News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 867 – 10 March 2017

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Falling into the cracks in data coverage – how a village close to the fibre and 45 minutes from Nairobi can’t get data access

10 March 2017

Kenya has 96% population coverage for voice and it will not be long before it reaches near to 100%. But for data acess it’s a very different story. Even close to Nairobi and within an easy distance of a fibre there are those that fall into the cracks in data coverage. Russell Southwood spoke to John Kieti about one such place where he lives. John Kieti lives in Kathome, 55 kms south-east of Nairobi, just 45 minutes from Nairobi along the road to Machakos. The place where he lives is about 1 kms off the road and along that road…

Telecoms

N377b Debt ‎Crisis Rocks Etisalat: Begs 13 banks

10 March 2017

The Nigerian affiliate of Abu Dhabi-listed telecoms company Etisalat has opened talks with 13 Nigerian banks to renegotiate the terms of a $1.2 billion loan it took out four years…


Telecoms

Ooredoo chooses Telia Carrier for International IoT Connectivity

10 March 2017

Telia Carrier has added another operator to its dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) Backbone. Global communications company Ooredoo has chosen Telia Carrier to provide IoT backhaul connectivity to Ericsson’s DCP…


Telecoms

Econet Leo enters 4G arena in Burundi

10 March 2017

Econet Leo, the Burundian mobile venture owned by Econet Wireless International (EWI), has reportedly launched a 4G network in the capital Bujumbura...


Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania begins IPO as MD sees acquisitions

10 March 2017

Vodacom Group’s Tanzanian unit will begin an initial public offering on Thursday, the first in a series of listings expected on the domestic exchange that may spur mergers and acquisitions,…


Internet

Cameroon: Anglophone Cameroon Marks 50 Days Without the Internet

10 March 2017

It's been exactly 50 days since Cameroonian authorities imposed an internet blackout on English-speaking regions in the majority French-speaking nation. Hundreds of youths shouted "Bring back our internet! Bring back…


Internet

Vumatel expands to KZN

10 March 2017

Vumatel has acquired Durban-based fibre-to-the-home company Estate Connexions (ECX) expanding its footprint to the KwaZulu-Natal province. Speaking about the acquisition Niel Schoeman, CEO of Vumatel says, "The acquisition allows Vuma…


Computing

Online tool explores countries’ climate action plans

10 March 2017

A new interactive online tool that helps countries to access and compare their priorities and ambitions related to climate action plans has been developed. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Explorer…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

South African operators propose amendments to ICT policy

10 March 2017

South African telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele is reportedly considering a proposal from six domestic telecoms operators – named as Vodacom, MTN, Telkom, Cell C, Neotel and Wireless Business Solutions (WBS)…


Money Transfer

The Direct Pay Online Group Expands Operations into Botswana & Namibia

10 March 2017

Nairobi, Kenya, 9 March 2017 – The Direct Pay Online Group, a leading online payments service provider in Africa, has announced today it is acquiring 100% of the equity in…


Money Transfer

Kenyans transact record 33 bln USD on mobile money in 2016

10 March 2017

Kenyans moved a record 33 billion U.S. dollars on mobile money in 2016, up from 27.8 billion dollars from the previous year, the latest data from Central Bank of Kenya…


Money Transfer

Zoona raises US$1 million from IFC and MasterCard Foundation to expand mobile banking in Zambia

10 March 2017

South African based Payments service provider Zoona has raised US$1 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the MasterCard Foundation to strengthen the reach of its mobile banking services…


Money Transfer

Mama Money expands to three more African countries

10 March 2017

South African-developed mobile money service, Mama Money, has expanded its operations Nigeria, Ghana and Tanzania, with three more countries billed for a launch. Mama Money, which recently celebrated its second…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TA Associates Acquires Minority Equity Interest in Interswitch

10 March 2017

TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, has announced it has acquired a minority equity interest in Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company. Financial terms…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WASPA says surge in data usage behind depletion data

10 March 2017

South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) says mobile users are spending a declining percentage of their mobile phone budgets on voice calls and a growing proportion of their…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libya blames Ugandan government for UTL problems

10 March 2017

Libyan state-owned telecoms investment firm LAP Green Network (LAP GreenN) has responded to a move by the government of Uganda to take control of its 69% stake in struggling fixed…


Digital Content

Malawian Developer Invents Legal Wallet Mobile APP

10 March 2017

One of local mobile and web applications developers, Alfred Andrew Kankuzi has invented Legal Wallet Mobile Application to bridge a wider knowledge gap of existing laws among the public. To…


Digital Content

New streaming service iFlix coming to South Africa

10 March 2017

Malaysian streaming video service iFlix plans to launch in South Africa and several other African countries before the end of the year. This is according to the company’s spokesperson in…


Digital Content

BBC launches pilot chatbot from Nigerian developers

10 March 2017

The BBC World Service has made available a new way for audiences to interact with BBC News via its Nigerian-designed pilot BBC Newschatta. It is the latest stage of the…


Digital Content

South African 'Serial' podcast starts with a bloody ‘90s heist and ramps up from there

10 March 2017

The year is 1994, a few weeks before South Africa’s first democratic election, and two security guards are murdered at a Checkers supermarket. One man is convicted, Anthony De Vries,…


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People

10 March 2017

Florence Seriki | Grief envelopes Omatek amid Founder’s death Omatek Computers, the Nigerian computer maker, has been thrown into grief following the sudden death at the weekend of its founder,…


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Events

10 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…