Issue no 321

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Nigeria: the beginning of the end for Africa’s international grey market?

With the new Nigerian telcos offering some of the cheapest prices on the continent for international calls, the VoIP grey market in Nigeria is in a tail-spin. This may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the price arbitrage-based grey market on the continent. However before telco incumbents across the continent break open the champagne to celebrate, they need first to see the painfully low prices that have brought on this decline. Back from a recent trip to Nigeria, Russell Southwood looks at this and other trends that are emerging in this developing market. All the telcos…

Telecoms

NEOTEL GIVES TELKOM SA TASTE OF COMPETITION

Almost a dozen companies are already using the services of Neotel, the new second network operator that officially launched yesterday as a rival to Telkom. Neotel will pump R11bn into…


Telecoms

NEW MOBILE PHONE ENTRANT FOR MOZAMBIQUE HANGS ON FEASIBILITY STUDY

A new mobile phone operator could soon establish itself in Mozambique, said Transports and Communications Minister, Antonio Munguambe last week, reports "Noticias". Currently, there are two mobile phone operators established…


Telecoms

MASCOM DENIES DECEIVING ORANGE SUBSCRIBERS IN BOTSWANA

Mobile phone service provider, Mascom has refuted allegations that it is trying to lure Orange customers by giving misleading information about its rival. Company spokesperson, Odirile Motlhale said Mascom has…


Telecoms

GLOMOBILE AND ALCATEL SET TO LAUNCH 3G IN NIGERIA

The Chief operating officer of Globacom, Mohammed Jameel, has stated that the 3G technology will revolutionize communications in Nigeria. 3G according to Jameel provides a convenient means to send and…


Telecoms

VODACOM GETS FULLY IN TOUCH WITH DRC

Putting people and their families “back in touch” with each other in a vast country is one of the highest added values of operating a cellular company in the Democratic…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Togo Telecoms is still refusing to interconnect with legal VoIP service provider Café Informatique five years after it was set up. Neither the regulator nor the Government have enforced…


Internet

EASSY SPV AGREEMENT SIGNED BY AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS MINUS KENYA

In what has been widely recognized as Rwanda's commitment to the construction of the new East African Sub-marine Cable System (EASSy), President Paul Kagame has asked beneficiary states to forge…


Internet

KENYA LOSES SATELLITE LINK FOR NONPAYMENT

Millions of Kenyans across their country awoke today without access to cheap and easy communication when the company providing satellite bandwidth to more than 500 post offices cut off their…


Internet

IBURST LAUNCHES IN GHANA

The iBurst wireless broadband system is now available in Ghana, after Infinite Stream Ghana recently launched the service in collaboration with BusyInternet. SA iBurst users are now able to roam…


Internet

FREE WIKI ONLINE TEXTBOOKS PLANNED FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS

A US-based initiative plans to make new textbooks available for free on the Internet for university students in developing nations. If the Global Text Project's first book -- due in…


Internet

COFFEE FETCHES RECORD PRICE VIA INTERNET AUCTION IN ETHIOPIA

A co-operatively-grown Ethiopian coffee sold for USD 10.65/lb at an Internet coffee auction held last Thursday, the price setting a record in the history of Ethiopian coffee export, The Daily…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South African technology company Saab Grintek says it is now ready to add WiMAX services to its communications solutions portfolio. The firm has completed several trials of WiMAX equipment…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA PATENT OPPOSITION COULD BE COSTLY

The battle to get a Microsoft-held XML patent overturned may not be as easily won in South Africa as it was in New Zealand last week. And it is likely…


Computing

OVER 80% OF ICT REFORM’S GOALS ACHIEVED IN ALGERIA

Over 80% of the reforms’ goals in new information and communication technologies’ sector (ICT) have been “achieved,” according to Mahieddine Ouhadjj, senior executive at the Post and ICT ministry. In…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Oracle has released another free software tool for building, deploying and managing secure Web applications using only a Web browser. Oracle Application Express Release 2.2 makes it easier for…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian telco Starcomms has expanded its CDMA network with the rollout of new cell sites in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano. Further sites are planned for these cities and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL TO INVEST US700M IN NIGERIA

Celtel, which acquired 65% of V-Mobile in June for just more than US1bn, is investing at least US700m in the next two years to expand its V-Mobile network, reports website…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN FIGURES SHOW VERY FEW HICCUPS DESPITE ERRATIC LOCAL PERFORMANCE

MTN has bounced back from a temporary dip in South African subscriber numbers to claim a pan-African customer base of 24,4-million, generating a net profit of R5,39bn in the six…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RAND VOLATILITY DEALS MUSTEK PROFIT BLOW

Foreign-exchange losses have again severely dented computer manufacturer Mustek's operating profit with the rand's "sudden and sharp" depreciation forcing it to account for R57m in unrealised foreign-exchange losses. Its headline…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (FADES) loaned Morocco 450 million dirhams (about US$50 million) for the expansion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the public…


Digital Content

KENYA AIG TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER AVAILABLE ONLINE

Agents can now buy AIG Kenya travel insurance cover online. Travel agents and brokers can buy the product through an interactive website launched on Thursday. "We are committed to being…


Digital Content

GHANA LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PORTAL

Speaking at the launch of eMartghana.com in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Communications, Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim was happy with the introduction of e-commerce in Ghana and called for awareness…


Web and Mobile Data_old

SABC AND TELKOM APPLY FOR NEW PAY CHANNEL SERVICE

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Telkom have each announced plans to join the subscription channel market. This is in response to an invitation published by the Independent Communications…


Web and Mobile Data_old

E.TV WANTS TO LAUNCH SATELLITE TV

Sabido Ltd, the sole shareholder of free-to-air television service e.tv, has applied for a satellite television subscription broadcasting licence. Sabido's majority shareholder is Hosken Consolidated Investments, a trade-union controlled black…


Web and Mobile Data_old

LETTER FROM NIGERIA: EFCC GOES ON A FOLLOW THE MONEY CHASE WITH SNO GLOBACOM

Money, politics and telecoms are Africa’s constant bed-fellows but no more so than in Nigeria where wherever there are large financial deals, there is always the feeling that the politicians…


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PEOPLE

* Mascom Chief Executive Officer, Jose Antonio Ferreira said this week that he is moving on to other challenges after five years of service at the largest mobile phone service…


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EVENTS

- THE 4TH ANNUAL CTO FORUM 2006 4th – 6th September 2006, London This year’s key focus areas are on realising the socio-economic benefits of mobile communications, policy making to…


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CALL FOR TENDERS

- CALL FOR PROPOSALS (CFP) FOR CONNECTIVITY OF THE EAST AFRICAN INTERNET EXCHANGE POINTS (EAIXP) Latest news: Deadline extended to 15th September 2006 This project aims to keep the East…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* RF PLANNERS – EGYPT A leading client needs RF Planners in Egypt with at least 3 years experience with GSM 900/1800 planning. Candidates should have solid knowledge with Planning…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

* SIEMENS AND VODACOM – TANZANIA Vodacom Tanzania says that it will introduce 3G technology to its local market. Based on the success of 3G implementation in SA, Vodacom Tanzania…