News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 926 – 18 May 2018

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Mobile money start-up MFS wants to have 400 million mobile wallets by 2020 – it’s already nearly halfway there

18 May 2018

Mobile money in Africa started as a workaround with people exchanging airtime as a way of sending money. Out of this small seed of an idea has come a whole ecosystem that is both bigger than the traditional banking system but also increasingly integrated into it, both nationally and globally. Russell Southwood talks to Dare Okoudjou, CEO and founder of MFS. Mobile money start-up founder Dare Okoudjou comes from Benin but was educated in Morocco and Paris. He was a graduate of Telecom ParisTech and INSEAD. I last spoke to Okoudjou in 2012 back in the early days when MFS…

Telecoms

Vodacom Congo first operator to launch 4G in DRC

18 May 2018

Vodacom DRC, the country’s leading mobile network provider, has once again taken the lead and is the first to commercially launch 4G services with speeds in excess of 20Mb/s in…


Telecoms

MTN signs coverage, service obligation agreement, matching Orange

18 May 2018

Cameroon’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board (Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications – ART) has confirmed that cellco MTN Cameroon signed amendments to its existing concession renewal agreement with the government on 5…


Telecoms

Vodacom to implement mobile data rollover and transfers in South Africa

18 May 2018

Vodacom will abide by ICASA’s new regulations, which require operators to allow subscribers to roll over unused data or transfer it to another user on the same network. Additionally, the…


Telecoms

KT completes LTE network in Rwanda

18 May 2018

KT announced Sunday that it had installed a high-speed LTE network in Rwanda that covers 95 percent of the African country. Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier announced the completion of…


Telecoms

Cost of mobile data in SADC ...Zim ICT minister moots lowering tariffs

18 May 2018

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Supa Mandiwanzira, has said government is undertaking research to ascertain the real cost of data in the country following an outcry…


Telecoms

In brief

18 May 2018

Turkey’s largest mobile operator by subscribers Turkcell has announced it is deploying ‘indoor gigabit connectivity’ using the Ericsson Radio Dot System, designed to offer higher quality coverage and capacity in…


Internet

Analyzing the Reach of South Africa’s Modern Mobile Speeds

18 May 2018

Though South Africa has the fastest average mobile download speed in Africa (22.42 Mbps in Q1 2018), the story is not that simple. Download speed in the country’s fastest province…


Internet

Safaricom deploys 5,000km of fibre to serve 141,000 homes

18 May 2018

Kenyan fixed and mobile operator Safaricom has announced that it has deployed more than 5,000km of fibre-optic cabling, passing some 141,000 Kenyan households in the process. The company, which established…


Internet

Ethio Telecom Takes Baby Step to Liberalise Services

18 May 2018

The government has moved one step forward in liberalising the service part of the telecom industry by outsourcing a local private company to sell fixed-line internet services. The government has…


Internet

Buoyed by growth of African peering communities, NAPAfrica reaches top 15 of the world's largest IXPs

18 May 2018

Teraco, Africa's only vendor neutral data centre, has announced that Africa's largest Internet Exchange Point (IXP), NAPAfrica is now ranked in the top 15 of the largest global IXPs. Teraco,…


Internet

Trace Mobile launches mobile data that never expires

18 May 2018

Media company Trace has announced the launch of Trace Mobile, which it said is a fully-fledged mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in South Africa. Trace Mobile will offer prepaid packages…


Internet

Somalia to set up internet exchange point to enhance digital services

18 May 2018

Somalia on Wednesday announced plans to establish the country’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Mogadishu to help enhance digital services across the country. Abdi Ashur Hassan, the Minister of…


Computing

Zambia says appointment to Smart Africa Board to improve efficiency

18 May 2018

The Zambian government said on Thursday that the country’s appointment to the Smart Africa Board will go a long way in improving accountability, efficiency and openness through Information and Technology…


Computing

Uber launches Nairobi traffic data website

18 May 2018

Uber has launched a data-sharing portal that provides average zone-to-zone travel times based on historical data sets stored by the online taxi hailing company. The Uber Movement website is designed…


Computing

South Africa and Cuba ink deal to cooperate on ICT, and especially on security

18 May 2018

South Africa and Cuba governments have signed an ICT cooperation agreement. The agreement covers the exchange of technical skills and human resources development; sharing experiences in satellite and other communication…


Computing

How Africa can bridge the gender digital divide

18 May 2018

Until now, only a few girls and women in Africa are dispelling the stereotypes associated with technology and science industries in general. There are still a small number of women…


Computing

US$1.5 billion fund launched to help build Africa's smart city ecosystem

18 May 2018

Multinational ICT firm Huawei has confirmed the introduction of a US$1.5 billion global financing program, with capital from IOT/ smart solutions focused funding company Smart City Solutions, to fuel the…


Computing

Mauritius launches first cloud camp

18 May 2018

WINDHOEK – Mauritius has rolled out its first cloud camp where people from all walks of life, who have interests in information technology trends, could learn from one another and…


Computing

ERP in Cloud and Big Data to Create $1,1 Billion in New Revenue Streams in the South African Technology Market

18 May 2018

LONDON, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's latest analysis, South African ICT Outlook 2018, finds emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), Fintech, and the…


Money Transfer

South Africa’s Zapper introduces Masterpass service

18 May 2018

South African mobile payment company Zapper has formed a new partnership to introduce Mastercard’s digital payment service, Masterpass, at more than 20,000 of its merchants across the country. In addition,…


Money Transfer

Maxcom Africa inks mobile payment deal with Sanlam Life

18 May 2018

Tanzanian operator Maxcom Africa has signed a joint venture agreement with Sanlam Life Insurance that will allo customers make insurance payments through their mobile phones.   Sanlam Life Insurance CEO…


Money Transfer

Could Blockchain Disrupt Corruption In African Land Registration? This Startup Hopes So

18 May 2018

Getting a title and deed registered for any piece of land in Africa is a thorny affair. The processes are painfully slow and ladened with corruption. Cases of double ownership…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

World Bank allocates USD20m to Burkina Faso for telecoms improvements

18 May 2018

The World Bank has approved a USD20 million International Development Association (IDA) credit in order for Burkina Faso to expand and improve the geographical coverage of its broadband networks and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom said to be eyeing Vumatel stake

18 May 2018

Speculation is growing that Vodacom is poised to buy 49% of fibre-to-the-home provider Vumatel. Industry talk is that Dark Fibre Africa, in a deal possibly facilitated through its largest shareholder,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe looking for full control of Telecel

18 May 2018

Zimbabwe’s ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira has confirmed that the government has no plans to sell off its 60% stake in the country’s third largest mobile network operator, Telecel, and is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone's African Unit Seeking Deals to Fuel Tanzania Expansion

18 May 2018

Vodacom Group Ltd. is in talks with the Tanzanian government and other mobile-phone operators about possible deals that will help the company expand in one of its biggest markets. “Should…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AYO delivers excellent interim results, setting a strong platform for growth

18 May 2018

JOHANNESBURG - JSE-listed AYO Technology Solutions Limited (AYO), one of South Africa’s largest black economic empowered ICT companies, today announced outstanding interim results to 28 February 2018, showing excellent revenue…


Digital Content

Jail term or Kshs 5m fine for spreading fake news in new law

18 May 2018

President Uhuru Kenyatta enacted Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017 citing a two year jail term or Kshs 5 million fine for spreading fake news. The President’s decision is facing protests…


Digital Content

South Africa - You can now open an FNB account by taking a selfie

18 May 2018

Banking group FNB has unveiled a host of new banking technologies being added to its platform, including a new ‘seamless and paperless’ process to opening a bank account – by…


Digital Content

Zambia's govt: 'we will not shut down social media'

18 May 2018

Under mounting pressure, Zambia's government has confirmed it will not shut down social media platforms as it readies three new internet regulation bills for possible introduction. The Cyber Security and…


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Opportunities

18 May 2018

The 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa set to hold in Rwanda Rwanda has been picked to host the prestigious 2018 Innovation Prize for Africa event, which is in recognition of…