News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 986 – 26 July 2019

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Looking for mobile money V2.0 – South African start-up uKheshe wants to become the universal way of doing payments for the informal sector

26 July 2019

Getting beyond basic mobile money services to mobile money V2.0 is difficult. Those that have the money have smartphones and those who don’t have basic phones. The product needs plenty of functionality and the ability to straddle these two very different broad market segments. Russell Southwood spoke to Mike Smits, co-founder, uKheshe and Director, Jini Guru about how uKheshe is working out in the country that has largely rejected mobile money services. The idea for uKheshe started with Mike Smits wanting to pay his gardener who didn’t have a bank account on a Sunday afternoon. As he put it, in…

Telecoms

WhatsApp Now Available On KaiOS-powered Smart Feature Phones in Africa

26 July 2019

Devices now available in 22 African Countries; further availability across the continent throughout 2019 KaiOS Technologies maker of KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Facebook,…


Telecoms

South Africa: “We are killing Telkom”

26 July 2019

Telkom is rapidly losing ADSL and fixed-line subscribers across South Africa, despite its plan to be the premier fixed-broadband provider in the country. Telkom currently has 2,267,000 fixed-line subscribers, which…


Telecoms

Heavy taxation weighing down mobile services

26 July 2019

Heavy taxation on mobile services by governments in sub-Saharan Africa is weighing down the providers, with industry captains citing the action among factors likely to undermine its gains. Mobile financial…


Telecoms

MTN to continue investing in network infrastructure in South Africa

26 July 2019

Network and telecoms provider, MTN, announced on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, that it plans on developing a software-defined Wide-Area Network (SD-WAN) and is re-purposing thousands of sites across the country…


Telecoms

How China’s Simi Mobile is conquering Africa, one country at a time

26 July 2019

When Ares Chow Yuqing decided to strike out on his own after working 10 years at a number of domestic Chinese mobile phone suppliers, he looked to a country few…


Telecoms

Regulator queries Airtel Uganda 4G status

26 July 2019

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has ordered local cellco Airtel to provide proof of its 4G network coverage and download speeds. According to a report from Techjaja, the regulator says…


Telecoms

Africa’s biggest mobile phone brand TECNO expands plan for South Africa

26 July 2019

Premium mobile phone brand, TECNO Mobile, is accelerating its expansion into South Africa in the coming months. Having dominated most of the African mobile phone market over the past 13…


Telecoms

In brief

26 July 2019

Cameroon's telcos have joined forces to put together a representative organisation, the Cameroon Association of Telephone Mobile Operators (CATMO). CATMO was established recently in Douala and is led by the…


Internet

Crime and corruption killing fibre rollouts in South Africa

26 July 2019

Crime and corruption are killing fibre rollouts across South Africa, with poor communities being hit the hardest. This is according to feedback from industry players familiar with fibre rollouts in…


Internet

Vumatel overtakes Openserve as biggest fibre-to-the-home operator in South Africa

26 July 2019

The latest statistics for South Africa’s fibre market show that in March 2019, 1.39 million homes had access to an FTTH connection and 453,000 were connected. Wayne D’Sa, the managing…


Internet

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

26 July 2019

Zimbabwe's January internet disruptions sent a chilling message to citizens that internet access is a favor, not a right. Millions of Zimbabweans will remember January 2019 for spiraling prices for…


Internet

How Supersonic became South Africa’s top fibre ISP

26 July 2019

MyBroadband recently released its Q2 2019 speed test and mobile app results, which showed that Supersonic is the best Internet Service Provider in South Africa. While Supersonic topped the ratings…


Internet

In brief

26 July 2019

GVA Togo offers since July 12, 2019 a new broadband internet offer in Togo. START, the new CANALBOX offer gives access to an unlimited internet connection of 10Mb / s.…


Computing

SqwidNet’s IoT Entrepreneurship Program serves up smart solutions to South African challenges

26 July 2019

SqwidNet, the licensed Sigfox IoT network operator in South Africa, recently hosted its second IoT Entrepreneurship Program (IoT)E pitch day. Seven finalist groups, selected from a group of 60 prospective…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit launches new mobile-to-mobile services in 5 African countries

26 July 2019

WorldRemit customers in over 50 countries can now make instant, low-cost international mobile money transfers to 15 million accounts in Guinea, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, and Niger Johannesburg and London, 24…


Money Transfer

Zeepay targets 150 m mobile money subscribers

26 July 2019

Zeepay, a leading African financial technology (fintech) company, is seeking to reach more than 150 million mobile money wallets in 20 African countries as it partners global remittance giants to…


Money Transfer

Why South Sudan mobile cash is a game changer

26 July 2019

In a country without a well-developed financial infrastructure—where mobile phone airtime has often been used as some form of currency—the launch of mobile money services by Zain has come as…


Money Transfer

A power outage and mobile money blackout expose the vulnerability of Zimbabwe’s economy

26 July 2019

On Saturday morning (Jul. 20) local time Zimbabweans experienced a system blackout on Econet Wireless, the country’s biggest telecoms operator after a significant power outage. Econet says the network challenges…


Money Transfer

Remittances platform Pesabase launches in Kenya

26 July 2019

Kenyan startup KeshoLabs has launched payments and remittances application Pesabase as it works towards its goal of becoming a major blockchain-based fintech platform for Africa. The aim of KeshoLabs is…


Money Transfer

India’s PayMate raises $25 million from Visa, Recruit to accelerate expansion within India and into Africa

26 July 2019

India’s PayMate, a B2B payments in India has raised $25 million in a new series D round of growth capital to accelerate expansion within India and internationally to Central and…


Money Transfer

Safaricom to expand e-commerce presence in Southern Africa

26 July 2019

Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Safaricom CFO, announces expansion of eCommerce platform in Southern Africa. (Image source: Connecting Africa) On Wednesday, 17 July 2019, Kenyan telecoms operator Safaricom announced plans to expand e-commerce…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom exceeds financial targets in H1 2019

26 July 2019

Maroc Telecom (IAM) has published its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, reporting a 0.5% decrease in revenues from MAD17.939 billion (USD1.86 billion) to MAD17.844 billion,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom revenue declines in South Africa despite customer growth

26 July 2019

Vodacom Group on Thursday (25 July) reported strong customer growth in South Africa in a trading update for the quarter ended June 2019. However, South African service revenue declined 1.2%…


Digital Content

Djezzy pilots smart agriculture-as-a-service in Algeria with Nokia

26 July 2019

Nokia is using its Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) to pilot a smart agri-tech programme to provide Algerian farmers with data to help them achieve a better yield, IT Web…


Digital Content

Nigerians Can Now Get Google Directions in a Local Accent

26 July 2019

We all know Nigerians are proud of their unique accent. So technology giant Google has given Nigerian drivers an option to hear travel advice in a local voice when they…


Digital Content

Naijatastic has launched a mobile app in Nigeria

26 July 2019

Launched at the start of the year, Naijatastic allows users to stream audio and video all free of charge. “Naijatastic helps artists to promote their locally made audio content,” the…


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People

26 July 2019

Joe Mucheru, Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary has apointed four new members to the Communications Authority board, among them being Laura Chite, CEO, CIO East Africa. Laura has over 22 years…


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Events

26 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…