News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 912 – 9th February 2018

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Naspers closes down OLX offices in Kenya and Nigeria and Nigeria’s Zinox buys Konga – Africa’s digital services sector takes a fall

9 February 2018

A range of stats show that Africa’s digital content and services sector has grown and African consumers are using online services more than ever before. But the continuing high costs of consumer data and the challenges of e-commerce make it a far from easy road. Russell Southwood looks at what these two pieces of news – the Zinox deal and the OLX office closures – tell us about the developing digital services sector.   In retrospect, the sale of Konga was probably an inevitable consequence of Kinnevik deciding that Africa was not making enough money to justify staying there. Before…

Telecoms

Sierratel launches 4G in Sierra Leone

9 February 2018

The incumbent telecommunications operator Sierratel, launched its mobile 4G services last week. The highly anticipated technology in Sierra Leone since 2015 will allow people to experience a new way of…


Telecoms

Telkom to roll out faster mobile broadband

9 February 2018

Telkom has concluded a demonstration of advanced multiple antenna technology, known as “massive Mimo”, for much speedier 4G/LTE connectivity. The test took place using a chunk of spectrum in the…


Telecoms

Government moving forward with Angola Telecom privatisation

9 February 2018

Jornal de Angola reports that state-owned fixed network operator Angola Telecom (AT) is undergoing formal evaluation of its financial condition and assets as a pre-requisite for its upcoming part-privatisation. Recall…


Telecoms

NCC approves two new Infraco licences

9 February 2018

The board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has issued two additional Infrastructure Company (Infraco) licences pursuant to its drive to deepen broadband penetration in the country. The two new…


Telecoms

Congolese regulator warns mobile users against a 'missed call scam'

9 February 2018

The Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Agency (ARPCE) in the Republic of Congo has recorded an upsurge in fraud involving missed calls in the country. “For the past few months,…


Telecoms

South Africa: ECA Bill gives DTPS minister too much power

9 February 2018

The Electronic Communications Amendment Bill (ECA Bill) gives too much power to the minister of telecommunications and postal services and erodes the power of the Independent Communications Authority of SA…


Internet

Africa rallies in support of Safer Internet Day

9 February 2018

Facebook has announced partnerships with over 20 non-governmental organisations and official agencies from the DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in support of Safer Internet Day (SID) marked on…


Internet

Digital in 2018: Africa's internet users increase by 20%

9 February 2018

An annual report released by global digital agencies, We Are Social and Hootsuite, reveals that Africa has seen the fastest growth rates in internet penetration, with the number of internet…


Internet

Ghana Police Service to use ICT to drive transformation agenda

9 February 2018

The Ghana Police Service on Tuesday launched its Transformation Programme anchored on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in dealing with sophisticated crimes in the society and ensuring safety for citizens…


Internet

Netizen Report: The Rising Cost of Cameroon's Internet Shutdowns

9 February 2018

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Seven local civil society organizations are suing the Cameroonian government…


Internet

How Women And Girls In Senegal Are Pushing Ahead In The Tech World

9 February 2018

The first time Binta Coudy Dé left Senegal was in 2011, when the then 22-year-old computer engineer was invited to participate in a tech competition organised by Microsoft in New…


Internet

Uganda: ICT Devices Easing Learning in Rural Uganda

9 February 2018

Arua — Feta James Harold is eight years old pupil of Rigbo Primary school in Arua district. He is in Primary two. The school is a rural area near the…


Computing

Uganda unveils e-Gp procurement system

9 February 2018

Uganda is preparing to launch an e-government procurement (e-Gp) system with the first round of training hosted today by the system contractor at the offices of the Ministry of ICT…


Computing

African tech firm promises cost-free communication

9 February 2018

BlockMesh is harnessing the technology used to connect communities ravaged by natural disasters with the aim of driving down data costs and enabling cost-free communication in South Africa and then…


Computing

Rwanda's first robotics boot camp

9 February 2018

“Imagine it, engineer it, and make it go!” This was the theme for the inaugural robotics boot camp in Rwanda`s capital Kigali held in January 2018. It brought together 40…


Computing

Nigeria: 14 Countries Meet in Nigeria On G7 High Tech Crime Network

9 February 2018

The United States Mission in Nigeria has concluded workshops on the functions of the G7 24-7 High Tech Crime Network for Sub-Saharan Africa. The workshops held in Abuja from January…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: 9Mobile, Bango Boost Mobile Payment Solutions With 9pay

9 February 2018

9mobile, in partnership with Bango, the leading global mobile payments company, has launched a new operator-billed payments solution known as "9pay" for Google Play users. With 9pay, customers can pay…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Econet Allays Fears, Says Ecocash Secure

9 February 2018

Telecoms giant, Econet has assured customers who use their Ecocash Wallet facility that their money is safe and secured. This follows a statement that went viral on the social media…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Banks recorded 200,284 failed instant e-transactions on Monday

9 February 2018

Bank customers experienced 200,284 failed electronic payment transactions on the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant Pay platform on Monday. The NIP, an online real-time product that facilitates instant payment of…


Money Transfer

Kenya: New technology to enable farmers access finances

9 February 2018

Three major organisations have partnered to roll out a farming technology aimed at revolutionising farming among smallholder farmers across the country.   Mercy Corps, MasterCard Foundation, and Safaricom have introduced…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: MTN Plans U.S.$500 Million Share Sale in Nigeria

9 February 2018

The MTN Group plans to raise about $500 million from the sale of shares in its Nigerian business during the first half of the year, fulfilling the terms of a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nimbus acquires stake in Paratus Africa

9 February 2018

Paratus, described as the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator and based in Windhoek, has announced that Nimbus Infrastructure Limited has acquired a 26.5% stake in its Namibian operation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt and Vodafone Egypt ink infrastructure deal

9 February 2018

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced the signing of a wholesale agreement with Vodafone Egypt under which it will provide the latter with transmission and infrastructure services. In a press release…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Broker Sues Airtel Over Shs13.5 Billion Commission

9 February 2018

Kampala — Telecommunication firm, Bharti Airtel Limited has been sued for allegedly failing to pay commission worth more than Shs13.5 billion to a businessman who brokered the sale of Warid…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

9 February 2018

Gabonese press reports, UK MVNO giant Lycamobile Group has resumed discussions with Azur Gabon over a rescue package for the stricken cellco, which is currently owned by Lebanese holding company…


Digital Content

How Zinox’s acquisition of Konga’ll improve Nigeria’s e-commerce sector

9 February 2018

After a surprise acquisition of e-commerce powerhouse, Konga, on Friday, by technology Company, Zinox Technologies, Nigeria’s e-commerce sector is tipped to be on its way to a tremendous growth that…


Digital Content

Katie Hopkins detained in South Africa 'for spreading racial hatred'

9 February 2018

Katie Hopkins has been detained in a South African airport and had her passport confiscated by the country's authorities after allegedly being accused of “spreading racial hatred”. The controversial media…


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People

9 February 2018

Vodafone Zambia has appointed Amon Jere as its new Chief Sales and Distribution Officer with effect from February 1, as part of the 4G operator’s drive to expand and fortify…


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Opportunities

9 February 2018

USIU to host first AppFactory center in Kenya NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 7 – United States International University Africa (USIU Africa) is set to host the first AppFactory center in Kenya…


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Events

9 February 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…