News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 880 – 9 June 2017

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Vodafone Uganda CEO John Ndego:” More and more of traditional 2G services are becoming something of the past. High speed data is gradually taking over”.

9 June 2017

Challenger LTE operator Afrimax is now active in four African countries and has ambitious plans to roll-out across the continent. It is using a Vodafone partner agreement to provide branding in most territories and products and services. Russell Southwood spoke to Vodafone Uganda CEO John Ndego about about his plans. Afrimax was founded by mobile telephony entrepreneurs Jay Metcalfe (Chairman), Peter Langkilde (Chief Executive Officer) and Rob Philpott (Chief Financial Officer) who, for over twenty years, have been involved in telecoms start-ups, operations and financing in Africa and around the world including Millicom, Celtel and BellSouth. In September 2015 it…

Telecoms

Malawi, Zambia agree on cross-border telco management

9 June 2017

Malawi and Zambia have committed to an memorandum of understanding established to address issues of cross-border spill-over of telecommunications and broadcasting frequencies. The MoU, signed by the Zambia Information and…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cabinet approves National Radio Frequency Plan

9 June 2017

South Africa’s Cabinet has endorsed the approved National Radio Frequency Plan 2017. The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services said the plan is aligned with the International Telecommunication Union Radio…


Telecoms

Two African satellites launched into space in a week

9 June 2017

We always hear about satellites being launched into space but hardly hear about African satellites. This is not the case anymore as South Africa’s first privately owned nanosatellite – nSight1…


Telecoms

Ghanaian cellcos instructed to cover unserved area

9 June 2017

Six cellcos, including Airtel Ghana, Tigo Ghana and Expresso, have been instructed to expand their networks to cover the Adaklu district of the Volta region within the next six months…


Telecoms

In brief

9 June 2017

World Telecom Labs (WTL) has announced a new voice component for Vivada Wholesale (Village Voice and Data), its multi-award winning system for building wholesale wireless networks. WTL has added a…


Internet

Konnect Africa set to reshape the satellite broadband industry

9 June 2017

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 6, 2017/ -- With new-generation services starting today in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda, Konnect Africa (www.Konnect-Africa.com) is confirming its…


Internet

Nokia enables companies in Africa and the Middle East to capatilise on the opportunities from the Internet of Things (IoT)

9 June 2017

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 7, 2017/ -- Organisations across the world are investing in the digital transformation to remain relevant to their customers and survive disruption. The Internet of Things…


Internet

SES Networks to Provide Connectivity Across Burkina Faso

9 June 2017

LUXEMBOURG-- (BUSINESS WIRE/ ME NewsWire)-- SES announced that it has been selected to lead a project to extend high-speed communications infrastructure throughout Burkina Faso. SES Networks will be providing the…


Internet

Tigo partners with GoDaddy to support small enterprises

9 June 2017

Tigo Business has signed a partnership agreement with GoDaddy Inc, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small and independent ventures, to offer GoDaddy online services to business customers in…


Internet

ZACR opens second round of dotAfrica domain name applications

9 June 2017

A second round of applications has been opened to secure preferential access to coveted dotAfrica domain names under ZA Central Registry's (ZACR's) dotAfrica pioneer programme. This followed on the drive…


Internet

Sudan: Telephone, Internet Use 'Decreasing in Sudan', blames lack of foreign exchange and skilled personnel

9 June 2017

Khartoum — The number of telephone subscribers in Sudan has dropped from 28.3 million in 2015 to 27.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, the Ministry of Communications has…


Computing

One Channel taking mid-sized and large organisations to the Cloud

9 June 2017

There is no doubt that cloud computing has changed the way businesses operate. The only question that possibly remains unanswered is when to move to the cloud. Although an increasing…


Computing

Nigeria: Govt to Build U.S.$1 Billion ICT Company - Osinbajo

9 June 2017

The Federal Government said it will build a $1billion Information Communication and Technology (ICT) company in the country to boost indigenous technology and first of its kind in Africa. Acting…


Computing

In brief

9 June 2017

Neutral cloud provider, Routed, has partnered with Veeam Software, the innovative solutions provider that delivers Availability for the Always-On Enterprise. Routed, which recently launched its vendor neutral cloud platform, is…


Money Transfer

PayU moves to connect businesses to N200bn online payment market

9 June 2017

PayU has rolled out strategies to intensify efforts to connect businesses to Nigeria’s online payment market LAGOS, Nigeria, June 5, 2017/ -- PayU  has rolled out strategies to intensify efforts…


Money Transfer

Tigo Cash Rwanda Starts Free Money Transfers with Six Banks

9 June 2017

Tigo Cash has launched free integration with major local banks, enabling customers to move money from their own bank accounts into their Tigo Cash wallets and vice-versa free. This facility…


Money Transfer

GHANA: GHIPSS optimistic of mobile interoperability success

9 June 2017

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) Mr. Archie Hesse has indicated that the institution will intensify efforts to encourage the usage of its…


Money Transfer

Egypt: National Council for Payments issues five important decisions

9 June 2017

The National Council for Payments issued a number of important decisions, with the aim of transforming Egypt from a society that relies on cash to a cashless one. These decisions,…


Money Transfer

Telkom Kenya to terminate Orange Money service

9 June 2017

Telkom Kenya has announced plans to discontinue its mobile money service Orange Money that has struggled to gain a footing in the country. The move comes months after the telecom…


Money Transfer

PayU moves to connect businesses to N200bn online payment market

9 June 2017

PayU  has rolled out strategies to intensify efforts to connect businesses to Nigeria’s online payment market. Annual online payments in Nigeria is estimated to surpass N200 billion this year from…


Money Transfer

ZAMTEL launches ZAMTEL Kwacha mobile banking service

9 June 2017

ZAMTEL has launched an electronic payment solution called ZAMTEL Kwacha which it says will revolutionise mobile banking in Zambia. The service which will enable ZAMTEL customers send and receive money…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN, MultiChoice to conclude acquisition talks in June

9 June 2017

Top management employees at the MTN Group head office in Johannesburg, South Africa, have hinted that the company will take a stand by the end of June on its plans…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

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

9 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

Vodacom Tanzania IPO: largest in history of Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange?

9 June 2017

Vodacom Tanzania’s initial public offering (IPO) is on track to be the largest in the 19-year history of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DES) after more than 40,000 Tanzanians…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WBS rebrands as Rain, outlines 4G+ plans

9 June 2017

Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), the holding company of iBurst and Broadlink acquired in 2015 by the Michael Jordaan- and Paul Harris-backed firm Multisource, has been rebranded as Rain. The company,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

9 June 2017

The Crystal Telecom share price has shed five percentage points after the regulator slapped a $8.5 million fine on MTN Rwanda for hosting its IT hub in Uganda. Crystal Telecom…


Digital Content

WhatsApp drama launched in South Africa

9 June 2017

WhatsApp drama, Uk’shona Kwelanga launched in South African first is available to smartphone users as from 5 June 2017. The story takes place entirely within WhatsApp – subscribers can ‘be…


Digital Content

You Can Now Stream ‘Sembene!’ For Free on Vimeo For a Limited Time

9 June 2017

You can stream the award winning documentary, Sembebe!, for free on Vimeo from June 9 through June 12. The global free stream is part of the project Sembene Across Africa,…


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Opportunities

9 June 2017

LAN Start-Up DealDay 2017 Now Open for Applications The Lagos Angel Network (LAN) announces that applications are now open for the 2nd DealDay event for 2017. The Lagos StartUp DealDay…


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Events

9 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…