News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1001 – 8 November 2019

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Start-up Turn.io upgrades social impact messaging and engagement to smartphones – dealing with hundreds of thousands of queries and responses using machine learning

8 November 2019

NGOs and other not-for-profits are beginning to migrate with their vulnerable, low-income users to social messaging apps like WhatsApp used on smartphones. Russell Southwood talks to Gustav Praekeltof Praekelt.org about how to deal with millions of active users in a digital age. Praekelt.org has incubated a start-up called Turn.io aimed at connecting organizations with their audiences using messaging platforms. The genesis for it was the work Praekelt.org has been doing with non-profits over many years, reaching vulnerable people across Africa, largely using SMS and USSD. According to Gustav Praekelt:”The use of messaging platforms like Telegram, Viber and Messenger was increasing…

Telecoms

How South Africa can prepare to embrace 5G

8 November 2019

Today, all the talk is around 5G and how we can effectively deploy it. At this year’s MyBroadband Conference, Principal Consultant at Huawei Carrier Nigel Bruin – one of the…


Telecoms

Workz & Econet ready to bring eSIM to Zimbabwe

8 November 2019

Mobile and IoT solutions provider Workz Group and Econet Zimbabwe announced a deal that will see them offer Zimbabwean subscribers network connectivity via embedded SIM devices such as the iPhone…


Telecoms

Zim regulator would welcome new mobile players

8 November 2019

The head of the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has said that new players would be welcomed into the country’s mobile market as this would help to…


Telecoms

Intracom Telecom’s Point-to-MultiPoint Technology Stands Out in South Africa

8 November 2019

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) owns an extended fiber network, and the unrivalled WiBAS™ Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) system is going to be used to extend the network connectivity and maximize the addressed…


Telecoms

In brief

8 November 2019

The mobile phone operator, MTN Nigeria, has increased the pressure one notch in the telecommunications market. The company, still the leader in terms of subscribers and revenues, launched 4G +…


Internet

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

8 November 2019

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 6, 2019/ -- The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet and the Internet Service Providers…


Internet

Google launches free public Wi-Fi initiative in South Africa

8 November 2019

Google has launched its free public Wi-Fi hotspot programme, known as Google Station, in South Africa, the US-headquartered Internet company said at an event in Johannesburg on Thursday. The company…


Internet

Infinet Wireless negotiates expansion in African market at the Russia-Africa Economic Forum and Summit 2019

8 November 2019

Sochi, Russia, 04 November, 2019 – Infinet Wireless, a global leader in the design and manufacture of fixed broadband wireless systems, has announced it has made a number of new…


Computing

Andela’s expansion initiates partnership to advance Egypt’s ICT sector

8 November 2019

Pan-African tech firm, Andela has officially launched its operations in Egypt. The company announced that this launch in Egypt would be its first fully remote centre despite having tech campuses…


Computing

Africa is the world’s fastest-growing continent for software developers

8 November 2019

As tech ecosystems and hubs continue to sprout across Africa, an accompanying effect has been an upswell in local software engineering talent. It’s proven enough for even global tech giants…


Money Transfer

Nedbank launches Money App Lite

8 November 2019

Nedbank has launched its new Money App Lite banking application for Android. Money App Lite is a streamlined and lighter version of the Nedbank Money banking app, catered to clients…


Money Transfer

Verve partners GhIPSS to improve electronic payment in Ghana

8 November 2019

Verve International, a leading payments technology and card brand in Africa, has partnered with the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to launch acceptance in Ghana. This initiative…


Money Transfer

Growth of cryptocurrencies in Africa calls for stronger security measures

8 November 2019

With criminals becoming increasingly technically proficient, the benefits of cryptocurrencies in Africa are also being exploited. Virtual currency related crime is on the rise in South Africa, with hackers using…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tigo and Zantel from Millicom merged in Tanzania

8 November 2019

They are no longer a single entity, able to compete with Vodacom, Airtel, Halotel, Amotel and TTCL on the telecom market in Tanzania. Tigo and Zantel, subsidiaries of the Luxembourg…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom, Vodacom plot joint bid for new Ethiopian licence; 22 companies interested

8 November 2019

Safaricom of Kenya has confirmed that it will register a bid for one of the two new licences being tendered by the Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA). The Kenyan market leader…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zamtel shareholder dismisses sale rumours

8 November 2019

Zambia’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the government’s investment arm and the holder of its stake in Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel), has dismissed press reports which had suggested the state is…


Digital Content

Russia Testing New Disinformation Tactics In Africa With Facebook Campaign

8 November 2019

A Russian Facebook campaign focused on spreading fake news and misleading users has been active in several African countries as Russia tests its disinformation capabilities. Russian online networks were linked…


Digital Content

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

8 November 2019

Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses — has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020.…


Digital Content

Lagos — Google has launched a new Traffic tab in Google Maps in Lagos.

8 November 2019

The Traffic tab provides bus riders with information to help them find their most efficient route, both in travel time and transport costs. Until now, Google Maps users have only…


Digital Content

Writing toward freedom: Politics and digital rights in Africa

8 November 2019

Across Africa, governments and nongovernmental political actors repeatedly deploy tactics to interfere with users’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information online, particularly during events of major political…


Digital Content

Tanzanian Comedian Idris Sultan Is Being Held By Police for Face-Swapping Photos of the President

8 November 2019

Playfully photoshopping pictures of the president can apparently get you arrested for a cybercrime. Popular Tanzanian comedian Idris Sultan was reportedly arrested today in Dar Es Salaam. His crime? Face…


Digital Content

We are not blocking YouTube Premium videos in South Africa – FPB

8 November 2019

The Film and Publication Board of South Africa (FPB) has told MyBroadband that it is not delaying the release of Google’s original content on YouTube Premium in South Africa. YouTube…


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People

8 November 2019

The IT executive with the highest salary in South Africa MTN CEO Rob Shuter’s salary of R43 million was the highest of any ICT executive over the past year, followed…


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Events

8 November 2019

  AfricaCom, featuring AfricaTech12 – 14 November 2019, CTICC AfricaCom is the place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African telecoms and technology; bringing together 15,000 attendees, 450 speakers and…