News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 964 – 22 February 2019

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Cote d’Ivoire: Raising mobile money rates by adding taxes is killing the golden goose

22 February 2019

Cote d’Ivoire: Raising mobile money rates by adding taxes is killing the golden goose Africa’s cash-strapped governments have a nasty habit of taxing anything that moves, particularly when it involves big money. In January 2016 the Ivorian Government decided to increase the tax on individual mobile money transactions. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening and how this affects the development of the country. In January 2018, the Ivorian Government decided to put a 0.5% tax on each mobile money transaction made. This follows a pattern set by other African Governments including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. When the tax was…

Telecoms

S.Africa: Ex-diplomat nabbed over yanking Turkcell deal

22 February 2019

Former ambassador to Iran accused of fraud in taking cellphone license deal away from Turkcell to give to MTN South Africa A former South Africa diplomat has been charged with…


Telecoms

Zain Selects Parallel Wireless Open RAN to Modernize Existing 2G and 3G Infrastructure

22 February 2019

Parallel Wireless, Inc., a leader in providing the world’s first software-based unified end-to-end network solution across All Gs (2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G), today announced that Zain, a mobile telecom…


Telecoms

South Africa: ICASA will license 4G and 5G spectrum without the ECA Amendment Bill

22 February 2019

ICASA “can and will proceed” with assigning 4G and 5G spectrum in South Africa, even though the amendment bill to the Electronic Communication Act has been withdrawn. A spokesperson for…


Telecoms

Over 370 million smart feature phones expected to sell in next three years: Counterpoint

22 February 2019

Sales of smart feature phones could cross the hundred million mark in the next three years, the Hong-Kong based Counterpoint Research says in its latest study. As per the latest…


Telecoms

Rwanda Is Set To Open Africa's First Smartphone Factory In April 2019

22 February 2019

Rwanda is putting its money where its mouth is, and betting big on Africa. By April 2019, Rwanda will, once again, be at the very forefront of Africa's digital revolution.…


Telecoms

Six New Partners To Deliver Affordable Smart Feature Phones Running on KaiOS in Africa

22 February 2019

KaiOS Technologies today announced that six new partners in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania will launch mobile phones running on its operating system for smart feature phones,…


Telecoms

In brief

22 February 2019

AirtelTigo has launched its business to business service, called AirtelTigo Business in Accra, Ghana. This new brand will aim at targeting end to end connectivity solutions to Small, Medium and…


Internet

South Africa: CSIR launches MEME Internet broadcast platform

22 February 2019

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a software solution that enables content creators to have their own Mobile Internet broadcast platform where the content will be…


Internet

African IXP Association targets 80% local internet traffic by 2020

22 February 2019

The African IXP Association, a group of internet exchange point operators from across Africa, said it is targeting 80 percent internet traffic localization in Africa by 2020, The Pulse reported.…


Internet

Decision Africa app to provide market data and analysis for upcoming Nigeria elections

22 February 2019

Financial markets data and infrastructure, Refinitiv has announced the launch of a dedicated Nigeria election page on its Decision Africa app hosted on its financial markets’ desktop, Eikon. The Nigeria…


Computing

Surfline partnership to provide free Wifi to public libraries in Ghana

22 February 2019

Ghanaian operator Surfline Communications has partnered Ghana Library Authority (GhLA) to provide free Wifi connectivity to members of public libraries in the Greater Accra Region. The Executive Director (Ag.) of…


Money Transfer

Pesapal to enhance digital wallet payments in East Africa with new POS terminal

22 February 2019

Pesapal has announced the integration of Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, FitBit Pay and Google Pay payments on its new tap-and-go, contact-less Sabi M010 terminals. Business owners across East Africa will…


Money Transfer

Mobile money to boost securities market in Uganda

22 February 2019

Ugandans will soon buy government securities through a mobile money platform in a move by the country to become less dependent on commercial banks and institutional investors for its funding.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda - UTL privatisation derailed

22 February 2019

The Ugandan government has been forced to go back to the drawing board in its search for a majority investor for state-owned fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL).…


Digital Content

National student television network launches

22 February 2019

Campus TV is a national student television network rolled out at leading South African universities in February 2019. The new student media solution, including a campus television network, is the…


Digital Content

This group of female innovators bagged the 2018 African of the Year Award for their anti-FGM app

22 February 2019

Five female Kenyan students have emerged winners of the Daily Trust African of the Year Award for 2018. They were selected among several other innovators for developing a mobile application,…


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People

22 February 2019

On Monday, February 11, 2019, on the sidelines of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union, in Addis Ababa, the new Director General of the Smart Africa Alliance Secretariat…


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Opportunities

22 February 2019

Cape Town Future Cities Hackathon to address water crisis, mobility Startupbootcamp AfriTech (SBC AfriTech) and financial services provider RCS are set to host the Future Cities Hackathon in Cape Town…


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Events

22 February 2019

Africa Pay & ID ExpoMarrakech, Morocco29th - 30th March Africa’s largest payment and identification eventAPIDE 2019, through its 3000 m2 exhibition area, is a great opportunity to network, discover the…