News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 944 28 September 2018

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Djibouti Data Centre’s John Melick III on two new international cable connections for the region and operating neutral, third party combined landing stations and data centres

28 September 2018

With the recent peace initiatives in the Horn of Africa, the region has suddenly become much more interesting: new fibre links may be built between old enemies. Also someone will eventually build a cross-continental fibre to West Africa and Djibouti would be a logical end point in East Africa. Russell Southwood interviewed John Melick III, Chairman, Djibouti Data Centre. Q: How did Djibouti Data Centre (DDC) came about as an idea and how did it get built?  Why locate in Djibouti? A: Arguably, Africa is the fastest growing region in the world. Djibouti is a small country strategically located on…

Telecoms

RascomStar and InterSat announce new pan-continental partnership

28 September 2018

Dubai, UAE – African Regional VSAT services provider INTERSAT , which provides telecommunication services throughout Africa – and satellite operator RascomStar today announced a new partnership to offer affordable satellite…


Telecoms

South Africa: Twitter falls from its perch as MTN kills it for 13-million users

28 September 2018

'Free Twitter started out as a 90-day promotion in May 2014 and, over time‚ it has become part of the landscape of social media in SA' MTN customers have until…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Globacom Upgrades Network Infrastructure, Enhances Services

28 September 2018

Nigeria’s multinational telecommunications company, Globacom Limited has announced a major upgrade and overhaul of its network infrastructure which has culminated in a significant improvement in its services. The company, which…


Telecoms

In brief

28 September 2018

Alpha Telecom Mali (branded Telcel Mali), which became the country’s third cellular operator when it launched in December 2017, has reportedly finished the first phase of its network deployment. According…


Internet

In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests

28 September 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 21, 2018/ -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure internet is available, including during times of unrest when access to information provided…


Internet

Internet Society Partners with Facebook to Expand Internet Connectivity in Africa

28 September 2018

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, September 25, 2018/ -- The Internet Society (https://www.InternetSociety.org/), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today…


Internet

Paradigm Initiative condemns new internet tax in Kenya

28 September 2018

Online advocacy group Paradigm Initiative has lambasted Kenya's government for imposing a 15% excise duty on telephone and internet data services. In a statement, the organisation said President Uhuru Kenyatta…


Internet

Uganda Ranked Most Secure Country Against Cyber Attacks in Africa

28 September 2018

KAMPALA. Uganda has been ranked the most secure cyberspace (Country) in Africa in the recently announced Global National Cyber Security Index. The National Cyber Index is a global organization which…


Internet

Facebook introduces community leadership programme winners for Africa

28 September 2018

Facebook announced the names of nearly a dozen African community leaders selected to participate in its global community leadership programme. File Image: IOL JOHANNESBURG - Social media company Facebook on…


Internet

Asteroid and NAPAfrica sign MoU to cooperate in Africa

28 September 2018

Asteroid and NAPAfrica have announced that they have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two organisations, and to collaborate on developing…


Internet

South Atlantic Cable System goes live

28 September 2018

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is now on-stream and open for commercial traffic cable 26The SACS from Angola Cables is one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems. (Image…


Computing

Ghanaian company promoting gender equality in Africa’s ICT ecosystem gets awarded

28 September 2018

David Malone, Rector of United Nations University, presents the Research category award a the 2018 Equals in Tech Award ceremony. Women in Tech Africa, a Ghanaian group that focuses on…


Computing

Sterling Bank Transforms Internal Service Desk with cloud-based software

28 September 2018

LAGOS, Nigeria, September 24, 2018/ -- Freshworks Inc., a leading US-based provider of cloud-based business software, recently announced its partnership with Nigeria’s prestigious Sterling Bank Plc as a client. Being…


Computing

Alibaba to aid in Kenya’s quest to conserve its wildlife

28 September 2018

Kenya’s Ministry of tourism and wildlife is set to partner with China-based Alibaba Group through its cloud-computing arm. The two entities will collaborate to develop a suitable strategy for the…


Computing

MoPT Liberia mulls creation of nationwide network for education and research

28 September 2018

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) in Liberia has revealed plans to build a national network for education and research, Agence Ecofin reports, and to that end has discussed…


Computing

In brief

28 September 2018

'Friends of Yamoransa' and 'Helping Africa Foundation', both non-profit organisations based in the USA, have provided a model 48-seater computer laboratory for the people of Betenase in the Ejura/Sekyedumase Municipality…


Money Transfer

MTN Uganda and Mastercard diversify Mobile Money services in Uganda

28 September 2018

KAMPALA, Uganda, September 25, 2018/ -- MTN Uganda (www.MTN.co.ug) in partnership with Mastercard (www.Mastercard.com) and United Bank for Africa (UBA) (www.UBAGroup.com) have announced a new service that will enable quicker,…


Money Transfer

Togo: Government approves TogoPay’s creation to bolster e-payment

28 September 2018

Togo’s minister of posts and digital economy, Cina Lawson, got the approval to develop TogoPay, an e-payment interoperable platform. This was during the ministers’ council held on September 20.  …


Money Transfer

Ghana: Operators want cap on global money transfers reviewed

28 September 2018

Some players operating in the mobile money sector are calling on the Bank of Ghana to review the limit of transactions that is currently permitted on remittances done via mobile…


Money Transfer

Dahabshiil welcomes World Bank proposal on decrease of mobile money vulnerabilities to stimulate growth - CEO Duale

28 September 2018

'A robust regulation that addresses de-risking issues to reduce vulnerabilities associated with the widespread use of mobile money transactions as put forward by the World Bank is a win-win proposal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN is not in merger talks with Telkom

28 September 2018

Telkom has denied being in any merger discussion with MTN SA. However, MyBroadband has explored some challenges the telcos might face should they attempt a merger. The publication predicts a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Standard Bank withdraws MTN Nigeria-related cautionary

28 September 2018

Standard Bank Group has withdrawn a cautionary announcement to shareholders related to demands placed on it by Nigeria’s central bank (CBN) after receiving a letter from the CBN promising a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Transport Tech Startup Buseet Secures Funding From Cairo Angels And 500 startups

28 September 2018

Cairo-based transport tech startup Buseet has successfully closed a seed investment round from a group of investors. The startup did not reveal the amount of funding it received.   The…


Digital Content

MTN Cameroon launches zero-rated Yabadoo video streaming

28 September 2018

MTN Cameroon has announced the launch of a video streaming service called Yabadoo, which provides local TV stations of reference such as CRTV, Canal2 International, STV, Vision4, LTM. There are…


Digital Content

BBC breaks down investigation into a mass killing in viral Twitter thread

28 September 2018

The BBC has used a series of GIFs, videos, and images to break down its investigation into a video of two women and two children being shot by soldiers. The…


Digital Content

Liquid Telecom partners with Zindi to accelerate Africa’s data science ecosystem

28 September 2018

New platform will host data science competitions supported by Liquid Telecom across the region Cape Town, September 20, 2018 Leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has announced a partnership with…


Digital Content

Reuters rolls out its news video service in Africa

28 September 2018

Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is extending its African video offering with a mobile-first news video service, Africa Journal. Africa Journal is all about stories of…


Digital Content

WorldRemit integrates with the WhatsApp Business Solution

28 September 2018

Customers in over 145 countries can now receive WhatsApp notifications about their money transfers in real time Digital money transfer company WorldRemit has added WhatsApp notifications to its service. Through…


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People

28 September 2018

These are the finalists for the African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Awards 2018 The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has officially announced the finalists for AWIEF Awards…


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Opportunities

28 September 2018

She Leads Africa 5 beauty startups based in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa will be selected to join the 2018 Dark and Lovely x She Leads Africa…


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Events

28 September 2018

Wits JCSE and LINK Centre present: Cybsecurity Professional Practice and Leadership Managing high value or high volume electronic transactions? Managing e-identity? Managing personal data in the cloud? Then this course…