News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 870 – 31 March 2017

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African regulation for the coming digital future – getting beyond the mobile paradigm for more competition

31 March 2017

African telecoms regulation is at a crossroads. A combination of changing business models and a downturn in economies across Africa is impacting on the competitive dynamic in all markets. Incumbent mobile operators are slowing down innovation and the transition to digital. Russell Southwood looks at how regulation has to change to get to Africa’s digital future. I’ve visited two African countries recently – Benin and Kenya – which are at very different ends of the competitive market spectrum. But both serve to illustrate the kind of dead ends regulators now find themselves in. In Benin, MTN and Etisalat are effectively…

Telecoms

Nigeria: How One Million Phone Users Dropped Out in One Month

31 March 2017

Ever since the country's telecommunications revolution began in 2001, the mobile growth has experienced steady upward movement until recently when the number of active users dropped by one million within…


Telecoms

Regulators to address international spectrum issues at DSA Global Summit as policy makers look to define universal service in the 5G world

31 March 2017

Cape Town, South Africa, 27 March 2017: Regulators from around the world are set to attend the fifth annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit, to continue discussions on effective spectrum…


Telecoms

Interview with Shivani Sardesai, Director-Africa, Alepo Technologies.

31 March 2017

Q What are the key trends shaping the telecoms future in Africa? Telecom as an Industry is ever evolving and Africa being an emerging market has great potential. The market…


Telecoms

Libyana Mobile Phone goes 4G LTE

31 March 2017

Libya, March 2017: Mobile operator 'Libyana Mobile Phone' has launched Libya’s first 4G-LTE network.


Telecoms

Govt said to have reduced Telkom SA’s shareholding to below 50%

31 March 2017

The South African government’s direct and indirect shareholding in domestic network operator Telkom has reportedly dropped to below 50%, TechCentral writes. As of September 2016 (latest published data by the…


Telecoms

In brief

31 March 2017

Canar telecommunications Company the major fixed line operator in Sudan, became the new operator to acquire the new fourth-generation (4G) internet services license after signing an agreement with the National…


Internet

Avanti partners Tigo Senegal to expand Wi-Fi project

31 March 2017

Avanti Communications Group announced a partnership with Millicom to bring the Avanti ECO initiative to sub-Saharan Africa. The companies will provide Wi-Fi services to schools and communities, addressing the digital…


Internet

BCX aims to be Africa’s premier ICT provider

31 March 2017

BCX, formed from a partnership between Telkom and Business Connexion, aims to become Africa’s premier end-to-end information communication technology provider. The “new” BCX was announced in February, following Telkom integrating…


Internet

Move aside .com: Africa will soon have its own top-level domain

31 March 2017

Africa will soon have its very own top-level domain on the internet. ICANN, a non-profit better known as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, has this week finalised…


Internet

Legend to provide High-Speed Wi-Fi Hotspot Network to Abuja Residents

31 March 2017

A multimedia company, Legend, said it has deployed a municipal Wi-Fi network in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enable it join over 100 cities across the world in enjoying…


Internet

Routed launches first vendor neutral cloud platform

31 March 2017

Routed, a cloud service provider, has launched its vendor neutral cloud platform to offer what the company believes South Africa needs: a cloud platform that is reliable, scalable and secure.…


Computing

Rack Centre in Another First, Selected as the only African Finalists in the UK Data Centre Solutions (DCS) 2017 Awards

31 March 2017

Rack Centre, Africa’s premium Data Centre, is a finalist in two categories in the internationally acclaimed Data Centre Solutions (DCS) awards in the UK, the only African based Data Centre…


Computing

Rwanda's technology contest Ms Geek goes continental

31 March 2017

Designed to inspire Rwandan girls to be a part of problem solving for the country using technology, and pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Ms Geek Rwanda…


Money Transfer

Kenyans Abroad are Biggest Users of Digital Remittances to Mobile Accounts

31 March 2017

Kenyans living abroad has been described as the biggest sender of digital remittances to mobile accounts. This was disclosed in a statistics made available by WorldRemit, – a digital payment…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Instant Payment Hits N38.2trn Transactions Milestone in 2016 – NIBSS

31 March 2017

The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS) has said total volume of Instant Payment (NIP) transactions recorded 154.5 million with value of N38.2 trillion in 2016. This is an increase…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet rights issue flop- was this not what Masiyiwa wanted from the start?

31 March 2017

Econet boss Strive Masiyiwa was yesterday reported to have pumped $100 million into his Zimbabwean operation after a $130 million rights offer only got 25 percent support from investors.The offer,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia’s IMF loan no longer conditional on Zamtel sale

31 March 2017

A sale of Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) is reportedly no longer a condition of the USD1.3 billion loan which the country is seeking to support its economic recovery programme. According…


Digital Content

MTN Group appoints local content delivery solution provider

31 March 2017

South Africa-based multinational mobile operator MTN has appointed PeerApp as the local content delivery solution for operations in a few of its global regions. The move is in a bid…


Digital Content

"Mother of the world" – Egyptians and Sudanese fight over who has contributed most to world culture

31 March 2017

Egyptians and Sudanese are rowing online over which country holds more pride in its history. During a recent visit to Sudan, the Qatari emir's mother Sheikha Moza bint Nasser allegedly…


Digital Content

Inspired by a Pioneering Nigerian Author, Yorùbá Language Advocate Takes to the Internet

31 March 2017

Yoruba meme created by Ọmọ Yoòbá for the Mother Language Meme Challenge In 1938, the late Nigerian professor and author Daniel Olorunfẹmi Fagunwa penned the novel “Ògbójú Ọdẹ nínú Igbó…


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People

31 March 2017

Global-IP Brings Outstanding Sales Team On Board to Serve its African Markets GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands--(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- Global-IP Cayman, the innovative satellite communications company with the mission to bring…


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Opportunities

31 March 2017

Apply for business mentorship from the Cherie Blair Foundation The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is calling for applications for its next year-long mentorship programme, which starts in May and…


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Events

31 March 2017

Building Rural LTE Networks - a Webinar from WTL May 11, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST Would you like to learn how to extend LTE coverage to remote…