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  • Five billion people in the world use mobile phones, 436 million in sub-Sahara Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 The number of mobile phone subscribers in the world has reached five billion, according to the research arm of the world mobile industry organization, GSMA. But sub-Sahara Africa is the least penetrated with 436 million incomparable subscribers, the organization says in a press release copied to The GSMA defines a ‘incomparable mobile subscriber’ as an individual person that can account for multiple ‘mobile connections’, that is SIM cards. According to GSMA Intelligence, the world’s five billion incomparable mobile subscribers today account for approximately 7.7 billion mobile connections – excluding mobile-to-mobile (M2M).
  • Tanzania: Vodacom IPO Attracts 40,000 Tanzanian Investors

    TANZANIA, 2017/06/07 Vodacom Tanzania Plc's initial public offering (IPO) has attracted over 40,000 Tanzanian investors, a lot of of them initial time participants in the capital market, the telco has said. The IPO is set to be the major in the history of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.
  • Morocco Ranks Highest in North Africa in ICTs’ Impact on Economy

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 Morocco remains the highest ranked country in North Africa in generating economic impact from investments in data and communications technologies (ICTs), according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF’s World Data Technology Statement 2016 shows that Morocco ranked 78th part 139 nations—with a price of 3.0 out of 7—in their abilities to leverage ICTs for increased competitiveness and well-being. The statement used the new iteration of the Networked Readiness Index, which assesses the factors, policies and institutions that enable a country to take chance of ICTs.
  • Meditel to Become Part of Orange Before End of This Year.

    MOROCCO, 2017/05/28 As Moroccan company Meditel prepares to become a part of French telecommunications network Orange , it appointed Yves Gauthier as the new director of Meditel on Monday at a conference of Meditel’s board of directors in Paris. The new director of the company, who before supervised the the Egyptian company Mobinil’s transfer to Orange, will start his new job in September. In July 2015, Orange signed a transaction to increase its holdings in Meditel to 49%. This transaction set the stage for increasing Orange influence in Meditel and the current transition.
  • Telecom News in Brief 25 May 2017

    WORLD, 2017/05/28 Africa: European access - Econet World subsidiary Liquid Telecom said on 15 May that it had established a point of presence (PoP) at Interxion's data centre in Marseille, its initial foothold in mainland Europe. The PoP will reduce roundtrip delays from Africa by up to 20 milliseconds. Interxion's MRS1 data centre in Marseilles is a major connectivity hub for Europe since it opened in 2014. It offers direct access to 13 major international submarine cables, inclunding SEACOM, I-ME-WE and SEA-ME-WE4, providing Liquid Telecom with onwards connectivity to its World PoPs in London, Mombasa and Fujairah. MRS1 provides direct access to the France-IX, NL-ix and DE-CIX Internet exchanges, providing new peering opportunities for Liquid Telecom.
  • Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been ‘overpraised and over-paid’ for work done by underpaid workers.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/04/26 LABOUR federation Cosatu has commended the decision by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to block the R30m pension payout received by former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe last month. The federation said the system of golden handshakes was insensitive to low gain workers who are bearing the brunt of the challenging economic times the country is going through. Brown has as well instructed Eskom to statement back to her next sitting down with Molefe to work out a additional suitable pension. Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu’s national spokesperson, gave Brown’s decision the green light, saying Parliament must as well investigate the all of money handed to company executives with a view of bridging the huge financial gap that exists between managers and general workers.
  • Kearney’s investment statement welcomed by the government

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/04/26 THE government welcomed AT Kearney’s 2017 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence statement at the weekend, which showed the country was the 25th most attractive destination for foreign direct investment globally, the initial from the continent. Improvements in shortterm economic prospects and the longterm investment in the country’s manufacturing have been cited as some of the key drivers of South Africa’s improved rating on the index. ATTRACTIVE DESTINATION: Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has hailed the country’s healthy relations with foreign investors. Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo said: “The government is humbled by this ranking, which shows that SA’s strategic partnership with foreign investors is gaining momentum.
  • David Meads David Meads is the vice-president Africa of Cisco.

    SOUTH AFRICA, 2017/04/26 South Africa hosts the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a project with extensive socioeconomic knock-on effects. Working with the Department of Science and Technology, Cisco has contributed R66m toward it near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape. AS SOUTH Africa prepares to host the World Economic Forum in Durban, the city with its major and busiest port, there is much to focus on as the country continues to promote itself as a promising investment destination. Primarily, the event presents opportunities for governments to collaborate with regional and world leaders from business and civil society to identify and craft tangible plans to create economic opportunities for all. Digital transformation is part of a lot of of these opportunities.
  • Somalia was one of the last African countries to go online.

    SOMALIA, 2016/11/28 Next living and studying in several Asian nations for 7 years, Mohamed Abdilahi Dahir came back to Somalia without a plan on what to do next. At the same time as he started asking around for data about start-ups and investment , he couldn’t find anyone to guide him. To better understand the market, he enrolled in a business government program at a local university in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland region. Early this year, Dahir (no relation of the writer) started Better Business Solutions, a consultancy that helps coach entrepreneurs. The company assisted young enterprises to develop business plans, conduct market research, and approach financiers. Dahir and his team as well heeded their own advice and started pitching some of their ideas to investors. It was only a matter of time before opportunities came calling. In early October, their electronic payment project dubbed ePocket, was selected from a pool of 160 applications to be part of the 12 inaugural projects nominated for the 2016 Innovate Accelerator program. The program was organized by Innovate Ventures, the initial ever Somali tech accelerator, alongside the pan-African startup funding platform Venture Capital for Africa, alongside British aid organization Oxfam.
  • Light Reading and KNect365 Launch Connecting Africa Community

    AFRICA, 2016/11/11