News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue no 894 – 22 September 2017

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Upstream offers operators a digital services platform with video and games content – 2.3 million subscribers in Nigeria and South Africa

22 September 2017

It’s taking time for online mobile content plays in Africa to get a firm footing. Mobile operators don’t usually understand content plays and flounder when trying to curate and sell content. Russell Southwood talks to Guy Krief, CEO, Upstream that has successfully worked with a range of African mobile operators to provide successful video and gaming platforms. Upstream’s origins were as a company that ran marketing promotions for mobile operators around the world but it now describes itself as “a mobile commerce platform, accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets.”. Krief joined Upstream as Chief Innovation Officer in 2004 and was…

Telecoms

Zambia seeks new rival to MTN

22 September 2017

Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile network licence to take on operators including market leader MTN in the Southern African country, transport & communications minister Brian Mushimba said.…


Telecoms

Cote d’Ivoire gives users six months to update registration

22 September 2017

Cote d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Communication, Digital Economy and Post has launched the second phase of its subscriber registration programme, giving mobile users and cyber-cafes six months to complete the updated…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt officially begins marketing mobile services

22 September 2017

Telecom Egypt (TE) has officially unveiled its new mobile voice product range, marketing both pre-paid and post-paid plans, alongside mobile data-only tariff options. According to Ahram Online, customers are now…


Telecoms

Rwanda: MTN Explains Scrapped Me2U Service Fee

22 September 2017

MTN Rwanda has cancelled the 10 per cent service fee recently imposed on its Me2U product following numerous complaints from users that also attracted the regulator's attention. The telecom firm…


Telecoms

In brief

22 September 2017

Tanzania: According to Works, Transport and Communication Minister, Professor Makame Mbarawa, the government has so far spent over 85bn/- to provide rural dwellers in 3,000 villages with communication services.  …


Internet

South Africa: Right2Know to Lead Protest for Cheaper Data Prices

22 September 2017

Civil organisation Right2Know will on Tuesday protest at headquarters of South Africa's four largest telecommunications companies in Gauteng, demanding that the price of cellular data decrease. The protest follows a…


Internet

Nigeria: YouTube Go Makes Debut in Nigeria

22 September 2017

YouTube has announced that the YouTube Go app previewed at the recent Google for Nigeria event is now available for initial public download in Nigeria. YouTube Go is an app…


Internet

Ethio telecom to charge for VoIP apps (Viber, WhatsApp)

22 September 2017

Using VoIP applications free of charge may no longer be possible as Ethio Telecom is in the process of implementing new technology that would charge users for services such as…


Internet

Liquid Telecom supports SME and startup co-working space

22 September 2017

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of pan-African telecom group Liquid Telecom, is now providing free internet to Nairobi Garage's newly opened Entrepreneurship Centre in Nairobi, supporting up to 300 co-workers with…


Computing

Kenya court blames polls commission for botched vote

22 September 2017

Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday placed the blame for last month's annulled presidential vote firmly on the election commission, in its full ruling detailing the judges' decision. Deputy chief justice…


Computing

IBM and MTN Help Protect Endangered African Rhinos with Internet of Things Technology

22 September 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa and Armonk, NY - 19 Sep 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM), MTN, a leading African telecommunications provider, Wageningen University (WU) in the Netherlands and Prodapt, today announced they…


Computing

Nigeria: Dell Commits to Assist Nigeria Tackle e-Wastes

22 September 2017

DELL EMC West Africa, has disclosed plans to help Nigeria tackle electronic wastes (e-wastes) menace and increase women's interest in technology through its "Legacy for Good 2020" commitment. Dell recently…


Money Transfer

Société Générale launches African mobile bank, Yup

22 September 2017

Société Générale, a French multinational banking and financial services company, has launched its new African mobile bank Yup in the Ivory Coast and Senegal. Yup is branded as an alternative…


Money Transfer

Interswitch Nigeria Sees Delayed IPO Concluded by End-2019

22 September 2017

Interswitch Ltd., a Nigeria-based payments-processing company, expects to complete its delayed dual listing in London and Lagos before the end of 2019. The initial public offering to raise as much…


Money Transfer

Mobile money sent to hundreds of families hit by Sierra Leone mudslide

22 September 2017

Money is being sent via mobile phone to hundreds of families who survived a deadly mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown last month, the United Nations said…


Money Transfer

Major South African Supermarket Pilot Testing Bitcoin As Payment Method

22 September 2017

Shoppers in Cape Town will, for a limited time, be able to use bitcoin as a payment method for groceries and services at a Pick n Pay supermarket store in…


Money Transfer

Moneytrans Launches the First Mobile Remittance App in the Republic Democratic of Congo

22 September 2017

Moneytrans, a fintech company servicing the low-income migrant population announces the launch of a smart and convenient mobile App to send money in minutes within and outside Africa to any…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Congolese government to create universal service fund

22 September 2017

Leon Juste Ibombo, the Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy for the Republic of the Congo, has announced the creation of a universal service fund (USF), Agence Ecofin…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s UTL must pay UGX6bn to MTN

22 September 2017

Uganda’s state-owned fixed and mobile operator Uganda Telecom Ltd (UTL) has lost a legal appeal in a long-running interconnect dispute with domestic rival MTN. The country’s Supreme Court has upheld…


Digital Content

Filmlocations.com.ng launched to simplify location-hunting

22 September 2017

Nigerian startup Filmlocations.com.ng has launched an online marketplace that connects filmmakers to suitable locations for their projects. With location scouting a tedious part of the filmmaking process, in which valuable…


Digital Content

CIO's role is to embrace change and tame digital dragons

22 September 2017

Digital business has created a change-ready mindset for 77% of CIO survey respondents in Africa, according to Gartner, Inc.'s annual CIO survey. Gartner analysts presented these findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo,…


Digital Content

Here Are 5 Places Where You Can Buy African Fashion Online

22 September 2017

As e-commerce continues to take over the fashion industry, it is important we shed light on the websites where the latest fashions from African designers can be acquired. Consumers can…


Digital Content

VOOV, a new live streaming app launched in SA

22 September 2017

A new live streaming app has been launched in South Africa. The app allows users to the opportunity to discover, connect and interact with any other South African user’s live…


Digital Content

Morocco: Video Blogger Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison

22 September 2017

A Moroccan court on August 18, 2017 sentenced video blogger Mohamed Taghra to 10 months in prison for criminal defamation after he published a report on local police corruption in…


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People

22 September 2017

Sage has appointed ICT industry veteran Pieter Bensch as the company's executive vice president for the Middle East and Africa. In his new role, Bensch will lead Sage's growth across…


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Opportunities

22 September 2017

Nominations open to global Women in Fintech Powerlist Nominations are open to Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist, which recognises women shaping the future of fintech around the world. UK-based…


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Events

22 September 2017

2017 FTTH COUNCIL AFRICA CONFERENCE!3 October 2017Join the biggest Fibre Optic Event in Africa. OPERATORS ATTEND FREE! Lively discussions by some of the best speakers in the industry on the…