Issue no 343

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The African Lakes sale – questions begin to pile up

The sale of African Lakes (the owner of pan-African ISP Africa Online) has had more twists and turns than a Grand Prix race-track. Everyone involved – those selling the company and the two potential buyers – probably only agree on one thing: the sale ought to have been done by now. Russell Southwood looks at the lengthening number of questions emerging from this deal not yet done. On 28 January 2007 in issue 340 we announced erroneously that African Telecoms Company (ATC) had secured 52.66% of African Lakes and increased its offer to £18.50 a share, giving the deal a…

Telecoms

NCC DEMANDS US$150M FOR 3G LICENCE IN NIGERIA

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has placed a reserve price of US$150 million on its Third Generation (3G) licence that it plans to issue in seven categories through public auction…


Telecoms

AREEBA DRAGGED TO COURT AGAIN IN GHANA, THIS TIME OVER QoS

A class action has been taken against Scacom Ghana Limited, operators of Ghana’s biggest mobile phone network, Areeba, for violating relevant provisions of the National Communications Authority (NCA) Act and…


Telecoms

EGYPTIAN MOBILE MARKET STILL LAGS NEIGHBOURS - BUT SIGNS OF LIFE VISIBLE

Following Vodafone's fourth quarter KPIs late last month, its competitor in Egypt, Mobinil, has also now released results - in advance of disclosure from its parent entities Orascom and Orange…


Telecoms

GEMTEL-UTL DEAL FACES TERMINATION IN UGANDA

Parliament is scrutinising the multi-million Gemtel-Uganda Telecom interconnection deal with a possibility of terminating the contract. This comes after the Information and Communication Technology Minister Ham Mulira, and the Uganda…


Telecoms

MOBILE PHONES TO HELP AFRICA'S HEALTH WORKERS

Mobile phone companies have announced a new US$10 million initiative to help health workers in Africa deliver quality services to HIV/AIDS patients. The Phones for Health project will equip workers…


Telecoms

EMERGING MARKETS SPELL GOOD NEWS FOR THE TELECOMS INDUSTRY

By 2010, 87% of all new subscribers joining a cellular network will live in developing countries, up from an already sizeable 50% of new customers today. Rapid economic and population…


Telecoms

ETC PROVIDES DIGITAL EXCHANGE TELEPHONE SERVICES IN ETHIOPIA

Some 42 woreda towns of Somali State have reportedly got access to digital and exchange telephone services. Jijjiga ETC Office Manager Tesfahun Wubishet told WIC Wednesday that activities are also…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Namibia’s sole operating cellphone company, MTC, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Motorola and the GSM Association to carry out a trial for wind and solar…


Internet

MINISTER ERWIN SAYS INFRACO WILL ‘BRING DOWN SA’S HIGH TELECOMS COSTS’

The new state-owned broadband entity, Infraco, "is not a telecommunications company" and its activities will complement those of state-owned Sentech as well as helping to bring down SA's high telecoms…


Internet

TYCO WINS CONTRACT TO BUILD KENYAN GOVT’S FIBRE CABLE

Communication in Kenya is to set for a major revolution, following the start of an undersea fibre optic link to the rest of the world through Fujairah in the Gulf…


Internet

INDUSTRY POURS COLD WATER ON GOVT PHONE RATE CONCESSIONS FOR JUST 10 CALL CENTRES

It's too little, too late, say industry players of government's planned cut-rate bandwidth for 10 call centres. President Thabo Mbeki told the nation last week during his opening address at…


Internet

THREE WOMEN PLEAD GUILTY TO INTERNET SCAM IN ZAMBIA

Three women involved in a highly sophisticated internet operation and siphoning of over K66 million from various dollar and Kwacha accounts using forged Visa and Master cards yesterday pleaded guilty…


Internet

ALTECH WINS TEST WIMAX LICENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Altech is making another bid to become a telecommunications operator after winning a test licence for mobile WiMax technology. The company is working with Samsung Electronics to set up a…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- During the presentation of the new presidential measures to modernise education and stimulate vocational training in schools, the Tunisian Minister of Education and Training, Dr Sadok Korbi, announced that…


Computing

MORE SCHOOLS CONNECT TO ETRANZACT PAYMENT SYSTEM IN NIGERIA

ETranzact's payment system would like to become the preferred mode of payment in Nigeria's tertiary institutions, as many more institutions have inaugurated the payment system. In a statement made available…


Computing

PIRATED SOFTWARE FLOODS MARKET IN KENYA

Eight out of every ten (80 per cent) computers in Kenya operate on pirated software, says Microsoft. The firm's East Africa anti-piracy manager, Abed Hlatshwayo says only a minimal number…


Computing

LINSPIRE SWITCHES TO UBUNTU

Canonical and Linspire last week announced a deal that will see Linspire building its Linspire and Freespire Linux distributions on Ubuntu and Ubuntu users gaining access to Linspire's click and…


Computing

INFORMATIX OUT TO REVOLUTIONISE IT IN MALAWI

New but fast growing information technology company Informatix Limited says it is geared to reduce challenges faced by companies and individuals concerning IT in the country. Informatix managing director Chris…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Rwanda and the United States February 12 signed a joint declaration, aimed at sharing experiences in science and technology. The Joint Declaration of Understanding was signed by the Minister…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Incumbent telco Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has launched its government-backed Tswapong Rural Telecom Project, which will bring communications to seven hitherto under-served villages in the Tswapong area in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPTIAN MOBILE OPERATOR ORASCOM POISED FOR SHOPPING SPREE

Egyptian mobile operator Orascom Telecom has the cash to make an acquisition of up to US$5 billion, Chief Executive Naguib Sawiris told MarketWatch in an interview Wednesday. But the ambitious…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MILLICOM RELEASED STRONG FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR 2006

Millicom International Cellular which has operations on Latin America, Africa and Asia announced strong results for the quarter and year ended in December 2006. According to Marc Beuls, its CEO…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN, GSMA AND OTHERS TO PILOT MOBILE MONEY TRANSFER

The MTN Group has announced its participation in the GSM Association (GSMA) pilot programme, which is aimed at enabling the world's 200m international migrant workers to easily and securely send…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BYTES PUTS MICROSOFT STAKE IN GROUND WITH ACQUISITION OF SILVERMINUTE

In a move which will bolster its Microsoft division, Bytes Systems Integration (Bytes) has acquired Cape Town based specialist Microsoft business solutions company Silverminute. The acquisition enhances Bytes' ability to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Delegates of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) countries met last week to discuss “ The Development of the Banker's Card in the Maghreb,” recommended to make further efforts to…


Digital Content

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF RIGHT TO FOOD

FAO last week announced the launch of an interactive web site on the right to food, providing practical information for policy-makers, legal practitioners, civil society members, UN staff, academics and…


Digital Content

WEB 2.0 CAN BENEFIT THE WORLD'S POOR

The term 'Web 2.0' captures the transition of the worldwide web from flat websites offering static information to a new computing platform independent of earlier shackles. The applications available include…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Senegalese newspaper “Sud Quotidien” has “revamped” its website. Readers in Senegal and abroad will enjoy better accessibility when logging on www.sudonline.sn/


Web and Mobile Data_old

DSTV UNVEILS SEASON'S CALENDAR IN UGANDA

Satellite television Dstv, unveiled the jammed packed Supersport calendar for 2007 yesterday at Kabila Country club. At the ceremony also attended by Cranes coach Laszlo Csaba, Multichoice's public relations officer…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BENIN ALLOCATES 1.7 BILLION FCFA FOR PUBLIC MEDIA

The Benin government will disburse over 1.7 billion FCFA to finance priority and urgent needs of public media. According to a statement published Wednesday in Cotonou by the Benin cabinet,…


Web and Mobile Data_old

UDCAST AND NEWTEC TO LAUNCH SATELLITE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR MOBILE TV VIA DVB-H

UDcast, a provider of solutions that enable the delivery of IP television to mobile devices, and Newtec, a leading manufacturer of satellite communication equipment and systems, last week announced a…


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PEOPLE

Celtel Group’s Founder and Chairman Dr Mohamed Ibrahim received the 2007 GSM Association Chairman’s Award DataPro has reorganised its board and has appointed Dr Lulu Gwagwa and Thierry Dalais as…


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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

GHANA'S NATIONAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION www.believebegin_become.com PROJECT MANAGER – SOUTH AFRICA The company is currently looking for a good Project Manager with excellent 3G & GSM Skills. The tasks involve…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

CELTEL AND MOTOROLA – NIGERIA Celtel Nigeria has entered into a $50 million (about N6.5 billion) deal with telecoms equipment manufacturer Motorola, for the Nigerian telco's network expansion programme. The…