Issue no 328

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GSM>3G Africa 06: masters of the universe face a tougher climb

For the past ten years Africa’s mobile operators have walked on water. They have connected hundreds of millions of people incredibly quickly. They have extended coverage to places where there are no roads or power, making Africa’s telco incumbents look like flat-footed dinosaurs. They literally got Africa talking to itself. Almost everything they touched seemed to turn to gold. But as the growth curve tails off, these new African masters of the universe are facing some fairly serious challenges. At the end of the industry’s annual talk-fest GSM Africa > 3G Russell Southwood looks at the trouble ahead. The mobile…

Telecoms

INTERNATIONAL CALLING PRICE FALLS SPREADING ACROSS EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Dramatic international pricing falls are beginning to sweep across the continent as the dam finally breaks. News Update has reported recently 16 cents a minute to the USA from Nigeria…


Telecoms

Transcorp TO INVEST US$1 BILLION IN NITEL AND MTEL

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp), new owners of Nigeria Teleco-mmunications (NITEL) and its GSM arm, Mobile Telecommunication (MTEL), has unveiled the strategies to be adopted in returning the companies to…


Telecoms

Billing System Failure Costs ETC WELL Over 14min Birr

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) last week disclosed that it had encountered serious problems with its billing system. Amare Amsalu, ETC's CEO, told journalists at a press conference held at…


Telecoms

Red Tape Obstructs MTC's Growth in Namibia

Bureaucratic red tape and long-winded approval procedures meant it took one and a half years for MTC to get the nod for a new base station in Katutura, which then…


Telecoms

MTN Signs Interconnect Agreement With Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria

MTN Nigeria, has signed an interconnect agreement with Nigeria's first interconnect exchange, Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria Limited. At the signing ceremony which took place at MTN's Corporate Headquarters in Lagos, Admiral…


Telecoms

Kenyan police seize stolen copper cable bound for China

Detectives investigating theft of telephone and electricity cables have impounded three containers with copper wires destined for China. The wires are suspected to have been stolen from Telkom Kenya and…


Telecoms

Spectrum split ‘must be bolder’, says Siemens

Regulatory bodies must make bolder decisions when allocating radio spectrum to cellular network operators to create a clearer path for evolution. Spectrum is fought over by cellular networks, television broadcasters,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya has a growing shortage of qualified telecommunication engineers. Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph said that the mobile phone operator has been forced to hire additional engineers from the United…


Internet

ONLY TWO OUT OF SEVEN MOOTED COUNTRIES SIGN EASSY GOVT PROTOCOL IN LATEST ROUND

Earlier in the week 7 African Governments were meant to be in South Africa for a further signing ceremony for the NEPAD Government Protocol. Four failed to turn up for…


Internet

Additional IP range for ADSL users in south Africa

The growth and demand for ADSL in South Africa has necessitated the introduction of an additional range of IP addresses by Telkom. “Telkom will introduce an additional range of IP…


Internet

ALGERIE TELECOM HOPES TO DOUBLE INTERNET SUBSCRIBERS TO SIX MILLION USING WIRELESS LOCAL LOOP

Algérie Télécom says it expects to double its internet subscriber base to six million by 2009 thanks to a new wireless in the local loop (WiLL) deployment and an expansion…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telecom Malagasy is testing Wi-MAX from Alvarion for data and looking forward to the day when it can use it for voice. Mike van den Bergh of Gateway says…


Computing

South African Tech Lobby Urges Mpahlwa to Update Copyright Act

Software and computer technology businesses have called on Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa to make changes to the "archaic and outdated" Copyright Act, which they claim has allowed software…


Computing

South Sudan Eyes Rwanda's ICT Expertise

The Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) is targeting Rwanda as a source expertise in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), its official has said. The Director of GOSS Investment Mission in…


Computing

Electronic Tickets to be tested in Luanda Buses

An electronic tickets system might be used in Luanda's public transport buses, with a view to a tighter control of revenues and reduction in evasions. Under the system, the passenger…


Computing

Shuttleworth backs KDE desktop environment

Celebrating its 10th birthday this past week the KDE project announced that Mark Shuttleworth was to be its first patron in a new financial support programme for the popular desktop…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- President Olusegun Obasanjo said this week that the Federal Government of Nigeria would soon unfold the National e-Health Policy for the country. - The Government of Uganda has instituted…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Eritel, Eritrea mobile operator has announced the expansion of its coverage to the town of Nacfa Nacfa which lies 127 km North-east of Keren.. The company indicated that the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa Nedbank empowers small businesses through mobile technology

Nedbank has developed a mobile, cell phone-based, payment software solution that aims to allow merchants to process credit card payments without needing a point of sale (POS) terminal. The product…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Egypt wants control of HTIL

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom wants to take control of Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd (HTIL), according to a Reuters interview with Orascom chairman Naguib Sawiris. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Orascom took…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Datatec's London Listing Falls Short

Technology group Datatec has raised less than half the cash it hoped to generate through a secondary listing in London, with institutional investors pumping in only £13,9m of the targeted…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South African private operators may soon be competing for a multimillion-rand tender to take over government's national telecommunications networks to make them more efficient and cheaper to run. Telkom,…


Digital Content

Launch of Online News Service in Zimbabwe

Veteran Zimbabwean journalist, Geoffrey Nyarota, has announced the launch of the country's newest Internet publication, The Zimbabwe Times.com, which goes online tomorrow. Nyarota, the founder and editor of the banned…


Digital Content

High Website Costs Hurt Organic Dealers in Uganda

Exorbitant charges levied by local firms that build websites have limited marketing of local produce globally, organic products dealers have said. The dealers said this during a workshop on the…


Digital Content

Cellicium implements Sonatel Mobiles’ USSD browsing solution

Cellicium, a wholly owned subsidiary of Switzerland-based Esmertec, says it has successfully implemented its Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) Browsing solution for Senegalese mobile operator Sonatel Mobiles (Alizé). The new…


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MTN's South African network announced the launch of its mobile TV service

The move is the first DVB-H deployment in Africa and the first mobile TV service on the continent. MTN was the first African operator to launch 3G and the first…


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PEOPLE

Cell-C’s Jeffrey Hedberg explained to the GSM Africa 06 delegates how when he arrived in the company he explained the developing world experience he had had elsewhere. And his words,…


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EVENTS

- ACHIEVING BEST VALUE IN HUMAN RESOURCE AND SKILLS MANAGEMENT USING INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) 23rd-24th October 2006, Johannesburg South Africa. ICT enables Human Resource Practitioners in Africa access to…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

ERP Consultants – South africa Mincom Africa is currently looking for three ERP consultants. They must be bilingual (French & English). Previous experience as a consultant on an ERP system…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TELECOM NAMIBIA AND ECTEL ECtel Ltd. a provider of Integrated Revenue Management™ (IRM™) solutions announced it has been awarded a project for the implementation of FraudView®, its fraud detection and…