News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 872 – 13 April 2017

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African mobile operators start entering into deals with major broadcasters over streaming and download services

13 April 2017

There’s now a steady trickle of download and streaming deals between key mobile operators and some of Africa’s most credible major broadcasters. The terms of those deals are undoubtedly more advantageous to the broadcasters than they would have been in the past. Russell Southwood wonders whether mobile operators are finally changing how they deal with content and services. VoD

Telecoms

Infinix Tops As Africa’s Smartphone In 15 Countries - Jumia

13 April 2017

A 2017 mobile study by Jumia has shown that infinix has dribbled competing brands such as Hotwav, Innjoo, Itel and Tecno to become the top smartphone brand across Jumia’s 15…


Telecoms

Ugandans Given 7 Days to Update their Simcard Registration Details Before Deactivation

13 April 2017

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a 7-day ultimatum to all Ugandans to have their simcard registration particulars updated, short of which they would be deactivated. The directive was…


Telecoms

Pastor's wife Sonya Joubert accused of 'hiding' in NZ to escape $50m Telkom fraud charges in South Africa

13 April 2017

Sonya Joubert lives in Tauranga, but is wanted in South Africa for her alleged part in a $50m fraud case. Here in New Zealand, Sonya Joubert's friends and neighbours know…


Telecoms

Kenya: Safaricom Foils Elaborate Attempt to Hack Company Systems

13 April 2017

Nairobi — Safaricom has foiled an elaborate cyber-crime fraud attempt to hack into its company systems. Safaricom's Risk Management unit detected the intrusion and immediately escalated the incident to the…


Telecoms

In brief

13 April 2017

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said the subscribers could stop unsolicited text messages if they send "STOP" to "2442". This is part of the ongoing campaign to enlighten consumers…


Internet

Zimbabwe - Government introduces new 5% internet tax. ISPs increase internet prices

13 April 2017

Last year in December, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa proposed a 5% tax on all mobile phone airtime and broadband as part of his budget proposals. The tax, called…


Internet

Cameroon to extend fiber optic interconnection

13 April 2017

Cameroon, which has good fiber optic capacity, will continue to provide this advanced technology, after Equatorial Guinea and Chad, to other countries in central and western Africa, the steering committee…


Internet

Uganda: Company Invests Shs167 Billion to Boost Internet Services

13 April 2017

Kampala — To meet growing demand for the Internet in the country, Smile Telecom says it has made an investment of $45 million (Shs167b) to expand its Internet network connectivity…


Internet

In brief

13 April 2017

The continued growth of data consumption - fuelled in part by the demand for online video content - is creating robust revenue growth for operators. An Ovum report estimates that…


Computing

Kenya creates online system to monitor rural sanitation

13 April 2017

[NAIROBI] Kenya has launched an online monitoring, evaluation and reporting system to improve capturing data on sanitation and hygiene status, a conference has heard. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Health,…


Computing

FG plans national ICT park, exhibition centre in Abuja

13 April 2017

ABUJA—Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, yesterday, said the Federal Government planned to build a national ICT park and exhibition centre in Abuja soon. Adebayo-Shittu, Communications Minister The minister said…


Computing

Mauritius government launches 350 new Wi-Fi zones in 20 locations nationwide

13 April 2017

The Mauritius government in partnership with Mauritius Telecom (MT) has announced the launch of 350 new free public Wi-Fi spaces in 20 locations across the island, writes Defi Media. The…


Computing

Avanti launches iKnowledge project in 262 TZ schools

13 April 2017

Avanti has announced the successful launch of its iKnowledge education network project in Tanzania. Under the iKnowledge project, 262 schools across 25 regions in Tanzania have been connected via Avanti’s…


Computing

Kenya: Governors Tell IEBC to Address System Hacking Fears

13 April 2017

Governors want fears that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission's systems could be hacked and results manipulated addressed. The chairman of the Council of Governors' committee on information, communications and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Airtel Kenya stops foreign scratch-card top-ups

13 April 2017

Airtel Kenya has discontinued the service that allowed customers to top up airtime using local scratch-cards whenever they travelled in Africa, reports Business Daily. It was terminated in March and…


Money Transfer

Samsung Pay SA launch pushed to Q3

13 April 2017

Samsung Electronics has pushed out the launch of its mobile payments and digital wallet service to the third quarter of 2017. The company had said in August 2016, at the…


Money Transfer

First ever M-Akiba mobile bond sold out in record of thirty days

13 April 2017

In a surprising show of consumer uptake, the much hyped M-Akiba mobile based bond has been closed ahead of time after it sold 150 million shillings worth of bonds. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libya and Uganda engage in a legal row over telecom company

13 April 2017

The Libyan government has sounded a warning to the Ugandan government over its move to repossess shares of the Libyan government in a predominantly owned Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom keeps S&P Global credit rating, but…

13 April 2017

Ratings agency S&P Global has maintained Telkom‘s BBB- credit rating, but has revised its outlook to negative in the wake of South Africa’s political upheaval and subsequent credit rating downgrade.…


Digital Content

New Online Trading Platform For SA Gamers

13 April 2017

On Sunday, a new website was launched which looks to offer gamers the opportunity to buy, sell, trade and swap their second hand games online. The site, gamestrader.co.za provider South…


Digital Content

Kwesé partners MTN Ghana for video content streaming

13 April 2017

Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has entered into a partnership with MTN Ghana for the delivery of video content to the latter’s mobile customers. Kwesé will make use of MTN’s 4G…


Digital Content

Vodafone Zambia launches JUMP Academy

13 April 2017

4G operator Vodafone Zambia has launched JUMP Academy, an internet enabled application that offers unlimited access to a wide range of educational materials. These materials are tailored to the local…


Digital Content

Ethiopia: Supreme Court Says Two Zone 9 Bloggers Should Face Incitement Charges

13 April 2017

New York — Ethiopia's Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Group Launches Gospel Music APP

13 April 2017

ETranzact group has launched a gospel music application known as the Minstrel with a focus to improve the gospel industry in Nigeria and make the content exclusively available to all…


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People

13 April 2017

Me&you mobile names Swart as new CEO South Africa's Me&you mobile has appointed Danie Swart as its new CEO, replacing former CEO Brett Howell, who has left the company to…


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Events

13 April 2017

TEDxMogadishu Is Back After a two-year hiatus, TEDxMogadishu is back. Somalia is at a watershed moment in its history. Just last month, the country declared a new leader. There’s been…