News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 961 – 1 February 2019

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CSquared’s new Group CEO Lanre Kolade promises more country roll-outs and wholesale FTTH

1 February 2019

As mobile operators pivot their business to a more data centric future, lowering their CAPEX through shared infrastructure becomes ever more important. One of the key players - CSquared – brings together investment from Convergence Partners and Google. Russell Southwood talks to its new Group CEO Lanre Kolade about its future plans. African MNOs are caught in CAPEX trap because they need to invest more in their data networks and the returns from data are more modest than for voice. There’s a need for shared infrastructure through trusted third party providers, at every level: metro, national and pan-continental. Some of…

Telecoms

Xiaomi looks to Africa as China’s smartphone market falls

1 February 2019

China’s smartphone market fell 14% in 2018, with just under 400 million units shipped and Xiaomi has failed to grow in China but rapidly growing in overseas markets. “Xiaomi tried…


Telecoms

Uganda deports three senior telecom employees citing espionage

1 February 2019

Uganda's leading telecom company MTN is going through a tough time after Ugandan police arrested and later deported its chief marketing officer, Olivier Prentout, back to France, on Saturday, January…


Telecoms

Lava launches operations in Ghana with high quality affordable devices

1 February 2019

Lava, the fastest growing Indian mobile phone company has launched its operations in Ghana with a promise to deliver valuable and reliable yet affordable mobile technology to the market and…


Telecoms

Airtel plans $2.4 billion push for 4G in Africa

1 February 2019

With its Indian wireless business under pressure, Bharti Airtel Ltd has decided to double down on its Africa unit and is readying a war chest of as much as $2.4…


Telecoms

Vodacom says MTN invented the ‘Please Call Me’ first

1 February 2019

MTN allegedly created the idea and patented it a month before Makate approached Vodacom with his version. After a convoluted court battle and immense negative publicity, telecommunication giant Vodacom has…


Telecoms

South Africa: Supporters of 'Please Call Me' Inventor Vow to take on Vodacom

1 February 2019

Cape Town — Supporters of Nkosana Makate, inventor of Vodacom's "Please Call Me", have vowed to shut down the service provider's head offices in Midrand on Thursday, 702 reports. According…


Internet

Axiz partners with Innova to provide High Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity into Africa

1 February 2019

In an African channel first, Axiz has announced the signing of Innova HTS, a new partner that enables cost-effective broadband satellite solutions into Africa. Innova HTS complements an already comprehensive…


Internet

Safaricom announced its venture into the cybersecurity space

1 February 2019

Safaricom which is known for its carrier services and mobile money products, announced this development that will primarily target Kenyan firms that are in need of robust and local cybersecurity…


Computing

Uniconta lands on African shores

1 February 2019

Uniconta, a new quick and easy ERP system for small and medium size businesses, has landed on the shores of Africa and has opened its first offices in Cape Town.…


Computing

Huawei enhances ICT training at Kenya varsity

1 February 2019

Huawei Technologies has invested KSh5,3 million ($52 700) at a Kenya private university to enhance training and equip learners with skills to address national and global challenges through technology. The…


Money Transfer

Standard Chartered launches second wave of digital-only retail banks across four African markets

1 February 2019

Standard Chartered (www.SC.com) today announced the start of the second phase of its digital-only retail bank across Africa. In response to growing consumer demand for innovative banking services on the…


Money Transfer

Verve, Remita look to enhance payment services in Nigeria

1 February 2019

Pan-African financial technology brand, Verve, has partnered with leading electronic payment platform, Remita, to improve payment services across the continent. The agreement will see both companies incorporate their products, enabling…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: CBN introduces fines, others in e-payments regulation

1 February 2019

The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued a regulation on the end-to-end electronic payment of salaries, pensions and other remittances, suppliers and revenue collections in Nigeria. The apex bank disclosed…


Money Transfer

Express Union and WorldRemit Launch International Mobile Money Service to Cameroon

1 February 2019

WorldRemit, the leading digital money transfer service, has partnered with Express Finance SA Cameroon for international mobile money transfers to Cameroon. Using the WorldRemit app or website, the Cameroonian diaspora…


Money Transfer

Tanzania turns to smart technology to regulate its telecoms sector

1 February 2019

The Tanzanian government recently announced that they were able to collect SH93 billion in revenue over the past five years due to smart technology which has aided in regulating the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa completes $200-million funding deal with Qatar sovereign fund

1 February 2019

Airtel Africa  said it has completed an investment transaction of $200 million with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). "We hereby inform that upon receipt of full issue proceeds ie $200…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Link Africa said to be in talks to buy Vast Networks

1 February 2019

Naspers and Dimension Data are in talks to sell their joint venture in the country to fibre-optic infrastructure company Link Africa, according to three people familiar with the matter. Investec…


Digital Content

Kenya’s music streaming platform Songa looks to increase its subscriber numbers with its new billing platform and eyes East African expansion

1 February 2019

The local music streaming space is ripe for the taking. The larger international platforms will find it hard to focus at such a granular level in the medium term. Russell…


Digital Content

Cell C inks partnership with SportPesa

1 February 2019

South African operator Cell C has signed a partnership deal with sports gaming platform SportPesa to give their customers easier access to sports betting. Cell C customers using the SportPesa…


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Opportunities

1 February 2019

ICASA reviews submission date on the Draft Conformity Assessment Framework for Equipment Authorisation The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has reviewed the submission date for written comments on…


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Events

1 February 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…