Issue no 374

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Just as the power of the incumbent fades, the vertical integrators are on the march again

Africa’s incumbent telcos have for so long dominated the discussion about where the market’s going that it’s hard to spot the moment when their ability to dominate slipped below the water line. The mobile operators are now the incumbents and as contenders for the title are seeking to secure their new-found position on the top of the heap. Not surprisingly, they are exhibiting many of the old incumbents’ tendencies towards vertical integration in the search for long-term security. Russell Southwood tries to make sense of what’s happening as they remake themselves. Recently a regulator from one of East Africa’s more…

Telecoms

Morocco’s Wana signs up 1 million subscribers in just nine months

Moroccan fixed-wireless operator Wana has announced that it has signed up a million subscribers to its residential fixed line and limited mobility telephony service ‘Bayn’ in its first nine months…


Telecoms

SMS ban lifted in Ethiopia after two years

In Ethiopia the year 2000 has just dawned – some seven years after the rest of the world celebrated the new millennium. In Ethiopia the epoch-making event is being marked…


Telecoms

Starcomms launches CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network in Abuja

Nigerian fixed wireless operator Starcomms has deployed a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network in Abuja. The equipment was supplied by Chinese vendor Huawei, and enables average downlink speeds of 600kbps-1.4Mbps…


Telecoms

Orascom to bid for Egypt fixed licence and wins first private submarine cable concession

Orascom Telecom will bid for Egypt's second fixed line telephony licence, which the government plans to sell next year, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) said on Sunday. Etisalat…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- United Arab Emirates incumbent telco Etisalat is considering the purchase of a mobile licence in Sudan to complement its existing fixed line operations there, its chairman has said. ‘There…


Internet

Consolidation in Kenyan ISP sector

The Kenyan ISP sector is consolidating, with many companies buying up their competitors and new foreign owners entering the market. Pressure on margins from the switch to DSL broadband has…


Internet

Uganda Telecom wins wireless contract for CHOGM

Uganda Telecom has won a contract to build a wireless internet command post worth sh142m in preparation for the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM). Hans Paulsen, utl's chief commercial…


Internet

Nigeria: Country domain registrations tops 3,000

Number of Internet registration in the country grows to about 3,000, the Internet Registration Association (NiRA) has said.Nigeria got the authority to operate its own domain registration body early this…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Unwired magazine has changed its name to Digital Life to avoid confusion that it is about wireless applications. - The Ivorian Group SIFCA has decided to pull…


Computing

PC Shipments to Ghana and Nigeria Increase, says IDC report

The combined Personal Computer (PC) markets of the West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana jumped nearly 14% in volume on year to reach just under 250,000 units valued at…


Computing

Uganda: University Students, Lecturers to get Cheaper Laptops

Uganda looks set to join the growing list of countries offering PC purchase incentive schemes with one aimed at students and lecturers. If all goes according to plan, University students…


Computing

SA travel agency adopts Asterisk for VoIP calling services

SafariNow, an online travel agency specialising in accommodation around southern Africa, is the most recent company to announce its choice of the open source program Asterisk to improve its telephony…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Ian Gilfillan is heading up a group of Cape Town free content advocates that have launched a bid to host Wikimania 2008, the annual conference of the Wikimedia Foundation,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it expects there to be some 40,000 GSM base stations in the country by 2010, along with around 10,000 CDMA towers. At…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN borrows US$2 billion through Standard Bank

The MTN Group (MTN) and Standard Bank (SBK) have announced a US2 billion loan, which Standard Bank has arranged, for the funding of MTN Nigeria's network infrastructure expansion. The five-year…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda: Libyans Enter Race for Rwandatel

Lap Green Networks, a Libyan company that recently bought out 69 per cent of Uganda Telecom (UTL), is among the six companies bidding for Rwandatel. Rwandatel announced recently that 70…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: AccessKenya gets go-ahead to complete Openview deal

AccessKenya Group has received approval from the Capital Markets Authority for its acquisition of Openview Business Systems. The acquisition is one of the projects the Information Communication Technology (ICT) firm…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vox Telecom’s @lantic to acquire Absa’s Internet Access business

@lantic Internet Services, the consumer Internet Service Provider (ISP) of leading alternative telecom operator Vox Telecom Limited (Vox Telecom), is set to buy Absa’s Internet Access business. The merger of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- JSE-listed software company InfoWave has reported solid interim results for the first half of the 2007 fiscal year, ended 31 August 2007. The company has reported top-line growth of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it expects there to be some 40,000 GSM base stations in the country by 2010, along with around 10,000 CDMA towers. At…


Digital Content

Botswana: Youth Launches Job-Search Website aimed at locals and diaspora

Having spent years in Australia and finding that Batswana graduates abroad find it difficult to get information about employment opportunities in Botswana, Jerry Mooketsi and his friends in Australia conceptualised…


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People

- The top officials of recently privatised fixed line and mobile operators Gamtel and Gamcel have been sacked by the companies’ new owners, Lebanese holding group Spectrum Group. Katim Touray,…


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Events

IMPLEMENTING SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS- ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP) TRAINING WORKSHOP Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, 18 - 19 October 2007 This two-day Training Workshop will be presented by Vision Software of Canada,…


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Jobs and Opportunities

eLearning Africa 2008 Opens Call for Proposals The 3rd eLearning Africa conference, which will take place from May 28 to 30, 2008, in Ghana's capital Accra, has opened its Call…


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Contracts

Egypt: Mobinil and VoluBill VoluBill, a provider of innovative mobile charging solutions to telecoms operators worldwide, last week announced a new contract win with Egypt’s largest GSM operator Mobinil, a…