News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 874 – 28 April 2017

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Malawi: C3 to launch a nationwide wireless data network using Mimosa, TV White Spaces and Wi-Fi – Targeting Corporates, SMEs and NGOs

28 April 2017

One of the first commercial African operators to use TV White Spaces technology will launch at the end of next month. C3 has already rolled out its network to a large refugee camp in Dowa and will make a full launch at the end of May. Russell Southwood spoke to its founder and CEO Richard Chisala about the strategy he is adopting. C3’s founder Richard Chisala was on the Board of the Malawian regulator MACRA and was involved in one of the early TVWS pilots from the regulator side. When Microsoft opened its Access Programme, he applied through his systems…

Telecoms

A first for Sudan: Zain launches 4G- LTE, high-speed technology

28 April 2017

25 April 2016: Zain Group announced that it had officially launched high-speed 4G LTE in the country.


Telecoms

Vodafone Ghana cuts 33 Sales Managers

28 April 2017

Telecom company Vodafone Ghana has reportedly cut 33 sales managers and is trimming allowances for other workers, citing “restructuring concerns”. Kasapafmonline.com says the 33 dismissed staff are Territory Sales Managers.…


Telecoms

East African mobile operator goes global with x-Mobility

28 April 2017

Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), x-Mobility is helping to drive an East African network operator’s quest to extend its subscriber base beyond its national boundaries and increase revenues. x-Mobility has…


Telecoms

Libya’s Libyana Mobile launches 4G LTE service

28 April 2017

Libya: Libyana Mobile, a Libyan telecommunications company has launched the country’s first 4th Generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) service.


Telecoms

Safaricom Countrywide Network Outage could have multiple effects on the telco giant

28 April 2017

Safaricom subscribers were unable to make calls, access data as well as carry out M-Pesa transactions last week due to a technical fault within the telco's network services countrywide. “We're…


Telecoms

FAMOCO announces its partnership with Orange Cameroon to improve the efficiency of their distribution network

28 April 2017

PARIS, France, April 25th 2017,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- FAMOCO, the leader in secure professional Android devices, announces a major commercial partnership with Orange Cameroon. A strategic choice by Orange to…


Telecoms

In brief

28 April 2017

Nigeria: Fast out of the starting blocks, FastMobile has launched its TrendZ1 model. It is a superb all-round smartphone, extremely powerful with all the features found in today’s high-end phones.…


Internet

Cable System connecting Africa and the Americas reaches a major milestone to create a new route for Internet traffic

28 April 2017

LUANDA, Angola, April 21, 2017/ -- Taking a step closer to completing a valuable new route for the global telecommunications sector, Angola Cables  today announced the completion of the marine…


Internet

South Africa: Over 1 million township residents to get Wifi

28 April 2017

VAST Networks, a leading open access Wi-Fi provider, is set to give 1.5 million Gauteng township residents an affordable alternative to access the Internet. Currently in over 2,000 high-density locations…


Internet

The DSA Welcomes South Africa’s ICASA Publishing Draft TV White Space Regulations as Both Prepare to Jointly Host the 2017 Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit in Cape Town in May

28 April 2017

CAPE TOWN, South Africa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications…


Computing

Kaspersky Lab Introduces New Partner Program in Africa to Drive Business Growth for Managed Security Services Providers

28 April 2017

Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) has launched a new partner program in Africa, aimed at managed service providers (MSPs) that already offer security services or would like to add them to their…


Computing

Market disrupting cloud platform launched for SA

28 April 2017

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – South African organisations are set to enjoy the best of cloud innovation to operate and compete on a global scale following a partnership between Huawei and…


Computing

In brief

28 April 2017

Ricoh South Africa has announced that it plans to introduce new products into the Namibian market through Canocopy, one of the leading print management and office automation companies and the…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: CBN suspends cashless policy

28 April 2017

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has suspended its earlier directive on the implementation of cashless policy. In a circular released on Friday, the apex bank instructed banks to revert…


Money Transfer

Orange to launch French mobile banking service in July

28 April 2017

Orange has announced a start date for its long-awaited Orange Bank, which promises a 100% mobile service. The company said that it will be available to Orange employees in France…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card in South African

28 April 2017

Mastercard today unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. South Africa is the first market to test…


Money Transfer

Ghana: To Combat Mobile Money Fraud

28 April 2017

Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has announced plans by her Ministry to roll out public education strategies towards combating Mobile Money fraud. The strategy, she observed would enable subscribers…


Money Transfer

Central Bank of Lesotho rollouts Intellect Quantum Central Banking Solution

28 April 2017

Intellect Design Arena Ltd, a digital technology product provider across Banking and Insurance, announced the successful rollout of Intellect Quantum Central Banking Solution at the Central Bank of Lesotho. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Malawi Mobile Limited loses US$66.8m case

28 April 2017

Malawi's third mobile phone operator, Malawi Mobile Limited (MML) has lost a case involving US$66.8 million against the Malawian government in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zuku TV group wins Sh3.5bn Mombasa data centre case

28 April 2017

Wananchi Group shareholder East Africa Capital Partners’ (EACP) planned $3.5 million (Sh3.5 billion) data centre in Mombasa has received a major boost following a court ruling compelling the county government…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom SAfrica inks distribution deal with Shembe church

28 April 2017

Vodacom South Africa and the Shembe church have entered into a mutually beneficial agreement under which the Nazareth Baptist Church will distribute the company's products and services. Neither the mobile…


Digital Content

Africa in need of locally developed social media platforms

28 April 2017

South Africa's Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) has recommended the development and use of more local social media platforms in order to combat hateful and unlawful content. The internet industry…


Digital Content

YouTube Kids to be Available Soon on Smart TVs Worldwide

28 April 2017

With television sets now increasingly becoming smarter, YouTube has announced the upcoming release of the official version of its kid-friendly app to further extend its reach inside homes around the…


Digital Content

These Are 11 of Kenya’s Best Viral Videos

28 April 2017

QHits is a new Kenyan show from internet-TV service Showmax that mixes the best of Kenyan and international web videos into a seamless show hosted by the charming former Miss…


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People

28 April 2017

Blue Label appoints chief operating officer Blue Label Telecoms has appointed Wayne McCauley as chief operating officer, a newly created position in the JSE-listed group. McCauley will be responsible for…


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Opportunities

28 April 2017

Finalists for Miss Geek Africa Released Six young Rwandans were nominated among top ten African girls with innovations that selected as finalists for the maiden Ms. Geek Africa award 2017.…


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Events

28 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…