News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 988 – 9 August 2019

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Solar power coming of age for Sub-Saharan Africa’s remote base stations – completely replacing maintenance-heavy diesel generators

9 August 2019

Once solar power was a corporate “virtue-signaling” project but with changes in cost and reliability, it is now making a pitch to replace the diesel generators that currently dominate the market. Russell Southwood spoke to John Pfeifer, Founder and CEO, Apollo Solar about why solar is now more compelling for MNOs. Zimbabwe’s Econet is feeling the heat from the Government’s recent hike in electricity tariffs (see Telecoms News below). It was reported as saying that it needed a cash injection of US$60 million to convert its base stations to solar. Not every MNO is facing such a stark choice but…

Telecoms

OPPO Nigeria unveils new devices with ‘Waterdrop Screen’

9 August 2019

In a saturated and competitive space such as the Nigerian mobile market with product offerings that comprise several expensive flagship phones, mid-range mobile devices, as well as budgetary smartphones, establishing…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cell C, MTN conclude roaming agreement term sheet

9 August 2019

South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator Cell C and telecommunications giant MTN South Africa have concluded a detailed term sheet regarding a national roaming agreement, majority shareholder Blue Label said on…


Telecoms

Zim Telcos Struggle With Ongoing Powercuts

9 August 2019

Zimbabwean telcos are thinking about shifting to solar energy amid the country's ongoing power outages, but say the costs are quite high.The issue has prompted the Zim government to consider…


Telecoms

Internetwork Issues Disrupt Nigeria's Telecoms Sector

9 August 2019

Last week Nigeria's telecoms internetwork connectivity was affected by regulatory and financial issues to a point where the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was forced to intervene. According to the industry…


Telecoms

MTN Nigeria requests judicial review on $1billion fine

9 August 2019

MTN Nigeria has asked a Nigerian tax tribunal to rule on whether the company should pay corporate tax on a 330 billion naira ($1.1 billion) fine, a spokesman for the…


Internet

Startups BRCK and Swvl partner on free Wi-Fi for Kenyan ride-hail buses

9 August 2019

Nairobi-based internet hardware and service startup BRCK and Egyptian ride-hail venture Swvl are partnering to bring Wi-Fi and online entertainment to on-demand bus service in Kenya. BRCK will install its…


Internet

South African TV white space project gets US funding

9 August 2019

The Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) has received funding from the US Trade and Development Agency to aid in the rollout of a TV White Space (TVWS) network. TV white…


Internet

Kenya: Agency seeks to empower persons with disabilities on ICT

9 August 2019

The government has been urged to fast-track the development of a policy on ICT with focus on persons with disabilities. Mr Victor Kopiyo an advocate of the High Court and…


Internet

Idea to harmonise digital policies in Africa mooted

9 August 2019

African leaders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector have proposed an idea to harmonise digital policies to accelerate the continent’s digital transformation. The leaders are meeting in Kigali…


Internet

Globacom as the Most Subscribed Internet Provider in Nigeria

9 August 2019

Globacom Limited—more commonly known as Glo, a Nigerian multinational telecommunications company—recently had crowned the top spot as the most subscribed internet provider in the nation. Despite having dropped the country’s…


Internet

Continental coast to coast optic fibre link under one single Autonomous System Number

9 August 2019

African telecommunications group, Paratus, announced that is has inaugurated its contiguous fibre network from southern Africa’s west coast all the across the continent to the east coast. Digitally traversing this…


Internet

Paratus expands mobile LTE network to Walvis, Swakop

9 August 2019

Paratus Namibia has announced the completion of the initial phase of its national Mobile-LTE rollout plan. In this vein, Paratus Namibia, which is a subsidiary of multinational telecommunications provider, Paratus…


Internet

In brief

9 August 2019

On 5 August 2019, The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced that they had awarded a grant to South Africa’s Wireless Access Providers Association (WAPA) for a pilot…


Computing

Africa: A Newly Discovered Hacking Group Is Targeting Energy and Telecoms Companies

9 August 2019

There's a new hacking group on the radar targeting telecommunications and oil and gas companies across Africa and the Middle East. Industrial security company Dragos, which discovered the group, calls…


Computing

Malawi is testing using wearables to measure kids’ well-being

9 August 2019

In rich countries with bountiful resources, policy-makers and experts debate the merits of universalizing pre-kindergarten, or how play can benefit toddlers. In many poor countries, where resources are scarce, the…


Computing

In brief

9 August 2019

Layer3, an industry leader in cloud, scalable and secure networks, today announced its entry into the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) and the launch of Layer3Cloud built on the VMware…


Money Transfer

MTN set to offer financial services in Nigeria after CBN approval

9 August 2019

Leading telecoms firm, MTN has received an all-clear signal to venture into digital financial services in Nigeria after securing an operating license from the country’s apex bank. Through its subsidiary,…


Money Transfer

EAC to upgrade underperforming e-payment system

9 August 2019

East African Community member states are working towards linking the regional electronic payment system to other payment solutions in Africa, to ease trade around the continent following the launch of…


Money Transfer

Here’s what you need to know about Flutterwave’s latest partnership with Alipay

9 August 2019

Flutterwave, a global payment solutions business based in Africa has partnered with Alipay, an e-wallet payment option of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. The partnership will not only offer easy payment…


Money Transfer

Liberia: Mercy Corps, MTN Launch Mobile Payment for Paygo Solar Systems

9 August 2019

To enable customers meet their payment obligations for solar home systems, Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization and MTN Liberia have launched mobile money payment mechanism for such customers. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Emergency plans if Cell C goes bust

9 August 2019

MyBroadband has learned that Cell C and MTN are developing emergency plans to ensure Cell C subscribers stay connected in the event of the company going bankrupt. Cell C is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers eyeing listing at possible R45-billion valuation

9 August 2019

Helios Towers, one of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest mobile phone tower operators, is reviving plans for an initial public offering, people familiar with the matter have said. The company’s advisers are…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Kenya Plans To Lay-Off 575 Employees In Airtel Merger

9 August 2019

The CEO of Telkom Kenya has announced plans to retrench 575 employees in its upcoming merger with Airtel Kenya. In a notice sent to staff recently, Telkom Kenya’s chief executive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Paratus rights issues raises NAD50m to fund infrastructure deployment

9 August 2019

Pan-African network connectivity company Paratus Namibia has raised NAD50 million (USD2.76 million) from its principal shareholders Nimbus Infrastructure Limited and Paratus Africa Group in order to continue its infrastructure investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’s Strategic Investment in IHS Towers is Valued at R23 Billion

9 August 2019

MTN, Africa’s largest mobile phone operator, could score R23 billion from a sale of its stake in HIS Towers, Africa’s largest telecommunication-towers company. MTN owns 29% stake in IHS Towers,…


Digital Content

Angola Cables set to launch Angola’s first live gaming portal

9 August 2019

Telecoms company Angola Cables has announced that they will provide a new Live Gaming Portal in Angola through their ultra-low latency submarine fibre cable routes This will be open to…


Digital Content

South African app WhoYou verifies ID documents by scanning thumb prints

9 August 2019

A new app called WhoYou, which allows users to scan thumb prints and identify South African citizens’ IDs, made its debut on Tuesday. Developed by South African biometrics company Fides…


Digital Content

Twitter backlash after Ethiopia PM's internet 'not water or air' threat

9 August 2019

“Internet is not water, internet is not air. Internet is very important. However, if we use it as a revolution tool to incite others to kill and burn, it will…


Digital Content

In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise

9 August 2019

On July 18, two Ethiopian protest groups clashed in front of the Ethiopian embassy in Washington, DC, in the United States, as Ethiopia’s tense national politics spread to its diasporas.…


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People

9 August 2019

Former Absa chief information officer (CIO) Jacques Barkhuizen has been appointed Vodacom’s CIO and managing executive for digital. Barkhuizen, who won the Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA Visionary CIO…


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Opportunities

9 August 2019

Call for applications: Arab world podcast project     Egypt-based Sudanese artist Asia Madani is a beneficiary of Culture Resource's travel grant. Photo: Sauti za Busara Applications are now open for…


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Events

9 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…