9mobile is on sale again. Who’s buying this time?
When creditors took over Etisalat Nigeria in July last year, the company’s new owners rebranded it to ‘9mobile.’ The takeover was as a result of a $1.7 billion debt the firm could not pay. Since then, speculations have continued to mount over who could possibly acquire the telecoms firm.
However, the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has finally approved the deal of selling 9mobile to the grandmasters of data, Globacom Nigeria, with January 16, 2018 set as official handover date.
If this acquisition goes through, Glo will add 9mobile’s 17 million subscribers to its network, making it Nigeria’s largest telecoms giant.
MTN and Ericsson start first 5G tech applications trial in Africa
MTN and Ericsson will start the 5G demonstration in Africa in the first quarter of 2018. The telecoms giant made the announcement at the MTN headquarters in South Africa where it tested a range of 5G use cases and applications.
According to the telecoms giant, this Test Lab proof of concept will lead to a commercial deployment in the near future which is based on commercially available baseband hardware. However, MTN actually achieved a throughput of more than 20Gbps with less than 5ms latency, which is the highest achieved on a mobile network in Africa.
Attempted Coup in Equatorial Guinea; Border Closure Hurt Business
President Obiang Nguema’s battle for political survival has set some business persons between Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon on deficit journey. President Obiang, two weeks ago, ordered the closure of the border between the two countries. This was in response to a failed attempted coup against his government, with mercenaries allegedly to have come from Cameroon.
Merchants in Kiossi, a Cameroun border town, say the shutdown is costing them a lot of business. Traders are no longer bringing goods and the town looks deserted. Merchants from both countries are feeling the effect of the closure.
Equatorial Guinea security forces, had some weeks back arrested people on the common border area in possession of a stockpile of ammunition. According to the security sources, the men planned to destabilize the government of President Theodoro Obiang.
A program designated to incubate startups
The program 237BA-seeds intends to offer mentorship and hands-on sessions for business startup preparation. This program is developing with the help of partners, considering the fact that most young entrepreneurs are at their first experience.
All the parts of the program run from “sourcing”, followed by a selection in the presentation contest that is the trial phase. Votes from the audience and jury will select the project that makes it to the top as a seed.
A mentor is designated, as well as the incubator partner who will host the seed in a specific program, with a duration of 6 months maximum. During this time, a business startup is developed and the project leader is prepared for pitching followed by closing.
Performance of ART reinforced in 2018
The Telecommunication Regulatory Agency held its 40th Board of Directors meeting on December 26, 2017 to examine in detail, the Annual Performance Report as of November 30, 2017 to define the main issues to be prioritized in 2018.
At the end, the Council adopted the ART 2018 Administrative Performance Project with the sum of Forty-nine billion five hundred and eighty million FCFA. The audit recommended training and equipping the technical capacity of ART to better control the market through annual audits.
Arrest of Cameroon separatist leaders in Nigeria, the drama continues
A political drama continues to play with the governments of Cameroon, Nigeria and Anglophone Cameroon separatists, as principal actors. Both Nigeria and Cameroon have remained silent over the arrest of ten Anglophone Cameroon separatist leaders.
Last week, Nigerian security forces allegedly abducted Julius Ayuk-Tabe and other members of his virtual cabinet. According to sources, they were arrested in complicity with Cameroonian authorities. They have since been held incommunicado in an undisclosed location in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Supporters of the leaders have taken the war to social media and Nigerian Embassies across the world to protest and call for their immediate release.
Tech addiction is everywhere. What is Apple saying about it?
Major shareholders at Apple have spent the last couple of days criticizing Apple for lacking the necessary mechanisms to control smartphone overuse (especially among teens). The World Health Organization recently classified video game addiction as a mental health condition.
As technology gets faster and smarter, more health professionals believe device addiction is going to get worse. Africa should be a watchout destination for smartphone addiction.
Apple might be in the hot seat right now, but the tech juggernaut claims they’re already making parental control tools for their devices even more robust. Regardless, there’s certainly a conflict of interest here for a smart device company like Apple.
Uber and Careem are recruiting their first female drivers
Ride hailing applications in Saudi Arabia are preparing to hire Saudi female chauffeurs. This comes just after authorities announced plans to lift a ban that prevents women from driving or issuing driving licenses in the country. Female customers currently represent 80% of Uber’s Saudi rider base and 70% of business for its Dubai-based counterpart, Careem. However, all drivers currently employed by the two firms are male.
Following the ground-breaking royal decree last September, both companies have been preparing to hire their first female drivers. Meanwhile, Uber’s Chinese rival, Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country.
At the news of a shutdown in South Korea, cryptocurrency markets begin tanking
News of a Bitcoin crackdown in South Korea sent the market for digital coins into a tailspin on Thursday morning. That news was on the heels of a report that South Korean authorities were working on a bill to ban cryptocurrency exchanges in the country.
By the time the news hit, Bitcoin was trading down more than 11% at $13.415 a coin. In total, the entire cryptocurrency market was down more than $100 billion from $636 billion. Then, it hit an all-time high of $830 billion earlier this month.
According to Choi Jong-ku, head of South Korea’s Financial Services, “there is growing concern that banks, which should actively act as gatekeepers to prevent the distribution of crime and illegal funds, are aiding and encouraging them.” Bitcoin’s crackdown was imminent.
Donald Trump denies making ‘shithole countries’ comment on immigration
US President Donald Trump, has denied describing certain nations as “shithole countries.” Trump is accused of making the derogatory comment during a meeting on a bipartisan deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the US. The President is said to have turned down the deal during the meeting.
Trump had tweeted on Friday that, “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used. What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made – a big setback for DACA.”
The White House however, did not deny the “shithole” remark but said; Trump “is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”
- Gameroon Develops New Afrocentric Video Game Concept
- From crypto currency mining to DDos attacks: New multi-featured mobile Trojan Loapi discovered
- Opera launches Opera News app in Africa
- Multichoice Ghana invests over USD $23m in Ghana’s economy
- Orange launches Pickle TV, the new TV and premium video offering for 15-35 year olds
- WISeKey Digital Identity BlockChain Platform selected by BBC as one of the Five African tech trends to look out for in 2018
- Twitter meltdown as Trump calls African countries “shithole countries”
- Google executives stopped employees discussing diversity and hiring, claims former engineer
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- Google is shutting down Chrome’s parental control features, replacement to launch later this year
- You would not want to miss the Startup Weekend Yaoundé this January 26, 2018 as from 7:30 PM – January 28, 2018, 8 PM WAT at Prepa Vogt Yaoundé.
- Pycon Cameroon is here already commencing January 24, 2018, from 10 AM – January 28, 2018, 4:30 PM WAT at Trinity Hotel Limbe, South West.
- Attend the Nairobi PMP Certification Prep, Project Management, Project Manager Train on January 21, 2018 from 12 AM to February 19, 2018, 4 AM EAT by Instructor-Led Online Video Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Be present at the Building strong businesses in 2018 event on January 13, 2018 from 10AM – 1PM WAT at American Corner, (Nigerian Society for Information, Arts and Culture NSIAC building) 54, Magazine road Jericho Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria.
- Follow the Cape Town PMP Certification Prep, Project Management, Project Manager Trai…this January 20, 2018, from 11PM – February 19, 2018, 3AM SAST by Instructor Led Online, Video Conference Cape Town, Cape Town South Africa.
- Take part in the Annapolis PMP Certification Prep, Project Management, Project Manager Tra…on January 20, 2018, from 4PM – February 18, 2018, 8PM EST by Instructor Led Online, Video Conference Annapolis, MD United States.
- Be a part of the NYC’s biggest business Tech and Entrepreneur Professional Networking Affair this January 30, 2018 from 6:30PM TO 9:30PM EST New York.
- Mesirow Financial-oh needs a Senior Vice President, Inst. Salesperson (Agency CMO). Be the first to apply.
- Get ahead of others and apply for the position of HR Specialist Deployment Roster in Yaoundé.
- Work as a full time Recruitment of a Management Assistant in Douala.
- Be a full time Communication Manager in Nairobi. Apply now.
- A lecturer in Computer Engineering is needed in Abuja. Deadline is January 25, 2018.
- Apply for the position of a Client Strategist (Programmatic) in Publicis Media in New York.
- The US Federal government in Washington DC is in need of a Program Associate. Apply now.
- Be a part of the international center for Journalists (ICEJ) early children development reporting fellowship 2018 ( fully funded) . Application deadline is March 4, 2018.
- Compete in the google hash code team based programming competition 2018 for university students and industry professionals. Application deadline is February 26, 2018
- Take part in the digital grassroots ambassador program 2018. Application deadline is January 30, 2018.
- Participate in Misk grand challenge 2018 for innovation worldwide ($100, 000 grant). Application deadline is May 2, 2018.
- Invest your talent in Italy scholarships 2018/2019 for international students (funded). Application deadline is February 28, 2018.
- Apply for the Holland scholarships 2018/2019 for bachelors or masters study in the Netherlands. Application deadline is May 1, 2018.
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