Issue no 365

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Buyer beware: Maroc Telecom mired in fall-out from Gabon Telecom purchase

Vivendi-owned Maroc Telecom’s acquisition of Gabon Telecom highlights the pitfalls for any potential buyer of the current crop of African telco incumbents. When you open the cupboard, all of the skeletons come falling out: some you knew about when you bought the company and some you didn’t. Russell Southwood looks at Maroc Telecom’s current sea of troubles. In February 2007 Maroc Telecom announced it was going to spend US$79 million buying Gabon Telecom. For some there were gasps of amazement as this is a privatisation process that dragged on for a number of years and the Government of Gabon seemed…

Telecoms

Seacom’s undersea cable forges ahead while CCK announced Five Firms Qualified on Bid to Build Cable in Kenya

Kenya's telecoms regulator said that five telecoms firms had qualified to bid for the construction of a submarine fibre-optic cable linking Mombasa to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The…


Telecoms

Rwanda’s Government to buy back Terracom Communications

After months of uncertainty and blame game, the Rwandan cabinet has decided to buy-back its telecommunications company from controversial youthful American Tech entrepreneur Greg Wyler.Essentially the highest political decision making…


Telecoms

Uganda Telecom Goes Borderless

In a surprising modesty uncharacteristic of Uganda's telecom industry, Uganda Telecom has pulled off a major one but refrained from pomp.The company has struck an agreement with Kenya's telecommunications behemoth,…


Telecoms

Econet is finally Authorised to Launch Third Mobile Network in Kenya

The Kenyan government has announced that South Africa-based Econet Wireless has been cleared to proceed with the construction of the country's third mobile network.Speaking on Kenyan television, the Kenyan Minister…


Telecoms

Namibia’s Communications Bill set to boost the Sector’s Growth

Prime Minister Nahas Angula says the Information Communications Bill is not designed to fulfil the expectations of only one institution, but the sector as a whole.Addressing the opening of a…


Telecoms

IN BRIEF:

- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed into law the Liberia Telecommunications Act of 2007 which establishes separate regulatory and policy making agencies to standardize the Telecommunications sector in Liberia.-…


Internet

New Wireless Internet Service gives wings to Tanzania

In three months Tanzania will be braced with one of the world's fastest, cheapest and most reliable communication technologies.This comes after the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) granted an International…


Internet

Neotel’s Neolink off to a good start in South Africa

Neotel launched their Neolink leased line services earlier this year, and the initial market response has been positive the company says.Neotel launched its National Private Leased Line services – called…


Internet

Makerere University in Uganda in Sh900m Internet Debt

Uganda telecom has disconnected internet services at Makerere University over a sh900m debt. The university is indebted to three internet service providers.An internal communication stated that due to unpaid debts,…


Internet

Botswana’s Musician Threatens to Sue for Copyright Violation through the Internet

Internet surfing led a Botswana musician to some interesting discovery. While surfing the net early this year, jazz/fusion musician Nick Ndaba found his album, Dawn of Bojazz on sale at…


Internet

IN BRIEF:

- As of June 30th, Morocco counts 444,633 broadband connections, an increase of 10% over the last three months. The number of dial up connection carries on its decline to…


Computing

Raids in China to limit software piracy in Nigeria

The fight against computer software piracy in Nigeria has received a boost following raids and arrests made in southern China over the last two weeks – the result of the…


Computing

Pay-As-You-Go Microsoft Software for the Developing World

In South Africa, a legal copy of the Professional version of Microsoft Office can cost more than $700. That makes the software beyond the reach of many personal-computer users, and…


Computing

Primary Schools Grapple With Digital Technology in Senegal

In the poor fishing neighbourhood of Guele Tapee in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, a small school sits wedged between a run-down cemetery and a craft market. Piles of rubbish line…


Computing

IN BRIEF:

- Companies looking to dispose of old PCs in an environmentally friendly but secure way can make use of a new charity backed by Microsoft which sends refurbished computers to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ghana Telecom in partnership with Black Star TV says that it has launched a mobile TV service, the first on the Ghanaian market, with offerings of 6 TV channels,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTC/Celtel Sign $320m Financing Deal for expansion

Officials of MTC / Celtel and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) - the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, have signed a $320 million deal, the first largest…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Reports Positive Growth in South Africa

As at 30 June 2007, Vodacom Group recorded 32.4 million customers across its networks operating in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Mozambique, reflecting a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom’s revenue up by 19.5% and Meditel reaches 6 millions subscribers

Morocco's second phone operator, Méditel, reached, up to the end of the first half of 2007, six million subscribers.The company's CEO, Inigo Serrano, noted that the Moroccan mobile phone market…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cheap MTN Shares Offer Opens in South Africa

The application period of the National Empowerment Fund's (NEF's) Asonge share scheme for MTN shares, which is intended to bring more black South Africans into the economic mainstream, officially opened…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IN BRIEF:

- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) approved a US $ 50-million senior loan under its private sector window in support of a Regional African Satellite…


Digital Content

Africa is attractive for mobile banking

Cellphone banking in Africa is seeing faster uptake rates than those experienced in South Africa (SA).This is according to First National Bank (FNB) cellphone banking CEO Len Pienaar, who says…


Digital Content

Nashua Mobile helps Stats SA to dispense R1.2m of prepaid airtime to field workers

Nashua Mobile helped Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) to ensure that the Community Survey 2007 ran smoothly by providing the organisation with a solution that allowed it to dispense prepaid…


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PEOPLE

- Novell’s South Africa’s country manager Stafford Masie has resigned in order to establish and head up the local operation of Google.- The Computerise Nigeria Project (CNP) has appointed a…


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EVENTS

- TELECOMS WORLD AFRICA31st July - 2nd August 2007, Johannesburg, South AfricaKey decision-makers in South Africa and leading international players will share their expertise and forge invaluable business relationships in…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Transmission implementation engineer - UgandaThe company is looking for a transmission implementation engineer.The engineer will supervise the installation of the outdoor and indoor units, configuration, panning and traffic routing. He/she…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

CBA and Temenos AG – South AfricaCommercial Bank of Africa Limited (CBA) has signed a Sh309.5 million agreement with banking software company, Temenos AG, of Switzerland. The software dealer will…