News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 928 – 1 June 2018

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Nigerian start-up Paystack has grew ten times last year and has handled near US$10 million in monthly transactions

1 June 2018

Only 1% of payments in Nigeria is currently online but as businesses begin to make the switch, this percentage will undoubtedly grow in the next 3-5 years. It may only be a small percentage but it’s a small percentage of a very large volume of overall transactions. Russell Southwood spoke to Shola Akinlade, Co-Founder and CEO and Abdulrahman Jogbojogbo, Growth, Paystack about how their payment solution business. The idea for the business – according to its Co-Founder Shola Akinlade – came out of one of the co-founders working on customer software for a Nigerian bank and realizing that the whole…

Telecoms

Ghana: Ask Relevant Questions, Don’t Let Ursula bamboozle You, says Policy Think Tank IMANI on GVG/Kelni contract

1 June 2018

The president of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has advised Members of Parliament to ask the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu probing questions on the controversial $89 million…


Telecoms

Kenyan telco regulator directs operators to suspend unregistered SIMs

1 June 2018

The Kenyan telco regulator has ordered that all improperly registered SIM cards be suspended. Kenya’s telcos have been directed to suspend all incorrectly registered SIM cards by the Communications Authority…


Telecoms

Botswana - Court upholds regulator’s decision on termination rates

1 June 2018

Cellular operators in Botswana will be forced to cut interconnection charges by 41% from next month. The Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) had ruled in March 2017 that mobile termination…


Telecoms

In brief

1 June 2018

Mauritanian mobile operator Chinguitel has signed a contract with Ireland-based data monetisation solutions vendor Tango Telecom. According to a press release, the cellco will deploy Tango’s Data Retail Engine (DRE)…


Internet

Narrowing the Digital Divide in Senegal with an African Internet Exchange Point

1 June 2018

Since 2015, France-IX, the main Internet exchange point (IXP) in France, has been collaborating with Senegalese digital players for the creation and development of a similar, independent IXP in Dakar.…


Internet

Sierra Leone: Africell Offers High Speed 4G-LTE to Subscribers

1 June 2018

Africell has announced the introduction of various offer for it high speed 4G-LTE MiFi for subscribers. On January 19, 2018, the company became the first mobile operator to launch the…


Internet

MTN Group Launches IoT Services in South Africa with Cisco Jasper

1 June 2018

MTN group has partnered with Cisco to announce the availability of the Cisco Jasper Control Center automated IoT connectivity platform for enterprises to povide IoT services in South Africa. MTN…


Internet

Cell C inks a 3G/4G roaming agreement with MTN

1 June 2018

Cell C has signed a roaming agreement with MTN, under which the latter will start providing both 3G and 4G services to Cell C mainly outside of the main metropolitan…


Internet

ICASA to introduce 5G Huddle in Durban

1 June 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is assisting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle to be held for the first time…


Computing

GIFEC Rolls Out ‘Coding For Kids’

1 June 2018

Abraham Kofi Asante (5th from left) with traditional leaders of Asankragua and some students after the event As part of government’s initiative to place Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the…


Computing

The African Development Bank and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences to explore partnerships for scaling up investments in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

1 June 2018

The Partnership Program would be tasked with scaling up a strong, young African community of world-class scientists and technologists BUSAN, Republic of Korea, May 23, 2018/ -- The African Development…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Vodafone takes lead as Interoperability commences

1 June 2018

Within a week after the launch of Mobile Money Interoperability, the platform recorded over 22,919 successful transfers, and more than half of that, 13,504 was on the Vodafone Cash platform.…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Zim cryptocurrency exchange launches token sale

1 June 2018

A Zimbabwean cryptocurrency exchange has launched a token for sale to the public despite a ban on local banks to trade in virtual currency. Friday, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe…


Money Transfer

Cellulant $47.5m deal with TPG shows why future is digital payment

1 June 2018

The Rise Fund owned by private equity firm, TPG Growth, has led a $47.5 million investment in Cellulant, an African digital payments provider with operations in Kenya and Nigeria. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya mulls tax incentives for ICT sector to reduce reliance on imports

1 June 2018

NAIROBI, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is considering introducing tax incentives for manufacturers in the ICT sector in order to reduce reliance on imports, a senior government official said on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria - FG moves to review tax laws to woo investors

1 June 2018

The Federal Government is making moves to review the country’s tax laws as part of efforts to attract investors and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. The Minister…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa government appears to walk back on Telkom stake sale

1 June 2018

South African operator Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko said it appears that government has walked back on a plan to sell a portion of its stake in the telecommunications operator, though…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nimbus to raise stake in Paratus to majority holding

1 June 2018

Namibian company Nimbus Infrastructure expects to finalise the terms for a share swap that will increase its stake in Paratus Telecommunications to 51.4 percent on 01 June, according to a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

1 June 2018

MTN Ghana is finally set to launch its Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the 29th May 2018. According to the leading telecommunications company, the listing forms part of conditions securing…


Digital Content

Little Ride sets its sights on conquering regional bloc

1 June 2018

Safaricom-backed online taxi-hailing app Little has announced plans to launch its services in Rwanda within a month. The announcement comes barely a month after Little rolled out its services in…


Digital Content

Uber Launches Food Service For Selected Parts of Kenya

1 June 2018

Uber has launched its food delivery service for select parts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Dubbed Uber Eats, it will allow users in upmarket suburbs of Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lavington, Westlands…


Digital Content

Kenya: Bloggers Sue AG, IG Over New Cybercrime Law

1 June 2018

Bloggers want some section of the new cybercrime law suspended. The Bloggers Association of Kenya has sued the Attorney-General, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Inspector-General of Police and…


Digital Content

Africans are telling their own story about Africa on social media

1 June 2018

Social media platforms are providing Africans with an opportunity to counter negative stereotypes by giving them representational agency. More and more Africans use the internet. By the end of 2000…


Digital Content

Falz 'This Is Nigeria' The Nigerian rapper tackles his country's social ills in his very own answer to Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

1 June 2018

Nigerian rapper, Falz has been known to use his sharp brand of humor to address social ills in his country. Today he's taken it a step further with the release…


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People

1 June 2018

Johannesburg-based digital innovation hub, Tshimologong Precinct, has announced that its CEO Lesley Williams has been selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa programme.…