News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 954 - 7 December 2018

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Nigerian FTT provider Legend doubles its speeds for Double and Triple Play Customers – increased video use drives consumption

7 December 2018

Nigeria’s FTTH provider Legend is making slow but steady progress in what remains a tough market because of the economy. Next year it will roll out in Lagos and Kano. Russell Southwood spoke to Bruce Ayonote, Founder and CEO, Legend about giving customers faster speeds and reaching a tipping point. Legend is a Fibre-To-The-Home provider with its on video content bundle in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Since I last spoke to Legend in January 2017 it has gone from 1,500 to 2,200 subscribers (1,800 households; 400 corporate) and from 150,000 to 200,000 homes passed. At the end of October it announced…

Telecoms

Vodacom cooperating with CompCom's investigation

7 December 2018

Vodacom says it is fully cooperating with the Competition Commission's (CompCom's) investigation into government's award of the RT15-2016 tender contract to the telco. The JSE-listed company revealed this at media…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya seals €35-million loan to extend network

7 December 2018

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has offered a loan of €35-million (approximately US$40 million) to Telkom Kenya, the East African country’s third biggest operator. The company’s objective is to use…


Telecoms

Wholly Made-in-Africa Smart Phone to Debut in 2019

7 December 2018

Ashish Thakkar, founder of Mara Corporation, said at a conference in Johannesburg that none of the 400 million smartphones being used across Africa are manufactured on the continent."We are the…


Telecoms

MTN rolls out first Disney Mobile Web Service in Nigeria

7 December 2018

MTN Nigeria has introduced the first Disney mobile web service in Nigeria, Disney nigeria.mobi which is Disney-themed short-form content, games and shareables. The service is the outcome of a partnership…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe cannot support new cellcos, POTRAZ says

7 December 2018

A spokesperson for the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) says the country cannot support any new mobile network operators (MNOs). The regulator’s director of technical services, Baxton…


Telecoms

In brief

7 December 2018

AirtelTigo, Ghana’s third largest cellco by subscribers, has announced that it has completed the network integration it has been carrying out for the past year, following the merger of former…


Internet

Algeria - Mobilis LTE reaches another ten provinces

7 December 2018

Algerie Telecom’s cellular division Mobilis has announced the expansion of its 4G LTE mobile network to ten additional provinces (wilayas), expanding its total LTE footprint to over 40 of Algeria’s…


Internet

Mali: Malitel launches the 4G

7 December 2018

Since November 27, 2018, the mobile operator Malitel, a branch of the Malian telecommunications company (Sotelma) started offering 4G network to its subscribers. The incumbent operator is entering this segment…


Internet

Liquid Telecom signs deal with Western Cape to expand free Wi-Fi

7 December 2018

Liquid Telecom has signed a partnership with the provincial government to provide free Wi-Fi to more than 6.6 million residents in the Western Cape, reports CAJ News. The number of…


Internet

Mobile Operator Tigo rolls out 4G in Senegal

7 December 2018

The mobile operator Tigo has officially rolled out 4G in Senegal. The agreement was signed on December 4 in Dakar between Mass Thiam, CEO of Tigo and Abdou Karim Sall,…


Computing

Three Tanzanian university students win awards of Huawei ICT competition

7 December 2018

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Wednesday awarded certificates to three university students who are winners of the Huawei ICT Skills Competition for Southern Africa 2018/2019. Huawei said the winners…


Computing

Microsoft unveils facial recognition principles

7 December 2018

On Thursday, 6 December 2018, Microsoft announced ethical principles for the use of its facial recognition technology, saying it would bar such technology from being used to engage in unlawful…


Computing

Hackers lurking as festive season nears

7 December 2018

BUSINESSES and homeowners have been urged to secure their information and communications technology (ICT) networks in order to thwart hackers during the festive season. The encouragement comes as hacking attempts…


Money Transfer

Cameroon’s Diool expanding payments solution across Francophone Africa

7 December 2018

Cameroonian fintech startup Diool is expanding into new markets early next year after nearing break-even point based on strong uptake in its home market. Diool started life as a mobile…


Money Transfer

SimbaPay establishes digital link between Kenya and China

7 December 2018

A recently formed digital economic link is the implementation of African start-up SimbaPay launching Kenya and China instant payment service. Kenya’s Family Bank and London-based financial technology firm SimbaPay have…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange ordered to close offices in Niger tax dispute

7 December 2018

French telecoms firm Orange Group says it has been ordered by the government of Niger to shut all its offices in the West African country because of a tax dispute.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN targets Goldkey's 4G spectrum in exchange for shares

7 December 2018

Adom News has gathered that MTN is in talks with Goldkey Telecoms for a possible shares-for-spectrum deal. MTN will be offering an undisclosed number of its shares in exchange for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

7 December 2018

Mozambique’s National Communications Institute (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) has revealed that the government brought in a total of USD83.4 million from its recent 4G spectrum sale. While…


Digital Content

MTN launches music streaming service MusicTime

7 December 2018

MTN has announced the launch of music streaming service MusicTime, which it calls "a world first offering" from the team at Simfy Africa. MusicTime is a time-based music streaming service,…


Digital Content

These were South Africa’s hottest Twitter hashtags in 2018

7 December 2018

When people weren’t tweeting about South Africa’s political issues, health issues, state issues, or sport, they were tweeting about soapies. Twitter on Wednesday shared a few insights into the country’s…


Digital Content

StarTimes ON app now accessible in Kenya

7 December 2018

StarTimes has officially launched its on demand mobile video streaming service in Kenya. The service, StarTimes ON, allows you to watch an array of content for free, but you need…


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Opportunities

7 December 2018

Applications open to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit Applications are open to startups from around the continent to Pitch Live at the Africa Startup Summit in Kigali in February,…


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Events

7 December 2018

Africa Tech SummitKigaliFebruary 13th-15th 2019 The Summit will once again provide unrivaled insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to business in…