News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 987 – 2 August 2019

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Mauritania on the cusp of the digital change -Local cloud founder Yehdhih Ould Mohamed Moctar, Xseeg on local apps, bandwidth shortage and quality issues

2 August 2019

There are a number of larger African country markets that have started the digital change with higher rates of web and app use. But there are other smaller markets where this change has barely begun. Until recently Mauritania was one of those smaller countries. Russell Southwood spoke to Yehdhih Ould Mohamed Moctar, CEO and Founder Xseeg about his plans to open an independent data centre and a local cloud. For a number of years Moctar has been a software engineer in the USA and became very familiar with the cloud market in the USA, through managing a cloud for IBM.…

Telecoms

Bad news for spectrum in South Africa

2 August 2019

South Africa will allow smaller telecommunications companies to share a part of the national wireless network, possibly further delaying the government’s long-awaited spectrum auction, according to a policy directive published…


Telecoms

Telcos in Rwanda plan to tackle SIM card fraud with biometrics

2 August 2019

Telecom companies, MTN and Airtel Rwanda have revealed that by the end of the year, customers who want to register or swap their SIM cards will have to be recognised…


Telecoms

South Africa, Kenya back Huawei

2 August 2019

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications Joseph Mucheru has described Chinese multinational ICT and telecommunications firm Huawei as a scapegoat in the US-China trade war, which…


Telecoms

Israel’s Spacecom Looks to Rebound With Africa Satellite

2 August 2019

Israel’s Space Communication (Spacecom) plans a satellite launch this weekend, which it hopes will mark a rebound from a series of major setbacks in recent years. Amos 17, which will…


Telecoms

ICASA lifts moratorium on community broadcasting services

2 August 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa announced that it will lift the moratorium on applications for class community sound broadcasting service licences and applications for radio frequency spectrum for…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cabinet approves policy for licensing more spectrum

2 August 2019

The policy addresses high-demand spectrum needs by enabling the entry of new players, while also encouraging investments and innovation The cabinet has approved the policy for licensing high-demand spectrum after…


Telecoms

Africell to spend $100m on mobile infrastructure and fintech in Africa

2 August 2019

Kampala — African telecom firm Africell plans to spend part of a $100m US credit line on expanding its infrastructure and fintech services, its CEO says. The 18-year-old company, which…


Telecoms

In brief

2 August 2019

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday closed the Kaduna office of South African Telecommunication giant, MTN, over xenophobic attacks and killings of 118 Nigerians in the last…


Internet

SANRAL is making it hard to roll out fibre in South Africa – FTTx Council

2 August 2019

Despite significant progress in the roll-out of fibre networks to homes and businesses around South Africa, the local industry still faces tremendous obstacles. Juanita Clark, the co-founder and CEO of…


Computing

Office 365 now generally available through new data centers in South Africa

2 August 2019

Microsoft's new data centers in South Africa clear the path for Office 365 services on the African continent. What you need to know: Office 365 services are generally available through…


Computing

Kenya’s revenue agency introduces electronic taxing system to curb evasion

2 August 2019

As a means of fighting tax evasion, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced plans to install Electronic Tax Registers (ERTs) at business establishments in the country. The ETRs will…


Computing

Paratus Africa and Nampower collaborate on The GridOnline

2 August 2019

Paratus Africa and Nampower have signed an agreement to commercialise its national optic fibre network by launching The GridOnline. It will now provide access to its national Optical Ground Wire…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit launches mobile money services in five African countries

2 August 2019

Leading international digital money transfer company, WorldRemit, in partnership with MFS Africa has launched a new international mobile money service in five African countries. This would make it easier to…


Money Transfer

FNB is changing its eBucks programme for businesses, here’s what’s new

2 August 2019

If you’re a business which has been merrily making the most of your eBucks, FNB has a few upcoming changes that you should be aware of. Starting from 1st September…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

China’s Vivo is eyeing smartphone users in Africa and the Middle East

2 August 2019

Africa’s mobile phone industry has in recent times been dominated by Transsion, a Shenzhen-based company that is little known outside the African continent and is gearing up for an initial…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Rwanda moving closer to share sale, wants stake in 4G provider KTRN

2 August 2019

South Africa’s MTN Group is considering a direct listing of shares in its subsidiary MTN Rwanda on the Rwanda Stock Exchange. MTN Group currently controls 80% of its Rwandan unit,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa net profit down 12% on year

2 August 2019

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel’s Africa unit posted a 12% drop on-year in net profit to reach $125 million for the quarter ended June 2019 on-year, on revenue of $796 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

2 August 2019

Angolan mobile operator Unitel recorded profits of AOA 107.8 billion in 2018, the equivalent of around USD 308 million, according to the accounts of Sonangol, which holds 25 percent through…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Meet Babalwa Mtshawu—The YouTuber Unapologetically Sharing Her Intersex Journey With the World

2 August 2019

'I grew up thinking that my story was insignificant and that no one wanted to hear it,' says Babalwa Mtshawu. When she's not sharing her personal experiences in the hopes…


Digital Content

MTN launches the first Chatbot in Ivory Coast

2 August 2019

MTN recently launched the first Chatbot in Ivory Coast, to perform mobile money transactions via WhatsApp. Eva de MoMo is the new Chatbot based on AI technology. Eva plays the…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Top Broadcasting Executive Says Social Media Can Make Broadcasters Lazy

2 August 2019

One of Nigeria’s key broadcasting executives, Yemi Sonde says that some of the country’s broadcasters have become lazy because of the presence of social media and are no longer making…


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People

2 August 2019

Oluwatobi Boshoro has resigned as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian fintech, Renmoney. She had only been in that position for less than a year, but has decided to quit…


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Events

2 August 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…