News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1009 on 24 January 2020

Top Story

New East African cable DARE1 will be operational in March 2020 and Ella Link will add new West African connections this year

24 January 2020

This year looks like it will be a very good year for additional fibre links both within the continent and providing new international connections. Major new connections like the PEACE cable (see news story below) are on their way and two smaller projects – DARE1 and Ella Link – are on their way. Russell Southwood looks at what’s in prospect. DARE1 is a 4,747km cable connecting Bosaso (in Somalia’s Puntland), the Somali capital Mogadishu and Mombasa in Kenya. The three telcos investing in the cable are monopoly state provider Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya. The build is being completed…

Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom Planning To Shed 3000 Jobs -Reports

24 January 2020

It has been reported that Telkom is planning to shed roughly 3,000 jobs across various business units including its wholesale division, Openserve. The story was initially broken by Reuters which…


Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania Cuts Off 157,000 Subscribers With Unregistered SIMs

24 January 2020

Vodacom Tanzania has announced that it has barred 157,000 of its customers from accessing services after failing to biometrically register their SIM cards. This follows an instruction from the Tanzania…


Telecoms

Uganda: MTN And ZTE Unveil First 5G Network In East Africa

24 January 2020

The telecoms group MTN Uganda and the telecoms technology solutions provider ZTE Corporation have joined forces to roll out the very first fifth-generation (5G) service in Uganda. The partnership showcased…


Telecoms

South Africa: Government may sell Telkom stake to fund SAA

24 January 2020

The Ramaphosa administration is accelerating the sale of government assets to fund its cash-strapped airline and other distressed state-owned companies. The most urgent need is at South African Airways. It…


Telecoms

In brief

24 January 2020

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) is reportedly in the process of restoring mobile phone communications after a fire burned down the company’s offices in Lilongwe. The company’s tower provides communication for…


Internet

Major bandwidth boost for Africa as PEACE heads south

24 January 2020

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and PEACE Cable International Network Co., Limited, will cooperate on the PEACE South extension of the…


Internet

Angola Cables and Nokia test the first direct optical connection between USA and Africa on the SACS cable with PSE-3 chipset

24 January 2020

The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) provides direct, low-latency trans-Atlantic routing to better serve rapidly growing data consumption markets in Africa Nokia’s PSE-3 chipset maximizes capacity and performance to meet…


Internet

South Africa: Liquid Telecom To Launch 5G Wholesale Roaming -Reports

24 January 2020

The Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom is set to roll out the very first 5G wholesale roaming service in South Africa. The company said this latest fifth generation of internet…


Internet

MTN Ghana data instability caused by cable cut in Europe

24 January 2020

MTN Ghana has apologised for the data hitches being experienced by its customers in Ghana and other West African countries. A circular sent to shareholders and other stakeholders on the…


Computing

Liberia: IAA Hosts USAID Sponsored Data Analytics Training for Fraud Examiners

24 January 2020

The Internal Audit Agency of Liberia is playing host to a Two-week USAID sponsored Data Analytics training for Certified Fraud Examiners in the country. The two weeks training is being…


Computing

Teraco welcomes VMware Cloud to its South Africa data centre facilities

24 January 2020

Teraco has announced that VMware Cloud is now available via VMWare Cloud Verified service providers in the Cape Town and Johannesburg data centre facilities.   Together with Teraco, VMware’s expanded…


Money Transfer

Airtel Africa and Western Union sign money transfer deal for mobile wallets

24 January 2020

Airtel Africa and Western Union have launched a remittance service to allow customers to send and receive international money transfers from their phones using the Airtel Africa mobile money wallet…


Money Transfer

A Chinese super app is facing claims of predatory consumer lending in Nigeria, Kenya and India

24 January 2020

OKash and OPesa, the Africa-focused consumer lending apps of Opera, the Chinese-owned internet browsing giant, appear to be flouting Google’s Play Store policies. In a report this week, equity research…


Money Transfer

Tanzania: Top Four Purchases On Mobile Money By Tanzanian Youth

24 January 2020

Digital financial services in sub-Saharan Africa are changing rapidly with diversity in usage and uptake on such a diverse continent.   A GeoPoll study conducted recently shows how Africa's youth…


Money Transfer

Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion

24 January 2020

Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. That’s just part of Paga’s news. The Lagos based startup will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Tech Startups Have Record Investment Year In 2019

24 January 2020

African tech startups had the "best year yet" in investments in 2019, as 311 companies received $491.6 million in funding, according to the African Tech Startups Funding Report 2019. Total…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ATIO to close its doors

24 January 2020

South African ICT service provider ATIO is under business rescue and is in the process of applying to be liquidated. ATIO was founded in 1986 and is a privately-held provider…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

24 January 2020

MTN South Africa said that accounting firm PwC has released its findings from a review of the voluntary tax reporting for the financial year ending 31 December 2018, of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Leaks Show Large Firms Aided Dos Santos’ Offshore Empire

24 January 2020

A trove of 715,000 leaked emails, charts, contracts, and audits details how the daughter of the former Angolese president Isabel dos Santos, reportedly Africa’s richest woman, managed to amass and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telkom blames distorted market for sweeping job cuts

24 January 2020

Telkom has blamed the dominance of Vodacom and MTN as well as “fundamental changes” sweeping South Africa’s telecommunications industry for its decision to let go of as many as 3…


Digital Content

MTN launches TikTok data bundles

24 January 2020

MTN has launched dedicated TikTok data bundles, ranging from R5 for a daily bundle of 100MB to R50 for a monthly bundle of 1GB. This launch follows MTN SA CEO…


Digital Content

Luanda Leaks: Africa's richest woman using Twitter to 'clear' her name

24 January 2020

Twitter has proven the preferred outlet of defense by Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos in the wake of damning investigative report that said it had uncovered how she fleeced…


Digital Content

African payday lenders face distribution problems if Google acts

24 January 2020

Access to credit in Africa is difficult because banks consider retail loans risky. But payday lenders are filling this gap, promising instant loans with no collateral. While they provide credit,…