News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1012 on 14 February 2020

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OpenRAN pitches itself to African mobile operators as a way of cutting costs and helping rural roll-out

14 February 2020

OpenRAN may yet crack open the cosy hold that traditional equipment vendors have over mobile operators. Africa needs this to happen because cheaper data prices and wider rural roll-out relies on cutting costs. Russell Southwood spoke to Eugina Jordan, VP Marketing, Parallel Wireless about what OpenRAN offers. If mobile operators globally are moving to a more data-centric future then their business models will have to change to reflect the digital transition. In the African context, data will not produce the kind of returns voice did in the early 2000s. Something has to change and one fundamental change will be to…

Telecoms

Launch of new Zambian operator delayed again

14 February 2020

According to local press reports, UZI Zambia Mobile, the latest operator entrant in the Zambian mobile market, is still not up and running, despite acquiring a concession to operate in…


Telecoms

MVNO Promobile starts operations in Senegal

14 February 2020

Mobile Virtual Network Operator Promobile has officially started its operations in Senegal with the indicative 75. The operator is a sister company of Sirius Telecom SA controlled by Senegalese businessman…


Telecoms

Burkina Faso PM condemns Orange's tariff increase

14 February 2020

Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister, Christophe Dabire, has condemned Orange’s plans to increase prices by 2.04% from 17 February, describing the move as ‘unacceptable’, reports Jeune Afrique.   Orange informed its…


Telecoms

Achieving digital ecosystems in rural Africa remains a challenge

14 February 2020

Creating a digital ecosystem in rural areas requires collaboration with local suppliers if long-term success is to be achieved. This is according to Jeremy Potgieter, Regional Director - Africa, Eseye,…


Internet

Safer Internet Day: Facebook and nine partners across Africa work together for a better Internet

14 February 2020

Young people can benefit from the following Facebook and Instagram safety tools and resources Facebook (www.Facebook.co.za) is partnering with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise…


Internet

SES’s and Gilat Telecom’s Resilient Network restores connectivity in Africa

14 February 2020

Satellite-based connectivity services provided jointly by the long-term partners enabled internet in the Democratic Republic of Congo to be up and running within just four days from a submarine cable…


Internet

Ethiopia passes law imposing jail terms for internet posts that stir unrest

14 February 2020

Ethiopia’s parliament passed a law on Thursday imposing jail terms for people whose internet posts stir unrest, a move the government says is needed to prevent violence ahead of elections…


Internet

In brief

14 February 2020

Nigerian network and security company Layer3 has partnered with the global IoT infrastructure provider LORIOT to promote the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Nigeria.


Computing

Qrent sets its sights on the defence industry

14 February 2020

Qrent, South Africa’s largest alternative ICT equipment provider, which provides financing and rental solutions, is targeting the South African defence industry and has already signed a deal with state-owned defence…


Money Transfer

Safaricom Sues Data Company After $200K M-Pesa Loss

14 February 2020

Safaricom has reportedly sued East African Data Handlers, a company it had hired to manage its mobile money payment platforms, following the massive loss of clients’ money amounting to $200…


Money Transfer

WorldRemit predicts 2020 to be the year of Intra-African remittances

14 February 2020

Leading online international money transfer company WorldRemit predicts that 2020 will be the year of intra-African remittances. The World Bank already estimates that migrant workers within Africa send remittances in…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe's NetOne And ZIMRA Collaborate In Mobile Money Deal

14 February 2020

Zimbabwe’s state-owned telecommunications operator, NetOne has entered into a collaboration with Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) that will allow individuals and corporates to use the mobile financial services payment platform, OneMoney…


Money Transfer

MTN’s free mobile money service makes comeback

14 February 2020

MTN SA has relaunched its free mobile money service MoMo – the service it withdrew a few years ago.   This time around, the telco is partnering with UBank, a…


Money Transfer

Kenya: New online payment solution to curb cyber fraud

14 February 2020

Kenya’s fintech startup JointPesa has launched an online payment solution that will see online buyers and sellers cushioned against frauds. The new platform, dabbed ‘JointPesa, is a partnership with Finserve…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom to take over Vodafone Ghana

14 February 2020

The management of Vodafone Ghana will soon be handed over to South African Vodafone subsidiary, Vodacom, to bring together the group's Sub-Saharan African operations.   A Vodacom spokesperson confirmed this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Airtel And Telkom To Contest Regulator’s Merger Terms - Reports

14 February 2020

In December last year, the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) approved the merger of the second and third largest telcos in Kenya, Telkom Kenya and Airtel Kenya. Between them, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange invests in Ethiopian telecoms and e-commerce start-up

14 February 2020

The venture arm of Orange is investing in an Ethiopian start-up that plans to develop software talent across Africa for telecoms and e-commerce.   Orange said it will introduce the…


Digital Content

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

14 February 2020

Last week, the Kenyan High Court blocked the country’s new digital ID initiative from moving forward in its current form. Other nations’ judiciaries have taken on similar biometric ID programs—the…


Digital Content

Malian architect fights climate change with digital greenhouse

14 February 2020

Hotter temperatures and drought are adding to an already volatile situation in Mali where jihadist groups roam the northern desert reaches. Water reserves are precariously low and arable land is…


Digital Content

‘Hunting sick notes?’ Jacob Zuma’s latest tweet is definitely a weird one

14 February 2020

Former president Jacob Zuma was supposed to appear in court this month in a trial regarding Arms Deal-era corruption, but his lawyers claim he’s ill and receiving treatment in Cuba.…


Digital Content

Using Tech to Protect South Africa’s Prized Animal

14 February 2020

In South Africa’s biggest national park, a camouflaged system of radars, cameras and sensors stands guard. The solar-powered technology is helping to protect Kruger National Park’s rhinos from poachers, and…