News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 977 – 24 May 2019

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Cameroon: Former Camtel D-G David Nkoto Emmane is under investigation for two corruption allegations, forbidden to leave the country

24 May 2019

Widely published corruption allegations against the former D-G Camtel provide an interesting snapshot of what can go wrong in state-owned telcos. Russell Southwood looks at the charges and what they mean for the wider processes of telecoms reform. On 14 December 2018 the Cameroonian Government sacked Camtel D-G David Nkoto Emmane and the Chair of the Board Victor Nfon Mukete by Presidential Decree. The latter is a 93 year-old senator, former Minister of Information and father of Colin Ebako Mukete. Mukete Jr is the Chair of MTN Cameroon in which he has a 30% stake. Nkoto was replaced as D-G…

Telecoms

South Africa’s biggest ever mobile network testing project launched

24 May 2019

MyBroadband has partnered with Afristay and Huawei to launch South Africa’s biggest mobile network testing project. Mobile Internet access is a cornerstone of a modern economy, and good network quality…


Telecoms

Ghanaian govt urges NCA to curb fake phones

24 May 2019

The Ghanaian government has directed the National Communications Authority (NCA) to liaise with mobile network operators and other relevant state agencies to determine the level of risk posed by the…


Telecoms

In brief

24 May 2019

Angola: Portuguese mobile phone manufacturer Iki Mobile plans to inaugurate its first factory in Angola in October, reports Deutsche Welle.


Internet

Soweto becomes first South African township to get fibre to the home

24 May 2019

Telkom has rolled out fibre in Diepkloof and Orlando, passing Orlando West Secondary School, making Soweto the first South African township to receive fibre to the home. According to Telkom…


Internet

Ghana strikes deal with private firm to handle government's ICT

24 May 2019

The Ghanaian government has selected private firm Lebara Ghana Ltd. to manage and commercialise its e-Government infrastructure, including government fibre and LTE network for a period of ten years. Lebara…


Internet

MainOne Launches Digital Lagos Campaign to Make Broadband Available for All

24 May 2019

West Africa’s leading connectivity and data centre solutions provider, MainOne launches Digital Lagos initiative. The campaign estimated to cost the company about N25billion, tagged Digital Lagos: Broadband for All will…


Internet

OneWeb to provide satellite internet connectivity for rural Angolans

24 May 2019

US satellite telecoms provider OneWeb has agreed to assist Angola in expanding internet access across remote rural areas by 2021, following a meeting with the country’s president Joao Lourenco, reports…


Internet

In brief

24 May 2019

Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS) said it's partnering with Africa Development Solutions (ADS Group) to facilitate building a fibre infrastructure backbone across Africa. TCTS will perform pre-feasibility assessments with ADS…


Computing

Orange selects ENGIE for the operation and maintenance of one of the largest data centers in West Africa

24 May 2019

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, May 20, 2019/ -- ENGIE has been selected for the operation and maintenance of the Orange Services Group's data center in Abidjan, for a five-year contract that…


Computing

Kaspersky Lab to Open Office in Kigali, Rwanda to Boost its Presence in East Africa

24 May 2019

Kaspersky Lab has announced plans to open a new office in Kigali, Rwanda, to support the rapid growth of its business in East Africa. This strategic move will provide more…


Money Transfer

Kenyan banks launch app to shakeup lending market for small businesses, here’s why

24 May 2019

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Five Kenyan banks have launched a lending service via mobile phone aimed at getting credit through to the country’s small and medium-sized businesses, the central bank said…


Money Transfer

Wari enables customers to request its financial services on WhatsApp

24 May 2019

On WhatsApp, Wari customers will be able to easily request access to frequently used services and request to initiate financial operations More than 1-billion people in over 180 countries use…


Money Transfer

Ghana: Revenues telcos earn from mobile money should be taxable

24 May 2019

Deputy Minister of Communications George Andah has said that government is exploring the possibility of taxing the income mobile money companies earn from transactions. Mr. Andah speaking at the Ghana…


Money Transfer

Kenyan lenders leverage on digital customer data to offer credit

24 May 2019

Businessman Gilbert Wandera is currently building a house in his rural home in Busia, western Kenya. Working in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, Wandera relies heavily on mobile money to pay his…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Botswana - Mascom ownership battle brewing

24 May 2019

A shareholder battle is brewing at Botswana’s largest cellco by subscribers, Mascom Wireless. A USD300 million deal was struck in March for minority shareholder Econet Wireless of Zimbabwe to acquire…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa tech firm cleared to buy iWayAfrica

24 May 2019

South Africa-based integrator of advanced network and cloud computing services Echotel International Proprietary Limited has received the green light from the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) to acquire 80 percent…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Real Owners of MTN Nigeria Revealed

24 May 2019

Last Saturday's listing of MTN Nigeria shares on the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has made it possible to identify the shareholders of the telecoms firm. Many…


Digital Content

Maliyo, Telecoming Sign Distribution Agreement In African Mobile Market

24 May 2019

The European Carrier Billing specialist expands its presence within the African market with a renowned local partner; the distribution agreement has been signed for six countries in the region. Telecoming,…


Digital Content

DR Congo’s Josephine Uwase Ndeze wins Miss Geek Africa competition

24 May 2019

Josephine Uwase Ndeze, who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the winner of Miss Geek Africa 2019, a competition that brings together young female entrepreneurs in technology space.…


Digital Content

Rwanda mulling more restrictions on social media

24 May 2019

Rwanda is laying the ground to impose restrictions on the use of social media, joining other East African countries in the muzzling of public expression. Minister of ICT Paula Ingabire…


Digital Content

Nigeria: Flaim Records Over 100,000 Downloads in First Week

24 May 2019

Messaging app, flaim, has generated over 100,000 downloads in its first week after launch in Nigeria. Flaim is designed as a new messaging solution to replace outdated and unsecure apps…


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People

24 May 2019

Pan-African telecommunications group; Smile Telecoms on Tuesday appointed Mr. Ahmad Farroukh as the telco’s new CEO and Ms. Irene Charnley as Deputy Chairman. Their appointments go with effect June 1st,…


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Opportunities

24 May 2019

Africa50 Launches Its Innovation Challenge to Help Increase Access to Internet in Africa Kigali — Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform, launched the first edition of its Innovation Challenge at…


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Events

24 May 2019

First edition of the Digital Women’s Day in Africa13 and 14 June 2019Dakar, Senegal Following the success of its 7th edition in Paris, Digital Woman’s Day JFD, for Journée de…