News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 902 – 17 November 2017

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Viamo Mobile’s IVR services offer a two-way communications channel across Africa at scale – mobile operator partnerships key

17 November 2017

There are a large number of push SMS services in Africa that play in the development space. Most of them are pilot projects and few seem to survive beyond the original grant funding. Viamo is interesting because it seems to have gone to scale in Africa and is one of a very few number of organisations that seems to be using IVR systems effectively. Russell Southwood spoke to Kellen Eilerts, Regional Director, East & Southern Africa, Viamo in Cape Town about what they are doing. Viamo combines relevant content with local languages to create two-way mass communication channels and it…

Telecoms

Mauritius Telecom rebrands as MyT

17 November 2017

Following the September 2017 expiration of its-ten year agreement for the use of the Orange brand name, Mauritius Telecom has announced it will now be referred to as MyT. The…


Telecoms

Ethiopia telecoms monopoly now Africa's largest mobile operator

17 November 2017

Ethiopia’s state owned telecommunications company, Ethio Telecom is now the continent’s largest mobile operator. This is according to IT Web’s report that with over 57 million mobile subscribers as at…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom Says Government Has Identified Potential Buyers of Stake

17 November 2017

Telkom SA SOC Ltd. executives have met with South African government officials to discuss plans to sell a 39 percent state-owned stake and were told that potential buyers have been…


Telecoms

Revealed: how Vodafone allowed elites to reap profits of Africa’s mobile boom

17 November 2017

The spread of mobile phones across Africa has been one of the continent’s success stories over the past two decades, transforming lives through better communication and simpler banking. It has…


Telecoms

In brief

17 November 2017

Afrimax Cameroon has announced that it has ceased operations effective 10 November 2017, following the withdrawal of its licence by the local regulatory authorities in September. The company, which operated…


Internet

Konnect Africa Brings Wi-Fi to Rural African Communities

17 November 2017

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 9, 2017/ -- Konnect Africa (www.Konnect-Africa.com), the Eutelsat-owned satellite broadband service provider, has unveiled SmartWIFI, a new hotspot service, as part of its ongoing commitment…


Internet

Taxify launches services in Nigeria

17 November 2017

Online taxi hailing company Taxify has launched in Abuja, Nigeria with hundreds of driver-partners signed up to the platform and ready to accept rides all across the city, reports the…


Internet

Tizeti partners with Facebook to expand Express Wi-Fi in Nigeria

17 November 2017

Despite weak infrastructure and poor power supply, Nigeria stands out as one of Africa’s top tech hubs — something that was confirmed last year when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited…


Internet

Angola Cables expands South Africa presence

17 November 2017

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 8, 2017/ -- To further expand its network reach and peering capabilities, Angola Cables announced today that it expects to establish a Point of Presence…


Computing

Oracle Introduces Next Gen Cloud Applications to Support Botswana's Digital Economy

17 November 2017

Oracle hosted its Modern Business Forum in Botswana to help the country's fast-growing and large enterprises accelerate digital transformation and drive business growth with its next generation cloud applications that…


Computing

SA’s Lucky Masilela nominated as for African ICT Champion Award 2017

17 November 2017

South African executive, Lucky Masilela, has been nominated as an African ICT Champion Award 2017. The African ICT Alliance (AfICTA) elected him ahead of its fifth summit in Abuja, Nigeria…


Computing

Makman Technology Consulting becomes TM Forum’s exclusive Certified Associate in Libya

17 November 2017

Makman Technology Consulting (MTC), announced its partnership with TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry, to support the digital transformation of the telecoms sector…


Money Transfer

Kenya: CBK Hesitant to Regulate Digital Currencies

17 November 2017

Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge has said the regulator is still assessing the risks associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin before rushing to regulate the digital currencies that have…


Money Transfer

Exclusively with MVola Avance: borrow and save money instantly with MVola through any mobile phone!

17 November 2017

Launched on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 by MVola, the 1st mobile money solution in Madagascar, MVola Avance is the new revolutionary mobile financial service available and accessible by all Malagasy,…


Money Transfer

Ghana plans to tax mobile money transactions

17 November 2017

The Minority in Parliament is pushing government to immediately shelve any plans to tax mobile money transactions. Describing the move as “retrogressive”, Minority also said the tax will affect millions…


Money Transfer

Mastercard Partners with Spazapp to Bring Mobile Payments to Informal Traders

17 November 2017

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 14 November 2017, -/African Media Agency(AMA)/ - Mastercard is collaborating with Durban-based tech company Spazapp, to bring secure, seamless and convenient mobile payments to thousands of informal…


Money Transfer

Bango Platform Enables 9Pay Wallet for Google Play Users in Nigeria

17 November 2017

CAMBRIDGE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bango (AIM:BGO), the mobile payments company, announces that it has launched operator-billed payments for Google Play users with 9mobile in Nigeria. Through the 9mobile 9pay wallet, customers in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Convergence Partners acquires stake in ESET Southern Africa

17 November 2017

Cape Town, 9 November 2017 – At the annual AfricaCom conference today, pan-African ICT investor, Convergence Partners and 4Di Group announced a recently concluded acquisition of a significant minority stake…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Benin hit with USD238m arrears demand

17 November 2017

Benin’s Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications & Post (ARCEP) has opened a sanction procedure against mobile operator MTN Benin for non-payment of spectrum usage fees totalling XOF134.4 billion (USD238 million),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AfricaCom 2017: Huawei to invest $1bn into digitalisation

17 November 2017

Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei has reaffirmed their belief that African telecom operators need to focus on Digital Operations Transformation saying this should be geared towards creating long term strategic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibia: CRAN blocks government MTC buyout plan

17 November 2017

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has blocked a plan by the government to buy the remaining 34% stake in cellco Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) it does not currently own,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel and Tigo launch AirtelTigo in Ghana

17 November 2017

The new telecoms company, born from the merger of mobile operators Airtel and Tigo, unveiled its new brand name this November 14, 2017. It is AirtelTigo. According to Roshi Motman,…


Digital Content

South Africa: Breaking barriers – Hangman style

17 November 2017

Cell C, in partnership with Blink Pictures, has made broadcast history. Hangman, which debuted on South African television screens in early October, is a different beast from your average unscripted…


Digital Content

Kenya's Mysterious #EyewitnessChallenge is a Welcome Distraction

17 November 2017

If you hang out on the goofy fringes of Kenyan social media like we do, you will have been inundated with images from the #EyewitnessChallenge, a meme dedicated to mocking…


Digital Content

Digital rights group lambasts Zim regime over social media clampdown

17 November 2017

Digital rights advocacy group Paradigm Initiative has criticised Zimbabwe's government over the purported use of insult laws to justify the arrest of American journalist Martha O'Donovan. O'Donovan was arrested for…


Digital Content

Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize winners announced

17 November 2017

Three startups have been named the winners of the seventh Orange Social Entrepreneur Prize in Africa and the Middle East, sharing EUR40,000 (US$46,570) among them, and receiving six months business…


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People

17 November 2017

In2IT Technologies appoints Andrew Hoseck as COO for South Africa On Friday 10 November 2017 In2IT Technologies, a global technology services firm, recently announced the appointment of Andrew Hoseck as…


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Opportunities

17 November 2017

Google launches major opportunities for African entrepreneurs and app developers JOHANNESBURG - Google has announced two major new developments, which will provide a major boost to African entrepreneurs and app…


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Events

17 November 2017

Africa Tech Summit Kigali - 2018 Following the success of Africa Tech Summit London which will return in May 2018, we are delighted to welcome you to Africa Tech Summit…