News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 873 – 21 April 2017

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Orange sees relationship with start-ups as part of Africa’s broader digital transformation

21 April 2017

Orange is one of a handful of mobile operators on the continent that has taken its relationship with Africa’s emerging start-up ecosystem seriously. It has launched its own incubators, supported pitch competitions and begun to open up its APIs. It sees these relationships as part of a broader digital transformation of Africa.

Sylvain Béletre talked to Roger-Edgar KRA, Business Development Manager For Open tech Hub in MEA Zone at Orange ‘Technocentre’’.

Telecoms

South Africa: Fresh PHONE is Free, alternative VoIP service on FTTH

21 April 2017

Local cloud PBX provider Euphoria Telecom has introduced Fresh PHONE, an alternative VoIP telephone service that works off Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and Fixed Home LTE. Unlike traditional landline…


Telecoms

SPOT satellite device reaches major milestone with 5,000 rescues worldwide

21 April 2017

Dublin, Ireland – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NYSE: GSAT) and the leader in satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies, announced today that…


Telecoms

Uganda: UCC Gives Phone Users 7 Days to Register Afresh

21 April 2017

Kampala — Seven days from today, the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) and the police will switch off all subscriber identification module (SIM) cards that were registered without using the National…


Telecoms

Uganda’s SIM card re-registration plan faces criticism

21 April 2017

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is coming under pressure to rethink its drive to have all mobile SIM cards re-registered within seven days. The regulator announced last week that all…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt inks national roaming, transmission deals with Orange Egypt

21 April 2017

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Orange Egypt for a national roaming agreement under which it will provide 2G, 3G and 4G…


Telecoms

Newcomer Swazi Mobile to share cell towers with MTN; plans July launch

21 April 2017

Newly licensed wireless operator Swazi Mobile is expected to share tower infrastructure with incumbent MTN Swaziland, the latter’s CEO, Ambrose Dlamini, has informed local media outlets. The cellco expects to…


Telecoms

Huawei’s massive smartphone growth in South Africa

21 April 2017

Huawei saw year-on-year sales growth of 87% on its high-end devices in South Africa in 2016, including the P and Mate series. This is according to Zhao Likun, general manager…


Telecoms

Icasa enters into a technical agreement with Mozambique communications regulator

21 April 2017

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has signed an agreement of cooperation and coordination with communications authority of Mozambique, Autoridade Reguladora Das Communicações, in respect of spectrum management…


Internet

South Africa: Vumatel not ready to sell

21 April 2017

South African fibre-to-the-home pioneer Vumatel is receiving constant interest from bigger telecommunications companies wanting to acquire it, but the company is not yet ready to “succumb” as it still has…


Internet

Africa: ZACR Now Urges Organisations to Register Under .africa Domains

21 April 2017

Trademark owners who don't register dotAfrica (.africa) domain names matching their brand names during the sunrise phase, which commenced on 4 April and will run until 2 June, could find…


Internet

Liquid Telecom, Intelsat expand broadband services across Africa

21 April 2017

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global and Intelsat SA, have announced a new agreement that will introduce high performance Intelsat EpicNG satellite services into the Liquid…


Computing

South Africa to spend billions in ICT sector

21 April 2017

South Africa is projected to have the highest information and communications technology (ICT) spend (US$10,5 billion) in the developing world during the current year. According to Huawei, the leading global…


Computing

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

21 April 2017

When disaster strikes, being able to count on accurate information can mean a world of difference for first response teams. Knowing where people live, the best ways to get in…


Computing

In brief

21 April 2017

Nigeria’s Rack Centre, a carrier neutral data centre, has yet again won at the well-respected annual Beacon of ICT awards. Rack Centre, for the third year running, walked away as…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: 47% of GDP Transferred in Mobile Money Revolution

21 April 2017

When Vodacom introduced the mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa, in 2008 financial inclusion in the country was below 16 per cent. Only eight years later, financial inclusion increased fivefold to…


Money Transfer

Telkom Kenya to replace Orange Money service with new platform

21 April 2017

Telkom Kenya plans to replace its mobile money platform Orange Money amidst its continued underperformance in the market. In an interview, Telkom Kenya chief executive Aldo Mareuse said that the…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana To Continue Payment of Interest On Mobile Money Deposits

21 April 2017

Ghana’s Leading Telecommunications Giant , MTN Ghana has relinquished power to its cherished mobile money customers to unsubscribe interest on their deposits. The decision was arrived at after a number…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Competition watchdog throws out complaint against Vodacom, MTN

21 April 2017

Cape Town - The Competition Commission will not prosecute a complaint lodged by Cell C against Vodacom and MTN, it announced on Tuesday. The complaint relates to anti-competitive conduct and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN financial accountant bust for R24 million fraud

21 April 2017

An MTN financial accountant has been bust for allegedly stealing R24 million from the company‚ the Gauteng Hawks said on Thursday. “Investigations into her accounts came after a bank contacted…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Internet Solutions in talks to buy Dark Fibre Africa

21 April 2017

Remgro is in talks to sell Dark Fibre Africa to Internet Solutions, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report stated that Remgro, which owns 51.9% of DFA, and investment…


Digital Content

New SVOD service DEOD set to launch in South Africa

21 April 2017

Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD), a new video streaming service is set to launch in South Africa in the coming weeks. The service is being launched by Discover Digital, the…


Digital Content

A new online platform to buy, sell and trade second hand games has just launched – say hello to gamestrader.co.za

21 April 2017

Most gamers have a stack of titles that they no longer play anymore, and they’re just sitting there gathering dust when they could be making you extra cash! Enter www.gamestrader.co.za…


Digital Content

FNB now offers life cover instantly on digital platforms

21 April 2017

18 April 2017: FNB Life has taken the next step in its digital evolution by giving customers the option to take up and manage life insurance through the FNB Banking…


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People

21 April 2017

M-Pesa pioneer Michael Joseph joins Board of MFS Africa MFS Africa, a leading Pan-African fintech company, today announces that Michael Joseph has joined its Board of Directors as an independent…


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Events

21 April 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…