News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 860 - 20th January 2017

Top Story

The New Normal for Africa in 2017 - 4G Coverage and Higher Speeds driving new data uses

20 January 2017

4G coverage has steadily been replacing 3G coverage in Africa in 2016 and in 2017 it looks likely to be the year higher speeds and better coverage will drive new data uses. Globally 4G provides six times the average speed of 3G. Russell Southwood looks at how things are changing. In November 2016 OpenSignal published its report on levels of coverage and average speeds of 4G globally. This is based on 500,687 users and 17,065,628,107 sampling points. The global average for 4G download speeds is 17.4 mbps and the fastest is Singapore at 45.86 Mbps. LTE-Advanced networks deliver the top…

Telecoms

MTN Cameroon CEO refutes allegations of privacy breach over MINPOSTEL message about social media

20 January 2017

MTN Cameroon has denied allegations that it compromised the privacy of its subscribers along with fellow operators Orange and Nextell by sending messages from the government on Internet use. The…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe - Suspended data charges exposed clueless govt

20 January 2017

President Robert Mugabe’s government has a penchant for going for the lowest hanging fruit by raising taxes each time its revenues dip due to the poor management of the economy.…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom double billing in January – All customers refunded

20 January 2017

Telkom has resolved all double-billing errors which took place last week, following an investigation into the matter. “Last week some of our customers were double billed for services for the…


Internet

South Africa: You can now browse Facebook for free with Vodacom, sort of

20 January 2017

Vodacom has announced that its customers will be able to browse a stripped down version of Facebook for free. This “lite” version of Facebook is known as Facebook Flex and…


Internet

Liquid Telecom and GlobalReach partner to deliver high-performance managed Wi-Fi services across Africa

20 January 2017

New technology will enable Liquid Telecom to offer enhanced Wi-Fi services to businesses and bring benefits to consumers in the region 17 January 2017 – Liquid Telecom is now helping…


Internet

Microsoft offers grants to organizations working to improve affordable internet access

20 January 2017

On Thursday, Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models…


Internet

South Africa’s new Cybercrimes Bill to be tabled in Parliament

20 January 2017

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffery, said the country’s new Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill will be tabled in Parliament soon. The Bill has already been approved…


Internet

In brief

20 January 2017

Multiple reports say that there is an ongoing internet blockade in Cameroon and especially in the restive English-speaking region of Bamenda. Akamai, the US-based internet content delivery company, says there…


Computing

Probax launches South African data centre

20 January 2017

Probax, an Australian provider of data backup and storage services, has announced that it will expand its international presence with the opening of a data center in South Africa. The…


Computing

With OT, Burkina Faso Now Has the Most Secure Driving License and Vehicle Registration Document in Africa

20 January 2017

COLOMBES, France-- (BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- OT (Oberthur Technologies), a leading global provider of embedded security software products and services, today announces that its cutting edge solution, Lasink™, has been chosen…


Money Transfer

Nigerian government bans bitcoin transactions

20 January 2017

Nigeria government today banned financial institutions in the country from trading in virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, Swisscoin and OneCoin, a move analysts say was a restrained first step towards…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Launches Mobile Marketplace to Digitize East Africa's Agricultural Sector

20 January 2017

2KUZE gives farmers access to more buyers, enables them to run a more profitable business and paves the way to a cashless agricultural sector To tweet this news, copy and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TTCL permitted more time for listing to allow for restructuring

20 January 2017

National PTO Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) has been given more time to comply with a requirement to list 25% of its shares on the local stock exchange, reports The…


Digital Content

Cameroon's web doctor seeks to bridge gap in country's health sector

20 January 2017

Cameroon’s health sector has had its share of challenges over the years. According to statistics there are only two doctors for every 10,000 people. Furthermore, a large number of citizens…


Digital Content

How apps can ease Cameroon's road carnage

20 January 2017

More than 20,000 people died on Cameroon's roads between 2010 and 2015. According to the World Health Organization, road accidents cause 40% more fatalities than malaria in the country. Its…


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Opportunities

20 January 2017

ICANN Holds the First Capacity Building Workshop for African GAC Members The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in cooperation with the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Under-served…