News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 979 – 7 June 2019

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South Africa’s Onli SMS app seeks to update the messaging old faithful by adding encryption, translation and adding to message length

7 June 2019

Technologies change quickly but behavior changes much more slowly. SMS is still the default messaging platform for millions of Africans. But little attempt has been made to update or improve what it can do. Russell Southwood spoke to Ivan Kartun, CEO, Onli.co.za who will be launching a beta Android app shortly that will change things. Kartun has an engineering and electronics background and told me that the idea for Onli came to him in a flash. He then spent a month doing a proof of concept. The platform uses an intelligent encryption, compression and referencing algorithm:”Nothing much has changed about…

Telecoms

DT and Ethio Telecom strike deal to use rail fibre system for telecoms communication

7 June 2019

Incumbent operators Djibouti Telecom (DT) and Ethio Telecom have reportedly struck a deal to use their respective fibre-optic systems on national rail communications links to deliver telecoms services. Agence Ecofin…


Telecoms

Telcos In Zimbabwe Sign Infrastructure Sharing Agreement

7 June 2019

Zimbabwe telecommunications operators Econet Wireless and NetOne, the mobile arm of TelOne, have inked a telecom infrastructure sharing deal. The move is in alignment with the instruction given by the…


Telecoms

Smartphone sales slump, Huawei's future uncertain: Gartner

7 June 2019

Google may push Huawei out of favor with consumers and slow down the vendor's global sales. Smartphone sales continue to slide across the globe with a drop of 2.7 percent…


Telecoms

Will Africa have to choose between US and Chinese tech?

7 June 2019

The United States and China have been spurring in a trade war over the past couple of years, and experts are beginning to worry about the impact it might have…


Telecoms

in brief

7 June 2019

In a move that underscores its mission to deliver the right offer to the right customer at the right time, fonYou has announced a new office in Nigeria, where more…


Internet

Huawei, African Union sign a MoU to strengthen their technical partnership on ICT

7 June 2019

Huawei and the African Union have signed through H.E. Amb. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the Deputy Chair Person of the African Union Commission and Philippe Wang, Huawei's Vice-President for the Northern…


Internet

Vizocom signs new contract with U.S. DoD for internet services in Africa

7 June 2019

Vizocom, an IT and Communication solution provider has signed a new contract with a unit of the US Department of Defense (DoD) to provide satellite communications services in Africa. This…


Computing

Sierra Leone Leads the Way in Africa With Electronic Disease Surveillance

7 June 2019

Sierra Leone has become the first country in Africa to fully transform its national disease surveillance system from paper-based to web-based electronic platform. As from today, electronic reporting of disease…


Computing

CMC Networks solve African cross-border cloud connectivity issues

7 June 2019

CMC Networks, a global telecommunications carrier, says Teraco’s Africa Cloud Exchange will play an important role in its recently launched Multi Cloud Connect solution, enabling its customers direct connection to…


Money Transfer

MTN, Barclays to broaden financial inclusion in Zambia

7 June 2019

MTN Zambia, Barclays Zambia and JUMO have announced the commercial launch of KASAKA – a unique, short term mobile saving product. This interest-bearing savings account is available to all MTN…


Money Transfer

Adyen Expands its Global Payment Offering to Africa

7 June 2019

Adyen, the payments platform, has announced the expansion of its network to a number of major African markets, further increasing its capability to offer key payment methods around the world…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: DPO Launches B2B Virtual, Prepaid Payment Card in Kenya and Tanzania

7 June 2019

DPO Group has launched a business to business payment card dubbed, 'DumaCard', which is offered as a plastic card as well as in virtual form, initially to its 10,000 business…


Money Transfer

Malawi Records Q1 Drop In Mobile Money Useage

7 June 2019

Despite an increase in subscribers to mobile money services in Malawi, the country has recorded low activity in this space in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sale of 8% of Maroc Telecom will bring up to 9.5 billion dirhams to the Government

7 June 2019

The state is preparing to sell up to 8% stake in Maroc Telecom. The operation will take place in the coming weeks. The telecom operator led by Abdeslam Ahizoun announced…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’s top investor forces board shakeup in push for fewer disputes

7 June 2019

The Public Investment Corporation aims to avoid regulatory, legal and political problems that have hit MTN’s share price MTN Group’s biggest shareholder is pushing for changes at Africa’s largest mobile-phone…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa targets London IPO cash for debt payment

7 June 2019

Airtel Africa plans to pay part of its debt from the funds it is set to raise from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) through an initial public offering (IPO). The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

in brief

7 June 2019

Cameroon’s state-owned telecoms operator CamTel plans to sell shares to public and private investors, following a decree issued by President Paul Biya which officially opens up the telco’s capital. ‘CamTel’s…


Digital Content

Ethio Telecom and Awtar Multimedia to roll out music streaming app in Ethiopia

7 June 2019

Ethiopia’s telecom operator Ethio Telecom, in collaboration with Awtar Multimedia, intends to roll out a Spotify-like music streaming app for Android phone users in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Awtar Music…


Digital Content

Nigerian Police Prepare App to Fight Rise in Violent Crimes

7 June 2019

The Nigerian police are preparing to launch a mobile app which it says would help in its fight against the rising crime wave in the country. At least 35 people…


Digital Content

Vodacom quietly launched a mobile gaming platform – and would like you to pay R100 a month to play games you can get for free

7 June 2019

The new Playinc.com website does not exactly trumpet its association with Vodacom; unless you read the terms and conditions you could miss entirely that it is a Vodacom service. Likewise,…


Digital Content

Vodacom’s My Muze nears 1 million milestone, provides access to over 30m songs

7 June 2019

You don’t need to look any further than Spotify to see that having millions of songs on tap has proven to be desirable for music lovers. The latest local example…


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Opportunties

7 June 2019

Africa50 Innovation Challenge seeking solutions to help increase access to internet in Africa Africa50 has launched the Africa50 Innovation Challenge to look for innovative solutions to help increase access to…


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People

7 June 2019

Supa Mandiwanzira Trial Moved To Next Month Supa Mandiwanzira is not yet off the hook. Since he got off the ICT Ministry’s helm last year, the former ICT Minister has…


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Events

7 June 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…