News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 881 – 16 June 2017

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Comores: Second operator Telma shakes up a former monopoly market with low-entry smartphones and cheaper data and voice calling

16 June 2017

The implementation of an interconnection agreement between Comores’ new second operator Telma and the incumbent Comores Telecom last week has opened up the market to a new level of competition. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happened since the agreement was signed. After much traditional foot-dragging behavior of the kind incumbents everywhere display, the interconnection agreement signed between Telma and Comores Telecom at the end of May has finally been implemented. The incumbent put the delays down to technical problems. Even before the interconnection agreement was implemented Telma had launched in December 2016 and was offering international calling to France and…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Reps Query MTN Over Mass Sack, Demand List of Disengaged Staff

16 June 2017

The House of Representatives Committee on Telecommunications yesterday queried management of leading telecommunications company, MTN-Nigeria over mass disengagement of personnel. The committee during an investigative hearing into the massive job…


Telecoms

Regulator levying sanctions on Benin cellcos for QoS, security breaches

16 June 2017

Benin’s Electronic Communications & Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) has opened sanction procedures against mobile network operators MTN, Moov and Globacom (Glo), alleging breaches of quality of service (QoS) standards (in…


Telecoms

Paratus telecom extends network coverage to Chirundu

16 June 2017

Paratus Telecom Zambia has extended its internet network coverage with a new point-of-presence in Chirundu. It is aimed at facilitating speedy transactions and trade. The new point-of-presence (Pop) builds on…


Telecoms

Cote d’Ivoire chooses MNP manager

16 June 2017

The Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications in Cote d’Ivoire (Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications de Cote d’Ivoire, ARTCI) has selected local internet and business services provider VipNet to run the country’s…


Telecoms

In brief

16 June 2017

South Africa: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has notified all interested stakeholders that it will be extending the closing date for submissions to the Discussion Document on…


Internet

South Africa: HeroTel expands to Eastern Cape

16 June 2017

HeroTel has acquired two new wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) HX-Systems and Border Internet adding over 3, 000 customers, R35 million in revenue and extending its reach into the Eastern…


Internet

Djibouti Telecom Connects Its IP Network with Hurricane Electric to Help Bring High-Speed IP Transit to East Africa

16 June 2017

DJIBOUTI--(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- Djibouti Telecom, East Africa’s leading telecom operator, announced today that it has joined its IP network with Hurricane Electric, the world's largest IPv6-native Internet backbone. The connection…


Internet

4G subscribers in Africa to reach 296 million by 2022

16 June 2017

The latest research conducted by Dataxis highlights the steady rise of mobile internet connectivity in Africa. 4G mobile subscribers are expected to reach 296 million by 2022 compared to 24…


Internet

SA's National Development Plan under scrutiny at Vision 2030 Summit

16 June 2017

South Africa's National Development Plan, the government's blueprint for economic and social growth, will headline discussion at the 3rd annual Vision 2030 Summit, scheduled for 21 June in Gauteng, South…


Internet

Kenya: #AfrSS2017 - Cybercrime Activities in Kenya Pickup During Election Time

16 June 2017

Kenya's cybercrime threat landscape changes at different times of the year. One of the most popular time of year for increased cyber-criminal activities affecting the country is during its election…


Internet

Uganda: Minister Tumwebaze's Plan to Filter Social Media Threatens Free Speech

16 June 2017

On May 28, Ugandans gathered at Fort Portal to commemorate the 51st World Communications Day. The day is meant to celebrate the role of communication globally. It was on this…


Internet

In brief

16 June 2017

AXILSPOT, a global vendor in enterprise wireless networking, announced availability of its ASW120 In-wall wireless access point in Middle East and Africa to help businesses manage their growing indoor workload…


Computing

Microsoft and MITI collaborate to improve investment climates in Nigeria

16 June 2017

Nigeria – 14 June 2017 – The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (MITI) is partnering with Microsoft, through its Africa Open4Business programme, to digitally transform the delivery of…


Computing

Facebook Launches Disaster Maps to Help Aid Workers Save Lives

16 June 2017

London — Facebook on Wednesday launched disaster maps - an initiative aimed at helping humanitarian organisations save lives in emergencies.   "When there's a flood, earthquake, fire or other natural…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: Mobile Money Transactions Hit 50tri/-

16 June 2017

Mobile money transactions in 10 months ending April this year reached 1,444.6 million worth 49.99tri/-, thanks to interoperability among the four major mobile payment services providers. According to the Bank…


Money Transfer

Paga, MFS Africa Partner to Drive Money Transfer

16 June 2017

Pan-continental fintech company, MFS Africa has collaborated with Paga, a mobile money transfer provider, to connect its users and Nigerian bank account holders to remittance senders from around the world.…


Money Transfer

Kenyan Mobile Money Payments up 15% in April

16 June 2017

Mobile payments grew by 15 percent to KES 1.19 trillion at the end of April from KES 1.04 trillion in the same period in 2016, according to the Central Bank…


Money Transfer

Youtap partners with MatchMove to deliver open-loop payments for mobile money customers in Africa and Asia

16 June 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 13, 2017/ -- Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile money payments and financial services software, has announced a partnership with MatchMove (www.MatchMove.com) that will provide Youtap’s…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit launches with Android Pay to offer mobile-to-mobile transfers to the world’s unbanked

16 June 2017

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 13, 2017/ -- WorldRemit (www.WorldRemit.com), the leading digital money transfer service has added Android Pay to its service, offering a new way for WorldRemit’s Android Pay…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Smaller banks yet to adopt Pesalink money

16 June 2017

Smaller lenders and banks headquartered outside the country are yet to get on board the digital money transfer platform Pesalink, Kenya Bankers Association has said. KBA said the digital platform…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Etisalat Nigeria's Troubles Worsen As Largest Shareholder Pulls Out

16 June 2017

Etisalat Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's fourth largest telecommunication firm, appears to be swimming deeper in troubled waters as Mubadala Development Company of United Arab Emirates, the company's largest shareholder, has pulled…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NTT said to mull Didata Africa sale

16 June 2017

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) Corp is considering the sale of African operations it acquired with the takeover of Dimension Data Holdings and is open to approaches from interested buyers,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TDM and mCel merger moving ahead

16 June 2017

The government of Mozambique is pushing ahead with its plan to merge state-backed fixed line operator Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) and its mobile subsidiary mCel. A director’s committee has been…


Digital Content

South Africa: #Activism and #Outrage, in 140 Characters

16 June 2017

Beyond Trump, be it Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, Jeremy Corbyn or closer to home, Helen Zille, social media is playing one of the largest roles in driving sentiment.…


Digital Content

Fin - the secret Facebook group of Nigerian women

16 June 2017

It is one of Facebook's fastest growing communities and has become such a phenomenon that last week, Mark Zuckerberg asked to meet its founder. But what is Fin? Female IN…


Digital Content

'Myfotobook' Mobile Application Debuts

16 June 2017

To keep up with global trends in recreating memories, Myfotobook Nigeria has unveiled a mobile application with a 'do it yourself' model for individuals, businesses and organizations.   The app…


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People

16 June 2017

Vodacom : appoints new chairman Jabu Moleketi has been appointed chairman of Vodacom. The Vodacom Group has announced the appointment of Jabu Moleketi, current independent non-executive director, to the role…


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Opportunities

16 June 2017

Google News Lab Powers Digital Journalism Training For 6,000 Journalists In Africa For journalists, recent advances in digital technology present compelling new opportunities to discover, tell, and share stories. But…


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Events

16 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…