News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 982 – 28 June 2019

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Orange pulls out of Niger over tax dispute – One of likely buyers is a tax avoider named in the Panama Papers

28 June 2019

There is a tendency by African Governments to see mobile operators as a convenient cash cow that can be milked through taxes. The latest example is in Niger where two mobile operators were asked respectively for 50% and 70% of their current turnover. Russell Southwood looks at what happened and the likely buyers of the former Orange subsidiary. As markets go, Niger is a comparatively small one with four main players: Orange (who entered in 2008), Airtel, Moov (Maroc Telecom) and Niger Telecom (a merger of former state incumbent Sonitel and Sahelcom). At the end of 2017, there were 8.78…

Telecoms

Orange poised for West Africa bank launch

28 June 2019

Orange Money paved the way for wider financial services in its African markets, the operator’s MEA CEO Alioune Ndiaye explained, with the company prepared to launch fully-fledged banking in several…


Telecoms

Alma IT orders Flexenclosure’s eSite x10 for rollout in Central Africa

28 June 2019

Alma IT, a telecom and IT-focused infrastructure and services provider, has placed an order for Flexenclosure’s eSite x10 telecom site power system. The Site x10s will be used to power…


Telecoms

Vodacom reaches deal with Congo over 2G licence

28 June 2019

Vodacom Group has reached an agreement with the Congolese government to end a standoff over the suspension of its 2G telecoms licence, the telecommunications ministry said on Friday. The ministry…


Internet

ZOL Zimbabwe confirms data roll-over from August

28 June 2019

Zimbabwean ISP ZOL says it will allow for data roll-over with effect from August 2019, a move that is expected to be replicated by other data service providers and ISPs…


Internet

Egypt ICT minister holds talks with Google over cooperation

28 June 2019

Egypt’s ICT minister Amr Talaat has held talks with a delegation from Google Middle East and North Africa (MENA), headed by Managing Director for Google MENA Lino Cattaruzzi. They discussed…


Internet

Sudan Internet Shutdown - Another Court Case Filed

28 June 2019

Khartoum — A large number of people have filed a lawsuit against Zain Telecom related to an ongoing internet blackout in Sudan, which has reportedly cost companies more than one…


Internet

Isocel discloses further details of FTTP service; includes 100Mbps symmetrical access

28 June 2019

Robert Aouad, general manager at Beninese internet provider Isocel, has given additional details of his company’s upcoming fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in an interview with Agence Ecofin. Mr Aouad confirmed that…


Internet

In brief

28 June 2019

AirtelTigo, Ghana’s second largest cellco by subscribers, has announced it is partnering with Huawei Technologies on a USD30 million network modernisation project intended to provide a faster internet experience to…


Computing

Vodacom Tanzania Extends Partnership With Optiva on Path Toward Leveraging Cloud Strategy

28 June 2019

Optiva Inc, an innovative software provider of mission-critical, cloud-native, monetization solutions to leading communication service providers (CSPs) globally, announced today that Vodacom Tanzania has expanded its partnership with Optiva for…


Computing

Launch afriQloud: Leapfrogging Africa’s innovation agenda with local cloud solutions

28 June 2019

Pan-African connectivity provider, BringCom, in partnership with science and technology investor, Imprimatur Capital, and European edge cloud software company, GIG Technology, have together birthed what is to provide the African…


Money Transfer

BTC launches mobile money wallet SMEGA powered by Comviva’s mobiquity Money platform

28 June 2019

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC), Botswana’s fastest and widely available mobile network, has revamped and introduced SMEGA, its mobile money service. SMEGA now works on Comviva’s mobiquity® Money platform, one…


Money Transfer

Egyptian operator deploys AI for unbanked subscribers

28 June 2019

fonYou Begins Deployment of Digital Distribution of Airtime and Bundles with Egyptian Operator fonYou has announced it reached an agreement with a mobile operator in Egypt to deploy its iCarrier…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: Stanchart Launches First Digital Bank

28 June 2019

Standard Chartered Bank on Wednesday launched its first digital bank in Zimbabwe, another landmark innovation by the financial institution that aims to tap on the growing mobile penetration in the…


Money Transfer

Safaricom launches an anti-fraud API for the financial sector

28 June 2019

Telecommunications service provider, Safaricom, has introduced an anti-fraud system dubbed International Mobile Subscriber Identity aimed to support financial institutions curb fraud incidents targeting customers. Last year the company lost up…


Money Transfer

Morocco: Inwi announces its Mobile Money service for September

28 June 2019

In Morocco, the mobile operator Inwi announced it is launching its Mobile Money service Wana Money by next September. Information was disclosed by Nicolas Levi who managed Wana Money, Inwi's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom completes the acquisition of Tigo in Chad

28 June 2019

Maroc Telecom has announced that it has finalized the acquisition from Millicom of the entire share capital of its subsidiary Tigo Tchad. This transaction allows the first telecom operator to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Morocco pension fund acquires 16m Maroc Telecom shares

28 June 2019

Morocco’s retirement pensions fund Regime Collectif d’Allocation de Retraite (RCAR) has acquired 16.229 million shares of Maroc Telecom (IAM), following the government’s decision to float 8% of the company’s shares…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom CEO offloads R11 million in shares

28 June 2019

Telkom Chief Executive Officer, Sipho Maseko has cashed in on the group’s meteoric share price, offloading 112,368 of his shares, amounting to R10,800,531. Shares in Telkom have seen a marked…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa receives pre-IPO interest worth about $200 mln

28 June 2019

One of the bookrunners handling Airtel Africa Ltd’s IPO-AIRTA.L planned initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange said on Monday it had received indications of interest worth about $200…


Digital Content

MTN & MultiChoice partner for Dstv Now app in Uganda

28 June 2019

MultiChoice has partnered MTN Uganda to promote the DStv Now services. The new partnership was launched together with Patricia Kiconco, from MultiChoice and Susan Kayemba, MTN Digital manager, at MultiChoice…


Digital Content

'The Spread' Is the Sex-Positive Kenyan Podcast Offering a Safe Space for Women and LGBTQIA+ Issues

28 June 2019

'The Spread' is the podcast dedicated to "decolonizing" the way Africans talk about sex and sexuality, say it's creator Karen Kaz Lucas. Karen Kaz Lucas is the revolutionary brainchild behind…


Digital Content

Vodacom launches employee engagement app

28 June 2019

Vodacom has announced its internal rollout of employee engage platform, Vodacom Engagement App aimed at enabling its employees to easily engage with the company, as well as gain access to…


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Opportunities

28 June 2019

Training offered on Internet Protocols within the AV industry As part of the Association’s drive for Continuous Professional Development, SACIA contracted Mike Dhonau of Training for TV Ltd (UK) to…


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Events

28 June 2019

SAFNOG-5 & iWeek 2019 We are proud to announce that for the 5th instalment of SAFNOG, we will be returning to Johannesburg, South Africa where it all began. SAFNOG and…