News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 929 – 8 June 2018

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ISOCEL to launch first FTTH service in Benin, first in capital Cotonou and then more widely

8 June 2018

FTTH roll-outs have slowly been made in a range of African countries but the recent news that Isocel will roll-out an FTTH service in Benin is a clear sign that even in smaller markets users will not miss out. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Aouad, Founder and CEO, Isocel Telecom about his plans. Q: When will you launch your new LTE network? A: We finally decided not to go with LTE. A number of ISPs that have deployed LTE have had bad experiences, like YooMee in Cameroon and several other African countries. So we thought about it and are putting…

Telecoms

Huawei P20 series shatters sales records in SA

8 June 2018

Huawei’s new P20 devices are already proving to be among SA’s most desirable smartphones, with sales of this range increasing by 60% compared to their predecessor, the Huawei P10 series.…


Telecoms

Malawi sets new SIM registration deadline

8 June 2018

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has set a new deadline for the country’s mobile subscribers to register their SIM cards, after the process was postponed earlier this year. Local…


Telecoms

Vodacom says interested in ‘attractive’ Ethiopia

8 June 2018

South Africa‘s Vodacom Group is interested in the Ethiopian telecoms market, it said on Wednesday, a day after the East African country opened its state-run telecoms monopoly. “Vodacom has said…


Telecoms

South African police raid mobile operator MTN over Iran dispute with Turkcell

8 June 2018

South African police have seized documents from the offices of mobile phone operator MTN Group after Turkey's Turkcell launched a $4.2 billion lawsuit over a disputed Iran license, MTN said…


Telecoms

In brief

8 June 2018

Botswana, local firm Kometsi Telecommunications and Namibia-based Demshi Investment Holdings have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with a view to launching an MVNO – or ‘any appropriate regulator-approved model’.…


Internet

Google releases new Africa App to beat slow internet speeds

8 June 2018

Google is releasing an app in Africa that will help internet users overcome obstacles such as the lack of high-speed connectivity and the cost of data on the continent. The…


Internet

Precision networking is key to Zambia’s mining efficiency, says Paratus

8 June 2018

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Precision mining, using innovative wireless technology to optimise efficiencies, is the future of Zambia’s mining sector according to connectivity specialist Paratus Zambia. With low-grade ore bodies, Zambia’s…


Internet

South Africa: ICASA conducts public hearings on Discussion Document on Priority Markets

8 June 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it will hold public hearings with regard to the Discussion Document on Priority Markets, published on 16 February. The priority markets…


Internet

Africa’s offline gender gap is getting repeated online

8 June 2018

Half the world will be online by the end of 2018, according to our estimates at the Web Foundation. This is an incredible milestone — but it also means that…


Internet

In brief

8 June 2018

Angola Cables expands Global IP Network coverage, adds new peering locations Angola Cables has added new peering locations as part of its global expansion to have more net coverage. The…


Computing

Controversy and secrecy characterise Uganda's latest tech law

8 June 2018

In Uganda, people who use social media platforms and/or who utilise mobile money services to transact will incur a fee – 1% on mobile money transactions and Sh200 (US$0/05) daily…


Computing

Intelsat joins Smart Africa to help accelerate the continent’s digital transformation

8 June 2018

The initiative is aimed at accelerating sustainable socioeconomic development on the continent and ushering Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and usage of ICT. Steven Spengler…


Computing

South Africa: Minister Davies launches R1bn ICT factory in East London

8 June 2018

South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products but has relied on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr…


Money Transfer

LRA, Lonestar Cell MTN launch Mobile Tax Payment Service Friday

8 June 2018

The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in collaboration with Lonestar Cell MTN, USAID Revenue Generation for Governance and Growth Project (RG3) and the United Bank for Africa (UBA), will officially launch…


Money Transfer

Orobo and OpenWay team on West African cross-border money transfers

8 June 2018

Orobo, the newly-launched money transfer platform from Saana Holdings, is opening up cross- border remittance and bill-payments into Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra-Leone and supporting financial inclusion in West Africa. The…


Money Transfer

Angolan startup claims country’s first mobile wallet

8 June 2018

The payments space in Angola is getting a much-need shake-up, as the country gets its first comprehensive mobile wallet courtesy of local startup Kamba. Launched in April this year, Kamba…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Development Bank supports fiber-optic development in the Central African Republic

8 June 2018

The Central African Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, Félix Moloua, and the Director General for Central Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office of the African Development Bank,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange Digital Ventures partners with Google in start-up financing

8 June 2018

Orange has partnered with Google through Orange Digital Ventures (ODV), the Group's corporate venture fund, to join forces in financing the best start-ups. Through this partnership, Google will leverage ODV’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

French President announces $75m investment for African tech startups

8 June 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to support innovative start-ups in Africa with a €65 million ($75,651,745) investment programme. Macron made the announcement at the third edition of the French…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tycoon Bollore predicts his group will suffer from Africa graft allegations

8 June 2018

French tycoon Vincent Bollore warned investors on Friday that his conglomerate will suffer from the current judicial investigations over allegations of corruption in West Africa - allegations which are denied…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

East African Techpreneurs Take Five Spots in Forbes 30 Under 30 Technology

8 June 2018

Forbes Africa recently released its 30 under 30 series which was split into three: Creative, Technology and Business. Out of the 30 spots in the technology category five have been…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

8 June 2018

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has ordered the closure of local MVNO K2 Telecom after the company failed to pay taxes for four years. K2, which is owned by the Buganda…


Digital Content

Uganda approves social media tax

8 June 2018

The controversial new law serves Ugandans who use the internet messaging service WhatsApp to be charged a daily tax. On Wednesday, May 31 Uganda’s parliamentarians approved the proposed law to…


Digital Content

AfDB Launches Coding for Employment Program: Unleashing Africa’s Next Generation of Digital Innovators

8 June 2018

The African Development Bank, together with partners – The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. By training…


Digital Content

StarTimes launched its video streaming service in Nigeria

8 June 2018

Africa’s digital TV operator StarTimes announced the launch of its App video streaming service in Nigeria. The first 40000 users will have the privilege to enjoy a very attractive pre-order…


Digital Content

Industrie Africa Is the New Platform To Discover Top African Designers

8 June 2018

The digital showroom launched June 1 and goes beyond highlighting trends. Named the "Wikipedia of African Fashion" by Vogue, Industrie Africa is a new digital showroom featuring African designers. The…


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Events

8 June 2018

FTTX Council Africa - 2018 Conference10 – 12 September 2018Exhibition Centre in Durban.For further information visit the website here.


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People

8 June 2018

Ericsson names Wahby as head of West AfricaEricsson has announced the appointment of Nora Wahby as Head of Ericsson West Africa. Wahby will oversee Ericsson's business within this geographic region,…