News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 957 – 4 January 2019

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Changing times for African satellite reseller BSS Africa as it seeks to grow broadcast and maritime business

4 January 2019

These are changing times for African resellers. Successive waves of change - including much wider use of fibre - have reshaped their businesses but satellite continues to be useful. Russell Southwood spoke to Subratra Roy, Chief Technical Officer, BSS Africa about how the current wave of changes is affecting its business. BSS Africa’s business model has been built on buying satellite capacity and turning it into managed services for its clients: it provides satellite connectivity services and manages and maintains the equipment providing it. To do this, it deals with all the major satellite operators including Eutelsat, SES, Avanti (who…

Telecoms

Angola set to introduce fourth operator in Q1 2019

4 January 2019

Angola’s Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Manuel Homem, announced this week the department’s plans for 2019, including finalising the award of a fourth telecoms licence in the first quarter, writes…


Telecoms

NCC forms alliance against phone counterfeiting

4 January 2019

In order to combat the menace of counterfeit and fake phones and other Information and Communications Technology devices, the Nigerian Communications Commission has formed a working alliance with other regional…


Telecoms

MTN SA Implements New Data Regulations

4 January 2019

MTN South Africa, in compliance with ICASA’s End-User and Subscriber Service Charter Regulations, has put in place new data usage notifications. The changes, which took effect 14th December 2018, have…


Telecoms

In brief

4 January 2019

Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (TELMA) has announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 9,000km, following the completion of two new fibre routes: Antsohihy-Bealanana-Andapa-Sambava and Antsohihy-Mandritsara-Andilamena-Tanambe. In addition, a…


Internet

Vodafone Ghana wins USD30m 4G spectrum

4 January 2019

Vodafone Ghana, the country’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has won a bid for 2×5MHz of spectrum in the 800MHz frequency band, to be used for the…


Internet

EIB invests EUR 15.4 mln to improve communications in East Africa

4 January 2019

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced the provision of EUR 15.4 million to improve communications in East Africa. It will be used to extend the network and connect regions…


Internet

Liquid Telecom SA to establish a multi-billion rand 4G network in SA

4 January 2019

DURBAN - Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, today announced that it will establish a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. From…


Internet

South Africa: ICASA To Hold Public Hearings On Its Role in Cybersecurity

4 January 2019

The publication of the Discussion Document was perpetuated by the proliferation of Internet interconnections and increased data services that have led to a significant growth of cyber-attack incidents often with…


Internet

Burkina Faso govt approves tech-neutral licences; Onatel tests 4G in Manga

4 January 2019

The government of Burkina Faso approved the introduction of technology-neutral licences on 5 December, paving the way for the country’s incumbent operators to re-use 2G and 3G spectrum for 4G…


Internet

Liquid Telecom partners with Code for Africa to map deadly air pollution in Kenya

4 January 2019

Liquid Telecom Kenya’s Internet of Things (IoT) network lowers cost of network of ’citizen science’ sensors​ Nairobi, Kenya: ​Liquid Telecom Kenya has partnered with Africa’s largest non-profit civic technology network…


Internet

DRC electoral fraud fears rise as internet shutdown continues

4 January 2019

Fears of electoral fraud are rising in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after officials said a total block on internet connections and SMS services imposed after the chaotic presidential…


Computing

UN recognises Sudatel's ICT training efforts in Sudan

4 January 2019

Sudatel has received major recognition from the United Nations. Following a careful evaluation process from a large number of submissions received by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Sudatel Academy (Sudacad)…


Money Transfer

Ecobank links up with Okapi to offer 33-state money transfer deal

4 January 2019

Kenyans can trade across borders via their mobile phones after Pan-African lender, Ecobank signed a partnership deal with e-wallet provider, Okapi Finance.   Okapi chief executive Gisele Mwepu said Kenyans…


Money Transfer

Safaricom ‘stifles’ other telco players, no level playing field

4 January 2019

Heated debate over a controversial telecoms report commissioned by the Communications Authority on market dominance was one of the key highlights of Kenya's telco industry this year. The detailed study,carried…


Money Transfer

Zambia: Zamtel launches Zampay

4 January 2019

State owned telecommunications company Zamtel has launched ZamPay, a new mobile payment platform.   The service will enable users make payments using Quick Response (QR) code whereby consumers scan the…


Money Transfer

Western Union (WU) Collaborates with TerraPay to Enhance Digital Platform

4 January 2019

Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement, announces an alliance with TerraPay to enable mobile wallet and bank account payout. The alliance further expands upon Western Union’s account…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN settles with Nigerian central bank on $8.1bn dispute

4 January 2019

MTN Group [JSE:MTN] has announced that it had reached a settlement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in terms of what the bank alleged was the improper repatriation by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

HeroTel expands into the Free State with the acquisition of Ntelecom in Bloemfontein

4 January 2019

Hero Telecoms (HeroTel) is proud to announce the acquisition of Ntelecom, a Bloemfontein based VoIP and Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), for an undisclosed amount. Ntelecom provides reliable, high-speed internet…


Digital Content

Sudan has blocked Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to counter anti-govt protests

4 January 2019

Sudan’s government is looking to the internet as one way to quell swelling protests all over the country. For over a week now, protesters in major cities have demonstrated against…


Digital Content

Turkish firm pitches Blockchain payment app for Mideast, N.Africa

4 January 2019

Blockchain-based payment project Menapay is in line with Islamic finance rules, says its chief marketing officer A new indigenous blockchain-based project by a Turkish venture firm aims to be a…


Digital Content

B2B Platform WaystoCap Expands to West Africa

4 January 2019

Moroccan e-commerce startup WaystoCap is expanding to West Africa after having opened two new offices in West Africa. The B2B startup has opened offices in Burkina Faso and Togo to…


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People

4 January 2019

UbuntuNet Alliance appoints Eng. Dr Francis Tusubira as Acting CEO The Chairperson, Professor Stephen Simukanga and Members of the Board of Trustees of UbuntuNet Alliance are pleased to announce the…


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Events

4 January 2019

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…