News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 932 – 29 June 2018

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Financial services a key battleground in Africa’s digital transformation: Ecobank offers the unbanked KYC-lite accounts, card-less ATM payments, signs agreement with MTN

29 June 2018

A key battleground in the digital transformation of Africa’s mobile industry is the flow of payments and financial services across the network and around the world. For all the success of mobile money payments, cash remains dominant and the potential for digital payments enormous. Russell Southwood spoke to Edward George, Head of Group Research, Ecobank earlier in the year and looks at how this might play out. There are estimated to be 2 million mobile money agents in Sub-Saharan Africa and only 100,000 bank accounts. But despite this initial disparity, there are three players in the ring: the mobile operators;…

Telecoms

South Africa's Plans for Digital TV Switch May Help Vodacom, MTN

29 June 2018

South Africa’s pledge to switch to digital TV by the end of next year may free up spectrum for wireless operators such as Vodacom Group Ltd. and MTN Group Ltd.,…


Telecoms

Tanzania's regulator issues two new spectrum licences

29 June 2018

Vodacom Tanzania and Azam Telecom have each secured a spectrum licence for the 700MHz band auctioned by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) in early June 2018. Market leader Vodacom…


Telecoms

Niger approves creation of new regulator ARCEP

29 June 2018

Niger’s Council of Ministers has adopted a draft law establishing a new telecoms watchdog known as the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Post (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s regulator NCC: Why we engaged stakeholders on transfer of Visafone licence to MTN

29 June 2018

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has given given reasons why the Commission decided to hold a public inquiry on the on the…


Telecoms

Tanzania Operator Chiefs Hit With Fraud Charges

29 June 2018

The heads of two Tanzanian operators have reportedly been charged with fraud, along with four unnamed suspects. Halotel MD Le Van Dai and Zantel (Zanzibar Telecom) head Sherif El Barbary…


Telecoms

Nigerian telecom operators oppose spectrum transfer

29 June 2018

9 mobile and Airtel, Nigerian mobile network operators have opposed the transfer of an 800MHz license from Visafone Communications to MTN Nigeria. The operators argued that transferring Visafone’s 800 Megahertz…


Telecoms

In brief

29 June 2018

Mauritanian cellcos Mauritel, Chinguitel and Mattel are under threat of new sanctions for failing to provide adequate quality of service (QoS). According to a report from Agence Ecofin, local telecoms…


Internet

Paratus partners with Bank Gaborone to offer affordable Satellite Internet

29 June 2018

Paratus Botswana has partnered with Bank Gaborone to offer clients finance options for their affordable and reliable Internet via satellite (VSAT). Financing is now available through Bank Gaborone's Vehicle and…


Internet

Submarine cables in West Africa run less than 20% capacity, says Opeke

29 June 2018

The Chief Executive Officer of Main One Cable, Ms. Funke Opeke has disclosed that all the submarine cables on the coast of West Africa are running less than 20 percent…


Internet

Shittu Calls for Partnership to Combat Cross-boarder Cyber Crime in Africa

29 June 2018

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Minister of Communication, Dr. Adebayo Shittu has called for collaboration between ECOWAS sub-region and African Union (AU) in combatting cross-border cyber-crime, this is also as he…


Internet

In brief

29 June 2018

Despite the assurances from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Ministry of Communications, stakeholders in the Nigerian telecom space have continued to doubt the 30 percent broadband target by…


Computing

Egypt's booming ICT sector calls for increased cybersecurity measures: Trend Micro Incorporated

29 June 2018

Egypt continues to face a growing threat from cyberattacks with malware detections in Q1 of 2018 reaching 253,995, the second highest figure in the North African region. Based on a…


Computing

T-Systems South Africa won ICT Award at Vision 2030 Awards

29 June 2018

T-Systems South Africa took home the prestigious ICT Award at the annual Vision 2030 Awards gala, held on 12 June at Emperor’s Palace. The awards ceremony honours organisations, enterprises and…


Computing

MTN Donates Interactive Training Centre for Nurses

29 June 2018

MTN South Africa has sponsored a multi-media centre worth R1.2 million for the training of nurses at the College of Nursing sub-campus of Grey’s Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Through its…


Computing

PICS: SA computer boffins claim third place at international high-performance computing contest

29 June 2018

South African computer boffins have claimed third place at an international high-performance computer competition in Germany. The team, made up of Meir Rosendorff, Joshua Bruton, Kimessha Paupamah, Katleho Mokoena, Nathan…


Computing

In brief

29 June 2018

  [Cape Town], June 20, 2018 – Bluegrass Digital, a digital transformation specialist, announced on its 6 year anniversary as a Solution Partner of Episerver, the company transforming digital experiences,…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Mobile money ‘interoperability’ transactions hit nearly 100,000

29 June 2018

Some 96, 904 cross-network mobile money transactions took place in the first month of the launch of mobile money interoperability. The transactions are valued at over GH¢8.3 million. These transactions…


Money Transfer

NIGERIA: Mobile money firm bags ISO9001 certification

29 June 2018

Fets Limited, Nigeria’s mobile money transfer company, yesterday, said it has secured the International Standards Organisations (ISO) 9001 quality certificate. The feat is the first for a Nigerian mobile money…


Money Transfer

First Bank partners with WorldRemit for digital money transfers to Nigeria

29 June 2018

Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has joined forces with First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank) for instant money transfers to First Bank accounts in Nigeria. The new strategic partnership…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: BK Makes Sweeping Tariff Changes to Promote Digital Banking

29 June 2018

Bank of Kigali has announced a series of tariff changes on its digital services and products, which according to the bank are aimed at making it easier for Rwandans to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Algeria’s Mobilis confirms bid for Mali’s fourth mobile licence

29 June 2018

Algeria’s telecoms minister Houda Imane Faraoun has confirmed that Mobilis, the cellular division of state-backed Algerie Telecom, has lodged an application to compete for the fourth mobile operator licence in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

9Mobile Acquisition: All Eyes on Teleology as Deadline Looms

29 June 2018

With less than a month to the 90 days window given to Teleology Holdings Limited to pay the balance of $251 million to acquire 9mobile, industry watchers are observing with…


Digital Content

Mobile app created in Tanzania to track epidemics

29 June 2018

[DAR-ES-SALAAM] Researchers in Tanzania have developed a digital application that empowers communities to use smartphones to detect and report the outbreak of diseases including Ebola and cholera. The digital app,…


Digital Content

Ugandan cellcos give further info on new social media tax

29 June 2018

Ugandan mobile operators MTN, Airtel and Africell have issued a joint statement to inform customers how to pay a controversial new social media tax to be implemented by the government…


Digital Content

US based Rwandans develop mobile app to promote local music

29 June 2018

The local music industry has for long struggled to find its footing on the international market due to lack of systematic exposure to the global community and very few artistes…


Digital Content

Safaricom sued for ‘stealing’ its music streaming app Songa from a Kenyan web developer

29 June 2018

In February, we reported that Kenya’s leading mobile service carrier – Safaricom – had launched new mobile music streaming app; Songa by Safaricom. Well, it turns out, Songa is not…


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People

29 June 2018

Cell C has appointed Junaid Munshi as its new chief commercial officer, effective from 2 July 2018. Munshi has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is returning…


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Opportunities

29 June 2018

Does your project have what it takes to be a 2018 Digi winner? We launched the 2018 Digital Development Awards with USAID last month, and since then, we've been inspired…