News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 935 – 20 July 2018

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Africa’s three major mobile operators now have a digital playbook – highlighting the continent’s digital services sector

20 July 2018

Three of Africa’s mobile operators – MTN, Orange and Vodacom - now have in place a “digital transformation” strategy. In plain English, this buzz word means that they have an idea of how they will replace formerly lucrative voice revenues with digital content and service revenues. Russell Southwood looks at what they’ve got planned. According to the latest GSMA report – The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2018, penetration (excluding duplicate handsets) was 44% against 66% globally. The market will reach peak users some time soon. The GSMA says that there will be 50% penetration by the end of 2023 and…

Telecoms

Ethiopia: Telecom Looking Ways for Replacing Satellite Phone Service

20 July 2018

The telecom service resumed between Ethiopia and Eritrea last Sunday would be substituted with fiber optics in the near future, Ethio Telecom told The Ethiopian Herald. The resumption of cell…


Telecoms

Econet in hot water over electoral spam

20 July 2018

An Econet Wireless subscriber is taking legal action against the mobile network operator after he received an unsolicited text message from the ruling Zanu PF party ahead of the 30…


Telecoms

Moov to revolutionise the mobile sector in Togo

20 July 2018

Moov telecoms operator is the latest in Togo to launch 4G services and aims to attract 200,000 users on its 4G network by the end of 2018. The operator disclosed…


Telecoms

In Brief

20 July 2018

South Africa: In April 2018, MTN launched its new social media bundles aimed specifically at WhatsApp users. Those purchasing the network’s WhatsApp Bundle would be charged R10 for 1GB on…


Internet

Telecom Egypt and Liquid Telecom announce MoU signing to enable completion of the first fibre network from Cape to Cairo

20 July 2018

Abuja, July 13, 2018: Leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, and Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator, announced today at the 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Export-Import Bank…


Internet

Africa’s Broadband Internet Speeds

20 July 2018

The Internet first came to Africa in the 80s when the first Internet networking system was setup in South Africa. Then came the first dial-up connection (to France) connected Africa…


Internet

South Africa: TV White Spaces – a Gamechanger for Rural Internet Rollout

20 July 2018

By finally publishing regulations on the use of Television White Spaces (TVWS), South Africa’s Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has paved the way for two significant turning points in…


Internet

Nigeria: ICT is revolutionising fashion industry-Designer

20 July 2018

Mrs Blessing Achu, founder, 360 Creative Innovation Hub, Lagos, says Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is revolutionising fashion industry and urged fashion designers to use it or lose out. Achu…


Internet

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya with Telkom in 2019

20 July 2018

Known as Project Loon, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab. It has since become Loon, a subsidiary of Alphabet, which is the parent company of…


Internet

Is This Africa’s Next Internet Censorship Controversy?

20 July 2018

Africa has been at the heart of a storm over freedom of speech and access to information over the past few months, as various governments become guilty of internet censorship…


Internet

In brief - Internet

20 July 2018

Paul Kaba Thieba, the Prime Minister of landlocked Burkina Faso, has inaugurated a new fibre link connecting capital city Ouagadougou to Dakola, next to the Ghanaian border. Work on the…


Computing

10-year-old Nigerian Girl Wins Global ICT Competition

20 July 2018

Ten-year-old Kambinachi Kanu, a final year primary school pupil of Temple Preparatory School, Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria, emerged the global winner in the 9-12-year-old category of this year’s annual ‘Girls Who…


Computing

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

20 July 2018

Lagos - With its colourful hammocks and table tennis table, a new tech hub in the Lagos metropolis wouldn't look out of place among the start-ups on the other side…


Computing

South African government signs ICT investment MoU with South Sudan

20 July 2018

South Africa and South Sudan have agreed to a renewed MoU governing ICT investment and sector development between the two countries, reports ITWeb. South African Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and…


Computing

Global Businesses, including African Businesses, Turn to Oracle Blockchain Service to Speed Transactions Securely

20 July 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 17th 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA) /- Businesses around the world have been deploying an early adopter version of Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, which becomes generally available…


Money Transfer

Transaction Reverse App launched in Tanzania

20 July 2018

Tigo has unveiled a self-care service on its mobile money platform that allows customers to undo accidentally made transactions without going through customer care service. Tigo Tanzania Chief Officer for…


Money Transfer

Afrimart, First Made in Africa B2B Pan-Continental E-Commerce Platform launched!

20 July 2018

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 17, 2018/ -- Pan-Africa’s pioneer Business to Business (B2B) e-commerce platform for made in Africa products, Afrimart (www.Afrimart.com), has officially taken off today, offering prospects of catapulting…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: CBN Orders Banks to Supply Transaction Data Daily

20 July 2018

All financial institutions operating in the country have been mandated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to furnish it with their daily transaction data through the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Government Collects Shs7billion From Social Media Tax

20 July 2018

Kampala — The government on Tuesday announced that they have so far collected Shs7billion from the newly-introduced tax on social media and mobile money transactions just a week into a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan mobile subscriptions grow 3% to 44.1 mln in Q1 as Safaricom loses some share to Airtel

20 July 2018

The number of mobile subscriptions in Kenya grew by 3.0 percent to 44.1 million in the first quarter ended 31 March from 42.8 million subscriptions reported during the fourth quarter,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group may offload non-core assets in Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, South Sudan

20 July 2018

South Africa-based MTN Group is considering the divestment of its subsidiaries in a number of markets, including those in Liberia, South Sudan or Guinea-Bissau, Bloomberg quotes unnamed sources within the…


Digital Content

Egypt unveils new social media laws 'to curb dissent'

20 July 2018

Egypt's parliament has approved a tough new law to regulate social media, raising fears that it could curb dissent against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's regime. The law states that social…


Digital Content

France & South Africa launch Digital Content Hub

20 July 2018

The initiative will be supporting startups in Africa which are involved in making digital and multimedia content.    The Digital Content Hub will be under the management of Tshimologong in…


Digital Content

This tax on social media can’t prevent Ugandans taunting their leaders

20 July 2018

The net remains the only safe place for dissent – but President Museveni would rather silence critics than address their issues On the morning of 1 July, Ugandans woke to…


Digital Content

Introducing Discover Weekly: your ultimate personalised playlist

20 July 2018

Spotify has now launched its famous personalised playlist ‘Discover Weekly’ in South Africa. Updated every Monday morning, Discover Weekly brings you a custom-made, 30-song playlist tailored specifically to your musical…


Digital Content

Boomplay Music reaches new milestone

20 July 2018

Speaking during a press conference in Lagos, Nigeria, Boomplay PR head Tosin Sorinola said the company would continue to enhance its user interface to increase music distribution. She also revealed…


Digital Content

UN starts panel on digital cooperation

20 July 2018

The United Nations (UN) has convened an independent panel to address issues of digital cooperation. Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres said the panel is expected to identify gaps…


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People

20 July 2018

African operator Liquid Telecom announced that Ahmad Mokhles has been appointed as Group Chief Operating Officer, a new position within the group. Effective immediately, he will help drive operational excellence…


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Opportunities

20 July 2018

Entries Open For The AppsAfrica Innovation Awards 2018 Entries are now open for the fourth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards which celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa,…


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Event

20 July 2018

AWIT Kenya 2018July 19 -21Nairobi KenyaThe African Women in Tech (AWIT) Conference will be the one of its kind to provide attendees a unique combination of deep-dive, hands-on tech workshops,…