News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 993 – 13 September 2019

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Satellite going through its fibre moment – how this will help Africa reach beyond fibre networks to more remote areas

13 September 2019

There are so many different technologies bringing connectivity from the sky or space and all are promising to provide cheaper connectivity. With the implantation of fibre networks in Africa, prices have already fallen and new technologies mean they will continue to fall. Russell Southwood looks at how this will happen and what it will mean for operators’ ability to deliver services more widely. In pricing terms, fibre has always been more transparent than satellite. Even closed operator consortia needed to be transparent with their members about the relationship between the cost of building and prices charged to members. Over time…

Telecoms

Botswana: BTC doubles capacity on Spacecom’s Amos 7 in multi-year satellite services deal

13 September 2019

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTC) today announced that BTC is doubling its capacity on AMOS-7 communication satellite KU-beams. With this new capacity,…


Telecoms

Seychelles: New Mobile Phone Tower in Seychelles Is Meant to Blend in to Tropical Surroundings

13 September 2019

Airtel Seychelles, a local telecommunications company, has unveiled a new tower built to boost connectivity on the eastern side of the main island of Mahe. The 30 metre-long structure built…


Telecoms

South Africa: ICASA Fines MTN Over WhatsApp Bundle Hike

13 September 2019

South Africa's telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), has slapped MTN with a $336 000 fine for failing to comply with the law when it hiked…


Telecoms

SA companies count the costs of xenophobic attacks

13 September 2019

A total of four MTN outlets in Nigeria were last week damaged by attacks in retaliation to ongoing violence against foreign nationals in certain parts of South Africa, the telecom…


Telecoms

In brief

13 September 2019

Libyan cellular operator Almadar Aljaded (Al Madar), the country’s second largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced ‘4G+’ coverage has now been extended to Ajdabiya, capital of the…


Internet

World Bank gives USD 16 mln for construction of ICT academy in Tanzania

13 September 2019

The World Bank (WB) has disbursed over USD 16 million to the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) for construction of a regional flagship ICT centre. Some of the…


Internet

TTCL completes first phase of SADC fibre optic project

13 September 2019

The first phase of the connection of member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been completed with the successful interconnection of Malawi and Zambia. In August 2019,…


Internet

Kenya: UN - Kenyans the Most Care-Free Users of Internet Globally

13 September 2019

Kenyans are less troubled about the security of personal data posted on internet, a global survey shows, implying they could be an easy target for cyber criminals. Only four in…


Internet

AfricaCom 2019 to feature new AfricaTech Centre Stage

13 September 2019

The annual Africa-focused ICT and telecommunications event, AfricaCom, will this year feature a new zoned exhibition area – the AfricaTech Centre Stage – dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, FinTech,…


Internet

In brief

13 September 2019

The Lagos zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 30-year-old man, John Chukwuebuka, over alleged $4 million internet fraud. A statement posted on the…


Computing

NCC Makes Plans To Protect Nigeria From Cyber Attacks

13 September 2019

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has announced plans to establish mechanisms that will control the use of the internet to protect the country’s cyberspace against attacks. The Commission said that…


Computing

China Unicom, Alibaba Cloud launch cloud solution in Jhb

13 September 2019

Ali Smart Access Gateway (SAG) based on software-defined network architecture. International ICT and connectivity services provider China Unicom, who first entered the African telecommunications space in July 2018, has partnered…


Computing

Project Enable Africa unveils disability-friendly Inclusion hub

13 September 2019

A community development initiative, Project Enable Africa has unveiled a disability-friendly inclusion hub adjudged to be the first in Nigeria. This state-of-art hub was designed to reduce the barrier of…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s stock exchange launches data pack to improve investor relations

13 September 2019

In a bid to improve market participation and transparency as well as facilitate informed investment decision-making, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has launched an innovative webpage integrated with key market…


Money Transfer

DHL expands Africa eShop online shopping application to 34 countries across Sub Saharan Africa

13 September 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 11, 2019/ -- Platform introduced to an additional 14 countries across Sub Saharan Africa; Growth of online retail driving DHL Africa eShop’s rapid success. Since…


Money Transfer

Inlaks wins '2019 Best ICT Infrastructure Provider' at Digital Banking Summit

13 September 2019

Inlaks, among other leading African companies, has been recognised at the 2019 edition of the Digital Innovations and Excellence Awards held recently. The awards was held as part of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers set to hit redial on London listing

13 September 2019

Helios Towers, the Africa-focused telecoms towers company, is expected to announce its intention to list on the London Stock Exchange as early as Thursday in what would be its second…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label, Net1 delay publication of financial results amid Cell C woes

13 September 2019

Net1 Technologies has delayed the publication of its financial results due to the ongoing financial crisis at South African cellco Cell C, thus becoming the second JSE-listed company to postpone…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

China agrees to help transform ICT services in Zimbabwe

13 September 2019

Zimbabwe and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on the development of ICT services in the African nation. According to a report from The Herald, the…


Digital Content

Econet Partners American Startup For AI And ML Solutions

13 September 2019

The Econet Global Group has announced from Accra Ghana their partnership with American startup, Atlas AI. The announcement was made by Econet’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa on the…


Digital Content

Tanzania Special Education Platform in Top African Innovation Awards

13 September 2019

Dar es Salaam — A web-based platform dubbedJumuisha that seeks to empower experts handling people with disabilities in communities, was featured among top eleven education innovations in Africa. Jumuisha is…


Digital Content

Vodacom announces new esports hub at Vodacom World.

13 September 2019

On 5 September 2019, Vodacom announced that it will be introducing an esports hub at Vodacom World, which is the telecommunication company’s Flagship Digital Mall situated in Midrand, Johannesburg. Vodacom…


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People

13 September 2019

MTN Group says Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire CEOs stepping down MTN Group Ltd said on Tuesday the chief executive officers of its Zambian and Cote d’Ivoire units would step down at…


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Opportunities

13 September 2019

African ICT Foundation Opens Applications for Volunteers Tech Trainers The African ICT Foundation (AfICTF) has opened applications for volunteer trainers for its Digital Connect Africa (DCA) Project in Nigeria. DCA…


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Events

13 September 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…