News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 918 – 23rd March 2018

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Budget transparency in Kenya allows tracking of growing ICT expenditure at County level but the picture is still not completely clear

23 March 2018

Time was when ICT spending in the public sector meant a few computers in a Ministry. But now spending is increasingly being seen in local government administration as use of ICT ripples out through Government. Kenya is in the vanguard of this trend and below Aggrey Mutimba tries to work out what’s actually happening. Kenya has over the years blossomed into a significant ICT spender in the public sector. This spending can now be identified through more transparent budgeting processes. Reading through manifestos and integrated development plans of both levels of government gives a true insight into where the public…

Telecoms

Telecoms regulator suspends Vivacell operations in South Sudan

23 March 2018

The National Communications Authority (NCA) of South Sudan suspended the services of the telecom operator Vivacell on March 20, 2018. The decision results from an investigation by the Ministry of…


Telecoms

South Africa: ASA orders Telkom to withdraw claim after Vodacom complaint

23 March 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has instructed fixed line operator Telkom to withdraw its "best data provider" claim in its UnlimitedHome advertising, BusinessTech reported. The ruling followed…


Telecoms

Orange Liberia extends 4G coverage to Grand Bassa County

23 March 2018

Orange Liberia (formerly Cellcom) switched on LTE mobile services in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on 13 March 2018, marking the eleventh city to receive 4G coverage since the network went…


Internet

Cambridge Analytica Played Roles in Multiple African Elections

23 March 2018

Long before its controversial roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. presidential election, Cambridge Analytica influenced elections in Africa. The data mining company, under fire for its alleged use…


Internet

Web TV dedicated to African digital will launch in Morocco

23 March 2018

The group of advertisers in Morocco (GAM) will launch in April, in collaboration with Smart Studio, a digital content production platform, a web TV dedicated to digital in Africa. Called…


Internet

Spat erupts over .za domain-name proposal

23 March 2018

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR), South Africa’s largest administrator of Internet domain names, has slammed .ZADNA, the regulator, over a proposal to open second-level .za domains for registration. The proposal,…


Internet

In brief

23 March 2018

Namibia is set to become the latest African market to introduce MVNOs, news daily The Namibian reports. Telecom Namibia is said to be in the process of finalising plans to…


Computing

Facebook and Uber Eager to Test Drones in Kenya

23 March 2018

The now-infamous social-media giant Facebook and ride-sharing service Uber have official requested permission from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to test and operate drones in the country. While Uber…


Computing

World Bank and OAU teams up to set USD 8mln ICT Park in Nigeria

23 March 2018

The Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife in Osun State, has set up a USD 8 million World Bank-assisted information and communication technology (ICT) driven-knowledge park, tagged African Centre of Excellence…


Computing

Mainone seeks more investments in shared infrastructure, data centre

23 March 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke, has highlighted the opportunity for increased investment in shared fiber network infrastructure and data center and cloud computing infrastructure in Africa. This,…


Computing

Google is making good on its promise to bet more on African startups and developers

23 March 2018

When Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited Lagos—Africa’s most valuable ecosystem—for the first time last year, he announced an array of plans, including Google’s Launchpad accelerator for African startups. Google has…


Money Transfer

CBA lawsuit on cost of M-Pesa loans dismissed

23 March 2018

The High Court has dismissed a case filed by Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) to stop a local bank from charging its M-Shwari customers a higher interest rate on mobile…


Money Transfer

UBA, Nexttel partner to launch another mobilemoney service in Cameroon

23 March 2018

According to an official decision made public March 13,2018, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) is authorised to carry out mobile money services in partnership with the mobile operator Viettel,…


Money Transfer

Verve Partners with UBA, Provides Cost Effective Prepaid Cards Support to Zambian Government

23 March 2018

Verve International has signed a partnership agreement with United Bank for Africa (UBA) to deliver cost effective prepaid cards to farmers under the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture’s FISP program. According…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Teleology Beats Deadline, Pays $50m Non-Refundable Deposit for 9Mobile

23 March 2018

Teleology Holdings beat the Wednesday deadline stipulated under the bid process for the acquisition of 9mobile by paying a $50 million non-refundable deposit for Nigeria's fourth largest network operator. Teleology,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibian black-owned firms enter mobile telecoms

23 March 2018

Windhoek-Profile Technologies and Demshi Investment Holdings are two black-owned Namibian firms set to enter Namibia’s largely monopolistic mobile network industry from July this year, at a time when the largest…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gambian MPs reject Chinese loan deal for national broadband network

23 March 2018

The Parliament of the Republic of The Gambia has rejected the concessional loan framework agreement for the construction of national broadband infrastructure signed on 22 December 2017 between the Ministry…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan Pay-As-You-Go Solar Energy Provider Secures New Round Of Funding

23 March 2018

Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar energy provider M-KOPA Solar has secured a new round of funding that will be used to extend their product offering to more homes and individuals across Africa.…


Digital Content

This Is Where the 'Oh My God, Wow' Meme Comes From

23 March 2018

The viral meme is from a scene in the 2012 Ghanaian film, "Azonto Ghost." In keeping up with the rise of African movies being utilized as viral memes on social…


Digital Content

The start-up bringing AI-powered SMS-based learning to Kenya

23 March 2018

Tech solutions are improving learning outcomes across the developed world, but Africa is being left out from the opportunity due to a lack of solutions delivered via basic mobile technology…


Digital Content

Huawei to launch music streaming service in SA

23 March 2018

Part of the service bundle includes Huawei Music, which the company said would be released later in the year with 80% local content. Huawei’s announcement comes after Swedish music platform…


Digital Content

The Impact Ride-Hailing Apps Could Have On Women In Africa

23 March 2018

To mark the recent international women’s day, Rwandan ride-hailing platform SafeMotos announced it had added the first female moto-drivers to its network. Safemotos, a smartphone app that allows customers to…


Digital Content

Diamond Bank Excites Youths with Gamified Digital Savings Platform

23 March 2018

Leading retail banking giant, Diamond Bank Plc, has raised higher the bar in the delivery of unique financial services that suits customers changing lifestyles and needs. In partnership with Women’s…


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Events

23 March 2018

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit LondonMay 1-3, 2018The world’s largest and most prestigious conference on wireless spectrum sharing returns on May 1-3, 2018 to focus on next generation networks across…