Issue no 348 1st April 2007

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Telkom Kenya on the block – mobile licence sweetens the package

Telkom Kenya looks set to receive bids to buy it on 14 September with a bid award being made on 25 September 2007, according to the Preliminary Information Memorandum that will be issued to bidders that Balancing Act has seen. This document describes in outline “the metrics” needed by potential bidders. According to the Memorandum, in December 2006 it had “slightly less than 300,000 landline subscribers, with blended ARPUs of $40 per month.” This slightly less is actually specified as “under 280,000” later in the document. Its 174,000 post-paid customers represent 70% of the total post-paid market, both fixed and…

Telecoms

MTN, CELTEL, GLO GET 3G LICENSES IN NIGERIA

At the weekend the Federal Government awarded 3G licenses to Nigeria’s three major GSM companies and a relatively unknown operator, Alheri Engineering Co. Ltd, to enable them expand their scope…


Telecoms

ETISALAT’S KINZ WINS WESTEL BID IN GHANA

The three year wait to see who would buy Ghana’s second national telecoms operator, Westel came to a nail biting close last Friday when, Kinz Telecom was advised by both…


Telecoms

BOTSWANA’S BTC GETS LICENSING ALL CLEAR TO GO INTO MOBILE

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) would soon be competing with Mascom and Orange in the mobile phone sector. The licence is the Government’s way of “fattening the goose” before privatisation. BTC…


Telecoms

CELLULAR COMPETITION FINALLY ARRIVES IN NAMIBIA

Namibia wants to see more investment in the communication sector to ensure the country does not lag behind in the fast pace of evolution in the digital age, Minister of…


Telecoms

STIFF COMPETITION TO DRIVE TELECOM CHARGES DOWN IN UGANDA

The licensing of two more telecommunication firms is set to unleash unprecedented competition as the five companies look to mop potential subscribers. Some industry players are already grumbling about the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Maroc Telecom and  Belgacom have signed an agreement to launch Mobisud in Belgium. The virtual mobile operator will offer communication services targeted at the North African community in Belgium.…


Internet

TELECOM NAMIBIA’S ANGOLAN WIMAX VENTURE AIMS FOR JULY LAUNCH

Telecom Namibia's start-up joint venture in Angola, MundoStartel (MST), says it is making ‘strong progress’ towards the deployment of a WiMAX wireless broadband network and is aiming to launch services…


Internet

IBURST TO LAUNCH NEW BROADBAND PACKAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA

iBurst is set to launch five new packages, ranging between 200 MB and 2500 MB per month. The barrier to entry for iBurst will be lowered with the introduction of…


Internet

GHANAIAN POLICE ON WARPATH AGAINST 419 FRAUDSTERS

Ghana’s Police has issued an alert to the general public about fraudsters (419 people), who are defrauding unsuspecting people, mainly foreigners via the Internet, using the Office of the Inspector…


Internet

HIV-AIDS ONLINE RESEARCH DATABASE SET UP IN NAMIBIA

  Institutions of higher learning in Namibia have created a special database of research documents with regard to HIV-AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, which is freely accessible via the Internet. Launching…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In Nigeria, board members of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) have been appointed.  IXPN is a public-private partnership where all ISPs and content providers are stakeholders; the…


Computing

MAURITIUS TO MAKE USE OF TRANSPORT MODELLING SOFTWARE

In order to make the software bought by the government useful, the officers will have to gather some data like for instance the percentage of cars, lorries and buses that…


Computing

OMATEK COMPUTERS GETS FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA’S SUPPORT

First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) Plc is staking N1 billion in Omatek Computers to finance ownership of computers by Nigerians. The bank has also formally adopted the Omatek brand as…


Computing

UBUNTU FEISTY BETA DELAYED

The beta release of Ubuntu Feisty, the latest release of the popular Linux operating system, has been delayed for a day because of kernel issues. In an email to the…


Computing

GOOGLE INKS SOFTWARE DEALS IN RWANDA AND KENYA

Google will partner with Rwanda and Kenya to make Web communication tools such as e-mail and PC-to-PC voice calling more widely available in Africa, the company said on Monday. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Local Senegalese ICT website, Cipago reported that the European Union has launched the EuroAfrica ICT programme to foster the development of communications and IT project between Europe and Africa.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian mobile operator, Starcomms  has introduced a 'Pay As You Surf' Service. This service will cost a nominal N1,000 ($8)  one-off activation fee payment. With options of N7.40  ($0.06)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA ACQUIRES MULTILINKS FOR $280M

South African fixed-line operator Telkom has confirmed that it has bought 75 percent of Multilinks for $280 million to expand further outside its home base.  This acquisition has already raised…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN TELCOS OBTAIN FREEDOM FROM MULTIPLE TAXATION

New found boldness by the country's judiciary in delivering landmark judgments against other arms of government re-echoed last week when a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos declared null and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SIMBA TELECOM STARTS MONEY TRANSFER SERVICE IN UGANDA

Simba Telecom in association with USAID's Rural Savings Promotion & Enhancement of Enterprise Development have launched a local money transfer service, dubbed Simba Cash. The service will be accessible at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Morocco's second phone operator, Méditel, achieved a USD 54.5Mn net earning in 2006, i.e. a 266% increase compared to 2005. The turnover of the company, present in Morocco since…


Digital Content

GHANA’S  MINISTRY TO REGULATE ONLINE BUSINESSES

The Ministry of Communications is to introduce an Electronic Transaction Law to regulate the activities of Internet users. The Law would regulate electronic signatures, use of credit card and Internet…


Digital Content

BLOG AGGREGATOR OUTED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Mail and Guardian's latest online project, a South Africa-specific blog aggregator called Amatomu has gone live. Built to provide a platform to expose local bloggers to a more mainstream…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Popular UAE-based expat blog Secret Dubai Diary has won the Middle East and Africa prize of this year’s Bloggies 2007 Weblog Awards.


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TEAM NIGERIA GETS ALGIERS 2007 BROADCAST RIGHTS

The Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, (SCSA), owners of the All Africa Games, has ceded the broadcast rights for the 9th edition of the Games taking place in Algiers…


Web and Mobile Data_old

MULTICHOICE SELECTS INTELSAT TO SUPPORT MOBILE TV TRIAL

MultiChoice, a local direct-to-home (DTH) television provider, has selected Intelsat to support its mobile broadcast TV trial in the metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Soweto, Pretoria and Cape Town. The trial…


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GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS CHOOSES NDS CONTENT PROTECTION FOR NEW AFRICAN DTH SERVICE

NDS, a provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, announced that it has been selected by Gateway Communications, a provider of communications services to telecommunications operators and corporations in Africa.…


Web and Mobile Data_old

BROADCASTERS TAKE AIM AT TELKOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Telkom's monopoly on the local loop was an unfair advantage over broadcasters as it would prevent them from offering subscription television over the internet, Khetha Media said in papers filed…


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PEOPLE

Mobile operator MTN has appointed CEOs for its Rwanda and Swaziland operations. Themba Khumalo, currently CEO of MTN Swaziland, has been appointed as the new CEO of MTN Rwanda. Additionally,…


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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

NOMINATION TO THE AFRINIC BOARD This year, two seats will be vacant on the AfriNIC board. They are for the Western Africa sub-region (Primary and alternate - Mandate: 2007 to…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

ALGERIE TELECOM AND SIEMENS - ALGERIA Siemens has won a EUR7 million (USD9.3 million) contract from Algérie Télécom for the supply of wireless broadband equipment, including 12,000 wireless LAN access…