News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 919 – 29 March 2018

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The start-up with the US$1 smartphone, a mobile money app and nanosatellites pitches for the rural market in Nigeria

29 March 2018

Access device strategies where you build a business on the back of distributing and selling devices don’t have a great track. But John Enoh, founder of Nigerian telecoms start-up BeepTool is looking to buck the trend and has brought together an interesting set of partners and technologies. He’s also offer a smartphone for US$1. Russell Southwood spoke to him about what he’s hoping to achieve. In May 2016 I covered a Nigerian telecommunications start-up called BeepTool that offered an intriguing mix of VoIP calling and money transfer. When I spoke to him it had attracted 0.5 million users, most of…

Telecoms

South Sudan suspends Vivacell's mobile network over unpaid license fee

29 March 2018

JUBA, March 28 (Reuters) - South Sudan shut down mobile operator Vivacell's service overnight, demanding $66 million in license fees and locking out 900,000 subscribers. Vivacell, owned by Lebanon's Fattouch…


Telecoms

Orange to roll out solar project targeting African consumers

29 March 2018

[ABIDJAN] Orange SA plans to distribute as many as 20,000 solar kits in four African countries in partnership with UK-based renewable-energy firm BBOXX as an increasing number of companies seek…


Telecoms

South Africa: Icasa publishes data price comparison report

29 March 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published its latest report on tariff changes submitted by operators, covering the second half of 2017. The report further provides a summary…


Telecoms

Uganda: UCC clarifies on Sim-Card replacements

29 March 2018

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set out tough new procedures for SIM-card swaps or replacements, that will include re-registering at the telecoms and confirming the device one is using…


Telecoms

Libya - LPTIC reunifies, sets out USD1.7bn work plan

29 March 2018

The Libyan Post, Telecommunication and IT Company (LPTIC) has been reunified after years of post-Gaddafi conflict and has begun work on projects worth USD1.7 billion, writes news agency Reuters. Libya…


Telecoms

Huawei CloudAIR solution to benefit carriers in Africa

29 March 2018

Global ICT solutions provider Huawei says its CloudAIR solution will benefit South African and African carriers who are affected by a lack of spectrum but have a need to improve…


Telecoms

Low cost mobile devices to connect Africa

29 March 2018

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s leading technology company Mint Connect is planning to expand its footprint across Africa to meet the demand for its premium, low cost mobile devices proving popular…


Telecoms

In brief

29 March 2018

Moroccan telecoms company Inwi has filed a lawsuit against market leader Maroc Telecom (IAM) for non-compliance with regulatory provisions related to the sharing of telecoms infrastructure, demanding more than MAD5.7…


Internet

Gilat Telecom Launches Portable Satellite Service for Africa

29 March 2018

Gilat Telecom (formerly Gilat Satcom) today launched a new service for Governments, Armies, NGOs and other organisations Africa that are operational in areas with little or no network coverage. New…


Internet

Three new operators enter broadband market in Senegal

29 March 2018

Senegal’s telecom regulator ARTP announced the official launch of commercial activities for Africa Access, Arc Informatique and Waw. The three companies secured 10-year broadband licences at the end of 2016…


Internet

Powertel now in Kariba

29 March 2018

Powertel, a wholly-owned technological wing of Zesa Holdings, has launched its services in Kariba as part of its 100-day rapid results initiative target. The company’s marketing manager Prosper Mutswiri has…


Internet

Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots

29 March 2018

Facebook wants you to pay for internet. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets…


Internet

Namibia Govt rubbishes social media monitoring claims

29 March 2018

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) in Namibia has refuted allegations communicated in WhatsApp messages and on other social media platforms that the Namibian government will introduce a…


Internet

Egypt launches social media platform to rival Facebook

29 March 2018

Egypt Face, a new social media network that is set to rival Facebook has been launched in Egypt. The founders of the website are unknown but there are speculations that…


Internet

SqwidNet: South Africa’s Fastest Growing IoT Network

29 March 2018

SqwidNet, the licensed Sigfox IoT network operator in South Africa, on Tuesday today announced that it now covers 83% of the South African population with its network. With over 90%…


Computing

Teraco to expand its Cape Town data centre

29 March 2018

Teraco, Africa’s largest vendor neutral colocation data centre provider, says it will upgrade and extend its Cape Town facility. CEO, Lex van Wyk, said that the African data centre market…


Computing

Liquid Telecom Kenya connects Kenya Rural Roads Authority’s 48 offices to increase rural road delivery

29 March 2018

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has today announced it is connecting the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) headquarters to all 47 of its…


Computing

In brief

29 March 2018

Telkom has declined to comment on a Sunday Independent report concerning its award of a ZAR 755 million security contract, as it is currently before the North Gauteng High Court…


Money Transfer

Flywire, Flutterwave team up for cross-border payments in Nigeria

29 March 2018

Flywire has partnered with Flutterwave to integrate Flutterwave`s Rave payment platform as a preferred option, enabling cross-border payments via Flywire platform. Flywire provides businesses, educational institutions, and healthcare providers with…


Money Transfer

Mobile Financial App SimbaPay Launches SMS-based Bot for Remittances

29 March 2018

Recent strides in fin-tech technology have spurred the deployment of multiple remittances and payment gateways. These financial services have leveraged the popularity of artificial intelligence and chatbots to expand their…


Money Transfer

PayPal in search of local mobile money operators

29 March 2018

PayPal wants partnerships with mobile money operators to grow its exposure to Africa’s unbanked population, says Efi Dahan, the Nasdaq-listed group’s general manager for Russia, Middle East and Africa. PayPal’s…


Money Transfer

Events

29 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…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Teleology to buy Nigeria's 9mobile

29 March 2018

Teleology Holdings has agreed to buy 9mobile, Nigeria’s fourth largest telecoms provider, the investment firm said on Thursday. 9mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, took out a $1.2 billion syndicated loan from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M&A activity in Africa’s tech and telco sector to quadruple in 2018

29 March 2018

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the technology and telecommunication sectors in Africa and the Middle East will more than quadruple in 2018, from 2017.   This is according to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Morocco not planning to sell Maroc Telecom stake - finance minister

29 March 2018

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - Morocco is not planning to sell its remaining 30 percent stake in Maroc Telecom, its finance minister said on Tuesday, adding that the government had…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt cuts dividend in favour of submarine cable investment

29 March 2018

Telecom Egypt announced that in light of a new investment opportunity in the submarine cable industry, the board determined to reduce the earlier proposed dividend for FY 2017 to EGP…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: MWEB blunders on LTE-A claim

29 March 2018

MWEB has decided to withdraw a claim that the Huawei B315 router offers LTE-A capabilities, following an Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) complaint. MWEB promoted the Huawei B315…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Teleology to buy Nigeria's 9mobile

29 March 2018

Teleology Holdings has agreed to buy 9mobile, Nigeria’s fourth largest telecoms provider, the investment firm said on Thursday.   9mobile, formerly Etisalat Nigeria, took out a $1.2 billion syndicated loan…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M&A activity in Africa’s tech and telco sector to quadruple in 2018

29 March 2018

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the technology and telecommunication sectors in Africa and the Middle East will more than quadruple in 2018, from 2017.   This is according to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Morocco not planning to sell Maroc Telecom stake - finance minister

29 March 2018

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) - Morocco is not planning to sell its remaining 30 percent stake in Maroc Telecom, its finance minister said on Tuesday, adding that the government had…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt cuts dividend in favour of submarine cable investment

29 March 2018

Telecom Egypt announced that in light of a new investment opportunity in the submarine cable industry, the board determined to reduce the earlier proposed dividend for FY 2017 to EGP…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: MWEB blunders on LTE-A claim

29 March 2018

MWEB has decided to withdraw a claim that the Huawei B315 router offers LTE-A capabilities, following an Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) complaint. MWEB promoted the Huawei B315…


Digital Content

Safaricom rolls out technology to help athletes break two-hour marathon mark

29 March 2018

Nairobi, Kenya – 28th March 2018… Safaricom and Vodafone Group are working to deliver industry-leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology to Kenyan athletes in a bid to help them break…


Digital Content

Spotify announces advertising partners in South Africa

29 March 2018

After a loud launch on March 13 in South Africa, Spotify has just announced its advertising partners in the rainbow nation. Thus, the brands Ballantine, FNB, Hunter’s, MINI and Pepsi-Cola,…


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People

29 March 2018

Sacking of Icasa chairman moves a step closer   Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) Board Chairman Rubben Mohlaloga is expected to be sacked following his fraud conviction, reports…


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Opportunities

29 March 2018

USAID seeks solutions to help women access tech USAID has opened applications for the WomenConnect Challenge, seeking global solutions that meaningfully change the ways women and girls access and use…