News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 934 – 13 July 2018

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West Africa Com 2018: The end of the beginning for operator digital transformation and so much more

13 July 2018

This year’s West Africa Com was better attended and the low hum of networking hung over the event. In his report below Russell Southwood picks out some of the highlights from the event below. Overall I had a sense that operators have now got on board for what is now described as digital transformation. There was less complaining about OTTs and more practical discussions about how to make things happen. Several sessions identified pain points in doing business with operators and getting things done but interestingly, there was very little pushback from operators on these points. In the welcoming address,…

Telecoms

NetOne problems hit Zimbabwe mobile user total

13 July 2018

The latest quarterly report from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) shows a dramatic decline in active mobile subscriptions in the three months to 31 March 2018.…


Telecoms

Eritirea, Ethiopia restore direct phone connections

13 July 2018

Direct international telephone connection was restored on 7 July between Ethiopia and Eritrea for the first time in two decades, Reuters reported, citing an Ethiopian official.   The Ethiopian Prime…


Telecoms

Senegal slams new tax on telecoms operators

13 July 2018

Telecoms operators in Senegal will have to pay 5% of their turnover, excluding taxes and net interconnection charges, to the government as Telecommunications Special Contribution (CST) at the end of…


Telecoms

Uganda social media tax to be reviewed

13 July 2018

Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made…


Telecoms

LG Q7 launches in South Africa: here’s how much it’ll cost

13 July 2018

Gunning for the South African mid-range segment, Korean firm LG has today launched its Q7 smartphone. The phone itself was launched globally in May, but arrives in South Africa just…


Internet

Teraco is the Amazon Cloud on-ramp for sub-Saharan Africa

13 July 2018

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect is now live in South Africa and located at Africa’s only vendor neutral data centre, Teraco. AWS Direct Connect enables clients to directly connect…


Internet

Amazon Cloud Services goes live in South Africa

13 July 2018

In addition to launching AWS Direct Connect, Amazon also announced the availability of Amazon CloudFront in South Africa. Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) offered by Amazon Web…


Internet

Kenya to use Google's balloons for rural internet

13 July 2018

Kenya will use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT minister said. Known…


Internet

South Africa, South Sudan cement ICT ties

13 July 2018

South Africa and South Sudan have agreed to a renewed MoU governing ICT investment and sector development between the two countries. South Africa's Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services…


Internet

AfricaOnline Launches JET-Powered Wireless Network to Deliver Fast Broadband in Namibia

13 July 2018

AfricaOnline, one of the largest ISPs in Namibia, has launched a wireless broadband network powered by RADWIN’s JET 5GHz Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP) smart Beamforming solutions. AfricaOnline has complemented its’ long-standing WiMAX…


Internet

Honeywell International Inc. Confirms Its First High-Speed, In-Flight Wi-Fi Installations In Africa

13 July 2018

JOHANNESBURG, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON) has confirmed the first installations of its JetWave™ satellite communications hardware in Africa, bringing a high-speed, global and consistent…


Internet

In brief

13 July 2018

The Congolese government has reiterated its previous order that ISPs and VSAT providers should make themselves known to the regulator in order to continue offering services, Agence Ecofin reports


Computing

Kenya: CS Mucheru Joins Richard Branson, Sergey Brin at Blockchain Forum in Morocco

13 July 2018

Marrakech — Over 20 of the globe's most renown technology thought leaders are gathered in Marrakech, Morroco for an exclusive forum discussing how to build Blockchain Technology in Africa.  …


Money Transfer

MTN Rwanda opens Mobile Money Remittance corridor to Tanzania

13 July 2018

Users of MTN Rwanda will now be able to send money to Tanzania via Mobile Money as the telco has opened the mobile-to-mobile remittance service between Rwanda and Tanzania. MTN…


Money Transfer

9mobile partners Bango to introduce mobile payment service in Nigeria

13 July 2018

9mobile has gone one step towards reaffirming itself as one of the most innovative telco with the launch of 9pay. This is an operator-billed payment platform for Google Play store…


Money Transfer

Truecaller Partners with Paystack to Enable More African Businesses to Accept Online Payments

13 July 2018

We’ve partnered with Paystack to allow more merchants across Africa to accept payments online in a frictionless and secure manner by leveraging Truecaller’s mobile identity product, Truecaller SDK. Paystack is…


Money Transfer

TelOne hosts fintech solutions hackathon

13 July 2018

TELONE Centre for Learning (TCFL), a subdivision of rising fixed telecommunications firm, TelOne, will this week host a OneMoney mobile financial services hackathon, with the aim of promoting product innovations.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN yet to file application for Nigerian IPO

13 July 2018

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed that MTN Nigeria has yet to file an application for its planned initial public offering (IPO), reports Reuters. ‘Neither MTN Nigeria Limited…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gamtel top brass cross-examined by Mobicell lawyer

13 July 2018

Top officials of the National Telecommunication Company (GAMTEL) were yesterday cross-examined by Malick Mba’I, attorney for Mr. Balla Jassey, Mobicell Blue Ocean Wireless and the Multimedia Gateway Incorporation (MGI). Testifying…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tunisia: Vodafone and Tunisie Telecom Announce Partnership Agreement

13 July 2018

Tunis/Tunisia — Vodafone and Tunisie Telecom jointly announced on Wednesday a new Partner Market agreement for Tunisia. This will be Vodafone's first such partnership in North Africa. Under the non-equity…


Digital Content

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

13 July 2018

On July 1, Uganda implemented a new daily tax on the use of social media and messaging platforms, on the grounds that — in the words of President Museveni —…


Digital Content

MultiChoice calls for Netflix to be regulated

13 July 2018

MultiChoice, the pay-TV operator that continues to bleed subscribers, is fighting tooth and nail to remain relevant amid tough competition from online streaming services. The pay-TV operator lost more than…


Digital Content

AFD to invest R14.5m in Tshimologong’s new Digital Content Hub

13 July 2018

In its first investment in digital innovation in South Africa, the French Development Agency (AFD) will next week sign a three-year €950 000 (R14.5-million) grant to fund Tshimologong Digital Innovation…


Digital Content

Opera Most Popular News App In Major African Markets With Over 10M Downloads

13 July 2018

Opera News, Norwegian web browser developer Opera Software‘s mobile application, is the most downloaded news app in several major African markets, having reached 10 million downloads only six months after…


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Opportunities

13 July 2018

SA’s Digital Venture Build programme opens call for proposals South African entrepreneurs looking to start an online business have been invited to apply for the Digital Venture Build programme, a…


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Events

13 July 2018

AWIT Kenya 2018July 19 -21Nairobi KenyaThe African Women in Tech (AWIT) Conference will be the one of its kind to provide attendees a unique combination of deep-dive, hands-on tech workshops,…