News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 878 – 26 May 2017

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Africa’s data centre sector experiences a growth spurt – 12 level 3 facilities as Nigeria’s Rack Centre joins their ranks

26 May 2017

One sign that Africa’s data markets are maturing is the rapid increase in the number of Level 3 certified data centres. A quarter of these data centres are carrier neutral, offering customers the ability to do a range of things that are vital as Africa’s corporates go digital. Russell Southwood spoke to Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, Rack Centre, Nigeria’s carrier neutral data centre, which got its Level 3 certification last month. A year ago there were relatively few Level 3 data centres certified by the Uptime Institute on the continent. Now there are 12, of which 4 are carrier neutral:…

Telecoms

SA allows telecoms operators to keep broadband spectrum until 2028

26 May 2017

CAPE TOWN – Six South African telecoms companies, including MTN Group and Vodacom, can keep their broadband radio spectrum licences until they expire in 2028 after agreeing to buy at…


Telecoms

Somalia Holds Consultation Meeting on Draft Communication Law

26 May 2017

On May 22, Somalia's Ministry of Posts, Telecom and Technology held a public consultation meeting on the "Draft Communication Law", as part of series of meetings aimed at increasing public…


Telecoms

Orange Liberia to keep popular programmes after rebranding

26 May 2017

Orange Liberia has given an assurance that the company will maintain popular programmes such as three days of free calls, after completing the acquisition of Cellcom, The Capitol Times reported.…


Telecoms

Egypt 4G launches approach after frequencies readied

26 May 2017

Egypt’s communications minister Yasser al Kadi confirmed 4G frequencies are now ready for use, with launch of services approaching following lengthy delays. Speaking to Reuters, Kadi said the government had…


Telecoms

Gambia accuses former president Jammeh of stealing $50m, linked with Gamtel

26 May 2017

The Gambia's former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50m from the state, the country's justice minister said on Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new…


Telecoms

In brief

26 May 2017

Uganda's parliament has voted to block the move by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to switch off mobile services for all users with unregistered SIM cards. MPs have passed a…


Internet

IXPN strengthens West Africa leadership position with new hosting

26 May 2017

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of IXPN, Muhammed Rudman, said the activation of Verisign’s RIR Site into IXPN physical infrastructure is a pointer to the company’s mission. As part…


Internet

GET Wireless selects Actility to power national LoRaWAN network in Tunisia

26 May 2017

IoTx, Dubai, May 22nd 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and GET Wireless, North Africa’s leading network system integrator, today announced their partnership to…


Internet

Cameroon’s #BringBackOurInternet campaign succeeds

26 May 2017

Cameroon’s #BringBackOurInternet movement achieved its demand. After 94 days of a state imposed web blackout, on April 20 the country’s government turned the net back on. The three-month outage forced…


Internet

SA competition authority keen to take on high data costs

26 May 2017

The man at the helm of South Africa's competition authority has expressed willingness to investigate the high cost of data following cautionary advice in parliament from the country's telecoms minister…


Computing

Uganda: Be Wary of Cyber-Attacks to Banking Institutions - BoU

26 May 2017

Kampala — Bank of Uganda (BoU) has cautioned commercial banks on protecting their clients' information against hackers as they partake in the banking industry in the digital era. Ms Justine…


Money Transfer

Kenya: App tracks all your mobile money use

26 May 2017

Overview founder Hans Pauwels was in search of a technology-based idea that had impact and scale when he stumbled upon mobile banking in Kenya. The use of mobile phones for…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Expresspay Making Instant Bank Transfers Possible

26 May 2017

expressPay, a leading FinTech company in Ghana, released an exciting money transfer product that enables instant transfers to bank accounts in Ghana. Through this new service on Bank Direct, customers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria Loses Fresh U.S.$30 Billion ICT Investment to South Africa

26 May 2017

The combination of poor power generating capacity; harsh business climate; foreign exchange volatility; high level corruption, and a host of others, have caused Nigeria to lose a major ICT investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ugandan MPs blame LAP GreenN for UTL troubles

26 May 2017

A group of Ugandan MPs has laid the blame for the collapse of national fixed line and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) firmly at the feet of former majority…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda: Rura Fine to Hit Crystal Telecom Investors Most

26 May 2017

Investors in Rwanda's Crystal Telecom have reason to worry after Rwanda's leading telecommunications firm MTN was hit with a $8.5 million fine by the sector regulator. Crystal Telecom, a listed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

26 May 2017

Orange Burkina Faso has begun the deployment of a 580km fibre link stretching from the capital Ouagadougou to the border of Cote d’Ivoire via Bobo-Dioulasso, following the inauguration of two…


Digital Content

Ethiopia jails opposition politician for six years over Facebook post

26 May 2017

An Ethiopian court sentenced an opposition politician to six and a half years in prison on Thursday over a series of anti-government comments on Facebook that it said encouraged terrorist…


Digital Content

I Am Not a Witch director Rungano Nyoni: ‘The chief Whatsapped his people to find our star’

26 May 2017

At the heart of I Am Not a Witch, a Zambian-set highlight of this year’s Cannes Festival, is an eminently relatable dilemma: should you remain living as witch in a…


Digital Content

Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable faster

26 May 2017

A mobile mapping app that draws on crowdsourced data to help humanitarian responders find people in remote areas is being rolled out by the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF…


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People

26 May 2017

Econet Appoints Former Vodafone Executive to Run Its Neotel Unit Econet Wireless Global Ltd. unit Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone Group Plc executive Kyle Whitehill to head up South…


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Events

26 May 2017

Information Technology Innovations For Economic Diversification: The Role of Youths 3rd - 7th July 2017University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State The National Conference is an annual event that bring…