News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 866 – 3 March 2017

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DRC: 4G licences to be issued shortly but already the digital transition is under way in Kinshasa

3 March 2017

According to a report in Le Potentiel Online, Minister of Posts, Telephones, New Information and Communication Technologies (PT-NTIC), Amy Ambatob announced at the end of February that 4G licences would be published within days. This has turned out to be a bit optimistic but changes are already under way in the market. Russell Southwood looks at how those changes are affecting the market. At a meeting with operators at the end of February Minister of Posts, Telephones, New Information and Communication Technologies (PT-NTIC), Amy Ambatobe asked both Congolese consumers and operators to be patient. He said that licences would be…

Telecoms

Airtel and Viavi Release Joint Study on Impact of Smartphone Quality on Users' Network experience

3 March 2017

Bharti Airtel, and Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) have announced they have jointly conducted measurement and analysis of 4G and 3G smartphone performance—representing over 8,000 smartphone models—crowdsourced using a big data…


Telecoms

Huawei to launch P10 devices in Africa by April

3 March 2017

Huawei Consumer Business Group has scheduled the Africa launch of its newest devices in the P series, the P10 and P10+, within the next ten weeks. Global sales of the…


Telecoms

Uganda: Libyans Pull Out of UTL, Uganda Govt Takes Over

3 March 2017

Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) that has been limping for years, will be rescued by government, that will take over its full management immediately. Minister for Finance Matia Kasaija confirmed that…


Telecoms

In brief

3 March 2017

Two new reports from USAID of interest. Firstly, "Connecting the Next Four Billion: Strengthening the Global Response for Universal Internet Access" focuses on recommendations to further coalesce global efforts to…


Internet

South Africa: Fibre-like connectivity now available in under-serviced fibre areas

3 March 2017

Paratus Telecom, the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator, has started rolling out its Paratus Communication Service throughout South Africa. It now offers connectivity that provides the same performance…


Internet

Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN) goes live at MainOne’s MDXi Lekki Data Center to peer local Internet traffic

3 March 2017

Africa - Technology: Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN) goes live at MainOne’s MDXi Lekki Data Center to peer local Internet traffic Nigerian Internet Exchange (IXPN) goes live at MainOne’s MDXi Lekki…


Internet

Euphoria Telecom Partners with SABEN and Century City Connect

3 March 2017

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system is a key contributor to the overall success of South Africa’s labour market and its future economic growth. South African Broadband…


Internet

Facebook Visits Ghana’s Top Tech & Creative Entrepreneurs

3 March 2017

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer at Facebook, visited the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Accra, Ghana on Wednesday to meet with Ghanaian entrepreneurs and see how they are…


Computing

Africa: Unicef Announces Collaboration With Telecommunications Giant in Drive for 'Big Data' for Social Good

3 March 2017

New York — UNICEF and Telefonica, one of the largest European telecommunication companies, will work together on UNICEF's "Magic Box" initiative - an innovative use of data to inform and…


Computing

Angola Cables Selects Ciena for MONET Subsea Cable System

3 March 2017

HANOVER, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Angola Cables, a dedicated wholesale carrier, has selected Ciena’s GeoMesh and Blue Planet solutions to support its new service launch on the MONET subsea cable. This 10,556 km…


Computing

Let the mind games begin: SA’s newest ‘sports’ aim for the stars

3 March 2017

Jade Klein has represented South Africa before in her chosen discipline, and hopes to win Protea colours again this year to compete internationally. She trains for 25 hours a week.…


Money Transfer

Liberty Life, Orange partnership allow customers pay policies via mobile money

3 March 2017

Liberty Life Botswana and Orange Botswana have launched a strategic partnership where Liberty clients will be able to pay their policies through Orange Botswana’s mobile money payment platform - Orange…


Money Transfer

Kenyans Beat Nigerians in Mobile Money Transfers while Nigeria Surpasses Kenya on other Electronic Platforms

3 March 2017

Kenyans moved a record $33 billion via mobile money platforms such as Safaricom, Airtel or Mobikash in 2016, up from $27.8 billion from the previous year, the latest data from…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Banks Launch Pesa Link to Reclaim Cash Transfer Market

3 March 2017

Kenyan lenders have launched an interbank money payment switch dubbed Pesa Link as they seek to regain dominance in the money transfer business through competitive transaction fees across networks. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label moves to appease MTN and Vodacom

3 March 2017

A day after prepaid specialist Blue Label Telecoms cemented its agreement to rescue debt-laden Cell C, it has moved to assure the investment community that there won’t be widespread changes…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C rubbishes BEE partner accusations

3 March 2017

The Cell C-Blue Label deal is going ahead despite its BEE partner's grievances. Cell C has hit back at black empowerment partner CellSAf, saying accusations levelled against the Cell C…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Manji Loses Appeal in 13bn/ - Tigo Share

3 March 2017

Efforts by Quality Group Limited and Golden Globe International Service to challenge revision proceedings on the disputed 13bn/- transaction in the sale of 34,479 shares in Mic Tanzania Limited, trading…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

3 March 2017

Cameroonian LTE (TD-LTE) provider YooMee has reportedly signed an MVNO agreement with state-backed mobile market minnow CamTel. According to pan-African news site Agence Ecofin, the wholesale deal was signed by…


Digital Content

Free Streaming Service, Video Moja, Announces Update

3 March 2017

Video Moja, a video streaming platform that allows users to watch the latest African movies, instantly and for free, has announced that after months of preparation the latest update, #AppUpdate16,…


Digital Content

New app aims to break language barriers

3 March 2017

Mundo Chat launched this year by two brothers, Hassaan Shakeel and Usman Shakeel is a global messaging app that imagines a world beyond language barriers. The app is powered by…


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People

3 March 2017

Microsoft has announced the appointment of Samer Abu Ltaif as the president of its Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Abu Ltaif, who joined Microsoft in 2004, has held many…


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Opportunities

3 March 2017

Call for candidates for the 7th Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East Applications for the 7th edition of the Orange (www.Orange.com) Social Venture Prize in Africa…


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Events

3 March 2017

Wi-Fi NOW Africa9-11 May 2017   Meet the Wi-Fi Alliance & many more industry leaders We're also delighted that Liquid Telecom, VAST, and AlwaysOn will be sharing their insights with…