News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 896 – 6 October 2017

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Digital waves breaking across Africa – looking at the where and the what of this new landscape

6 October 2017

Nobody can really dispute that Africa is going digital. The only question is how fast and how wide the impact of digital is being felt. This week Russell Southwood reviews the evidence he’s collected over the last five years to give some preliminary conclusions. In early 2012 Balancing Act launched a web TV channel on You Tube called Smart Monkey TV (1850 subscribers) to look at creators and innovators in Africa. 13% of the 850 videos I’ve shot have attracted over 1,000 views. The web TV channel was followed by two e-letters Digital Content Africa (2,000+ subscribers) and Innovation in…

Telecoms

Egypt rakes in over US$1bn through 4G licenses

6 October 2017

The four telcos that have been granted 4G licenses by Egypt's government have contributed more than a billion US dollars to the national fiscus through their individual approvals to rollout…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom reveals billions spent in 4G upgrade

6 October 2017

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – Vodacom has invested over R32 billion (US$2.3 billion) to expand its 4G coverage over the last four years. Shameel Joosub, Group Chief Executive Officer of Vodacom,…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Is Safaricom Entering the Ethiopian Market?

6 October 2017

Safaricom has denied reports of the company entering into the Ethiopian market. The Kenyan telco had been said to be gearing up for its first venture abroad, with reports that…


Telecoms

NASA Names Six Safaricom Managers Involved in August 8th Election Rigging

6 October 2017

National Super Alliance (NASA) has forwarded the names of six managers of telecommunication giant Safaricom to the Director of Public Prosecutions to institute criminal charges. The coalition accused the six…


Telecoms

Vodacom’s IoT division now connects ‘three million things’ in South Africa

6 October 2017

Hot on the heels of MTN Business’s Internet of Things (IoT) network announcement, Vodacom revealed that its IoT division is now connecting more than “three million ‘things'” across South Africa.…


Telecoms

South Africa May Be First African Country To Host ITU Telecom World In 2018

6 October 2017

South Africa may host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual telecommunications and ICT industry event. The potential for South Africa to host was made known…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom-Rain roaming deal under investigation

6 October 2017

A roaming deal between South African mobile operator Vodacom and 4G LTE operator Rain (previously Multisource/WBS Group) is reportedly under investigation, MyBroadband writes. The move follows complaints from rival operators…


Telecoms

In brief

6 October 2017

FNB South Africa is accelerating its digital banking plans with the launch of their latest generation of FNB-branded ConeXis smartphones. The smartphones come in two models, the entry-level ConeXis A2…


Internet

Africa lost about $237 million to internet shutdowns since 2015: report

6 October 2017

Africa has lost about $237 million dollars due to internet disruptions since 2015, a report by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) disclosed. The…


Internet

Iran in ICT Collaboration Talks With South Africa

6 October 2017

Iran’s Telecoms Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi and his South African counterpart Siyabonga Cwele held talks to promote ties and explored venues to expand partnership in the key ICT sector.…


Internet

Google Launches Five New Products

6 October 2017

LAGOS/Nigeria: Google has announced introduction of five additional products that would enable Internet users to access information with ease. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa,…


Computing

Growing girls’ capacity in ICT skills in Ghana

6 October 2017

PLANS to grow young girls’ capacity in information and communication technology skills in Ghana have received a major boost from a leading global electronics company. Some 40 employees from Samsung’s…


Computing

South Africa: Township Technology Takes Centre Stage

6 October 2017

Johannesburg — THE historic Kliptown in Soweto is set to host the inaugural e-Kasi Tech Festival and Gaming Expo later this month. The expo is set for Walter Sisulu Square…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Mobile payment for goods up 71 per cent

6 October 2017

More than half the money sent through mobile phones between April and June this year went to paying for goods and services, fresh official data have shown. Statistics by the…


Money Transfer

New UN report reveals momentum for digital payments in Ghana could save over GHS 1 billion within next four years

6 October 2017

ACCRA, Ghana, September 27, 2017/ -- At an event bringing together key government and business players, the Ghana’s Ministry of Finance and the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance released a…


Money Transfer

Wafacash and WorldRemit expand partnership to offer instant money transfers across West and Central Africa

6 October 2017

CASABLANCA, Morocco, September 28, 2017/ -- Morocco-based financial services company Wafacash (www.Wafacash.com) is scaling up operations with leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit (www.WorldRemit.com) to offer instant money transfers across…


Money Transfer

Ecobank launches mVisa across 33 African Countries

6 October 2017

Ecobank Scan+Pay with mVisa delivers instant, secure cashless payment for goods and services by allowing customers to scan a QR code on a smartphone or enter a unique merchant identifying…


Money Transfer

Nigeria:CBN stops banks from taking charges on bulk transfers

6 October 2017

Commercial banks can no longer take Short Message Service (SMS) charges on bulk bank transfers done through the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), The Nation learnt at the weekend. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tunisia readies new taxation on smartphones

6 October 2017

Tunisia is set to roll out new custom duties on the importation of smartphones, PCs and other communication devices, according to the country's ministry of finance. The new 20% customs…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania Tech Company Goes Public Setting a Model for All of Africa

6 October 2017

Habari, an indigenous internet service provider, is taking advantage of incentives offered in many emerging markets to go public by becoming the first tech company to list on Tanzania’s stock…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In Brief

6 October 2017

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) is in talks to buy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband infrastructure provider Vumatel, MyBroadband writes. According to well-placed sources, Vumatel is believed to be valued at ‘multiple billions…


Digital Content

Soweto is getting its own tech and gaming festival

6 October 2017

Soweto is getting its own technology and gaming expo toward the end of October that will focus on ICT development in South Africa’s township communities. The e-Kasi Tech Festival and…


Digital Content

Interview: Tantine continues to educate Rwandan teens

6 October 2017

A lack of awareness of reproductive health knowledge by many young people in Rwanda has prompted the creation of Tantine, which is an online platform that aims to inform and…


Digital Content

OkadaBooks – The innovative platform revolutionising book publishing in Nigeria

6 October 2017

It is true what is said of necessity, of it being the mother of invention. No one would agree more with that proverb than an innovator and start-up founder like…


Digital Content

Share real stories (not fake news) this #HeritageMonth

6 October 2017

This Heritage Month, to help promote understanding, trust and reconciliation, social change NGO Heartlines, is encouraging members of the public to share their personal stories. This Heritage Month, to help…


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People

6 October 2017

Cell C on Tuesday said it has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as Chief Operating Officer with immediate effect. Craigie Stevenson joins Cell C from Telekom Networks Malawi, where he has…


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Events

6 October 2017

Internet of Things and Basic Broadband Access:  Spectrum Implications 25 – 27 October 2017 : 99 City Road Conference Centre, London, United KingdomWhile industry experts are busy equipping all things…