Issue no 358 10th June 2009

Top Story

Google appoints Wananchi’s Mucheru to head up its new operation

Google is moving outside of the continental comfort zones for most global investors, North and South Africa, and is opening its first operation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya has been chosen as the base camp for what is likely to turn into a sub-regional business. It has chosen Joseph Mucheru, former CEO of Wananchi to be its Site Lead- Kenya and although he has barely got his feet under the desk, Russell Southwood spoke to him about what Google might be doing, infrastructure initiatives and Kenya’s media and communications bills. Q: With more competitive markets in Kenya, it’s an exciting time…

Telecoms

REGIONAL MOBILE ROAMING SCHEMES BECOMING ALL THE RAGE

This week Celtel announced that it had extended its regional roaming scheme covering East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) to include DRC, Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon. Upon crossing the border into…


Telecoms

TANZANIA’S TANESCO OFFERS ITS OWN FIBRE SERVICE TO OPERATORS

Tanzania’s national power utility TANESCO has launched its fibre network for use by other carriers in a move that it promises will reduce the price of telecommunications in the country.…


Telecoms

SOUTHERN SUDAN MOBILE OPERATORS GIVEN NATIONAL LICENCES

Sudan’s regulator, the confusingly titled National Communications Corporation has issued the first national mobile licences for two Southern Sudan mobile operators, in an attempt to reduce the licensing confusion currently…


Telecoms

LIBERIA DEBATES BILL TO SET UP INDEPENDENT REGULATOR AND LIBTELCO

Public hearings on the Draft 2006 Telecommunications Act began last week with the joint House and Senate committees on Post & Telecommunications actively listening and sometimes expressing strong but opposing…


Telecoms

Kenyan Ministry Joins Push for Telcoms Tax Cuts

The ministry of Information and Communications is backing efforts by mobile companies to have taxes levied on the industry reduced. peaking during the ITU’s Forum on Telecommunications Regulation in Africa,…


Telecoms

Malawi’s New fixed phone line operator to roll out 80,000 lines in 5 yrs

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) says newly authorised fixed line provider, Access Communications Limited (ACL), has proposed to roll out 80,000 telephone lines to subscribers in five years. acra spokesperson…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Algerie Telecom released its first telephone directory for professionals and the public, the “Professionals Directory”. Presented on the occasion of the 40th International Fair of Algiers (FIA, 2-7 June),…


Internet

MTN Launches Faster Internet in Uganda

MTN Uganda has launched WiMax broadband service that will see individual Internet users and small-scale businesses have access to what it promises will be fast and reliable Internet connections. peaking…


Internet

Government Still Studying Cable Bids in Kenya

The outcome of the national terrestrial fibre-optic project tender will be known in the next few months. Information and Communication Mnister Mutahi Kagwe said bids for building of the infrastructure…


Internet

Only 17 Percent Use the Internet in Rwanda

Only 17 percent of Rwanda's population (which is approximately 1,530,000) access the Internet. This is in spite of Information Communication Technology (ICT) being the government's master card to transform the…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA’S GTS UNVEILS ITS Broadband pricing

Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), a local company known for embracing Broadband over Power Lines technology, has revealed their broadband pricing structures. GTS’s GoalNet broadband services, which make use of Power…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Algérie Télécom has launched its first high speed CDMA2000 1xEV-DO wireless in the local loop (WiLL) services. The new broadband system, which is available to users in the capital…


Computing

Acer still the vendor of choice with Tunisian Ministry of Education

Acer Computer, a Middle East and African supplier of notebook and desktop computers, has signed a deal to supply the Tunisian Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Technology…


Computing

Microchip Maker AMD Aims at South Africa

Microchip manufacturer AMD aims to increase its market share in SA from a mere 5% to 29% in the next few years after opening an office in the country. Although…


Computing

Will E-Learning Make Teachers Redundant?

Does electronic learning (eLearning) threaten to displace the teacher? This question emerged at an international conference held in Nairobi last week, attended by 1,400 people from 88 countries. The latest…


Computing

No Ubuntu Dells for SOUTH AFRICA, yet

Dell last week launched one of their desktops and two of their notebooks with Ubuntu preloaded, causing much excitement among the Linux community. Unfortunately, as it turns out, the launch…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft is boosting its operations in Tunisia . The inauguration on Thursday at la Ghazala technological park in Tunis of the "Microsoft Innovation Center" which is part of a…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Both CV Telecoms and Sonatel get 25% of their revenues from international roaming. Plentiful tourists feed high-cost roaming calls straight into their respective bottom lines. - Mobile operator Safaricom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Raises Us$15m for Nationwide Expansion Drive in Zimbabwe

Mobile telephone services provider Econet Wireless has raised US$15 million for its nationwide expansion drive aimed at improving service and reducing congestion that has dogged the telecommunications sector. Econet was…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Datatec Buys Out Carotek Division

Technology company Datatec has spent $6,9m (about R49,1m) to buy out the information tech- nology division of Carotek in the US, the company said last week. The price will be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOZAMBIQUE BYTES BOUGHT BY LONRHO

Lonrho has acquired 65% of one of Mozambique’s largest commercial Information Technology Solution Providers, Sociedade Comercial Bytes & Pieces, Limitada (“Bytes & Pieces”), which provides turnkey network solutions and maintenance…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom Namibia will launch a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) procurement policy to take a proactive approach in redressing socio-economic imbalances in the country, the company announced. - The Development…


Digital Content

Firefox 2 speaks Afrikaans

The popular Mozilla Firefox web browser has been translated into the South African Afrikaans language. Afrikaans is one of 11 official South African languages. The Afrikaans translation is the work…


Digital Content

Science Vice Minister for Co-Operation On Government's Portal in Angola

The deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta called Thursday, here, for a greater co-operation of government institutions towards the updating of information of the Angolan Government's Web Portal.…


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PEOPLE

- Connie Molusi, the ousted CEO of media company Johnnic Communications (Johncom), has taken up the position of chairman at Telkom Media in South Africa. - Michael Foley has recently…


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EVENTS

- ICTs for Civil Society CONFERENCE June 2007 – South Africa The conference and exhibition organised by SANGONeT will be aimed at increasing NGOs’ awareness of the strategic importance of…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Call for Journalist participation to Web2forDev 2007 The Web2forDev 2007 is the first international conference to discuss how new internet tools commonly known as Web 2.0 can be used to…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

Tunisie Télécom and Cisco - Tunisia According to Telecompaper, Tunisie Télécom (TT) has inked an agreement with Cisco for the latter to offer managed services to the operator’s enterprise customers.…