News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 931 – 22 June 2018

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Africa’s Slowest Moving Fibre Project begins to fall into place –Congo-B tenders for links to Cameroon and Central African Republic

22 June 2018

Congo-Brazzaville should take the credit for being the most active country partner in the slow moving Central African Backbone project. It linked to neighboring Gabon in April and is now tendering for links to Cameroon and Central African Republic. Russell Southwood looks at how things are falling into place. In January 2018 I wrote a story on Africa’s slowest moving fibre project. Central Africa is probably the largest geographic area of the continent without a wide array of redundant fibre connecting its different countries. The Central African Backbone project was devised to change all that but it has been eight…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Lawyers to receive N500M in MTN’s N330Bn fine case

22 June 2018

The team of lawyers who participated in compelling MTN to pay the N330 billion fine slammed on it in 2015 by the Nigerian Communications Commission for SIM registration breaches will…


Telecoms

Ghana to go ahead with controversial telecoms revenue monitoring system

22 June 2018

Following a series of threats, consultations and modifications to the original tech specifications, Ghana's communication ministry has confirmed government's intention to implement the common telecoms revenue monitoring platform. In December…


Telecoms

South Africa: Court finds Vodacom, Transnet contract 'lawful'

22 June 2018

The South Gauteng High Court has ruled in favour of Vodacom in a battle between it and rival MTN over a contract with state-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet, worth…


Telecoms

itel Launches Three Smartphones on Android Oreo System in Africa

22 June 2018

itel, a mobile phone brand has announced the launch its first three smartphones, itel P32, A32F and A15, which run on the Android Oreo operating system (Go edition), into the…


Telecoms

Court tells Algerie Telecom to reinstate low-cost fixed LTE package

22 June 2018

Algerie Telecom (AT) has lost a court case brought by consumer protection association APOCE regarding the telco’s scrapping of a low-cost offer for fixed modem 4G LTE wireless broadband users,…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Potraz Slashes Mobile Internet Data Tariffs By 60 Percent

22 June 2018

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has concluded a cost modeling exercise for telecommunication network services in Zimbabwe covering mobile, fixed and Internet Access networks. In collaboration…


Telecoms

In brief

22 June 2018

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has published a determination setting the mobile termination rates (MTRs) that operators may charge from 1 July 2018. For ‘generic 2G/3G/4G operators’ – referring to…


Internet

Naspers's Spree and Media24's Superbalist to merge into new online fashion platform

22 June 2018

Cape Town – Media24 will be the 51% owner of a new venture which will arise from a merger between Naspers-owned online fashion retailers Spree and Superbalist, the media company…


Internet

Safaricom’s Songa poaches GM from Tecno’s Boomplay

22 June 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – In a move to grow music streaming services in Kenya, Safaricom’s music platform Songa has poached Chinasa Udeala from Boomplay and appointed him General Manager.…


Internet

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

22 June 2018

Alongside scores of independent blogs and social media pages, Tanzania's most popular independent news and user comment site, Jamii Forum, have shut themselves down in anticipation of the country's soon-to-be-implemented…


Internet

Algeria shuts down internet to prevent cheating during high school exams

22 June 2018

The whole nation of Algeria went offline on Wednesday for the start of high school exams, the first in a series of internet blackouts to stop the possibility of students…


Internet

In brief

22 June 2018

On the 5th of April 2018, Kymeta and iDirect joined forces to successfully demonstrate the Kymeta KyWay Terminal Proof of Concept in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. The Kymeta KyWay Terminal demo…


Computing

Amazon Web Services sets up SA points of presence

22 June 2018

The world’s largest cloud computing provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has opened its first physical point of presence (PoP) in South Africa. The company, which is owned by online retail…


Computing

Special needs schools get a digital helping hand

22 June 2018

MiX Telematics, in partnership with iSchool Africa, have donated 50 Apple iPads and other technology equipment to both the Vera School for learners with autism and the Alta du Toit…


Computing

MTN SA launches new multimedia facility for disabled users

22 June 2018

MTN South Africa has launched a new multimedia tech facility and library for the benefit of local social welfare organisation Afrika Tikkun Centre, reports ITWeb.The company this week joined deputy…


Computing

Nigerian Cloud Accounting Platform Wins African Incubator Startup Challenge

22 June 2018

Nigerian cloud accounting platform, Accounteer, won the inaugural MEST Africa Challenge organized by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, a training program, seed fund and Africa’s largest tech incubator based…


Computing

In brief

22 June 2018

The government of Rwanda has launched a new RWF25.4 billion (USD30 million) National Research and Innovation Fund aimed at boosting the country’s ICT sector.


Money Transfer

Truecaller eyes Sub-Saharan Africa's fintech market after acquiring Chillr, an Indian payment company

22 June 2018

Truecaller said it is looking at ways to enter the Sub-Saharan Africa's fintech market after the success of Truecaller Pay 2.0 in India. Last year in March, the company announced…


Money Transfer

EcoCash launches dedicated wallet for business payments

22 June 2018

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s leading mobile money service EcoCash on Wednesday unveiled a dedicated wallet for business payments. The business wallet, which represents the first time in Africa that an enterprise…


Money Transfer

South Africa: Net1 buys informal market prepaid airtime distributor

22 June 2018

The Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between Net1 Applied Technologies South Africa and DNI-4PL Contracts without conditions. Net1 is owned by Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, an American company. In…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: Mobile Money Transactions Up

22 June 2018

Dar es Salaam — Sh3.3 trillion was transacted through mobile money interoperability during the first 10 months of the 2017/18 financial year, the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Monetary Policy Statement…


Money Transfer

Akon’s building a Senegalese ‘Smart City’ with his cryptocurrency ‘Akoin’

22 June 2018

There’s a new cryptocurrency soon to be launched, but it won’t be taking its name from any memes or computer jargon. Instead, it’ll be launched by Senegalese musician Akon. Not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethiopian PM outlines plans to split Ethio Telecom in two, sell shares in both companies

22 June 2018

Ethiopia’s government is planning to break state-run monopoly provider Ethio Telecom in two and then sell a 30%-40% stake in both of the companies created by this move, with a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Investec and RMB eyes Vox sale – report

22 June 2018

Vox Telecom shareholders are looking to sell the South African fiber-network provider for about R3 billion ($228 million) to take advantage of consolidation in the industry, according to two people…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

22 June 2018

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced plans to hold a public inquiry on an application by Visafone Communications to transfer its licence and resources, including spectrum in the 800MHz…


Digital Content

Meet Tracking the Wild: the social tool using crowdsourcing to help Africa’s wildlife

22 June 2018

One of the biggest tourist attractions in South Africa — and Africa as a whole — is its sprawling wildlife. However valuable this attraction may be, its sustainability is questionable.…


Digital Content

Kwesé’ Iflix allies with 9Mobile to launch the premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria

22 June 2018

Kwesé iflix, the Joint Venture of Econet Media, Africa’s pan-regional media company and broadcast network has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with Telecom Company,…


Digital Content

5 Episodes from Siya Beyile's Podcast #TheThreadedExchange You Should Listen To

22 June 2018

The South African creative's engaging podcast explores the lives of young African entrepreneurs. "African entrepreneurship" is a topic that has become inescapable in the last few years, from panels at…


Digital Content

Vodacom launches SmartCitizen app

22 June 2018

Vodacom has launched a SmartCitizen app to support service delivery and active citizenry in South Africa. The new Thetha Nathi – Vodacom’s SmartCitizen app for the OR Tambo District Municipality…


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People

22 June 2018

Kenya: Songa appoints new general managerSafaricom's music streaming service, Songa, has announced the appointment of Chinasa Udeala as its new general manager. The music streaming expert was the East Africa…


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Opportunities

22 June 2018

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield heads to Lagos in December TechCrunch will host its second Startup Battlefield Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria, in December following last year’s inaugural competition in Nairobi. Nairobi-based…