Issue no 304

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MTN’s purchase of Cameroonian ISP may spell the end of independent ISPs

Africa’s largely small ISPs are under threat from all sides. The launch of broadband by the telco incumbents in an increasing number of countries has shifted the balance of market power decisively back in the direction of the telco. Most of Africa’s regulators are lagging behind the position in addressing the issues raised by DSL broadband roll-out. Unified licences mean that services defined by technology will disappear. Powerful mobile companies are now wanting to make sense of expensive upgrades like GPRS and are looking to add Internet operations. The purchase of GlobalNet in Cameroon by MTN may be the first…

Telecoms

MTN TO SPEND $5.5BN TO BUY OUT INVESTCOM

MTN shares took a brief pummelling last week on news that it plans to spend $5.5bn to buy out Beirut-based Investcom, a move that will almost double its geographic footprint…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S BPE DROPS BIDDING AND ADOPTS NEGOTIATED SALE FOR NITEL

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has dropped competitive bidding process in the privatisation of the NITEL in favour of a negotiated sale following the failure of several attempts to…


Telecoms

THIRD GSM LICENCE IN EGYPT ATTRACTS RUSSIAN INTEREST

Russia’s largest mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has found a local partner to participate in the tender for a third GSM license in Egypt, Vedomosti and Kommersant business dailies reported…


Telecoms

CELTEL DANGLES OVER $500M FOR ANGOLA, GHANA AND SENEGAL

Celtel International is looking to expanding into Angola, Senegal and Ghana, at a pricey US$500 million, according to East African Business Week. While on a working visit to Kampala last…


Telecoms

UGANDAN GOVERNMENT TO DELAY NEW TELECOM POLICY

The government will not prioritise the consideration of the draft for a new telecommunications policy, defying mounting pressure from industry actors and potential investors, who have lambasted it for allegedly…


Telecoms

MIC IN $1M REBRAND AS TIGO  IN TANZANIA

MIC Tanzania (Mobitel) has invested US$ 1 million to change its business logo from the current Buzz brand to the new international cellular brand called Tigo. Rowald Mtawali, MIC project…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA TO INVEST IN MODERNISATION AND RURAL CONNECTIVITY

Telecom Namibia plans to spend N$240 million this year in modernising its infrastructure and in boosting connectivity to rural areas, managing director Frans Ndoroma said. "We are planning to modernise…


Telecoms

BENIN: NEW TELECOMS REGULATOR SUSPENDED

During an extraordinary Council of Ministers that took place on the 1st of May the new government of Benin headed by President Yayi Boni has suspended the new telecommunication authority.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The High Court of Justice in Cape Verde has ordered the suspension of the governmental decree ending the exclusivity regime of the supply of fixed line services  by Cabo…


Internet

KENYAN GOVERNMENT DECIDES TO GO IT ALONE ON EASSY

The Kenyan Government has decided to go it alone in the construction of a Sh15 billion fibre optic undersea sea cable system connecting it to the rest of the world.…


Internet

FIXED LINE SERVICES MAY BE OUTPERFORMED BY WIRELESS BROADBAND IN SOUTH AFRICA

Wireless broadband services in South Africa look set to experience higher growth than the fixed line offerings. This is according to Michelle Branco, product marketing manager for Internet Solutions (IS)…


Internet

WIRELESS BROADBAND TO CUT INTERNET COSTS BY 30 PER CENT IN KENYA

The battle for control of wireless broadband Internet connectivity has risen a notch higher following the introduction of iBurst technology in the Kenyan market. The technology, a product of Africa…


Internet

BETTERCOMPUTER SUPPLY HITS INTERNET CAFES HARD IN UGANDA

City Internet café proprietors are crying foul over increased supply of computers and computer accessories coming into the country. The increased supply has enabled most Internet café users to own…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Gambian Secretary of State MacDouall-Gaye held discussions with officials of the AU in a bid to participate in the Pan-African e-Network project. The project is aimed at connecting…


Computing

AFRICAN JAVA DEVELOPERS FIRST RATE, SAYS GOSLING

Java inventor James Gosling believes Africa has the upper hand when it comes to adopting new technology because it's free of many of the constraints that frustrate progress in the…


Computing

SCARCE SKILLS STILL THE TOP EARNER IN IT INDUSTRY

Technology workers are still enjoying higher wages than people in most other industries, although their conditions have toughened a little over the past few years. Chief information officers earn an…


Computing

ALGERIA’S EEPAD TO OFFER LOCALLY ASSEMBLED LAPTOPS FOR DA49,999

In Algeria the distance vocational learning establishment (EEPAD) will shortly put on sale laptops that cost 49,999 DA inclusive of tax for students and pupils, Nouar Harzallah, the establishment's President…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The University of Namibia (Unam) is to establish a faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at its Northern Campus to be located at Ongwediva. Another important partner in this…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

 - Since 1st of May there is one additional digit to add to a phone number in Chad. From now on users have to dial 6 in front of an…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SHARE PRICE SURGE AND SOLID RESULTS ALLOW INFOWAVE TO RAISE DIVIDEND

Software company InfoWave has increased its dividend to 3.67c a share after reporting solid results for the year ending February 28. CEO Tiffany Dunsdon said that represented a dividend yield…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

US$100M GSM COMPANY IN THE OFFING IN GAMBIA

Abubacarr Malamin, Corporate Secretary of West Coast Investment Ltd., a Nigeria-based company, has disclosed that his company plans to invest US$100 million in the telecommunications industry in The Gambia. He…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN TELKOM FACES RIVAL IN BID FOR BUSINESS CONNEXION

Telkom's R2.4bn bid for Business Connexion is under threat after an unknown rival launched a potential counter-offer -- with all the indications pointing at a foreign company looking to buy…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Amalgamated Electronic Corporation (Amecor) was on the lookout for new acquisitions in manufacturing, distribution and electronic technology, group CE Dereck Alexander said. Amecor is the holding company of FSK…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS: ISSUE 303: THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA

We failed to anticipate MTN’s bid for Investcom. However, the company has had to borrow US3.8 billion and will have to craft a management structure that can manage companies from…


Digital Content

NAMIBIANS TO GO HOUSE HUNTING ON LOCAL WEB

House hunting has been made easy with the launch of a property web portal 'Property.com.na'. The website allows visitors to find property of their choice to buy, rent or sell…


Digital Content

ZAMBIAN STATE HOUSE WEBSITE ON LINE

The State House website is now on line, chief policy analyst for Press and public relations at State House, David Kombe, has announced. Kombe said in a statement in Lusaka…


Web and Mobile Data_old

UGANDA MULTICHOICE AGREES POWER DEAL WITH UECI

Multichoice Uganda agreed a partnership deal with Uganda Electronics and Computer Industries (UECI) to exclusively offer an alternative power supply solution to its subscribers. The deal that will benefit Multichoice…


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PEOPLE

* Emilienne Macauley has been appointed as the new general director  of  Celtel Madagascar (ex-Madacom). She replaces Parwez Jugoo who has managed the mobile operation over the last 8 years.…


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EVENTS

- AFNOG WORKSHOP ON NETWORK TECHNOLOGY 7 - 12 May 2006, Nairobi, Kenya. Further information and application forms are available at http://www.afnog.org/afnog2006/workshop/. -  VOIP WORLD AFRICA 2006 8 – 11…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* INTELLIGENT NETWORK / CHARGING SYSTEM ENGINEER – KENYA The client is urgently seeking an experienced Intelligent Network engineer who has gained recent exposure within the Charging System 3.0. The…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHO?

- SOTELMA AND SIEMENS – MALI Sotelma has contracted Siemens to upgrade its mobile network to GSM 900 standard. The contract awarded to Siemens is for an amount of 1.5…