News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1019 on 3 April 2020

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South Africa’s Routed offers the continent’s first vendor neutral cloud platform with self-service products

3 April 2020

The data centre and cloud space in Sub-Saharan Africa is steadily growing and becoming more complex. In a perverse way, the current Covid-19 crisis is acting as a growth factor as larger numbers of Africans go online while at home. Russell Southwood spoke to Andrew Cruise, Managing Director, Routed about why he went the vendor neutral route. Cruise was educated in the UK and then worked in consultancy and for a company doing managed hosting. In 2014, he decided to come back to South Africa and started thinking about what he might do there:”Initially South Africa was behind the rest…

Telecoms

South Africa: Free Market Foundation calls for more spectrum, defends telcos

3 April 2020

Liberal think tank the Free Market Foundation has urged government to release more spectrum and is defending mobile carriers that have been under pressure to reduce the cost of data…


Telecoms

Liberia: K-Net aims to cover Gbekuta under govt LRTIP programme

3 April 2020

Privately-owned K-Net aims to provide coverage to the township of Gbekuta in Bokomu District, Gbarpolu County, as part of the Liberian government’s Liberia Rural Telephony Infrastructure Project (LRTIP). An initiative…


Telecoms

SA makes headway with COVID-19 track and trace system

3 April 2020

Mobile operator Telkom has helped develop SA’s solution to identify people who may have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases. This is according to Telkom, which says its team…


Internet

Tech startups are joining Nigeria’s fight against coronavirus

3 April 2020

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, made global headlines last week with his donation of essential medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.   It’s perhaps the most high profile example of…


Internet

Kenya: Churches Resort to Online Sermons As Faithful Stay Away

3 April 2020

Unlike last Sunday when some of the churches defied government directive and held services, the case was different this Sunday. There was a deafening silence in most of the churches…


Internet

Coronavirus Memes Are Overloading Our Network – Says Telecom Executive

3 April 2020

On Friday, Russia’s biggest telecoms provider pleaded with clients to stop sending coronavirus memes and viral videos.    “Memes and keeping in good spirits are important, but it is important…


Internet

In brief

3 April 2020

Angola Telecom has announced the normalisation of internet and international voice services that pass through the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable, reports Angop. The Angolan state operator stated that the damaged segment…


Computing

Cyber Security South Africa appoints Bitdefender distributors

3 April 2020

Bitdefender Country Partner in South Africa – Cyber Security South Africa – has appointed three experienced ICT companies as its distributors in South Africa. According to Simon Campbell-Young, Partner at…


Computing

Zindi taps 12,000 African data scientists for solutions to COVID-19

3 April 2020

Since its inception, Cape Town based crowdsolving startup Zindi has been building a database of data scientists across Africa. It now has 12,000 registered on its its platform that uses…


Money Transfer

COVID-19: Paga Introduces Measures to Reduce Cash Handling

3 April 2020

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Paga has announced measures it has taken to reduce cash handling in the country. Paga founder and Group CEO, Tayo Oviosu said at…


Money Transfer

Mobile money services in Ethiopia opened up to mobile network operators

3 April 2020

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) has announced a new directive opening up mobile-money services in Ethiopia to mobile operators according to a report by Samuel Gebre. Currently, only banks…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Mobile Money Subscriptions Up 15pc

3 April 2020

The number of active mobile money subscriptions continued on a growth trajectory, registering a 15 percent growth in 2019, according to regulator, Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).…


Money Transfer

GSMA Unveils Platform To Test Mobile Money Interoperability

3 April 2020

The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab has released its Interoperability Test Platform, the first joint test environment including two key technologies, the GSMA Mobile Money API and the Bill & Melinda…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN still plans on selling stake in Nigerian unit

3 April 2020

South Africa-based MTN Group is still pressing ahead with plans to reduce its 79% stake in Nigeria’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, CFO Ralph Mupita told news agency Bloomberg.  …


Digital Content

Nigerian music startup MePlaylist nets investment from Beyoncé’s father

3 April 2020

Lagos-based music startup MePlaylist has netted an undisclosed amount in investment from global investors, including Mathew Knowles, the father and former manager of artists Beyoncé.   In an article on…


Digital Content

DStv Now and Showmax mobile resolutions lowered

3 April 2020

MultiChoice has lowered the streaming resolution of its DStv Now and Showmax mobile apps. The company told MyBroadband it wanted to assist ISPs with managing higher bandwidth loads during the…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Local Publisher Introduces Platform for Audiobooks

3 April 2020

Rwandans have been on lockdown for the past one week, limiting their access to a number of services, including physical libraries in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.…


Digital Content

After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended

3 April 2020

After being kidnapped and later freed in early February, Mozambican YouTuber Arsénio Amós had his channel banned from the platform for allegedly violating the terms of service. The violations that…


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People

3 April 2020

Vodacom Group Chairman, Jabu Moleketi, To Step Down In July Vodacom has announced that the Chairperson of the Vodacom Group, Jabu Moleketi, will step d down and retire from the…


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Opportunities

3 April 2020

Hackathon 19(TAP)- Financial audit and consulting firm Ernst & Young and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Accelerator Lab are organising an online hackathon dedicated to the fight against COVID-19 in Tunisia "Hack4 COVID-19" on April 3-5.

Building on previous initiatives in other countries around the world, this hackathon will bring together several young teams who will work remotely for 48 hours to present innovative digital solutions that will help address societal issues such as the coronavirus crisis.

The mission of the teams will thus be to develop learning alternatives for pupils, teachers and the entire school system and to propose tele-medicine applications.

This will notably involve the presentation of solutions to define the needs of hospitals and other healthcare providers for medical equipment, to address the full range of issues facing enterprises during this quarantine period and to make telework accessible.

This hackathon is dedicated to developers, innovative enterprises and start-ups, technological actors and designers.