Issue no 360 24th June 2007

Top Story

Vyke introduces VoIP retail calls to Africa at near to wholesale rates

A new VoIP reseller called has entered the African market unobtrusively over the last few months and is now selling in some quantity in eight countries. So what you might say? Aren’t they a dime a dozen? Yes, but this one is offering retail prices to key destinations that almost match wholesale prices and claims to be offering high quality calling. Furthermore this is a company that has developed a free SIP plug-in for a Nokia phone and has an ambition to sell minutes to mobile users. Russell Southwood spoke to Havar Bauck, VP-Sales, Africa of Vyke about a company…

Telecoms

SOMALI GOVERNMENT SEEKS END TO TAX-FREE BUSINESS FOR TELCOS

Years of tax-free business that have turned anarchic Somalia into a surprising hub of free-market enterprise may be coming to an end as the government targets the lucrative telecommunications trade.…


Telecoms

THE SH7 BILLION MYSTERY - WHO OWNS MOBITELEA IN KENYA?

The identity of those behind Safaricom's mystery shareholder continues to confound Kenyans many months after a parliamentary investment watchdog began to look into the matter. Nevertheless Nairobi gossip has for…


Telecoms

NCC SANCTIONS MTN NIGERIA FOR POOR SERVICE

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has slammed its hammer down on MTN Nigeria for poor services on its network after several warnings. Henceforth, MTN should submit to the commission on…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AGENCY SIMPLIFIES SPECTRUM LICENSING

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Agency on Wednesday announced a procedural restructuring to enable it to live up to customer demands. The Basic Procedure Restructuring, technically termed as BPR, is said to…


Telecoms

M-CEL APOLOGISES FOR DEFACING WORLD HERITAGE SITE IN MOZAMBIQUE

Mozambique's main mobile phone company, M-Cel, has apologised for defacing the walls of historic monuments on Mozambique Island, off the coast of the northern province of Nampula.The island was the…


Telecoms

IN BRIEF:

- Following numerous public complaints regarding poor quality of communication services experienced at certain locations and times within Ghana, the National Communications Authority (NCA) has intensified its monitoring and evaluation…


Internet

VODACOM PLANS TO OFFER SOUTH AFRICAN BROADAND USERS A SINGLE ACCOUNT TO COVER MOBILE, DSL AND HOT-SPOTS

Vodacom is working on an innovative new broadband account which may allow their subscribers to have a single account across all broadband services. Vodacom is aggressively targeting the broadband market…


Internet

TELECOMS SHIFT BATTLE GROUNDS TO INTERNET IN UGANDA

Uganda's mobile telecommunications market is widely acknowledged as having grown at a terrific speed--at least by sub Saharan African standards. From almost insignificant numbers a decade ago, now more than…


Internet

HOW DO TELKOM SOUTH AFRICA’S WIMAX OFFERINGS COMPARE ON PRICE?

Telkom announced that they will launch their commercial WiMax offering last week week, and that the prices will fall in line with their current ADSL offerings.  Telkom’s will use WiMax…


Internet

ZIM ONLINE INTRODUCES WI-FI HOTSPOTS IN HARARE, BULAWAYO AND MUTARE

ZOL, in conjunction with various coffee shops and hotels that have been labelled ZOLspots, is now offering services whereby customers can access the Internet using laptops and hand-held devices (cellphones)…


Internet

IN BRIEF:

- Malawi incumbent telco Malawi Telecommunications Ltd (MTL) has launched MTL FreeNET, a dial-up internet service for its fixed line customers in the capital Blantyre, via the company’s own ISP…


Computing

FIVE COMPANIES BID FOR GHANA STOCK EXCHANGESE AUTOMATION

Five companies, one local, have submitted bids for the contract to automate the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE). A team constituted by the Exchange will start the evaluation of the companies…


Computing

NEW TUNISIAN AGENCY SET UP TO BOOST E-COMMERCE

A new agency has been recently set up to supervise, guide and advise small and medium enterprises, as well as other enterprises in their e-trading dealings. The agency which is…


Computing

BANKS, ICT FIRMS, OTHERS TO CONTRIBUTE 1 PERCENT PROFIT TO IT FUND IN NIGERIA

A new law has compelled all banks, insurance, informa-tion and communication technology companies to dedicate one percent of their profits before tax to the National Information Technology Development Fund (NITD…


Computing

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT NOW GOES DIGITAL

The Kilimanjaro International Airport is getting more 'cute.' KIA is in the process of becoming the first air terminal in the country to be installed with the state-of-the-art, Common Use…


Computing

IN BRIEF:

- Algeria’s  Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Tayeb Louh called, on to generalise the use of the chip card "Chifa" in all the provinces of the country by…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Mozambique's publicly owned mobile phone company M-cel has announced that it is slashing the cost of calls from the M-Cel network to fixed phones by 50 per cent. This…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SAUDIS UNVEIL US$1BN PLAN FOR AFRICA

Saudi Arabian company HiTs Telecom is making a major push into Africa, with an acquisition under its belt and a $1 billion investment plan.  HiTs wants to set up eight…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UGANDAN MPS QUERY CHINESE FIBRE OPTIC LOAN

Members of Parliament are furious that the government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Chinese firm to construct fiber optic network before the legislature approves a US$30 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SAFARICOM SETS NEW RECORD WITH SH17 BILLION IN PROFITS IN KENYA

Record profits at Kenya's leading mobile phone company will see Sh4 billion in dividends paid out to its shareholders, even as Sh18 billion is ploughed back into new investments. Safaricom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria's NASDRA seeks $100M to buy stakes in RASCOM

The National Space Development and Regulatory Agency of Nigeria (Nasdra) has asked for $100 million from the Federal Government to buy shareholding in the Regional African Satellite Communications Organisation (RASCOM),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

D50 MILLION NEEDED FOR GAMTEL AIRSPAN PROJECT

Mrs Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Secretary of State for Communications and Information Technology has revealed to the National Assembly that Gamtel still needs D50 million for the completion of the roll-out of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELEPASSPORT TO LIST ON JSE'S DEVELOPMENT CAPITAL BOARD

A veteran player in a relatively new aspect of the telecoms industry is going public with a listing on the JSE's development capital board. TelePassport is the country's oldest provider…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IN BRIEF:

- Mauritius Telecom has announced a Rs 6.3 billion turnover and a  Rc 1.9 billion profit after tax  for 2006, an increase of 19% compared to the previous year. Sarat…


Digital Content

UCT’S BUSINESS SCHOOL OFFERS FIRST COURSE ON SHARING BUSINESS INFO ONLINE

Many South Africans have only a vague notion of what wikis, blogs, internet-based social networks and cellphone applications are, but these technologies are changing the way people communicate.A few South…


Digital Content

ZIMBABWEAN EXILES TURN TO THE WEB

Inflation in Zimbabwe is soaring, and its citizens abroad are pitching in to help relatives at home -- giving part of their earnings in South Africa, for example, to Zimbabwean…


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PEOPLE

Désiré Adadja has been appointed  Minister of ICT in Benin replacing Venance Gnigla.Incumbent TelOne managing director Wellington Makamure is leaving after three years at the helm of Zimbabwe's sole fixed…


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EVENTS

- SATWIBB AFRICA: AFRICAN SATELLITE & WIRELESS BROADBAND CONFERENCE & VOIP FORUM    EAST AFRICA: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 11-13 July 2007 WEST AFRICA: Muson Centre, Lagos, 21-23 August 2007 Theme:…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

SERVICE LAYER INTEGRATOR – CONGO DRCThe company is urgently looking for a Service Layer integrator with knowledge of SUN, Oracle, HP Core and Service layer. For further information please contact…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

KENYA WILDLIFE AND UUNET – KENYAKenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has signed a Sh65 million agreement with Internet access provider, UUNET, to provide a converged business communications solution for eight national…