News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 945 5 October 2018

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Aldo Mareuse Telkom Kenya on its partnership with Google on Project Loon and the “gargantuan task” of getting the Government to rein in Safaricom’s dominance.

5 October 2018

Although the Kenyan communications market has its admirers, the truth is that Safaricom is the only one of the three mobile players making a profit. The regulator CAK dropped the ball on taking the dominant player on in ways that would transform the market. This week Russell Southwood spoke to Aldo Mareuse, CEO, Telkom Kenya about how he will fight the dominant player and return Telkom Kenya to profit. Q: Why did Helios choose to invest in another telecom and data operator after Wananchi? A: When it looked at the market, they saw the third most powerful country in Sub-Saharan…

Telecoms

Malawi: Airtel Malawi Risks Licence Suspension Over SIM Registration - Tnm Registers 75 Percent

5 October 2018

Leading mobile telecommunications operator Airtel Malawi risks license suspension for failing to deactivate about one million unregistered numbers after the subscriber identity module (SIM) registration deadline, Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority…


Telecoms

Kenya: Taxman's Plan to Mine Telecom Data Sparks Row

5 October 2018

Hospital payrolls, the National Construction Authority records and telecoms data have become the taxman's new hunting grounds in its ongoing crackdown on tax cheats, it was announced Monday. The Kenya…


Telecoms

Nigeria Airtel 4G reaches Delta, Rivers State

5 October 2018

Airtel Nigeria has expanded its 4G network to Delta State and Rivers State. In the former, the service covers towns and cities including Agbor, Asaba, Effurun, Kwale, Okpanam, Sapele, Ughelli…


Telecoms

ASN and GITGE launch subsea cable linking Equatorial Guinea with Sao Tome

5 October 2018

A new subsea cable linking the remote African islands of Sao Tome and Principe with Equatorial Guinea has been launched. The cable, which is being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks…


Telecoms

Malawi concludes SIM registration; Airtel warned to disconnect inactive customers

5 October 2018

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has warned mobile operator Airtel Malawi that it could face the suspension of its operating licence if it fails to disconnect inactive customers, following the…


Telecoms

ZTE to provide Africa with pre-5G

5 October 2018

ZTE South Africa, part of ZTE Corporation has put forward the corporation’s strong commitment to lead 5G innovations globally. When it is about Africa, and particularly South Africa, ZTE South…


Telecoms

In brief

5 October 2018

Vodacom has launched 4G services in Mozambique, reports A Verdade. According to the operator, the service is available in the cities of Maputo, Matola, Beira, a part of the district…


Internet

Ethiopia: When Violence Flares, Ethiopia Continues to Turn Off Internet

5 October 2018

When dozens of people died in ethnic clashes last month on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, protesters took to the streets. The government, meanwhile, turned off the internet.…


Internet

Ghana: Forum On Improving Internet Usage Held in Accra

5 October 2018

A two-day forum on improving the use of internet to promote information flow in Ghana and other parts of Africa has been held in Accra.   Dubbed, "Forum on Internet…


Internet

SA Govt reveals planned WOAN spectrum allocation

5 October 2018

South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) report on how much spectrum should be reserved for the planned wholesale open access network (WOAN) operator has been released.  …


Computing

Rwanda: Govt Embraces Smart Grid Technology

5 October 2018

Government has adopted digital technologies in the power distribution system as it increasingly looks for ways of how to efficiently respond to the country's power demands, the Minister of State…


Money Transfer

Zapper, Net1 to roll out QR payments across Africa

5 October 2018

JSE-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies and QR-code payments specialist Zapper said on Thursday that they will launch a new company, called ZappGroup Africa, to white-label and expand Zapper’s technology across the…


Money Transfer

Orange Money celebrates a decade of financial innovation in Africa

5 October 2018

Orange Money, Orange’s (www.Orange.com) mobile money solution, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Launched in 2008, the service currently has 40 million customers and is available in 17 countries, reaching €26…


Money Transfer

Kenya: T-Kash integrates with M-Pesa in interoperability initiative

5 October 2018

Safaricom and Telkom subscribers will start transferring funds from M-Pesa to T-kash and vice varsa seamlessly and at no extra cost this week. This, even as Kenya’s main mobile service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Togo govt to open up TogoCom's capital to investors

5 October 2018

TogoCom, the holding company which groups state-owned operators Togo Telecom and Togocel, was created in 2017 following the restructuring of Togo Telecom group. Private investors will be invited to participate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: MTN May Halt Listing Over $10B Claims, Investors Bemoan Decision

5 October 2018

Embattled telecommunications firm, MTN, said last week its current face-off with Nigerian authorities might put on hold its listing billed for this year. The group, which faces a combined $10…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Uganda and Mastercard diversify Mobile Money services in Uganda

5 October 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, safer and more convenient online payments…


Digital Content

Mobile content platforms: Who is watching the gatekeepers?

5 October 2018

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: The exponential rise of mobile-driven (and funded) content platforms is starting to have some interesting, and potentially problematic side-effects in terms of selection (curatorship), censorship and the…


Digital Content

Facebook cracks down on fake news in South Africa

5 October 2018

Facebook has hired Africa Check and AFP to try to crack down on the sharing of fake news on the social media platform in South Africa. At a press conference…


Digital Content

830 Pregnant Women Die Daily, How Can Tech Help?

5 October 2018

Mariam (not her real name) has always been an incredible older sister to her younger siblings. Since their mother passed away in a car accident, her father had made her…


Digital Content

Operation Leave Home: a new social media trend encourages young Angolans to fly the coop

5 October 2018

Operation Leave Home is a social media trend created by young Angolans to encourage each other to strike out on their own. In the past few months, hundreds of youth…


Digital Content

In brief

5 October 2018

On September 27, the company announced a special set of hashtags for the occasion. They were #NigeriaAt58, #HappyIndependenceNG, #NID18 and #NigerianIndependenceDay.


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People

5 October 2018

MultiChoice appoints Mabaso as CEO of M-Net MultiChoice has announced the appointment of Nkateko Mabaso as the CEO of M-Net in Sub-Saharan Africa, effective immediately. Mabaso succeeds Yolisa Phahle, who…


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Events

5 October 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…