News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1029 on 19 June 2020

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Push and pull strategies to encourage e-commerce in Senegal – maybe impact of Covid-19 trumps them both

19 June 2020

Governments often adopt a “push” strategy when they want their citizens to do something and this is what the Senegalese Government is doing with e-commerce. But e-commerce start-up Jumia has been wrestling with the “pull” of demand for e-commerce services. But Russell Southwood looks at how it may be the impact of Covid-19 that will change behavior in relation to e-commerce. Those wanting e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa to grow face two huge barriers that are linked: trust and payment. The majority of e-commerce in Africa is ordered digitally and paid for with grubby physical notes on the doorstep when goods…

Telecoms

LG’s budget K series line-up now available in South Africa

19 June 2020

The mid-range LG 2020 K series line-up is now available in SA.   The three phones – K61, K51S and K41S – launched globally in February, but due to the…


Telecoms

Orange - the Mobile Network - Looks To Enter Nigeria and SA Market

19 June 2020

Orange - France biggest telecoms operator is said to be eyeing the Nigerian and South Africa mobile telephone market, considering to enter the market as the earliest possible time. Speaking…


Telecoms

Zambian authorities considering licensing another MNO after UZI fails to launch

19 June 2020

Zambia is said to be looking for a new mobile network operator (MNO) to compete with the nation’s incumbent cellcos, after UZI Zambia Mobile – which acquired a concession to…


Telecoms

Algeria: Government working group plotting roadmap for effective LLU, national roaming, number portability

19 June 2020

Algeria’s government has established a special working group to draw up a roadmap to make local loop unbundling (LLU), domestic mobile network roaming and number portability more effective, Agence Ecofin…


Telecoms

In brief

19 June 2020

MTN Uganda has confirmed that it has completed its licence renewal, which was agreed in March this year after lengthy negotiations with the government. The cellco is paying USD100 million…


Internet

Nigerian Communications Commission Seeks Stakeholders Input Into 5G Deployment

19 June 2020

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is requesting input from industry stakeholders to feed into its 5G deployment policy framework. In a public notice, the commission stated that it has a…


Internet

Ericsson and ATU to Accelerate Growth of ICT in Africa

19 June 2020

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ericsson to help fast track rollout of technology across the continent. According to ATU, the MoU will…


Internet

Google’s Data Shows Kenyans Are Going Back To Work

19 June 2020

Google is using location data from smartphones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. In April we noted that…


Internet

Nigeria: Internet Penetration Rises to 138.7 Million

19 June 2020

The total number of internet subscriptions recorded across mobile, fixed wired and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as at April 2020, reached 138.7 million.   This is however, as broadband…


Internet

Uganda: Critics Concerned About Web and Media-Only Election Campaigning

19 June 2020

Uganda's 2021 election candidates will have to campaign online and through the media to reach voters as part of new rules to stem the spread of COVID-19. Uganda's electoral commission…


Internet

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa How can all internet users become more discerning online?

19 June 2020

Disinformation — intentionally “fake news” — is a chronic problem everywhere in the world, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated information overload. From fake coronavirus cures to misleading information about…


Internet

Facebook launches new digital literacy programme across sub-Saharan Africa

19 June 2020

Facebook has announced the launch of 'My Digital World', a programme designed to equip young people and the general public across sub-Saharan Africa with digital skills needed to navigate the…


Computing

Ghana - Technology University Bill Passed

19 June 2020

A bill aimed at providing a legal framework for the establishment of a public communication technology university in Ghana has been passed.   Members of Parliament (MPs) on Friday unanimously…


Money Transfer

African payment startup Chipper Cash raises $13.8M Series A

19 June 2020

African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has closed a $13.8 million Series A funding round led by Deciens Capital and plans to hire 30 new staff globally.   The raise…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom confirms bid for Ethiopian telecommunications licence

19 June 2020

Kenya-based Safaricom has lodged an expression of interest (EoI) for one of the of the two telecommunications licences that are being made available in Ethiopia.   According to The Standard,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sonatel launches XOF100bn bond issue

19 June 2020

Senegal’s incumbent operator Sonatel has launched a XOF100 billion (USD172 million) bond issue on the West African Economic and Monetary Union financial market.   The company said the funds will…


Digital Content

YouTube rolls out its music and subscription-based video streaming platforms in Egypt

19 June 2020

YouTube launched its music streaming service YouTube Music and its subscription-based video platform YouTube Premium in Egypt.   The Head of Music Partnerships MENA of YouTube, Liliana Abu Dalo, said,…


Digital Content

Kenyan Launches First African Video Conferencing App

19 June 2020

A Kenya-based company, Usiku Game, developed and launched a video conferencing application, Gumzo, the first to be made in Africa.   "Kenyan ICT startup Usiku Games was created to tackle…


Digital Content

Sun-El Musician and Basketmouth feature on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio With Cuppy This Sunday

19 June 2020

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Sun-El Musician, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week and Basketmouth’s Favorite African Proverb! South African producer Sun-El Musician joins Cuppy via FaceTime…


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Opportunities

19 June 2020

IPA calls for project proposals to tackle Africa's remote learning challenges in 2021-2022   US$200,000 to be split between best applicants   The International Publishers Association (IPA) will from today…


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Events

19 June 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,…