News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 965 – 1 March 2019

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The long plod of local loop unbundling or a short, sharp dose of private sector innovation? The lessons from Morocco’s glacial progress

1 March 2019

With a few exceptions, Sub-Saharan Africa’s broadband markets are stuck. No-one currently has the capital or the focus to create a low-cost, high capacity mass market broadband offer. Might local loop unbundling might be one answer? Russell Southwood looks at Morocco’s experience and argues for a short, sharp dose of more private sector innovation. Morocco’s Law 12.121 amending and supplementing Law No. 24.96 on Post and Telecommunications has just been published in the country’s Official Bulletin several months after it had been passed in Parliament. This might seem a rather dry subject for your weekly News Update but because it’s…

Telecoms

MTN signs up to Liquid Telecom’s 4G Roaming service

1 March 2019

Liquid Telecom South Africa has secured its first customer, MTN, to offer 4G roaming to millions of South Africans. This includes LTE services to fuel the growing demand for high-speed…


Telecoms

Rain, Huawei launch 5G commercial network in South Africa

1 March 2019

South Africa’s mobile data-only network operator, Rain, announced at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain, that it had launched the first 5G commercial network in South Africa in…


Telecoms

Kenya - Safaricom rolls out world-first 400G network

1 March 2019

Safaricom has today announced the deployment of a 400G network link, making its network among the first in the world to commercially deploy the solution. The new 400G link will…


Telecoms

Mobile Network Operator Partnership Forged to Deliver Globally Connected IoT Cloud Solution

1 March 2019

Eseye, a global provider of IoT services, is today delighted to announce a partnership with MTN, the leading Africa Mobile Network Operator (MNO). MTN have joined forces with Eseye and…


Telecoms

Zulu King to launch new mobile network in South Africa

1 March 2019

King Goodwill Zwelithini, JR Capital, and a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) have partnered to create a new mobile network in South Africa. The network is called Bayede Mobile, and…


Telecoms

In brief

1 March 2019

At Mobile World Congress, Facebook announced its open source software platform, Magma that will help simplify and extend mobile network deployments for operators. Magma includes a distributed mobile packet core…


Internet

Facebook partners with Cell C, Globe Telecom to expand Express Wi-Fi

1 March 2019

Facebook announced a partnership with Cell C, Globe Telecom and Cambium Networks to launch its Express WiFi service in more countries. Express Wi-Fi is part of Facebook’s global initiative to…


Internet

African Internet Connectivity Gets A Mobile World Congress Boost

1 March 2019

The continent's first live 5G network in South Africa, the world's first 400Gbps backbone network in Kenya and a 750 kilometer (km) fiberoptic network in Nigeria's Edo and Ogun States…


Internet

South Africa: Vodacom does about-turn on data rollover charge after uproar

1 March 2019

Vodacom announced it would rollover data for free following outrage from its customers and South Africa's telecommunications regulator. File picture: Reuters Cape Town - Vodacom on Wednesday announced it would…


Internet

Seacom Planning More Buys, Expanding Into Smaller Cities Across South Africa

1 March 2019

Seacom will soon be expanding into small towns or cities across South Africa thanks to the acquisition of FibreCo and it will be buying more companies in order to scale…


Internet

Airbus, OneWeb aim for new satellite era with first launch

1 March 2019

A rocket carrying six satellites built by Airbus SE and partner OneWeb blasted off from French Guiana on Wednesday, the first step in a plan to give millions of people…


Computing

Zimbabwe - Government to launch National Data Centre

1 March 2019

Government is pushing for the country to become the digital hub of southern Africa by 2030 as part of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme to achieve Vision 2030. The Deputy Minister…


Computing

SAP accused of improper conduct over East Africa contracts

1 March 2019

SAP SE has been accused of “improper conduct” related to dealings by a services partner to win state contracts in Kenya and Tanzania, a claim that could plunge the German…


Money Transfer

MasterCard, Angaza ink e-payment agreement

1 March 2019

Nairobi and US-based pay-as-you-go firm, Angaza, has inked a deal with MasterCard, expanding the payments options for largely financially-excluded clients who acquire solar energy-powered equipment on credit. The deal with…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: USSD transactions grew by 35%, hits N261m

1 March 2019

The use of interbank instant payments on USSD platforms by bank customers received a significant boost in 2018, growing by 35 per cent in one year. In 2017, instant transfer…


Money Transfer

MTN and Ericsson extend Mobile Money partnership in Africa, Middle East

1 March 2019

MTN and Ericsson sign five-year contract extension to provide Managed Services for Mobile Money services and deploy new products and services in 13 countries across Africa and the Middle East.…


Money Transfer

One Africa Music Fest inks Interswitch sponsorship deal

1 March 2019

The deal allows Interswitch, an integrated digital payments and commerce platform, to become an official partner and headline sponsor of the roving One Africa Music Fest event. “Africa is a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MultiChoice market cap nears R50bn as shares rise in early trade

1 March 2019

Shares in MultiChoice rose by 15.5% in early trade on Wednesday after the entertainment company listed on the Johannesburg stock Exchange. Shares started trading at R95.50 on Wednesday, and were…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange mulls options for Niger unit

1 March 2019

French telecoms firm Orange Group says it is considering all options for its Niger mobile unit, including finding a partner for the division. Reuters cites a statement from Orange as…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Government agrees on Gamtel, Gamcel restructuring and share sale

1 March 2019

Gambia’s Cabinet of Ministers has agreed that state-backed telco Gamtel and its mobile subsidiary Gamcel will be restructured and that shares in Gamcel will subsequently be divested, Gambian newspaper The…


Digital Content

MultiChoice Africa launches MyDStv mobile self-service app

1 March 2019

MultiChoice Africa has introduced a new mobile app called MyDStv, tailored to ensure minimal data consumption and ease of use, and available for download via the iOS and Android app…


Digital Content

SA startup Aweza launches medical translation app

1 March 2019

South African startup Aweza has partnered the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) elite Human Language Technology Research team to launch a medical text-to-speech pilot of its app, named…


Digital Content

'Resurrection' pastor sparks storm of parody on Twitter

1 March 2019

A pastor in South Africa who claimed to have performed a resurrection has sparked a social media craze as users took to the web mockingly mimicking his miraculous powers. A…


Digital Content

Eritrean Press: Reporting on Africa's most secretive state using a Facebook page reaching 1.25 million people

1 March 2019

He's the editor of a popular Facebook page that provides news from a country with one of the world's worst records on press freedom. But not even the journalists who…


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People

1 March 2019

Cell C Announces Interim CEO Cell C has released a statement revealing that it has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as the interim Group Chief Executive officer of the business as…


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Events

1 March 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…