News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 907 – 5 January 2018

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5 Wishes for Africa’s Telecoms and Internet Industry in 2018

5 January 2018

After such a financially tough year in 2017, it’s time to look forward to how the industry might get out of the current financially straightened circumstances. In this week’s issue Russell Southwood makes 5 wishes for the industry that he hopes will come true. Wish No 1: An Industry-Wide Commitment to high-quality, low cost data To repeat a tune we have been singing for many years: everything is becoming data (even voice) and the business model is changing. The question is then: what kind of companies will survive this digital transition? Imagine that mobile companies in their present form had…

Telecoms

South Africa: Yes, Afrihost has 24-hour support says Advertising Authority of South Africa

5 January 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has dismissed a consumer complaint against Afrihost’s 24-hour support claim. Afrihost’s website states that “You can get a call back anytime of…


Telecoms

Telecel Mali becomes nation’s third MNO following long-delayed commercial launch

5 January 2018

Alpha Telecom Mali has finally confirmed its commercial launch, becoming the West African nation’s third mobile network operator (MNO). According to Agence Ecofin the cellco opened its network to the…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telecel Deal Meant to Deceive the Public Whilst Facilitating Proxy Shareholding to Grace Mugabe, Says Former NetOne Boss

5 January 2018

Disgruntled former NetOne CEO Reward Kangai has written to the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealing for the Telecel deal to be investigated as it was meant to hoodwink the public…


Telecoms

Huawei Marine, Tropical Science Begin PEACE Subsea Cable Work

5 January 2018

Huawei Marine has, in conjunction with Tropical Science, started work on desk study and marine survey for the construction of the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) submarine cable. The…


Telecoms

Nigeria Secures $550M From China to Fund Two Satellites for Nigcomsat

5 January 2018

Abuja — The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, wednesday in Abuja disclosed that Nigeria had secured the commitment of China for the provision of $550 million towards the purchase…


Telecoms

In brief

5 January 2018

A Zenit rocket, flying for the first time in two years, successfully orbited Angola’s debut satellite Angosat-1 on Dec. 26. The land-launched Zenit lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in…


Internet

Get ready for Ugandan government developed social media platforms in 2018

5 January 2018

In an interesting statement towards the end of 2017, Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director at the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that they are working on launching their own versions of…


Internet

Young Africans to receive digital skills training

5 January 2018

Five thousand young Africans will receive ICT training between 2018 and 2022, Sagarmatha Technologies has announced. Sagarmatha says the training is part of its R100 million investment commitment to partner…


Computing

Nigeria and Cybercrime: Govts Urged to Deploy IT in Judiciary

5 January 2018

Following the increasing rate of cybercrime and the need for the judiciary to apply the full weight of the law on cyber criminals, participants at the just concluded Africa Information…


Money Transfer

Kenyas' Mobile Money transactions Hit $16 Billion in Q3

5 January 2018

Kenyans transacted Ksh1.7 trillion ($16,4 billion) over their phones in the quarter through September 2017, a 54.5 per cent increase from a similar period last year as subscribers increasingly used…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Rural businesses in Chipinge fail to embrace plastic or mobile money

5 January 2018

Rural businesses are still lagging behind in the use of electronic money, which is now largely the mode of transacting in urban areas. Due to the cash crisis, the central…


Money Transfer

Safaricom unveils smartphone app with new M-Pesa features

5 January 2018

Telco giant Safaricom has unveiled a smartphone application that includes updated M-Pesa mobile money features and a data usage manager. The new mySafaricom app will enable the telco’s customers to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel signs agreement to acquire Millicom’s operations in Rwanda

5 January 2018

Bharti Airtel Limited has entered into a definitive agreement with Millicom International Cellular S.A. under which Airtel Rwanda Limited will acquire 100 per cent equity interest in Tigo Rwanda Limited.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zamtel declares ZMW68m Q4 profit

5 January 2018

The Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel) has reported ZMW68 million (approximately US$7 million) in profit in Q4 2017. This is the company's third declaration of profit since 2012 when it was…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerei - 9mobile bids deadline extended to 16 January

5 January 2018

The deadline for the submission of bids for Nigerian wireless operator 9mobile, which was known as Etisalat Nigeria until July 2017, has been extended to 16 January 2018, according to…


Digital Content

'Uber for blood': how Rwandan delivery robots are saving lives

5 January 2018

An ingenious drone delivery service known as “Uber for blood” has slashed the delivery time of life-saving medicine to remote regions of Rwanda from four hours to an average of…


Digital Content

The Best African Memes of 2017

5 January 2018

Laugh with us into 2018 with our best African memes of 2017. You know your social media timelines and meme folders on your smartphones aren't complete until you come across…


Digital Content

Airtel and Kukua Launch Sema Run, an Educational Mobile Game for Kids

5 January 2018

Kids love mobile games, and with deeper penetration of smart devices and access to affordable data plans, more children are getting versed with gameplay at an early age. While these…


Digital Content

Safe Delivery App launched to combat infant mortality in Ghana

5 January 2018

A Danish app, The Safe Delivery App, has been launched in Ghana to combat infant mortality. According to the Embassy of Denmark, 30,000 infants lose their lives every year due…


Digital Content

Zambia: State House Gets Tough On Social Media

5 January 2018

State House has shown its irritation with social media by introducing wide ranging measures to curb the chaos caused by online postings. State House Public Relations Manager Amos Chanda said…


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Opportunities

5 January 2018

Applications open for Unreasonable East Africa accelerator Applications have opened for the Unreasonable East Africa accelerator programme, which claims to give an “unreasonable advantage” to entrepreneurs creating solutions to the…


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Events

5 January 2018

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