News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 930 – 15 June 2018

Top Story

Wari’s CEO Kabirou Mbodje on why he wants to buy Tigo Senegal and how he’s creating an open access financial global brand

15 June 2018

Digital transformation has even in Africa kicked over the whole deck of cards. Everyone wants to do everything and is trying to find where the high margin centre of gravity will end up. Nothing exemplifies the idea more of everything sold turns into air than Wari’s desire to buy Tigo Senegal. Russell Southwood spoke recently at Afrobytes to Kabirou Mbodje, CEO, Wari about how his global ambitions and why he wants to buy Tigo Senegal. Mbodjie was born in Lyon, France to Senegalese parents but holds dual French-Senegalese citizenship. Having got a degree in Telecoms Engineering in France and an…

Telecoms

Chad invites bids for fourth licence

15 June 2018

The Chadian government has launched a tender for the award of a fourth mobile licence, and has invited interested parties to submit offers to the Ministry of Post and New…


Telecoms

South Africa: Court orders Icasa not to implement new data rules

15 June 2018

The high court in Johannesburg on Thursday ordered communications regulator Icasa not to implement new consumer protection regulations dealing with data expiry and rollover until judgment is handed down in…


Internet

Hostriver launches innovative professional DIY Website Building services for SMEs.

15 June 2018

Johannesburg, 12 June 2018 – South African Internet solutions company, Hostriver, today launched its Website Builder service – aimed at the Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) sector. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY)…


Internet

Ghana: Kasoa Police Swoops On Internet Fraudsters, Drug Dealers

15 June 2018

One hundred and one suspected Internet fraudsters and drug dealers believed to be the masterminds of major criminal operations at Kasoa and its surrounding communities in the Central Region have…


Internet

CPJ asks Tanzania to withdraw internet law

15 June 2018

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) wants the Tanzanian government to withdraw its new online content regulations to online forums, blogs and streaming websites. In a statement, CPJ on Tuesday…


Internet

Mauritius: Presentation of key findings on Digital and Social Media Marketing among SMEs

15 June 2018

GIS - 11 June, 2018: The need for a well-designed action plan and resource support by institutions for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to step into higher level of engagement…


Internet

In brief

15 June 2018

As part of efforts of the federal government to provide affordable broadband infrastructure and services in Nigeria, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has expressed…


Computing

Google AI research center in Africa to open in Accra Ghana

15 June 2018

We've seen people across Africa do amazing things with the internet and technology—for themselves, their communities and the world. Over the past 10 years in which Google has had offices…


Computing

Africa Code Week Aiming To Empower Youth, Begins With Madagascar Coding Workshops

15 June 2018

Ahead of the start of Africa Code Week 2018, which will take place throughout the continent in October, hundreds of teachers and parents in Madagascar have learned basic coding skills.…


Computing

Freshworks Accelerates International Growth with Market Expansion in South Africa

15 June 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 12, 2018/ -- Freshworks Inc, a provider of cloud-based business software, today announced an aggressive growth strategy to propel the ambitious expansion of its evolving South…


Computing

Cameroonian young entrepreneur takes on digital archiving to boost local economy

15 June 2018

Philippe Nkouaya returned from France a few months ago after studying and established a digital service company in Douala, Cameroon’s capital. His company, Philjohntech specializes in electronic archiving and has…


Computing

South Africa: Protecting Privacy - Postcards From the Edge of Being Hacked

15 June 2018

In a world where tech giants, governments and cyber criminals all vie for internet users' information, the privacy of personal data and communications has never been more fragile. This is…


Money Transfer

MTN to launch mobile service in Namibia in August

15 June 2018

MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Company unveils new mobile money-lending app

15 June 2018

Diversity in the mobile money lending sector has gone notch higher with the launch of a new mobile money-lending app. The Okolea International lending app is now connecting consumers with…


Money Transfer

OROBO allows cross border remittances in West and East Africa

15 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, Serria-Leone and supporting financial inclusion in West Africa. The…


Money Transfer

Africa: Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining Apps On iOS to Protect Mobile Users

15 June 2018

Apple Has Created New Rules for APP Developers That Ban the Creation of Cryptocurrency Mining Services On Mobile Devices.   Using an iPad or iPhone to mine bitcoin or other…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone Zambia up for “sale”

15 June 2018

Afrimax, the company that has run a number of mobile operations in Africa under the Vodafone brand, says Vodafone Zambia will have “new ownership”. The company said in a brief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa's Vodacom to increase black ownership

15 June 2018

Vodacom said current black shareholders in Vodacom South Africa and a newly formed staff scheme will exchange their current shareholding for a stake of between 5.8% and 6.25% in Vodacom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

15 June 2018

Airtel Kenya has abandoned plans to merge with Telkom Kenya to take on the market leading operator Safaricom, Reuters reported citing unnamed industry and government sources. The source said Airtel…


Digital Content

BondTracker app launched by e4 to enhance registration process

15 June 2018

Software as a service company e4 has launched BondTracker, a mobile business app designed to facilitate efficiency in tracking and communicating progress when registering a property. Clive Bredenkamp, Head of…


Digital Content

Namibia’s KOPANO platform supports ICT to improve teacher training quality

15 June 2018

Over 40 representatives from nine Sub-Saharan African countries – Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Congo, DR Congo, Liberia, Tanzania, Uganda, Togo, Zambia – joined the UNESCO-China Funds-In-Trust (CFIT) Project study tour from…


Digital Content

Facebook adds Arabic to iPhone language options

15 June 2018

Facebook has added Arabic to its language options in the latest version of its iPhone app in the Middle East and North Africa, reports Khaleejtimes. Arabic is widely spoken by…


Digital Content

Tanzania Shuts Down Jamii Forum Over Tough New Rules

15 June 2018

A popular Tanzanian blogging site, Jamii Forums, has shut down following government enforcement of harsh new online content regulations. The regulator, Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has disallowed publishing of…


Digital Content

Is new Jozi artist investment platform Sunkambe set to be the JSE of music?

15 June 2018

Recording, launching and distributing an album can typically cost an artist tens of thousands of rands — money many new and upcoming musicians often don’t have. Added to that, artists,…


Digital Content

StarTimes launches video streaming service in Ghana ahead of World Cup

15 June 2018

StarTimes launches video streaming service in Ghana ahead of World Cup Africa’s leading digital TV operator StarTimes on Tuesday announced that its App video streaming service is officially launched in…


Digital Content

24-Year-Old Ugandan Inventor Wins Africa Prize for Engineering After Creating Bloodless Malaria Test

15 June 2018

He is the first Ugandan to win the prize, and the youngest winner to date. The Royal Academy for Engineering's Africa Prize awards young African innovators, using their skills to…


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Opportunities

15 June 2018

Apply now for Seedstars Harare Applications are now open to the Zimbabwe leg of the Seedstars World early-stage pitching contest, with regional winners to represent their country at the Seedstars…


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Events

15 June 2018

Mest Africa SummitCape Town18 - 20 June 2018The MEST Africa Summit is the Pan-African tech conference. The Summit brings together top entrepreneurs, investors, executives and ecosystem players from across Africa,…