Issue no 163

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NEW MODEL INCUMBENT TELCOS - TEN WAYS TO SURVIVE A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

Everybody always talks about African incumbent telcos as if their position is unassailable but they may yet become an endangered species. Some have been battered by aggressive mobile operators, whilst others are in a state of such neglect that it’s hard to imagine how they’ll be revived. For some, civil war has already dealt a mortal blow: the DRC is a case in point. The WTO deadlines for telecoms liberalisation are approaching and although some will drag their feet, there will eventually be some measure of competition in most markets. Competition threatens the whole existing business model of the incumbents.…

Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- Ghana's MTN has offered customers compensation equivalent to 6 minutes worth of free voice calls following network disruption last month.MTN sent text messages to its customers over the weekend…


Telecoms

ALCATEL SPACE WINS US$150 MILLION RASCOM SATELLITE CONTRACT

Alcatel Space has won a $150 million contract to build and deliver in orbit a telecommunications satellite for Africa.Under the agreement with Rascom, the Regional African Satellite Communication Organisation, Alcatel…


Telecoms

DOUBTS CAST ON ROOM FOR THIRD OPERATOR IN EGYPTIAN MARKET

The rough economic conditions in Egypt have taken their toll on the GSM market in the country. The steep devaluation of the Egyptian pound from an average of 3.9 pounds…


Telecoms

IVORIAN TELECOM USERS BODY CALLS FOR CONSUMER RIGHTS

Another African telecom users group is calling for basic rights for consumers. At a recent press conference, l’association des consommateurs de télécommunication de Côte d’Ivoire (ACTCI) Secretary-General Mossou Arsène said…


Telecoms

KENYA’S CCK SELECTS 5 FIRMS TO BID FOR 3RD CELLULAR LICENCE

CCK has announced that five out of six firms that put in bids for the third cellular licence have been shortlisted. The sixth firm failed to meet the stipulated criteria. The…


Telecoms

PROTEK WINS INTERCONNECT DEAL WITH NIGERIAN CDMA OPERATOR

Protek, a supplier of business and operational support systems (B&OSS) to the global telecoms industry last week announced that Starcomms has selected Protek to supply their Interconnect Billing solution. Starcomms…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cellular operator, MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, has attributed recent hiccups on its network to the upgrades and expansion programme which it is currently executing. - Tanzania’s mobile phone customers…


Internet

AFRISPA CHOOSES FOUR HOST COUNTRIES FOR AFRINIC BOT

AfrISPA has chosen four host countries for its AfriNIC BOT at its recent meeting held in Kampala during the AFNOG annual training event: Mauritius as the administrative centre; Ghana as…


Internet

KENYAN COMPANY LAUNCHES INTERNET BANKING PRODUCT IN UGANDA

Paynet, formerly part of African Lakes but now Kenyan-owned, has launched its services in Uganda. With Internet banking, customers can access their bank accounts and make transactions without going to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to the security consultant helping Yahoo Stores, the number of fraud orders coming from Ghana has plummeted since several cybercafes and ISPs agreed to block traffic to Yahoo…


Computing

NAMPOWER SELECTS SUN SYSTEMS FOR SAP/R3 IMPLEMENTATION

In a multimillion Rand deal, the Namibian power generation utility, Nampower, has selected Sun Microsystems to provide the infrastructure for its SAP/R3 enterprise resource planning project. The equipment, including three…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- One thousand jobs should be created at Dimension Data under a newly signed deal to provide call-centre services for a US information technology group.


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FIVE MYTHS ABOUT WI-FI

John Yunker from Pyramid Research debunks five things they say about wi-fi, the buzz technology that Africans are now talking about. MYTH #1 People won’t pay for Wi-Fi if venues…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

JOHNNIC E-VENTURES’ FOCUS ON B2B AND LEARNING MARKETS, UPS EARNING

Johnnic Communications’ (Johncom’s) digital interests, held mainly through Johnnic e-Ventures, has achieved a 35% increase in full-year revenue and a 111% rise in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN SAYS NIGERIAN UNIT MAKES $90 MLN DEBUT PROFIT

The Nigerian unit of South African phone operator MTN said last week it made a pre-tax profit of US$89.7 million in its first full year of operation in Africa’s most…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A consortium of banks which granted a US$170 million (about N25 billion) commercial paper loan facility to MTN Nigeria Communication may extend the maturity to December this year instead…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES AND CORRECTIONS

ISSUE 162: KENYA LIBERALISES UNDER NEW GOVT BUT DELAYS PLAGUE PROCESS I wish to draw your attention to the following with regards to liberalization of the telecom sector in Kenya:…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’S ERIC VAN VEEN ON EXPANDING THE MARKET IN UGANDA

A battle is being fought between mobile operators for dominance on the continent. Two companies - MTN and Vodacom - seem to have the right combination of aggressive business strategy…


Digital Content

NIGERIA’S N100 MILLION VIRTUAL LIBRARY TO LAUNCH IN OCTOBER

Barring any last minute hitches, Nigeria’s proposed National Virtual Library Project (NVLP) will come on stream in October. Peter Okebukola, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), who gave…


Digital Content

DAX CREATES DIGITAL ARCHIVE FOR PRESIDENT OF EGYPT

DAX Archiving Solutions creates digital archive for the President of Egypt This month, Egypt’s largest digital archive will be opened officially by the chairman of the technical committee of the…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- The Afars are in the main a nomadic Islamic people who can be found in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti. A new web site Arhotaba.com gives the background to their…


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PEOPLE

* The President of The Nigerian Information Technology Professionals in Americas (NITPA), Professor Manny Aniebonom to assist Nigeria in the implementation and development of national Information Technology (IT) and telecommunication…


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EVENTS

CYBERSERIES: "SOFTWARE, STARTING UP YOUR OWN", ACCRA (3 JULY 2003) India is making about 50 million dollars in software development. Indications of an emerging economic model for developing countries; what…