News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 948 26 October 2018

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Airtel Africa dodges the bullet – set to raise US$1.25 bn from IPO, gets Singtel investment in advance

26 October 2018

Airtel Africa has always looked like the “sick MNO” out of all the large operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. This week it surprised everyone by announcing a plan to refinance, building on its first profits since Bharti Airtel acquired the company 8 years ago. Russell Southwood looks at one of the new investors – Singtel - and the challenges that lie ahead for the newly refreshed Airtel. Bharti Airtel is carrying out a two-stage fundraising process for its Airtel Africa. The first stage has been Singtel paying US$250 million for a 39.5% stake in the company, valuing it at around US$4.4…

Telecoms

Mauritania plans to launch 4G

26 October 2018

Mauritania is planning to roll out 4G, eleven years after Mauritania telecommunications firm Chinguitel introduced 3G in the country. Moreover, the Mauritanian government are planning to issue an operating license…


Telecoms

SA's MVNOs fail to significantly disrupt

26 October 2018

South Africa's mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) have not managed to disrupt the telecoms market as much as they had hoped, and yet new players keep trying. This is according…


Telecoms

BringCom and Versa networks demonstrate multi-carrier SD-WAN exchange for Pan-African services

26 October 2018

Versa Networks – the provider of the next-generation software platform, Versa Secure Cloud IP – has announced a joint SD-WAN deployment with BringCom Incorporated, the telecommunications provider focused on wholesale…


Telecoms

Kenya: Over 10 Million Mobile Users Hit By SIM Fraud

26 October 2018

Nairobi — Over 25 percent of Kenya's 43 million mobile users have been victims of SIM swap fraud, either as targets or victims, according to a survey by Myriad Connect.…


Telecoms

In brief

26 October 2018

Kenyan telecoms companies are raising the cost of some of their services after changes to taxes were passed through the Finance Act 2018. The Excise Duty applicable on voice, SMS…


Internet

Nigerian Twitter has an impersonation problem — and the platform is failing to take action

26 October 2018

Seven months ago, Nigeria's minister of state for foreign affairs Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim appeared to have privately messaged Twitter user Matt Navarra a rather strange message: the state official…


Internet

In brief

26 October 2018

South African technology group Altron and Huawei have announced a partnership in an IoT ecosystem that will see the pair combine their expertise to deliver IoT solutions for businesses in…


Computing

Amazon Web Services to open data centres in South Africa

26 October 2018

Amazon Web Services, (AWS) has announced it will open an infrastructure region in South Africa in the first half of 2020. The new AWS Africa (Cape Town) region will consist…


Computing

MDXI achieves Microsoft Gold Data Centre competency, SAP recertification

26 October 2018

Attaining Gold Partner status is an important step for MDXI in its drive towards supporting local companies face issues on digital transformation West Africa’s largest full-scale data centre provider MDXI…


Computing

Africa: Data Project Aims to Stop Human Trafficking Before It Occurs - Organisers

26 October 2018

New York — Shared data hub will collect information on money moving around the world and compare it to known ways that traffickers move their illicit gains Computer giant IBM…


Computing

South African cloud adoption curve increases its trajectory

26 October 2018

The cloud adoption curve should plateau in South Africa, according to Andrew Cruise, managing director, Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider. As a result of the rapid digital transformation…


Computing

Nigeria’s Terawork seeks to take outsourcing to the next level

26 October 2018

Terawork seeks to take outsourcing to the next level by offering a robust platform that matches customers with the most suitable freelancers for their job offers. To the customer, the…


Computing

In brief

26 October 2018

The U.S. Mission to Cameroon is pleased to introduce a new electronic application management system which will be used to hire new employees of the Mission. Effective November 14, 2018,…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Reinforces Commitment to Drive Digital Transformation Agenda in Zimbabwe

26 October 2018

HARARE, Zimbabwe, 22 October 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Mastercard President and CEO, Ajay Banga, this week visited Zimbabwe to show Mastercard's strong support for the country's drive to create…


Money Transfer

Yes, mobile money has taken root in Somalia, but not without some risk

26 October 2018

A report shows that Somalia has one of the most active mobile money markets, outpacing most other countries in Africa. The Conversation’s Victor Owuor spoke to the report’s author Tim…


Money Transfer

In brief

26 October 2018

South Africa’s Standard Bank has confirmed widespread rumours that it will become the second major bank in South Africa to launch an MVNO, with spokesman Ross Linstrom informing TechCentral: ‘Yes,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Apple wants you to work for a company that “reflects the whole wide world”—except Africa

26 October 2018

Apple unveiled a new careers website today (Oct. 22), and punctuated it with the language of inclusiveness. One example: “Apple is open. We believe humanity is plural, not singular. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wananchi Group considers sale of its business

26 October 2018

East African telecoms company Wananchi Group is considering a sale as some of its investors look to exit the business, Bloomberg reports, quoting people familiar with the matter. UK-based Liberty…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN takes a knock over Nigerian debacle

26 October 2018

DURBAN – Africa's largest mobile operator MTN yesterday fell nearly 3 percent in early trade after the group flagged that its problems in Nigeria could be far from over. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

26 October 2018

The managing director of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is calling for the company’s shares to be opened up to all investors, not just citizens.


Digital Content

Music streaming service Deezer now available across MENA region

26 October 2018

The MENA regional Deezer app will also include playlists and content curated by local music editors. Users who sign up for the service can automatically access all content in Arabic…


Digital Content

#AfricaEmoji Forever

26 October 2018

In July 2018, in true Africanacity style, Absa gave a new emoji life on our Twitter screens - #AfricaEmoji. A clever media buy on Twitter, its lifespan was limited to…


Digital Content

Here are the DEMO Africa 2018 winners

26 October 2018

Startup launchpad DEMO Africa has selected five startups that will travel to Silicon Valley as part of the Lions Africa Innovation Tour next year. The five startups were selected and…


Digital Content

Taxify now operates in more African cities than Uber

26 October 2018

Ride-hailing company Taxify is taking the fight for market share in Africa with Uber to places where Uber isn’t.   The Estonian company which has grown to become Uber’s biggest…


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People

26 October 2018

Eskom board member resigns over conflict of interest in ICT contract Struggling power utility Eskom has announced the resignation of one of its directors, over perceptions of a conflict of…


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Events

26 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…