Issue no 370

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The end of the beginning: DRC plans ambitious infrastructure development

For all the difficulties in Eastern Congo, the DRC has seen a number of recent developments that will form the beginning of a backbone development plan for the country. Canadian NGO Alternatives launched its extremely detailed feasibility study for a backbone plan and the Government has begun to look at some of the issues that will need to be addressed if it is to be implemented. Called Etude de faisibilite pour une dorsale Internet ouverte en RDC, the report estimates that US$233 million (without redundancy) will be needed to build the country a network backbone, a sum that seems modest…

Telecoms

South African firm joins race for Telkom Kenya

The Kenyan Government is talking up the sale of Telkom Kenya but has so far failed to deliver the difficult bit. Investors will not want to take on the political…


Telecoms

Comium’s GSM licence in trouble in Liberia

The post-hoc standardisation of regulation governing mobile operators is causing a number of public rows in Liberia. The Liberian regulator, LTA had to deny this week that it was going…


Telecoms

MTN Calls for Calm As Callers Jam Network in Uganda

Ugandan MTN’s 50% airtime bonus promo proved what has been obvious to those who track rates for a long time. If prices comes down, use goes up enormously. Indeed so…


Telecoms

Mobile VoIP set to slash telecoms costs in South Africa using Wi-Fi networks

A few university graduates formed a mobile-based voice over internet protocol (VoIP) that will slash costs by up to 80 percent. While the telecoms regulator is still debating whether to…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mubadala Development , the investment vehicle owned by Abu Dhabi's government, will award the Nigerian mobile-phone licence it owns to one of five bidders by October. More than five…


Internet

Chinese Firms to Lay US$60m Fibre Optic Cable in Kenya

Three companies have been awarded tenders to construct the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) terrestrial. Two companies are Chinese (Huawei and ZTE) and another French (Sagem). The companues are…


Internet

Undersea cable plan tangled in acrimony in South Africa

The sole active supporter of the NEPAD-backed Broadband Infrastructure Project that will never be built, the South African Government is trying to arm-twist EASSy because the project has slipped free…


Internet

Spotting Darfur Atrocities From Space

Those burning villages in Darfur can now be tracked closely by public satellite. Google’s project in Darfur uses its Google Earth project to identify and then illustrate where human rights…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Leased line prices have gone down in the SAFE fibre cable connecting Mauritius. A full circuit link of 2MB from Mauritius to Paris has been reduced by 20% from…


Computing

E-Agriculture for Togolese Farmers

A 'Center for Commercial and Agricultural Information' (PICA) for the collection and the publication of price lists via the internet has been launched in Togo to enable farmers and traders…


Computing

South Africa votes against Microsoft new document file format

Last weekend South Africa voted against a Microsoft proposal to have a new document file format adopted as an international standard. Whatever the outcome of the vote, the process has…


Computing

Uganda’s Makerere University to Charge ICT Fee

Makerere University will charge an ICT fee for both private and government-sponsored students. Each undergraduate will have to pay sh50,000 and post-graduates will pay sh80,000 per academic year. The decision…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Seychelles' public sector ICT workforce will shrink considerably as a result of the current restructuring being undertaken by the government. In a recent interview the minister responsible for…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Algeria's first cell phone operator, Mobilis, has launched its the BlackBerry service. According to Mobilis' senior executives, BlackBerry allows to carry out and receive phone calls, surf the Internet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Simeka's Take over of Sahara is Off in South Africa

The ambitious R867m takeover of computer manufacturer Sahara by the far smaller technology group Simeka BSG has been scrapped, only four days after the pair announced the deal. Simeka CEO…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Booming Mobile Sector Attracts $75 Million in New Investment in Uganda

A year ago, the government ended the duopoly that had given exclusive rights to MTN Uganda and Uganda Telecom Ltd. Barbara Among reports the Uganda communications sector attracted over Ush127.7…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Fee Cut to boost BPO activities in South Africa

The trade and industry department has delivered on one of the first targets in its industrial policy framework, clinching discounted telecommunications prices from Telkom to lure business services to SA,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cisco surprises with all-share equity deal in South Africa

Nasdaq-listed networking giant Cisco Systems has become the first US hi-tech company to sell shares in its business to local black investors. Cisco has shunned the route of equity equivalents,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egypt's Orascom Telecom and Kurdish operator Korek Telecom have agreed to a $2.2 billion joint venture that would provide immediate access to the northern region of Iraq and four…


Digital Content

Nigeria joins international online B2B community

This week sees Nigerian companies joining global online business community as it reaches out to international markets to expand exports while improving efficiencies at home through eProcurement. Nigeria has become…


Digital Content

Meditel launches real time mobile multimedia in Morocco

Customer care is increasingly important in the booming Moroccan mobile market and Meditel recognised the need to deliver its clients with the best possible end-user experience and customer service. Indeed,…


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PEOPLE

Haj Klai has been charged to head the Ministry of Communications and Technology in Tunisia José Antonio Ferreira has resigned from its job of CEO of MTC Namibia. The board…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CUSTOMER PROJECT MANAGER - ANGOLA The company is looking for a customer project manager with skills of Total CPM and experience in network rollout, MSS and 3G knowledge. advertising@balancingact-africa.com


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EVENTS

- CAPACITY AFRICA 2007 10-11 September, Cape Town, South Africa Capacity Africa 2007 provides a forum for providers from across Africa, along with the international carriers and service providers to…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

SAFARICOM AND ZTE - KENYA Mobile phone services provider, Safaricom has signed an agreement with China's ZTE Corporation for supply of low cost handsets. The new handsets with black and…