News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1020 on 9 April 2020

Top Story

Gist Mobile aims to connect diaspora Nigerians with their families – virtual numbers and VoIP access at low rates

9 April 2020

This week a start-up launched by Nigerians living in the UK has put a modern twist on the old-style VoIP access services. Russell Southwood spoke to Gist Mobile Co-Founder Aramide Adebanjo about how it works. The idea for Gist Mobile came to its co-founders Aramide Adebanjo and Ola Ikotun when they realized they had a number of friends and family who travelled a lot:”If you’re a frequent traveller, you need to change your SIM cards frequently. I have 10 different numbers for my Mum when she comes to visit myself and my sister.” He points to the way that Nigerian…

Telecoms

Coronavirus – Tanzania: Telecom Supports Customers Working, Learning Remotely

9 April 2020

Vodacom has digital channels that can help customers and businesses to work from home ensuring they stay connected at all times As Tanzania and the rest of the world is…


Telecoms

Nigeria Completes 5G Trial Amidst Conspiracy Theories

9 April 2020

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has confirmed that Nigeria has successfully completed its 5G trials.   While reiterating that 5G is not yet operational in Nigeria, the communications industry regulator…


Telecoms

Expresso forced to postpone 4G launch

9 April 2020

Expresso Telecom, Senegal’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has been forced to postpone the commercial launch of 4G services, originally planned for 31 March, due to the…


Telecoms

Energy Vision orders eSite x10 telecom site power systems for its new ESCO sites rollout in Nigeria and Gabon

9 April 2020

Energy Vision, the leading telecom ESCO in Africa has purchased eSite Power Systems’ eSite x10 – the world’s first power system purpose-built for outdoor telecom sites – for a rollout…


Telecoms

Airtel Nigeria Subscriber Base Declines As Glo Thrives - NCC

9 April 2020

Despite various media campaigns over the past few months, Airtel Nigeria ultimately lost more than 100,000 subscribers between December 2019 and January 2020. However, while Airtel Nigeria’s subscriber base dropped,…


Telecoms

In brief

9 April 2020

Angola’s Ministry of Telecommunications & Information Technology (Ministerio das Telecomunicacoes e Technologias de Informacao, MTTI) has merged with the Ministry of Mass Media as part of a government reshuffle, news…


Internet

ICASA Grants 3-Month Spectrum Extension To Operators During COVID-19 Lockdown

9 April 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced that it will be extending the validity of all existing radio frequency spectrum licences due to South Africa’s current COVID-19…


Internet

CSS aims to improve satellite broadband in Mauritania

9 April 2020

African satellite services provider CSS is partnering with Swedish firm Forsway and Saudi Arabia-based Arabsat to improve broadband connectivity in Mauritania. CSS will utilise Arabsat’s Xtend Africa managed service and…


Internet

South Africa: COVID-19: Unpacking new regulations for ICT industry

9 April 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) released the ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations on 6 April. Given that each day of non-compliance with certain of the Regulations may…


Internet

Zamani Com awarded 4G license in Niger

9 April 2020

The government of Niger has awarded a 4G license to operator Zamani Com.   Zamani Com is the new owner of mobile operator Orange Niger which has been awarded a…


Computing

Africa Data Centres buys huge Standard Bank DC facility

9 April 2020

Africa Data Centres is acquiring Standard Bank’s giant data centre facility in Samrand, north of Johannesburg, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to the approval of the competition…


Computing

In brief

9 April 2020

South African company Host Africa has acquired Cape-based Divine Online Solutions' web hosting business, ITWeb reported. JP van der Westhuizen, director of Divine Online Solutions, said the partnership will consolidate…


Money Transfer

Ukheshe and Africa Assist launch Covid-19 support service Call4Care

9 April 2020

Micro-payment platform Ukheshe, has collaborated with Africa Assist, a private medical assistance company, to provide Coronavirus Medical Support for its users. Through Ukheshe, users will have access to information about…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Leveraging EcoCash, electronic payments, to practice social distancing ‬

9 April 2020

While the world is still looking for a cure for the coronavirus, a proven and effective method of stopping the spread of disease is by practicing ‘social distancing’. Social distancing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Dos Santos’ Nos stake seized by court; Sonaecom contests decision

9 April 2020

A Lisbon court has seized a 26% stake in Portuguese mobile, fixed line, broadband and cable TV operator Nos owned by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, who is the subject…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

OneWeb Bankruptcy Relief Motion Won’t Affect Rwanda – ICT Minister

9 April 2020

On March 27, OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, filed a bankruptcy relief case to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone transfers m-Pesa control to new joint venture

9 April 2020

A joint venture owned by Safaricom and Vodacom has been handed the reigns for money transfer, financing and microfinancing service m-Pesa from Vodafone. The transaction was first announced in 2019,…


Digital Content

WARIF tackles gender-based violence in Nigeria with mobile SMS platform

9 April 2020

One year after launching a pioneering SMS service used by traditional birth attendants to fight gender-based violence in Nigeria, WARIF founder Dr Kemi DaSilva says she's doubling down in her…


Digital Content

Coronavirus - Morocco: USAID Distance Education Activities prepare Morocco’s Ministry of Education for Virtual Learning During Coronavirus Disruptions

9 April 2020

USAID investments in education programming prepares countries to adopt flexible and resilient learning systems.   Coronavirus is shutting down schools and affecting learning opportunities for over 1.5 billion children and…


Digital Content

PICHA launches Curated COVID-19 Image Collection as visual support for Public Health in Africa

9 April 2020

PICHA's community of photographers have joined forces to release a free, curated collection of health-related images on COVID 19 to keep people educated and safe   As the world fights…


Digital Content

Watch Nadia Nakai’s '#StayHome and Rap #WithMe' Online Performance

9 April 2020

Nadia Nakai throws a virtual live performance for her fans during the lockdown.   Nadia Nakai performed for her fans on Instagram and YouTube live on Sunday. South Africa has…


Digital Content

Tencent to launch its music streaming app Joox in other African countries

9 April 2020

Tencent Holdings Ltd will roll out its paid music app Joox to some of Africa’s most populous countries after the streaming service proved a hit in South-East Asia.   Tencent…


More

People

9 April 2020

Econet Welcomes New Deputy CEO Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless recently announced that Roy Chimanikire had been appointed as the company’s new Deputy Chief Executive Officer and that he had stepped into…


More

Events

9 April 2020

East Africa.com 10 - 15 September 2020Radisson Blu, Nairobi Upper HillKenyaEast Africa Com, the regions leading telco and digital transformation event, brings together experts and industry stakeholders from across telecommunications,…