, reports L’Express. At present the majority of main cities on the island…


Computing

Morocco Wins Africa Code Week Award

9 December 2016

Rabat – Morocco has won the 1st Award of the Africa Code Week, which aims to spark the interest of African children, teenagers and young adults in software coding. With…


Computing

China Telecom Global to expand from Djibouti data centre

9 December 2016

China Telecom Global (CTG), the international operating subsidiary of China Telecom, has selected the Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) to help facilitate network expansion, co-location and submarine fibre cable access services…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit inks partnership deal with Xpress Money

9 December 2016

WorldRemit, an online money transfer service, and Xpress Money, a global leading money transfer brand, have announced a partnership to open up new remittance routes across Africa and Asia. Through…


Money Transfer

South Africa:Travel wallets a boon for banks

9 December 2016

The introduction of foreign currency travel wallets is proving a boon for South Africa’s major banks. The chip and pin protected cards – some of which can be loaded with…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Internet Solutions to snap up MWEB

9 December 2016

Johannesburg - Local ICT company Internet Solutions (IS) has entered into an agreement to acquire internet service provider MWEB for an undisclosed amount. IS made the announcement on Friday via…


Digital Content

Samsung delivers digital primary school content

9 December 2016

Samsung Electronics East Africa has partnered with Virtual Essence, an e-learning solutions provider, to deliver digital content. As part of the deal, Samsung will bundle the Msingi pack e-learning software…


Digital Content

Mozambique to miss digital migration deadline

9 December 2016

Mozambique will miss its latest deadline for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to its Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita. According to the Minister, the deadline for…


Digital Content

'Zumalator' app downloads soar after Clarkson mockery

9 December 2016

Johannesburg - 'Zumalator' – a calculator app parodying President Jacob Zuma's inability to pronounce certain big numbers – has suddenly seen a surge in downloads on the Google Play and…


Digital Content

Web Asset Limited Unveils ‘Hawk Eye‎’ Mobile App for National Security & Crime Reporting

9 December 2016

Web Asset Limited, a Lagos-based technology company, has launched an interactive crime reporting system tagged ‘Hawk Eye’ to curb the disturbing nuisances that stem from criminality in our society. Hawk…


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Opportunities

9 December 2016

Tony Elumelu Foundation announces 3rd round of its $100m entrepreneurship programme On January 1, 2017, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) will begin accepting applications for the third round of the…


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People

9 December 2016

SAP Africa appoints Dr. Gilbert Saggia as East Africa MD SAP Africa today announced the appointment of Dr. Gilbert Saggia as its new Managing Director in East Africa. Kenya-born Dr.…