News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 888 – 4 August 2017

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Four-country study of African Internet users shines light on how they use it and the barriers to greater use

4 August 2017

A four-country study backed by Mozilla and carried out by Research ICT Africa provides a much-needed refresh of what African Internet users are doing; what influences their access behavior; and how greater access might be provided. Russell Southwood looks at the results from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. In each case the country studies have used focus groups to explore user and non-user behavior in detail. These are not representative sample surveys but they give a far more nuanced picture than these kinds of surveys are able to. In each country, the groups were held in urban, peri urban…

Telecoms

Vodacom phasing out “VIP” contracts for high-profile South Africans

4 August 2017

Vodacom has started phasing out “VIP” contracts for high-profile South Africans, replacing them with a loyalty programme. The statement from Vodacom follows a report by the Sunday World that the…


Telecoms

Cell Phones Bring Power to Africans Living Off the Grid

4 August 2017

Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar-power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier.…


Telecoms

Swazi Mobile launches services in 28 towns

4 August 2017

Newly-licensed wireless operator Swazi Mobile, which is headed by local tycoon Victor Gamedze, has launched 2G/3G/4G mobile services in the country. The new operator advertises services in 28 towns at…


Telecoms

There’s Trouble Brewing Again for MTN in Nigeria

4 August 2017

The report, presented to the Nigerian Senate was almost immediately sent back for further work because it did not capture possible infractions by all stakeholders. The Nigerian Senate has withdrawn…


Telecoms

In brief

4 August 2017

Paratus Telecommunications South Africa, through its subsidiary Maxwell Technology, has partnered with Rain to provide a range of LTE products called Max-LTE. Customers can expect the best internet quality at…


Internet

SA Govt looks to Brics to meet Internet goals

4 August 2017

The South African delegation made up of the minister, senior government officials, leaders of state-owned companies and ICT SMMMEs was joined by leaders from Brazil, Russia, India and China to…


Internet

Nigeria: Court Grants Bail to Two Journalists Arraigned for Cyber Stalking

4 August 2017

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to two journalists arraigned by the police for alleged cyber stalking. Salisu Abdullai, who is the publisher of The Post-Nigeria,…


Internet

Africa: Mobile Broadband Subscriptions On Track to Hit 4.3 Billion in 2017 - UN Report

4 August 2017

Mobile broadband subscriptions are expected to reach 4.3 billion globally by the end of 2017, according to a new report released by the United Nations telecommunications agency. New data from…


Internet

Man beams in his internet from satellite over Africa because his broadband in Wales is too slow

4 August 2017

A man from rural Wales has been forced to get his internet from a satellite above Africa because his broadband speed is so slow. Professor Christopher Spry, 79, who lives…


Internet

Vodacom unable to expand rural 4G footprint due to lack of spectrum

4 August 2017

Vodacom South Africa is struggling to expand its 4G LTE network in rural areas due to a lack of spectrum, according to Vodacom Group’s Chief Technology Officer Andries Delport. TechCentral…


Internet

In brief

4 August 2017

Between 2013 and now, no fewer than 92 internet service providers (ISPs) have closed shop in Nigeria. The development is being linked to a number of reasons, including the unfriendly…


Computing

Kenya election official tortured, murdered before vote, officials say

4 August 2017

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A senior Kenyan election official was found murdered on Monday, three days after he went missing, poll officials said, as opposition leaders warned the killing could plunge…


Computing

South Africa: German Software Giant SAP Accused of Paying Bribes to Gupta Family

4 August 2017

The practices of Indian business family Gupta have been a hot topic in South Africa for years. Investigative journalists now say German software giant SAP also paid bribes to a…


Money Transfer

Western Union to go fully digital in three years

4 August 2017

Global payments firm Western Union is betting on its global footprint to go fully digital in Africa in the next three years. The company is looking to copy the mobile…


Money Transfer

MFS Africa, Vodacom Mozambique launch mobile remittance service

4 August 2017

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


Money Transfer

New Bitcoin Exchange launched in Kenya

4 August 2017

Belfrics Global, a Malaysia based, bitcoin technology provider has launched its Bitcoin Exchange in Kenya to allow traders and Bitcoin users to trade at a much lower cost. The cost…


Money Transfer

Inbound technology deals stagnate in Africa this quarter

4 August 2017

Baker McKenzie’s latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index showed that there were no inbound technology deals in Africa in the second quarter of 2017. This is in comparison to global results,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Senate withdraws report acquitting MTN of forex scam

4 August 2017

The Senate has withdrawn a report that largely exonerated South African telecoms giant, MTN, of accusations of illegally repatriating $14 billion and rebuked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label gets shareholder approval for Cell C recapitalisation

4 August 2017

JSE-listed Blue Label says it has received approval by majority of its shareholders for the recapitalisation of mobile operator, Cell C, and its acquisition of 3G Mobile. The matter relates…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Rainbow Capital buys 20% stake in Rain

4 August 2017

Johannesburg - African Rainbow Capital (ARC), a South African financial-services firm started by Patrice Motsepe, on Friday announced that it had invested 20 percent of fixed and mobile data network…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Millicom International Cellular SWE : cancels sale of Tigo Senegal to Wari Group, finds new buyer

4 August 2017

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it has terminated its agreement to sell Tigo Senegal to local financial services company Wari Group. An agreement was made in February this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wari Group contests Millicom’s decision to back out of sale agreement

4 August 2017

Senegal’s Wari Group has said this week that it will pursue legal action against Millicom International Cellular (MIC) after the Luxembourgish company cancelled the sale of its Tigo Senegal operation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Convergence Partners Has Exited Its Investment In Dimension Data

4 August 2017

Convergence Partners, an investment company focused on the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector in Afrika, has revealed that it has exited its investment in IT services and solutions company,…


Digital Content

Cell C's interactive Hangman to soon start streaming online

4 August 2017

Online reality show Hangman, which aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator, will start streaming online, from 9 October to 11 December, reports IT-Online, saying the show will award ZAR…


Digital Content

Google Makes Offline Version Of YouTube Available For Nigerians With Slow Internet

4 August 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes a selfie with Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemiGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai takes a selfie with Nigerians during his visit to…


Digital Content

Tanzania: Over 1.7m Women Now Access Nutrition Info Through SMS Service

4 August 2017

A mobile service dubbed 'Wazazi Nipendeni SMS Service' aimed at promoting knowledge and behaviour change in nutrition practices has been launched. The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and…


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Opportunities

4 August 2017

Applications open for Miss.Africa Seed programme Applications have opened for third Round of Miss.Africa Seed Funding, which offers US$7,000 in grant money to women in and girls working in STEM…


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Events

4 August 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…