Issue no 372

Top Story

West African licence tendering processes – a case to answer

A recent gaggle of licensing decisions in West Africa demonstrate that all is not well with tendering processes in the sub-region. They have left the idea of supposedly independent regulatory decision on the sidelines and have been as transparent as mud. Russell Southwood lays out what went wrong and asks why these processes cannot be more open and fair. First, let’s look at the evidence of recent licensing decisions that have been made in the sub-region: Benin: In mid-August 2007, the Benin Government announced that Nigerian SNO Globacom had won a mobile licence for which it would pay FCFA33 billion.…

Telecoms

Mbeki Brokers $60m Benin Deal for MTN

MTN has agreed to pay a licence fee of $60m to have its network reconnected in Benin in a settlement brokered by President Thabo Mbeki and Benin's President Thomas Boni…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s Mtel Plans 3.3m Lines for Next Year

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mtel, Ladi Williams, has announced plans by the new management of the company to raise its subscriber base from 750,000 to about 3.3 million…


Telecoms

Portugal Telecom’s new African subsidiary plans expansion in Kenya and Nigeria

Following Portugal Telecom’s recent announcement that it has set up an African subsidiary and sold 22% of its shares to Nigerian VC company Helios, Balancing Act’s Selma Faria spoke to…


Telecoms

Fears for Fate of Safaricom IPO As Kenyan Cabinet Delays Key Approval

Vodafone Plc of the UK, joint venture partners with Telkom Kenya in Safaricom Ltd, has expressed fears that delays by the Kenyan Cabinet in approving a critical agreement that must…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Orange, the mobile brand of France Telecom is rolling out a new network in the Central African Republic for an initial investment of €20 million. According to CEO, Bruno…


Internet

Togo connects to SAT3

Togo and Benin can now boast of a telecommunications link between following the launch of a fibre optic cable linking the two countries. The ceremony was attended by the two…


Internet

Wrangle Over Namibian Internet domain

Namibia’s ICT alliance held a workshop last week on the regulatory framework surrounding the administration of Namibia's Internet domain. It set out to deal with the tricky issues of a…


Internet

Has South Africa’s Minister backtracked on SAT3 exclusivity?

Not for the first time, South Africans are wondering whether their Government – which has made much of its insistence on South African ownership of new landing stations - is…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenya government will pre-qualify at least three operators to participate in the provision of connectivity to digital villages under the Digital Village Project, to Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)…


Computing

Zinox, Intel, Microsoft to Empower Students in Nigeria

In a bid to promote the use of computers among students in the country, Zinox, Intel and Microsoft have formed a partnership that will empower 100,000 Nigerian students this season…


Computing

HP leads the way on resolving electronic recycling challenges in Africa

HP last week announced the launch of a project with the Global Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) and the Swiss Institute for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) to address the growing…


Computing

South African Student coder talks on Joomla, Google

Charl van Niekerk, a student living in George, earlier this year became the first South African to participate in the Google Summer of Code (GSoC). Tectonic caught up with him…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

-Nigeria's IT solution providers, Digitplus Nigeria Limited has signed up with Taiwan based Twinmos Technology. The deal, according to a statement, would see the Nigerian company in partnership with Twinmos…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- In Ghana, MTN has said that it will install 100 additional BTS per month to sustain growth in subscriber base which has increased from 2.7 million in 2006 to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Botswana’a BTC sees profits slump as costs go back up

Although Botswana incumbent BTC saw its turnover go up, costs rose ahead of increased income and saw it achieve a much lower level of profit in he run-up to launching…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s State IT Agency Turns Corner with Profit Up by 76%

Rocky years for the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) have been put behind it, with the government's hi-tech supplier earning a net profit 76% higher than it managed last year.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s PNN to get US$4 million to develop services

Private Networks Nigeria Limited (PNN), an NCC licensed telecommunications company, set up to provide various telecoms services in the communications sector and the winner of the Best Value Added Service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s technology park to get a boost through tax incentives

The Commonwealth Business Council has asked for tax exemptions for the planned information technology (IT) park, "To achieve the objective of a thriving IT park, the council has suggested an…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Neneh Macdouall Gaye, the Gambian Secretary of State for Communication, Information and Technology told the National Assembly that the Government decided to sell its shares in Gamtel/Gamcel due to…


Digital Content

Over 6,000 tender announcements downloaded from Eastern African tender websites

The websites www.tender.co.tz; www.tender.co.ug and www.tender.co.ke were launched on 15th September, 2006. They are niche websites that consolidate all tender announcements in East Africa in print and other media in…


Digital Content

Funafric Launches music and video website in Lagos

A website known as funafric, one of the first African music and video download service, has been launched in Lagos. The site will provide a unique platform for African music…


Digital Content

Feedelix launches Ethiopian agricultural pricing system

Feedelix Wireless Inc., a provider of SMS/Mobile IM solutions for non-Latin scripts last week announced results from its recently deployed BoonaNET project in five locations in Ethiopia using an integrated…


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PEOPLE

- Laciné Diaby has been appointed as the new CEO of Moov Gabon. - Lamia Cheffai-Sghaier will be heading the l’Agence Tunisienne d’Internet (ATI) - Joseph Ged has started to…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Global Technology Donations Specialist, TechSoup Global If you have experience in administering technology product donations or are a legal or operations professional with a strong track record who would like…


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EVENTS

- ICT AFRICA 2007 October 1-5, 2007, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya ICT Africa is an annual continental information and communications technology conference addressing all aspects of ICT development…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

Angola Telecom and Ericsson - Angola Angola Telecom has selected Ericsson to be the sole supplier of a fibre-optic submarine network linking six coastal provinces in Angola for total budget…