News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 951 16 November 2018

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AfricaCom 2018 – The need for cloning technology to see everything you want in this mega meet point

16 November 2018

AfricaCom has become so big that it’s difficult to grasp everything that’s happening: it’s the size of a small town and one minute you’re talking to a Nigerian TV producer, the next to someone who’s wants to make a major investment in disruptive satellite technology. Russell Southwood provides a quick snapshot of the pieces he was able to see. There’s the meetings you plan and the chance encounters: from talking to Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One, sitting quietly drafting and information release about a recent outage on the cable that was quickly resolved to bumping into Herman Singh, MTN and…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Finally, Govt transfers ownership of 9mobile to Teleology

16 November 2018

Government regulators overseeing the sale of 9mobile formerly Etisalat Nigeria have finally transferred the number four mobile phone company to new owners, Teleology Nigeria Limited.   Teleology, new owners of 9mobile,…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Telecom to Resumes Short-Code SMS Numbers

16 November 2018

Ethio Telecom has resumed issuing new short code-SMS service numbers. The service was terminated last August. The company reinstated the service with a new control system that requires companies to…


Telecoms

Orange accelerates its multi-service operator strategy in Africa

16 November 2018

In the field of telephony as in many others, Africa has jumped a technological step by moving directly to mobile. The outlook of the smartphone market is still seeing exponential…


Telecoms

Spacecom and Botswana Telecom in multi-year satellite services deal.

16 November 2018

Tel Aviv & Gaborone – 13 November 2018: Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) today announced an agreement whereby…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Senate moves against FG over alleged plan to reduce MTN’s $8.1bn fine to $800m

16 November 2018

Abuja- Strong indications emerged Tuesday that there is stiff opposition against alleged arrangements by the Federal Government to reduce the $8.1 billion fine imposed on the communication giant, MTN, to…


Telecoms

In brief

16 November 2018

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), today announced that the world’s first satellite smartphone, the Thuraya X5-Touch would be available for commercial distribution…


Internet

Africa: 2018 AfricaCom Awards Winners

16 November 2018

The AfricaCom Awards show, supported by Founding Awards Sponsor, PCCW Global, was a colourful and festive Mardi Gras themed event last night.   Held in Cape Town during AfricaCom, guests…


Internet

New mobile data rules: Relief coming for consumers as Icasa settles case with Cell C, MTN

16 November 2018

New regulations hailed as a victory for consumers, who have for years been battling disappearing data and automatic out-of-bundle pricing, will only come into effect by the end of February.…


Internet

RCS-Communication launches new Ka-Band service in South Sudan with iWayAfrica on Avanti Communications’ HYLAS 4 network

16 November 2018

RCS-Communication, a leading ISP in South Sudan, has established the first site for Avanti’s HYLAS 4 high-speed satellite broadband service in-country. Following successful beam testing in early November 2018 in…


Internet

Angola Cables And Broadband Infraco MOU Opens A Gateway To Improving Internet Connectivity Into Africa

16 November 2018

Linking the international Angola Cables Network to the terrestrial Broadband Infraco network will fast track Internet access in to Africa.   CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 14 November, 2018-/African Media Agency/-Multinational…


Internet

Newtec to Power NIGCOMSAT’s Ka Broadband Services

16 November 2018

Newtec Dialog will be installed for new enterprise, government and consumer Ka-band broadband services across Nigeria. SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium and ABUJA, Nigeria, 12 November 2018. Newtec, a specialist in the design,…


Computing

Uganda, Microsoft Sign Innovations Exchange Pact

16 November 2018

Kampala — Government of Uganda Monday signed a deal with Microsoft Corporation which will ensure collaboration between the two parties in enhancing innovation and skills in the country's Information and…


Computing

Using Data to Restore Land

16 November 2018

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 13 2018 (IPS) - A new landmark initiative aims to make quality data and tools available to the international community in order to combat an “existential crisis”:…


Computing

Huawei Cloud launches in South Africa

16 November 2018

Stepping away from its usual practice of working with partners to provide cloud services,. Huawei is set to bring its first African data center online by the end of this…


Money Transfer

MTN Targets Mobile Banking Licence in Nigeria

16 November 2018

MTN Group will apply for a mobile banking licence in Nigeria and plans to launch the service there next year. Nigeria announced last month that it would allow telecom companies…


Money Transfer

MTN re-introduces Mobile Money in SA

16 November 2018

MTN is re-launching Mobile Money in South Africa. Recently, group CEO and president Rob Shuter said the telco would bring the service back to SA in the first quarter of…


Money Transfer

Altron’s NuPay mobile payment app simplifies business on the go

16 November 2018

NuPay, a division of JSE-listed Altron, has launched NuPayGO, a cost-effective payment solution to accept real-time debit and credit card payments anywhere and anytime. “One of Altron’s social strategic pillars…


Money Transfer

Morocco creates mobile money service “m-wallet”

16 November 2018

Moroccans can now use their mobile phones to send or receive money and pay for services. The project being elaborated since 2017 and led by the central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AYO sets its sights on more acquisitions

16 November 2018

DURBAN – JSE-listed AYO Technology Solutions is eyeing more acquisitions in the future, backed by its strong balance sheet with R4.3 billion available for value-creating acquisitions. AYO, a leading information communications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Seacom agrees acquisition of South African operator FibreCo

16 November 2018

African telecommunications service provider Seacom announced the conclusion of a sale agreement for the 100 percent acquisition of FibreCo Telecommunications by its affiliate Seacom South Africa. FibreCo owns and operates…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa - Government shelves plans to sell Telkom stake

16 November 2018

Government's plans to sell a portion of its 39% stake in Telkom are no longer an option, according to telecommunication and postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele.   Cwele confirmed this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda Misses Social Media Tax Revenue Target

16 November 2018

Uganda government collected Ush20.5 billion ($5.4 million) from social media tax in the last quarter ended September, according to data obtained from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).   The tax, which…


Digital Content

WARIF Goes Digital to Combat Sexual Violence, Rape

16 November 2018

The Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has gone live with the SAP People Connect 365 Mobile Service, as part of efforts to digitally combat sexual violence, rape and human…


Digital Content

Award-winning local movie filmed on iPhones opens in select cinemas

16 November 2018

Cape Town – Jenna Bass’s critically acclaimed and award-winning film High Fantasy opens in selected cinemas this Friday. The comedy drama first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017…


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People

16 November 2018

Google taps top telco exec as CEO for its African fibre wholesale business The Google fibre subsidiary in Africa CSquared announced today the appointment of Lanre Kolade as its Chief…