News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1030 on 26 June 2020

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Worldwide Broadband Alliance wants to bring together a globally available Wi-Fi Federation with added punch from Wi-Fi 6– What’s in it for Africa?

26 June 2020

Hot-spots are often one of Africa’s most convenient ways of connecting, often providing free or low-cost access. But the process of getting access is nearly always a bit clunky and you’re not always sure how much you can trust the hot-spots. Russell Southwood talks to Tiago Rodrigues, World Broadband Alliance about creating a globally available Wi-Fi Federation and asks what’s in it for Africa. OpenRoaming was originally launched by Cisco as the basis for a globally available Wi-Fi federation that offers an automatic and secure connections for devices to millions of Wi-Fi networks. Its big selling point is that it…

Telecoms

South Africa: Telcos Gear Up For ‘Battle Royale’ Over 5G

25 June 2020

By all indications, South African telco majors are gearing up to might big battles over who get 5G access. Telkom, MTN and Vodacom are all readying the war-chest for winning…


Telecoms

MTN and Vodacom Pursue Interests As Ethiopia Opens Up Some More

25 June 2020

Africa’s largest telecoms networks are making strident overtures to secure interest in the Ethiopian telecommunications market, as the sizeable African nation begins to liberalise its telecommunications and ICT industry. It…


Telecoms

Vodacom, MTN partner with UN to fight coronavirus in Africa

25 June 2020

The United Nations is partnering with Africa-focused wireless carriers including MTN Group and Orange on a mobile data platform that delivers coronavirus-related information around the continent.   The free-to-use service…


Internet

Amazon has added 3,000 jobs in South Africa for Alexa and customers in US, Europe

25 June 2020

Amazon has expanded its presence in Johannesburg and Cape Town by adding 3,000 new virtual customer service jobs to bring its total permanent workforce in South Africa to 7,000 people.…


Internet

Orange introduces 4G+ in Botswana

25 June 2020

Orange Botswana has rolled out LTE-A services, boosting data transfer rates on its 4G network. The upgrades are being branded 4G+ and have already been introduced in Greater Gaborone (which…


Internet

Mobile data traffic in Africa to grow 12 times by 2025

25 June 2020

Mobile data traffic in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is estimated to grow by 12 times the current figures, with total traffic increasing from 0.33 Exabytes (EB) per month to 4EB by…


Internet

Vodacom, Microsoft To Enable Remote Learning With Affordable Connectivity

25 June 2020

In South Africa, Microsoft and Vodacom have announced they will be joining forces to provide distant or remote learning with low-cost or ‘affordable’ connectivity plans. The Connected Digital Education Platform…


Internet

African countries unite to create 'one stop shop' to lower cost of Covid-19 tests and PPE

25 June 2020

African countries have pulled together to set up a one-stop shop to give the continent a fairer chance in the international scramble for Covid-19 test kits, protective equipment and any…


Computing

Content Provider, Summview will be hosted in Nigeria’s Rack Centre

25 June 2020

Hosting based in Rack Centre, West Africa’s Largest Carrier Neutral Data Centre LAGOS, NIGERIA, 9 June 2020 – Summview, the Paris based provider of end to end turnkey solutions and…


Computing

Microsoft, Vodacom South Africa launch online education platform

25 June 2020

Microsoft South Africa and Vodacom Business have partnered on a Connected Digital Education initiative, based on the rollout of a Connected Digital Education Platform for enable remote learning with affordable…


Money Transfer

Vodacom M-Pesa goes global

25 June 2020

Vodacom M-Pesa in Tanzania has announced the expansion of its International Money Transfer service portfolio.   “Vodacom M-Pesa Tanzania going global is our way of adding efficiencies to our customers’…


Money Transfer

Why Nigeria’s biggest payments companies have entered e-commerce

25 June 2020

GT Bank, Flutterwave, OPay and Remita have developed e-commerce services on top of their core payments solution.   A new competition is afoot in Nigeria’s payments industry. Since the start…


Money Transfer

MTN to launch MoMoPay in Congo

25 June 2020

MTN Congo has just added a new product, MoMoPay to its Mobile Money portfolio. The launch took place at the start of June in Brazzaville,Congo with the Director of Mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Government Is Not Planning To Sell Stake In Telkom, Says CEO

25 June 2020

Mr Sipho Masego, Chief Executive Officer of Telkom South Africa, has responded to recent reporting indicating the South African government is planning to offload part or all of it’s more…


Digital Content

Digital Lab Africa unveils the winners of its Fourth Edition

26 June 2020

Digital Lab Africa (DLA), a springboard and incubation platform for African creatives in digital content, announced the nine winners of its fourth edition during an online conference on 19 June,…


Digital Content

Covibes, A Music Tech Startup For African Producers and Musicians

26 June 2020

Music has for the longest time been an integral part of the culture and religion of people. It has since evolved and takes a prime position on all our digital…


Digital Content

MultiChoice to offer JOOX VIP to its DStv subscribers in SA

26 June 2020

MultiChoice will be offering JOOX VIP to all its DStv customers, allowing everyone to stream music and live appearances. Subscribers will be able to karaoke all their favorite tracks, all…


Digital Content

Plentywaka Launches B2C Platform - ‘Logistics by Plentywaka’

26 June 2020

22 June 2020, Lagos, Nigeria: Plentywaka, the solution-based innovation tech company, has launched Logistics By Plentywaka (LBP), an expansion to the company’s bus transportation network in the city. In a…


Digital Content

Africa’s COVID19 platform for the new normal

26 June 2020

President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel once said “you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. It provides the opportunity to do things that were not possible…


Digital Content

Facebook supports African SMB’s through Economic Impact Programmes offered virtually in wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

26 June 2020

These programmes, available virtually from June 23rd 2020 will include 90 minute long Instructor-led live webinar sessions featuring presentations, demonstrations, lectures and virtual discussions   Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has announced that…


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People

26 June 2020

CEO Of Liquid Telecoms SA, Reshaad Sha, Resigns Ms Reshaad Sha, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Liquid Telecom South Africa, is reportedly leaving the company for greener pastures with…


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Opportunities

26 June 2020

Google for Startups Accelerator Africa selects 20 startups for virtual programme   Twenty African tech startups have been selected for the fifth cohort of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa,…


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Events

26 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,…