News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1004 – 29 November 2019

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Telkom in trouble as South Africa’s key players struggle with the implementing the new digital playbook

29 November 2019

The shift to digital products and networks in South Africa is putting huge pressures on the existing large players. No-one in the industry wants Cell C to go out of business but it is close to the edge. The once mighty Telkom is also in poor shape. Paul Hjul looks at how it is responding to these changes and finds that it is not alone in coming up with the wrong answers. The tabloid press has smelt blood in the water and is rallying around the idea that Telkom is in deep trouble. It is true that recent financial performance…

Telecoms

MTN launches 5G trial to drive economic growth in Nigeria

29 November 2019

MTN Nigeria has begun the trial of the fifth generation technology(5G) as part of the 2020 initial target in Nigeria. The MTN group said this innovation is the first in…


Telecoms

Talks With China On Satellite Procurement Still On-Going – NigComSat

29 November 2019

The Honourable Samson Osagie, the Executive Director for Business Development at Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) has refuted recent reports claiming that the agency had suspended its loan talks with…


Telecoms

Egypt launches first communication satellite: cabinet

29 November 2019

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has launched its first communication satellite into orbit, the Cabinet said late on Tuesday, a step government officials say will improve communications infrastructure, internet services and…


Telecoms

Controllis launches carbon neutral power solution for off-grid and poor-grid telecom sites

29 November 2019

Controllis Zero offsets CO2 emissions from power production with sustainable solar and biofuel systemAccording to the GSMA there are more than one million off-grid / poor-grid telecoms sites in use…


Telecoms

Orange Mali: Employees Go On Strike Demanding Larger Shareholding

29 November 2019

Workers at Orange Mali recently held a two-day strike over their demand for a more substantial shareholding in the telco for staff, according to media reports. The strike kicked off…


Telecoms

Kenya: Safaricom In Joint Licence Bid For Ethiopian Entry

29 November 2019

Safaricom has reportedly been forced into a joint bid for one of two Ethiopian telecommunications licences early next year due to the high entry fees that are expected to exceed…


Telecoms

In brief

29 November 2019

Adoption of the fifth generation of cellular technology (5G) will reach more than 45m or 6.3% of the total connections in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) in 2025.…


Internet

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

29 November 2019

On November 20, the Protection from Internet Falsehoods and Manipulation of other Related Matters Bill 2019, known as the “social media bill,” sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, sailed through…


Internet

Kenya: Study Shows Taxes On Internet Services Pushing Users Offline

29 November 2019

A new study has revealed that taxation regimes imposed without public consultation and impact assessment have increased barriers and pushed people offline, limiting access to information and services. The Regulatory…


Computing

Nigeria: NGO Trains Students On Artificial Intelligence

29 November 2019

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Data Science Nigeria (DNS) has trained 835,000 students on Artificial Intelligence (AI) through online courses. Out of the number, the NGO had face-to-face interview with about…


Computing

Africa: Women in Tech Africa Liberia Chapter Launched

29 November 2019

As part of efforts to encourage more women to step into the technology sector, Women In Tech Africa (WITA) in partnership with Lonestar Cell MTN on Wednesday, November 27, 2019,…


Money Transfer

Vodacom’s Mobile Money Exceeds $2.8 Billion In Monthly Transactions

29 November 2019

Mobile operator Vodacom has announced that its M-Pesa transactions exceeded R41 billion ($2.8 billion) a month consecutively for the six months that ended on 30 September 2019. The mobile operator…


Money Transfer

Jumia has shut down operations in a second African country within one week

29 November 2019

The largest e-commerce operator in Africa just became smaller—again. A week after it quit operations in Cameroon, Jumia has shuttered its business in Tanzania as well, citing the need to…


Money Transfer

Blockchain regulation takes a backseat in Africa

29 November 2019

While more blockchain-related initiatives are being proposed for use in Africa, the continent seems to be more focused on adoption than on regulatory measures related to the technology. Amid ongoing…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Vodafone CEO Speaks Up Against Mobile Money Tax -Reports

29 November 2019

The CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, has issued a statement saying that for Ghana’s digital market to grow, the government must refrain from taxing mobile money operations. She said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C Rejects Takeover Offer From South Africa’s Telkom

29 November 2019

Cell C Pty Ltd. rejected a takeover offer from Telkom SOC Ltd., leaving the South African mobile carrier clear to pursue a cooperation pact with larger rival MTN Group Ltd.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NetOne Focuses On Mobile Money And Data Services To Avoid Liquidation -Reports

29 November 2019

Zimbabwe’s state-owned mobile operator NetOne has revealed that it plans direct its focus towards data, financial services and entertainment media in order to avoid liquidation. The company’s Public Relations, Marketing…


Digital Content

Fela Kuti Has a New Reissue and a New Official Website

29 November 2019

Partisan & Knitting Factory Records reveal "the first-ever official website and comprehensive historical resource for the life and music of Fela Kuti" alongside a reissue of Music Of Many Colours.…


Digital Content

UNDP Launches Accelerator Lab In Zimbabwe

29 November 2019

The United Nations Development Program has launches first Accelerator Lab in Zim as part of the UNDP Global Accelerator Lab Learning Network initiative. The aim of launching the lab in…


Digital Content

Digital rights coalition mobilises against draft legislation

29 November 2019

A coalition of civil society organisations in the digital circuit has called on Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Nigeria, and other African countries to curtail legislation purported to tackle fake news and…


Digital Content

Aftown upgrade its music streaming app

29 November 2019

Aftown, which is in its third year as the first streaming music streaming platform in Ghana, has revamped its mobile app. The new app, aftownmusic v2.0, which is currently available…


Digital Content

Senegalese delivery startup Yobante Express expands to SA as revenues grow

29 November 2019

Senegalese startup Yobante Express, which has developed an innovative way of making last mile deliveries quicker and cheaper, has expanded to South Africa as the first stop on what it…


Digital Content

Ethiopia: Alibaba Group to Help Ethiopia Set Up First eWTP Hub, the Second in Africa

29 November 2019

China's internet giant Alibaba Group, signed a memorandum of understanding with Ethiopian officials to help Ethiopia launch its first eWTP (electronic world trade platform) Hub, the second in Africa After…


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People

29 November 2019

South Africa's Vodacom CFO to step down JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African mobile operator Vodacom Group said on Thursday its Chief Financial Officer Till Streichert will leave the company in…