News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 884 – 7 July 2017

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Africa’s calm before the storm – economic pressures may help create the end of peak voice and SMS

7 July 2017

A combination of worse economic times and changes in Africa’s calling and messaging habits seem to suggest that the market may have reached peak voice and SMS under the old analogue business model. Russell Southwood examines the statistical tea leaves to see what they suggest. For a number of years I have been asserting that all services will eventually become data and that this transition has already begun in Africa. Currently the evidence of that transition is mixed and I want to try and work out what’s actually happening by looking at three different countries: Zimbabwe, Kenya and Nigeria. Earlier…

Telecoms

$547m debt: Etisalat, creditors reach amicable resolution – NCC

7 July 2017

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said Etisalat Nigeria and its creditors have reached an amicable resolution of key issues pertaining to its $547 million indebtedness. The commission, in a…


Telecoms

Etisalat Nigeria are reportedly in talks with Orange and Vodafone over a 65% stake in the business

7 July 2017

Following the departure of the Etisalat Group from its Nigerian business, Etisalat Nigeria, Orange Telecom and Vodafone have appeared as front runners to buy a 65% stake in the operator.…


Telecoms

Benin’s MTN, Glo fined total of USD909,000 for QoS breaches

7 July 2017

The Republic of Benin’s Electronic Communications & Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) has issued final rulings in the sanction procedure it initiated on 1 June against cellcos MTN, Glo and Moov,…


Telecoms

In brief

7 July 2017

Kenya: Leading mobile phone service provider Safaricom has explained its discomfort with the Communications Authority of Kenya's (CA) plan to introduce a system that will see third party access phone…


Internet

.africa gTLD now open to general public

7 July 2017

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has confirmed that the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) are officially open to the general public for registration. "The floodgates have finally been…


Internet

Icasa set to probe SA's high data costs

7 July 2017

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has taken the first step in launching an inquiry into the country’s high data costs. Last year, Parliament’s Portfolio…


Internet

Forgood launches cause-based online pop-up shop

7 July 2017

A new online cause-based pop-up platform, the Forgood Pop-Up Store, allows shoppers to directly support reputable causes when purchasing from its curated selection of handcrafted products. The platform has more…


Internet

IS extends PoPs in Madagascar, Zambia

7 July 2017

Internet Solutions has deployed the company’s first point of presence (PoP) in Madagascar; and has commissioned a second PoP in Zambia. Internet Solutions now has 68 PoPs in 16 African…


Internet

AAE-1 submarine internet cable linking Asia, Africa and Europe starts operations – Lands in Egypt

7 July 2017

A 25,000-kilometre-long submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa and Europe has started operations, as China United Network Communications Group, a key participant in the cable project, accelerates steps to build…


Computing

Nigeria: Fonreg – An innovative database to tackle phone theft

7 July 2017

Anything is possible in Computer Village, Africa’s largest market for ICT accessory. Anyone who has been there can attest that some of the merchants, and “village boys” or middlemen can…


Computing

Malawi and Unicef launch drone air corridor

7 July 2017

Malawi has launched Africa's first air corridor to test the use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, in humanitarian missions in partnership with the UN children's agency, Unicef. Kasungu Aerodrome,…


Money Transfer

Mobile Money: BEAC bans transactions by telecoms operator MTN Cameroun outside CEMAC zone

7 July 2017

In a letter dated 19 June 2017, the Governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC), issuing institution for the six CEMAC States which are Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, CAR,…


Money Transfer

Zambia: Airtel, Zambeef Forge 'Money Payment' Links

7 July 2017

Airtel Mobile Commerce Zambia Limited (Airtel Money) has now partnered with Zambeef to enable customers pay for their meat products using the Airtel Money - 'Tap and Go' service. Speaking…


Money Transfer

The powerful Y’ello Box is bringing 24/7 electricity to Nigeria via your mobile phone

7 July 2017

In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives. The Y’ello Box is a solar electricity system that officially launched earlier…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Open Software to Cut Transactional Costs

7 July 2017

Kampala — Digital financial service providers want telecommunication companies and banks to open up their software such that they can transact on their platforms. The software - Application Programming Interface…


Money Transfer

Kenya Safaricom conducting major upgrade on the MPESA platform

7 July 2017

Safaricom will over the next three weeks conduct a major upgrade of the M-PESA platform. This becomes the third major upgrade since M-PESA’s launch ten years ago, and the first…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AU keen to further enhance partnership with China in infrastructure

7 July 2017

ADDIS ABABA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Sunday hailed China's investment in Africa's infrastructure and expressed its keen interest in seeing strengthened partnerships. Speaking to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA retailers defy recession, eye big ICT investments

7 July 2017

Despite SA's economy being in recession, local retailers are set to spend big on ICT. Despite the South African economy being in recession, local retailers are set to spend big…


Digital Content

STAGE360 mobile music and content service now available on BBM

7 July 2017

The Discover tab in BBM continues to grow as BBM brings in new services and content to the platform. The latest to appear comes by way of Stream.Digital who today…


Digital Content

GameMine partners with South African mobile carrier Vodacom

7 July 2017

Mobile game publisher GameMine Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership to provide its subscription-based mobile games to South African mobile carrier Vodacom Group. Los Angeles-based GameMine said it is…


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People

7 July 2017

ICASA suspends CEO Pongwana The council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has suspended its CEO Pakamile Pongwana. In a statement issued this afternoon, the regulator "notifies…


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Opportunities

7 July 2017

Launch of the ICT Skills Survey Are you an employer of ICT skills? Are you a practitioner of ICT skills? Whether you work in the information & communications technology field,…


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Events

7 July 2017

2017 FTTH COUNCIL AFRICA CONFERENCE!3 October 2017Join the biggest Fibre Optic Event in Africa. OPERATORS ATTEND FREE! Lively discussions by some of the best speakers in the industry on the…