News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 996 – 4 October 2019

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Giving PEACE a chance – New carrier neutral cable will be complete by 2021 and offers a new range of connections for East Africa

4 October 2019

The recently announced PEACE cable adds another international link to Africa that is actually being built rather than being just at the planning stage. Russell Southwood looks at whose behind the cable and what it will offer. In July this year I wrote of the plans by OTT companies Google and Facebook to build a new generation of cables (see the article here). Now one Africa’s newest cables – PEACE (Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe) is to be built by a Chinese cable manufacturing group and a Hong-Kong based international ICT company PCCW, which has a strong interest in…

Telecoms

How thinking and acting local took Africa’s top-selling phone maker to a multibillion-dollar IPO

4 October 2019

Transsion, which has become Africa’s top-selling phone maker in the last year, launched its initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Star market this week and its market value…


Telecoms

Investigation: Telkom Kenya, Airtel Kenya merger stalled

4 October 2019

Merger suspended on the basis of recapitalisation and misappropriation of funds at Telkom Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has stalled Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya merger on the grounds…


Telecoms

Congo mine deploys digital weapons in fight against conflict minerals

4 October 2019

Rubaya, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - In a small shack overlooking muddy pits hewn out of eastern Congo’s rolling green hills, a government official puts a barcoded tag on…


Telecoms

The People v Big Tech: Nigerian takes Truecaller to court for alleged violation of privacy rights

4 October 2019

To enforce his right to privacy as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, one Daniel John filed an application against True Software Scandinavia AB, the Swedish parent company of Truecaller. Filed…


Telecoms

Vodacom launches SA's first smartphone-only town

4 October 2019

Vodacom has launched what it dubs South Africa’s first smartphone-only town in Mpumalanga province. The mobile operator has partnered with farming business, BPG Langfontein, which employs the majority of the…


Telecoms

In brief

4 October 2019

ND SATCOM, the premier supplier of and integrator for innovative satellite communication systems and solutions, announced today the acquisition of TECNA located in Dakar, Senegal. This important strategic move will…


Internet

Vodacom South Africa launches free, advertising-funded internet service

4 October 2019

Vodacom South Africa is offering its more than 25 million mobile users access to internet essentials for free at any time, even when they have run out of credit. The…


Internet

MainOne lands submarine cable in Cote D’Ivoire

4 October 2019

MainOne has finally landed its submarine cable in Grand Bassam, Cote D’Iviore, which is the final leg of the ongoing expansion to reach Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire. The Grand Bassam…


Internet

South Africa: ISPA calls for PoPI to be implemented

4 October 2019

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has written to the President of South Africa requesting that he take the necessary steps to ensure that the personal information of South Africans…


Internet

Madagascar: Telma opposed to liberalisation of fibre-optic market

4 October 2019

Telecom Malagasy (Telma) CEO Patric Pisal Hamida has described government efforts to reduce prices by liberalising the country’s fibre-optic broadband market as a ‘false good idea’, reports Agence Ecofin. His…


Internet

Connecting Africa using Television white space

4 October 2019

Even the most developed countries are not without rural areas that have large gaps in internet access. In South Africa, Stats SA research revealed in its annual General Household Survey…


Internet

In brief

4 October 2019

Broadbased Communications Limited, an open access metropolitan fiber optic network operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dolphin Telecom Limited, a member of the African Coast to Europe…


Computing

Umeme enhances supply chain, financial processes with award-winning SAP deployment

4 October 2019

Ugandan electricity distributor achieves business transformation, cost-savings through innovative and rapid deployment of SAP technologies. Serving 1.3 million customers in one of East Africa's key economic hubs, Ugandan electricity distribution…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe’s central bank has reversed its ban on mobile money-for-cash transactions

4 October 2019

Zimbabwe’s central bank has lifted its ban on mobile money to cash transactions after three days of public outcry and criticism even as the government continues to struggle to contain…


Money Transfer

Africa’s most-populous nation missed the mobile money revolution

4 October 2019

Every month, Ifeyinwa Abel, the secretary of a Pentecostal church in Lagos, spends as much as a quarter of her salary sending money to pay for diabetes drugs to her…


Money Transfer

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

4 October 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…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange secures XOF 70 bln credit facility in Cote d'Ivoire

4 October 2019

Orange has agreed terms for a XOF 70 billion revolving credit facility in Cote d'Ivoire, provided by a group of five banks led by BNP Paribas subsidiary BICICI, reports Agence…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Loses Over $46Mil In East Africa -Reports

4 October 2019

Airtel Tanzania’s losses decreased to $15.94 million last year from the $47.1 million loss in 2017, according to the telecommunication firm’s financials. Despite the improvement in performance, the loss still…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ethiopia: Ministry Takes First Step to Privatise Telecom

4 October 2019

State Minister for Finance Eyob Tekalign (PhD) gave a press briefing last week about the transaction advisor the Ministry is looking to hire for the partial privatisation of Ethio telecom.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African mast operator Helios Towers launches up to $1.8 billion London IPO - source

4 October 2019

LONDON (Reuters) - African mobile networks operator Helios Towers Ltd priced its initial public offering at 115-145 pence per share on Wednesday, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters,…


Digital Content

Google celebrates Nigerian food culture in new online platform

4 October 2019

Google is celebrating Nigerian food culture with the world in a new online platform tagged, ‘Come Chop Bellefull’: A Taste of Nigeria. ’A Taste of Nigeria’ boasts 2,000 high-resolution images…


Digital Content

Nigerian Stock Exchange woos millennials with inaugural Hackathon

4 October 2019

With the aid of its first-ever hackathon, the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) is looking to improve the level of millennial participation in the bourse. The initiative, dubbed X-Kathon, is an…


Digital Content

Vodacom launches an Emergency Service App for Deaf and hearing impaired persons

4 October 2019

As part of Deaf awareness month, Vodacom has extended a helping hand through the launch of the Vodacom 112 Emergency Service App that enables persons with communication barriers (Deaf, hard…


Digital Content

Student designs system to save patients in congested hospitals

4 October 2019

In September last year local tabloid websites were dominated by a story of an expectant woman who arrived at a hospital in Ruhango District in critical condition only to die…


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Pepole

4 October 2019

Adiel Akplogan yesterday joined the ranks of notable individuals who have been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet.…


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Opportunities

4 October 2019

Web4Africa adds over 200 new domain extensions to its offering Web4Africa, a leading ICANN Accredited Domain Name Registrar in Africa, has added over 200 new domain extensions to its offering.…


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Events

4 October 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…