News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 879 – 2 June 2017

Top Story

VoD and Africa: New report tracks state of play of services, challenges and opportunities

2 June 2017

Analysis on VoD: Balancing Act has followed the growth of the VoD sector in Africa from its infancy in 2010. Its latest update report on the sector shows continuing growth of new platforms and offers. The cost of data still remains a challenge for a breakthrough to large-scale audiences on the African continent. However, things have changed a great deal since VoD first started in 2010 in Africa as Sylvain Béletre, Balancing Act’s Senior Analyst outlines below. Is it time for consolidation?

A selection from the report's executive summary:

Telecoms

Bharti Airtel Bets on Nigeria Broadband to Chase Down MTN

2 June 2017

Bharti Airtel Ltd.’s Nigeria unit said a partnership with China’s ZTE to provide 4G high-speed broadband will see it add subscribers and narrow the gap with market leader MTN in…


Telecoms

Ghana: $4m NCA Scandal Security Capo Runs Away

2 June 2017

The man believed to be the brain behind the National Communications Authority (NCA) $8 million contract that brought in ‘spying and phone tapping’ gadgets for the National Security Secretariat (NSS)…


Telecoms

Op-Ed: Big Brother is watching your phone call records

2 June 2017

This story was commissioned by the Media Policy and Democracy Project, an initiative of the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Journalism, Film and TV and Unisa’s Department of Communication Science.…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telcos will respond to R2K surveillance stats request

2 June 2017

Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C confirmed they had received PAIA requests from R2K and will respond. Three out of four of South Africa's telecoms operators say they will respond to…


Telecoms

10 West Africa Mobile Award Winners Announced In Lagos

2 June 2017

The 10 winners of the West Africa Mobile Awards, the first truly West African technology awards to recognise the region’s best mobile and tech companies, were announced this evening at…


Telecoms

In brief

2 June 2017

The Libya Post, Telecommunications and IT Company (LPTIC) has completed the restoration of mobile and landline services in the city of Sirte, writes The Libya Observer. The news comes after…


Internet

Liquid Telecom launches pan-African Wi-Fi roaming hub to accelerate Wi-Fi roaming across Africa

2 June 2017

Liquid Telecom has launched a new Wi-Fi roaming hub that enables operators and ISPs to access its network of public Wi-Fi hotspots across Africa for the first time in a…


Internet

Ethiopia shuts down national internet "to prevent exam cheating"

2 June 2017

The entire nation of Ethiopia -- a corrupt, oligarchic state with the distinction of being "the world's first turnkey surveillance state" where spy technology from the "free world" is used…


Internet

Africa’s demand for fibre is set to boom

2 June 2017

The telecoms industry in South Africa and the rest of the continent is on the cusp of a fibre and mobile broadband boom, as network operators scramble to meet the…


Internet

Internet Society, African Union Unveil Africa Guidelines for Internet Infrastructure Security

2 June 2017

Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa have been made public by the Internet Society (ISOC) and Commission of the African Union at the African Internet Summit that is taking place…


Internet

Vodacom Offers YouTube Smart Offline

2 June 2017

In a bid to make it easier for customers to access content in the most affordable way, Vodacom is working with YouTube to launch YouTube Smart Offline.   This service…


Computing

AU experts undergo training in China under Huawei-sponsored program

2 June 2017

ADDIS ABABA, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese tech giant Huawei on Friday sent the 3rd batch of 10 technical experts of the African Union (AU) to China for a two-week…


Computing

In brief

2 June 2017

Xperien has launched the first mobile hard drive shredder plant in Africa. It is a fully equipped PoPI compliant truck that provides on-site degaussing and destruction facilities. The truck offers…


Money Transfer

UN study: Digitization of Kenyan farmer payments helps tackle poverty

2 June 2017

A new case study (http://APO.af/v5Wxdm) by the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance (www.BetterThanCash.org) shows how agriculture nonprofit organization One Acre Fund (www.OneAcreFund.org), in partnership with Citi Inclusive Finance (www.CitiInclusiveFinance.com),…


Money Transfer

Cameroon: Express Union promises 40% commission on Mobile Money service

2 June 2017

The Cameroonian microfinance outfit Express Union (EU) which has lagged behind telecoms operators MTN and Orange in Mobile Money since 2011, has just launched an offensive aiming to entice agents.…


Money Transfer

Jumia Partners Mastercard to Bolster Cashless E-Commerce in Africa

2 June 2017

Africa’s online retail sector presents an exciting opportunity for retailers to grow their businesses by connecting with new customers. According to Jumia, Africa’s number one online retailer, the e-commerce sector…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Turkcell's MTN lawsuit could go to trial towards end-2018 -lawyer

2 June 2017

Turkcell's $4.2 billion lawsuit against South Africa's MTN Group could go to court towards the end of next year, a lawyer for the Turkish mobile phone operator said on Thursday.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telkom set to announce big restructuring

2 June 2017

Telkom, taking the next step in a four-year turnaround under CEO Sipho Maseko, will overhaul its structure to spur profit and may consider offering stock in some of its units…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Dark Fibre Africa obtains ZAR 1.25 bln in debt funding

2 June 2017

South African open access fibre telecommunications specialist Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) said it has raised more than ZAR 1.2 billion in new debt funding, putting to rest speculation that it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Net1 backs out of Blue Label deal

2 June 2017

Net1 UEPS Technologies says it will no longer invest R2 billion in Blue Label Telecoms. The company says in a SENS statement that it and Blue Label "have mutually agreed…


Digital Content

Microsoft launches AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia

2 June 2017

Microsoft 4Afrika, Wollo University and Tulane University’s Centre for Global Health Equity (CGHE) have joined forces to launch a new AppFactory Academy in Ethiopia, which will offer six-month internships in…


Digital Content

This new Slack integration developed by Nigerian coders helps track time for remote employees

2 June 2017

One of the biggest reservations employers have about remote working is that it is difficult to track employee activities and work hours. The idea that they won’t be able to…


Digital Content

Vodacom and the Eastern Cape Chamber of Business partner to digitalise local SMEs

2 June 2017

Vodacom and the Eastern Cape Chamber of Business (ECCOB) have announced a new partnership to assist with the digitalisation of SMEs in the province. At a ceremony in East London…


Digital Content

World-First Next Generation Digital Identification Technology Created In South Africa To Combat Identity Theft

2 June 2017

A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa, with applications that could make it invaluable as a tool against identity theft and for law enforcement purposes.…


Digital Content

The prize to create African media 2.0

2 June 2017

African journalists are very familiar with the “big stick” – the unmistakable threat of violence that haunts their work. To help them get around this problem, and other difficulties dogging…


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Opportunities

2 June 2017

AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2017 The AppsAfrica.com Innovation Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa supported by Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and…


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Events

2 June 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…