News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 946 12 October 2018

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Togo’s partial privatization will not solve the market blockages that are holding back the country’s full potential

12 October 2018

For years Togo’s Government has been dancing around what it is going to do about its inefficient state telcos. It has now pushed them both together into a single entity and announced that it will offer a minority stake to a private operator. Russell Southwood looks at why it has not addressed the key issues that the market needs to develop. On 3 October this year Togo’s Council of Ministers announced that the newly created entity for the state incumbent – TOGOCOM – would be partially privatized. It said that by getting private investment it would be able to “fully…

Telecoms

Zain Sudan signs LTE Roaming agreement with Telenor

12 October 2018

Zain Sudan and Telenor announced the signing of a global connectivity agreement that will enable Zain Sudan to provide LTE Roaming services. Through this agreement, Zain Sudan can now offer…


Telecoms

MTN faces mounting pressure from Nigeria on $8bn claim

12 October 2018

MTN Group Ltd. is facing mounting pressure to transfer $8.1 billion to Nigeria after the country’s central bank argued the wireless carrier should pay interest on the disputed repatriation of…


Telecoms

Egypt's first smartphone maker plans expansion in Africa

12 October 2018

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s first smartphone maker is looking to enter the broader African market by the end of 2018 or early 2019 as it seeks to boost exports, its…


Telecoms

In brief

12 October 2018

Paratus Telecom has successfully completed work on the first phase of upgrades to its TD-LTE network, writes the Namibia Economist. The company is set to start work on the second…


Internet

Twitter launches 'data saver' setting for South Africa

12 October 2018

Twitter has brought out a new setting that will enable users on iOS and Android to save data while they browse, reports MyBroadband. With data saver, images will load in…


Internet

South Africa: Treasury the Latest Victim in Spate of Government Website Hacking Attacks

12 October 2018

Treasury is the latest victim in a spate of hacking attacks aimed at government websites. On Wednesday, News24 received an alert from anonymous Twitter user @VirusSec that Treasury would be…


Internet

AHUB programme at AfricaCom highlights critical role of entrepreneurship

12 October 2018

London, 11 October 2018 – In partnership with Africa’s leading accelerators and innovation hubs, the AHUB programme is designed to highlight the critical role of entrepreneurship in fuelling Africa’s digital…


Internet

AfriCanopy to trial TV white space broadband project in KZN

12 October 2018

The start-up AfriCanopy plans to deploy low-cost broadband in rural communities using TV white space, reports ITWeb.   It said that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has…


Internet

Facebook, Airtel Uganda partner with BCS to expand cheap internet to Uganda’s upcountry

12 October 2018

KAMPALA– Social networking giants Facebook this week signed an agreement with telecom company Airtel Uganda to improve the communication company’s infrastructure in the country. The agreement was announced at Kampala…


Internet

Chad - Court dismisses internet throttling complaint

12 October 2018

The N’Djamena High Court has rejected a complaint filed against cellcos Airtel and Tigo over bandwidth throttling, Agence Ecofin reports.   The case was filed by a group of Chadian…


Internet

In brief

12 October 2018

The number of people using the internet in Rwanda increased from 4,375,016 in June 2017 to 5,475,448 in June this year, according to figures released by Rwanda Regulatory Agency (RURA).…


Computing

Threat actor Muddy Water extends attacks towards government in Africa

12 October 2018

Kaspersky Lab researchers monitoring the activity of Muddy Water, an advanced threat actor first seen targeting Iraq and Saudi Arabia in 2017, have uncovered a massive operation focused on government…


Computing

Arcserve Unveils Business Continuity Cloud, the Market’s Only Cloud-Born Solution to Safeguard Complex IT Infrastructures Amid Growing Data Protection Concerns

12 October 2018

Arcserve Business Continuity Cloud is the first solution to fully integrate all data protection processes under one cloud-based console for multi-generational IT infrastructures, such as those running a mix of…


Computing

SAP’s Africa Code Week 2018 aims to develop skills in 38 African countries

12 October 2018

October is the month in the year that SAP dedicates to service. For SAP Africa that means their Africa Code Week initiative, which began in 2015 and has since helped…


Computing

Safaricom to launch a programme to support ethical hackers

12 October 2018

The Kenyan telecommunications company, Safaricom, has announced it will be establishing a programme to promote and support ethical hacking. The company seeks to promote and reward the removal of bugs…


Computing

Universities must use ICTs to improve agriculture in Africa

12 October 2018

African agricultural research institutions are selective with regard to improving the yields and disease resistance of most traditional food crops and many are quickly disappearing. About 63 per cent of…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: CBN To Licence Payment Service Banks To Boost Financial Inclusion .

12 October 2018

As part of efforts to promote financial inclusion and enhance access to financial services for low-income earners and the unbanked, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is proposing the establishment…


Money Transfer

VISA revenue in Zambia to drop as National Switch goes live

12 October 2018

Global payments company Visa, the second-largest card payment company to China Union Pay – CUP on a global level is expected see a drastic drop in its revenues from the…


Money Transfer

Ghana: MTN, e-Crime Bureau School Judges on Mobile Money Fraud & Prosecution

12 October 2018

In order to ensure a speedy and effective prosecution of criminals who engage in cyber fraud, Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) has taken another judicious step by organizing a capacity building…


Money Transfer

In brief

12 October 2018

A recent World Bank report showed that Somalia has one of the most active mobile money markets in the world, outpacing most other countries in Africa. It’s even superseded the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe hopes to fast track privatisation of TelOne and NetOne

12 October 2018

The government of Zimbabwe says it wants to fast track the privatisation of state-owned telcos NetOne and TelOne.   New Zimbabwe quotes Finance minister Mthuli Ncube as saying: ‘Information on…


Digital Content

Spotify launch Afro Hub to promote African music

12 October 2018

Spotify, the world leader in music streaming, announced the launch of Afro Hub, a section dedicated to music from the African continent. This action was implemented as part of Global…


Digital Content

Rwanda - New digital platform to ease access to Genocide archives

12 October 2018

Kigali Genocide Memorial has unveiled its online educational platform that helps to display testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The launch took place at…


Digital Content

Farmer SMS platform Wefarm hits 1m users

12 October 2018

Digital network for farmers Wefarm has hit one million users in Kenya and Uganda, with plans now underway to expand its operations to Tanzania and across Africa beginning next year.…


Digital Content

Coverage Broadband in partnership with Airtel premiers affordable 3flix mobile TV service in Nigeria

12 October 2018

ABUJA, July 2018: Bharti Airtel in partnership with Coverage Broadband today announced the official launch of 3flix, a TV app designed for smart phones, with 40+ channels spanning live news,…


Digital Content

TelOne launches entertainment streaming service

12 October 2018

TelOne managing director Chipo Mtasa said the service innovation marked an important milestone in the company’s efforts to adapt to the changing telecoms landscape. “TelOne is excited to be launching…


Digital Content

Third-party fact checking for Facebook South Africa

12 October 2018

Facebook has announced the implementation of third-party fact checking for news and information in South Africa. This new security feature is meant to “help assess the accuracy of news in…


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Opportunities

12 October 2018

Applications now open for Seedstars Abidjan Applications have opened for Ivory Coast leg of the Seedstars World competition, which will see the winning startup book their place in the global…


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Events

12 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…