News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 978 – 31 May 2019

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New players take a run at creating a cross-border Western African Digital Pool connecting Guinea, Mali and Sierra Leone in pilot fibre project, say more countries to follow

31 May 2019

Indian giant Tata is working with a local West African entity to create cross-border connectivity, initially in West Africa and then elsewhere on the continent. Russell Southwood applauds the initiative but can’t help looking a gift horse in the mouth. Last week Tata Communications Transformation Services Limited (TCTS) announced it was partnering with Africa Development Solutions (ADS Group set up by Malian Samba Bathily) to facilitate building the fibre infrastructure backbone across Africa . TCTS will perform pre-feasibility assessments with ADS for African nations, studying existing as well as planned fibre infrastructure and deploy a multi-country connectivity infrastructure backbone. The…

Telecoms

MTN Eyes Ethiopia Entry as Country Prepares to Open Market

31 May 2019

MTN Group Ltd. has identified Ethiopia as a rare new market into which Africa’s largest wireless carrier wants to expand. “There are a few large markets that are under-penetrated and…


Telecoms

Kenya to invest $59 mln to connect to the DARE fiber optics system

31 May 2019

Kenya plans to invest $59 million to increase its data capabilities. This fund will be used to deploy an extension of the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE). The submarine sensor…


Telecoms

Smartphone revenues grow 3% in Q1 2019 - GfK point-of-sales data

31 May 2019

Smartphone unit sales in South Africa declined by about 7% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, while the value of the smartphone market climbed nearly 3% to around R8.6bn…


Telecoms

Afrihost Mobile rebranded as Air Mobile – 1GB free monthly data

31 May 2019

Afrihost Mobile has rebranded to Air Mobile, offering new prepaid data packages along with 1GB free monthly data. Air Mobile runs on MTN’s mobile network and offers competitive prepaid data…


Telecoms

East Africa: Telecoms in East Africa Set for Mergers, Acquisitions

31 May 2019

East Africa's mobile telephony market is set for more mergers and acquisition as stiff competition puts the revenues of the existing operators under pressure. Global consultancy firm McKinsey&Company Ltd says…


Telecoms

Nokia deploying subscriber data management solution for Vodafone Egypt

31 May 2019

Finnish vendor Nokia is deploying a cloud-based Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution for Vodafone Egypt that will enable the cellco to offer ‘innovative’ services to its 4G customers. In a…


Telecoms

In brief

31 May 2019

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced announced that its newest satellite, AMOS-17, is completing the final stages of its pre-launch preparation. AMOS-17, scheduled for launch later this…


Internet

Webafrica launches Telkom fixed-LTE deals with no contracts

31 May 2019

South Africa ISP Webafrica has launched Telkom fixed-LTE packages which do not require users to take out a contract. The packages are available on a month-to-month basis, and users can…


Internet

Virtual University Targets USD 1 million for Higher Education Scholarships

31 May 2019

Virtual University of Uganda (VUU), Sub-Saharan Africa’s first private online-only university and a vanguard in the technological revolution in university education, has kicked off a campaign to raise USD 1…


Internet

Facebook Removes Fake Israel-Based Accounts Targeting African Elections

31 May 2019

Social media giant Facebook has removed 265 accounts that were posing as local people and news organizations in Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia. Archimedes Group, an Israeli political…


Computing

The tablet computer pulled by donkey

31 May 2019

Back in 2016, mobile technology the like of which had not been seen before rolled into the remote community of Funhalouro, in Mozambique. Pulled by donkey, the container consisted of…


Money Transfer

Businesses can now apply for credit through the FNB app

31 May 2019

FNB will now allow businesses to completely take up credit and investments via its mobile app. The product allows businesses with an annual turnover between R0 and R60 million to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom, Vodacom plan $13 million purchase of M-Pesa rights from Vodafone

31 May 2019

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s Safaricom will start a joint venture with Vodacom to acquire the intellectual property rights to the popular M-Pesa mobile financial services platform from Britain’s Vodafone, Safaricom’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gambia: Gamcel Calls for Bail Out or Risk Halting Operation

31 May 2019

The Gambia's GSM Operator has raised a red flag calling for a bail out on its current serious and precarious situation or risk stopping operation. The General Manager of Gamcel,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

American Tower Announces Agreement to Acquire Eaton Towers Holding Limited

31 May 2019

American Tower Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eaton Towers Holding Limited (“Eaton Towers”), which owns and operates approximately 5,500 communications sites across…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel looking to raise up to $1 billion with LSE listing of African unit

31 May 2019

Bharti Airtel Ltd has sought approval of the UK financial regulator for an initial public offering of its African unit in London as it seeks to cut debt and expand…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

31 May 2019

MTN Nigeria is under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its listing on the local stock exchange which took place last week, Bloomberg reports. Nigeria’s largest…


Digital Content

StarTimes launches the first African online film festival

31 May 2019

StarTimes is launching the first edition of the Pan-African Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The festival will be running via StarTimes ON and it will be a quarterly competition where it…


Digital Content

Boomplay to Invest $1m on Kenyan Artistes

31 May 2019

One of the world’s biggest streaming services, Boomplay Music, is set to invest $1m on Kenyan artistes who are signed under the platform. This announcement was heralded by Boomplay Kenya…


Digital Content

Google Maps’ speed limit, speed trap warnings now live in South Africa

31 May 2019

You’d previously have to download Waze if you wanted traffic notifications and speed camera warnings in realtime. But now, you’ll be able to access this info from within Google Maps.…


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People

31 May 2019

Johannesburg – MTN Group announced today that it has appointed Kelebogile (Lele) Modise as its new Group Chief Legal Counsel. Lele will report to Group President and CEO Rob Shuter…


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Opportunities

31 May 2019

Applications open for pan-African Student Entrepreneurship Week Applications are now open for Student Entrepreneurship Week, which aims to provide budding entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools they need to build…


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Events

31 May 2019

First edition of the Digital Women’s Day in Africa13 and 14 June 2019Dakar, Senegal Following the success of its 7th edition in Paris, Digital Woman’s Day JFD, for Journée de…