News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 975 – 10 May 2019

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The vanishing point for African online use - Why mobile apps will have a tough time succeeding Africa

10 May 2019

There’s a great deal of news about the increase in the number of smartphones but not so much about the use of mobile apps in Africa. People talk a lot about how many times their mobile app has been downloaded but hardly at all about actual active users. Russell Southwood looks at the depressing stats behind trying to succeed with a mobile app in Sub-Saharan Africa. Between them, the two largest app stores globally had 3.9 million apps in Q1, 2019: the biggest Google Play has 2.1 million apps and the second largest, the Apple App Store has 1.8 million.…

Telecoms

Mobile subscriber numbers in South Africa – MTN vs Vodacom

10 May 2019

MTN has published its quarterly trading update for the period ended 31 March 2019, outlining its subscriber number changes since the beginning of 2019. The mobile operator saw a service…


Telecoms

WhatsApp cuts international mobile calls to eight-year low

10 May 2019

International mobile phone call traffic from Kenya hit an eight-year low on increased use of Internet-based platforms like WhatsApp and Skype, fresh data shows. Official Economic Survey data shows that…


Telecoms

Rwanda: Rura Makes Case for Use of Mobile Phone Data in Statistical Work

10 May 2019

Mobile phones have undergone rapid development in the past few years, and one of these is the introduction of smart phones, which have given power to several technology companies to…


Telecoms

Vanu, Inc. and Africa Mobile Networks Expand Supplier Agreement to Connect Off-Grid Villages in Africa

10 May 2019

Vanu, Inc., a provider of equipment, tools and services that allow mobile network operators to serve off-grid communities, has announced the expansion of its on-going agreement with Africa Mobile Networks…


Telecoms

Kenya: Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Raises Flag on SIM Fraud

10 May 2019

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has issued an alert over fresh wave of attacks targeting financial and online services. Mr Fabio Assolini, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, said…


Internet

Liquid Telecom to deploy high-speed internet in the Eastern Cape

10 May 2019

In South Africa, the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has assigned Liquid Telecom to deploy high broadband internet in Eastern Cape. This connection will be used by the local government…


Internet

WhatsApp data bundle price changes in South Africa

10 May 2019

WhatsApp is the preferred mobile communication medium for many South Africans, and it has replaced SMS as the messaging service of choice because of its improved functionality and cost savings.…


Internet

Here's what South Africans searched for on election day

10 May 2019

As South Africans headed to the polls on Wednesday, many of their burning internet search queries had to do with the Economic Freedom Fighters, DA leader Mmusi Maimane and where…


Internet

Safaricom intends to double 4G Network coverage by March 2020

10 May 2019

Safaricom is planning to double its 4G network coverage to 5000 base stations by March 2020 and will cover all major towns and 80% of the Kenya population. The statement…


Internet

Vodacom and MTN profit margins – Here is the truth

10 May 2019

The Competition Commission recently released its Data Services Market Inquiry report, which found that South African data prices are high – particularly for mobile prepaid data. It also found that…


Internet

Nigerian startup Tizeti launches WifiCall.ng IP voice call service

10 May 2019

Nigeria based startup Tizeti, an internet service provider, today launched WifiCall.ng—an internet voice-calling platform for individuals and businesses. WifiCall is a VoIP—or Voice over Internet Protocol—subscription service that allows unlimited…


Internet

In brief

10 May 2019

WACREN is pleased to announce that the newly-established Liberia Research and Education Network (LRREN) has formally joined WACREN. Welcome to the WACREN and global REN community. Eutelsat Communications has chosen…


Computing

First High-Level Cyber Security “Boot Camp” To Be Held in Ethiopia

10 May 2019

Addis Ababa: Increasing cyber threats impede business operations and stifle growth. The need to more effectively handle and stymie these threats by creating effective and reliable cyber security systems is…


Computing

TransEast takes highway to success with SAP BusinessOne

10 May 2019

Leading East African transportation company deploys powerful ERP solution to improve visibility across organisation and unlock greater efficiencies in daily operations. With the tenth-fastest growing economy in the world this…


Computing

Lightning Speed: The New Currency of B2B Lead Generation for Tech

10 May 2019

How Digital Kungfu generated a top-of-funnel pipeline for Africa’s leading Cloud Distributor with an estimated value of $1 million in 3 weeks. The much-anticipated release of Microsoft’s local data centres…


Money Transfer

Vodafone Ghana to offer New Messaging option for Mobile Money

10 May 2019

Vodafone Ghana has launched a new feature on Vodafone Cash known as Reference to satisfy its customers. In a bulk message sent to all customers of the network, the new…


Money Transfer

Zimpost extends Zipcash onto mobile platform

10 May 2019

ZIMPOST is working on extending its money transfer service, Zipcash, onto the mobile platform in a bid to boost traffic and increase revenue, acting managing director Sifundo Moyo has said.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African e-tailer Jumia shares soar as analysts see a number of tailwinds working in its favour

10 May 2019

As of Monday’s close, Jumia shares were up 168% from the stock’s opening trade on April 12 Analysts are bullish about the future of African e-commerce company Jumia Technologies Inc.,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huawei poised to fuel China foreign policy in Kenya

10 May 2019

Technology giant Huawei is poised to become one of China’s main links for fuelling the next phase of its ambitious programmes under the Belt and Roads Initiative (BRI) in Kenya.…


Digital Content

Winners of the Digital Lab Africa Pitch Competition announced

10 May 2019

Digital Lab Africa (DLA), a springboard and incubation platform for African creatives in digital content, has announced the 10 winning projects of this year’s edition of the DLA accelerator programme.…


Digital Content

Malawi implements private copying levy

10 May 2019

Malawi is the latest African country to implement a private copying levy. This development means Malawi is now among the growing list of countries to deploy a private copying levy,…


Digital Content

#MySkirtMyRight: Women in Madagascar fight sexism and victim-shaming by the government

10 May 2019

Men's greedy needs to assault women reduce as women wear modest clothes. It is therefore every parent's duty to guide their daughters towards the right path and stop them from…


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People

10 May 2019

Zamtel appoints Kenneth Sinkamba as Chief Commercial Officer Zamtel has announced the appointment of Mr Kenneth Sinkamba as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, effective May 2nd 2019. A Fellow of…


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Events

10 May 2019

The 4th edition of Nextv CEO Africa14th to 16th May 2019African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa in KleinmondSouth Africa. The 3-day conference annually hosts over 200 attendees where industry leaders…