News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 887 – 28 July 2017

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Low-cost comms co-op Zenzeleni Networks provides cheaper voice and data for village community

28 July 2017

South Africa’s University of the Western Cape set out to see whether it was possible to seed a micro-communications organization in a local community. The difference with most initiatives of this kind was that it wanted the local community to take on running the organization. Russell Southwood talked to Carlos Rey-Moreno, Faciltator of Zenzeleni Networks. The idea for Zenzeleni Networks came about through a combination of factors and the meeting of several like minds:” I had experience of wireless connectivity, open source and long distance communications. I had worked with an NGO in Peru and Colombia on these issues”. “I…

Telecoms

Zambia: new telco licensing framework now law

28 July 2017

Zambia's Minister of Communications and Transport Brian Mushimba officially signed into law a new licensing framework for the country's telecommunications industry. The framework, formulated in conjunction with the Zambia Information…


Telecoms

Orange Mali secures new licence allowing introduction of 4G services

28 July 2017

Mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Mali has reportedly been awarded a new concession which will allow it to commercialise 4G services, according to Agence Ecofin. With the cellco’s existing 2G/3G…


Telecoms

9mobile seeks review of pricing, spectrum management, others

28 July 2017

Telecommunications service provider, 9Mobile, has appealed to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to review the industry’s spectrum assignment, data floor price and interconnect rates. The firm, which made this appeal,…


Internet

Sierra Leone News: NATCOM threatens Internet providers

28 July 2017

High internet tariffs by service providers have created a gulf in accessing internet in Sierra Leone. “…the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights,…


Internet

Nigeria - Senate: Delays in InfraCos licensing threatens ICT goals

28 July 2017

The Senate Committee on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime has warned that delays by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in licensing infrastructure providers (InfraCos) and roll-out of service…


Internet

Vizocom unveils high speed internet broadband service to African SMEs, homes

28 July 2017

Vizocom has unveiled its new IP Easy Satellite Broadband Service. The new satellite broadband platform is designed to provide high-speed Internet access to small and medium-sized enterprises as well as…


Internet

NATCOM warns it will impose 20% reduction in internet tariffs

28 July 2017

Sierra Leone’s regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has warned that it will take steps to impose a 20% decrease in tariffs if the country’s internet providers – cellcos Africell…


Internet

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

28 July 2017

Across the world, efforts to increase internet access are wide-ranging — there is everything from public-private infrastructure development, to community-built mesh networks from Oaxaca to Cape Verde, to WiFi-emitting balloons…


Internet

In brief

28 July 2017

Nairobi — Data revenue is now the biggest contributor to revenue growth for Airtel Africa for the first three months of 2017. The mobile telco says data revenues contribute 18.7…


Computing

Botswana endorses SAP Africa Code Week

28 July 2017

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – MORE than 400 teachers in Botswana have undergone training in computer coding as part of a globally-recognised, continent wide initiative to equip youth in the continent…


Computing

FG to build $1bn ICT company – Shittu

28 July 2017

A plan to build a $1 billion Information and Communication Technology, ICT Company by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to boost indigenous technology has been articulated. “The plan to build…


Computing

Africa Code Week to Scale Coding Literacy

28 July 2017

Continent-wide digital literacy initiative unlocks the continent’s future. The Ministry of Basic Education in Botswana has partnered with SAP and trained over 400 local teachers to code, in a series…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Nigeria's govt launches new broadband-related policy

28 July 2017

Nigeria's government has approved a policy that seeks to speed up broadband rollout and balance the costs incurred by telcos looking to secure right of way for fibre optic cable…


Money Transfer

Fintech helps banks to reach customer base banks do not want to invest – Co-founder, Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa

28 July 2017

The co-founder of Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, in the first part of the exclusive interview with Financialtechnology and eMagineTV, shared his thoughts on the role fintech. Excerpts: Why did you quit…


Money Transfer

MFS Africa, Vodacom Mozambique launch mobile remittance service

28 July 2017

African fintech company MFS Africa has announced the launch of mobile remittance services to the Mozambique market, with the addition of Vodafone M-Pesa, a subsidiary of Vodacom Mozambique, to its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Virgin, Vodacom join list of rumoured 9mobile investors

28 July 2017

Virgin Group and Vodacom are the latest telecoms groups to be named as potential buyers for Nigerian cellco Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), following Etisalat Group’s decision to pull out…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange agrees to back Egyptian tech startups

28 July 2017

Global mobile operator Orange has agreed to support and fund Egyptian technology-focused startups to help them transform their ideas into sustainable businesses. This comes after Orange welcomed Egyptian minister of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone pays 30% of tax arrears to GRA

28 July 2017

The National Communications Backbone Company (NCBC), a subsidiary of Vodafone, has paid 30% of its debt to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). Officials of the GRA confirmed this to Citi…


Digital Content

AI Medicine Comes to Africa’s Rural Clinics

28 July 2017

Smartphone-based diagnostic tools with an artificial intelligence upgrade could save millions of lives As part of a cervical cancer prevention campaign in six African countries, the nonprofit Pink Ribbon Red…


Digital Content

Kenyan Girls to Fly to Google HQ After Inventing APP to End FGM

28 July 2017

Nairobi — "Whether we win or not, our perspective of the world and the possibilities it has will change for the better" Animated chatter spills out from a corner of…


Digital Content

Google launches Street View in Nigeria, announces Plans for Africa’s Digital Development

28 July 2017

At the just concluded Google for Nigeria event, Google announced that it has launched Street View on Google Maps in Nigeria, with Lagos being the pioneer state. At the event…


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Opportunities

28 July 2017

MTN Apps Camp for girls launched The MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Women in Tech Africa has launched the maiden edition of the MTN Apps camp for girls, dubbed:…


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Events

28 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…