Issue no 342

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African VoIP report reveals steady uptake of ip among carriers and grey market persisting despite price falls

This week sees the publication of Balancing Act’s African VoIP Markets. This 170 page report provides the first overall assessment of the use of VoIP in African markets that looks at both grey market traffic and the steady conversion to IP by incumbent fixed and mobile operators. In order to give as fuller picture as possible of what is happening, the report’s authors have looked at all aspects of how VoIP impacts on African markets including: the structure of the African international wholesale market; the fall in international retail prices; the size of the grey market and the “value-chain” for…

Telecoms

VIVENDI’S MAROC TELECOM SCOOPS UP GABON TELECOM

The long and winding privatisation process for Gabon Telecom concluded last Friday with Vivendi’s Maraoc Telecom as the winner. There are two parts to the business: Gabon Telecom, the fixed…


Telecoms

CANADIAN SASKTEL GETS MANAGEMENT CONTRACT TO RUN TTCL

Canadian SaskTel has been named as the new management contractor to run TTCL for three years “as a way of preparing Tanzanians to make a smooth and meaningful takeover after…


Telecoms

MALAWI TO GET SNO AND THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

Information and Tourism Minister Patricia Kaliati last week  said government is currently looking for a second fixed phone network operator and a third mobile network to bridge the coverage gap…


Telecoms

SAFARICOM, VODACOM, MTN GO EAST

Cheaper regional call tariffs could be coming down to Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo following the launch of Vodacom Tanzania's, MTN Uganda's and Safaricom Kenya's integrated network last week. Mobile…


Telecoms

KENYAN PHONE FIRMS WANT TAX CUTS FOR WIDER REACH

Mobile telephone companies, Safaricom and Celtel are asking the Government to reduce taxes to enable them offer cheaper calling rates and tap the rural market. The two competitors are unanimous…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN FEC APPROVES N65 BILLION FOR RURAL GSM

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) ordered the release of N65 billion for the provision of infrastructure that would enhance the roll-out of rural GSM in 576 local government areas across…


Telecoms

DAVID TRUMPS AREEBA'S 'GOLIATH '

David Andreas Hesse won his last battle in the Ghanaian courts over his claim that his original 6% shareholding stake in Scancom was wrongfully diluted to 2% by an allegedly…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- LG Electronics has won a contract organised by the GSM Association to produce a low-cost handset for third generation mobile phone networks. The handset will cost around $100, breaking…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Globacom has announced plans to introduce to the market Triple Play, a service that offers high speed Internet, television and telephony over a single broadband connection. In the initial…


Internet

MWEB LAUNCHES WIMAX FOR NAMIBIA

When it comes to deregulation of broadband, Namibia has scored a significant first by deregulating wireless access and awarding the relevant frequencies for the first commercial application of WiMax technology…


Internet

INTERNET ADOPTION BOOSTS ANGOLA TELECOM CAHSFLOW

Angola's incumbent telco Angola Telecom collected Akz 80 million from central Huambo province, in 2006, after its customers improved the paying of their bills, an official source told Angop. The…


Internet

NUMBER OF LOCAL BROADBAND USERS CLOSING IN ON HALF A MILLION IN SOUTH AFRICA

The number of local broadband users is continuing to show a significant percentage growth, and is closing in on the half-a-million mark. Telkom’s ADSL service remains that most popular broadband…


Internet

INTERNET COMPANY INCUBETA GETS R15M FUNDING

The  HBD venture capital fund founded by billionaire Mark Shuttleworth has invested R15m in IncuBeta, an internet marketing company. IncuBeta will use the cash to expand its presence in the…


Internet

NSIMEYONG’S POPULATION IN CAMEROON DRILLED ON INTERNET USE

Officials of a computer training centre have cautioned inhabitants to use its services for academic and research purposes, not illegal adventures. The inhabitants of Nsimeyong neighbourhood in Yaounde have heaved…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- MWEB has selected Billion's standard, wireless and VoIP ADSL modems from distributor and agent Nology. The devices are intended to deliver reliable, fast Internet access to consumers and business…


Computing

TRAINING BENCHMARK FOR SOFTWARE HOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Trade and Industry Department is investing almost R1.5m in a programme run by the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering to make local software developers more globally competitive. The aim…


Computing

COMPUTER POINT ENDS PAPER USE ERA AT UGANDA UNIVERSITY

Computer Point has installed an automated academic records processing system worth $861,784 (about sh15b) at Makerere University. The system will facilitate access of student academic records at the click of…


Computing

WORLD BANK TO FUND ICT BUREAUX IN KENYA

The World Bank will fund the setting up of information communication technology (ICT) bureaux in all constituencies. The establishment of the bureaux or ICT villages is part of a project…


Computing

GAMBIA’S NICE PLANS TO ROLL OUT 75 CYBER-CAFES IN RURAL AREAS

Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communication, Information and Technology, on Monday, formally launched the multi-utility internet café of Next door Internet Communication and Energy service Café (NICE) Gambia Ltd,…


Computing

CISCO TO CREATE TWO COMPANIES IN SOUH AFRICA

The global networking giant Cisco is restructuring its local operations to create two new companies that will be 25% black owned. While Cisco's existing operation in SA will not sell…


Computing

THIEVES TARGET COMPUTER DISKS IN MOZAMBIQUE

Criminals are attacking Mozambican state institutions, and stealing the hard disks from computers, reports Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Citing sources in the Criminal Investigation Police (PIC), the…


Computing

MICROSOFT CHARITY GOING BEGGING IN SOUTH AFRICA

Not enough charities are coming forward with sensible business plans to win donations from Microsoft SA, the company says. Microsoft makes more contributions to social responsibility initiatives than any other…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Senegal signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft. The signing coincides with the opening of the computer software developer's Dakar office. This will be Microsoft's tenth direct…


Computing

CORRECTION AND WHAT READERS SAY

In issue 341 we mistakenly referred to New Skies satellite that was destroyed on launch as NSS9. Of course, it should have been NSS8. Issue 340: Four African countries try…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

CYBERCRIME ABOUT TO TAKE OFF' IN SOUTH AFRICA

An initiative by Standard Bank to tighten the safety of online banking has failed, with fewer than one in seven customers bothering to use the security software. The bank launched…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN MTEL'S MARKET SHARE DROPS

Barely three months after Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTel) was taken over by its new owners, Transcorp, there are indications that the mobile communications firm is yet to find its feet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM SCORES GREEK OPERATORS IN US$4.4 BILLION DEAL

The Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris agreed Wednesday to buy TIM Hellas Telecommunications from two buyout firms in a deal that valued the Greek cellphone company at about €3.4 billion and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIDATA ASIA UNIT LIFTS PROFIT 47 PERCENT

Datacraft  Asia,  a unit of the South African-based IT group Dimension Data (Didata) -- has delivered a 7% increase in revenue for the first quarter to December to $128,7m, it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET SECURES FOREIGN CURRENCY FOR EXPANSION PROGRAMME

Zimbabwe’s largest telecommunications company, Econet Wireless Limited, has secured foreign currency to embark on another multi-million-dollar project to further expand its network from 800,000 to 1.3 million subscribers by the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- MTC of Kuwait is reportedly interested in bidding for a stake in Algeria’s dominant telco Algérie Télécom via its African subsidiary Celtel, according to Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas. MTC joins…


Digital Content

ONLINE MARKET PLACE LAUNCHES OPERATIONS IN EGYPT

Tejari, the region’s leading online marketplace, last week announced the launch of Tejari Egypt, a major new operation and gateway into the North Africa market.  In partnership with Al Ahly…


Digital Content

ONLINE PUBLISHING IS THE DEATH OF NEWSPAPERS

Newspapers are facing the greatest threat in their 400-year history. The rise of the Internet as a publishing medium is undermining, and could ultimately destroy, print as a news medium.…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- According to the latest OPA statistics, Ananzi remains the most popular search engine in South Africa, but its poor search results means that it is fast losing ground against…


Web and Mobile Data_old

DSTV TAILORS SERVICES TO CLIENT NEEDS IN UGANDA

It has been quite a hectic time for DStv in Uganda, and is getting even more so as Multi Choice customer services manager, Patricia Sentongo, explained to Kalungi Kabuye. DStv…


Web and Mobile Data_old

NIGERIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LICENCES 35 BROADCAST STATIONS

President Olusegun Obasanjo has approved 35 licences for private radio and television stations across the country. The licences are for seven television and 28 radio stations. Minister of Information and…


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Convergence News - In Brief

- Pensioners in Zimbabwe have been exempted from buying radio and television licences while other individuals are now allowed to buy a quarterly licence every three months to spread payments.…


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PEOPLE

*Lexmark’ South Africa MD, Hans Horn, has resigned after 12 years with the company rather than accept another posting that would have taken him out of the country. *Mobile phone…


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EVENTS

- BROADBAND SUMMIT 2007 26-27 February 2007, Southern Sun, Grayston, South Africa South Africa faces a huge broadband demand, from all sides. However, the broadband access media and business strategies…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

SENIOR PRE-SALES, MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE, MESSAGING, SOUTH AFRICA. The company is looking for an experienced Senior Pre-Sales Executive to join this recognised industry leader in Telco Infrastructure Software. As part of…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

TERRACOM AND HUAWEI - RWANDA Telecom operatorTerracom  signed a US$1million deal with Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. The latter has been contracted by Terracom to undertake its network expansion project. The…