IT is the start of another year and we are pleased to warmly welcome you to the very first edition in 2017. Our projection for this year is to make it beneficial and worth your while for each of the edition that graces your hand. For this reason, we acknowledge the gruelling state of the continent’s economy with the ravaging recession which has crippled many businesses. And coming from our editorial board engagements, we concluded that the vast illiquidity on the continent could be partially reversed if telecommunications companies recording positive numbers in their bottom lines could be listed on the local bourses across the continent.
Our cover story dwelt on the challenging times on the local economies and why telcos which could have offered succour, via listing on the local bourses across the continent, have instead looked the other way. Why are the telcos not craving the floating of their shares in the local markets even when they are listed in their home markets? What are the previous experiences, government actions and inactions, factors militating against local listing of these telcos? Our cover line: Why Telcos Resist Listing in Africa is a reader’s delight for those interested in the well-being of the continent’s economic rejuvenation.
What are the hurdles against MTN Nigeria’s listing in the current fiscal year? And what is the exit plans for Bharti-Airtel operations in Africa? In Tanzania, why is the pioneer national carrier getting a waiver for its listing on the local bourse? Safaricom is inching towards plugging into the 4G network. What is the newest step taken to realise this dream? Vivendi Africa is planning something big for Internet operations in Gabon. What is in the works in this regards? And what is cooking between Airtel and Tigo in Ghana? Get all these details in Telecom and IT Money.
MasterCard is never weary of innovations, this time East Africa is on its digital radar plan. What is in the offing? if Nigeria is kicking against the digital currency, why is its West Africa neighbour Senegal encouraging it? What an exciting contradictions you do not want to miss. You also want to know why Zimbabwe bank suspends the use of Visa Card. There is a great deal awaiting MSMEs in the stable of United Bank for Africa with a special app for merchant across its operations in Africa. What is the essence of Ingenico and Interswitch collaborations for payment solutions in Nigeria? And what is the impact of ATM fraud in 2016 compared with the corresponding years? Get all these details in Cashless World.
Nira Academy and AFRINIC have entered into a partnership. What does this mean for IPV6 certification in Nigeria? And why is Togo enlisting in the West Africa free roaming scheme? Find juicy details in the Wireless World. In Global Scope, ITU has announced a new policy ‘Access to Information’, what does it entails? Yahoo is also planning a rebranding, why is it necessary and where is the offshoot of the new name? What is the latest offering from Intel for 5G? Get these and more from Global Scope.
Was the public angst on data price floor misdirected at the telecoms regulator in Nigeria? Was the NCC guilty as charged or misunderstood on the issue? Business Central provides interesting details. Catch up with some of the revealing happenings in the ICT ecosystem in our News pages.
Microsoft is working hard to support affordable Internet, what is the global corporation doing this time to support this initiative? The global corporation is also in collaboration with Ecobank on digital transformation. What is it all about? Read up what Kenya is doing with digital innovation to drive up literacy. All these and much more in Computer.Com.
Angola is determined to rev up its digital migration efforts. What is she doing with China and other private initiatives? MTN Rwanda is getting in the groove for its TV operations, what is the latest offering that sets tongues wagging? Nigeria’s President Hometown of Daura, Katsina got a digital lift from StarTimes. What is this all about? All these and other details in Digital Broadcasting.
In Consumer Scope, you have the narratives on the science of early morning sex by Professor Oluwatoyin Musa Yakubu of the University of Ilorin. There are other interesting articles in Online Scope, Perspective, Products Review and Digital Cars.
This edition is a bumper for the year start, no doubts. Read ICT news on the go at www.africatelecomit.com.
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