News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 900 – 3 November 2017

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South Africa and FTTH - SA Digitial Villages will be in 15 regions by 2018:”We see lot of people switching off their DStv subs and going on to Netflix”

3 November 2017

The market for Fibre-To-The-Home connections in Africa is steadily growing. It may be a niche market compared to mobile data but it’s potentially a big niche. Russell Southwood looks at the what’s happening in South Africa to see whether there’s any wider pointers there for how things might go in other parts of the continent. The South African FTTH market is hotting up: roll-outs are proceeding at a pace but seem to only just be keeping pace with the voracious demand for real fast fibre connections. One of the smaller players is individual investor-owned SA Digital Villages that has been…

Telecoms

Telma Madagascar Fuels Growth and Innovation Using Sicap’s Mobile Device Solutions

3 November 2017

BAAR, Switzerland, 25 Oct 2017: Sicap Schweiz AG, the global mobile device management vendor has announced that Telma Group (Madagascar) the leading telecom operator in the country utilizes the company’s…


Telecoms

Africa’s e-health start-ups rise, but not all are mobile-first based

3 November 2017

ICT use in healthcare provision in Africa is not actually mobile-first despite the number of e-health start-ups accelerating, a new report released last week shows. This is contrary to popular…


Telecoms

Vodacom announces commercial availability of its NarrowBand Internet of Things network.

3 November 2017

01 November 2017. Vodacom’s first commercially available Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network is now operational in Gauteng. Vodacom is the first South African and one of the first African…


Telecoms

SES Networks and CETel Provide End-to-end Connectivity for Telco in Africa

3 November 2017

COLOGNE, Germany & LUXEMBOURG-- (BUSINESS WIRE/ AETOSWire)--A major European telecom operator will bring connectivity to new areas across North and West Africa and enable contingency services during fibre outages using…


Internet

New submarine project to connect East Africa to South Asia

3 November 2017

A new undersea cable network spanning about 6,800km will connect South Asia (via Pakistan) and East Africa (via Djibouti and Kenya). The PEACE submarine cable project, which involves Tropic Science…


Internet

Nigeria: Expert Calls on Ministry of Communications to Review National Broadband Plan

3 November 2017

A telecom expert and former chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr Ernest Ndukwe has called on the Ministry of Communications to review and update the National Broadband Plan 2013…


Internet

Nigeria to review cybercrime policy

3 November 2017

On Tuesday 31 October 2017, the Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime in Nigeria revealed that they believe that the current law on cybercrime in the country needs to be…


Internet

This Guy Is Trying to “Unite” South Africans on Facebook, But He’s Not Doing Anything to Solve Racism

3 November 2017

"Internet sensation" Joburger is asking race groups to ask other races questions they've always wanted to ask. It's cute and funny, but this won't solve South Africa's problems. A London-based…


Internet

OkadaBooks – The innovative platform revolutionising book publishing in Nigeria

3 November 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…


Internet

In brief

3 November 2017

Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s largest neutral data centre, has announced it will be a Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Connectivity partner, providing clients high performance private network connections to Microsoft Azure and…


Computing

UN trade org's report proposes new path for ICT in Rwanda

3 November 2017

A newly released Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Review of Rwanda by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says the East African country "must bolster the…


Computing

Samsung Sharpens ICT Skills Of Girls

3 November 2017

About 40 employees from Samsung's headquarters in South Korea converged on Accra recently to take part in the company's annual global Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP) aimed at equipping young girls…


Computing

MTN Launches New Tech Startup Incubator In Ivory Coast

3 November 2017

South African telecommunications giant MTN has launched a new incubator program for tech startups in Ivory Coast. The incubator, which is called Ye’llo Startup, is aimed at helping young entrepreneurs…


Money Transfer

PayPal launches seller protection in SA to give businesses peace of mind

3 November 2017

PayPal has launched a programme to help business in parts of Africa to trade online, both locally and globally with confidence and peace of mind. The PayPal Seller Protection Programme…


Money Transfer

Safaricom’s Little paid Sh1bn to drivers

3 November 2017

Safaricom taxi-hailing company Little says that it has paid out Sh1 billion to drivers in the 13 months since it launched in the Kenyan market. Little CEO Kamal Budhabatti said…


Money Transfer

SA: Slide Joins Crowded Market for Mobile Money

3 November 2017

South Africa has just got its own version of Venmo, one of the US’s most successful payment platforms owned by PayPal that processes $25 billion in person to person payments…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Taxify gets edge over Uber with M-Pesa payments

3 November 2017

Taxify is following in the steps of Little, the Craft Silicon owned taxi-hailing company which was the first to integrate M-Pesa payment into its application. Sendy, a mobile-based courier service,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa targets money customer acquisition drive

3 November 2017

Airtel Africa will be tasked with growing its mobile money base, increasing data usage and improving mobile penetration rates in a bid to increase profitability. The division’s CEO Raghunath Mandava…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Focused on Preparing for Nigerian Unit IPO in Six Months

3 November 2017

MTN agreed to the Lagos IPO as part of the settlement of a $1 billion fine imposed by Nigerian regulators on MTN in 2015. MTN Group Ltd. is focused on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambian government confirms intention to pay LAP GreenN for Zamtel renationalisation

3 November 2017

Zambia’s government has reportedly confirmed it will pay USD382 million in compensation to LAP Green Network (LAP GreenN) related to the state’s forceful reclamation of a 75% stake in Zambia…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Turkcell vs MTN: War of words heats up amid SA bribery court challenge

3 November 2017

Johannesburg – MTN filed its plea (Statement of Defence) in the long-running litigation where Turkcell is claiming damages against MTN as a result of MTN having acquired a 49% interest…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Moya Networks launches a coin sale to fund Africa’s ACE submarine capability

3 November 2017

Moya Networks through its’ crowdsourced Moya Token (MTK), aims to give investors the ability to fund the ACE submarine capability and terrestrial fiber optic network that will be raised throughout…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EU pledges support for Made in Nigeria products

3 November 2017

The EU-Nigeria Business Forum wrapped up on Friday in Lagos with the European Union (EU) pledging to support Nigeria in improving quality and standards of “Made in Nigeria” agriculture products.The…


Digital Content

Huawei to release cloudified video platform in Africa

3 November 2017

Huawei is set to release its Envision Video Platform in Africa during Africacom to November in Cape Town, aiming to assist carriers in developing and optimizing video as a fundamental…


Digital Content

Simfy Africa now available on MTN

3 November 2017

Simfy Africa is now available to MTN post-paid and prepaid customers. Simfy Africa allows users to download and stream a large catalogue of songs without advertising “Simfy Africa complements our…


Digital Content

Rate 'n Date Mobile launches voice app in South Africa

3 November 2017

South Africa's Rate 'n Date Mobile has developed Voicy, a mobile dating app that has had thousands of installations monthly. After downloading the free Voicy app from Google Play, Android…


Digital Content

Showmax launches new PlayStation 4 app

3 November 2017

Internet TV service Showmax has launched an app for the world’s best-selling gaming console, Sony’s PlayStation 4. This means PS4 and PS4 Pro owners who have connected their consoles to…


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Opportunities

3 November 2017

LIQUID LAUNCHPAD Have you got what it takes? The Future of African Entertainment Empowered by significant leaps in support infrastructure, Africans have never been in a better position to access…


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Events

3 November 2017

Africa Tech Summit Kigali - 2018 Following the success of Africa Tech Summit London which will return in May 2018, we are delighted to welcome you to Africa Tech Summit…