News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 970 – 5 April 2019

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Pinning down internet use behavior and buying habits in Sub-Saharan Africa – new report brings together wide range of data

5 April 2019

It’s taken four years to gather data from a whole host of new sources to produce probably the most detailed description yet of online behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa. The author Russell Southwood writes about what’s in the report and some of its finding. The report seeks to tackle three key questions: - How many data subscribers are actually using data and at what level? - How many people are paying what for online products? - What they’re doing in terms of online behavior (content and service preferences)? With over 1,000 data points, many from completely new sources, it allows all…

Telecoms

SA smartphone penetration now at over 80%, says ICASA

5 April 2019

South Africa's smartphone penetration has nearly doubled in the last two years and is now sitting at over 80%. This is according to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's…


Telecoms

MTN Uganda sees licence fee hike

5 April 2019

The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) is increasing the licence fee for the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, MTN Uganda. The firm, majority owned by MTN Group of South Africa, must…


Telecoms

South Africa: MTN launches R249 smartphone

5 April 2019

MTN has launched its Smart S phone in South Africa for R249. The device was originally unveiled in November 2018 as the product of a partnership between MTN, Unisoc, KaiOS,…


Telecoms

Botswana to introduce MNP

5 April 2019

The government of Botswana says it plans to implement mobile number portability (MNP) at some point in the next twelve months, enabling consumers to retain their existing phone number when…


Telecoms

Telkom launches “best mobile data deal” in South Africa

5 April 2019

Telkom has launched its Big Deal for April 2019, which it says is the best data deal in South Africa. The deal is a FreeMe 20GB SIM-only offer which is…


Telecoms

Huawei launches official online store in South Africa

5 April 2019

Huawei has launched an official ecommerce platform in South Africa alongside its latest flagship smartphones. Speaking at the company’s local launch for its P30 devices, Huawei South Africa CTO Akhram…


Internet

South Africa: Communication Department and ICT stakeholders discuss spectrum licensing

5 April 2019

Earlier this week, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her deputy, Pinky Kekana, met with stakeholders from the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) industry to finalise consultations on their interpretation of…


Internet

Liquid Telecom, MTN partner to upgrade existing fibre network in East Africa

5 April 2019

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, and Nokia has announced a two-year partnership to upgrade their existing fibre network to support OTN/DWDM technology with an…


Internet

South Africa: ICASA plans to work with public and private sector in regulating cybersecurity

5 April 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) says it believes that regulating a safe cyberspace is of public interest, following an inquiry into its role and responsibilities in cybersecurity.…


Computing

CodeSpace To Take Tech Education Courses Across South Africa

5 April 2019

The Cape Town-based CodeSpace, an educational institution that offers coding courses that teach people to design and create technology, plans to expand its campus footprint in the near future across…


Computing

Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation shows sweet tooth for IoT with efficiency-boosting SAP implementation

5 April 2019

In the highly competitive and scientific sugar production industry, even incremental improvements can enhance the profitability, efficiency and long-term sustainability of sugar production companies. For one of Southern Africa's leading…


Computing

In brief

5 April 2019

SEACOM, the pan-African internet and connectivity service provider, will now offer direct connections from its East African network directly to public cloud networks and data centres in South Africa. The…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s Kudi Secures $5 Million To Accelerate Growth

5 April 2019

Kudi’s strategy is to partner with commercial banks and other players in the financial services to launch new financial products such as savings, loans, insurance to both small and informal…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: CBN Mulls Extension of Payment System Vision to 2030

5 April 2019

With just one year to the Payment System Vision (PSV) 2020, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has disclosed that it has commenced a review of the project, just as…


Money Transfer

Rwanda: Mobile money services enjoy public confidence but fraud remains a threat, survey reveals

5 April 2019

The first ever fact-finding survey on mobile money services in the country has revealed that Mobile Money payment and transfer enjoys a high level of trust among the general public…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Jumia files for IPO

5 April 2019

Less than a decade ago IPOs, acquisitions and global expansion by African startups were more possibility than reality. March saw all three from the continent’s tech scene. Pan-African e-commerce company…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Court declares sale of Etisalat illegal

5 April 2019

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has set aside the sale of Etisalat (9mobile) to Teleology Nigeria Limited. Justice Binta Nyako in a ruling last week also voided all steps taken…


Digital Content

Clickatell partners with MTN South Africa to roll out chat commerce on WhatsApp

5 April 2019

MTN South Africa has collaborated with global customer engagement company Clickatell to roll out MTN Chat, enabling its customers to engage with the telco over WhatsApp. MTN Chat will allow…


Digital Content

Google Doodle is honoring Hugh Masekela, the father of South African jazz

5 April 2019

For what would have been his 80th birthday, Google Doodle is honoring Hugh Masekela, the trumpeter and bandleader fondly remembered as the father of South African jazz. Masekela, who died…


Digital Content

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

5 April 2019

Mauritanian authorities arrested two bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, for reporting on corruption. Weddady and Jiddou were arrested on March 22, after they appeared before Mauritania’s Economic Crimes…


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People

5 April 2019

biNu Appoints Google Alumni, Stephen Newton, as CEO #datafree™ pioneer biNu today announced the appointment of Stephen Newton as CEO to spearhead its expansion across Africa and other emerging markets…


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Opportunities

5 April 2019

Gitgirl is Calling for African Women Applicants to Join Its Project Initiative     TechInAfrica – Gitgirlis Africa’s first data academy for women. It specializes in empowering African women economically…


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Events

5 April 2019

Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media10 – 11 April 2019 Johannesburg South Africa   The Forum on Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media is the high level industry event for…