News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 925 – 11 May 2018

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Orange bets on mobile financial services, energy, B2B services and content for its digital future

11 May 2018

Three of Africa’s largest mobile operators – MTN, Orange and Vodacom – have all sketched out strategies for digital transformation in Africa. Others are either leaving the continent or dealing with it piecemeal. This week Russell Southwood spoke to Thomas Chalumeau, Senior Vice President Strategy and Development, Orange Middle East and Africa about what it has planned. Q: What’s the big picture look like in terms of Orange’s digital business in Africa? A: We want to launch two new businesses in Africa and the Middle East and expand an existing area: 1. mobile financial services; 2. Energy and 3. Develop…

Telecoms

Airtel spends 12 billion for the acquisition of its 4G license in Niger

11 May 2018

The telecom operator Airtel has solicited and obtained from the State, an operating license for its 4G service it will soon launch. The mobile phone company has spent 12 billion…


Telecoms

MTN reaches over 80% 4G coverage in South Africa

11 May 2018

MTN chief technology and information officer Giovanni Chiarelli announced that the operator has reached over 80% 4G population coverage in South Africa. Chiarelli revealed the company’s latest coverage figures during…


Telecoms

MTN settles with Benin government

11 May 2018

Mobile operator MTN Benin has reached an agreement with the Beninese government over unpaid fees, following sanction procedures opened in November 2017, reports Agence Ecofin. South African-backed MTN had contested…


Telecoms

MTN 'almost ready' to launch 5G

11 May 2018

JOHANNESBURG – Africa’s biggest telecoms company MTN says it is almost ready for the launch of the 5th generation (5G) network. It clocked download speeds of over 5 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps)…


Telecoms

MTN Completes Africa's First Live Outdoor 5G Trial with Huawei's Commercial CPE

11 May 2018

MTN Completes Africa's First Live Outdoor 5G Trial with Huawei's Commercial CPE Image Credit: Huawei MTN, Africa’s largest mobile operator this week completed the first live outdoor 5G trial in…


Telecoms

Vodacom launches first ever SMS Emergency Service for the Deaf

11 May 2018

Vodacom announces the launch of South Africa’s first SMS Emergency Service for Deaf, hearing and speech impaired customers as part of its continued commitment to add value to the lives…


Telecoms

Microsoft Coming To Africa With Cheap Connectivity For Rural Areas

11 May 2018

Microsoft has found a very lucrative opportunity in Africa that other Telecoms have not been bothered to tap into. The continent simply needs a telecom model that focuses on giving…


Telecoms

In brief

11 May 2018

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Colt Technology Services have further progressed their blockchain Proof of Concept (PoC). Additional members of…


Internet

EAC eyes e-health, telemedicine

11 May 2018

THE East African Community (EAC) is geared towards e-health and telemedicine excellence as it enters in its second regional e-health and telemedicine workshop. The workshop that begins next Tuesday comprises…


Internet

SA improves its emphasis on IoT as digital strategies now focus on the technology

11 May 2018

South African businesses are being forced to redefine value chains as a result of the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). This is according to Eseye, a leading M2M…


Internet

Africa's internet body hit with sexual harassment cover-up claims

11 May 2018

Special report The body responsible for allocating internet network addresses across Africa has been enveloped in yet another scandal, resulting in calls for the entire board to step down. Afrinic…


Internet

Telkom Internet APN changes implemented

11 May 2018

Telkom has implemented a change to its Internet APN which will provide mobile customers with a more secure mobile Internet connection. Many Telkom mobile subscribers have noticed that their IP…


Internet

Former footballer ventures into ICT

11 May 2018

UNITED States-based former footballer Owen Gombami has opened a web-based organisation that offers creative, innovative and affordable solutions to education in a bid to complement Government’s efforts in empowering underprivileged…


Internet

Crowdfunding Models for Higher Education in Africa

11 May 2018

The cost of higher education tends to rise at rates considerably high. This resulted in a spate of university protests that saw students demand free education in South Africa. Students…


Internet

ECOWAS/SADC regions: Opportunities and challenges of ICT deployment in elections

11 May 2018

For four days, electoral management bodies (EMBs) from West and Southern African countries gathered in Abuja (April 9-12) to discuss how deployment of ICT has enhanced elections in their countries,…


Computing

Nigeria: NITDA Backs CAPDAN On ‘Otigba’ Computer Village ICT Hub

11 May 2018

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) (m), NITDA’s director general taking note during discussion with the leadership of Computer & Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) led by Ojikutu Ahmed,…


Computing

Mind Africa launches Girls Code Club in Port Harcourt

11 May 2018

An NGO, MindAfrica Leadership Initiative, has officially launched Girls Code Club in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The club is an after-school program that is designed to inspire…


Computing

In brief

11 May 2018

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has announced Rack Centre, Africa’s Premium Tier III certified Data Centre as the winner of its local content in Information and communication…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Cheaper data prices in South Africa, with no high out-of-bundle rates

11 May 2018

ICASA has announced the first steps it has taken to address the high cost to communicate.   It said the recent publication of the End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations…


Money Transfer

In Nigeria, cash still reigns supreme as the major tool of transactions.

11 May 2018

This is partly due to the fact that developments in technology and the scope of digital financial services offered by banks and institutions have only developed vastly over the last…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Telcos not taking over banks with interoperability

11 May 2018

Telecom industry players have insisted they are not taking the place of banks with the launch of the mobile money interoperability. The telecom operators however believe the new system should…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Bawumia Launches Phase One Of Mobile Money Interoperability

11 May 2018

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the first phase of mobile money interoperability system. Dr Bawumia said this first step “would make Ghana one of the global leaders in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

China Telecom Global and Liquid Telecom sign collaboration deal

11 May 2018

China Telecom Global (CTG) has signed an agreement with pan-African group Liquid Telecom under which they will collaborate to provide Africa and Asia with network product and services. They will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt reports sizeable decline in net profit in 1Q18 despite increased revenues

11 May 2018

Telecom Egypt (TE) recorded a 15% year-on-year increase in revenues in the opening quarter of 2018, with the company reporting a turnover of EGP4.782 billion (USD6.5 billion), driven by a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TDM and mCel to complete merger this year

11 May 2018

Mozambique’s Institute for the Management of State Holdings (Instituto de Gestao das Participacoes do Estado, IGEPE) says it expects the merger of national fixed line telco Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

11 May 2018

Tanzanian businessman Ali Mufuruki is seeking to acquire a 50% stake in Wananchi Group Holdings, reports Business Daily. Wananchi provides broadband and television services under the brand name Zuku in…


Digital Content

How Huawei is enabling digital transformation in South Africa

11 May 2018

South Africa is well-positioned to benefit from digital transformation, due to its high ICT penetration and its innovative business environment, says Peter Goulding, Global Public Safety Expert at Huawei Enterprise…


Digital Content

#justicefornoura is the Movement Demanding Justice for Sudanese Women

11 May 2018

A Sudanese teenager killed her rapist, and Muslim women are fighting for her life Islam is often blamed for violence towards ‘oppressed women’. The case of Noura Hussein, who is…


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People

11 May 2018

Mcebisi Jonas joining MTN seen as a corporate coup JOHANNESBURG - Africa’s biggest cellular provider MTN yesterday recorded a major corporate coup, unveiling former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas as…


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Opportunties

11 May 2018

She Loves Tech East Africa to offer China trips She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology, will take place in East Africa for the…


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Events

11 May 2018

East Africa Com15 -16 May 2018East Africa Com is the premier strategic event for telecoms and ICT executives in East Africa, taking place on the 15th – 16th May at…