News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1023 on 7 May 2020

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Retail and online sales survey for mobile handsets and tablets in 6 African countries shows how sales will be hit and looks at the bounce back after lockdown ends

7 May 2020

This week I have been given access to a retail and online sales survey of six Sub-Saharan African countries’ mobile handset and tablet sales. For the first time the scale of the “punch to the gut” Covid-19 has dealt to sales revenue has been estimated across the industry for six fairly representative markets. Russell Southwood spoke to Roger Carbonell, General Manager, Aquidneck Consulting about the impact and some other really useful insights out of the research. Aquidneck tracks mobile phone and tablet sales across six countries: Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. Subject to client interest, it may…

Telecoms

TMcel launches trials on delayed 4G network

7 May 2020

Mozambique fixed line and mobile services provider Mocambique Telecom (TMcel) has finally begun trials of its 4G LTE network, which was originally due to be launched last year.   A…


Telecoms

Senate Asks Govt to Suspend Deployment of 5G Network in Nigeria

7 May 2020

The Senate on Tuesday directed the Federal Government to suspend the planned deployment of the Fifth Generation Network in Nigeria.   The Senate resolution is sequel to a motion on…


Telecoms

Ethiopia Announces 11 May As Deadline For Telecoms Competition Consultation

7 May 2020

Ethiopia has set 11 May as the official deadline for its consultation on the terms of the nation’s first competitive telecoms licences.   The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has so…


Telecoms

In brief

7 May 2020

Algeria’s Authority for Regulation of Post & Electronic Communications (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques, ARPCE) has issued warnings to all three of the country’s mobile…


Internet

Zimbabwe’s POTRAZ Grants Internet Access Provider DFA Licence To Operate Locally

7 May 2020

The Remgro-controlled fibre company Dark Fibre Africa has become the first telecoms provider in 10 years to receive an operating licence in Zimbabwe, paving the way for the operator to…


Internet

Angola Cable’s network shows robust growth and stability as demand surges

7 May 2020

Telecommunications multinational, Angola Cables has recorded a 170% growth in traffic on its IP Network in the first quarter of 2020 when compared to the same period last year. Although…


Internet

Liquid Telecom Zambia installs free Wifi at COVID-19 quarantine centres

7 May 2020

Liquid Telecom’s free Wi-Fi, helps patients stay in touch with friends and family while also enabling healthcare workers to share vital information and data without delay   Liquid Telecom Zambia…


Computing

Vodacom welcomes launch of AWS data centres in South Africa

7 May 2020

The world’s largest enterprise cloud computing hyperscaler, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its next wave of data centres in South Africa. Amazon’s partnership with the largest mobile provider in…


Computing

Rwandan drone firm scoops global award

7 May 2020

Leapr Labs, a Rwandan drone company, has won an international data analysis special award, according to the African Drone Forum. The award, dubbed Lake Kivu Flying, was announced Tuesday, May…


Money Transfer

Vodafone Egypt and TPAY Mobile introduce digital payment services on Google Play

7 May 2020

Egypt’s mobile network operator, Vodafone Egypt, has introduced Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) on the Google Play store, in collaboration with TPAY Mobile.   TPAY Mobile is one of the leading…


Money Transfer

700m Africans lack access to bank, mobile money accounts

7 May 2020

Some 700 million out of the estimated 1.216 billion Africans currently lack access to a bank or mobile money account, and only 41 per cent of the people are financially…


Money Transfer

Safaricom picks Lopokoiyit to head M-Pesa venture with Vodacom

7 May 2020

Kenyan operator Safaricom has appointed the head of its financial services division, Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, to head the newly created joint venture with Vodacom Group that will run the M-Pesa platform,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tribunal eases conditions imposed on Airtel-Telkom merger

7 May 2020

Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya will be permitted to sell up to 40% of their combined business, after appealing some of the conditions imposed on their proposed merger by the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money transfer group Mukuru acquires fintech Zoona’s assets in Malawi

7 May 2020

Mukuru, one of the largest international money operators and remittance companies in Africa, has confirmed that it has acquired Zoona’s operational assets in Malawi along with the technology systems that…


Digital Content

Apple Music rolls out Africa Month campaign

7 May 2020

Apple Music has rolled out a month-long campaign to promote the best playlists, artists and albums from all corners of the continent to celebrate Africa Month.   Following last week’s…


Digital Content

Farmcrowdy, Nigerian Agri-tech startup opens e-commerce food platfrom Nigerian startup Farmcrowdy joins the e-commerce space

7 May 2020

As more companies, businesses, and startups venture are changing how they do business in the COVID-19 climate, Nigerian agri-tech startup Farmcrowdy has launched Farmcrowdy Foods. This e-commerce platform is promoted…


Digital Content

Spotify Premium Family Now Available in South Africa

7 May 2020

Listening together as a family is about to get even better - Spotify Premium Family is now available in South Africa, providing family members living under one roof up to…


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People

7 May 2020

North Africa: Huawei strengthens its presence in Northern Africa with the appointment of two new Vice Presidents in the region   Huawei Northern Africa’s regional office1has announced the appointments of…


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Opportunities

7 May 2020

Second edition of ‘Girls-in-ICT competition launched The second edition of Girls-in-ICT competition, otherwise known as ‘MISSGIG Ghana’, has been launched by the Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in Accra.…


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Events

7 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,…