News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1006 – 13 December2019

Top Story

Djibouti Telecom corruption scandal revealed: who paid what to whom and how big the bribe was

13 December 2019

In issue 995, there was a top story about Ericsson paying a bribe to secure a contract with Djibouti Telecom. In this issue, we lay out more detail drawn from US Court documents and ask: will those who took the bribe also be fined along with Ericsson who gave the bribe? The Securities and Exchange Commission documents presenting the prosecution describe what it calls The Djibouti Bribery Scheme. Throughout this excerpt of the document we have substituted Ericsson for the EAB used in the document: Ericsson Egypt was a majority-owned subsidiary and operating entity of LM Ericsson”:”Beginning in approximately 2011,…

Telecoms

MTN to launch mobile network in Namibia

13 December 2019

MTN Business Namibia remained committed to transforming its business in the country to offer mobile services. It’s been two and a half years since the company started this operation. In…


Telecoms

Angorascom mobile launch set for February 2021 in partnership with Angola Telecom

13 December 2019

Angolan mobile start-up Angorascom Telecomunicacoes – a partner of state-backed fixed operator Angola Telecom (AT) – will launch services in February 2021, according to the schedule handed to it under…


Telecoms

Samsung is making a comeback but China’s Transsion is still Africa’s top phone maker

13 December 2019

Shenzhen, China-based Transsion is still the top-selling phone maker in Africa, according to market data from IDC. Transsion’s brands, including Itel, Tecno and Infinix, jointly dominate the feature phone space…


Telecoms

In brief

13 December 2019

Algeria’s Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology & Digitalisation, Houda Imane Faraoun, has announced the completion of a cross-border fibre-optic network link with Mauritania, reports Agence Ecofin. The deployment of the…


Internet

MTN to defend views on data prices if referred to competition tribunal - CEO

13 December 2019

Earlier this month, Competition commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele said Vodacom and MTN could face prosecution if they do not agree to cut pre-paid data prices in the next two months. JOHANNESBURG…


Internet

Nigerian Citizen extradited in connection with Prosecution of Africa-Based Cybercrime and Business Email Compromise Conspiracy

13 December 2019

A Nigerian citizen residing in Accra, Ghana, has been extradited to stand trial for an indictment charging him with wire fraud, money laundering, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft Assistant…


Internet

These are the African countries with the best 4G internet coverage

13 December 2019

Every year, the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) by Huawei ranks 79 nations along an S-curve graph. The S-curve groups countries into three clusters: Starters, Adopters, and Frontrunners based on ICT…


Internet

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

13 December 2019

Every day, millions of Ugandans hop on social media to get the latest news, chat with friends, and express their views. But in May 2018, when the Ugandan government introduced…


Internet

Chad: Women Want in As Internet Revolution Creeps Into Chad

13 December 2019

N'djamena — With just 6.5% of the population online, Chad has the 6th lowest rate of internet usage in the world, according to the World Bank. The internet revolution is…


Internet

In brief

13 December 2019

The Internet Service Providers' Association of SA (ISPA) says proposals by the Law Reform Commission of South Africa (LRC) for ISPs to block all local and international adult web content…


Computing

Lagos to become Africa’s biggest innovation hub

13 December 2019

Lagos State Government says its investment in technology and innovation was a deliberate effort to make Lagos Africa’s foremost centre of innovation. Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this on…


Money Transfer

Visa inks partnership with MFS Africa to expand in mobile money market

13 December 2019

Visa and MFS Africa announced a partnership aimed at helping to bridge the gap between the rapidly growing mobile money ecosystem in Africa and the world of online digital payments.…


Money Transfer

Nigeria banks raise stakes in Africa mobile payment technology game

13 December 2019

A man enters the Mama Biggie restaurant, orders Semovita and egusi soup, and devours it with pleasure. When the time comes to pick up the bill, he realises he has…


Money Transfer

French VC firm Partech is fishing for innovation in Africa’s informal economy

13 December 2019

A year ago, venture capital fund Partech Africa gained attention following its investments in two promising African startups. South Africa’s Yoco provides portable point-of-sale machines to merchants, without contracts or…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Link Africa snaps up Internet Solutions’ fibre assets

13 December 2019

Wholesale telecoms fibre network provider Link Africa has snapped up fibre assets of Internet service provider (ISP) Internet Solutions. Without giving much details, Link Africa issued a statement this morning…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Altron acquires identity security firm Ubusha for R360m

13 December 2019

JSE-listed technology company Altron has acquired identity security company, Ubusha Technologies in a deal worth R360 million, effective 1 March 2020. Founded in 2003, Ubusha, as a next-generation IT security…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel announces intention to list Malawian unit

13 December 2019

Airtel Africa has announced its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) of its Malawian unit. Airtel Malawi intends to apply for admission of its ordinary shares to trade…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt’s Wasla raises $1 million seed for its ad-sponsored mobile browser that rewards users with free internet for browsing the web

13 December 2019

Cairo-based consumer tech startup Wasla has raised $1 million in seed funding from Egypt Ventures, Glint Ventures, and Ebtikar for Financial Investments, a local media outlet Waya reported today. The…


Digital Content

Jumia: What went wrong at ‘Africa’s First Unicorn’?

13 December 2019

Vanity metrics, an obsession to list instead of fixing problems, and a problematic workplace culture turned Jumia from unicorn to carthorse. In April 2019, as a team of senior executives…


Digital Content

Kenya’s PortableVoices Partners with Afripods to Distribute and Produce Podcasts

13 December 2019

Podcasts have become a fun thing to listen to while you are working or on your daily commutes and they have become popular. We have seen companies go into partnerships…


Digital Content

Merlin signs license agreement with Boomplay for Africa

13 December 2019

The announcement comes less than a month after Sony Music Entertainment became the last major team to join the music streaming platform, which claims to reach more than 62 million…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: Saywhat Launches App to Enhance Youth Reproductive Health Infor

13 December 2019

Local youth-based NGO, SAYWHAT has launched a mobile application, Smart Choice, which will provide critical sexual and reproductive health rights information to users.   The initiative seeks to ride on…


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People

13 December 2019

Africa Teen Geeks founder, Lindiwe Matlali has become the first African to scoop Germany’s Digital Female Leader Award, which recognises women leaders who use technology to make an impact in…


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Opportunities

13 December 2019

Applications open to Pitch Live at the Africa Startup Summit 2020 Disrupt Africa and Africa Tech Summit has opened applications to the 2020 edition of Pitch Live at the Africa…