News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 877 – 19 May 2017

Top Story

Africa’s mobile operators do start-ups – why and how they are getting to grips with a changing landscape

19 May 2017

Over the last three years, the continent’s mobile operators have got involved in working with African start-ups and in some instances become part of the ecosystem supporting them. In the extended article that follows Russell Southwood looks at why and how Africa’s mobile operators have found themselves getting involved. The simple question that not everyone seems to have a clear answer to is why if you're an African mobile operator you should get involved with start-ups. It’s seems a such a simple question but it brings into focus the broader question of what will mobile operators look like in five…

Telecoms

MTN, Qualcomm and Huawei Jointly Launch First LAA Commercial Network in Africa

19 May 2017

[Pretoria, South Africa, May 17, 2017] MTN SA successfully completed Africa's first commercial LAA deployment working with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. LAA, or Licensed-Assisted Access, is a very promising…


Telecoms

Sudatel bids for Omani licence, posts 5% rise in Q1 revenue

19 May 2017

Sudatel Telecom Group has announced that it has submitted a bid for Oman’s third mobile network operator (MNO) licence, stating that the move is in line with its policy ‘to…


Telecoms

Telekom Networks Malawi invests USD30m in 4G network

19 May 2017

Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to invest an additional USD30 million in its 4G LTE network to improve coverage in the four…


Telecoms

Tanzania: Halotel Principals in Hot Soup

19 May 2017

The Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam yesterday sentenced Viettel Tanzania Limited, its Managing Director, Do Manh Hong (44) and seven other foreigners to pay a total of…


Telecoms

This Platform Has Helped Thousands of Migrants Reconnect with Their Families Back Home

19 May 2017

There are about 65 million people worldwide right now who have fled their homeland. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says this is the highest such figure since the…


Telecoms

In brief

19 May 2017

SEACOM’s enterprise division has hit major milestones with the launch of SEACOM Business services for corporate customers in Kenya in August 2016 and by winning more than 1,000 new enterprise…


Internet

Africa experiencing data growth, says Smile Telecoms

19 May 2017

Mr Ahmad Farroukh, the Executive Director, Operations Smile Telecommunications Board says Africa is experiencing explosive data growth. Farroukh said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that he would lead…


Internet

MallforAfrica Launches Dedicated Website To Give Africans Direct Access To Millions Of eBay Products

19 May 2017

African e-commerce platform MallforAfrica (MFA) has announced the launch of a new dedicated website for eBay shoppers in Africa. Available in Nigeria and Kenya, before a role out to other…


Internet

SEACOM accelerates infrastructure investment

19 May 2017

SEACOM had made substantial investments in expanding its network infrastructure during 2016 and plans to significantly upgrade network bandwidth in 2017 to cater for the growth of big data, the…


Internet

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit 2017 Successfully Concludes Following Discussion on Investment in Broadband Infrastructure

19 May 2017

Cape Town, South Africa, 12 May 2017: Establishing regulatory frameworks for enabling investment in broadband infrastructure across Africa was the key discussion as the fifth annual Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA)…


Internet

Facebook chooses 60 finalists across the Middle East and Africa in Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

19 May 2017

JOHANNESBURG - Facebook has selected 60 finalists from the hundreds of entries it received from across the Middle East and Africa for the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The Bots…


Internet

Google, IFC invest in African wholesale operator

19 May 2017

Google, Convergence Partners, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui have signed an agreement to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company focused on building wholesale metro fibre networks and…


Internet

In brief

19 May 2017

Vivendi's subsidiary GVA (Group Vivendi Africa) and Veolia’s subsidiary SEEG (Societe d'Energie et d'Eau du Gabon) plan to sign an agreement on 16 May enabling GVA to access SEEG’s electricity…


Computing

Smart grids the answer to Africa's power supply dilemma?

19 May 2017

Multinational ICT firm Huawei has announced South African utility services provider Eskom as its first industry partner to collaborate on smart grid development within the telco's Johannesburg-based OpenLab, officially opened…


Computing

Microsoft to Deliver Microsoft Cloud from Datacentres in Africa to Enable Greater Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

19 May 2017

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 18, 2017/ -- Today Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @Microsoft) (www.Microsoft.com) revealed plans to deliver the complete, intelligent Microsoft Cloud for the first time from datacentres located in…


Computing

Rack Centre, First in West Africa to Achieve Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility

19 May 2017

Rack Centre, the Sub Sahara Africa’s premium data centre and colocation services provider has attained the Tier III Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) from the Uptime Institute, joining the…


Money Transfer

CBN Caps Transaction Alert Fees to N4 per SMS

19 May 2017

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has capped the fees charged by the banks on transaction alerts to N4 per SMS. The apex bank also restricted alerts to customer-induced transactions…


Money Transfer

Refugee turned fintech chief aims to upend a US$444bil market

19 May 2017

ISMAIL AHMED - FOUNDER & CEO, WORLDREMIT Refugee, economist, whistle-blower, entrepreneur – Ismail Ahmed (pic) has played many roles in his odyssey from war-torn Somalia to London’s fintech frontier. But…


Money Transfer

Kenyan merchant solution Sokowatch starts East African expansion

19 May 2017

Kenyan ordering and delivery solution Sokowatch is plotting further expansion across East Africa after making Dar es Salaam, Tanzania its second market in February. Launched in 2013, Sokowatch is an…


Money Transfer

In brief

19 May 2017

Ghana: Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has disclosed that government is working to meet its November 2017 timeline for the implementation of mobile money interoperability. The system when rolled out…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone Sells $2.6 Billion Kenyan Stake to South Africa Unit

19 May 2017

Vodafone Group Plc is simplifying its holdings in sub-Saharan Africa, selling a $2.6 billion stake in Kenya’s Safaricom Ltd. to its majority-owned Vodacom Group Ltd. In the all-share deal, Vodafone…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN in discussions to buy MultiChoice Africa – Sources

19 May 2017

Industry sources have told MyBroadband that MTN is in discussions regarding a potential acquisition of MultiChoice Africa. MultiChoice Africa provides video entertainment for subscribers in 49 African countries and Indian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wananchi sells business services unit to private equity fund SynCom

19 May 2017

After more than a year of negotiations, Wananchi Group has reached an agreement to sell its corporate internet and data unit Wananchi Business Services to Synergy Communications (SynCom) for an…


Digital Content

Truecaller Launches Ads Platform for African Brands

19 May 2017

Today, we’re excited to start our next chapter; we’ll be rolling out Truecaller Ads in Africa. Brands will now be able to utilize the Truecaller app to reach more than…


Digital Content

JustFlicks SVOD service launches in South Africa

19 May 2017

STS has launched a new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service called JustFlicks in South Africa. The wireless application service provider took over the Vidi video streaming service when it was closed…


Digital Content

Meet Nairobi’s Young Instagram Muses

19 May 2017

From music to visual art, Nairobi’s youth are utilizing the internet as a means to express themselves and share their creativity. In addition to the innovative music producers, there’s an…


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19 May 2017

People Bob Collymore gets two more years to head Safaricom Safaricom’s Board of Directors has extended Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore’s tenure by two years from August 2017 for steering…


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Events

19 May 2017

Information Technology Innovations For Economic Diversification: The Role of Youths 3rd - 7th July 2017University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State The National Conference is an annual event that bring…