News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 984 – 12 July 2019

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Ugandan Government and regulator want to take control of local IXP – the latest in a disturbing pattern of regulatory interventions

12 July 2019

The Ugandan regulator has proposed a new licensing framework that would allow it to take control of the country’s Internet Exchange Point. Russell Southwood looks at this latest development and a growing pattern of seeking control over the sector through heavy-handed interventions from both Government and the regulator. Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) exist to exchange local traffic locally rather than it going out to places like Paris, London and New York before coming back to the other side of say, the capital city. There are many successful IXPs and they are run by industry stakeholders including MNOs, ISPs, government agencies…

Telecoms

Ethiopian government officially confirms liberalisation plans

12 July 2019

Ethiopia has confirmed it plans to award two telecoms licences to multinational mobile companies, Reuters reports, citing a senior official. Marking the first detailed announcement of the state’s plans related…


Telecoms

The biggest mobile data contracts in South Africa – MTN vs Vodacom vs Cell C vs Telkom

12 July 2019

Data prices are one of the biggest problems that smartphone users are faced with in South Africa. According to mobile networks, high data prices can be attributed primarily to a…


Telecoms

In brief

12 July 2019

Cameroon’s mobile operators have been fined a combined XAF3.5 billion (USD5.9 million) by the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) for failing to comply with SIM registration rules. Jeune Afrique reports that…


Internet

Sudan Activists Say Internet Restored After Crackdown

12 July 2019

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudanese activists said Wednesday the ruling generals restored internet service in the country, following a weeks long blackout imposed during a deadly crackdown early last month. The…


Internet

Broadband Infraco, Google partner in rural area for digital skills drive

12 July 2019

State-owned entity (SOE) Broadband Infraco and Google have partnered to provide learners and teachers in remote rural areas with the necessary skills to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).…


Internet

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

12 July 2019

Mauritanian authorities restored access to the internet after disrupting it for 10 days following the disputed presidential elections of June 23. However, the government continues to restrict press freedom and…


Internet

Eseye, MTN and SolarNow to present the easiest way to deploy cellular IoT at AWS Summit

12 July 2019

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cape Town summit will showcase the rewards that innovation and investment in IoT, hyperscale cloud and associated industry products are delivering. The Summit will take…


Internet

In brief

12 July 2019

State-owned Zimbabwean ISP PowerTel Communications is struggling to stay afloat according to local press reports. TechZim cites a study by the Auditor General which has found that PowerTel owed USD3.28…


Computing

SACAA thinks it might’ve been hacked, launches investigation

12 July 2019

Following a number of anomalies in its ICT systems, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has launched an investigation into a possible hack. Speaking to Fin24, SACAA spokesperson Kabelo…


Money Transfer

Zimbabwe banned the US dollar from being used so local bitcoin demand is soaring again

12 July 2019

Zimbabwe banned the US dollar from being used so local bitcoin demand is soaring again Bitcoin is back on the radar in Zimbabwe as the country’s economy continues to struggle.…


Money Transfer

Opera founded startup OPay raises $50M for mobile finance in Nigeria

12 July 2019

OPay, an Africa-focused mobile payments startup founded by Norwegian browser company Opera, has raised $50 million in funding. Lead investors include Sequoia China, IDG Capital and Source Code Capital. Opera…


Money Transfer

Standard Chartered launches digital banks and social banking solution in Africa

12 July 2019

Standard Chartered, a multinational banking and financial services company, has announced the launch of its digital bank in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe as part of its digital transformation strategy in…


Money Transfer

Kenya Blocks Betting Companies from Accessing USSD and Mobile Money Services in the country

12 July 2019

The Kenyan government has ordered telecom companies in the country to shutdown mobile money and SMS codes of all the betting companies. The country’s betting regulator, Betting Control and Licensing…


Money Transfer

In brief

12 July 2019

Bank of Kigali Plc has selected Temenos, the banking software company, to power its digital transformation journey in order to support its regional growth plans and realize its financial inclusion…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ali Mufuruki to acquire majority in Wananchi Cable Ltd

12 July 2019

Tanzanian businessman Ali Mufuruki has increased his shares in Wananchi Cable Ltd, a company specializing in providing Internet access, voice and pay TV, under the Zuku brand. Ali Mufuruki, who…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Africa lists in Nigeria and turns to Africa for growth

12 July 2019

Just after its late June initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange, Airtel Africa today was also officially listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The teleco Airtel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

European Investment Bank backs high-speed Cabo Verde internet and telecom connection

12 July 2019

New link to transform communications and enable 4G services; connects Cabo Verde to trans-Atlantic EllaLink cable; Reduces dependence on a single submarine cable   The European Investment Bank, the world’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel Uganda secures extension of USD 119 mln loan repayment

12 July 2019

Airtel Uganda sought an extension for payment of a USD 119 million loan facility due in 2019, the Daily Monitor reported citing Airtel Africa's prospectus for its IPO. The company…


Digital Content

MultiChoice Nigeria launched MyGOtv mobile app

12 July 2019

Multichoice Nigeria has unveiled a new mobile app, MyGOtv for customers on its digital terrestrial platform, GOtv. The free app will be available to download via iOS and Android app…


Digital Content

Tuning surveillance software with African faces

12 July 2019

With growing technological advances, more countries are being propelled to implement data privacy and protection measures. But such laws may not offer comfort in countries like Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, where…


Digital Content

Influenced: Meet Mashudu Modau—the Podcaster that Entrepreneurs Revere

12 July 2019

This young South African influencer and his podcast network Lutcha, are changing the entrepreneurship game. OkayAfrica brings you the 2019 INFLUENCED Series. In the coming weeks, we'll be exploring the…


Digital Content

Spotify Lite launched in South Africa

12 July 2019

Spotify has launched a “Lite” version of its music streaming app in 36 markets across the world, including South Africa. The new version is an Android application is a simpler…


Digital Content

Access Bank and She Leads Africa collaborate on Facebook program for training Nigerian female entrepreneurs

12 July 2019

Access Bank Plc, in partnership with She Leads Africa, has concluded the first phase of #SheMeansBusiness, a Facebook programme aimed at empowering female SMEs on how to leverage digital platforms…


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Opportunities

12 July 2019

Startups invited to apply for this year’s AppsAfrica Innovation Awards Startups have been invited to apply for the fifth annual AppsAfrica Innovation Awards, which celebrate the best in mobile and…


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Events

12 July 2019

SAFNOG-5 & iWeek 2019 We are proud to announce that for the 5th instalment of SAFNOG, we will be returning to Johannesburg, South Africa where it all began. SAFNOG and…