News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 883 – 30 June 2017

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Nigeria: Tizeti woos household and SME customers a combination of Wi-Fi hot-spots, lower prices, better quality and no data caps

30 June 2017

Outside of their corporate niche, Africa’s independent ISPs have in the main not tried to pitch for household customers. Few have had the vision or the capital to make such an idea a reality. Russell spoke this week to Kendall Ananyi, co-founder of Tizeti about how it wants to change things. The idea for Tizeti’s Wifi.com.ng consumer and SME Wi-Fi service came out of a barrier the founders bumped into when they were developing another product:”We were working on a VoD box to deliver a VoD service. The top ISP in Nigeria (Swift) just cancelled its unlimited service. The idea…

Telecoms

Major MTN network upgrade for Durban

1 July 2017

MTN has rolled out a “major network upgrade” in the greater eThekwini area over the last 18 months, the company announced. MTN said its infrastructure sharing agreement with eThekwini disaster…


Telecoms

South Africa’s Vox Activates Fibre in Richards Bay and To Launch Soon in Middelburg

1 July 2017

Vox, South Africa’s integrated ICT and telco provider, on Monday announced that it has lunch fibre services in Richards Bay, an economic hub in KwaZulu-Natal. The telco said it has…


Telecoms

MTN South Africa warns of data promotion scam

1 July 2017

MTN South Africa has advised its customers to beware of a scam doing the rounds that promotes 3GB of data for ZAR 129.00 per month. It asks customers to provide…


Telecoms

SKYVISION SELECTS COMMUNICATIONS & POWER INDUSTRIES’

1 July 2017

 SkyVision, a leading global telecom engineering, satellite communication service provider and managed service supplier, has selected Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) to provide telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) antenna…


Telecoms

Top ADSL and Fibre ISPs in South Africa

1 July 2017

MyBroadband’s Q2 2017 broadband survey results show that Axxess is the best Internet service provider in South Africa, followed by Vox and Webafrica. The Q2 2017 broadband survey was completed…


Telecoms

OPPO Mobile targets Kenya expansion lifted by global growth

1 July 2017

OPPO Kenya has sounded out its plans to scale up its operations in Kenya following the launch of its OPPO F3 smartphone. Buoyed by the rising smartphone demand in the…


Telecoms

MTN backs down in South Africa’s fastest mobile network fight

1 July 2017

MTN has agreed to remove its claim of having South Africa’s fastest mobile network, following an Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) complaint by Vodacom. MTN made the claim…


Telecoms

Somalia’s draft telecoms law secures Cabinet approval

1 July 2017

The Somali cabinet has unanimously passed the draft National Communications Act, which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector. Local news source…


Internet

ZTE to stake claim in projected US$1.29 trillion IoT industry

1 July 2017

ZTE South Africa, part of global telecommunications and network solutions provider ZTE Corporation, is working hard to solidify its position within the high-growth IoT industry, which according to the IDC…


Internet

FCC approves OneWeb's low-latency internet satellite network for remote areas

1 July 2017

Remote areas will soon be able to gain relatively faster internet access with cable-like latency. Extending internet access to remote regions of the planet can be difficult and costly, particularly…


Internet

Nigeria's 'Wifi.com.ng' Secures $2.1m Funding from Investors

1 July 2017

Tizeti and its consumer facing brand, Wifi.com.ng which offers unlimited internet service across Lagos, Nigeria, announced that it has closed on seed funding of $2.1 million from international investors including…


Internet

Africa's domain name market worth USD 52 million

1 July 2017

Africa’s top-level domain name system address space consists of 54 top-level country code top-level domains, with the market having a total annual value of USD 52 million, ITWeb reported, citing…


Internet

In brief

1 July 2017

Internet services in Congo-Brazzaville have now been restored, following a two-week disruption to the WACS system caused by a fishing vessel 12km from Pointe-Noire in mid-June, AfricaNews writes. During the…


Money Transfer

Kifiya works with Mastercard to launch first international remit to pay service in the Ethiopian market

1 July 2017

Mastercard and digital service provider Kifiya have partnered to introduce a simple, secure and convenient digital solution that will allow citizens to pay for all bills in one location in…


Money Transfer

Safaricom partners with mSurvey to measure Kenya's digital economy

1 July 2017

Safaricom has partnered with mSurvey to launch Consumer Wallet, a versatile mobile platform that quantifies offline consumer spending habits and trends. The solution leverages mSurvey’s mobile messaging platform to measure…


Money Transfer

Airtel Money partners Zeepay to offer instant International money remittance

1 July 2017

Airtel Money, Ghana’s most innovative and convenient mobile financial services platform and a sub brand of Airtel Ghana, has partnered with Zeepay to offer instant international money remittance  from some…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libercom to be dissolved; Benin Telecoms restructured

1 July 2017

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Benin has ordered the dissolution of struggling state-owned mobile operator Libercom, the GSM cellular arm of fixed operator Benin Telecoms, reports Agence…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICASA planning to cancel four telecoms licences

1 July 2017

South Africa’s telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is considering cancelling four licences issued to Enverge Communications (awarded in 2011), Pluto Internet (2011), OpenVoice Service Providers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda - Signs of recovery at UTL, government says

1 July 2017

The Ugandan government says that state-owned fixed line and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) is on the road to recovery after years of struggling with a UGX700 billion (USD191…


Digital Content

Vubiquity signs deal with Viva Africa to license local content across Africa

1 July 2017

VUBIQUITY, the leading global provider of premium content services, has signed a deal with Viva Africa to license local content across Nigeria, South Africa, Western Africa and Eastern Africa. The…


Digital Content

AfriForum Lays Racism Charges

1 July 2017

  On Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that Afrikaans lobby group Afriforum plans to lay criminal charges against 100 social media users at the Lyttelton Police Station on Thursday. Some…


Digital Content

This Is Where That Viral Meme You Keep Seeing About Being Extra Comes From

1 July 2017

DIASPORA—You may or may not have seen the following viral clip of a young man’s wonderfully dramatic death scene, floating around your timeline in the past few days.   If…