News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1003 – 22 November 2019

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Exclusive interview: Angola’s Isabel dos Santos on Unitel’s plans to expand into other African countries and the lack of a level playing field in her home market

22 November 2019

Love or hate her, Isabel dos Santos has carved herself out a significant business empire that stretches across telecoms, broadcast, retail and banking. Russell Southwood spoke to her at AfricaCom about what she’s planning and how she sees the future. Q: How did you come to launch Unitel? A: I was the founder of the second mobile provider Unitel and (pay TV provider) Zap. Unitel started with a very small network. The differences between us (and Movicel) were the technology we chose, the go to market strategy, the customer experience and the relevance to the customer in terms of the…

Telecoms

Airtel Nigeria Considers $70m Spectrum For Improved LTE Services

22 November 2019

Airtel Africa Plc has announced a proposed acquisition of an extra 10 MHz spectrum in the 900 MHZ band in Nigeria which is said to cost approximately $70 million. The…


Telecoms

South Africa: ICASA probes MTN and Cell C roaming tie up

22 November 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it will investigate the new expanded roaming agreement between MTN and Cell C. The industry regulator confirmed that it has been…


Telecoms

AMOS-17 Communication Satellite Successfully Completes IOT; Commercial Operations To Begin Within Days

22 November 2019

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced announced that the AMOS-17 communication satellite has successfully completed its In Orbit Testing (IOT) protocol and is in orbit at its…


Telecoms

Africell Launches First 3G Smart Feature Phone to Run on KaiOS

22 November 2019

Africell, the leading African telecommunications operator, today announced the launch of its first 3G smart feature phone, afriphone, powered by KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones.…


Telecoms

South Africa: MTN Signs Roaming Deal With Cell C

22 November 2019

South Africa’s third-largest mobile network operator, Cell C, announced yesterday that it had signed the long-awaited expanded roaming deal with MTN, South Africa’s second-largest operator. MTN and Cell C have…


Telecoms

Nedbank and Mara Phones partner to bring mobile devices to South African consumers

22 November 2019

On Thursday, 21 November 2019, Nedbank announced that it has partnered with Mara Phones to make thousands of SA-made, world-class Android smartphones available to its clients. Mara Phones officially launched…


Telecoms

Telcos In Distress Over Multiple Taxes In Nigeria

22 November 2019

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) has urged Nigeria’s federal government to address the issue of multiple taxes which it has previously described as ‘irrelevant’ and ‘stifles…


Telecoms

In brief

22 November 2019

On the back of significant contract wins in Africa over the past 12 months, Anam Technologies Limited has opened its Anam Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Working through successful global…


Internet

Tizeti Launches High-Speed 4G LTE to Accelerate Broadband Penetration in Nigeria

22 November 2019

The launch of its 4G network provides Tizeti the opportunity to drive the growth in demand for eCommerce, music, interactive games and video consumption in Nigeria In line with its…


Internet

Kenyan Public WiFi Sensation BRCK Launches In South Africa

22 November 2019

Internet provider BRCK is launching its free internet service in South Africa, having expanded this year to become the largest supplier of public WiFi in Sub-Saharan Africa. BRCK CEO Erik…


Internet

Angola Cables and Nokia trial first direct optical fibre link between Africa and the USA

22 November 2019

Trial successfully completed in a collaborative effort to provide a direct, low latency Trans-Atlantic path from Luanda to Boca Raton. Angola Cables and Nokia have announced that they have collaborated…


Computing

Liquid Telecom extends collaboration with Microsoft as a connectivity partner in Africa

22 November 2019

Liquid Telecom’s low latency, high capacity connectivity to drive enterprise collaboration and growth in Africa using new Microsoft Azure Peering Service Liquid Telecom, a leading pan-African telecoms group, is working…


Computing

Chatbot tackling gender-based violence wins HiiL’s SA Innovating Justice Challenge

22 November 2019

rAinbow, a chatbot that addresses the challenge of gender-based violence, has won the Southern African leg of the global Innovating Justice Challenge. HiiL is a social enterprise devoted to user-friendly…


Money Transfer

Stakeholders meet to discuss future of mobile money platforms in Africa

22 November 2019

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Money Transfer

Liberia: 'Ecobankpay' Apps Launched

22 November 2019

Ecobank Managing Director, Mensah-Asante poses with staff shortly after the launch of the new app. The management and staff at Ecobank Liberia have launched another new application known as the…


Money Transfer

Kenya: spike in digital mobile loans raises concern over customer data

22 November 2019

A significant increase in digital loans in Kenya has resulted in some service providers extracting data from the mobile devices of unsuspecting customers in order to evaluate risk profiles. A…


Money Transfer

Vodacom launches VodaLend for small and medium sized business

22 November 2019

Vodacom has launched its new business financing product for small to medium sized businesses, called VodaLend Business Advance. This digital proposition will ensure that SMEs have access to the funding…


Money Transfer

Jumia’s Cameroon exit could be the first step to shrinking its beleaguered e-commerce business

22 November 2019

Pan-African e-commerce giant Jumia has suspended its Marketplace business in Cameroon. Jumia did not publicly announced it imminent closure in the country and the move took many customers and local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Starts Work Toward IPO of Its Africa Business

22 November 2019

Orange SA, France’s dominant phone company, is starting preparations for a potential initial public offering of its Africa and Middle East unit, people familiar with the matter said. The firm…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telkom Offers To Buy Rival Cell C

22 November 2019

Telkom SA SOC Ltd. has offered to buy Cell C Pty Ltd. and merge South Africa’s two smallest mobile network operators in an effort to better compete against larger rivals,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Thebe invest in Discover Digital platform in South Africa

22 November 2019

Thebe Investment Corporation, one of SA’s oldest black asset managers, has bought a controlling stake in video streaming company Discover Digital. Discover Digital provides digital media services such as video-on-demand…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

What EIB’s $30M telecommunications investment means for Guinea

22 November 2019

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has committed to supporting transformational telecommunications across Guinea with a long-term loan of $30million to IPT Powertech Guinea. The aim of this move is to…


Digital Content

As Sony Strikes Deal With Boomplay, All Three Majors Are Now Partnered With Africa's Biggest Music App

22 November 2019

All three major record companies now have licensing deals with Boomplay Music, the music streaming platform which claims to reach more than 60 million users in Africa. Sony Music Entertainment…


Digital Content

Life, the KaiOS In-House App that Bridges the Gap to Educational Resources, is Now Live in Africa

22 November 2019

KaiOS Technologies announced that Life, an in-house educational app for KaiOS-powered smart feature phones, is now available in Africa. KaiOS users in Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Africa can now…


Digital Content

Opay continues all-out expansion with launch of OCar

22 November 2019

Chinese-backed OPay has launched its own cab-hailing service, OCar, in Nigeria, a market dominated by Uber and Taxify. The launch happened just a day after the fintech startup announced its…