News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 924 – 4 May 2018

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A Warning Sign to African Telecoms Operators – Fire at operator closes down nearly 50% of its capacity

4 May 2018

The fire on 30 April at Orange Cote d’Ivoire should send a shiver down the spine of all African telecoms operators. They now operate essential infrastructure and barring Presidential shut-downs, they need to take care in event of “fire and acts of God”. Russell Southwood reflects on what happened. Two things can really cause near collapse of operators’ infrastructure and their ability to provide services: fire and cable cuts. In January 2012, we reported on how a fire at the Benin SAT3 landing station cut the country off from the Internet for three weeks. It also affected neighboring countries that…

Telecoms

Airtel Kenya launches 4G in Nairobi and Mombasa

4 May 2018

Airtel Kenya, the second largest telecom service provider, has launched its 4G service in the country. Airtel Africa network and revenueAirtel Kenya is offering 2GB free data to Airtel customers…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Teleology Offered U.S.$301 Million to Win 9Mobile Bid

5 May 2018

Facts have emerged that Teleology Holdings Limited actually offered to pay $301 million during the bid process for the sale of 9mobile to emerge as the preferred bidder, as against…


Telecoms

ICASA to introduce data rollover with no minimum expiry period

5 May 2018

South Africa’s telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has backed down from its draft proposals on minimum data bundle expiry periods of three years, with the…


Telecoms

MTN telecom to expand South Sudan coverage

5 May 2018

South African telecom operator MTN has promised to expand its operations in South Sudan to tap into the rising demand for the mobile services.   MTN Head of Corporate Services…


Telecoms

Togo : Cina Lawson allowed to award 4G licenses to Togocel and Moov

11 May 2018

(Togo First) - Cina Lawson, Togo’s minister of posts and digital economy, just got approval to sign decrees to increase the duration and coverage area for 2G and 3G licenses…


Internet

South Africa: Announcement of the Final End-User And Service Subscriber Charter Regulations - Statement by Cllr Mokhele

4 May 2018

The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations seek to protect the rights of consumers by, among others, ensuring that they are provided with sufficient information that will assist them in…


Internet

Tanzania gives bloggers 2 weeks to register, pay hefty $900 fee

4 May 2018

Bloggers in Tanzania have two weeks to register their platforms, including payment of the hefty $900 licence fee under the new Online Content Regulations 2018.   The regulations that were…


Internet

Ghana’s PlaySafe making feminine hygiene products more accessible

4 May 2018

Ghanaian startup PlaySafe is aiming to make feminine hygiene products more accessible across Africa, and has just launched its first product – a online period starter kit subscription service. The…


Internet

Airbnb Shows Steady Growth Across Africa With Egypt Leading The Way

4 May 2018

Airbnb has experienced steady growth in user numbers across the African continent as more visitors and tourists use the mobile platform to book places to stay in African destinations.  …


Internet

In brief

4 May 2018

BICS, a international communications enabler, and Fastweb, a major Italian telecommunications operator, have announced a strategic partnership to offer a combined connectivity solution which will bridge Europe via Sicily, to…


Internet

Telcos must disclose more data about internet shutdowns, say civil society groups

5 May 2018

When activists in Egypt organized protests against mobile and internet shutdowns in the Northern Sinai region back in 2014, in the “Sinai out of Coverage” campaign, they probably did not…


Internet

South Africa: Announcement of the Final End-User And Service Subscriber Charter Regulations - Statement by Cllr Mokhele

5 May 2018

The End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations seek to protect the rights of consumers by, among others, ensuring that they are provided with sufficient information that will assist them in…


Computing

Malawi Pushes New Biometric Voter Registration, Despite Doubts

4 May 2018

Malawi has always relied on paper registration for voters, but electoral authorities say that hasn't worked so well.   "We used to have a lot of problems in the past"…


Computing

Kenya Gets Africa’s First and Exclusive Centre for Testing Microsoft Software

4 May 2018

Microsoft has made a significant step in pushing its business in the Kenyan market and the larger continental Africa. Its latest stride in the region is tied to the first…


Computing

Kenya: Lands Ministry Wants Orders Stopping Digitisation Lifted

5 May 2018

The Ministry of Lands wants the High Court to lift an order obtained by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) stopping the digitisation of land transactions. In an application, Lands…


Computing

Kenya Gets Africa’s First and Exclusive Centre for Testing Microsoft Software

5 May 2018

Microsoft has made a significant step in pushing its business in the Kenyan market and the larger continental Africa. Its latest stride in the region is tied to the first…


Money Transfer

No new regulations for WhatsApp payments in South Africa

4 May 2018

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) does not currently see the need for special regulations to deal with payment systems being built into WeChat, WhatsApp, and Facebook. This comes after…


Money Transfer

Safaricom turns mobile money service into social network

4 May 2018

Kenya’s biggest telecoms company, is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business, the…


Money Transfer

NIGERIA: CBN limits USSD transactions to N100, 000 per day

4 May 2018

EFFECTIVE from June this year bank customers will not be able to use Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) channel to conduct transactions more than N100, 000 per day.   Also…


Money Transfer

GHANA : MTN to introduce mobile self service

4 May 2018

Ghana telecom giant MTN with its MTN mobile money platform has indicated that ,Customers will soon carry out their transactions at a brand new self-service kiosks yet to be introduced.…


Money Transfer

KENYA:Mobile money payments hit Sh3.7trn in 12 months

4 May 2018

Cash transacted via mobile phones hit Sh3.7 trillion in the 12 months through March.   This was helped by rising uptake of mobile loans, amidst concern that a lot of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerian tech company, Andela secures $40million boost in Series C funding

4 May 2018

  Recently, the Nigerian tech company that builds high-performing engineering teams with Africa’s most talented software developers, Andela announced that it has secured $40 million in Series C funding. This…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

4 May 2018

  Further to the news that Senegal’s President Sall last week approved the sale of Millicom International Cellular’s (MIC) local mobile unit Tigo Senegal to a consortium of NJJ, Sofima…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan Tech-Startup Secures Sh860 Million Investment to Expand Across Africa

5 May 2018

Nairobi — A Kenyan based API startup - Africa Talking - has closed an $8.6 million (Sh860m) equity investment from the International Finance Corporation, Orange Digital Ventures and Social Capital.…


Digital Content

MTN launches low-cost social media, streaming bundles

4 May 2018

MTN South Africa has launched a range of new, lower-cost social media data bundles designed specifically to work with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter.   The plans,…


Digital Content

The Influencer's Insight: Kamo Mafokwane Is the South African Content Creator Pushing Brands To Value Influencers

4 May 2018

The final feature in our four-part series highlights Kamo Mafokwane—the South African fashion and beauty blogger who's steadfast in developing her craft.   "The Influencer's Insight" is our four-part series…


Digital Content

StarzPlay leverages on collaboration with telcos to grow subscribers

4 May 2018

Maaz Sheikh, CEO of StarzPlay agrees that some formats including news and sports will continue to be television attractions, and streaming will not be able to replace that. StarzPlay currently…


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People

4 May 2018

Eutelsat Communications has finalized the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities with the appointment of Jean-Claude Tshipama to head broadband in Africa. In his new role as…


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Events

4 May 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…