News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 991 – 30 August 2019

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Niger: And the winner is…..A tax avoiding Nigerienne businessman who appears in the Panama papers

30 August 2019

Orange Niger - which is currently in protective bankruptcy - will be sold to a consortium led by a tax avoiding local Nigerienne businessman. Since the company was closed down because of tax demands worth half its turnover, there is some irony in it being sold to a tax avoider. Russell Southwood looks at how this has come to pass. In issue 982  I outlined how there were two bidders for the now bankrupt Orange Niger: Mohamed Ali Rissa’s Rimbo (he is also a minority shareholder in Orange Niger) and Telecel. Issue 982 details Rissa’s tax affairs and his closeness…

Telecoms

Airtel-Telkom Merger Suspended Over Alleged Corruption -Reports

30 August 2019

The Communications Authority of Kenya has suspended the planned merger of Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya pending the result of the investigation by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission on…


Telecoms

Maroc Telecom Secures $1 Billion Deal With Moroccan Government

30 August 2019

Morocco’s largest telecoms operator, Maroc Telecom, announced this week that it had closed a deal worth 10 billion dirhams ($1 billion) with the Moroccan government to develop and expand telecoms…


Telecoms

Intelsat and Africa Mobile Networks Reach Milestone, Continue Aggressive Path to Connect Rural Communities in sub-Saharan Africa

30 August 2019

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) (“Intelsat”), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and Africa Mobile Networks (AMN), an integrator of mobile network infrastructure, today…


Telecoms

Gambia - PURA fines cellcos for activating unregistered SIMs; suspends third-party sales

30 August 2019

The Gambia’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has fined the country’s largest mobile operator Africell GMD5.58 million (USD109,000) for breaching the law by selling SIM cards activated at points of…


Telecoms

South Africa: Woan must get only a ‘small’ spectrum set-aside: treasury

30 August 2019

Government’s planned wholesale open-access network (Woan) should only get a small set-aside of radio frequency spectrum, with the rest auctioned off to commercial operators, national treasury has said. In a…


Telecoms

Standard Bank Mobile now offers smartphones

30 August 2019

Standard Bank Mobile has expanded its service offering to allow customers to purchase Apple, Samsung and Huawei smartphone devices. The bank said that consumers can purchase a smartphone, while financing…


Telecoms

in brief

30 August 2019

Airtel Africa’s, Bharti Airtel's African unit, subscriber base has crossed 100 million across its operations. The company is the second largest mobile operator in Africa by number of active subscribers.


Internet

NCC approves trial 5G spectrum

30 August 2019

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it has approved spectrum for the trial of 5G mobile services in the country. Without providing further details, the regulator’s Executive Vice Chairman…


Internet

Cell C scraps wholesale FWA LTE access

30 August 2019

South African mobile operator Cell C is poised to discontinue its wholesale fixed-wireless LTE service, Tech Central reports, citing correspondence between Internet Solutions and its channel partners. The site says…


Internet

South Africa: Some Phone Numbers Still Cannot Be Ported After 13 Years

30 August 2019

South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) remains concerned about the lack of transparency and ongoing delays in the introduction of full number portability. Consumers have received no word from…


Internet

in brief

30 August 2019

A third Mozambique wireless operator is expected to launch a 4G network later this year. According to a report from news agency LUSA, state-backed Mocambique Telecom (TMCEL) will launch LTE-based…


Computing

Foreign technology company leaves Nigeria following recent fraud allegations

30 August 2019

A Canadian-based technology company, Dynamics Intelligence, has announced plans to shut down operations in Nigeria. Following the clampdown on Nigerians involved in fraud by the United States Federal Bureau of…


Computing

East Africa Gets First Centre of Excellence

30 August 2019

East African Community (EAC) member states have expressed optimism that the region will soon turn into an ICT hub, with the launch of a Centre of Excellence for ICT in…


Computing

Africa Data Centres Nairobi becomes PCI DSS compliant

30 August 2019

Africa Data Centres Nairobi, formerly known as East Africa Data Centre, is now officially Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. It is the first neutral data centre…


Computing

in brief

30 August 2019

Cybersecurity company, Kaspersky announced on Monday, 26 August 2019, that it has signed on Tarsus Distribution as its newest B2B and B2C distributor. The agreement forms part of Kaspersky’s growth…


Money Transfer

Kiva Launches Africa’s First Blockchain-Based Online Credit Platform in Sierra Leone

30 August 2019

Kiva, a San Francisco-based tech nonprofit organisation, is using blockchain to create an online ID database in Sierra Leone allowing people who struggle to get loans to prove their credit…


Money Transfer

MTN Nigeria officially rolls out mobile money services

30 August 2019

MTN will officially launch mobile money services, MoMo in Nigeria, its biggest market and Africa’s most populous nation. Mobile Money structures across Africa will offer the opportunity to make cash…


Money Transfer

Africa’s biggest bank is going after the continent’s informal markets

30 August 2019

Africa’s largest bank wants to bring the continent’s small and informal businesses into its fold. In a deal announced on Tuesday (Aug. 27), Standard Bank invested $4 million into Nomanini,…


Money Transfer

PCCW Global and Mauritius Telecom collaborate to launch island’s first mobile payment solution

30 August 2019

Mauritius Prime Minister, Honourable Pravind Jugnauth, has today launched the Indian Ocean island nation’s first national mobile payment solution in the capital city Port Louis. Based on the proven Tap…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe: EcoCash launches mobile bureau de change

30 August 2019

Sasai App, a product of Cassava International and the first of its kind in Africa with several integrations and via three main functions of pay, chat and explore has integrated…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

9mobile Secures $230m Loan From Africa Finance Corporation To Boost Operations In Nigeria

30 August 2019

9mobile has secured a loan of $230 million from Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) to help it achieve its long-term growth plans. The telco made this known in a statement released…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rimbo Holding emerges as frontrunner for Orange Niger

30 August 2019

Rimbo Holding has emerged as the frontrunner in the battle for control of Orange Niger, according to local news reports. Rimbo is owned by Mohamed Rhissa Ali, who is reportedly…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Media up for sale

30 August 2019

The Zimbabwe economic crisis looks like claiming a major victim. African telco giant Econet Wireless is putting its Econet Media broadcasting and news unit up for sale. One of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

30 August 2019

It has been confirmed that Algerian WiMAX-based B2B broadband operator Smart Link Communication (SLC) and its satellite subsidiary Divona ceased all telecom activities in the country on 21 August 2019,…


Digital Content

KECOBO: No official directive to move to ICT Ministry

30 August 2019

The office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice will continue to monitor the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO). This is until an executive order is issued by the…


Digital Content

Influenced: Meet Sibu Mpanza—the YouTuber Who's Making a Killing from Just Having Fun

30 August 2019

'I am the person I needed when and even before I started my YouTube channel,' the prolific YouTuber says. Years ago, Sibu Mpanza found himself experiencing two realities Black South…


Digital Content

Harvard Student Sues Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni For Blocking Him On Twitter

30 August 2019

Hillary Innocent Taylor Seguya has petitioned the high court in Kampala seeking to overturn the president’s decision to block him. A student at Harvard University is suing Ugandan President Yoweri…


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People

30 August 2019

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has appointed Legal Services Director Mercy Wanjau as acting director general, replacing Francis Wangusi whose term expires on August 23, 2019 after serving for…


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Opportunities

30 August 2019

Applications open for Nigerian Social Innovators Programme LEAP Africa and Union Bank have opened applications for the latest cohort of the Social Innovators Programme (SIP), a one-year fellowship for young…


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Events

30 August 2019

The FTTX Council Africa 2019 conference 7-9 October 2019    Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South AfricaIn 2018 the conference attracted more than 1000 delegates, firmly establishing this event as the number one…