News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 868 – 17 March 2017

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Benin: Waiting for a fibre upgrade and price drops before its users make the big move to digital services

17 March 2017

With certain notable exceptions (Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal), Francophone countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have been slow to move to greater data use. The legacy of monopoly state-owned telcos has acted as a brake on this transition. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Aouad, Founder and CEO, Isocel Telecom about the upgrades he has planned. Q: When did you start the company and why? A: We started our first commercial activity in 2008. At this time, there was only DSL from Benin Telecom and its distributor ISPs. It was very limited and only accessible to those with a fixed line so we…

Telecoms

Orange launches its brand in Burkina Faso and strengthens its positions in West Africa

17 March 2017

Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has announcedthe launch of its brand in Burkina Faso. Less than one year after the closing of the Group’s acquisition of Airtel,…


Telecoms

Ghana: Women are the new face of telecommunications’ players

17 March 2017

This International Women’s Day I want to celebrate the New faces of telecommunications’ players in Ghana – they are smart, they are experienced, and they are fierce. Above all they…


Telecoms

Nigeria: 'Consumers Spending On Telecom Services to Hit N3.5 Trillion December'

17 March 2017

Over 150million telecoms consumers in the country will spend close to N3.5trillion on telecoms services by the end of this year, all things being equal, the Nigerian Communications Commission has.This…


Telecoms

BBM Announces New Features for South African & Nigerian Markets

17 March 2017

As one of the world’s largest messaging and social media apps, BBM is constantly upgrading and improving its features. A host of new features have just been announced for the…


Telecoms

In brief

17 March 2017

South African wireless operator Cell C is reportedly interested in reaching a deal with market leader Vodacom to roam over its 4G LTE network infrastructure, with Cell C’s CEO Jose…


Internet

Telkom and Business Connexion launch BCX, Africa’s Premier End-to-end ICT Solutions Provider

17 March 2017

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 15, 2017/ -- Organisations that do not embrace digitalisation and transform accordingly, run the risk of becoming redundant to their customers. In light of this, Telkom…


Computing

Teraco raises R1.2 billion in debt funding for further investment into South African data centres

17 March 2017

March 2017, Johannesburg – South Africa, Teraco, Africa's largest carrier & cloud neutral colocation data centre and home to NAPAfrica, Africa’s largest Internet exchange point (IXP), has announced that it…


Computing

Ethiopia to Install Electronic Customs Clearance System

17 March 2017

Ethiopia and South Korea signed a US$13-million deal for the installation of electronic customs clearance system in the former. According to the agreement South Korea's electronic customs clearance system called…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Partners Mobile Money Africa to host the CashlessAfrica Conference and Expo in Nigeria

17 March 2017

Leading digital payment solutions provider, Mastercard, has been unveiled as the headline sponsor of the 6th Edition of the CashlessAfrica Conference and Expo. The event is organised by Mobile Money…


Money Transfer

Uganda: New Interbank Transfer System Launched

17 March 2017

Craft Silicon, a Kenyan-based software company on Monday launched an inter-bank transfer system that in the interim will enable Centenary Bank and Finance Trust Bank customers to make real time…


Money Transfer

Econet launches EcoCash Home Wallet App for Zim-UK remittances

17 March 2017

The Econet Group has through its wholly-owned financial technology subsidiary, Cassava Connect, has launched an EcoCash Home Wallet application that will allow UK diaspora customers remitting money to Zimbabwe to…


Money Transfer

CBA launches Loop mobile finance platform

17 March 2017

Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has launched a digital banking app targeting millennials — young customers born after 1980 — becoming the latest lender to invest in digital platforms. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Ghana gearing up for 2017 IPO

17 March 2017

MTN Ghana, the country’s leading cellco by subscribers, is hoping to complete its preparations for listing its shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) this year, according to Citi Business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat may sell Nigeria stake over debt default?

17 March 2017

UAE telecoms group Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) could sell its stake in its Nigerian wireless unit, which missed a payment on a USD1.2 billion loan, after the cellco’s debt is…


Digital Content

KariosWebTV Launches ‘SMEPR-KIT’ Solution for Small Businesses

17 March 2017

KairoswebTV, the proprietary and sole Online-TV Network in Nigeria, today announced the launch of SMEPR-KIT’, an Online PR and Social Media Communication Platform focused on Small and medium businesses in…


Digital Content

Google Trains One Million Africans in Digital Skills

17 March 2017

Google has announced that it has reached the one million milestone in its digital skills programme for Africa. Google had last April said that it would train as many as…


Digital Content

Why transgender Africans turned against a famous feminist

17 March 2017

A leading African writer has transfixed the internet with her comments on gender - but fellow Nigerians say they feel hurt. Transgender women in Africa have benefited from "male privilege"…


Digital Content

Media24 invests in SA music streaming startup NicheStreem

17 March 2017

South African communications firm Media24 has invested in music streaming startup NicheStreem to help it scale its first stream and develop a second. NicheStreem develops focused music streams, and launched…


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Events

17 March 2017

Mastercard partners with Mobile Money Africa to host the CashlessAfrica Conference and Expo in Nigeria22 23 March2017 Industry thought leaders from over 40 countries will gather to address “The future…


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Opportunities

17 March 2017

Applications open for Innovations Against Poverty Fund Applications have opened for the second edition of the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund, which offers financial support to companies based in Ethiopia,…