News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 893 – 15 September 2017

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Changes in African market over the last seventeen years – Interview with industry pioneer Yossi Barkan on what has and hasn’t changed for the better

15 September 2017

Sometimes there are people whose involvement in Africa captures and distills all the changes that have happened in the telecoms and Internet industry. Yossi Barkan is one of those people and this week Russell Southwood talks to him about what has changed since he started work in the industry seventeen years ago. Q: How did you start working in Africa? A: My family came to Africa when I was sixteen. My Father was nominated by the Israeli Government to teach agriculture in the Central African Republic. I went to school there before going home again. I moved to Cameroon with…

Telecoms

Tunisie Telecom signs ICT deal with media Union

15 September 2017

Tunisia's fixed and mobile telephony company Tunisie Telecom has committed to provide telecommunications services to the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), building on its existing relationship with the organisation.…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s Danbatta: Telecoms Sector Added N1.5tn to GDP in Second Qtr

15 September 2017

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has said the telecoms sector contributed N1.549 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the…


Telecoms

East Africa: Liquid Telecom Upgrades East Africa's Fibre Ring

15 September 2017

Liquid Telecom, has completed 100G upgrades to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths takes advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Ekinops allowing…


Telecoms

Onatel secures USD30m loan from Huawei to fund ONAMOB network modernisation

15 September 2017

The government of Burundi has revealed plans to modernise the network of ONAMOB, the mobile arm of state-owned incumbent operator Office National des Telecommunications (Onatel), via a USD30 million loan…


Telecoms

SA could see lowered data costs by August 2018

15 September 2017

South Africans will pay less for data and this could happen as early as August next year, according to Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele. Cwele announced this at…


Telecoms

Burkina Faso: Tactis to oversee phase 1 of national fibre-optic network

15 September 2017

French engineering and consulting group Tactis will monitor the implementation of Burkina Faso’s first phase of its national fibre network, reports Agence Ecofin. Proposals were requested by the Ministry of…


Telecoms

In brief

15 September 2017

Zimbabwe: Fixed phone operator, TelOne, has lost over $100 000 worth of telecommunications equipment mainly copper cables since the beginning of the year due to theft and vandalism. TelOne has…


Internet

South Africa: Vodacom announces commercial LAA speed test on LTE network

15 September 2017

Vodacom South Africa has successfully launched a Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) site on its live network at its Midrand campus and demonstrated speeds of 650 Mbps using a commercial handset.…


Internet

Facebook highlights its commitment to online safety in South Africa and Zimbabwe

15 September 2017

As part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts in understanding and positively contributing to the African internet eco-system, the team will be working with a number of organizations including local governments, policy…


Internet

New DotAfrica Internet Domain Attracts Thousands Of Registrations

15 September 2017

The new dotAfrica internet domain continues to attract interest, with thousands registrations taking place for the top-level domain. The dotAfrica top-level internet domain attracted over 8,000 registrations since its launch…


Internet

Internet Access Restricted In Togo Amidst Protests

15 September 2017

Internet access in Togo has been severely restricted as opposition supporters gather to protest against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbé. Some users say internet speeds are slow and access…


Internet

More Cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Get Satellite-Enabled High-Speed Connectivity with SES Networks and Gilat Telecom

15 September 2017

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOS Wire)-- SES Networks’ longtime customer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gilat Telecom, has expanded the satellite capacity under contract with SES Networks in the country,…


Internet

New ICT architecture for South African ISPs

15 September 2017

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUAWEI has introduced its leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions to South African internet service providers (ISPs). This would enable them support local enterprises. It…


Internet

Kenyatta loses online support after attack on Judiciary

15 September 2017

According to the latest research from opinion mining company, BrandsEye, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta lost a significant number of supporters online following his verbal attack on the country's judiciary. The…


Computing

Facebook Announces Developer Circles In South Africa

15 September 2017

Social media giant, Facebook, announced on September 6, 2017, that the company has begun the roll-out of Developer Circles in South African cities; Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The…


Computing

Nigeria: Govt Backs Fight Against Quackery in Computing Profession

15 September 2017

The federal government, though the Ministry of Education, has promised to support the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) with logistics that will help the regulatory body effectively curb…


Money Transfer

Moneytrans Launches the First Mobile Remittance App in the Republic Democratic of Congo

15 September 2017

Moneytrans, a fintech company servicing the low-income migrant population announces the launch of a smart and convenient mobile App to send money in minutes within and outside Africa to any…


Money Transfer

Allied Exchange Africa Ltd. has launched its novel digital payment platform, ALEXpay

15 September 2017

Allied Exchange Africa Ltd. has launched its novel digital payment platform, ALEXpay to overcome the lack of cross-network fund transfer and interoperability which currently inhibits the potential of mobile money…


Money Transfer

Liberia: Lonestar Cell, LRA Agree On Mobile Tax Payment Services

15 September 2017

Lonestar Cell MTN has signed a proof of concept agreement for mobile payment with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) for the acceptance of tax payments via Mobile Money. The mobile…


Money Transfer

Namibia: Central Bank Breaks Silence On Virtual Currencies

15 September 2017

THE Bank of Namibia on Friday reminded the public that it does not consider virtual currencies as legal tender in Namibia, and virtual currencies are thus not considered equivalent to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC invests Sh619m in mobile tech firm Africa’s Talking

15 September 2017

The International Finance Corporation is investing up to Sh619 million ($6 million) in mobile tech firm Africa’s Talking, with the funds earmarked for the company’s expansion in Africa. In a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ViRural & C3 Announce US-Africa Telecommunications Merger

15 September 2017

ViRural Group Inc. (ViRural) and C3 Ltd (C3), leading providers of critical infrastructure services for African communities, has announced the merger of the two companies, creating a Pan-African Group top-level…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

G-Connect management seeks to buy the business

15 September 2017

The managers of South Africa's WirelessG, trading under the brand G-Connect, has made an offer to buy the business, reports MyBroadband. WirelessG, which provides a variety of Wi-Fi services, successfully…


Digital Content

Here’s What Some African Bloggers Are Saying About Fenty Beauty

15 September 2017

The buzz around Rihanna’s debut makeup line Fenty Beauty hasn’t died down since it dropped last week—and we’re glad. The singer put major cosmetic brands to shame with her extensive…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Telone Applies for Vod Broadcast Licence

15 September 2017

State owned telecommunications company, TelOne has applied for a broadcasting license to offer video on demand (VoD) services, the industry regulatory authority said on Monday. The company, which wants to…


Digital Content

Google Play Music family plan and Family Library launched in South Africa

15 September 2017

Google has launched the Family Library feature for its Play online store for Android devices in nine additional countries, including South Africa. The search giant updated its support pages for…


Digital Content

NaijaMusic launches to connect Nigerians to their favourite artists

15 September 2017

NaijaMusic has launched in Nigeria to connect users with the latest songs and videos from their favourite artists. Founder John Kilsi told Disrupt Africa NaijaMusic.com.ng, which went live at the…


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Opportunities

15 September 2017

African female entrepreneurs can apply for Y-HER accelerator African female entrepreneurs have been invited to apply for the Y-HER Accelerator Programme, with offers mentorship and a total of US$50,000 in…