News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 861 - 26th January 2017

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Mauritius’ IOX wants to build an international cable to link India to Africa – “We are not operators, we are facilitators for the operators.”

26 January 2017

An ambitious new cable project is seeking to link Mauritius to Africa and India. Formerly with Seacom, IOX’s Arun Kandasamy wants to make Mauritius a hub for enterprise business and a stepping stone for Indian businesses to enter African markets. Russell Southwood spoke to IOX Founder and CEO Arun Kandasamy this week. Kandasamy says that the idea for the IOX cable came about from seeing how Mauritius might develop economically. It can become “a business platform for Indian businesses in Africa” and “it’s an ideal location for holding data for Africa.” It’s a place where there’s good corporate governance and…

Telecoms

Delayed payment MTN Zakhele shareholders to get interest

26 January 2017

MTN is aware of the frustration of MTN Zakhele shareholders who need to verify their accounts and receive the amount due to them, the company says. MTN has reassured MTN…


Telecoms

Egypt - Government warns Telecommunications companies to suspend 4G trials

26 January 2017

The National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) called on the three mobile operators in Egypt Vodafone Egypt, Orange, and Etisalat Egypt to stop the trial runs for the fourth generation services…


Telecoms

Nigeria comms minister urges caution in MTN probe

26 January 2017

Nigeria’s communications minister said the country must not “scare away” MTN, amid an ongoing investigation into allegations the company illegally transferred $13.9 billion out of the country. In an interview…


Telecoms

Tanzania, Burundi could join East African roaming network

26 January 2017

The Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi said five East African Community (EAC) member states are currently holding talks in order to expand the One Area Mobile Network…


Internet

Vivendi Africa wins high-speed Internet provider license in Gabon

26 January 2017

On 23 January, the Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (Arcep) awarded a license for a high-speed Internet provider (Ftth) to the Vivendi Africa (GVA) group. According to the Chairman…


Internet

ARCT boss calls on ISPs to sign up to IXP

26 January 2017

The director general of Burundi’s Agency for Regulation and Control of Telecommunications (Agence de Regulation et de Controle des Telecom, ARCT), Deogratias Rurimunzu, has called on domestic ISPs to sign…


Internet

Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

26 January 2017

Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters. Music streaming…


Internet

In brief

26 January 2017

Pan-African telecom enabler, SEACOM, has earned the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for services from the Metro Ethernet Forum, an industry association that provides a global services framework and the foundation…


Computing

Kenya's tech startups trial digital classrooms in drive for literacy

26 January 2017

It’s a hot Tuesday afternoon and Martin and his classmates are studying biology in the library of Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum. Yet the children are not staring at a blackboard…


Computing

Kenya: Varsity Churns Out Locally Made Tablets at Juja Plant

26 January 2017

An assembly plant located at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has rolled out the first batch of 2,000 tablets for school children. The assembly plant, a joint…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Experts warn of regulatory tension in Africa's ICT sector in 2017

26 January 2017

The decision by Zimbabwe to backtrack on plans to increase data costs last week following public outcry by consumers, as well as the budding challenge to OTT (Over the Top)…


Money Transfer

Start-up using blockchain tech to stop property fraud in Africa

26 January 2017

A start-up is hoping to combat property fraud in emerging markets using the technology behind virtual currency Bitcoin. BenBen, which has just been accepted onto the Cambridge Social Ventures incubation…


Money Transfer

Orange Money and Vivo Energy sign a Pan-African payments deal

26 January 2017

Orange Money and Vivo Energy have signed a deal that will see Orange customers have access to a network of over 1,000 Shell service stations to transact in Botswana, Burkina…


Money Transfer

Microsoft and Ecobank Partner To Drive Digital Transformation In Afrika

26 January 2017

Microsoft and Ecobank have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to complement African governments' efforts to modernise and raise the standards of the continent’s major cities through state of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel in talks with Tigo for Ghana merger

26 January 2017

Airtel in talks with Tigo for Ghana mergerAirtel in talks with Tigo for Ghana merger - Image New Delhi: Bharti Airtel is in talks with rival Millicom International Cellular for…


Digital Content

Ringier Africa launches Pulse in East Africa

26 January 2017

Ringier Africa, a leading diversified digital media company in Africa, has announced the launch of P Live, a new independent, nonpartisan news and entertainment publisher, in East Africa. Headquartered in…


Digital Content

Cellphones crucial to digital radio in SA

26 January 2017

Widespread penetration of cellular phones with integrated digital radio receivers is crucial if the technology is going to take off in South Africa. That’s the view of Primedia Broadcasting CEO…


Digital Content

Kenyan government launches crime-reporting app

26 January 2017

In a bid to give the fight against crimes in the country a fillip, the Kenyan government has launched a smartphone app, which will be available on Android, iOS and…


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People

26 January 2017

Akufo-Addo appoints Joe Anokye as new NCA boss President Akufo-Addo has appointed Joseph Anokye as the acting Director General of the National Communication Authority. This was contained in a letter…