Issue no 371

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Nigeria’s Mainstreet Technologies to build new international west coast fibre

Mainstreet Technologies threw its hat in the ring this week to be the first to complete an African west coast fibre project to compete with SAT3. The cable will connect 12 countries, some already connected to SAT3, others not. Russell Southwood spoke to the project’s CEO Funke Opeke and discovered how it intends to win the race to complete. Nigerian Funke Opeke spent 20 years in the USA working in technology companies(including Verizon’s international and wholesale divisions) before coming back to work for a spell as CEO of the incumbent Nitel. It was out of this that she recognised that…

Telecoms

Sudatel Enters the Senegalese Market

Sudanese telecommunications company, Sudatel, has won a new comprehensive telecommunications licence to provide mobile services in Senegal and is scheduled to begin operations in January 2008. The license which is…


Telecoms

Celtel to expand One Network coverage and MTN says “Me too, please”

Speaking at the WATRA organised 1st Mobile Roaming Conference, West Africa’s regulators heard that mobile operator Celtel is to expand its One Network area and MTN is also shortly to…


Telecoms

Etisalat-owned Canar affiliate eyes Sudan fixed line expansion

Etisalat has acquired a 45% share of Sudan’s fixed line market (196,000 subscribers) in just two years and is preparing to carry out a feasibility study into further expansion across…


Telecoms

Benin Operator Restarts Services After Shut-Down

The Benin based mobile operator, "Moov" is reported to have resumed services in the country after its license was suspended by the regulator in July. The Areeba/MTN network is understood…


Telecoms

Celtel goes Zain in global rebranding exercise

On 8 September 2007, MTC, the Africa and Middle East mobile network operator and owner of Celtel, presented its new brand identity, Zain, in Bahrain, writes Andrea Bohnstedt. ‘Zain’ translates…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Etisalat Egypt has revealed that it expects to begin offering international calls from next month. According to CEO Salah Al Abdooli, the company expects to reach a deal with…


Internet

South African Ownership required for Sea Cable so Seacom drops out

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that no undersea cable will be allowed to land in SA and provide cheaper broadband unless it is majority owned by local or African investors.…


Internet

West African regulators look at how to tackle SAT3 international fibre monopoly

The West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) held a two day conference last week to look at how its members might address the issues raised by the SAT3 monopoly. The…


Internet

All Tunisian schools to get broadband and more computer teachers to be employed

-Tunisia’s schools are about to be connected to the Internet in an ambitious TD17 million to purchase 900 additional computer laboratories and give all schools a broadband connection. Some 846…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The fibre from Niger’s capital Niamey has been completed up to its border but the Burkina Faso stretch to Ouagadougou has not yet been completed. - The African Development…


Computing

Rural Ugandans bank on OSS-built system

East African cellphone company, Simba Telecoms last week introduced an innovative local money transfer service in Uganda. The system, developed by Cape Town-based Jeshurun Consulting, was built using a variety…


Computing

Eaga sends PCs to Africa

Re-using computers in African schools can provide more benefit than recycling Energy efficiency advisory group Eaga is sending its old IT equipment for reuse in developing countries in Africa rather…


Computing

Shuttleworth Foundation backs ISO ruling

The Shuttleworth Foundation has announced its support for the decision by the The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to reject the Microsoft-driven bid to fasttrack the OOXML document format as…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Achievement Awards Group, a South African motivational organisation, has implemented the open source voice over IP solution, Asterisk, to upgrade the capability of its specialist call centre and to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has announced a new set of tariffs, which overall add up to a net increase in charges. As a result, while international calls will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mubadala Cedes 40 Percent Equity to Etisalat in Nigerian GSM licence

Mubadala Development Company, the UAE-government owned company that got a Nigerian GSM licence for $400 million earlier this year has simply sold on 40% to Etisalat who will actually operate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Internet Service Providers Record Rise in Earnings in Kenya

Local Internet service providers are earning higher revenues signalling increased use of the web among consumers, industry statistics show. The data indicate that average revenue per user (ARPU), a measure…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Growing Pains for Mobile Billing in South Africa

Mobile billing is coming of age but not without some growing pains. It opens up the world of micro-payments yet consumers are paying extra for download costs, even when unsuccessful,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Revenue streams for African Bloggers

"A serious blogger who is interested in making business can click to 'Linked In' site that is basically for business people, it has got a bandwidth of 178.51 MB, 2453…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Celtel Uganda is to invest Ush70 billion ($40 million) in its network expansion project. The money will be sourced from a $40 million loan advanced by International Finance Corporation…


Digital Content

Online Newspaper Editions Increase Sales

Kenyan newspapers have embraced the internet and increased their sales with innovations such as sending headlines by SMS to readers. Nairobi has also become the hub of an ambitious project…


Digital Content

The potential of data vending in Kenya

The poor penetration of Internet services coupled with low levels of computer literacy in Kenya are holding back the country’s emerging data vending industry. The data vendors, who sell and…


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PEOPLE

- MTC subsidiary Celtel International, announced that Lord Simon Cairns has been appointed Chairman of the Board after Dr. Mo Ibrahim resigned.


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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?

UTL and Alcatel-Lucent - Uganda UTL has signed a 20m Euro (sh47.5b) contract with Alcatel-Lucent to expand its mobile network. "The network will be used during the Commonwealth Heads of…