News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 940 – 31 August 2018

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Africa’s mobile operators are failing to meet the innovation challenge in their own backyard

31 August 2018

Innovation is one of those words that everyone has to say. It’s always a good thing when it’s disrupting others but not if it upsets your own carefully prepared apple cart. Russell Southwood looks at how innovation in Africa’s banking industry compares to the continent’s mobile industry and what the MNOs might do. We have provided a steady stream of coverage looking at how Africa’s mobile operators have involved themselves in innovation and start-ups, most recently: Africa’s three major mobile operators now have a digital playbook – highlighting the continent’s digital services sector: The interesting thing is that almost all…

Telecoms

Telkom expands 4G network around Nairobi in Kenya

31 August 2018

Mobile operator Telkom Kenya is expanding its 4G network around Nairobi. The telecom company wants to reach more customers by launching a campaign for this purpose. The surrounding areas of…


Telecoms

MTN South Africa may go to court over ZAR 900 mln Post Office contract given to Telkom

31 August 2018

MTN and the South African Post Office may go to court over a ZAR 900 million contract that was awarded to Telkom, City Press reported. The report said the Post…


Telecoms

WhatsApp: This is how much it costs to make a video call on WhatsApp in South Africa

31 August 2018

You might want to think twice about your next video call on WhatsApp. WIthout WiFi, it can set you back a few rand. WhatsApp has become South Africa’s favourite messaging…


Telecoms

Mozambique to conduct 4G auction on 25 October

31 August 2018

Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) has opened applications for its auction of 4G wireless spectrum, which will take place on 25 October. The regulator…


Telecoms

Africa’s first commercial 5G network goes lives in Lesotho

31 August 2018

Vodacom’s first commercial 5G network is not in South Africa, but its next door neighbour Lesotho. The company on Saturday announced that the service will initially be used to provide…


Telecoms

Telkom threatens rural exit, job cuts over ICASA regulations

31 August 2018

Telkom has threatened that if the Independent Communications Authority of SA's (ICASA's) draft call termination rates are not altered, it may change its business model, cease operations in rural areas,…


Telecoms

In brief

31 August 2018

Ethio Telecom has signed a deal with Argela Technologies under which the Turkey-based vendor will deploy its Network Performance Monitoring and Customer Experience Management systems in the former’s mobile network.…


Internet

PEACE Cable International Network signs agreement with Cybernet and Djibouti Telecom

31 August 2018

PEACE Cable International Network Company Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and landing party agreement with Pakistan carrier Cybernet and Djibouti Telecom during the 4th Asia-Pacific Submarine Networks…


Internet

40m Nigerians out of internet coverage — NCC

31 August 2018

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has disclosed that about 40 million Nigerians are currently been deprived access to the internet due to over 200 access gaps recorded in the Information…


Internet

South Africa: Internet Solutions promises more open peering

31 August 2018

Internet Solutions may be feeling the pressure from Teraco’s NAPAfrica. The Dimension Data-owned Internet service provider said on Thursday that it plans to become “more open and actively engaged in…


Internet

In brief

31 August 2018

The Beninese government has implemented a new decree – Decree No. 341 of 2018 – imposing an additional tax on telecom services, including a charge for data used to provide…


Computing

UK energy pioneers MAXIMeyes acquire Bamba technology

31 August 2018

Maximeyes Group, a business incubator and investor in the UK, has acquired the Bamba data collection technology. Maximeyes Group were founded in 2004 to create an environment where ambitious enterprises,…


Computing

Fashion and tech combine in smart project for Africa

31 August 2018

CAPE TOWN – Siemens on Thursday launched an extraordinary project called AfroDigital Fabric at a glittering event in Johannesburg that demonstrates how crucial data is in transforming Africa’s urban centres…


Computing

South Africa: Key State Technology Agency Was Captured - Lock, Stock and Secret Codes

31 August 2018

SITA, the key State and Information Technology Agency tasked with providing IT to the country's entire public service, admitted on Tuesday to Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) that…


Computing

10-year old Nigerian wins Ericsson’s Girls Who Innovate competition

31 August 2018

10-year old Kambinachi Kanu, a final year primary school pupil from Nigeria wins Ericsson’s Girls Who Innovate competition. Ericsson through its ninth annual participation in the ‘Girls in ICT Day’…


Money Transfer

Ghana - Mobile Money Interoperability - A failure so far

31 August 2018

It has been more than three months since Vice President Dr. Mahammoud Bawumia launched the so-called Mobile Money Interoperability which like many hurriedly launched projects of this government, is obviously…


Money Transfer

Xoom targets Africa, Eastern Europe with Ria deal

31 August 2018

PayPal unit Xoom signed a partnership with remittance company Ria Money Transfer to expand the number of locations its users can send money to, a deal which takes its reach…


Money Transfer

Standard Chartered to launch its first ever digital-only bank in Ivory Coast

31 August 2018

The success story of mobile money and payments in several African countries has been a boon for financial inclusion and a significant victory for telecoms companies like Safaricom and MTN.…


Money Transfer

How Off-Grid Energy Startups Are Using Mobile Money To Increase Access To Electricity In Africa

31 August 2018

Solar home systems are expected to bring basic electricity services to an additional 70 million people in Asia and Sub Saharan Africa between 2017 and 2022. In the same period,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA startups Pineapple, Preeva win place in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa

31 August 2018

SA startups Pineapple and Preeva will join nine other companies in Lagos soon, with the announcement today by Google of the second class of Launchpad Accelerator Africa. In a press…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom, Telkom mull network sharing deal

31 August 2018

Vodacom entered talks regarding a network sharing deal with Telkom in South Africa, after its revenues were hit when Cell C abandoned it in favour of rival MTN. Sources told…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Advances Expansion Plans

31 August 2018

The state telecom giant, Ethio telecom, is embarking on an expansion plan in a bid to double the capacity and improve the quality of its services. The expansion project is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria central bank slaps $16m fine on banks for MTN capital repatriation

31 August 2018

Nigeria’s central bank on Wednesday announced that it had slapped a fine of 5.8 billion naira on four banks for their roles in MTN illegal fund repatriation. The banks involved…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CBN sanctions MTN, four banks; demands refund of illegally repatriated N3.09 trillion

31 August 2018

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday wielded the big stick on mobile telecom firm, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, and four commercial banks for alleged financial infractions. The CBN’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana - National Communication Authority to Sell Last 4G Spectrum

31 August 2018

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has made known its intention of selling the country’s last 4G spectrum. The 4G spectrum the organization says, will be going for $67 million. According…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

31 August 2018

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) spent USD7.3 million of the country’s Universal Service Fund (USF) in 2017, up from USD4.0 million the year before. The investment…


Digital Content

MultiChoice Kenya drops DStv, GoTV mobile service

31 August 2018

MultiChoice Kenya is planning to terminate mobile TV services due to the fast-changing technology in the broadcasting sector and growing internet penetration. As from September 1, GoTv mobile service will…


Digital Content

Uganda Motorbike Hailing APP Safeboda Launches in Nairobi

31 August 2018

Uganda-based motorbike hailing service SafeBoda has launched in Nairobi as it moves to tap into the mode of transportation popular for its convenience within the city. Customers will pay a…


Digital Content

Cameroon gaming stars train new generation of business superheroes

31 August 2018

YAOUNDE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Off a dusty path in the capital city, flanked by chickens roosting in the grass, one of Cameroon’s most successful digital startups is capitalizing on…


Digital Content

YouTube Go now officially launches in South Africa

31 August 2018

It took Google nearly two years, but finally Android’s YouTube Go app has been formally launched in South Africa.   (The app has been available on the Play Store for…


Digital Content

How an app is helping to collect genetic data in Ethiopia and Ghana

31 August 2018

Genetic technologies are poised to change the world. Want to eradicate a human disease such as cystic fibrosis or improve a person’s ability to run impossible distances or lift unimaginable…


Digital Content

Waspa updates member code of conduct to reflect malware challenges

31 August 2018

South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association has updated its code of conduct to address in more detail potential challenges posed by malware and ransomware inadvertently downloaded from app stores…


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Opportunties

31 August 2018

MTN announces shortlisted candidates in prestigious MTN Women in ICT: Partnership for Change Awards After days of reviewing hundreds of nominations for this year's MTN Women in ICT: Partnership for…


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Events

31 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…