News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 967 – 15 March 2019

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Freeconferencecall.com looks to expand its footprint in Africa and can offer broadcast calls to 5,000 people

15 March 2019

As telecoms moves to over-the-top data services it’s interesting to see how legacy interconnect arrangements have been used to build a free conference calling service. Russell Southwood talked to Bertrand Daumalle, Managing Director, International Operations, Freeconferencecall.com about its operations in Africa. Freeconferencecall.com was started in 2001 by David Erickson out of his apartment. According to Inc in 2016., Erikson sunk time and effort into building a service to let users conduct screen sharing and videoconferencing, but then a rival company began offering a similar service for free. So, he decided to get into the free business model himself and launched…

Telecoms

Vodafone fast tracks launch of 4G service in Ghana

15 March 2019

Vodafone Ghana is set for an early launch of commercial services for its 4G network across major cities in the country. This will take place on March 19 2019. The…


Telecoms

AfricaCom Introduces new show event - AfricaTech

15 March 2019

AfricaCom, Africa’s largest telecoms and technology event, has announced the launch of AfricaTech - a new event brand dedicated to propelling Africa towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Recent years have…


Telecoms

Vodacom first to launch eSIM support in South Africa

15 March 2019

Mobile operator Vodacom has launched support for eSIM devices in South Africa along with a new accompanying service, called OneNumber, that allows users to use a single mobile phone number…


Telecoms

Nigeria: MTN IPO to Be Executed in Two Phases Amid Row With Govt

15 March 2019

The long-awaited listing of the shares of South Africa-based, mobile network provider, MTN, will now be executed in two phases for better value, which will commence at the end of…


Telecoms

In brief

15 March 2019

Telkom has received a new number range for its mobile service. Telkom has sent a mail to its business partners detailing the new number range, which forms part of the…


Internet

Nigeria: NBS report shows growth in broadband, subscribers’ penetration

15 March 2019

The latest report from the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics indicates that there are an increase in broadband penetration and the number of subscribers in the country’s telecom industry. The report…


Internet

Dar al-Ifta Warns Against Wireless Mooching in Egypt

15 March 2019

Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta has cautioned against using someone else’s wireless network without permission to surf the Internet. The practice has been fuelled by the rapid growth of wireless broadband in…


Internet

Zimbabwe: ED commissions Us$23.6m Internet link between Beitbridge and Bulawayo

15 March 2019

President Mnangagwa has commissioned the US$23,6 million National Backbone Fibre Link in Beitbridge set to boost the country' Information Communication Technology capacity and status as a regional communications hub. The…


Computing

Liquid Telecom expands Azure stack to its entire pan-African network

15 March 2019

Following the announcement of Microsoft’s Azure data centres going live locally, service provider Liquid Telecom has confirmed that it will be utilising its own pan-African infrastructure in order to make…


Computing

Africa: Kagame Makes Case for Digital Identity

15 March 2019

President Paul Kagame has backed the on-going efforts by the African Union (AU) to further accelerate the adoption of digital identities, saying this would shore up citizen inclusion in the…


Money Transfer

Safaricom, Alibaba Unit Agree Mobile-Payments Partnership

15 March 2019

Safaricom Plc, Kenya’s biggest mobile operator, agreed a partnership with a unit of Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. that will facilitate electronic payments. The deal extends Safaricom customers’ ability to use…


Money Transfer

Customer behaviour triggered Standard Bank move to close 91 branches

15 March 2019

JOHANNESBURG – Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, yesterday said that more than 1 000 jobs were on the line as the group contemplates closing down nearly 100 branches…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom to acquire Tigo Chad from Millicom

15 March 2019

Maroc Telecom has signed an agreement with Millicom to acquire 100 percent of the shares of its subsidiary Tigo Chad. The acquisition aims to consolidate the presence of Maroc Telecom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Angola Telecom tries to recoup unpaid bills in preparation for privatisation

15 March 2019

A member of Angola Telecom’s (AT’s) management committee was quoted by Angop news agency as saying that the state-owned fixed line telco is attempting to recover outstanding debts from customers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

15 March 2019

Zambia’s Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba has revealed that the nation’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), UZI Zambia Mobile, has been granted additional time to launch. According to the…


Digital Content

Google launches YouTube Premium in South Africa but there's a catch

15 March 2019

Cape Town – Google has launched YouTube Premium in South Africa with a primary focus on YouTube Music Premium, while premium TV content on YouTube Premium remains inaccessible. YouTube Red…


Digital Content

Boomplay has signed a licensing agreement with Warner Music

15 March 2019

Boomplay, the largest music streaming and downloading service in Africa has signed a deal with Warner Music to bring record company’s closer to the region. The partnership will allow Boomplay…


Digital Content

Mobile app identifies approved medicines, drugstores

15 March 2019

[NAIROBI] A mobile phone application for identifying approved medicines and drugstores is helping Kenya to fight counterfeit and substandard medicines. According to the World Health Organisation, one in ten medical…


Digital Content

Chad must end its year-long blackout of social media

15 March 2019

A version of this letter was also addressed to David Kaye, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Commissioner Lawrence MuteOffice of the AU Special RapporteurFreedom of Expression and…


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People

15 March 2019

Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director of Rack Centre selected as a member of Data Economy Power list of 200 Individuals affecting the Data Centre world Data Economy, one of the world’s…


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Opportunities

15 March 2019

MONROVIA – The 4th of March is the start of the registration of the 9th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East. Until May…


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Events

15 March 2019

Africa Pay & ID ExpoMarrakech, Morocco29th - 30th March Africa’s largest payment and identification eventAPIDE 2019, through its 3000 m2 exhibition area, is a great opportunity to network, discover the…