News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 905 – 8 December 2017

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Angola’s Fourth Unified Licence may not be a ‘diamond in the rough’ in a country where the state still has its fingers in many pies

7 December 2017

Vodafone Group is said to be interested in bidding for the fourth converged “Unified Global” operating licence in Angola. Oil has put what might otherwise be a middle ranking African country on steroids. However what oil gives, it also takes away when there are low prices. Russell Southwood looks at what the prospects are for the Angolan market and a potential fourth operator. According to local news site SAPO:” Vodafone is in pole position to operate a mobile network, after the opening of the international competition for the fourth global license, which could end the "monopoly" that still exists in…

Telecoms

4G Airtel Madagascar officially launched

7 December 2017

The official ceremony for the launch of Airtel’s 4G took place on 01 December in Tulear, in the presence of the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development, Neypatraiky Rakotomamonjy,…


Telecoms

ICASA confirms Cell C followed due process

7 December 2017

Cell C today said it welcomes the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA's) confirmation that the telco followed the correct process in the notification of its recapitalisation transaction and…


Telecoms

Twitter Lite Announces Launch In Africa

7 December 2017

Twitter has announced the release of Twitter Lite to 24 new countries including 6 African countries. South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Tanzania were the African countries selected as…


Telecoms

Vodafone strongly placed for Angolan licence, reports claim

7 December 2017

UK mobile giant Vodafone Group is reportedly in a strong position to bid for a fourth mobile network operating licence in Angola, according to local news sources including TPA/SAPO. The…


Telecoms

Jamii Telecom launches 4G mobile network in Kenya

7 December 2017

Internet service provider Jamii Telecom has launched its mobile service named Faiba 4G Mobile in Kenya, making it the 5th telecom operator to be licensed in the country. Jamii Telecom…


Telecoms

In brief

7 December 2017

A new campaign seeking to identify mobile subscribers in the Republic of the Congo has been launched by the Agence de Regulation des Postes et Communications (ARPCE). The development comes…


Internet

Yahsat partners with Bluetown to connect the unconnected across YahClick’s footprint

7 December 2017

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 4 December 2017 - Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with the Danish technology and Internet Service Provider company Bluetown at…


Internet

South Africa’s first ISP owned and run by a cooperative

7 December 2017

Mankosi is a remote rural community in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. It is home to almost 6,000 people. The nearest city is Mthatha, about 60 kilometres away, as a…


Internet

Zimbabwe suffers internet shutdown due to cut cables

7 December 2017

Zimbabwe experienced internet service disruption and challenges with landline phone calls on 05 December due to faults on the main links in South Africa and Harare. The situation returned to…


Computing

African Union ministers discuss digitisation and cyber-security

7 December 2017

Ministers in charge of ICT and postal services have declared digitisation a priority for Africa, Newsghana reported. At a two-day African Union meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Communication…


Computing

Emergency mapping app finds vulnerable faster

7 December 2017

A mobile mapping app that draws on crowdsourced data to help humanitarian responders find people in remote areas is being rolled out by the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF…


Computing

Huawei launches E Africa training centre in Nairobi

7 December 2017

Multinational ICT company Huawei has opened a new training centre at its head office in Nairobi to provide training on new generation computing, telecommunication and related technologies. Peter Thuo, Head…


Money Transfer

Be-Bound: ethicPhone Wins Digital Africa Prize and Announces Partnership With Be-Bound to Create the First International Mobile Payment and Transfer Solution That Works without Internet

7 December 2017

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOS Wire)-- Be-Bound and ethicPhone today announced a partnership to make international transfers available to everyone across the Ivory Coast. ethicPhone, awarded the Digital Africa prize, has developed a…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Launches Kionect for Nairobi's Smallest Shopkeepers

7 December 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, 6th December, 2017 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Mastercard today unveiled Kionect, a digital ordering system that empowers small kiosk owners in Nairobi to order and pay for products…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

9mobile Denies Speculations of Barclays Withdrawal as Financial Adviser

7 December 2017

Contrary to the rumour making the rounds that Barclays Africa has pulled out as the financial adviser to 9mobile investment process that will lead to the sale of the telecoms…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Liberia to invest USD15m in 2018

7 December 2017

Mobile network operator (MNO) Orange Liberia (formerly Cellcom) plans to invest up to USD15 million in its networks and services next year Agence Ecofin reports, with the money targeted toward…


Digital Content

'The 77 percent' – DW launches debate platform for young Africans

7 December 2017

Deutsche Welle kicked off a new debate platform on December 4, 2017, launching “The 77 percent.” The multimedia project for young people in Africa will be presented in six languages…


Digital Content

MultiChoice partners with Datacentrix for content archiving retrieval

7 December 2017

The company’s new enterprise storage solution provides a platform for high-resolution and proxy files, and drastically improves the storage and management of content on the DStv channels.   Leon van…


Digital Content

Art in your pocket app launches in South Africa

7 December 2017

On Monday 4 December 2017, in what is a first for the art world, the Exhibid app was launched in South Africa. The app uses GPS technology to serve up…


Digital Content

Support For Female Entrepreneurs Gains Ground In Africa

7 December 2017

“It is no secret that women in STEM are a minority, and are generally faced with all manner of challenges from active discouragement to harassment. Yet they move forward to…


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People

7 December 2017

4G/ LTE and broadband Internet services provider, Spectranet has appointed, Ajay Awasthi, as the new Chief Executive Officer. Awasthi takes over from David Venn.


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Opportunities

7 December 2017

SA tech investor launches $1m African AI challenge South African investment firm Sagarmatha Technologies has opened applications for its AI Revolution Challenge, which will see one African artificial intelligence (AI)…


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Events

7 December 2017

Africa Tech Summit Kigali - 2018 Following the success of Africa Tech Summit London which will return in May 2018, we are delighted to welcome you to Africa Tech Summit…