News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1015 on 5 March 2020

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Mali’s new Minister of Digital Economy and Foresight outlines digital will change things in her country – DRC and Senegal also want to be part of the coming change

5 March 2020

Over the last year, three Francophone countries have made a bid to raise their digital profile. Below follows an interview with Ms Kamissa Camara, Mali’s Minister of Digital Economy and Foresight on the changes she’s planning. In its second year in 2019, Kinshasa Digital Week was attended by DRC’s Health Minister and had a session entitled Bringing citizens closer to public services (with the digital adviser to the Ministry of Health in attendance.) Senegal has passed legislation that offers start-ups tax breaks and other incentives. Mali has a new Ministry (the subject of the interview below) called Digital Economy and…

Telecoms

Africell is the only bidder for fourth Angolan licence

5 March 2020

The US-backed telecoms group Africell Holding has been asked to submit a bid for the fourth Angolan Unified Global operating licence. The government of Angola asked Africell to submit a…


Telecoms

Libya: LPTIC and Ericsson agree network maintenance and development plan

5 March 2020

The Libyan Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Company (LPTIC), the government holding company in charge of all state-owned telecoms firms, held a meeting with equipment vendor Ericsson on 26 February…


Telecoms

South Africa's mobile data market: the bottlenecks blocking competition

5 March 2020

In the recent State of the Nation address President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed the South African Competition Commission's ruling to dramatically reduce data prices as an important step to improve lives,…


Telecoms

Ethiopia Postpones Telecoms Licensing Process

5 March 2020

The Ethiopian government has announced that it will postpone the awarding of two telecoms licences to operators that are interested in entering the country’s market. Eyob Tekalign Tolina, Ethiopia’s Minister…


Telecoms

Expresso to launch commercial 4G services on 31 March

5 March 2020

Expresso Telecom, Senegal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced it activated a new 4G network on 3 March prior to launching commercial services on 31 March,…


Telecoms

In brief

5 March 2020

MTN South Africa has launched MTN Traveller Bundles aimed at tourists, using a local SIM rather than roaming. The bundles available are 10 GB for ZAR 449 and 20 GB…


Internet

Orange signs deal with satellite operator SES to boost its network

5 March 2020

Connectivity in Central Africa will receive a major boost as Orange will be the first global telecom operator to blend satellite-based revolutionary terabit-scale O3b mPOWER communications system into its network.…


Internet

NAPAfrica reaches 1 Terabit Internet milestone - Asserting its strength as 7th largest IXP in the world

5 March 2020

Teraco has announced that Africa’s largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica, has reached a landmark with 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) of peak traffic. According to Andrew Owens, Manager of…


Internet

Female-owned ICT company targets Africa’s POS market

5 March 2020

South African business-to-business (B2B) online platform ScanZone, a 100% level one female-owned ICT company, has opened its doors to provide point-of-sale (POS) and auto identification solutions to the African market.…


Internet

MTN Ghana increases data charges for broadband and TurboNet

5 March 2020

MTN Ghana has recently announced an increase in the prices of devices as of March 2020. The announcement was made via text messages to all customers. With the new development,…


Internet

Seacom Expand Global Footprint Via Partnership With Tata Communications

5 March 2020

Bringing together two world leaders in connectivity and ICT solutions, this partnership with Tata Communications is another move by Seacom to expand its global footprint through strategic partnerships Pan-African telecommunications…


Computing

Altron gets approval to acquire Ubusha Technologies

5 March 2020

South Africa’s Competition Commission has approved Allied Electronics's acquisition of identity security company Ubusha Technologies in a deal worth ZAR 360 million. Altron chief executive Mteto Nyati said the acquisition…


Computing

Standard Bank to move to cloud-based SAP in push to ‘always-on bank’

5 March 2020

Standard Bank will soon begin moving its operational SAP banking systems onto the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as it looks to create what it calls an “always-on bank”. The bank’s…


Money Transfer

Safaricom Rolls Out Unlimited Data Post-Payment Service

5 March 2020

Safaricom revealed earlier this week that it is introducing a post-payment service that will be available to subscribers on a 30-day basis with all unused resources rolling over to the…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: BoT Plans to Rollout Mobile Based Bonds

5 March 2020

Arusha — THE Bank of Tanzania (BoT) is planning to introduce a mobile platform that will enable retail investors to apply for and trade treasury bills and bonds. The central…


Money Transfer

BICS joins Smart Africa’s free-roaming program

5 March 2020

Global communications enabler Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS) has joined the Smart Africa Alliance to implement the One Africa Network (OAN), the free-roaming initiative on the continent. Smart Africa seeks…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Why Big Tech Is Heading To Africa

5 March 2020

As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demonstrated with his month-long trip in November, the importance of Africa for global companies keeps growing. The increasingly frequent visits by high-level CEOs shows the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Nigeria Sees Increase In Profit As Data Use Rises

5 March 2020

Shares in MTN recently rose by almost 2% after Africa’s largest network operator reported a one-third jump in quarterly profit at its Nigeria operations. Nigeria is MTN’s most profitable market,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Cell C Receives Multiple Offers To Sell Business

5 March 2020

The South African mobile operator Cell C has reportedly been receiving multiple offers to sell its business. This is according to Cell C’s CFO, Zaf Mahomed, who was speaking at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Actis partners with Jagal and acquires a majority stake in Rack Centre a leading Nigerian data centre

5 March 2020

Actis, a leading investor of private capital into global emerging markets announced it has acquired a majority stake in Rack Centre, Nigeria’s leading provider of data centre colocation and cloud…


Digital Content

Netflix Exploring Mobile-Only Subscriptions For Africa

5 March 2020

Last year, Netflix announced that it would be introducing mobile-only plans in its India operations, with cheaper subscription prices set at approximately half of the standard price. A few months…


Digital Content

Uganda: Harvard Student Seeks Sh164m From Museveni for Blocking Him On Twitter

5 March 2020

A Harvard University student is seeking Sh164 million (Ushs6 billion) as damages from President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly being blocked by the Ugandan leader on his Twitter handle. In August…


Digital Content

A YouTuber in Mozambique was kidnapped after denouncing a ‘prophet’

5 March 2020

'Beleza em Pessoa' is one of Mozambique's most famous YouTubers The Mozambican YouTuber Arsénio Amós was kidnapped on 5 February supposedly in retaliation for one of his videos. He was…


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People

5 March 2020

Wimbart PR Founder and Managing Director, Jessica Hope, has been ranked in the 2020 PRWeek UK Powerbook, the UK’s most influential list for communications professionals. Wimbart is the only Africa-focused…


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Opportunities

5 March 2020

MEST, GIZ launch Tech By Her accelerator programme The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the Make-IT in Africa initiative run by Deutsche für Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have…


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Events

5 March 2020

East Africa.com 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,…