News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no. 864 - 17 February 2017

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Senegal: Big changes hit Sonatel-dominated market but new challengers need strategy to win

17 February 2017

Senegal would see itself as a competitive market but is actually dominated by Sonatel. Recently there have been two changes that may yet shake it up. Russell Southwood looks at the implications of these two changes and what they might mean for other markets. For years, Sonatel has been the de-facto dominant player in Senegal. The Government had a significant shareholding in it and sat on its board. Any attempt to open the market failed. The ISP sector withered on the vine, pushed out by a fairly aggressive pricing policy by Sonatel. Electricity utility SENELEC was not allowed to wholesale…

Telecoms

Uganda’s MPS to visit Libya over Uganda Telecom mismanagement

17 February 2017

Uganda’s parliamentary select committee, which is investigating mismanagement at Uganda Telecom (UTL), will soon travel to Libya in line with the inquiry. LAP-Green, a subsidiary of Libyan Post, Telecommunication and…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom, Makate to revive talks

17 February 2017

Nkosana Makate and telecommunications company Vodacom will now have to revive in good faith negotiations after a deadlock in talks to determine reasonable compensation for the “please call me” service.…


Telecoms

Airtel invests K15.2 bn to upgrade network quality in Malawi

17 February 2017

Multinational telecommunications company Airtel has disclosed its MK15.2 billion investment project is to modernize quality and coverage of its voice and Internet services in Malawi. This intensive upgrade exercise is…


Telecoms

2,600 Telkom Kenya retirees to get Sh7.2bn payout

17 February 2017

More than 2,600 former employees of Telkom Kenya are set to be paid an additional Sh7.2 billion in terminal dues following a court ruling in their favour. A four-member Retirement…


Internet

Internet Solutions and Accuris Networks Introduce Pan-African Wi-Fi Network

17 February 2017

Internet Solutions (IS), a leading pan-African telecommunications service provider, and Dublin-based Accuris Networks Limited, have partnered to introduce a seamless continent-wide Wi-Fi network to global carriers, multinational companies and local…


Internet

Urbanise acquires Intelligen, Wattkeeper

17 February 2017

ICT services company, Infotech has announced that its acquisition deal with Urbanise, a globally renowned provider of Internet of things (IOT) and service delivery platform for buildings, is going ahead.…


Internet

BoFiNet signs new Wi-Fi partner

17 February 2017

State-owned Botswana Fibre Network (BoFiNet) has unveiled a partnership with local ISP CENE Media which will allow CENE customers to gain access at BoFiNet’s network of Wi-Fi hotspots around the…


Internet

Cameroon: Internet Shutdown Latest Violation On English Cameroonians

17 February 2017

Yaounde — CAMEROON is under international pressure to restore internet services to predominantly English-speaking parts of the country cut off since January following anti-government protests. Police have reacted with brutality…


Internet

Cameroon: 17-Year-Old Beats Internet Ban to Win Coding Competition

17 February 2017

A 17-year-old Cameroonian has won Google's annual coding award, despite the partial shutdown of internet in his country. Nji Collins Gbah is the first African to win the competition. The…


Computing

Microsoft backs Mauritian online teaching resource project

17 February 2017

The Mauritius Institute of Education's (MIE) Massively Empowered Classroom or the Virtual Campus, known as Mo Klas, is aiming to build up a Mauritian network of digital learning resource creators…


Computing

Kenya: Digital driving licences plan gets Sh300m allocation

17 February 2017

The push to introduce digital driving licences this year to curb corruption and boost road safety received a lift after the Treasury allocated Sh300 million in the proposed national budget.…


Computing

Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa offers resellers Azure on its BlueSky platform

17 February 2017

Local customers now able to benefit from the full benefits of the Microsoft cloud services. Westcon-Comstor Southern Africa is, effective immediately, enabling local reseller partners the opportunity to purchase Azure…


Computing

In brief

17 February 2017

PUBLIC safety and efficiency in the transport sector are set for a major improvement following the introduction of the intelligent transportation system (ITS) solution for buses. Huawei, a leading global…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

New ICT sector codes to prompt new era for BEE

17 February 2017

In the State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma highlighted that radical economic transformation remains at the core of South Africa’s economic strategy and the new BEE ICT sector…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Number portability regulations get public hearings

17 February 2017

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will hold public hearings on number portability regulations on 16 February. The hearings will be held at ICASA’s offices in Sandton from 09:00.…


Money Transfer

Mastercard commits to financially including over 150,000 Kenyan merchants with Masterpass QR

17 February 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, 14 February 2017, -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Mastercard commits to empowering over 150,000 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Kenya within 2017 by giving them access to Masterpass…


Money Transfer

MTN, CBA Bank Launch MoKash; a Mobile Loans & Savings Product

17 February 2017

Rwanda’s leading telecommunication provider, MTN Rwanda, in partnership with Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) today launched a ground breaking savings and loans product dubbed ‘MoKash’, which will enable registered MTN…


Money Transfer

In brief

17 February 2017

The Cameroonian subsidiary of South African telecoms operator MTN just bettered its mobile money service by now offering mini-statement on mobile transactions. This new service follows the one enabling users…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huge Telecom eyes approval of Connectnet and Sainet acquisition

17 February 2017

Huge Telecom is hoping to get approval for its acquisition of Connectnet, and its subsidiary Sainet, very soon, non-executive director Zunaid Bulbulia told MyBroadband. It announced its agreement with shareholders…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet owed USD25m by state-run operators

17 February 2017

Zimbabwe’s mobile market leader Econet Wireless is owed more than USD25 million in interconnect fees by state-owned operators NetOne and TelOne, according to a report from The Sunday Mail. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet considers listing Liquid Telecom in Europe in 2018

17 February 2017

Econet Group founder Strive Masiyiwa has said he is considering a separate listing next year for subsidiary Liquid Telecom, which currently is probably the largest operator of fibre and business…


Digital Content

Kenyan President's #DabChallenge Backfires After Critics Create #DabOfShame

17 February 2017

A campaign by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, #UhuruDabChallenge, to motivate young people to register to vote went awry after social media users took the opportunity to point out misplaced priorities…


Digital Content

Zain, iflix to launch regional Internet TV service

17 February 2017

Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator listed in Kuwait, has joined hands with leading Internet TV service group iflix to launch its operations in the Middle East and…


Digital Content

Africa: ICT Signals the Cradle of Radio's Rebirth

17 February 2017

Nairobi — Over the last few decades, radio has played an important role in the realm of development. It has enabled the distribution of information on new policies, technology, products,…


Digital Content

Kenya’s Little to launch mobile Sacco for drivers

17 February 2017

Kenyan taxi hailing service, Little is set to launch a mobile phone-based Savings and Credit Co-operative Society (Sacco) for its drivers, according to reports. Known as Little Sacco, it would…


Digital Content

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Events

17 February 2017

27 Feb. to 2 March, 2017 Mobile World Congress Barcelona, SpainMobile World Congress is the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile…


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People

17 February 2017

Millicom says Africa CFO Mohamed Dabbour will be CEO after Cynthia Gordon moves on. Millicom has promoted Mohamed Dabbour to be CEO of its African operations, replacing Cynthia Gordon, who…