News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 1002 – 15 November 2019

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AfricaCom 2019 – For four days it’s the human social media of Africa’s communications industry

15 November 2019

AfricaCom organizer KNect365 said that it has had its biggest event yet with 15,000 visitors going to Cape for Africa’s telecoms and communications mega-meet. Russell Southwood attempts the difficult task of trying to give some idea of what went on. The annual AfricaCom event is rather like an expanding universe that seems to suck in more and more neighboring galaxies. It is not only the massive exhibition and conference that sprawls across two Convention Centre halls but also the Westin Hotel across the road that is completely colonized by the event. In addition, there are a number of independent “off-site”…

Telecoms

Parallel Wireless Helps to Deliver on MTN’s OpenRAN Vision Across Africa

15 November 2019

MTN is set to deploy 5,000 OpenRAN sites across their 21 operations Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leading U.S.-based OpenRAN company delivering the world’s only software-defined end-to-end OpenRAN solution for coverage…


Telecoms

Nokia and Globalstar partner to deploy digitalization platform using 3GPP Band 53 spectrum

15 November 2019

Globalstar, Inc, a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, today announced its partnership with Nokia. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) sweeping steadily across the African continent highlights…


Telecoms

Massive drop in South African smartphone prices

15 November 2019

The price of entry-level smartphones in South Africa has decreased by more than 70% since 2015, according to data presented by Google. Between 2015 and 2018, the price of entry-level…


Telecoms

Zambia lumbers under pressure of mounting e-waste

15 November 2019

Mobile phones contribute the most (34.8%), according to survey. The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has warned the country is facing a growing threat to the environment and…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe Considering Proposals From New MNOs

15 November 2019

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) is looking into proposals from local and foreign venture capitalists who are keen to join the country's mobile public network. Zimbabwe’s…


Internet

Tanzania to register IT professionals

15 November 2019

As every facet of the economy moves towards digital platforms, Tanzania is now looking to establish an Information Technology professionals board. The board will register all IT professionals in the…


Internet

Upstream’s Zero-D free Internet access service closes in on 100 million customer milestone in Africa

15 November 2019

Tells AfricaCom delegates millions more could benefit from ad-funded service AfricaCom, Cape Town, S.A., November 12, 2019 – As it closes in on the 100 million African customer milestone, Kostas…


Internet

MTN Ghana works with police to tackle social media falsehoods

15 November 2019

MTN Ghana is working closely with the police to set up a forensic laboratory to tackle falsehoods and smear campaigns promoted on social media networks. Abdul-Majeed Rufai, senior manager for…


Internet

Frogfoot first to bring FTTH connectivity to Franschhoek

15 November 2019

Frogfoot Networks (Pty) Ltd, a licensed open access fibre network provider is the first operator to rollout fibre to the home (FTTH) infrastructure in Franschhoek in the Western Cape, bringing…


Internet

Orange and itel launch the 4G version of Sanza to generalise mobile internet access in Africa

15 November 2019

From December 2019, this mobile phone with voice recognition functionalities will be on offer for around 28 US dollars in seven countries in Africa and the Middle-East At the AfricaCom…


Internet

Liquid Telecom announces direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa via DRC

15 November 2019

Liquid Telecom has launched the fastest direct land-based fibre link connecting East to West Africa. This breakthrough coast-to-coast digital corridor follows the completion of Liquid Telecom’s new high-capacity fibre link…


Internet

Angolan satellite services company signs with Spacecom for C-Band capacity on Amos-17

15 November 2019

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that an Angolan satellite services company has signed a contract for C-Band HTS capacity on the newly launched AMOS-17 communication satellite.…


Internet

In brief

15 November 2019

A new internet exchange point (IXP) has been launched in Lubumbashi – the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) second largest city – with assistance from global non-profit organisation the Internet…


Computing

Amazon Web Services to invest R365-million in black ICT firms

15 November 2019

Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services plans to invest more than R365-million in developing 100% black-owned small ICT businesses in South Africa as part of an “equity equivalence” programme. AWS,…


Money Transfer

Greenlight Planet partners with telecom operators in sub-Saharan Africa

15 November 2019

Greenlight Planet, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar service provider, has partnered with telecom operators in Africa to recognise the natural synergy between the telecom and pay-as-you-go solar industries The initiative is in…


Money Transfer

Nigeria’s Interswitch Group confirms Visa deal, becomes real African unicorn

15 November 2019

Interswitch Group, a payments firm digitising payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, has confirmed the investment deal with Visa, making it Africa’s first real unicorn. Interswitch says Visa…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EACC puts new hurdle on Telkom, Airtel merger

15 November 2019

The merger between Airtel and Telkom Kenya has hit a fresh hurdle after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) insisted Thursday that it is yet to clear the deal. Earlier…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Axian, ECP to acquire majority stake in Togo state telco -govt

15 November 2019

A consortium composed of private equity firms Axian Group and Emerging Capital Partners will acquire a 51% stake in Togo’s state telecommunications company, Togocom, the West African nation’s government said…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe: People Living With HIV Welcome New SMS Platform

15 November 2019

A high number of respondents to a recent study have welcomed a new unique intervention Short Message Service (SMS) technology used to send messages to HIV patients in rural communities…


Digital Content

Kenya: It's a Year in Jail or U.S.$1000 Fine for Flying Drones in Kenya

15 November 2019

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has banned flying of drones in Kenya. The agency warned that anyone caught flouting the ban will either be jailed for up to a…


Digital Content

Social media propelled ethnocentric disinformation and propaganda during the Nigerian elections

15 November 2019

Ethnic driven falsehoods spiked on social media during the elections   This story is the first in a two-part series on online ethnic hate speech, disinformation and propaganda during the…


Digital Content

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

15 November 2019

Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses — has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020.…


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People

15 November 2019

Boss of social media platform, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Thursday arrived in Nigeria. He announced his arrival via his verified Twitter handle. Dorsey tweeted, "So grateful to be finally in Nigeria."…


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Opportunities

15 November 2019

Applications open for 2nd Startupbootcamp-Pride FinTech Cairo accelerator Applications are open for the second edition of the Startupbootcamp-Pride FinTech Cairo accelerator programme, which offers participating startups access to industry expertise,…