News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1016 on 13 March 2020

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Connectivity Capital targets African ISPs needing loans to expand their business; will offer them between US$200,000 to US$2 million

13 March 2020

There’s a ‘missing middle’ in investment terms for African ISP businesses that have got beyond launch but can’t afford expensive local capital. Connectivity Capital’s solution to the problem is to offer loans to help them scale up. Russell Southwood spoke to Jim Forster, General Partner and Ben Matranga, Managing Partner, Connectivity Capital about their plans. Jim Forster joined Cisco in 1998 and since leaving has always focused on roles and activities that extend the reach and usefulness of the internet. Over time he has invested in a number of ISPs in Africa and elsewhere. In 2008 he brought together these…

Telecoms

Globacom Nigeria gets 6 Million New Subscribers, 9mobile the big loser – NCC Report

13 March 2020

According to the latest telecoms industry report published by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday, Globacom has gained the highest number of subscribers over the past year, as it…


Telecoms

Swiss MGI Group to deploy telecom monitoring and control system in Niger

13 March 2020

Swiss company MGI Group was chosen to set up a telecom monitoring and control system in Niger, according to an official government statement published on March 6.   The contract…


Telecoms

Nigeria NCC switches off 2.2m SIM cards

13 March 2020

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has deactivated around 2.2 million partially or incorrectly registered SIM cards.. ‘By our records, all improperly registered SIM cards across mobile network operators in Nigeria…


Telecoms

Liberia launches probe into Lonestar MTN, Orange’s poor track record on rural coverage

13 March 2020

Liberia’s House of Representative has tasked the Post and Telecommunication Committee to launch an investigation into domestic mobile network operators (MNOs) Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia over widespread complaints…


Internet

South Africa: Communications Dept pushes for policy allowing them to dictate spectrum pricing

13 March 2020

This would then allow the regulator to play a role in determining what prices all licensed players will pay as opposed to having the regulator license spectrum to one dominant…


Internet

UWC Brings Affordable Solar-Powered WiFi in Rural South Africa

13 March 2020

The Zenzeleni Project has reimagined how internet services could be provided to rural South Africa by rural South Africans, giving the community access to affordable solar-powered, Wi-Fi telecommunication networks –…


Internet

Djibouti-Somalia-Kenya - New fibre optic to enhance internet speed

13 March 2020

Internet speed and connectivity in the country is set for a major boost following the arrival of a 36-Terabyte undersea internet cable from Djibouti. The new fibre optic cable, which…


Internet

Lost in translation: Why Google Translate often gets Yorùbá — and other languages — wrong

13 March 2020

The English language has dominated online discourse as the “universal” language of communication since the inception of the internet. As of February 2020, over half of the websites on the…


Internet

In brief

13 March 2020

Senegal’s Authority of Regulation of Telecommunications & Post (L’Autorite de Regulation des Telecommunications et des Postes, ARTP) has issued a decision setting the terms and conditions for utilising the 868MHz-870MHz…


Computing

Sterling and Wilson Private Ltd secures deal to build a data center in Pointe-Noir, Congo

13 March 2020

Indian company Sterling and Wilson Private Ltd was awarded the contract to build a data center in Pointe-Noir, Congo. The related deal was signed last week in Brazzaville between Léon…


Computing

In brief

13 March 2020

MyOffice, the Russian developer of software for collaborative work with documents, has developed a partner network for operation in the countries of Africa. They are planning to create a two-level…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Minimum capital deadline for mobile money operators extended

13 March 2020

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has extended the deadline of meeting the minimum capital requirement for Payment System Providers (PSP) from June to December, this year, after consultation with relevant…


Money Transfer

Orange launches Orange Money in Morocco and confirms its position as a major player in mobile money in Africa and the Middle East

13 March 2020

Non-Orange customers can take advantage of the service by downloading the mobile application After securing approval last summer from the "Bank Al Maghrib", Orange Morocco announces today the launch of…


Money Transfer

Cameroon gets tough on mobile payment ID

13 March 2020

Cameroon has ordered MTN and Orange to implement ID checks for all parties involved in mobile money transactions, after it emerged that ransom payments had been made using their transfer…


Money Transfer

Visa partners with Paga on payments and fintech for Africa and abroad

13 March 2020

Visa has entered a partnership with Nigeria based startup Paga on payments and technology. Founded in Lagos, Paga scaled its fintech business in West Africa, before targeting expansion in Ethiopia…


Money Transfer

In brief

13 March 2020

Visa has entered a partnership with Nigeria based startup Paga on payments and technology. Founded in Lagos, Paga scaled its fintech business in West Africa, before targeting expansion in Ethiopia…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gamibia: Gamcel Calls For Govt Support To Avoid Shutdown

13 March 2020

Gambia’s telecoms operator Gamcel is reportedly at risk of closing down if the government doesn’t bail it out of the financial challenges that it is facing.   An insider source…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group net income rose in 2019 on higher revenues, users

13 March 2020

MTN Group reported that net profit for the year ended 31 December 2019 rose 2.8% year-on-year to ZAR8.96 billion (USD557.4 million) from ZAR8.72 billion in 2018, noting that service revenue…


Digital Content

TikTok is quietly snapping up creatives from YouTube and Instagram for a full Africa roll-out

13 March 2020

Early this year, the short video app TikTok joined Nairobi Garage, a leading coworking space in Nairobi’s Kilimani district. The Chinese company behind the world’s fastest-growing social media app had…


Digital Content

ILRI researchers develop mobile app to help farmers measure live weight of their animals

13 March 2020

Researchers from the Mazingira Centre at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), have developed a mobile phone application to help farmers better gauge the live weight of their animals. The…


Digital Content

Forbes and MTN introduce a digital video network ‘Forbes8’ in Nigeria

13 March 2020

Forbes and MTN have launched ‘Forbes8’, a digital video network that offers more than 3,500 videos designed to influence every facet of an entrepreneur’s journey.   By collaborating with MTN…


Digital Content

YouTube Launches Online Music Streaming Service In Nigeria

13 March 2020

YouTube has announced that it rolled out YouTube Music and YouTube Premium in Nigeria earlier this week. The service, which also offers a premium version of YouTube, was previously only…


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People

13 March 2020

MTN group president and CEO Rob Shuter will step down at the end of his fixed four-year contract in March 2021, the company announced on Wednesday. “Under his leadership significant…


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Opportunities

13 March 2020

Applications open for 10th Orange Prize for Social Entrepreneurship Applications are now open for the tenth Orange Prize for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa and the Middle East, which recognises technological…


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Events

13 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,…