News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 891 – 25 August 2017

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Node Africa’s Phares Kariuki is chasing customers who want to make the transition from their own data centre to a cloud-based service

25 August 2017

The existence of neutral data centres in Africa offering services and much improved internet connectivity in a number of countries has made the transition to the cloud much easier. Kenyan start-up Node Africa is offering companies managed services in the cloud. Russell Southwood spoke to its founder and CEO Phares Kariuki about why people are using its services and how this type of market will grow. After the boardroom fight at his previous start-up Angani, Phares Kariuki said: “We can dwell on what happened, or we can move on with our lives.” And that is precisely what he did when…

Telecoms

Somali telecoms law receives parliamentary approval

25 August 2017

Somalia’s Federal Parliament last week unanimously approved the National Communications Act, which aims to establish the legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for the country’s thriving telecoms sector, reports Horn Observer.…


Telecoms

GreenWish plans huge investment in solar-powered telecom towers for Africa

25 August 2017

GreenWish Partners, a renewable energy company run by a former Morgan Stanley executive, is planning to invest $800 million on solar-powered telecommunications towers across Africa. The project could fuel economic growth…


Telecoms

Gamcel operations interrupted in spat over international gateway management

25 August 2017

The services of Gamcel, the mobile subsidiary of state-owned Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel), have been disrupted since last week as a result of a dispute between the government and its…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Potraz Mulls Licencing Virtual Network Operators

25 August 2017

The Postal and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is finalising licence guidelines for virtual network operators, opening the door for a new class of players who will act like…


Telecoms

Lagos State Government decommissions over 95 illegally installed telecom masts

25 August 2017

The Lagos State's Government's State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMIRA), has decommissioned over 95 telecommunication masts and identified 20 more for decommissioning because of illegal installation and failure to…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom working to reimburse customers over ‘glitch’

25 August 2017

Vodacom is automatically refunding customers with airtime and data bundles after a glitch on Monday night caused many prepaid and top-up customers to lose data. By late on Tuesday morning, most…


Telecoms

In brief

25 August 2017

- Angolan mobile operator Unitel has activated its services in the commune of Ombala-yo-Mungu, located in the municipality of Ombadja, about 100 kilometers from Ondjiva, Cunene, reports Jornal de Angola.…


Internet

Gabon: Vivendi signs fibre network agreement with government, SEEG

25 August 2017

Last week an agreement was put in place between Vivendi Africa Group (GVA), Gabon’s Ministry of Water and Energy and the Energy and Water Corporation of Gabon (SEEG) to deploy…


Internet

South Africa launches inquiry into high data service prices

25 August 2017

The Competition Commission of South Africa has launched an investigation into suspected competition problems in the market for data services, leading to high prices. The terms of the investigation were…


Internet

South Africa’s broadband prices higher than Sudan and Tunisia

25 August 2017

Point Topic has released its Q2 2017 residential broadband tariffs report which shows that South Africa has some of the most expensive fixed broadband services in the world.The data includes fixed…


Internet

Swaziland: MPs debate proposals to liberalise access to national fibre-optic, international gateway infrastructure

25 August 2017

Members of Parliament in Swaziland have called on the government to liberalise access to the state-owned national fibre-optic infrastructure and international gateway, Agence Ecofin reports. The liberalisation proposals – involving…


Internet

Open access fibre a right for SA users

25 August 2017

South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) believes consumers should be free to choose who they buy Internet access or data from and notes that this is in line with…


Internet

In brief

25 August 2017

- TelOne plans to introduce a service enabling customers to use data already in their home TelOne Wi-Fi account, at any TelOne Wi-Fi hotspot around Zimbabwe, reports Techzim. To sign…


Computing

AfricaCom launches a new technology arena

25 August 2017

LONDON – To celebrate its 20th anniversary, AfricaCom, a media and telecoms (TMT) event is launching a brand-new technology arena. Located in the recently expanded and soon to be opened, CTICC wing,…


Computing

9mobile partners with Africa's Talking for developers, SMEs

25 August 2017

Nigerian operator 9mobile has partnered with Africa's Talking, a Pan-African company, to empower software solutions developers and SMEs with access to telecom infrastructure through mobile communication Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).…


Computing

Nigeria: MTN Seeks Greater Opportunities for Girls in ICT

25 August 2017

Mobile network operator, MTN has expressed support for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) global campaign to encourage more young women to consider careers in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT)…


Money Transfer

TerraPay and Instant Cash team up to launch global cross-border money transfers to mobile wallets

25 August 2017

Migrants across the globe can send money to all major mobile wallets in Tanzania, Uganda and all mobile numbers in Nigeria. TerraPay, the world’s first mobile payments switch and Instant Cash one…


Money Transfer

Youtap launches mobile money QR code solution and apps for growth markets in Africa and Asia

25 August 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 21, 2017/ -- Youtap (www.Youtap.com), a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software, has launched a QR code solution and smartphone apps for mobile…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Taxi-Hailing Firm Little Launches Own Virtual Wallet

25 August 2017

Safaricom backed taxi-hailing platform Little has unveiled an electronic wallet to encourage riders using their taxis to pay for trips online. The in-app feature, dubbed Little Coins, requires riders to…


Money Transfer

Kenya Safaricom's M-Pesa Business Hit By Election Slowdown

25 August 2017

Kenya's leading telecoms operator, Safaricom, suffered an estimated $3-4 million in lost revenue from its M-Pesa money transfer business in the past two weeks due a slowdown caused by a…


Money Transfer

Econet limits MasterCard international transactions

25 August 2017

Zimbabwe operator Econet’s mobile money transfer service EcoCash says it will be implementing international limit restrictions on its MasterCard debit card due to foreign currency challenges being experienced in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: 9Mobile to escape full repayment of $1.2 billion debt

25 August 2017

9Mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, the consortium of 12 banks involved in the $1.2 billion 9Mobile loan – a loan the firm took out four years ago; however, failed to repay due…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s PIC holds 10% stake in Vodacom Tanzania

25 August 2017

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC) now holds a 10% stake in Vodacom Tanzania, following the conclusion of the mobile operator’s fully-subscribed initial public offering (IPO) earlier this month. Vodacom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TNM boosts H1 revenue and EBITDA amid moderate subscriber growth

25 August 2017

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) said revenue rose to MWK 35.81 billion in the first six months of 2017 from MWK 29.13 billion a year earlier, with service revenue climbing to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Nigeria reopens talks with SEC over share listing

25 August 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has resumed talks with MTN Nigeria over the telco’s planned listing on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The Director-General, SEC, Mr. Mounir Gwarzo,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

in brief

25 August 2017

Helios Towers, the independent telecoms tower infrastructure company, reported that revenue rose by 41 percent in the first half-year ending 30 June to USD 169 million from USD 120 million…


Digital Content

Sky Code launches mobile app, portal to promote tourism in Uganda

25 August 2017

Uganda’s software developer Sky Code and the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have developed an online portal and a mobile application that will help guide people around the interesting and…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Firm Unveils New APP to Boost Agricultural Yields

25 August 2017

As government intensifies efforts towards diversifying the economy, two young Nigerian entrepreneurs have developed an App that will connect farmers and broaden knowledge base of stakeholders in the sector. Speaking…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Hospitality Sector Embraces Technology to Ensure Safety

25 August 2017

The local hospitality sector has moved to embrace advanced technologies to ensure security and safety at their facilities. Nsengiyumva Barakabuye, the chairman of the Rwanda Hospitality Association, noted that new…


Digital Content

Uganda: Software Engineers Develop Phone App to Promote Sanitation

25 August 2017

A group of five software engineers has developed an application, Tag It, that is meant to ensure easy and quick collection of garbage in Kampala by facilitating reporting about broken…


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People

25 August 2017

Cell C appoints new board chairman and deputy South African operator Cell C has announced the appointment of Kuben Pillay and Larry Nestadt to the board. The appointments follow the recent recapitalisation…


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Opportunities

25 August 2017

Call for Submissions:  the $500,000 CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Inspire Challenges   The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture seeks approaches that show the power of big data…


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Events

25 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…