Issue no 301

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DRC heads towards peace with launch of 3G licence process

This week saw a number of ICT announcements from DRC that show the country is heading towards peace. There will be more upsets and diversions but steady progress is being made towards some form of normalisation. DRC has been unusual in that without a telco incumbent and in the absence of a national regulatory writ, innovation (particularly with wireless) has flourished in ways not seen in countries with more settled regulatory regimes. Will this spirit be lost as some form of national Government is put in place after the elections? Russell Southwood looks at the steady stream of ICT announcements…

Telecoms

CHINA LOANS ERITREA US$23 MLN FOR PHONE SYSTEMS

China has loaned Eritrea US$23 million to develop telephone systems, the normally isolationist Horn of Africa state said this week. China has been gradually extending its influence and links with…


Telecoms

MTC BUYS 65% STAKE IN VMOBILE – NO OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION

A Nigerian newspaper is reporting that MTC Kuwait has agreed to buy a 65% stake in Vee Networks, which trades under the brand name Vmobile. The deal was reportedly struck…


Telecoms

QTEL PARTNERS WITH ST TELEMEDIA TO BID FOR EGYPT’S 3RD GSM LICENSE

Qtel announced its joint venture partnership with Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia), a leading information-communications company, to bid as a consortium for the third Public Land Mobile Network licence in…


Telecoms

GAMBIA’S CIT SECRETARY OF STATE JUSTIFIES PRIVATE OPERATOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS LICENCES

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, the Secretary of State for Communication, Information and Technology (CIT), has provided justifications for granting licences to private operators to operate and compete in the international telecommunications environment.…


Telecoms

NCC’S NDUKWE SUGGESTS THAT WEST AFRICAN CALLS SHOULD BE LOCAL

With more people in the rural Africa getting access to telecommunication, indications have emerged that calls within the West African Sub-region will be treated as local calls going by plans…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA TO INSTALL 400,000 LINE CDMA CAPACITY NETWORK

Telkom Kenya is banking on cellular technology to help it curb cases of vandalism that costs the parastatal up to Sh450 million in losses each year. The project will see…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to the Cameroonian government, it has received preliminary bids for a 51% stake in Cameroon Telecommunications (CamTel) from investors based in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.…


Internet

VODACOM’S HSDPA ‘SLOWER THAN ADVERTISED'

One week after the launch of Vodacom's high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), tests have shown that downlink speeds are far less than its advertised 1.8Mbps. MyADSL founder Rudolph Muller, who…


Internet

UGANDA REGULATOR SEEKS CONTROL OF UGANDA'S DOMAIN NAME

If you want to register a domain name with a Ugandan country code, .ug, the man to speak to is Charles Musisi, an Internet entrepreneur who has managed the country's…


Internet

KENYA UUNET IN PACT WITH ITALIAN FIRM

UUNET Communications Limited (UCL) has entered into partnership with an Italian technology firm, Skylogic, to provide broadband services. UUNET Communications Limited general manager, Robert Mugo, said among the broadband service…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA BROADBAND USERS MORE THAN DOUBLE IN NINE MONTHS

There are now more than 200,000 local broadband users according to the latest feedback from the various broadband providers. The 100,000 mark was achieved in the middle of last year…


Computing

NIGERIA: INTEL COMES TO TOWN, SETS UP OFFICE AND INITIATE DIGITAL PROGRAMMES

Finally, Intel is ready to do business in Nigeria. This is after a couple of years of test-running the Nigerian business environment with only a few appointed resellers. Now, Intel…


Computing

UPS DEMAND SOARS IN WESTERN CAPE

Demand for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solutions is surging in the Western Cape, particularly among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as businesses try to cushion themselves from the impact of…


Computing

RWANDA TO INVEST US$3 MILLION IN BUILDING TELECENTRES

Vendors in telecommunication equipment and ICT technologies must be bracing for a lucrative multi-million dollar Community Information Centres' (CIC) project, announced by the government recently. A hefty Frw1.68b (US$3m) will…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer retail shop, PC Outlet, has formally opened its first mega store in Nigeria. The outlet offers a wide variety of leading computer products. PC Outlet will be the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Gambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Gamtel) seeks to deploy at least 290,000 Jamano lines all around the country. Gamtel recognises that the world is now a global village and that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIMENSION DATA BUYS 51% OF SAMEER'S ICL

A South African-based company, Dimension Data, has acquired a 51 per cent stake in the Sameer-owned ICL East Africa, the leading provider of information technology systems in the East African…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SEC SANCTIONS GHANA TELECOM'S US$40M BOND ISSUE

After expressing its displeasure at the way the Ghana Telecom (GT), led by Databank, raised an amount of US$40 million through the issuance of bonds to expand and upgrade its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM SA LOOKS SET TO LOSE ITS STOCK SHINE

Ever since it listed in 2003, telecoms group Telkom has been the darling of the markets. A former state-owned company with a de facto monopoly over SA's fixed line market,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL HAS NO PLANS TO INVEST IN ZIMBABWE, SAYS PIETERS

Celtel International has no immediate plans to invest in Zimbabwe, chief executive officer Marten Pieters has said. Speaking on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television's Conversations programme on Sunday evening,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION:

ISSUE 300 - ALGERIA OPENS UP ITS VOICE MARKET TO VOIP BUT SETS THE BAR HIGH Just wanted to point out a minor error in the latest Algeria article .…


Digital Content

MTN MOBILE BANKING DISAPPOINTS

MTN Banking, the joint venture between MTN and Standard Bank, which hoped to put a bank branch into everyone’s pocket, has not been the success its owners had hoped. Faced…


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PEOPLE

* The most senior Nigerian staff member of MTN, Funke Opeke who was appointed CTO after a long search for a Nigerian replacement for sacked Demola Eleso, has resigned. Opeke…


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EVENTS

- WIMAX & CDMA FORUM 24-26 April, VW Conference Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa The event is being supported by the international CDMA Development Group (CDG) and will include the…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ACCOUNT MANAGER – NIGERIA A International IT company requires an Account Manager to develop and establish strong relationships with key accounts. You must have at least 5 years Account Management…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

- MTN AND HARRIS – ZAMBIA MTN Zambia has selected Harris Corporation to design, build and install new microwave infrastructure for its national GSM network. Harris TRuepoint radios will be…