News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 980 – 14 June 2019

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AfDB signs agreement with Tchadian Government for US$32 million to finance Chad-Niger section of Trans Sahara fibre route

14 June 2019

One of the links in first east-west fibre route has been financed by the African Development Bank. It has agreed with the Government of Chad to provide US$32 million to underwrite the Chad-Niger section. Russell Southwood looks at what’s proposed and the challenges of these kind of Government-led fibre projects. At the end of May Chad’s Ministry of Posts, New Technologies information and Communication announced that it had signed an agreement to get a grant from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for FCFA 18.96 billion. "By funding the Chadian component of the Trans-Sahara fiber optic (SDR), the European Union (EU)…

Telecoms

Ethiopia parliament to approve telecoms liberalisation law

14 June 2019

ADDIS ABABA, June 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s parliament on Monday will approve a law covering the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, a parliament spokesman said, opening up one of Africa’s…


Telecoms

Safaricom, Ethio Telecom agree to apply equal voice termination rates

14 June 2019

Ethiopian incumbent operator Ethio Telecom has reached an agreement with Kenya's Safaricom to apply equal termination tariff rates for voice calls. Ethio Telecom said this follows its request in January…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: MNOs Agree to Share Infrastructure

14 June 2019

After years of back and forth negotiations, Zimbabwe's biggest mobile network giants, Econet and NetOne finally agreed on an infrastructure sharing deal. Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two…


Telecoms

MTN warns of syndicate targeting business customers

14 June 2019

MTN Business says it is aware of an on-going fraud issue where customers are being targeted by a syndicate of scammers. In a statement sent to customers, the company said…


Internet

Webafrica is up for sale

14 June 2019

Internet service provider Webafrica is for sale, and a few prominent ISPs, including Afrihost, RSAWEB and Vox, have been linked to a potential deal. Webafrica was founded by Matthew Tagg…


Internet

This SA startup has developed a wearable IoT device for personal safety

14 June 2019

South African startup MyLifeline is striving to provide users with portable panic buttons via a wearable, Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled device that alerts contacts and emergency services when there is…


Internet

Zimbabwe officials mull over data rollover as costs rise

14 June 2019

State officials in Zimbabwe are contemplating the introduction of data rollover to reduce the cost of data for consumers who are battling with declining disposable income. Data rollover means any…


Internet

Smart lockers for patients' drugs wins inventors' award

14 June 2019

An invention by a South African engineer that dispenses pills has won a major African engineering prize. Neo Hutiri invented the Pelebox, a locker patients can unlock with a one-time…


Internet

In brief

14 June 2019

Safaricom has recently introduced free YouTube on its lower cost all-in-one bundle packages. The telco giant offers 5GB worth of free YouTube as well as free WhatsApp, all for US…


Computing

Tunisia secures funding for smart grid project

14 June 2019

The French Development Agency, France’s main machinery for foreign policy, is providing Tunisia with a $131.7 million loan for their ambitious smart electrification project. The Tunisian parliament approved the loan…


Computing

Medallion Partners AIG, Etix Everywhere, and Ngoya to launch West Africa’s First Tier IV Data Centre in Ghana

14 June 2019

Medallion, AIG, Etix Everywhere, and Ngoya set to commence First Tier 4 designed certified data Centre in West Africa, with commercial services billed to start from July 2019 in Ghana.…


Computing

SEACOM launches its direct-to-corporate connectivity and cloud services in Uganda

14 June 2019

Pan-African telecoms enabler SEACOM has extended its corporate market offering into the East African region, under its SEACOM Business brand. The company has unveiled its internet connectivity and cloud services…


Money Transfer

Africa’s first business to business payment card launched in Kenya and Tanzania

14 June 2019

Payment Service Provider, Direct Pay Online (DPO) has launched DumaCard, Africa’s first business to business payment card to its ten thousand business customers in Kenya and Tanzania. The card is…


Money Transfer

MTN launches Africa's first AI service for Mobile Money

14 June 2019

MTN Group is proud to announce the launch of Africa’s first Mobile Money (MoMo) artificial intelligence service or “chatbot”. The chatbot went live in Ivory Coast in May and will…


Money Transfer

MTN Ghana target 20 million mobile money subscribers

14 June 2019

According to Ghanaian Times, MTN Ghana is set to attract 20 million subscribers on its Mobile Money service by 2022. The General Manager of MTN Mobile Financial Services Limited, Eli…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecel RCA and Rimbo Holdings retained for the last run in Orange Niger’s take-over

14 June 2019

(Ecofin Agency) - Out of the five operators that were in the competition to acquire financially-strapped operator Orange Niger, only Telecel Centrafrique and Rimbo Holdings remain in the race. Maroc…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Pressure mounts on Telecel

14 June 2019

Pressure is mounting on Telecel, the smallest of Zimbabwe’s three mobile network operators (MNOs), to begin paying off outstanding licence fees and government debts. According to a report from Business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In brief

14 June 2019

Indian telecoms firm Bharti Airtel has agreed to pay TZS60 billion (USD26 million) over a five-year period to resolve a dispute with the Tanzanian government over the ownership of its…


Digital Content

Deedo music streaming continues its expansion in Francophone Africa

14 June 2019

Deedo has hit big in Senegal where it was launched in 2007 and is now available in other parts of Africa, from Ivory Coast, Cameroon to Mali, Gabon. The music…


Digital Content

Social media blocked as Liberians protest 'creeping dictatorship' Some using VPNs to bypass restrictions

14 June 2019

Thousands of Liberians gathered in the capital Monrovia Friday to protest "corruption and creeping dictatorship" in the country. Social media sites were later blocked to quell the protests, according to…


Digital Content

Liberia has blocked social media as protesters demand the return of missing millions

14 June 2019

Thousands of Liberians descended on the capital Monrovia today to protest the corruption that has bedeviled president George Weah’s administration. The government’s response: blocking social media outlets. The internet monitoring…


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People

14 June 2019

Kenyan writer and human rights activist, Margaret Ogola, honored with a Google Doodle   Kenyans of a certain age will immediately recall her name as her best known novel, The…


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Events

14 June 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…