News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 989 – 16 August 2019

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Raxio on course to launch new Tier III carrier-neutral data centre in Uganda – its investor First Brick Holdings wants to launch four more by 2021

16 August 2019

Africa’s new digital life needs cloud services and the data centres to host them. Uganda took one step forward with the announcement of a new Tier III carrier-neutral data centre called Raxio in January 2020. Russell Southwood spoke to Robert Mullins, the Executive Director of its operator and investor First Brick Holdings. The backers and investors in Raxio are First Brick Holdings, a company set up by the Roha Group. The latter was set up by Brooks Washington, a Harvard-educated American who used to work with McKinsey & Co in Nigeria where he “coordinated much of McKinsey's private equity work…

Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom’s clever use of its mobile networks demonstrates how the once sluggish monopoly has evolved into a nimble underdog

16 August 2019

After innumerable outages caused by stolen copper cables, my mother was about to cancel her Telkom line when a box arrived at her door. In it was a new phone…


Telecoms

Nigeria: ALTON Condemns Regulatory Breaches By National IT Development Agency

16 August 2019

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has condemned regulatory violations by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which border on communications matters within the regulatory scope…


Telecoms

The First TECNO Device Running KaiOS is Here: Meet the T901

16 August 2019

TECNO, the leading mobile phone brand in Africa, today announced the launch of the latest 3G smart feature phone T901, the first TECNO device running on KaiOS, the leading mobile…


Telecoms

Zim regulator backs tariff rise to help cellcos in struggling economy

16 August 2019

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has approved a sharp rise in tariffs for mobile telephony services in the country. According to a report from Bulawayo24 News,…


Telecoms

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em: Telkom goes all-in on VoIP

16 August 2019

You know legacy circuit-switched voice is living on borrowed time when the granddaddy of the technology in South Africa, Telkom, announces it’s wholeheartedly embracing voice over Internet protocol (VoIP). The…


Telecoms

Vodacom SA's Base Stations in Mpumalanga Region Being Targeted for Theft and Vandalism

16 August 2019

Vodacom SA's Base Stations in Mpumalanga Region Being Targeted for Theft and Vandalism Image Credit: EvgeniiAnd/Bigstockphoto.com South Africa's Vodacom said its base stations in Mpumalanga region are increasingly being targeted…


Telecoms

in brief

16 August 2019

Telecom Egypt is setting strategies to develop its systems and broaden its networks. The company signed on August 8, 2019, on the sidelines of the BRICS Future Network Innovation forum…


Internet

Intelsat and Stratosat to offer broadband in Central Africa

16 August 2019

Intelsat S.A. has inked a deal with Stratosat Datacom to enable delivery of high-speed broadband services to sites across Central Africa. The companies will offer internet and Virtual Private Networking…


Internet

Mauritius to host 10th Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum

16 August 2019

Annual event serves as a platform to expand and develop the Internet in Africa Mauritius will host the 10th anniversary edition of the Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) at…


Internet

Nigeria: Facebook to Curb Fake News Using Yoruba, Igbo Languages

16 August 2019

Facebook says it will fight fake news on its platform using Yoruba and Igbo languages. Kojo Boakye, Facebook's Head of Public Policy, Africa, said in a statement on Wednesday in…


Internet

MTN and biNu Partner To Enable All Websites and Apps to be #datafree for South Africans

16 August 2019

MTN and #datafree pioneer biNu today announced a partnership that will enable mobile subscribers in South Africa to access websites and apps #datafree. Rather than using their own mobile data…


Computing

Lazarus group behind recent cyberattack on South Africa - Kaspersky

16 August 2019

A recent cyberattack in which South Africa was apparently among 17 countries targeted by North Korean hackers, relates to the activity of the so-called Lazarus group, according to Dr Amin…


Money Transfer

Africa’s Biggest Mobile Operator MTN Wants To Compete With Nigeria’s Banks

16 August 2019

South African mobile operator MTN is expected to begin offering financial services in Nigeria after it received a license from the Nigerian central bank in July. Yello Digital Financial Services…


Money Transfer

Kenya: Mobile money rises Sh215bn in first half

16 August 2019

The value of deals settled through mobile phones in first half 2019 rebound from last year’s slowdown to grow by Sh215.29 billion, pointing to cooling off of political temperatures and…


Money Transfer

MTN SA looks to rival cash with mobile money relaunch

16 August 2019

MTN South Africa is making “good progress” in its plans to relaunch mobile money services in South Africa, according to group CEO Rob Shuter. The JSE-listed telecommunications operator said in…


Money Transfer

Verve Global Card Launches 1st International Transaction In New York, USA

16 August 2019

Verve, a leading payments technology and card business in Africa, and Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover, today held an event to launch the Verve Global Card. Cardholders…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Singtel - but not SoftBank - may shake up Airtel ownership

16 August 2019

UPDATE: Bharti Airtel has dismissed speculation that it could sell a stake to Japanese operator SoftBank after CNBC reported that the companies were holding preliminary discussions over a possible investment.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Angola selling stakes in eight telecoms operators in 2019-2022

16 August 2019

Angolan state-held stakes in 195 companies will be sold between 2019 and 2022 under the country’s latest Privatisation Programme, including eight telecoms operators, Jornal de Angola reports. The programme published…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt inks new deal with Huawei, ZTE and China Telecom

16 August 2019

Huawei Technology Corporation will offer new models for the use of communication, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications to Telecom Egypt. The collaboration between the two companies is…


Digital Content

Tanzania: Handy Website Where Single Women Can Confirm If a Man is Not Married

16 August 2019

The city of Dar-es-Salaam will soon publish names of all married men in the coastal town as a measure of protecting women from dishonest men. Regional commissioner Paul Makonda said…


Digital Content

Nigerian Activist Omoyele Sowere Remains In Custody Following Planned #RevolutionNow Protests

16 August 2019

The founder of Sahara Reporters and 2019 presidential candidate, is being held under terrorism laws after attempting to organize a nationwide protest against insecurity. Nigerian journalist, activist and politician Omoyele…


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People

16 August 2019

CELL C appoints Douglas Craigie Stevenson as CEO The Cell C board has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Craigie Stevenson was appointed as interim CEO…


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Opportunities

16 August 2019

Call for applications: emPawa Africa accelerator programme Upcoming artists based in Africa and the diaspora can now submit entries for the second phase of the emPawa Africa artist accelerator programme.…


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Events

16 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…