News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1011 on 7 February 2020

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DRC: 4G drives uptick in date use and new planned fibre connections will drive further growth

7 February 2020

Big developments are afoot in DRC that will transform the country’s connectivity. Nothing moves quickly but the new Government seems to be slightly more focused than its predecessor. Russell Southwood looks at the connectivity proposals and the state of the digital market.   The current Government has a Plan National de Numérique  which has several objectives including: “modernize the management and pool resources and infrastructure in order to achieve significant gains in terms of effectiveness and efficiency; allow citizens and businesses to interact online with public administration and partners; provide users with better quality services that reduce costs and delays,…

Telecoms

MTN Announces Plans To Invest US$1.6 Billion In Nigeria

7 February 2020

The MTN Group has announced that it plans to invest US$1.6-billion into its operations in Nigeria over the next three years.   The mobile operator’s board chairperson Mcebisi Jonas made…


Telecoms

Tanzania to disconnect up to 19m unregistered SIMs

7 February 2020

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has already switched off around 3.7 million SIM cards and plans to disconnect a further 15.3 million, following the conclusion of its biometric SIM…


Telecoms

Vodacom adds 484,000 customers as it targets 5G services in South Africa this year

7 February 2020

Vodacom Group said on Tuesday (4 February), that it added 484,000 customers in South Africa in the last quarter, supported by a successful Summer campaign.   The mobile operator said…


Telecoms

World Bank Appoints Progressus For Expansion of African Regulatory Watch Initiative

7 February 2020

Progressus Corporation has announced that it has been appointed by the World Bank, following a competitive process, to head up phase two of The African Regulatory Watch Initiative (RWI).  …


Telecoms

In brief

7 February 2020

Mobilis reaches over 10 mln LTE users, extends coverage to all Algerian regions. Mobilis announced that it has more than 10 million LTE customers and that its LTE network is…


Internet

Airtel expands 4G network in Tanzania as regional units record revenue growth

7 February 2020

Airtel Tanzania will pay out more than $12 million to the government for its high speed internet (4G) licence, the company said in its latest financial update.   The telecommunications…


Internet

South Africa: Icasa attracts over 40 submissions in mobile spectrum consultation

7 February 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa said it has received over 40 written representations from a broad range of stakeholders on its proposal for issuing new spectrum licences. The…


Computing

Women from Namibia on path to career in ICT field with UN support

7 February 2020

They were among a group of 39 counterparts from across the region who participated in the African Girls Can Code camp held in Pretoria, South Africa, last April. Women from…


Computing

In brief

7 February 2020

Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited as part of its commitment to further contribute to driving ICT skills and capacity building in Nigeria has moved to establish its Huawei ICT Academy…


Money Transfer

MTN SA bets on mobile money relaunch to reach millions without bank accounts

7 February 2020

MTN South Africa relaunched its mobile money service on Thursday, more than three years after ditching a similar offering, as it bets on improved technology to attract millions of South…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Netflix charges drop on local currency billing

7 February 2020

Subscription video-on-demand service Netflix charges have dropped after the company changed its billing for Kenyan customers from the US dollar to the local currency. Netflix has reviewed its rates to…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Outcry over high POS charges

7 February 2020

CONSUMER lobby groups have raised concern over the “exorbitant” Point of Sale (POS) charges banks have recently effected when customers buy goods using debit cards. The consumer representative bodies have…


Money Transfer

Sudan: How Mobile Money Is Rebuilding Lives in Sudan

7 February 2020

When Mohammed Ahmed left Sudan in search of better life, he couldn't have imagined that he would find financial security back home. But, some four years later, he now runs…


Money Transfer

UBA Mali launches mobile money service Sama

7 February 2020

United Bank for Africa (UBA) Mali has launched Sama by UBA, a money transfer and mobile payment service developed through a partnership between Sama Money SA, Bamako and UBA. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN considers sale of stake in Nigerian unit

7 February 2020

South African telecoms company MTN Group is reportedly considering reducing its stake in its Nigerian unit, as part of a strategy to offload non-essential businesses, according to Bloomberg.   A…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

stc must make offer for remaining Vodafone Egypt shares if it completes purchase of 55% stake

7 February 2020

Egypt’s Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) has confirmed that Saudi Telecom Company (stc) will be required to make an offer for the 44.94% of Vodafone Egypt currently held by Telecom Egypt,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Uganda says stock listing may not guarantee local ownership

7 February 2020

MTN Uganda is warning that a government move to enforce a sale of at least 20% of local telco shares to Ugandans could result in no increase in domestic share…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethiopian Movement #BringBackOurStudents Demands Answers from the Government

7 February 2020

The growing online movement wants the Ethiopian government to account for at least 18 students from Dembi Dollo University who were reportedly abducted two months ago. AfricaNews reports that numerous…


Digital Content

South Africa: Facebook and Police Join Forces to Find Missing Children

7 February 2020

The Amber Alert tool, which was started in the US in 1996, has helped reunite 1,000 missing children with their families.   The South African Police Service (SAPS) and social…


Digital Content

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

7 February 2020

In July 2018, Zimbabweans went to the polls for the first time since the ousting of long-time (now deceased) leader Robert Mugabe, who had held power for nearly 30 years.…


Digital Content

Let Drones Fly – World Bank’s Benedict Eijbergen

7 February 2020

The World Bank (WB) Group has asked Africans to open and be flexible with drone regulations to allow drone flying for multiple purposes that can change the state of business…


Digital Content

Swaziland Police Chief Threatens Social Media Users With Wrath of the Law If They Criticise King

7 February 2020

Police in the absolute monarchy of Swaziland (eSwatini) are to hunt down and arrest people who criticise King Mswati on socail media. The National Commissioner of Police William Dlamini said…