News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 983 – 5 July 2019

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Google and Facebook get into African submarine cables – what they are up to and what will it do to other cables

5 July 2019

The first generation of African submarine cable building is over and with the announcement of Google and Facebook cables, the second generation of cable building begins. Russell Southwood asks what these two digital giants are up to in Africa and how it will affect other newer cables, both existing and planned. A global sea change has happened in cable building. Telcos and MNOs are no longer the dominant customers or indeed the instigators of new cable projects. The OTT companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon have taken over. According to TeleGeography, the international capacity deployed by these companies rose…

Telecoms

Workz Group opens Senegal base

5 July 2019

Workz Group, the mobile and IoT solutions provider has announced the opening of its office in Dakar, Senegal to serve the West African telecoms market. This strengthens Workz’ African presence…


Telecoms

South Africa: Without mobile, Telkom would be in big trouble

5 July 2019

Analysts have long criticised Telkom since its entry into the mobile market in October 2010, which hasn’t come cheap. In the six years since Telkom’s mobile business launched (originally under…


Telecoms

Chinese firm sets up Uganda’s first phone manufacturing plant

5 July 2019

A Chinese electronics firm, ENGO Holdings Limited, has joined Uganda’s industrial sector to domestically manufacture and assemble mobile phones and laptop computers.     The firm is setting up its plant in…


Telecoms

Mozambique regulator warns cellcos over SIM registration

5 July 2019

Mozambique’s Communications Regulatory Authority (Autoridade Reguladora das Comunicacoes, ARECOM, also known as INCM) has given the country’s three cellcos ten days to ensure that they are fully compliant with SIM…


Internet

How much it really costs to use WhatsApp in South Africa

5 July 2019

WhatsApp is the first app installed and opened on many new smartphones in South Africa, as it has quickly become the primary means of communication in the country. Like all…


Internet

Morocco: Meteoric growth of data catches operators by surprise

5 July 2019

The meteoric growth of data consumption has caught the operators by surprise. In a few years, the mobile internet market has significantly increased and now exceeds 21 million users. The…


Internet

DT One to provide services to gaming firm Nazara across Africa

5 July 2019

DT One, a global network for mobile top-up and other mobile services, has been chosen by gaming company Nazara Technologies to help grow its user base across Africa through the…


Internet

Liquid Telecom connects South Sudan to One Africa broadband network and the world

5 July 2019

Liquid Telecom will implement and operate South Sudan’s first fibre broadband network, connecting the country to the “One Africa” broadband network, which is approaching 70,000km across 13 African countries and…


Internet

Sudan: New Restrictions On Sudan Internet

5 July 2019

The Sudanese authorities have imposed new restrictions on the telecommunications sector and the internet, blocking the loading and uploading of multimedia (images and videos) from most active Internet lines, stopping…


Computing

Google And Facebook To Build Own Undersea Cables Around Africa

5 July 2019

New undersea cables around Africa seldomly make headlines anymore, but recent announcements that Google and Facebook are building their own has become big news. Google announced that it is fully…


Money Transfer

Vodacom introduces VodaPay Masterpass in SA

5 July 2019

Vodacom has introduced its new VodaPay Masterpass mobile app in South Africa. The service can be use with the Mastercard’s global digital payment service to enable tokenized bank card payments.…


Money Transfer

Standard Chartered accelerates momentum of its digital strategy across Africa

5 July 2019

Standard Chartered announce launch of social banking solution for Africa in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Tanzania Digital banks now available in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe as part of the Bank’s…


Money Transfer

Orange Business Services, Genesis partner to deliver digital banking strategy in MEA

5 July 2019

Orange Business Services and Genesis Analytics have partnered in a bid to prepare financial institutions to launch new digital ecosystem banking services in the Middle East and Africa. The partnership…


Money Transfer

In brief

5 July 2019

South African digital lender Lulalend has raised a $6.5 million Series A round co-led by IFC and Quona Capital. The Cape Town based startup uses an online application process and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa disappoints in London bourse debut

5 July 2019

Airtel Africa shares fell as much as 15 percent on Friday after its London stock market debut, hitting a low of 67 pence (about Sh87) against an initial public offering…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

5 July 2019

Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed line operator TelOne has reported a 5% increase in revenues for full-year 2018 to USD125 million. EBITDA climbed from USD19 million to USD21 million over the same…


Digital Content

YouTube retracts plans to launch sports live-streaming in South Africa

5 July 2019

YouTube has again released a statement retracting the ‘live-streaming’ service. Calling all sports aficionados, players and of course, coaches — on Tuesday, 2 July 2019, YouTube released a statement sharing…


Digital Content

YouTube channel memberships available in South Africa

5 July 2019

Google has introduced its channel memberships for YouTube in South Africa, offering users the opportunity to support creators by signing up to donate 2.85 USD (R39.99) per month to their…


Digital Content

Kwesé in discussions with Roku over Netflix streaming service in South Africa

5 July 2019

Econet Media has told MyBroadband that it will hopefully have an update later this afternoon or tomorrow regarding its ongoing discussions with Roku over the shutdown of Kwesé Play. This…


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People

5 July 2019

Bob Collymore, Kenya's telecoms mogul, dies aged 61 Tributes pour in for head of Safaricom, who helped east Africa pioneer cashless payments long before Apple Pay Bob Collymore, the chief…


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Opportunities

5 July 2019

Save the date for Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2019 From 30 August to 8 September 2019 the Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival will return to Johannesburg to explore and…


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Events

5 July 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…