News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 960 – 25 January 2019

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biNu 2.0 – the data free challenger to WhatsApp that allows companies to offer #datafree access for customers

25 January 2019

A number of different start-ups have tried creating a data-free access service for African customers without success. biNu’s Co-founder and CEO Gour Lentell is a veteran and pioneer of low-cost data access. Russell Southwood spoke to this Zimbabwean-born entrepreneur about offering free data through reverse billing. Once upon time biNu was a successful content platform with optimized data acess for featurephone with significant numbers in several African countries. Cheap smartphones arrived and it morphed to suit them. But now biNu 2.0 is something very different although with the same spirit as the original platform. “biNu has always focused on the…

Telecoms

Rendeavour deploys cell towers to boost communication in Ghana

25 January 2019

African urban developer, Rendeavour has partnered with ATC Ghana, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, to deploy cell towers in its Appolonia City development in Greater Accra. Having installed the…


Telecoms

Global Voice Group Hands Over a Platform for Telecom Oversight to the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

25 January 2019

James Claude, CEO of Global Voice Group (GVG), who attended the Tanzania Handover Ceremony that took place in Dar es Salaam, on Friday, 18 January said: “With the official transfer…


Telecoms

MTN Zambia reduces roaming costs for customers travelling abroad with Kirusa’s Reachme app

25 January 2019

MTN Zambia and Kirusa has announced the launch of a new and innovative roaming service for customers travelling outside Zambia for both business and pleasure. MTN Zambia customers can now…


Telecoms

In brief

25 January 2019

Ethiopia’s former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the Amhara regional government at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, multiple news sources, state and private, have reported.…


Internet

Construction of the EllaLink submarine cable system started this week

25 January 2019

EllaLink and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) today announced the start up of construction of the submarine cable system scheduled to begin operations in 2020 to meet the demand for traffic…


Internet

Zimbabwe’s cabinet approves new cyber bill to curb 'internet abuse'

25 January 2019

HARARE - With Zimbabwe’s internet shutdown still partly in place, the information minister says that the government has crafted a new law to curb abuse of the internet. Zimbabweans were…


Internet

Zimbabwe High Court orders resumption of internet services

25 January 2019

Zimbabwe’s High Court has ruled that the country’s mobile operators must restore internet services following a week-long nationwide shutdown ordered by the government. Zimbabwe’s High Court has ruled that the…


Internet

CSquared envisions ‘Fiberising’ Africa through affordable broadband internet connectivity

25 January 2019

Top among CSquared’s priorities is ‘Fiberising’ Africa through synergizing all the technologies that can enhance the ingenuity of Africans CSquared, a pan-african broadband infrastructure provider that enables ISPS and MNOs…


Computing

SAP Africa Code Week exceeds target, trains 2.3m

25 January 2019

SAP, in partnership with public and private sector institutions, trained over 2.3 million youth across 37 African countries during Africa Code Week 2018. This number, released this week, exceeded expectations,…


Computing

European data specialists opens office in South Africa

25 January 2019

DataManagement Professionals (DMP), European specialists in complete solutions for secure and reliable data management, has announced the opening of a South African branch as of January 2019. DMP South Africa…


Computing

Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) simplifies taxpayers’ lives with Tax Collect

25 January 2019

Digital Afrique Telecom (DAT) (www.DigitalAfriqueTelecom.com) has launched Tax Collect, an interoperable platform for collecting municipal taxes. This multi-channel payment gateway allows taxpaying customers to pay their taxes via an EPT…


Money Transfer

West African banks hit by multiple hacking waves last year

25 January 2019

Banks and financial institutions in West Africa have been hit by four different hacking campaigns last year, according to a report published today by US cyber-security giant Symantec. More security…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Banks and mobile money links used to fund Dusit Hotel attack

25 January 2019

A Magistrate’s Court will Thursday decide whether it will grant bonds to seven suspects linked to the Dusit Hotel with the prosecution terming them financiers. Hassan Abdi Nur, Ismael Sadiq…


Money Transfer

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Partners with WorldRemit to Launch International Mobile Money Transfer Service

25 January 2019

The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) is to launch its first ever international mobile money transfer in partnership with WorldRemit. This will enable money senders spread across over 50 countries,…


Money Transfer

M-Pesa Fuliza lends Sh1b to customers within 8 days after launch

25 January 2019

A new feature on M-Pesa dubbed Fuliza that allows users access an overdraft facility has garnered one million users eight days after its launch. Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore told…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AfDB approves additional $2 billion funding for infrastructure projects in East Africa

25 January 2019

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (ADF) have approved two billion U.S. dollars to fund infrastructure projects in the East African Community (EAC) over the next…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Berkshire Partners to Invest in Teraco Data Environments

25 January 2019

Teraco Data Environments, Africa’s leading provider of colocation data centre infrastructure, today announced that Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

25 January 2019

MTN Uganda could be looking to sell part of its shares to the country’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF), as it looks to comply with new regulations governing local ownership…


Digital Content

The Commander-in-Chief of South Africa's Black Twitter is Actually a Zambian Blogger

25 January 2019

The notoriously controversial parody account of Barry Roux is that of a male Zambian blogger. Ask any South African about the go-to Twitter account for all the files on South…


Digital Content

Social media Apps tackling fake news

25 January 2019

A recent MIT study showed that fake news was 70% more likely to be tweeted. In addition, in the recent Edelman Trust Barometer survey, 59% of people said they were…


Digital Content

Google and Facebook criticised over DRC ads

25 January 2019

A US professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is accusing technology giants Facebook and Google of promoting false information on their platforms about the presidential elections in the Democratic…


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People

25 January 2019

Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions, today announced Ramy Moselhy as the new Market Unit Head for Middle-East and North Africa (MENA) region. This appointment comes at a time…


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Events

25 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…