News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1024 on 15 May 2020

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South Africa’s TooMuchWifi gives free data for correct answers to Covid-19 quiz – planning to build out its tried and tested ‘pay for’ model

15 May 2020

Before the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, low-cost challenger ISP TooMuchWifi had been in pilot mode, getting its business model right for its low income customers. During the lockdown a funder has given it the opportunity to give away free data in exchange for the user answering a quiz on Covid-19. Russell Southwood talks to Ian Thomson, CEO, TooMuchWi about the before, during and after Covid-19. Our conversation starts with what's happening in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa. The Centre for Communications Impact identified TooMuchWi as the perfect vehicle for Covid-19 awareness raising and USAID agreed…

Telecoms

Airtel Kenya gears up for fresh price war with rivals

15 May 2020

Airtel Kenya parent company Airtel Africa said it would not relent on the aggressive pricing practices that have seen it charge lower prices on both data and voice compared to…


Telecoms

Big drop in MTN South Africa wholesale revenue

15 May 2020

MTN has published its quarterly trading update for the period ended 31 March 2020, showing a significant drop in wholesale revenue for the company’s South African business. Wholesale revenue declined…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe’s Telecel Dismisses Fake News On Closure

15 May 2020

Telecel Zimbabwe has dismissed the reports claiming that it was given 30 days by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) to close down as fake news.  …


Internet

2Africa: a transformative subsea cable for future internet connectivity in Africa announced by global and African partners

15 May 2020

2Africa is one of the largest subsea projects in the world, connecting 23 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe   China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc,…


Internet

Alphabet's Loon and South Africa's Vodacom to expand rural internet in Mozambique

15 May 2020

Loon, a unit of Google's owner Alphabet Inc , which uses high-altitude balloons to provide mobile internet to remote areas, has signed a deal with Vodacom to expand the South…


Internet

Phase3 Rolls Out Free Fibre Broadband at FCT COVID-19 Isolation Centre

15 May 2020

In support of the Federal Government and Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) fight against corona virus (COVID-19), leading independent fiber optic network infrastructure and telecommunications services provider - Phase3…


Internet

MTN Zambia partners with universities for free access to e-learning platforms

15 May 2020

MTN Zambia, along with Copperbelt, Mulungushi and the University of Zambia, have partnered together to offer free access to various e-learning platforms for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Bart…


Computing

CBiIL deploys SAP technology to connect farmers to agri value chain

15 May 2020

Africa's most populous country and largest economy faces rising food insecurity as a combination of a mostly informal agriculture sector and growing population puts pressure on the country's food resources.…


Computing

Antipoaching Tech Tracks COVID-19 Flare-Ups in South Africa

15 May 2020

Coming out of lockdown, the country is relying on thousands of local case trackers and on software, once used to protect rhinoceroses, for disease surveillance   On May 1 South…


Money Transfer

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

15 May 2020

Mukuru has partnered with Zoona for four years and that means Zoona’s workers will move to work with Mukuru following the acquisition.   Mukuru, an international money transfer based in…


Money Transfer

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

15 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

Zimbabwe’s central bank says the dominant mobile money platform is running a Ponzi scheme

15 May 2020

Once touted by Zimbabwean authorities as the effective solution to the country’s cash problems, mobile money is now being blamed for the rapid loss in value of the country’s Zimdollar…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Business Africa concludes sale of Nigeria, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire assets

15 May 2020

Convergence Partners, via its African digital service provider platform inq. Holdings (formerly Synergy Communications), has completed the 100% acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa’s (VBA’s) operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote…


Digital Content

African e-commerce giant Jumia cuts costs, hopes for lockdown boost

15 May 2020

Struggling e-commerce platform Jumia Technologies reported an almost 7 percent fall in first quarter revenue due to supply chain disruptions, particularly in China, but saw lower cash burn and signs…


Digital Content

Promoting coronavirus education through indigenous languages

15 May 2020

Ensuring that local communities have access to reliable information about COVID-19 is a challenge for governments and organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) — one that is compounded for…


Digital Content

Mukuru Groceries launches to support Zimbabwean families during the crisis

15 May 2020

The service will give foreign national workers living in South Africa the ability to provide for their families back home with basic staples.   Mukuru, one of Africa’s leading remittance…


Digital Content

Egyptian digital lender Shahry raises US$650,000 for ‘buy now pay later’ platform

15 May 2020

Shahry, a Cairo-based digital lending app has come from far with a new online product. The startup has raised over $650,000 in pre-seed funding. The investment funds came from the…


Digital Content

Nigeria travel company Wakanow turns to ‘video selling’ to attract potential travelers

15 May 2020

Travel company Wakanow has seen its revenue plummet amid a massive dip in business occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the startup, bookings have dropped to near-zero levels, with…


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Opportunities

15 May 2020

Venture for Africa program to match global talent with leading African tech startups Global fellowship program Venture for Africa (VFA), has opened applications for its inaugural cohort, the Venture for…


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Events

15 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,…