News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 890 – 17 August 2017

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African Internet speeds and volumes increase but the bar just keeps getting higher

17 August 2017

Recent data shows African Internet speeds that would have been unthinkable ten years ago. But with the arrival of video content, the bar for the speeds required just keeps slipping beyond reach. A slew of recent data highlights the challenges and the increasing volume of data that Africa’s networks are carrying. Russell Southwood picks his way through the numbers. The World Broadband Speed League is a ranking put together from research carried out by New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s Planet Lab. Across a large number of countries globally, it measured overall speeds and…

Telecoms

Airtel Kenya sues CA at High Court over permit renewal

17 August 2017

Airtel Kenya has gone to the High Court over its attempts to renew is operating permit with the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), Business Daily reported. The matter has gone…


Telecoms

Namibia: CRAN grants permission for new mobile operators

17 August 2017

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has granted permission to new entrants to set up shop and compete with MTC and TN Mobile, Newera reported. Competition could come from…


Telecoms

Lycamobile Partners with Cell C in South Africa Roll Out

17 August 2017

Lycamobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announced today that the company has partnered with Cell C and will begin rolling out its services in South Africa. With the South…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Potraz to Set Up 250 Base Stations

17 August 2017

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe will build 250 base stations under a multi-operator radio network extension project with capacity for 2 million users. Potraz will engage contractors…


Telecoms

Nigeria- Regulator Blocks Glo’s Free Data Day

17 August 2017

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided to intervene and prevent Nigerian telecommunications company, Globacom, from proceeding with its planned free data day promotion. Globacom’s planned promotion was to offer free…


Telecoms

Nigeria- NCC Threatens Telcos To Scrap Pre-Registered Sims or Face Punishment

17 August 2017

According to reports by the Nigerian Communications Week, the Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) has demanded that all mobile telecommunications firms block the use of pre-registered sim cards. The use of these sim…


Telecoms

Vodacom Introduces Virtual CIO

17 August 2017

Vodacom Business has introduced Virtual CIO, a subscription service which proactively detects IT problems before they arise, safeguarding SMMEs which are vulnerable to prolonged IT outages. The solution provides full…


Telecoms

In brief

17 August 2017

-South Africa: Telkom is removing the SmartPlans, SmartSaver Plans, and Unlimited Lite contracts from its website encouraging users to try its FreeMe products instead. Telkom’s FreeMe plans were launched in 2016 and…


Internet

Vumatel Brings Fibre-to-the-Home in Johannesburg South

17 August 2017

The Vuma Fibre has started rolling out its high-speed fibre network in the southern areas of Johannesburg. The company is already rolling out its fibre network in Bassonia, Glenanda, Glenvista…


Internet

Djibouti Telecom peers at France-IX Paris and Marseille Internet Exchange

17 August 2017

Djibouti Telecom has signed a contract with France-IX to peer its IP traffic through France-IX’s IXPs in Paris and Marseille. With this agreement, the government-run network operator enhances its network…


Internet

Nigeria: EFCC Arrest 100 Students for Various Cybercrimes

17 August 2017

According to a report by Nigerian Communications Week, over 100 undergraduates of tertiary institutions across the Southwest of Nigeria have been detained for various cybercrimes by the Ibadan Zonal Office of…


Internet

In brief

17 August 2017

-Google is expanding its speech recognition capabilities to support dozens of new languages, particularly those in emerging markets in India and Africa. That means more people around the world will…


Computing

Digital Care Management Solution to showcase New Capabilities at HISA2017

17 August 2017

Care Software Solutions Ltd, the South African owned, UK based software company behind the innovative digital care management system, Zuri will showcase the software’s new features and abilities as part of…


Computing

South Africa: e-Commerce to boost economic growth

17 August 2017

Entrepreneurship and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME’s) are the catalyst to achieving economic growth and development in South Africa. This is according to the South African Government which has…


Computing

In brief

17 August 2017

-The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week (ACW) arrived in Ghana this week with a series of Train-The-Trainer (TTT) workshops. Jointly organised by SAP, Dreamoval and the Ghana Education Service in…


Money Transfer

Will Blockchain Unshackle the Future of Payments in South Africa?

17 August 2017

South African consumers are eager users of new payments technologies, which means that bitcoin and the blockchain may soon be on the radar for some of the country’s early adopters.…


Money Transfer

Nigeria: Interswitch, Quickteller, Verve Showcase New Payment Tech

17 August 2017

Interswitch in collaboration with Quickteller and Verve has unveiled a new media campaign to showcase new technology capability that guarantees customers safer, faster and smarter transactions through any payment channel.…


Money Transfer

NBK, WorldRemit partner to offer instant money transfers to Kenya

17 August 2017

Digital money transfer service, WorldRemit and the National Bank of Kenya (NBK) have launched a partnership to enable Kenyans living abroad to make instant transfers home. WorldRemit users can now make instant bank…


Money Transfer

Group Nduom starts mobile money service in Ghana

17 August 2017

The Group Nduom (GN) conglomerate has introduced GN Mobile Money in Ghana, Ghanaweb reported. General Manager of GN Micro Enterprise, Kofi Asamoah-Siaw said GN Mobile Money is available on every…


Money Transfer

Uganda: Shs 30bn Lent Out Through Mokash

17 August 2017

MTN Uganda says it gave out Shs 30bn in loans through MoKash, a product where customers can save and borrow through their phones. MoKash was launched in August 2016 in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom shares begins trading in Tanzania

17 August 2017

Vodacom Tanzania completed the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the 19-year history of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), the company announced on Tuesday. Vodacom Tanzania raised R2.9…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Broadband service uptake drives increase in revenue for Telecom Egypt

17 August 2017

Telecom Egypt has reported a 41% year-on-year increase in revenues for the quarter ended 30 June 2017, pointing to the uptake of its fixed broadband services as the key driver…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TPay acquires carrier billing provider DCBEgypt

17 August 2017

MENA region mobile payments specialist TPay has acquired DCBEgypt, the second-largest provider of direct carrier billing in Egypt, for an undisclosed amount. This is TPay's first acquisition after launching three…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mauritius Telecom, ICTA ordered to pay Emtel following unfair competition ruling

17 August 2017

The Supreme Court of Mauritius has this week issued a ruling in favour of mobile network operator (MNO) Emtel in a case dating back 20 years, Agence Ecofin reports. Emtel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers Tanzania acquires Zantel’s mainland tower portfolio

17 August 2017

Helios Towers Tanzania (HTT) has reached an agreement with Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) for the acquisition of all unique sites in their mainland tower portfolio. A subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa,…


Digital Content

Tanzania: TWA Launches Portal for Girls' Economic Growth

17 August 2017

THE Tanzania Women of Achievement (TWA) yesterday launched an online portal and mobile app, 'twaa,' designed to provide mentorship and learning on the go for girls and women in Africa.…


Digital Content

POWA app wants to fight women abuse

17 August 2017

South African women's rights organisation People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) today unveiled an app it hopes will help survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). The app is launched in association with…


Digital Content

African Streaming Market Faces Shakeup as US-based Firm Seeks Local Partners

17 August 2017

The African streaming industry could be in for an even greater shake up as US-based streaming player MatrixStream seeks to collaborate with Telcos and Internet service providers (ISPs). The US-based…


Digital Content

Tanzania: New TB Detection Technology Boosts Treatment Rate

17 August 2017

TREATMENT initiation rate for Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosed patients rose by 20 per cent by last March, thanks to opening of a new detection facility in Dar es Salaam. The detection…


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People

17 August 2017

MTN appoints new Corporate Relations Executive MTN Nigeria has announced the appointment of Tobechukwu Nkemdilim Okigbo as its new Corporate Relations Executive. Okigbo will lead MTN’s strategic approach towards enhancing…


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Opportunities

17 August 2017

Job Title: Group ICT Manager  Reference Code: REQ-0283  Location: Kenya  Required Experience: 15-20 yrs  Category: IT/ Industrial Security Jobs in Africa    Job Description: To coordinate the functions of a…