News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1014 on 28 February 2020

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African e-commerce – more promise than delivery as African economies stutter and Coronavirus hits supply from China

28 February 2020

African e-commerce will become “a thing”, as always the question is not if but when. As with VoD, the line of travel is clear but the speed of the journey uncertain. Jumia’s Fourth quarter, 2019 results provide a useful snapshot to look at what may be happening. Using available data, Russell Southwood tries to get a read on what’s happening. In May 2018, at start-up event Africa Tech Summit, MTN’s then Chief Digital Officer Herman Singh talked about value chain compression where “I can produce and sell immediately”. Online means that over time the endless intermediaries required to get or…

Telecoms

Liquid Telecom plans investment in Eritrean telecom market

28 February 2020

Liquid Telecom announced plans to enter the telecom market in Eritrea. The announcement was recently made on Facebook by Strive Masiyiwa, who heads Econet Global Ltd, the parent company of…


Telecoms

Econet Global mulls Ethiopia entry

28 February 2020

South Africa-based operator Econet Global was tipped to go head-to-head with rivals including Orange, MTN Group and Vodacom Group in a bid to acquire an operating licence in Ethiopia, Bloomberg…


Telecoms

Morocco: Inwi has decided to end its legal battle against Maroc Telecom

28 February 2020

On the invitation of its majority shareholder, the royal holding company Al Mada, the board of directors of the mobile operator Wana, better known as the Inwi sales representative, decided…


Telecoms

Safaricom Joins Valuable 500 Disability Inclusion Movement

28 February 2020

Safaricom has joined the Valuable 500, a movement that brings together CEO’s responsible for huge organisations to put disability inclusion on the global business leadership agenda. The company becomes the…


Telecoms

Liberia’s LTA teams up with K-Net to deliver telecoms to Grand Kru

28 February 2020

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has issued a statement noting that working in partnership with privately-owned towerco K-Net, it is looking to provide cellular communications services in Parluken District #2,…


Telecoms

Orange and SES team up on O3b mPOWER Communications System and open a New Era for Satellite Connectivity Innovation

28 February 2020

Orange will be the first global telecom operator to integrate satellite-based revolutionary terabitscale O3b mPOWER communications system in its network, to support the growing demand for connectivity in Africa. Orange,…


Telecoms

In brief

28 February 2020

Satellite Mediaport Services Ltd. (SMS Teleport), the largest independent teleport in the United Kingdom, today announced that Eutelsat, one of the leading operators in the commercial satellite business, has selected…


Internet

Liquid rolls out South Sudan fibre link

28 February 2020

Liquid Telecom has rolled out a fibre-optic backbone network in South Sudan, following the signing of an agreement with the country’s National Communication Authority (NCA) announced in July last year.…


Internet

Spectrum auction proceeds to be used to establish SA’s sovereign wealth fund

28 February 2020

South Africa will use money from the sale of broadband spectrum and mining royalties to establish a R30-billion sovereign wealth fund, finance minister Tito Mboweni said. “A sovereign wealth fund…


Internet

Facebook Partners Edo State Govt. to Increase Access to Online Training for Teachers, Schools

28 February 2020

11th February 2019: In a first for Facebook in Nigeria, and as part of its ongoing commitment to building community and improving connectivity, Facebook partnered with the Edo State Government…


Internet

Namibia: MTC completes phase 1 of 081Every1, – second phase to roll out another 102 sites

28 February 2020

Local digital enabler, MTC this week announced the completion of phase one of the 081Every1 network project and the commencement of phase two which kicked off at the beginning of…


Internet

Mobile malware attacks decreased in South Africa in 2019 – report

28 February 2020

Mobile malware attacks decreased in South Africa in 2019 when compared to 2018, according to a new report by Kaspersky. The security firm noted in its Mobile Malware Evolution report…


Internet

In brief

28 February 2020

The government of Uganda is looking to borrow USD150 million from Exim Bank of China to help fund ICT projects. ICT Minister Peter Ogwang is cited by The Daily Monitor…


Computing

Safaricom Becomes Amazon Web Services Reseller In Kenya and EA

28 February 2020

Safaricom has today announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services, which will see the telco resell AWS services in Kenya and throughout East Africa. The deal, according to the telco,…


Computing

Carbon launches USSD service to enhance access to finance

28 February 2020

Carbon, the Pan-African digital financial services company, has introduced a USSD service to its platform, making it even easier for individuals that have little or no access to smartphones or…


Money Transfer

UBA launches ‘Click Credit’ to ease customers’ access to cash

28 February 2020

United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has launched ‘Click Credit’, a time loan designed to address the urgent needs of customers whose salary accounts are domiciled with the bank. Group…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Govt Commits To 70% Mobile Broadband Penetration By 2021

28 February 2020

Nigeria has the largest mobile market in Africa, with approximately 173 million subscribers and an outstanding penetration rate of 123%. The number of subscribers dropped in 2017 as consumers began…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: NetOne Fails To Attract Majority Shareholding Investor

28 February 2020

Zimbabwe’s struggling state-owned telco NetOne has reportedly failed to attract an investor to take over its majority shareholding (a 74% share). The country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube had originally set…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African Court to Rule on Telkom Job Cuts in March

28 February 2020

South Africa’s Labor Court is expected to deliver a ruling on Telkom SA SOC Ltd.’s plan to cut as much as 20% of its workforce on March 4, as the…


Digital Content

Netflix Launches 'Netflix Naija' and Announces First Nigerian Original Series

28 February 2020

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria. After much anticipation, Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria. Yesterday, the streaming giant, which had been procuring Nigerian content throughout much…


Digital Content

iWatch Africa Launches Digital Rights Initiative....To Tackle Online Harassment

28 February 2020

iWatch Africa, a non-profit organization, has launched a digital rights initiative in Accra to curb online harassment experienced by human rights activists and journalists in Ghana.   iWatch Africa in…


Digital Content

MTN collaborate with Sanyuka TV to Broadcast SUPL in Uganda

28 February 2020

MTN Uganda seizes new partnership that makes the telecommunication firm the official broadcast partner of the Star Times Uganda Premier league (SUPL). The broadcast collaboration is between MTN Uganda and…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Researchers Develop App to Address Communal Clashes

28 February 2020

Nigerian researchers have developed software application solution for cattle rustling, designed to address the frequent deadly clashes between herders and host communities in the country. According to them, the app…


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People

28 February 2020

US Airstrike Killed Telecom Employee in Somalia, Company Says Somalia’s biggest telecommunications company says one of its employees was killed a U.S. airstrike Monday near the al-Shabab-held town of Jilib,…


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Opportunities

28 February 2020

WASPA invites board nominations South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) says nominations are open for four of its seven 2020/2021 board member positions. Nominees do not have to…


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Events

2 March 2020

12 - 13 May 2020Radisson Blu, Nairobi Upper HillKenyaEast Africa Com, the regions leading telco and digital transformation event, brings together experts and industry stakeholders from across telecommunications, technology and…