News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 949 2 November 2018

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Got my Moja working – BRCK’s free Wi-Fi service targets bus and matatu users in Nairobi and Kigali

2 November 2018

Kenya’s growing number of data users tread a fine line between using free data and paying for access: they want the digital services that data brings but not the cost of being always connected with apps that are always updating. Russell Southwood spoke to Erik Hersman, CEO, BRCK about how its Moja service is trying to overcome some of these barriers. Moja Wi-Fi is a free public wi-fi service focused on public transport and based around its SupaBRCK rugged router. The device can hold 3 SIM cards with support for both 4G LTE and 3G network. It connects users to…

Telecoms

How WhatsApp took R1 billion from Vodacom

2 November 2018

In the land of the SMS, the WhatsApp man is king. Vodacom learnt this lesson when WhatsApp came to South Africa and stopped what could have been an SMS empire.…


Telecoms

Cape Verdean regulator aims to see 4G launched in Q1 2019

2 November 2018

Cape Verde’s National Agency of Communications (Agencia Nacional das Comunicacoes, ANAC) has stated that consumers in the west African archipelago should experience 4G LTE mobile services by the end of…


Telecoms

MTN South Africa is losing customers

2 November 2018

MTN Group’s financial update for the quarter ending 30 September 2018 shows that its South African operation is losing clients. MTN South Africa ended the third quarter with 29.5 million…


Telecoms

US MVNO speeds are 23% worse than those from host operator, report says

2 November 2018

Tutela found that Verizon provided the most reliable wireless services. (Tutela) A new report from network testing firm Tutela found that the average download speeds provided by the nation’s MVNOs—providers…


Telecoms

Vodacom Business expands its fixed connectivity network in Africa

2 November 2018

Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone Group, has added 19 new countries to its already extensive 28 markets footprint, in so doing increasing its overall coverage to 47 countries across Africa.…


Telecoms

Parallel Wireless to provide 4G LTE in Ghana Virtualized 4G Open RAN to enable fast wireless broadband to citizens and businesses

2 November 2018

NASHUA, N.H. 31 October 2018 –– Parallel Wireless, Inc., a leader in providing end-to-end open network connecting solutions - 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G – today announced a partnership with…


Telecoms

AfricaCom Awards 2018 – shortlist

2 November 2018

The annual AfricaCom Awards shortlist was released on 31 October. With an overwhelming number of excellent entries, the selection process has been even more challenging than previous years. According to…


Telecoms

In brief

2 November 2018

  Burkina Faso’s government has decided that in light of rapid technological advances and new use cases, it will strengthen the legal framework and regulation of the telecommunications sector, writes…


Internet

China is exporting its digital surveillance methods to African governments

2 November 2018

China has consistently been ranked by digital advocates as the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom. The country, however, isn’t just tightening online controls at home but is becoming more…


Internet

Tanzanian Governor Announces Massive Crackdown on Gay Citizens Using Information Found on Social Media

2 November 2018

He says he will begin mass arrests of LGBTQ citizens starting on Monday. In one of the most extreme cases of government initiated homophobia, the governor of Tanzania's capital has…


Internet

Intelligent price comparison platform Pricelookers launches in Nigeria

2 November 2018

Price comparison platform Pricelookers has launched in Nigeria, leveraging artificial intelligence to provide a comprehensive price checking service for all e-commerce sales in the country. Pricelookers launched in September with…


Computing

ICT Organisations Partner to Empower Street Children with Tech

2 November 2018

ICT Authority, Huawei Technologies, TotoSci and eMentoring Africa have announced a new project to empower over 400 vulnerable students of Bosco School in Karen. The partnership aims to empower street…


Computing

Somalia hosts Mogadishu's first tech summit

2 November 2018

This is Mogadishu's inaugural tech summit, and one of the focuses has been advancing women and girls in the field of ICT. The workshop is organised by Bilan Codes, an…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

ARCEP warns Gabon Telecom, Airtel over QoS failures

2 November 2018

Gabon’s two leading mobile network operators (MNOs) by subscribers, Gabon Telecom and Airtel Gabon, have been put on notice by the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) for…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Kenyan govt won't budge on controversial ICT Practitioners Bill

2 November 2018

A parliamentary committee overseeing ICT is looking to have the controversial ICT Practitioners Bill reintroduced to enforce the licensing of all ICT workers in Kenya. At the opening of the…


Money Transfer

First Bank of Nigeria and Clickatell Drive Financial Inclusion in Nigeria using WhatsApp

2 November 2018

First Bank of Nigeria, in partnership with Clickatell’s Transact division, has commercially launched their Chat Banking channel on WhatsApp LAGOS, Nigeria, October 30, 2018/ -- Clickatell (www.Clickatell.com) promotes Financial Inclusion…


Money Transfer

FNB's mobile bank account signs up 50,000 users in first month

2 November 2018

South Africa bank FNB’s eWallet eXtra has registered 50,000 users and is seeing a steady increase in transaction volumes, especially cash sends in just over a month since launch. The…


Money Transfer

South Africa’s app-driven Bank Zero begins alpha testing

2 November 2018

South Africa’s digital-only Bank Zero has been integrated with the national payments systems of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), and the officials are currently Alpha testing the app-driven bank.…


Money Transfer

Fujitsu selected for blockchain inter-bank settlement system field trial

2 November 2018

Mastercard and Bank Zero are jointly developing a new generation of card to deliver security and other unique features. Mastercard Southern Africa division president Mark Elliott said: “By supporting Bank…


Money Transfer

Exclusive: Kenya to focus on mobile money, single digital economy

2 November 2018

Kenya, which is home to almost 25 million people below the age of 19, is aiming to use the latest technology to enhance the country's mobile money network, where people…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Kogi Govt Seals MTN, Airtel's Offices, Others Over Unpaid N470m Tax

2 November 2018

The facilities of MTN Nigeria, Airtel, Forte Oil and Bank of Agriculture have been sealed off by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service over their alleged refusal to pay N470 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Surfline closed down after failing to pay taxes

2 November 2018

Ghanaian cellco Surfline Communications has been shut down this week by the debt management and tax compliance enforcement unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), reports Graphic Online. The move…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzanian government disapproves of Airtel Africa IPO

2 November 2018

The Tanzanian government says it doesn’t recognize the Airtel Africa IPO and that the ownership of Airtel Tanzania will depend of negotiations between Bharti Airtel and the government Mumbai/New Delhi:…


Digital Content

Mobile app launched by Fiskl will empower Africa’s SME sector

2 November 2018

UK-based fintech company, Fiskl, has announced a partnership with South African based fintech player, Ocean on 76. Looking to significantly strengthen its presence across Africa, Fiskl is launching a mobile…


Digital Content

Fox Sports’ Africa Boxing series to be livestreamed on Facebook Watch

2 November 2018

Fox Networks Group in Africa has announced an agreement with Facebook that will see Fox Sports’ Africa Boxing series events livestreamed globally via Facebook Watch. The stream will be available…


Digital Content

South Africa Tasks Campus Radio Stations To Explore Digital Platform

2 November 2018

Communications Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana has encouraged campus radio stations to expand into the digital platform and continue to churn out dynamic and informative content. Kekana made the call during…


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People

2 November 2018

ITU elects first woman and other top managers to lead UN agency for technology ​​The 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has elected the first woman to…


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Events

2 November 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…