News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 898 – 20 October 2017

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Canal+ launches Triple Play in Gabon – Vivendi Africa Group makes a grab for fixed bandwidth FTTH customers

20 October 2017

Vivendi Africa Group is about to make its first big push in its strategy to position itself in francophone Africa as an FTTH provider. In alliance with French Pay TV provider Canal+ it is just starting to offer a Triple Play service in one of Africa’s wealthier francophone countries, Gabon. On 10 October, TIC Mag reported that Canal+ was doing its first commercial tests for a Triple Play service. In January 2017, Vivendi Africa Group obtained a licence from the Gabonese regulator ARCEP to provide a fibre service, including FTTH. In August this year it signed a deal with country’s…

Telecoms

Congo-B telecoms minister gives cellcos until December to improve services

20 October 2017

Leon Juste Ibombo, the Republic of the Congo’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, has called on the nation’s cellcos to improve their services, Agence Ecofin reports. It…


Telecoms

Africa: Bonanza As Africa Prepares to Abolish Call Roaming Charges

20 October 2017

Calling and sending text messages across African borders are set to become cheaper following a decision by regional integration blocs to abolish roaming charges. The Common Market for Eastern and…


Telecoms

Chad’s telecom minister presents news about the new African ICT centre

20 October 2017

(Ecofin Agency) - Mahamat Allahou Taher, Chad’s minister of posts and new information technologies has released some information about the African Centre for Information and Communication Technologies (CATI) promised since…


Telecoms

Vodacom : Competition Commission advised Treasury against Vodacom contract

20 October 2017

The Competition Commission advised National Treasury not to sign an exclusive contract with Vodacom to be the sole provider of mobile telecommunication services to government. This is according to Sipho…


Telecoms

In brief

20 October 2017

Alpha Telecom Mali, which formally signed on the dotted line for its licence back in February 2013, has successfully completed the first test call over its infrastructure, Agence Ecofin reports.…


Internet

Why Is the Akwa Ibom Government Jamming Internet Signals during Football Matches?

20 October 2017

On October 7, 2017, thousands of Nigerians and football lovers of all hues thronged the Uyo stadium in Akwa-Ibom state to watch the anticipated World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and…


Internet

iWay Africa Kenya makes Sh239 million turnover

20 October 2017

Internet service provider iWay Africa Kenya recorded Sh238.64 million turnover in the 2016 financial year, regulatory filings show. iWay Africa Kenya recently concluded a deal to acquire some of the…


Internet

The future requires new skills, ECA’s Opoku-Mensah tells African governments

20 October 2017

African governments must refocus their education curricula and put in place new programmes that factor in mega trends and the fourth industrial revolution that is all about connectivity, Economic Commission…


Internet

Good news for South African IT professionals

20 October 2017

The September 2017 CareerJunction Index report shows that the number of IT jobs in South Africa has started to increase – after a steady decline since the beginning of the…


Internet

Nigeria: .ng domains hit 100,000 registrations

20 October 2017

The adoption and use of the Country Code Top Level Domain name (ccTLD), Nigeria’s .ng, has seen a significant rise in the country with registrations for the service hitting 100,…


Internet

In brief

20 October 2017

State-controlled fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has signed a partnership agreement with the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) designed to improve data capacity and boost internet…


Computing

Skills shortage hinders Africa’s cloud adoption

20 October 2017

Another call has been made for investment in Sub-Saharan Africa’s education and work sectors that is cognisant of developments in ICT. African countries and organisations are not very quick to…


Computing

South Africa: Massive Data Leak Could Be From a Credit Bureau

20 October 2017

The sensitive private information of 30 million South Africans, contained in a massive data breach, appears to have been hacked from a credit bureau. This is according to Australian Microsoft…


Computing

S. African Students Set out for ICT Training in China

20 October 2017

Ten South African students regarded as Future Seeds were seen off by Chinese and South African officials on October 12. They will soon start two-week information and communication technology (ICT)…


Computing

Ghana needs a policy shift in educational system - Google Director

20 October 2017

Country Director for Google Ghana, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, has admonished government to work towards guaranteeing that every Senior High School leaver has computer coding skills and ability as part of measures…


Computing

Over 1 mln students benefit from Cisco networking academy in Africa

20 October 2017

More than one million students in Africa have directly benefited from Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad), with over 115,000 students benefitting in the past year. The Cisco Networking Academy is celebrating…


Money Transfer

Cameroon: 870bn CFA transferred via Mobile Money

20 October 2017

Financial transactions in Cameroon via Mobile money reached 870 billion CFA francs in 2016, APA learned from the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) on Sunday. The value of transactions between 2014…


Money Transfer

Kenya: P2P transfers and payments to engender a cash-lite economy

20 October 2017

Kenya is at the forefront of the adoption of a cash-lite economy. The country now has the world’s highest mobile money penetration rate with more than half of the adults…


Money Transfer

Kenya :Mobile cash posts largest drop in August

20 October 2017

Mobile payments in August posted the largest month-on-month drop this year, coming after intensive political campaigns in July. Latest Central Bank of Kenya data shows cash transacted through mobile money…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: NetOne to launch mobile money, debit card

20 October 2017

NETONE is set to unveil its mobile money service and a Zimswitch-enabled debit card by month end, as the country’s second largest mobile operator expands its product range in the…


Money Transfer

Modex, announces Initial Coin Offering

20 October 2017

Following the Jamie Dimon’s strange rebuke of crypto currencies and Lloyd Blankfein’s ambiguous tweet about still making up his mind on the future of blockchain the enfant terrible, Modex, a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel and Millicom merger sealed in Ghana

20 October 2017

The deal is closed for Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular to become the second largest operator with 10 million mobile subscribers in Ghana. The companies have made an official…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom withdraws cautionary on government possibly selling its stake

20 October 2017

There was a possibility that the state’s 39% interest in the telecoms group could be used to bail out SAA Telkom share rose to a two-week intraday high on Thursday,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange launches its brand in Sierra Leone

20 October 2017

Freetown, Sierra Leone, October 18, 2017/ -- Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, announces today the official launch of its brand in Sierra Leone. As of today, Airtel…


Digital Content

Mobile Video: Whether via broadcast TV or online, news is increasingly being watched as opposed to read, particularly on mobile phones - Report

20 October 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland, October 16, 2017/ -- A recent study by the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) has revealed that TV is the most popular news medium in Middle East and…


Digital Content

Uber To Invest $20M In Egypt Support Center Over The Next Five Years

20 October 2017

Uber is committing itself to the Egyptian market despite economic difficulties in the country, announcing a new support center in the capital that will see an investment of $5 million.…


Digital Content

Namibia: Microsoft and Ovamba Partner to Deliver First African Language Driven 'Chat-Bot'

20 October 2017

Windhoek — Ovamba Solutions, Inc. and Microsoft have partnered to develop and produce the first African language driven 'chat-bot' designed to serve the millions of African SMEs that face exclusion…


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People

20 October 2017

ICASA has appointed Willington Ngwepe as its Chief Executive Officer. Ngwepe has been acting CEO at ICASA since 7 July. “He joined ICASA as Chief Operations Officer in September 2014.…


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Opportunities

20 October 2017

Applications open for $185k Innovation Prize for Africa The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has opened applications for the seventh edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), which will see…


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Events

20 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…