Issue no 377

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Congo-Brazzaville’s incumbent Sotelco on the verge of bankruptcy

If you thought Gabon Telecom was in a mess (see issue 365), you ain’t seen nothing yet. This week the troubles afflicting Congo-Brazzaville’s incumbent Sotelco came into public view. It has stopped paying salaries and is as a result in a dispute with its trades unions and is clearly on the verge of bankruptcy. The Government seems caught like ‘a rabbit in the headlights”. The unions have also criticised equipment choices and revealed low maintenance levels affecting key services. Russell Southwood lifts the lid. In early 2005, Sotelco’s Administrateur-General Blanchard Oba announced that despite the considerable financial and operational difficulties…

Telecoms

Celtel Acquires Ghanaian Operator, Westel, for $120m

The Ministry of Communications has announced the conclusion by the Government of Ghana (GoG) of a sale and purchase agreement with Celtel International, a subsidiary of Kuwaiti company Zain (formerly…


Telecoms

Lagos grants mast co-location licence to Helios Towers

The Lagos State Infrastructure Management and Regulatory Agency, (LASIMRA) has granted permit to Helios Towers for the construction, installation and erection of telecom masts in eight different locations in State…


Telecoms

Mobile Phone Companies rush to Lower Their Charges in Guinea

Mobile phone companies operating in Guinea have, since last week, reduced their tariffs. As of last week, calls will be charged per second by the various operators, particularly 5 Guinean…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Emirates Telecommunications Corp (etisalat) has been given sole control of Benin's mobile licence after the government stripped Telecel of its licence for failing to pay a fee increase, reported…


Internet

Mweb Gets Internet Routing Licence in Namibia

The Namibian Communication Commission (NCC) awarded MWEB a VSAT licence to provide an alternative Internet route in and out of the country, reducing its reliance on the national monopoly provider,…


Internet

Telkom South African plans uncapped local bandwidth

Telkom says it is planning to offer uncapped local bandwidth on its ADSL service, but there’s a catch. At the recent ICASA Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) hearing, Telkom’s legal…


Internet

NSA Intervenes in Row Over Nigeria’s Internet Exchange Point

The Office of the National Security Adviser has intervened to broker peace in another landmark row over control of Nigeria 's Internet space that has pitted Interstella Communications Limited, a…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria may have agreed to assist Venezuela Republic in the attempt to launch its satellite. This follows a request made by Venezuela to Nigeria about its on-going Satellite project…


Computing

Rwanda’s Government to Buy into the One Laptop per Child Project

President Paul Kagame has indicated to the One-Laptop-Per-Child project that government will buy laptops from the new sales promotion scheme 'Give 1 and Get 1' (GIGI), RNA has learnt from…


Computing

Licrs Launches Computer Recycling in Liberia

Liberia Computer Rehabilitating Society, LICRS on Friday launched a nation wide computer recycling program with emphasis on free capacity building computer training for under privilege youth and kids. LICRS, an…


Computing

Microsoft Targets Cybercafes in Battle Against Fakes in Kenya

Software vendor Microsoft East and Southern Africa has launched an ambitious campaign to eliminate counterfeit products from local cyber cafes. Advocates of the campaign want to convince cyber cafe owners…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Computer Professionals (Registration) Council of Nigeria (CPN), the regulatory body of all Information Technology (IT) professionals in the country, has announced the opening of new offices in different zones…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ethiopia's state-owned monopoly mobile phone operator, Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) says that it plans to launch MMS within the country by the end of this calendar year. The service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Millicom Q3 Profits Jump 77%

Millicom International Cellular has reported a 77% jump in Q3 revenues to US$686 million, from US$388 million a year ago - along with a 60% rise in EBITDA to $296…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat increases Zantel stake to 51%

Etisalat has acquired an additional 17% of Tanzania’s Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) to raise its stake in the firm to 51%, the company said in a statement. No financial details were…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Final talks before Safaricom’s sale in Kenya

In the final stages of the talks between the Treasury and Safaricom over the sale of the mobile phone company, the negotiations are closing in a classic trade off. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s ICT company Chams Excites Shareholders With a Promise to Go Public

Nigerian IT solutions firm, Chams Nigeria Limited, Wednesday in Lagos held its 24th Annual General Meeting with a decision to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The IT…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Nokia, the Finnish mobile giant has reported a hefty 85 per cent increase in net profit for the third quarter of 2007, with income leaping from 845m Euro a…


Digital Content

Kenya’s Mobile Firms Set to Transfer Cash Abroad

Mobile phone operators in Africa have entered into a partnership agreement with Western Union to facilitate electronic transfer of money transfer across the national borders by mid next year. The…


Digital Content

Movicel Engaged in Angola's Cultural Progress

The CEO of the mobile phone company "Movicel", Michael Roubick Tuesday here said that his firm will continue participating in the development of the Angolan culture, especially in music. Michael…


Digital Content

Liberia’s TRC launches new website

http://www.trcofliberia.org At the new website you can Read information from the Commission, follow TRC activities, and soon watch hearing videos; Confidentially offer your formal statement to the Commission or request…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Telecom Contract/commercial Manager - Nigeria The company is looking for a contract/ commercial manager which skills for both main and sub contract negotiation and a solid knowledge of change management…


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EVENTS

- USING ICT FOR EFFECTIVE DISASTER MANAGEMENT - AFRICA FORUM 2007 13th - 15th November 2007, Dar es Salaam International Conference Centre, Tanzania The use of ICTs in disaster management…


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CONTRACTS: WHO'S SELLING WHAT TO WHOM?

Orascom and Alcatel-Lucent - Egypt Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey contract with Orascom Telecom to lay the Mediterranean Sea segment of a new 3,850 km submarine cable network, named Middle…


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PEOPLE

Celtel Nigeria has announced the appointment John Earley as its new Chief Technical Officer. Previously, John Earley worked with Wataniya Telecom in the Maldives and Millicom (now Tigo) in the…