News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1021 on 24 April 2020

Top Story

Never let a good crisis go to waste – Covid-19 as the midwife of changes in digital behavior

24 April 2020

Behavior often changes in response to a crisis and there’s probably been no bigger global crisis than the current Covid-19 pandemic. In this Top Story Russell Southwood looks at how some of those changes in behavior are emerging but also how this kind of change is complex and not always positive for everyone. Winston Churchill is said to have coined the phrase:”Never let a good crisis go to waste.” What he meant was that however awful a crisis might be, it always held the possibilities of new opportunities. People forced to change might never return to old ways. mPesa was…

Telecoms

Loon’s balloons arrive in Kenya to deliver 4G services

24 April 2020

Google’s sister company Loon is testing balloons that will provide 4G services across Kenya. Loon, owned by Alphabet, which also owns Google, is working with Telkom Kenya to deliver the…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe Relaxes Lockdown Regulations For Telecommunications

24 April 2020

The government of Zimbabwe has made some changes to the country’s initial lockdown regulations after declaring telecoms companies and their workers essential. The country’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa had announced a…


Telecoms

Congo: for 2020 and 2021, the government will audit the management of the Central Africa Backbone project

24 April 2020

The government of the Republic of Congo, through its Post and Telecommunications Ministry, has decided to pay more attention to the conduct of the national component of the Central African…


Telecoms

MTN Zambia Partners With Simfy To Roll Out Instant Messaging App

24 April 2020

MTN Zambia, in collaboration with Simfy Africa, has officially rolled out the free instant messaging app ‘Ayoba’ which is now available for Android devices and downloadable from the Google’s Play…


Telecoms

Ethio Telecom Rolls Out Services To Encourage Self-Isolation Amid COVID-19

24 April 2020

Last week the Ethiopian telecoms operator, Ethio Telecom, introduced a new range of services aimed at limiting the movement of people outside of their homes and decreasing the spread of…


Internet

Rollouts delayed – How South Africa’s fibre networks are impacted by the lockdown

24 April 2020

Fibre network operators in South Africa have seen their operations limited by the coronavirus lockdown. While the government has classified telecommunications infrastructure as an essential service, certain limitations under the…


Internet

Coronavirus - Africa: Startling digital divides in distance learning emerge

24 April 2020

Half of the total number of learners – some 826 million students – kept out of the classroom by the COVID-19 pandemic, do not have access to a household computer…


Internet

UoN Partners With Telkom For Online Classes, Students On Twitter Are Not Happy

24 April 2020

About a week ago, the University of Nairobi (UON) turned to online teaching. According to the Daily Nation, the university’s vice-chancellor has met and approved an online time table and…


Internet

SatADSL and YahClick unite their efforts to steer Sub-Saharan Africa across the digital divide

24 April 2020

SatADSL – the Brussels-based provider of satellite services – has partnered with YahClick to enhance its connectivity offering across Sub-Saharan Africa.   The partnership appoints SatADSL as a new Virtual…


Internet

MTN, Vodacom laud emergency spectrum; Telkom cries foul

24 April 2020

As mobile telcos broadly reacted favourably to the decision by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to temporarily release spectrum, Telkom expressed reservations. Telkom says in acting with…


Internet

ICASA responds to Telkom concerns on assignment of 2300 MHz spectrum

24 April 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it has received letters from Telkom objecting to the assignment of radio frequency spectrum in the range 2360 – 2400 MHz…


Computing

Connect to Africa’s first AWS region via AWS Direct Connect at Teraco

24 April 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) officially launched its Africa region in Cape Town this week, marking another positive advancement in the availability and development of African’s cloud infrastructure. The AWS region…


Computing

Cloud-computing to reduce banking costs in Africa

24 April 2020

More than 700mn Africans lack access to a bank or mobile money account and only 41 per cent of Africans are financially included, according to the report Cloud Banking in…


Money Transfer

Tigo Tanzania simplifies mobile money services across the East Africa region

24 April 2020

Tigo Pesa customers can now send and receive money from M-PESA in Kenya, MTN in Uganda, Airtel and MTN in Rwanda   Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company, Tigo Tanzania (www.Tigo.co.tz),…


Money Transfer

Malawi Telecoms Operators Waive Mobile Money Fees In Response To COVID-19

24 April 2020

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) and Airtel Malawi have scrapped user fees on all personal transfers within the same network for the next three…


Money Transfer

In Nigeria, PalmPay waives fees and creates ₦100M COVID-19 payout fund

24 April 2020

Africa-focused payment startup PalmPay will waive transfer fees in Nigeria and offer direct payouts to customers who have contracted COVID-19 in the West African country. The venture — that launched…


Digital Content

6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

24 April 2020

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to. South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus,…


Digital Content

Warner invests in Africa-based music distributor Africori, launching global partnership with ADA

24 April 2020

Warner Music Group is investing an undisclosed sum into Africori, a digital music distribution, music rights management and artist development company that calls itself “the home of African music”. Africori…


Digital Content

Apple Services Now Available in More Countries Around the World

24 April 2020

The App Store, Apple Arcade™, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and iCloud are now available in 20 more countries, and Apple Music is available in 52 additional countries Apple (www.Apple.com) announced…


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People

24 April 2020

NEC XON appoints new COO to lead market growth Local system integrator NEC XON has appointed Viven Bhowani as COO to oversee the organisation’s transition as it increasingly digitises services,…


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Opportunities

24 April 2020

Applications open to She Leads Africa high-growth programme She Leads Africa has opened applications to Nigerian companies to its High Growth Coaching Programme, a three-month accelerator providing growth-focused entrepreneurs with…


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Events

24 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,…