News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 899 – 27 October 2017

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Fibre as key infrastructure in Africa – Industry body FTTX Council Africa ups its lobbying efforts across Africa

27 October 2017

Last week we carried a story about the launch of FTTH in Gabon adding another country to the list that have rolled it out. For all the talk of leapfrogging, there just some things you cannot leapfrog like providing proper fibre infrastructure. This week Russell Southwood spoke to Juanita Clarke, CEO of fibre industry lobby body, FTTX Africa about why fibre matters and what it’s doing to get fibre infrastructure built. Q: How did the idea for FTTX Council Africa (formerly FTTH Council Africa) come about? A: It was Richard Come’s (President, FTTX Africa Council). He had just invested in…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Senate Probes $1.2bn Loan Obtained By Etisalat From 13 Banks

27 October 2017

Abuja — The Senate has begun an investigation into the management and utilisation of the $1.2 billion loan facility obtained by Etisalat (now 9mobile) Nigeria from 13 banks. According to…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Econet Maintains Market Leadership Telecom Sector Report Shows

27 October 2017

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe maintained its leading market position with over 50% customer market share of the mobile industry, and 78% revenue market share ahead of its two main competitors NetOne…


Telecoms

Algerie Telecom, ZTE ink fibre-optic deal

27 October 2017

Chinese vendor ZTE has signed a framework agreement with Algerie Telecom (AT) to jointly build a full-service GPON network which will ‘deliver a … new fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) experience’, while…


Telecoms

South Africa: Spectrum auction could be Gigaba’s silver bullet

27 October 2017

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba could find a silver bullet for his budget woes if he is brave enough to announce the auction of high-demand spectrum in Wednesday’s medium-term budget policy…


Telecoms

In brief

27 October 2017

The lenders of Nigerian wireless operator 9mobile, which was known as Etisalat Nigeria until July this year, have selected Barclays to find new investors for the indebted cellco. Reuters cites…


Internet

Trust First: Kaspersky Lab Launches its Global Transparency Initiative; Will Provide Source Code – Including Updates – for a Third-party Review; Will Open Three Transparency Centers Worldwide

27 October 2017

LAGOS, Nigeria, October 23, 2017/ -- Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) is announcing the launch of its Global Transparency Initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting customers from cyberthreats, regardless…


Internet

New partnership to lower internet costs in Uganda

27 October 2017

Uganda Telecom (UTL) and WIOCC have committed to an internet capacity partnership deal to broaden access to affordable higher data capacity and faster internet speed for users in Uganda. UTL…


Internet

Burundi: Media website Inaccessibility, Technical Problem or something worse?

27 October 2017

The websites of some Burundian media are currently inaccessible from Burundi. For experts in the field who have been contacted, it's a real cause for concern. Since October 10, access…


Computing

In a restive corner of Pakistan, a Kenyan startup will teach thousands of young people to code

27 October 2017

An African startup is out to help thousands of young people in Pakistan’s northwest learn how to code. The Moringa School, a Kenya-based for-profit for digital skills training, is rolling…


Computing

Facebook launches Africa’s first SME council in Nigeria

27 October 2017

Facebook has revealed that the company has launched its Nigerian SME Council, the first of its kind to launch on the continent. The council forms part of Facebook’s ongoing commitment…


Computing

In brief

27 October 2017

The recent data breach that made the details of nearly 31 million South Africans available on the internet has once again brought the issue of cybersecurity to the forefront. New…


Money Transfer

Nigeria:CBN unveils framework for BVN, Watch-list operations

27 October 2017

CENTRAL Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has released a regulatory framework for Bank Verification Number (BVN) operations and watch-lists for Nigerian financial system, in the quest to develop and enhance security…


Money Transfer

East Africa:Regulators now mull adopting virtual currencies like Bitcoins

27 October 2017

To adopt or not to adopt virtual currencies like Bitcoins? This appears to be the biggest question in the minds of Kenyan financial regulators at the moment. As a result,…


Money Transfer

Ghana:Telco Workers Complicit In Mobile Money Fraud

27 October 2017

The rate at which subscribers of mobile money are being defrauded by both criminals and some staff of telecom companies has reached alarming proportions. The service, which has been touted…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cognosec buys South African distributor Intact for ZAR 3.8 mln

27 October 2017

Swedish cyber-security company Cognosec has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in South Africa-based distributor Intact Software Distribution for EUR 506,000, reports ITWeb. Cognosec has operations in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

HeroTel acquires CT's biggest WISP

27 October 2017

The HeroTel group has acquired the largest wireless Internet service provider (WISP) in Cape Town, Sonic Telecoms, for an undisclosed sum. "We are delighted that Sonic has joined the HeroTel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group sees subscriber base shrink due to Nigeria, Uganda disconnections

27 October 2017

South Africa incorporated MTN Group says that its consolidated mobile base declined marginally by 0.7% quarter-on-quarter to 230.2 million at 30 September 2017. The pan-regional operator said the fall was…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

27 October 2017

Chinese vendor ZTE has signed a framework agreement with Algerie Telecom (AT) to jointly build a full-service GPON network which will ‘deliver a … new fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) experience’, while…


Digital Content

2017 MTN Business App of the Year Awards – call for entries open

27 October 2017

The sixth edition of the popular MTN Business App of the Year Awards has kicked off and local app developers are invited to submit their apps for consideration in the…


Digital Content

#Zimshutdown2016 and the new protest politics taking root in Zimbabwe

27 October 2017

After a mass strike in Zimbabwe this week, the country’s 92-year-old president was forced to convene an emergency meeting as the nation came to a standstill. The strike, dubbed #Zimshutdown2016…


Digital Content

Microsoft launches education apps in Africa

27 October 2017

Microsoft has launched a new product targeting learning institutions. Microsoft 365 Education consists of several applications and products integrated to aid learning at all levels. Featured apps and products in…


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Opportunities

27 October 2017

Last call for applications to SA Orange Corners incubator Applications are open to the 2018 cohort of the Orange Corners incubator, with 45 South African entrepreneurs to be selected to…


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Events

27 October 2017

AfricaCom 20177 Nov. - 9 Nov. 2017 - Cape Town International Convention Centre, South AfricaThe largest Telecoms, Tech & ICT conference and exhibition dedicated to Africa. A business and technology…


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People

27 October 2017

Microsoft announces new leadership team for its Middle East Africa headquarters Positions itself for digital transformation 24 October, 2017 - Microsoft has appointed several new leaders in its Middle East…