Issue no 361

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Power to the base stations – a modest proposition

Africa’s mobile operators have achieved an enormous amount in a very short period of time. Their roll-out of mobile services to millions of people has energised the economies of many African countries. However, much of what has been put in place is both costly to operate and requires logistical operations that overcome almost impossible obstacles. Hats off to them because they can do it but is it a sensible way to run a business? One of the largest Sub-Saharan operators has over 5,000 base stations in a single country, many with two back-up generators. Is it in the telephony or…

Telecoms

INTERCONNECTION FEES ROW IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cell C recently claimed that MTN owes them US$28.6 million in interconnect fees related to a Community System Telephone dispute. MTN says they are amazed at Cell C’s claims. Cell…


Telecoms

ICC rules in favour of Orascom Telecom in Chad

Orascom Telecom Holding has announced that the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) panel has issued a final decision in its favour, with financial compensation, in the arbitration action brought by…


Telecoms

Monitoring Group to Address Poor Telecoms Service in Nigeria

In its bid to find a lasting solution to the poor quality of service being provided by mobile telecom operators in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is to…


Telecoms

MTN GOES IT ALONE ON US$1.4 M FIBRE BACKBONE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Cellular operator MTN is spending US$1.4 million to lay a fixed-line cable between Sandton and Rosebank to ease network congestion and give it more capacity to carry data. The move…


Telecoms

UGANDA TELECOM IN $50 MILLION EXPANSION

Uganda Telecom has earmarked $50 million to expand its network coverage across the country. "We are investing over $50million (about Shs80b) in this expansion project that has seen us rolling…


Telecoms

IN BRIEF:

- Kenya’s Information and Communication Permanent Secretary, Bitange Ndemo said that future reduction in mobile phone tariffs will have to await a government study on tax charged on airtime. The…


Telecoms

AREEBA MAKES U-TURN IN ARBITRATION CASE IN GHANA

Scancom Limited, operators of Areeba mobile telecommunications network, has beaten a dramatic retreat from pursuing an arbitration process it filed at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), in the…


Internet

SEACOM BEGINS MAPPING FOR SEABED CABLE IN EAST AFRICA

While progress on a government-backed undersea cable to boost Africa's bandwidth remains embroiled in political bickering, rival cable operator Seacom begun mapping out the ocean bed ready to start installation.Seacom’s…


Internet

GAMBIA’S RURAL WIRELESS EXPANSION IN CRISIS

The Gambia’s efforts to provide wireless telephones to 350 villages have been hampered by insufficient funds, the Communications and Information Technology Minister, Nenneh Macdouall-Gaye, told the parliament.She said for the…


Internet

NEPAD’S BROADBAND PROTOCOL UNDER POLITICIANS FIRE IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has objected to the ratification by Parliament last week of the broadband protocol of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). The grounds for the opposition…


Internet

NIGERIAN FIRM DEPLOYS FIBRE CONNECTIVITY SOLUTION FOR BANK

An Abuja-based IP solutions provider, layer3, has successfully connected Aso Savings and Loans to its Abuja metro fiber connectivity service whereby the bank can enjoy an end-to-end interconnection of all…


Internet

IN BRIEF:

- Altech Stream Rwanda, a subsidiary of South African vendor Allied Technologies (Altech) has been granted a licence to offer broadband in Rwandan cities, using both Wi-Fi and WiMAX. The…


Computing

1,000 MANAGERS TO BE TRAINED FOR KENYA’S DIGITAL VILLAGES

The Kenya government is launching a Digital Village Project to establish information and communications technology centres throughout the country. To jump-start the process, the programme is designed to train 1,000…


Computing

Nigeria Spends US$1 Billion On Software for Banks

Federal Government has disclosed that not less than N127billion (US $1billion) is spent on the importation of software annually for use in the banking sector of the country.Director General of…


Computing

DELL SIGNS MOU TO SET UP OFFSHORING PLATFORM IN MOROCCO

Morocco and the American leading global systems and services company Dell last Monday signed a memorandum of understanding under which the American company will set up an offshoring platform in…


Computing

WORLD BANK BUYS 50,000 COMPUTERS FOR COLLEGUES IN TANZANIA

The World Bank will soon buy 50,000 laptop computers for use by higher learning students in Tanzania. The computers will be supplied by Toshiba and the procuring agency is the…


Computing

ANGOLA IS READY TO BECOME AN INFORMATION SOCIETY

Angola's deputy minister of Science and Technology, Pedro Teta, Saturday in Luanda said Angola is now in a better position to become an information society, thanks to the progress in…


Computing

HP AND UNESCO TEAM UP WITH AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES TO COUNTER BRAIN DRAIN

HP and UNESCO today announced their selection of universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe that will benefit from their joint project “Piloting Solutions for Reversing Brain Drain into…


Computing

IN BRIEF:

- Biblionix has announced that it will donate its Apollo automation system for use at the planned new library of the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC) in Kigali, RNA has…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- After 50 days of operation, Etisalat Misr has announced that it has signed up close to a million customers already. Etisalat launched Egypt’s third mobile network in May, becoming…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KINZ TELECOM’S BID FOR WESTEL IMPLODES – WHERE WAS ETISALAT?

Negotiations between Ghana government and the United Arab Emirates-based Kinz Telecom Group, over the sale of 66.34% stake in the second national fixed line operator, Westel have broken down. Kinz…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TEAMS FIBRE CABLE SHAREHOLDING MEETING SET FOR JULY 4TH

Stakeholders in The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) project will meet on Wednesday this week to discuss the shareholding structure. The project seeks to boost the region's communications infrastructure by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

N29BN DEBT OWED BY NITEL WORRIES TRANSCORP

Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) has unfolded business transformation plans aimed at repositioning its business portfolios, meeting stakeholders' expectations and competing favourably in the global economy.The new agenda, which…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BID FOR BUSINESS CONNEXION BLOCKED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Competition Tribunal yesterday said it had blocked Telkom's R2.4bn takeover bid for IT outsourcing firm Business Connexion Group. The tribunal is expected to release its motivation for the decision…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IN BRIEF:

- As part of its programme to rid itself of debt, Telkom Kenya handed over the Kenya College of Communications Technology (KCCT) to Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) as part…


Digital Content

COURT REFUSE JUDGE’S REQUEST TO BLOCK WEBSITE IN EGYPT

There have been promising developments in the case against judge Abdel Fatah Murad, who has filed multiple fabricated charges against the Hisham Mubarak Law Center and HRinfo, as well as…


Digital Content

FIRMS PUT WEB TOOLS ON CELLPHONES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Local companies Fontera and Jump are adapting internet-based technologies for the small screen as cellphones continue to massively outstrip computer usage.Cape Town's Fontera believes the social networking phenomenon of Facebook…


Digital Content

IN BRIEF:

- SangoTech is an online portal for connecting NGOs with ICT companies wishing to make donations or offer discounts on hardware and software. The programme is seeking local companies to…


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TENDERS

The government of Ghana has published an advert seeking a strategic investor in Ghana Telecom as part of its plans to liberalise the market.The tender says that the government plans…


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PEOPLE

Patrick Bénon has been appointed by the Government to head Benin Telecom.Kris Warreyn has joined Newtec as Vice President Worldwide Sales.Microsoft has appointed Ali Faramawy as vice president, Microsoft International,…


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EVENTS

- SatWiBB Africa: African Satellite & Wireless Broadband Conference & VoIP ForumEAST AFRICA: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 11-13 July 2007WEST AFRICA: Muson Centre, Lagos, 21-23 August 2007Theme: ”Broadband bridges across…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

MPBN Engineer - TanzaniaThe company requires the service of a MPBN Engineer .Applicants have to be proficient in MPBN design guidelines and IP networks in general and should have broad…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

WATANIYA AND ERICSSON -ALGERIAWataniya Algeria has selected Ericsson’s mobile softswitch solution for its nationwide GSM network. The solution will increase network capacity, performance and operational efficiency, allowing Wataniya to meet…