News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 994 – 20 September 2019

Top Story

Logistics aggregator Kobo360 to expand out of Nigeria to neighboring countries – B2B applications are driving digital transformation and bringing new telco and ISP business

20 September 2019

The digital transformation of the logistics business in Africa will be good business for telcos and ISPs. Multiple transactions through the new platforms will require cloud services and data centres. Changes like this bring new smartphone customers into the business. Truckers will need the app on their phone to get new business. Russell Southwood spoke to Ife Oyedele, CTO and Co-Founder, Kobo360 about its recent investment round and what it’s planning to do. Kobo360’s co-founders Obi Ozor (ex-Uber Nigeria) and Ife Oyedele did the their university education in Michigan together and the seed of the idea for the company was…

Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania Rolls Out Supa Network Campaign

20 September 2019

Vodacom Tanzania has rolled out a campaign, Supa Network, to raise awareness of the strength and capacity of its network. The network operator claims that it has the strongest network…


Telecoms

Redflow to deliver ZBM2 batteries for telco mobile phone tower sites in South Africa

20 September 2019

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited has won an order to provide 68 ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries for at least 20 mobile phone tower sites in South Africa owned by…


Internet

Angola Cables And TM Global Explore New Cable Route

20 September 2019

TM GLOBAL, the wholesale arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has partnered with Angola Cables to explore another alternative using a new express route that would connect the Southern Hemisphere…


Internet

Rain launches its 5G network in Gauteng, deals priced at R1000 per month

20 September 2019

After months of talk, data-only network Rain today delivered on its promises, unveiling its first consumer 5G network in South Africa. At present, the 5G network “will only be available…


Internet

PCCW Global and DCConnect extend global reach with SDI collaboration PCCW Global

20 September 2019

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and DCConnect, a leading APAC on-demand connectivity, data center and cloud provider, have entered into a…


Internet

South Africa: SEACOM’s New Policy Cuts Off ISPs

20 September 2019

SEACOM has announced that it has implemented a new policy which will prevent the majority of South Africa’s Internet service providers (ISPs) from peering (exchanging data) directly with the company.…


Internet

Phase3 commences network technology upgrade across enterprise segment

20 September 2019

ABUJA, 15 September 2019: West Africa’s largest independent fibre optic infrastructure and telecommunications services provider - Phase3 Telecom announces that in addition to previous network scalability measures, it has commenced…


Internet

Internet shutdowns and the right to access in Sudan: A post-revolution perspective

20 September 2019

On 3 September, a Sudanese court ordered telecommunications companies Sudani and MTN to apologize to their customers for disrupting access to their networks at the behest of the military authorities…


Internet

PCCW Global, Orange and PEACE Cable International team up to deploy PEACE cable to connect Europe to Asia via East Africa by 2021

20 September 2019

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, Orange, the leading telecommunications operator in France and a major investor in over 40 submarine cables…


Internet

The best place to find excellent fibre deals in South Africa

20 September 2019

If you are looking for a great fibre deal, then your first stop should be Fibre Compare. With fibre being such a hot product right now, all the Internet service…


Computing

Botswana: Minister Launches Africa Code Week

20 September 2019

Maun — Ministry of Basic Education has taken a deliberate decision to mainstream Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning, especially in this era of the 4th Industrial…


Computing

In brief

20 September 2019

In Cloudscene’s 7th publication of the Data Centre Ecosystem Leaderboard, Teraco’s JB1 East & West data centre, is ranked 3rd globally in terms of service providers available at the facility.…


Money Transfer

Stay ALAT this December with Africa’s first fully digital bank

20 September 2019

In recent years, research has shown that digital platforms remain a rising factor due to synergies of qualitative data, flexibility, and faster response to market changes. No banking app has…


Money Transfer

Malawi Post Corporation to introduce mobile money service

20 September 2019

Zaphweka (ZapCash) mobile money service will be launch before the end of the year. The announcement was made during a meeting with the country’s Minister of Information, Civic Education and…


Money Transfer

Savings startup Exuus winner of Seedstars event in Rwanda

20 September 2019

Savings platform Exuus has been named winner of Seedstars’ event in Kigali, Rwanda, securing a place in the global final to pitch for up to US$500,000 in equity investment. Seed-stage…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone Zambia put up for sale

20 September 2019

Amid continuing financial struggles, Mobile Broadband Limited, which trades under the Vodafone Zambia banner, has formally announced that the company is to be sold, after its current shareholders failed to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mattel inks deal with Huawei

20 September 2019

Mauritanian cellular operator Mattel has signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei for the upgrade of its networks. A report from Agence Ecofin cites Mattel’s managing director, Elyes…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Top Executives’ Shares Jump To $8.4Mil -Reports

20 September 2019

The number of shares bought by Safaricom in an effort to reward its top executives has jumped to 32.2 million units with a tremendous market value of $8.4mil. Regulatory reports…


Digital Content

Algeria protests: how disinformation spread on social media

20 September 2019

Amidst months of anti-government demonstrations, an online information battle is happening in Algeria. Protesters are trying to swat away annoying trolls - dubbed "electronic flies". The interim president of the…


Digital Content

Facebook cancels event in South Africa

20 September 2019

Facebook has cancelled its upcoming event in Cape Town, South Africa scheduled for October 3rd, 2019 due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’. It is unclear, however, if the cancellation is related to…


Digital Content

ViewMedia to launch digital broadcast platform in West Africa

20 September 2019

UK-based content distributor ViewMedia will launch a new digital broadcast platform on the Amos-17 communication satellite located at the 17 degrees east orbital position above Africa. ViewMedia's platform on Amos-17's…


Digital Content

Speeding up detection to slow down Ebola: Smartphone app is game-changer for contact tracing in hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

20 September 2019

Standing in front of her house, Kavira Kasomo chats with Léa Kanyere as if they are old friends. Kanyere shows Kasomo something on her mobile phone that makes her smile.…


Digital Content

Video creators in Africa can now earn money from Facebook with ‘Ad Breaks’

20 September 2019

Facebook has rolled out Ad Breaks — a feature that allows video creators monetise their content from advertising — in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa. The feature, which was…


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Events

20 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…