News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 909 - 19 January 2018

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Vodacom’s Zunaid Mahomed, Vodacom Group Digital and Fixed Services Officer on growing a parallel digital business to its telco operations

19 January 2018

Africa’s larger mobile operators are beginning to get to grips with running digital services effectively. This week Russell Southwood interviews Zunaid Mahomed, Vodacom’s Group Digital and Fixed Services Officer. Q: What’s your team responsible for? A: We are responsible for the digital portfolio for the Vodacom Group, covering South Africa and the rest of the Vodacom territories. The portfolio includes Vodacom-branded and owned services (like Vodacom Soccer and All Out Rugby), strategic, local and global partnerships for digital services( like Facebook, Google, Deezer, Netflix) and enabling third party OTTs (traditionally WASPs) to reach consumers. Q: What’s your starting point for…

Telecoms

Southern Africa seeks to drop roaming tariffs by 66%

19 January 2018

Southern Africa’s telecom regulator is looking to implement a directive by regional ministers for the reduction of mobile roaming costs by 66 percent, BusinessWeek reported. Communicators Regulators’ Association of Southern…


Telecoms

MTN licence expires: Dirty details of Uganda telecom sector exposed

19 January 2018

Uganda’s largest telecom company, MTN Uganda is caught up in a fight to secure the renewal of its licence which expires this year, The Independent can reveal. With 55 percent…


Telecoms

Zim government could assume TelOne debt

19 January 2018

The government of Zimbabwe is considering a plan to ‘warehouse’ the legacy debt of state-owned fixed line operator TelOne in order to ease its financial situation and make it more…


Telecoms

Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya slapped with Ksh.311 million fine

19 January 2018

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has imposed a fine totalling Ksh.311 million on three mobile operators. According to the CA's latest QoS report, the companies failed to meet the…


Telecoms

MTN South Africa invested ZAR30 billion in network infrastructure

19 January 2018

MTN has invested more than ZAR30 billion (about $2.4 billion) over the past three years on network improvement in South Africa, a senior official disclosed as the operator was adjudged…


Telecoms

Malawi Mobile Ltd given another chance at Comesa Court in K98bn compensation claim

19 January 2018

Malawi Mobile Limited (MML), a private company that sought to establish a mobile phone network, will get another day in   the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) court…


Internet

IS CloudConnect integrated into Azure ExpressRoute network

19 January 2018

Internet Solutions’ CloudConnect has been incorporated into Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute network. Azure ExpressRoute clients in Africa will link directly to the Microsoft Cloud – including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics…


Internet

Orange Senegal targets 50% LTE coverage by end-2018

19 January 2018

Orange Senegal (100% owned by Sonatel, itself a subsidiary of Orange Group) has announced that it plans to extend its 4G LTE footprint to 50% of the population by end-2018.…


Internet

Kenya: More Trouble for Sonko As Safaricom Cuts Off Internet Over Sh3.2m Debt

19 January 2018

Telcom giant Safaricom disconnected the internet connection at City Hall on Wednesday morning over an unpaid sh3.2 million debt. The outage hampered payment services at City Hall for the better…


Internet

Uganda: Whistle-Blower Cites Fraud in Nita-U's Internet Deals

19 January 2018

A whistle-blower attached to the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) has raised a red flag on the on-going procurement process for a World Bank-funded internet connectivity infrastructure project. According to the…


Internet

In brief

19 January 2018

The free internet "Angola Online" daily has registered the access by 3,200 citizens throughout Luanda city, said Wednesday, the director of the National Institute for the Development of the Information…


Computing

Cape Town’s ‘green’ map reveals water usage per household

19 January 2018

The City of Cape Town has this week made spying on friends, family or even neighbours’ water usage habits even easier. Previously, one would have to sneakily peak over the…


Money Transfer

Cote d’Ivoire unveils mobile money tax

19 January 2018

A new tax of 0.5 percent has been introduced on money transfers made through telephone companies in Cote d’Ivoire or their intermediaries, and relates particularly to remittances, according to the…


Money Transfer

Econet Lesotho ties up with Flash South Africa for mobile money remittance

19 January 2018

Econet Lesotho is working with Flash South Africa to provide a way to send money from South Africa to Lesotho. Money transfers from the Republic of South Africa (RSA) to…


Money Transfer

Facebook Groups Could Threaten Jumia’s African E-Commerce Dominance

19 January 2018

Informal transactions through Facebook groups are threatening the success of e-commerce giants in Africa according to a recent straw poll on the impact of the Black Friday sale promotion on…


Money Transfer

Econet Wireless, Untu Capital partner to launch mobile money bond platform

19 January 2018

Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless, touted by analysts as best placed to develop mobile money offerings alongside Safaricom, has opened a mobile money bond purchase platform in partnership with Untu Capital to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Glo Denies Buying 9Mobile

19 January 2018

Some media reports have indicated that the telecoms company which is up for sale, 9Mobile has been bought by telecoms giant Glo. It however has distanced itself from the false…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

9mobile: Confusion as court sacks interim board; investor warns Glo, Airtel, others

19 January 2018

The Federal High Court, Ikoyi has nullified the Ex Parte Order earlier issued on 3rd July 2017 approving the appointment of an Interim Board for Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA's Guma looks to invest US$1.2bn in Zimbabwe

19 January 2018

Robert Gumede, founder and executive chairman of South African investment firm the Guma Group of Companies, plans to invest US$1.2 billion in Zimbabwe. Gumede, who is currently on a visit…


Digital Content

Botswana Responds to Trump & Africans Share #Mysh*thole Photos

19 January 2018

Following US President Donald Trump’s alleged controversial comments that America doesn’t need any more immigrants from “shith*le” African countries or Haiti, the Government of Botswana has issued a statement and…


Digital Content

Black boy in racist H&M hoodie ad appears on Angola wall painting

19 January 2018

The black boy in the middle of a ‘racist’ advert by Swedish designer H&M continues to make news headlines. He has been spotted in Angola’s capital Luanda. Not physically though,…


Digital Content

Ringier Africa signs pan-African content agreement with The New York Times

19 January 2018

Ringier Africa Digital Publishing (RADP) further expands its news and media portfolio by entering into a digital content license agreement with The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, the…


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People

19 January 2018

Google on Monday announced that it has appointed Mzamo Masito as its chief marketing officer for Sub-Saharan Africa. Masito joins Google from Vodacom, where he held a senior position. He…


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Events

19 January 2018

Africa Tech Summit Kigali - 2018Following the success of Africa Tech Summit London which will return in May 2018, we are delighted to welcome you to Africa Tech Summit Kigali…