News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1022 on 1 May 2020

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New KaiOS survey identifies barriers to mobile money and internet use among younger phone users in Nigeria –fine-tuning the pitch to get better use

1 May 2020

Every now and then a survey gives you a glimpse into the dynamics of mobile internet use in Africa. This week KaiOS has released a survey of younger Nigerian mobile users. Russell Southwood spoke to Tanjeet Singh, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Tim Metz, Marketing Director and Yang Wang, Senior Research Manager, KaiOS Technologies. KaiOS Technologies describes itself as bringing “the best of smartphones to affordable devices.” Through selling low cost devices with a smartphone-like interface it wants to get lower income users on to the mobile internet. It had a good year in Africa in 2019. Tanjeet Singh told…

Telecoms

MTN and Competition Commission Finally Agree on Reduced Data Prices

1 May 2020

MTN South Africa announced that it has officially finalised an agreement with the Competition Commission on a wide array of price adjustments – implemented 15 April. This agreement follows the…


Telecoms

Kenya: Government Agency Given Go Ahead To Build Phone “Spyware” System

1 May 2020

Wondering if someone is spying on you? Well, your phone might just be the avenue to this dark alley. The Court of Appeal has allowed the Communication Authority of Kenya…


Telecoms

Parallel Wireless Helps to Deliver on Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) Connectivity Vision Across Ghana

1 May 2020

Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leading U.S.-based OpenRAN company delivering the world’s first software-defined end-to-end OpenRAN solutions for coverage and capacity, today announced that GIFEC, a Universal Access Service Fund (UASF)…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: ECA begins consulting on new Telecommunications Regulatory Framework

1 May 2020

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has published drafts of several directives designed to ‘facilitate issuance of telecommunications service licences pursuant to the new Telecommunications Regulatory Framework’, and is now seeking…


Internet

African fintech firm Flutterwave launches SME e-commerce portal

1 May 2020

San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has launched Flutterwave Store, a portal for African merchants to create digital shops to sell online. The product is less Amazon and more…


Internet

Telecom Networks Malawi To Roll Out Free Internet To Learners

1 May 2020

Malawi’s telecoms operator Telecom Networks Malawi (TNM) has signed an agreement with the country’s Ministry of Education to provide free internet services to learners following the closure of schools across…


Internet

South Africa: Faster, cheaper data is here – but not for long

1 May 2020

Vodacom last week committed R500-million to accelerate network infrastructure spend over the next two months, according to a Reuters report. “The silver lining to this horrible pandemic is that it…


Computing

RS Components 3D printing helps the fight against COVID-19

1 May 2020

Respirators and ventilators have become scarce and this shortage has prompted action by the 3D printing community and aficionados   Over recent years we have seen 3D printing becoming more…


Computing

Mukwano Industries reaps benefits of Cloud transformation

1 May 2020

Leading East African conglomerate takes its core business systems to the Cloud to improve visibility across the organisation and unlock greater efficiencies in operations Mukwano Industries is one of the…


Computing

SA Government, UCT Partner on COVID-19 Tracing App

1 May 2020

A group of researchers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are developing a smartphone app that will help the South African government track people who may be unaware that…


Money Transfer

m-Gurush to launch the first International remittance service in South Sudan

1 May 2020

m-Gurush, South Sudan’s first Mobile Money service, has launched the ‘International Remittance’ services on their Mobile Money Platform. This is yet another ground breaking innovative feature from m-GURUSH that will…


Money Transfer

Social payments app Bundle launches crypto services in Africa

1 May 2020

Bundle, an Africa-focused social payments app for cash and cryptocurrencies has officially been launched today in Nigeria.   The app, which is backed by Binance, allows users to send,and receive…


Money Transfer

Central bank revokes cash service provider’s trading licence

1 May 2020

Kendy, a pan-African money service provider that has been operating in Kenya since 2014, has lost its trading licence, setting stage for the firms closure. Central Bank of Kenya (CBK)…


Money Transfer

Visa, Safaricom partner to give merchants & consumers more online payments capabilities

1 May 2020

Visa, the payment technology firm and Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, have partnered to support digital payments for M-PESA customers.   The Visa-Safaricom deal will cover over 24 million M-PESA…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa relaxes ICT equipment sales as lockdown moves into next phase

1 May 2020

South African government says the sale of personal ICT equipment, including computers, mobile telephones and other home office equipment, will be permitted during level four of the covid-19 lockdown, ITWeb…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group To Decrease Majority Stake In Nigeria

1 May 2020

MTN Group Ltd has confirmed that it intends to push on with plans to reduce its majority stake in its Nigerian operations, but the turmoil that is being caused by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom posts 4.9% rise in FY revenue

1 May 2020

Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom has announced its financial results for the twelve months ended 31 March 2020, reporting a 4.9% rise in total revenue to KES262.6 billion (USD2.4 billion).  …


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Jumia: The e-commerce start-up that fell from grace

1 May 2020

A year after its much heralded debut on the New York Stock Exchange, e-commerce start-up Jumia has shut down in three African states, struggled to turn a profit and got…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

1 May 2020

Lycamobile Uganda has activated its commercial service, offering a mixture of daily, weekly and monthly tariffs, after first unveiling plans to enter the country in January this year. Question marks…


Digital Content

MyBroadband’s social media reach continues to grow

1 May 2020

MyBroadband’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn reach has shown strong growth in 2020 as our follower numbers continue to climb. MyBroadband and our social media platforms are also unique in the…


Digital Content

Rwanda Unveils Virtual Tours for Mountain Gorillas

1 May 2020

Tourist hotspots in Rwanda are currently temporarily closed to curb the spread of coronavirus, just like anywhere else. Moreover, the experience is being taken online to enable tourists and other…


Digital Content

Droppa expands services with express delivery offering - The “Uber for bakkies” launches- Droppa Express

1 May 2020

Droppa, the digital platform that provides transport delivery solutions has expanded its service offering with the launch of “Droppa Express” which offers express delivery for light-weight items within a 25…


Digital Content

African regulators urged to allow cloud tech in financial services

1 May 2020

African regulators have to support and approve the use of cloud technology within the financial sector, says a new industry report. The study, Cloud Banking in Africa: The Regulatory Opportunity,…


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Events

1 May 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,…