News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 995 – 27 September 2019

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Telecoms vendor Ericsson’s Foreign Corrupt Practices fine of around US$1 billion puts the spotlight on Djibouti Telecom – Who took the bribe? Who authorized it?

27 September 2019

Every few years a corruption case under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act blows the lid off Africa’s often seamy way of doing business in the telecoms sector. Russell Southwood looks at the recent case of Ericsson and looks at how Chinese vendors do things. According to a company announcement on Thursday:”Ericsson has been co-operating voluntarily since 2013 with an investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, since 2015, with an investigation by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) into Ericsson's compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the process is still…

Telecoms

Rain to charge premium price of $67/month for unlimited 5G data in South Africa

27 September 2019

South African data-only operator Rain has rolled out a 5G network package with unlimited high-speed data for 1,000 rand ($67) a month. According to the CEO of Rain, Willem Roos,…


Telecoms

GSMA: $5.2 billion boost to African GDP at stake at wrc-19

27 September 2019

Africa’s Digital Future Depends on Identification of 5G Spectrum at WRC-19; Unfounded Technical Claims Risk Delaying Economic Growth and Innovation Innovative 5G services will generate $5.2bn of economic expansion –…


Telecoms

Cabo Verde to introduce 4G and pilot 5G

27 September 2019

The Republic of Cabo Verde will soon offer 4G services some 560 kilometres off the west coast of mainland Africa. This news follows the award by Cabo Verde’s Multisectorial Regulatory…


Telecoms

Zamtel's plan to avoid regulator conflict

27 September 2019

Zambian mobile phone operator Zamtel has initiated a network modernisation project across Lusaka in a bid to improve the quality of service and avoid punishment by the Zambia Information and…


Telecoms

NITDA Investigates True Caller Over Possible Breach Of Privacy Rights In Nigeria

27 September 2019

The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has started an investigation into a potential violation of the privacy rights of Nigerians by the Truecaller Service. In a statement, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa,…


Telecoms

Returning rogue weather app continues mobile ad fraud

27 September 2019

A weather forecasting app from Chinese company TCL Communications has once again been caught making digital purchases of premium services without the knowledge of the phone’s owner. It is the…


Telecoms

Icasa moves on high-spectrum licences

27 September 2019

JOHANNESBURG - The independent Communications Authority said yesterday that it would issue an information memorandum on the licensing process for the long-delayed high-spectrum by December. Icasa said it would publish…


Telecoms

Global internet growth stalls and focus shifts to ‘meaningful universal connectivity’ to drive global development

27 September 2019

UN-backed report on global broadband access underscores urgent need to find new ways to reach the half of the world still unconnected New York, 22 September 2019 – Traditional approaches…


Internet

Letter from Africa: Why Nigeria's internet scammers are 'role models'

27 September 2019

In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani laments that internet scammers have become role models for many youths in her country. The Federal Bureau…


Computing

Nigeria: 6-Year-Old Nigerian Student Emerges Africa's Youngest Microsoft Specialist

27 September 2019

A six-year-old Nigerian student, Master Damilare Akano has emerged Africa's youngest Microsoft Specialist in the Certiport international certification examination. Akano alongside 200 other students participated in a month-long summer camp…


Computing

MainOne Introduces New Datacentre In Ghana

27 September 2019

MainOne, the connectivity and datacentre solutions provider, has announced the construction of its new MDXi datacentre in Accra Ghana saying that it is a significant part of its ongoing West…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana and Western Union to collaborate for direct transfers into MTN Mobile Money Wallets

27 September 2019

Western Union and MTN are offering customers in Ghana the possibility to receive Western Union money transfers into their MTN Mobile Money wallets. Users of Western Union Digital products can…


Money Transfer

South Africa: Thales to support Ghana's Financial Inclusion Drive

27 September 2019

PARIS, France, September 25, 2019/ -- Ghana continues to roll out initiatives that provide Ghanaians with secure and convenient digital financial services aimed at including the financially excluded; GhIPSS is…


Money Transfer

inwi launches mobile money service ‘inwi money’ powered by Comviva’s mobiquity Money platform

27 September 2019

inwi, Moroccan telecom operator known for its digital innovations, has recently launched its mobile money service “inwi money”. The service works on Comviva’s mobiquity® Money, one of the world’s largest…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethiopia seeks adviser for privatisation of telecoms operator

27 September 2019

Ethiopia is looking for an adviser to help it with the partial privatisation of its state-run telecoms operator, the finance ministry said on Tuesday. Ethiopia first announced plans to offer…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PIC Poised to Take Stake in Fiber Company After Deutsche Loan

27 September 2019

The Public Investment Corp. is poised to take a stake in Liquid Telecom if Africa’s biggest fiber company goes ahead with a planned initial public offering, according to people familiar…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label Mobile, 3G Mobile to be sold after Cell C knocks Blue Label balance sheet

27 September 2019

Blue Label Telecoms, Cell C's largest shareholder, said on Wednesday that DNI 4PL would be buying its interests in Blue Label Mobile as well as taking over 3G Mobile from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Businessman Rostam Aziz concludes sale of Vodacom Tanzania stake

27 September 2019

Tanzanian tycoon Rostam Aziz has concluded the sale of the last tranche of his Vodacom Tanzania shares to Vodacom of South Africa, Forbes reported, citing the Citizen newspaper. Aziz sold…


Digital Content

Facebook to train Kenyan SMEs on digital advertising

27 September 2019

Facebook has launched an initiative to help equip small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Kenya with digital skills that will help entrepreneurs grow their businesses in the increasingly digital…


Digital Content

MultiChoice introduced MyDStv and MyGOtv apps for customers

27 September 2019

DStv and GOtv customers are now able to manage, pay for their DStv and GOtv accounts and view their payment history, manage notifications settings, change their subscription package, update contact…


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People

27 September 2019

New Horizons unveils six-year-old Nigerian Microsoft specialist A six-year-old Nigerian student, Damilare Akano, has emerged Africa’s youngest Microsoft specialist in the Certiport international certification examination organised by New Horizons Nigeria.…


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Opportunities

27 September 2019

Applications open for UK-Africa virtual accelerator programme Applications are open for AfriTech XYZ, a fully-funded UK-Africa virtual accelerator programme that connects early-stage African tech startups to mentors and investors worldwide.…


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Events

27 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…