News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 865 - 24 February 2017

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A4AI’s latest Affordability Report shows that Sub-Saharan Africa has a long way to go – more affordable Internet a must

24 February 2017

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has just published its 2017 Affordability Report: It provides a very clear way of assessing Africa’s progress towards affordable Internet. Although there is some good news, the main message is “must try harder”. Russell Southwood spoke to Dhanaraj Thakur, A4AI’s Research Manager about what the results mean for Africa. As the organization’s Executive Director Sonia Jorge notes in the report:” The consequences of this digital divide are real: as half the world reaps the opportunities provided by the digital revolution, the other half is falling further behind, undermining development and entrenching patterns of inequality”.…

Telecoms

“Bando HaliChachi”: Tigo Trailblazing Yet Another First For Tanzania

24 February 2017

Following the launch of “Megamix” - the first ever Data bundle with Free Minutes and SMS, in October 2016, Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz) has thrilled customers once again with the launch…


Telecoms

West Africa Mobile Awards opens entries to discover best in mobile

24 February 2017

The West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS) (www.wamas.com.ng), the leading industry awards that celebrate the best in mobile and technology across West Africa, are now accepting entries for their 2017 edition.…


Telecoms

Orange CI upgrades backbone network with 100G solution

24 February 2017

Fixed and mobile operator Orange Cote d’Ivoire has awarded a contract to Ekinops for the upgrade of its transmission network to meet the rising demand for data services in the…


Telecoms

Tanzania subscribers to switch lines without losing numbers

24 February 2017

Mobile phone users in Tanzania will from next month freely choose a mobile service operator from any of eight telecom companies in the country while keeping the same mobile number.…


Internet

DHL Express makes global online shopping easier with On Demand Delivery in Sub Saharan Africa

24 February 2017

DHL Express (www.dpDHL.com), the world’s leading international express services provider, has announced the launch of On Demand Delivery for the Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) region. The new service allows shippers…


Internet

Paratus Telecom brings Radwin Jet Wireless Broadband to Zambia

24 February 2017

Paratus Telecom, the largest privately owned Pan-African telecoms operator and a leading service provider in Zambia, has installed cutting-edge wireless broadband technology that reduces signal interference and enables greater coverage…


Internet

Angola Cables to peer at NAPAfrica – Africa’s most connected Internet Exchange

24 February 2017

Angola Cables, a leading telecoms operator is expanding its network reach and peering capabilities across the globe. With an aim to become a major IP transit and MPLS player in…


Internet

Zimbabwe - Women network group partners Facebook to raise literacy

24 February 2017

Tech Women Zimbabwe (TWZ) has partnered with social media giant, Facebook to bring digital literacy to women in the country and create awareness on better safety practices on social media.…


Computing

National ID - NIMC 'captured 14 million Nigerians' by 2016

24 February 2017

Fewer than 14 million Nigerians were enrolled for National Identity Number (NIN) at the end of2016 , statistics obtained by Technology Times from National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)have revealed.  …


Money Transfer

MTN South Africa Seeks New Mobile Money strategy

24 February 2017

MTN Group will look for new ways to bring banking services to its customers’ mobile phones in South Africa after severing ties with Australian-owned partner, Tyme, Bloomberg reported. Maxwell Nonge,…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit sees huge growth in money transfers to Tanzania

24 February 2017

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 20, 2017/ -- Digital money transfer service WorldRemit (www.WorldRemit.com/en/Cameroon) is consolidating its rapid expansion into Tanzania, supporting the growing demand for instant remittances to the…


Money Transfer

Kenya: CBK Sees Cyber Risks As Banks Eye Mobile Money Platform

24 February 2017

Nairobi — Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) chairman Mohammed Nyaoga has cautioned banks to be wary of cyber risks in mobile money as the lenders move towards establishing their own…


Money Transfer

Doubts raised over ?4.6bn BoG contract to allow 'across network' money transfer

24 February 2017

There is brewing discontent over ?4.6bn plan spearheaded by the Bank of Ghana to create one-stop shop for all electronic payments across different financial and non-financial institutions. For the layman,…


Money Transfer

TerraPay joins forces with MoneyTrans and Paga to make cross border remittance easy between Europe and Nigeria

24 February 2017

TerraPay, a mobile-first international payment network, today announced that it has partnered with MoneyTrans, a leading Money Transfer company established in Europe and Africa as well as Paga, Nigeria’s pioneering…


Money Transfer

MeaWallet partners with Crossgate to provide HCE/Cloud based mobile payments technology for their customers in Africa

24 February 2017

Crossgate’s Crosscore platform is an API-based integration hub that allow simplified and more cost-effective deployment of multiple services that would generally be complex for issuers to implement themselves. It provides…


Money Transfer

TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook

24 February 2017

Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc's chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UPDATE: No ICASA approval needed for Cell C deal, says Blue Label

24 February 2017

UPDATE What we reported in this story was based on the information received from Blue Label's head of investor and media relations. However, it has since been brought to our…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Revealed - Manji Owns 99% of Tigo Tanzania

24 February 2017

Dar es Salaam — Lawyers representing a British registered company associated with Mr Yusuf Manji have claimed that the billionaire businessman owns 99 per cent of telecoms company, Tigo. Brick…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Said to Consider $1 Billion Bid for South Africa's Cell C

24 February 2017

Telkom SA SOC Ltd. is considering a bid of as much as $1 billion for South African wireless operator Cell C Pty Ltd., which has missed debt payments and is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa received the bulk of investment into Africa's ICT industry

24 February 2017

Report on funding over the past year shows that SA received the lion's share of investment of more than US$129 million. South Africa has come out ahead of its counterparts…


Digital Content

“I get rejected for not being black enough and being too black to be white…I’m a #KasiMlungu and I’m proud.”

24 February 2017

This is one of many tweets by South African Anita Ronge, aka DJ DuchAz, that has had Black South Africans on Twitter up in arms. In case you’re wondering why—she’s…


Digital Content

African Animation Network and SSTREAMM to create mobile channel on MTN backbone

24 February 2017

The African Animation Network, which was piloted as The Animation Lounge at DISCOP Johannesburg 2016, is partnering with SSTREAMM to create an African Animation Network mobile channel. SSTREAMM offers mobile-driven…


Digital Content

5 Online Resources For Discussing African Sexuality

24 February 2017

Where do we go when we want to find African perspectives on love, sex and relationships? Podcasts and blogs, of course! Digital spaces are now the center for discussions of…


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People

24 February 2017

Puleng Kwele, CEO of Broadband Infraco, will be leaving her position when her contract comes to an end on 31 May. In an email to ITWeb, Broadband Infraco says Kwele's…


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Events

24 February 2017

eCommerce MoneyAfrica Confex 22 - 23 February 2017, Cape Town International Convention Centre The eCommerce Africa conference sessions will examine various aspects of development in the industry: how online and…