News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1025 on 22 May 2020

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2Africa cable promises a huge international capacity uplift in 2023/2024 and will be available through Open Access landing stations and carrier-neutral data centres

22 May 2020

In July last year Google initiated the Equiano cable. The announcement of the 2Africa cable which involves Facebook completes the second generation cable build announcements. Russell Southwood talked to Ibrahima Ba, Network Investments Lead at Facebook about how it might work. This massive new cable will be 37,000 kms long, connecting 23 countries (see map above). The 16 African countries connected are Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, Somalia (landing at Mogadishu), Tanzania and South Africa. It will provide a nominal capacity of 180 Tbit/s, a capacity that is “significantly higher” than…

Telecoms

Ability To Afford Smartphones Is Biggest Barrier To Digital Inclusion In Africa

22 May 2020

According to the Sub-Saharan Africa Chief for the GSMA, Akinwale Goodluck, the most significant challenge that Africa's have with enabling digital inclusion is access to smartphones, even the most basic…


Telecoms

Helios to expand phone tower business in South Africa

22 May 2020

Helios Towers Ltd. plans to acquire additional mobile-phone tower sites in South Africa from Eagle Towers Ltd. as it expands its presence in Africa’s most industrialized economy. The London-based company…


Telecoms

USD2.2m scandal at Zimbabwe’s NetOne

22 May 2020

Executives at Zimbabwe’s state-owned cellco NetOne – including CEO Lazarus Muchenje – are suspected of having carried out a fraud which has cost the company over USD2.2 million.   Seven…


Telecoms

Angola selects Africell as fourth mobile licensee

22 May 2020

Lebanese-backed, UK-headquartered telecoms group Africell Holding has been selected by the government of Angola to receive the country’s fourth Unified Global operating licence, permitting infrastructure-based mobile, internet, fixed telephony and…


Telecoms

Submissions formally open for two new telecoms licenses in Ethiopia

22 May 2020

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has today launched the request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for two new telecoms licenses in Ethiopia.   This is a major development in the…


Internet

How Telviva One is positioning businesses for post-lockdown longevity

22 May 2020

As embattled South African businesses look towards a radically altered future, Cloud-based business telecoms specialist Telviva is ensuring that companies will be equipped with the right tools to thrive in…


Internet

Intelsat partners with Mindset Networks to extend educational access in Africa

22 May 2020

Intelsat has widened its collaboration with Mindset Network NPC to guarantee that students, teachers and healthcare professionals in Africa have access to free educational television and online content. Intelsat is…


Computing

RAXIO Data Centre unveils 9 local fibre carriers ahead of launch

22 May 2020

Uganda’s digital economy is set to get a major boost with the latest move by Raxio Data Centre which has opened the market for customers to have more options for…


Computing

Andela Partners with Microsoft to Launch ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training 2020

22 May 2020

May 19, 2020, Nairobi, Kenya. Microsoft 4Afrika and Andela have partnered to implement the ALCwithMicrosoft Azure Training 2020 to up-skill developers in Kenya and Nigeria through an immersive program where…


Computing

Africa Data Centres Completes Acquisition of Standard Bank’s Data Centre

22 May 2020

“We are investing heavily in South Africa at the moment, as well as the rest of Africa. We are very confident in the future of South Africa, hence this significant…


Money Transfer

Carbon Express - Carbon launches its new Social Banking Service

22 May 2020

Customers can securely make payments and transactions without leaving their social apps Nigeria’s leading digital financial services company, Carbon (https://GetCarbon.co) in an effort to improve the experience of its customers,…


Money Transfer

South Africa’s Peach Payments secures new funding for pan-African expansion

22 May 2020

Peach Payments, a payments platform for entrepreneurs, SMEs and large enterprise businesses in South Africa, has raised growth funding to drive its expansion into Africa. Peach Payments raised the funding…


Money Transfer

Ghana's Government Aim To Ramp-Up Digital Payments With New Policies

22 May 2020

The government in Ghana is launching three new national policies to drive digital payments in the country. The policies have been called the National Financial Inclusion and Development Strategy, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom South Africa now a standalone business

22 May 2020

Vodacom Group said on Thursday it has simplified its structure and created a standalone South African business as it seeks to manage its already expanded African footprint and grow further.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa See Improved Revenue Numbers Driven By Data And Mobile Money

22 May 2020

Airtel Africa, the pan-Africa telco has declared that in its financial year-end of 31 March 2020, it has chalked up almost USD3.5 billions in revenues.   According to the company's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Convergence Partners completes acquisition of Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in 4 countries

22 May 2020

The firm has acquired VBA operations in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia and Cameroon. inq. Holdings Limited, the pan-African digital services arm of Convergence Partners, has announced the acquisition of operations…


Digital Content

Ecobank Group and Google collaborating to deliver digital solutions tailored for Ecobank’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) customers

22 May 2020

Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com), the pan-African Bank, in collaboration with Google is helping to equip African SMEs with the necessary digital skills to navigate the rapidly evolving business world. The aim…


Digital Content

AFGRI launches new agri-tech platform Axl

22 May 2020

South African agricultural services company AFGRI Agri Services has launched Axl a new agri-tech platform enabling farmers to find, rent, and pay for agricultural equipment through a secure online portal.…


Digital Content

Burundi: Govt Shuts Down Popular Social Media Platforms

22 May 2020

Burundi has shut down popular social media platforms, as the presidential election got underway Wednesday morning. WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and Yahoo Mail are all inaccessible, as Burundians head to polling…


Digital Content

Egypt start-up Interactive Labs wins $60k from Nest

22 May 2020

Egyptian startup Interact Labs have come up with new innovations that could enhance the education sector. In a learning pyramid, the average student’s knowledge retention rate is only 5 percent…


Digital Content

Team Guardian Health Wins the Inaugural ayoba Hackathon

22 May 2020

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Ayoba (www.Ayoba.me), together with the UCTGSB Solution Space and Geekulcha, hosted a virtual hackathon on 3 - 6 April for South African developers. The event introduced…


Digital Content

Application to connect Ugandan and Kenyan farmers Launched

22 May 2020

Small scale farmers’ organizations from Uganda and Kenya have launched an online Agricultural marketing platform that will support them to access information related to their work.   The marketing application…


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People

22 May 2020

Ericsson Appoints Todd Ashton as Vice President and Head of Ericsson South & East Africa   Ericsson announces the appointment of Todd Ashton as the Vice President and Head of…


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Events

22 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,…