Issue no 366

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Portugal Telecom to create separate African subsidiary to up its profile

Next week Portugal Telecom (PT) will announce that it will set up a separate subsidiary to consolidate all of its African investments in a 1 billion euro holding company to increase its profile on the continent. PT owns five main companies on the continent and they make a significant contribution to its revenues. However PT does not yet appear to have the winning streak that it has identified in Brazil. Ahead of the announcement, Russell Southwood Russell Southwood looks at what strategy PT might adopt. Portugal Telecom is a classic European incumbent of the old school. Its former incumbent privileges,…

Telecoms

Nigcomsat and NCC License Feud takes a political Turn in Nigeria

The House of Representatives last week queried the decision of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to deny the Nigerian Communications Satellite Company (NigcomSAT) a license to operate as a Telecommunications…


Telecoms

New Twist in Interconnection Dispute between Uganda Telecom and Sudanese Gemtel

The controversial interconnection agreement between Uganda Telecom and Southern Sudan's Gemtel phone company took a new twist last week when it emerged that the two have quietly installed a satellite…


Telecoms

BTC Appeals to Mascom And Orange Not to Ditch using incumbent’s Infrastructure in Botswana

The CEO of Botswana’s incumbent Vincent Seretse said he was trying to persuade the two mobile operators to continue using BTC’s infrastructure. This is bit like King Canute asking the…


Telecoms

ECOWAS and WATRA see Regional Roaming as next big Business for GSM Operators

Even as mobile operators try to cope with the headache of about 98 per cent Pay-As-You-Go subscribers, boss of the West African Telecommunications Regulators Association, WATRA, is encouraging the operators…


Telecoms

IN BRIEF:

- Telkom Kenya plans major debt and project swaps to rid it of liabilities amounting to Sh68.8 billion as part of restructuring before privatisation. The parastatal says it has finalised…


Internet

Neotel promises cheaper Bandwidth from Deal with Seacom

New operator Neotel is promising to shake up SA's moribund telecoms market by introducing cheap high-speed international bandwidth as a key partner in a privately funded undersea cable.Bandwidth fees could…


Internet

Nitel Acquires More Bandwidth From Sat-3

The financially troubled Nitel has paid up its bill with SAT3 managing agent Telkom SA and for the first time in several months is ordering additional capacity.Sources from Nitel headquarters…


Internet

IFC to Invest US$32.5 million in Undersea Fibre Cable in East Africa

The IFC, the financing arm of the World Bank has approved investment of $32.5 million in the undersea fibre-optic link known as East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy).The International Finance…


Internet

IN BRIEF:

- Africa Online, the pan African information and communications technology firm, has launched a high-speed wireless Internet service for Tanzania. The InfiNet service is based on a technology known as…


Computing

World Bank to Help Farmers Get Market Data in Kenya

The World Bank is launching a project to make commodity pricing information available to farmers electronically. Digitalisation of agricultural commodity prices is part of an Sh8 billion Kenya Transparency and…


Computing

KnowledgeTree takes off with Nasa

KnowledgeTree, the Cape Town based open source document management system has taken off with a number of major customers. KnowledgeTree has also been listed on the Optaros Enterprise Open Source…


Computing

Prisoners Get Computers in Uganda

Uganda's biggest jail, Luzira Maximum Security Prison recently received a boost that will promote ICT use among its incarcerated residents. Uganda Telecom has donated five PCs to help promote literacy…


Computing

ITU's Report praises Tunisia’s IT progress

According to the 2007 report of the International Telecommunications' Union (ITU) related to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which was released recently, Tunisia achieved a considerable progress…


Computing

IN BRIEF:

- The International Free and Open Source Software Foundation iFOSSF, MI, USA(http://www.ifossf.org) is looking for innovative and/or outstanding projects and programmes from the community that use ICT (Information and Communication…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN has now implemented its branding (blue and yellow) on the former Areeba network in Ghana.- Celtel Malawi boosted its subscriber base to half a million at the start…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Makamba and Mutasa buy out Telecel International’s Zimbabwe stake

Telecel Zimbabwe’s major shareholders James Makamba and Jane Mutasa have gained control of the firm after paying US$3.5 million to Telecel International for the an 11 percent stake. This brings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s mobile operator, Cell C Improves, But Still No Net Profit

Cell C has made an operating profit of US$4.9 million in its most recent trading quarter, showing that efforts to turn the company around after six years in business are…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Chinese Invest Big Into IT and TV in Rwanda

A Chinese based company has officially launched a subsidiary in Rwanda to provide digital Pay-TV and broadband Internet services. The locally registered Star Africa Media Co. Ltd is a subsidiary…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IN BRIEF:

- Mobinil Egypt has reported its results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2007 which show sales rose 37% year-on-year to EGP2.07 billion (US$370 million). EBITDA climbed 28.3% to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom signs US31.8 million 2010 Deal with Fifa

The deal for Telkom to provide fixed-line connectivity for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament has finally received FIFA's public stamp of approval. Last week, Telkom signed the deal to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell One Signs US$76.8 million financing Deal in Namibia

New mobile phone operator Cell One yesterday signed a US76.8 million long-term financing deal with an investment-banking consortium, including the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN), Investec and Nedbank Capital.DBN will…


Digital Content

Time to Stop Misleading SMS Polls in South Africa

Knee-jerk SMS polls such as those fired at viewers during e.tv's news bulletins are nothing short of misleading and mischievous. They are completely out of touch with reality, with no…


Digital Content

South Africa 'Strongest Affinity Brands' Online

Nielsen//NetRatings and the South African Online Publishers Association (OPA) today, Tuesday, 7 August 2007, released various online trend figures for South Africa which show clearly the difference between what men…


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PEOPLE

- Novell SA country manager Stafford Masie has resigned in order to establish and head up the local operation of Internet giant Google.- Nokia Siemens Networks announced that it has…


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EVENTS

- 2ND ANNUAL CONNECTING CONNECTING RURAL COMMUNITIES AFRICA FORUM 200721st-24th August 2007, Nairobi, KenyaThis international event will bring together African government officials, senior figures from African regulatory authorities and international…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

Tellumat and SANDF – South AfricaThe South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has awarded defence ICT company Tellumat a R3.5 million contract to supply point-to-point digital microwave radio links to…