News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 938 – 17 August 2018

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Vodafone Wholesale puts in second fibre link for regional connectivity but huge disparities exist in African wholesale rates as prices fall

17 August 2018

Vodafone Wholesale’s new second link from Ghana to its neighbors is good news for the region. Ghana’s position as a competitive regional hub will hopefully drive more falls in wholesale prices, particularly in landlocked countries. However, there are now huge disparities in both international and national fibre prices. Russell Southwood looks at Africa’s two speed wholesale market. Sub-Saharan Africa now has several regional hubs that service their surrounding regions. These are currently Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. With more competitive markets and pricing policies, Angola, Cameroon and Sudan could join this elite group. But interestingly, highly competitive Nigeria is…

Telecoms

Ugandan regulator backs down on airtime scratch cards

17 August 2018

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has reversed a ban on selling mobile airtime scratch cards following discussions with the country’s Ministry of ICT and several MPs, The Monitor newspaper reports.…


Telecoms

South Africa: Amended telecoms bill headed to cabinet

17 August 2018

A redrafted version of the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill will be presented to cabinet by the end of next month, a move that could finally take South Africa a meaningful…


Telecoms

Uganda wants unit of MTN Group to list locally before license extension

17 August 2018

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda has asked the local unit of South African telecoms giant MTN Group (MTNJ.J) to list some of its shares on the local stock exchange as a…


Telecoms

Why Nigeria’s N165Bn Interconnect debts challenge persist

17 August 2018

The absence of an Interconnect settlement scheme, lack of monitoring mechanism for traffic exchange by operators and the fact that there is no service fee for clearinghouse services, have been…


Internet

Liquid Telecom in talks to share idle spectrum

17 August 2018

Liquid Telecom is in talks with other network operators about making its idle spectrum, or radio waves, available to them, says the company’s new SA CEO, Reshaad Sha. Mobile operators…


Internet

BitCo provides fibre to Starbucks in South Africa for faster customer Wi-Fi

17 August 2018

BitCo has signed a partnership with Starbucks South Africa to provide cafe branches with uncapped and uncontended 1Gbps fibre, reports MyBroadband. BitCo said the roll-out has begun in selected outlets…


Internet

Zambian opposition attacks internet call tax

17 August 2018

Zambia's main opposition party has condemned the government's move to introduce a daily tax of $0.03 (£0.02) on all internet based calls, calling them "visionless". "We wonder who told them…


Internet

Cameroon: two Facebook representatives Visit MINREX Politique

17 August 2018

They held a strategic meeting with the Minister of External Relations, Friday August 10, 2018. A visiting delegation from the American online social media and social networking service company, Facebook,…


Internet

Netstar adds telematics to vehicle tracking through SqwidNet cooperation

17 August 2018

Altron subsidiary Netstar has partnered with Dark Fibre Africa's Internet of things (IoT) business SqwidNet to offer IoT services in South Africa, reports TechCentral. Netstar is moving beyond traditional vehicle…


Internet

Mali disrupts internet ahead of run-off – Group

17 August 2018

An international digital rights group is reporting that authorities in Mali have restricted internet access on the evening of a presidential run-off vote. According to France-based Internet Without Borders, the…


Internet

In brief

17 August 2018

Madagascar is ranked among one of the world’s poorest countries. But it has faster internet connectivity than in the UK, France and Canada. A recent report revealed that it has…


Computing

Safaricom to introduce finger biometrics to curb SIM card fraud

17 August 2018

Kenya’s biggest teleco Safaricom, is in the process of developing a framework that will deal with the sim card swap fraud. This comes after ongoing sim card fraud that plagued…


Computing

SA drone startup Aerobotics launches bid to take on US market

17 August 2018

SA aerial data-analytics startup Aerobotics has hired a US representative and plans to expand into the US market, with a team from the startup set to embark on a sales…


Money Transfer

Postbank Kenya Rolls Out Mobile Banking Platform

17 August 2018

In an effort to take advantage of mobile phone penetration, Postbank Kenya has launched a new banking service. The mobile offering, which is called M-Chama, is geared toward small groups,…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Drop 0.5% on Mobile Money (MM)Tax

17 August 2018

The survey shows that reducing the transaction value tax to 0.5% only serves to reduce the impact on profits and transaction volumes by 50% to about 37.3%.. Resulting from a…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana set to disburse GH¢12.3m to victims of SBI “Ponzi scheme”

17 August 2018

MTN Ghana has announced that it has finalized modalities to disburse ¢12.288 million to victims of Savannah Brokerage Investment(SBI) limited. A press release by the telecoms giant said the decision…


Money Transfer

Nigerian FinTech Startup Mines Secures $13M to Grow Digital Credit Platform

17 August 2018

Mines, a fintech startup re-inventing credit in emerging markets, has closed a Series A round of $13M led by The Rise Fund, a global fund managed by TPG Growth. Also…


Money Transfer

Oradian and ANMFIN launch new cloud-based microfinance solution in Nigeria

17 August 2018

Lagos: Oradian and ANMFIN launch new cloud-based microfinance solution in Nigeria The partnership will enable ANMFIN to promote access to financial services for Nigerian clients on a larger scale by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NCC orders more due diligence on preferred bidder for 9Mobile

17 August 2018

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has ordered more due diligence on the preferred bidder selected for 9Mobile, reports Premium Times. NCC's executive vice chairman Umar Danbatta said the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

‘Four potential foreign bidders’ for NetOne stake

17 August 2018

Four foreign firms are interested in buying a 45%-50% equity stake in Zimbabwean state-owned mobile operator NetOne, according to a report from the Zimbabwe Independent citing industry insiders. Potential bidders…


Digital Content

Twitter Lite launches in 5 more African countries

17 August 2018

It’s been more than a year since Twitter Lite launched in a select number of countries, including South Africa. Today, the social network announced that its lightweight Android app is…


Digital Content

Falz's 'This Is Nigeria' Has Been Banned by Nigeria's Broadcasting Commission

17 August 2018

Wande Cole's "Iskaba" and Olamide's "See Mary, See Jesus" were also deemed too "vulgar" for radio. The Nigerian Broadcasting Commision (NBC) has banned Falz's viral, politically-charged hit "This is Nigeria."…


Digital Content

OTT Tax: Facebook denies holding back Uganda investments

17 August 2018

Facebook has refuted media reports claiming it is freezing its investments in Uganda in response to the government's social media tax. Authorities imposed the tax under the revised Excise Duty…


Digital Content

DStv Now launches apps for Samsung, Apple TV and Android TV

17 August 2018

It’s been a busy day for Multichoice. The DStv owner announced a new deal with the SABC to keep the latter’s shows on its satellite TV service. The company has…


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People

17 August 2018

BCX COO Michael Buttner quits after short stint Barely four months after joining Telkom’s BCX subsidiary as chief operating officer, Michael Buttner has resigned. Telkom confirmed on Wednesday that Buttner…


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Opportunities

17 August 2018

Facebook support's the next generation of creative talent at The Loeries Awards 2018 DURBAN, South Africa, August 15, 2018/ -- For the third year running, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) is sponsoring the…


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Events

17 August 2018

OTTVA Summit on the Future of TV & Digital Video in Africa5th September – 2018Golden Tulip Westlands Nairobi Hotel The focus of the present conference is on growing potential for…