News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 889 – 11 August 2017

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Kenya: Andy Halsall, poa! Internet:”There’s massive home broadband demand….Fibre operators just don't want to go to these areas.”

11 August 2017

poa! Internet launched to provide low-cost internet services for low-income areas in Kenya. It started with Kibera and has now launched in Kawangware. It’s changed its business model from charging by MB to time-based charging. Russell Southwood caught up with poa! Internet’s co-founder Andy Halsall. As a low-cost Internet operator poa! Internet has not rushed into things. It has chosen to move slowly but methodically to get its business model right. At the beginning of April it launched its unlimited service:”The (selling) MBs model felt like a cellular model.” “Unlike all the other operators we no longer charge per Mb.…

Telecoms

South Africa: Black ownership commission investigating Nokia and MTN for possible violations

11 August 2017

MTN Group and Nokia are under investigation for the potential violation of laws dictating the ownership of companies in South Africa. The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission, which promotes…


Telecoms

QCell to launch mobile services in Sierra Leone

11 August 2017

Gambian mobile operator QCell is planning to launch mobile services in Sierra Leone, after it secured an operating concession from the regulator, CEO Muhammed Jah told local news source Awoko.…


Telecoms

South Africa: Icasa eyes new mobile tariff regulations on termination rates

11 August 2017

CAPE TOWN – South Africa could impose new restrictions on termination rates, the prices mobile phone companies charge for connecting calls made from other networks, when the current three-year regulations…


Telecoms

Benin cancels BBCOM’s GSM operating licence

11 August 2017

Defunct mobile operator Bell Benin Communication (BBCOM) has had its telecoms licence revoked for failure to meet its operating obligations regarding continuity of service, and non-payment of debts, Agence Ecofin…


Telecoms

In brief

11 August 2017

The Federal Government of Nigeria has revealed plans to enter into negotiations with the China Exim Bank for the full funding of the NIPTI 2 national backbone network, estimated to…


Internet

African women use mobile internet more heavily than men

11 August 2017

Opera, and digital reading non-profit, Worldreader study found that women tend to purchase bigger data packages when compared to men. A study undertaken by global software company Opera and digital…


Internet

Installation of first direct subsea link between Africa and South America begins in Angola

11 August 2017

LUANDA, Angola, August 9, 2017/ -- Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao) today took a step closer to completion of the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) at an official launch in Sangano, Angola.…


Internet

Hyperscale demand encourages African infrastructure investment Teraco launches Riverfields Hyperscale Data Centre Facility

11 August 2017

It’s taken hyperscale computing a decade to steadily claim significant cloud infrastructure service market share. Initially focused on major international markets, Africa has not been a priority until recently, when…


Internet

Alphabet expands in Africa

11 August 2017

Google is expanding its Africa initiatives, on the back of CEO Sundar Pichai’s recent trip to Nigeria. While visiting Lagos, he announced the global internet services company’s plans to train…


Computing

Hacking SA’s high female unemployment rate: How ICT can open up opportunities

11 August 2017

Women in South Africa are the most affected by the growing unemployment rate, according to figures from StatsSA. Figures released yesterday for the second quarter of 2017 national employment rate…


Computing

Paratus introduces the next level of cloud services

11 August 2017

Paratus Telecom, the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator, is taking cloud services to a next level by offering additional resilience solutions to its customers. At a closed event…


Computing

In brief

11 August 2017

Mozambique's communications regulator Instituto Nacional das Comunicações de Moçambique (INCM) has donated ICT equipment, including computers, for use by the country's School of Communications of the Armed Forces. The regulator…


Money Transfer

Absa Launches Virtual Investor

11 August 2017

Absa has launched Virtual Investor, an online self-service investment platform that uses artificial intelligence and computer algorithms to recommend a product for customers based on their financial attitudes to risk.…


Money Transfer

Abu Dhabi and Kenya Form Fintech Bridge

11 August 2017

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) Kenya have signed a co-operation agreement for fintech innovation. The agreement provides…


Money Transfer

PayU Nigeria Introduces a convenient payment solution for recurring bills

11 August 2017

PayU Nigeria (www.PayU.com.ng) introduces PayU Subscription, a convenient payment method which allows merchants to safely and securely collect payments from consumers who have recurring bills or subscription payments in a…


Money Transfer

TerraPay launches international mobile money transfers to Uganda

11 August 2017

London, UK – 09 August 2017: TerraPay, the world’s first mobile payments switch, announced today that it has successfully obtained an approval from Bank of Uganda to facilitate International money…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NTT's African Unit Is Said to Attract Interest From MTN, Vodacom

11 August 2017

After NTT’s decision to sell off Didata, two buyers – MTN and Vodacom – have thrown their hats into the ring, according to a report in Bloomberg. Didata’s management is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa's MTN swings to $294 mln H1 profit

11 August 2017

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 3 (Reuters) - MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile phone operator, returned to first-half profit on Thursday in the absence of one-off charges related to a $1.1 billion Nigerian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C recapitalisation concluded

11 August 2017

Cell C’ recapitalisation has been concluded, reducing the company’s net debt to no more than R6-billion, including $184-million of bonds which are fully hedged into South African rand. The recapitalisation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone finalises transfer of 35% Safaricom stake to Vodacom

11 August 2017

Vodacom Group has completed the ZAR34.6 billion (USD2.6 billion) acquisition of a 34.9% stake in Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Safaricom, after all regulatory approvals and conditions precedent in…


Digital Content

Tencent, Naspers launch music streaming service in SA

11 August 2017

Tencent Africa, a joint venture between China’s Tencent and South African-headquartered media group Naspers, have entered the competitive local music streaming market with a R60/month service called Joox. Joox offers…


Digital Content

You Have to See the #GitheriMan Memes Breaking the Internet After the Kenyan Election

11 August 2017

In the wake of the Kenyan general election which took place on Tuesday, August 8, one particular photograph has been making waves on the Kenyan internet for the past two…


Digital Content

Angolan Activists Create a Platform To Monitor Presidential Elections

11 August 2017

Election material of the ruling MPLA party and its candidate João Lourenço, used with permission (Jiku). Angola is currently in the middle of campaigning for the upcoming elections on August…


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People

11 August 2017

Project Isizwe appoints new CEO Project Isizwe, the large-scale Free WiFi network, has announced Dudu Mkhwanazi as its new CEO. The position was previously held by Zahir Khan and before…


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Opportunities

11 August 2017

DEMO Africa opens up entries to local digital startups Africa’s largest startup competition, DEMO Africa, is coming back to Joburg this year and has invited digital startups to submit their…


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Events

11 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…