Issue no 347 25th March 2007

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African satellite prices rise in the wake of NSS8 burn-out

At Satcom Africa 2007 in Johannesburg this week, industry players were all talking about the shortage of satellite capacity in Africa following the failed launch last January of the NSS8 satellite commissioned by New Skies (now owned by SES-Americom). Satellite operators and satellite connectivity providers alike made plain that the shortage is real. Just back from the conference Isabelle Gross was unable to get any clarity as to how bad the shortfall actually is, and which countries in Africa will be the most affected. In the absence of hard facts, the “rumours mill” has already begun to fill the gaps.…

Telecoms

Senegalese Sonatel snaps up West African mobile licences

France Télécom (FT) has announced that its 42.33%-owned Senegalese subsidiary Sonatel has acquired two mobile phone operator licences – one each for Guinea-Bissau and Guinea in West Africa. No financial…


Telecoms

BTA Ready for Service-Neutral Licensing in Botswana

Telcomms regulator, the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) has announced that it is ready to receive applications for service neutral licences after a policy sanction last year. Headed by Thari Pheko,…


Telecoms

New Phone Company Takes Off in Uganda

A new telecom company, the Saudi-based Hits Telecom, has started operating in Uganda alongside MTN, Uganda telecom and Celtel. Its local partner is Veritus Communications. "Clearly, there is need to…


Telecoms

Ghana MTN-Areeba Turn Guns On Rawlings

MTN/Areeba have turned the guns on ex-President Jerry Rawlings in a surprise deposition submitted to an English law firm representing them in a legal action by two Ghanaian shareholders, who…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Millicom Group has renewed its contract with Mach which provides roaming to over 280 million subscribers over Latin America, Asia and Africa. - Uganda MPS want the former Posts…


Internet

MTN in Talks Over WiMax Facility in South Africa

MTN is holding discussions that could see it building WiMax technology into its networks by working in partnership with a company that holds one of the coveted licences. MTN has…


Internet

Ethiopia installs fibre-optic network and gets a loan from Chinese company

Ethiopia has installed a new USD68 million fibre-optic network that will boost international communications and lower costs, according to an official at state-owned Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC). ETC spokesman Abdurahim…


Internet

Internet providers at war in South Africa

But while the price war is brilliant for existing users, it is unlikely to pep up the stagnant demand among new users. The way things are going, South Africans may…


Internet

Fresh Snarl-Ups in Kenya’s Fibre Optic Cable Project

Controversy is simmering between the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Information and Communications over the procurement for a multimillion-dollar plan by Kenya to build a fibre-optic…


Internet

Rural Eastern Cape to get wireless broadband and VoIP calls

A project to roll out WiMAX broadband services in the Amathole district of the Eastern Cape will offer local residents and businesses access to high-speed Internet access and free VoIP…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Algerie Telecom is close to launching its first WiMAX wireless broadband networks in three cities. Algérie Télécom is reportedly looking at deploying WiMAX in Algiers, Boumerdes and Blida, with…


Computing

Ethiopia Needs $800,000 in Preparing Forum to Host 'World Technology Forum'

Ethiopia will host the World Information Technology Forum in August this year, the Ethiopian Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA) announced last week. Speaking at a symposium, EICTDA, Director…


Computing

Pharmacy system using Ubuntu to fight AIDs

Written in Java and released under the GPL, iDART (intelligent Dispensing of Antiretroviral Treatment) is a pharmacy system designed for use at antiretroviral (ARV) pharmacies in the public health sector.…


Computing

Concerns Over Software Piracy in the Nigerian IT Market

Pirated software products seem to have resurfaced in the Nigerian IT market, despite continued efforts by both private and the public sector to stem the rise. However, can it be…


Computing

$250 000 prize for best 3rd world lab design

AMD and Architecture for Humanity have announced a prize of $250 000 for the best design for a computer lab that can be adapted and implemented in third-world countries. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya has set up a new parastatal to spearhead development of information and communications technology (ICT) in the country. The Kenya Information and Communications Technology Board will advise the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

-Mobile operator , Celtel in Niger has announced an investment of 23 billion CFA francs for 2007 in order to expand and improve its network coverage. - The global trade…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

State to Offer R1bn Lure for Call Centres in South Africa

Government has earmarked R1bn in investment incentives over the next five years to lure international business services to SA to boost job creation and increase foreign direct investment. The plan,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Altech acquires minority interest in Altech NamITech

Allied Technologies (Altech) and Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the German smartcard company, have concluded an agreement whereby Altech has acquired G&D's minority interest in Altech NamITech. Altech has acquired G&D’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt reports 16% boost to net profit

Telecom Egypt has reported that in the twelve months ended 31 December 2006 it generated EGP9.5 billion (USD1.68 billion) in sales, an 11% increase on the previous year’s figure. EBITDA…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda Telecom Denies Buy-Out By Libyan Firm

Uganda telecom (utl) has denied media reports that claimed Libya Africa Portfolio's (LAP) Green Com had acquired majority shares in the telecommunications company. "This is not factual. Uganda telecom has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Libya will privatise its Madar phone network but foreign investors will get no stake in the firm, Libya's economic reform champion Saif al-Islam, a son of leader Qadhafi, said.…


Digital Content

Kenya Takes Public Job Applications Online

People can now apply for Public Service Commission jobs online. The commission launched automated recruitment to improve service delivery. The Head of Public Service, Francis Muthaura, said the move is…


Digital Content

Bourse News to Be Accessed From Mobile Phones in Uganda

Mobile phone users can now get instant stock prices following the launch of an initiative by the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) and SMS Media. Simon Rutega, the USE chief executive…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Lagos Resource Center is partnering with some Catholic professionals known as Lumen Vitae Communications to launch a new web portal called Luvit-ng.com. This is designed to answer questions…


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Sentech Seeks Extra Government Funding for 2010 Broadcasts

Cash-strapped state-owned broadcasting signal distributor and multimedia service provider Sentech is busy making preparations for the 2010 Soccer World Cup and hoping it will receive more funds from the state…


Web and Mobile Data_old

First Locally Made Cartoon Film Released in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian-made film, believed to be instrumental in entertaining and educating Ethiopian children was inaugurated last week. The film is seen as a pioneer in a country where Ethiopian-made cartoon…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Kenyan journalist arrested over 'sex scandal' Weblog

Kenyan police Wednesday arrested a journalist who recently resigned from the country's largest media group over an alleged sex scandal in the firm, his lawyer said. At least 10 officers…


Web and Mobile Data_old

MaliAn radio targeted over critical broadcasts in wake of presidential polls

A private radio station in the central town of Markala was given an eviction notice by authorities last week, after airing broadcasts critical of President Amadou Toumani Touré ahead of…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Convergence News - In Brief

- Kenyan broadcasters are set to replace the older analogue equipment with digital technology by 2015, the information and communications technology minister, Mutahi Kagwe, has said. - The Higher Radio…


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PEOPLE

South Africa's MTN Group says that it has appointed Eric Tronel as chief executive of MTN Congo. John Joseph has been appointed CEO of Africa Online. He was the current…


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EVENTS

- The African E-Gov Forum'07 27th - 29th March 2007, Accra, Ghana The forum in Accra, Ghana, will discuss pan-African issues and methodologies within E-Governance.The event will provide a unique…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

STRATEGY CONSULTANT TELCO - CENTRAL AFRICA The ideal candidate will be required to provide the strategy and marketing support to new telco that is planning to launch a new mobile…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

URA AND UTL - UGANDA Uganda Revenue Authority has contracted Uganda Telecom to roll out a voice and data communication network, aimed at transforming and improving revenue collection in the…