Issue no 378

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Rules of the game changing as DSL subs head for 1 million and international fibre prices fall to all-time low

Almost unnoticed the rules of the game are changing and the South African market shows key developments that will transform how markets operate. DSL subscribers there look set to break through the “critical mass” barrier and there are irresistible pressures building up for low prices and no caps. Alongside this development, SAT3 bandwidth prices are now nearly down to the critical US$1000 a meg for volume buyers. Russell Southwood looks at why this is a moment of change for South Africa and how it will also be something that affects the rest of the continent. Speaking at this week’s Media…

Telecoms

Sub-Saharan Cellular Networks to get US$50 investment boost

A combined $50bn will be invested in cellular networks in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years, doubling an already rapid rate of investment. The figure has been calculated by…


Telecoms

MTN Group reveals strong 3Q subscriber growth

MTN's share price was climbing again yesterday in line with a relentless rise in subscriber numbers, with the cellular giant signing up 5.8-million more customers in the past three months.…


Telecoms

Senegal’s second mobile operator Tigo Bounces Back

Following the loss of 58k customers in Q2 as a result of the customer registration programme, the Senegalese mobile market recovered somewhat in Q3, posting a net gain of 115k…


Telecoms

Yar'Adua's Insistence on NigComSat Mobile Licence Throws Spanner on Free Enterprise

President Umar Yar'Adua, last week deepened the mobile licence row between the Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Limited and Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by ordering the regulatory agency to "immediately" grant…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- President Kibaki's re-election campaign team has unveiled an electronic fundraising drive using a mobile telephony. Contributors to the presidential kitty will have an option of sending their views on…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- In Rwanda, MTN has also promises to cut their tariff rates to more affordable levels after the government reduced the excise duty on airtime by 3 per cent. -…


Internet

MTN takes on Vodacom ISP in South Africa

MTN must reposition itself as an Internet service provider (ISP) in order to remain competitive, says Brian Seligmann, MTN's data and messaging executive. Speaking at the ITWeb Technology Roadmaps 2007…


Internet

Alink to offer VoIP in Tanzania

Alink Telecom (T) Ltd, launched recently after re-branding its trade name from Datel (T) Ltd, has given the market two new products enabling customers to call international destinations at relatively…


Internet

iBurst PC/Internet bundles stall in South Africa

iBurst has terminated its PC/Internet bundle offering while Sentech has ceased to actively market its bundled product. MTN previously said sales of its PC/Internet bundle were ”trickling in slowly”. iBurst…


Computing

Connect Africa ICT Summit Ends With Renewed Commitment

This week's 'Connect Africa' summit in Kigali ended on a high note with government and private sector delegates agreeing to work together to develop Africa's interconnectivity. President Paul Kagame said…


Computing

Timid ICT Evolution in Maghreb

Figures released by the United Nations Development Programme in Algiers show a timid evolution of ICTs in the Maghreb region with only 2.5% of Internet penetration. Algeria has reached 5,…


Computing

CPN Completes Design on National IT Education Blueprint in Nigeria

The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria has completed the design of a national blueprint for Information Technology education in Nigeria. Part of the blueprint includes syllabi for computer education…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Omatek Ventures Limited, an ICT company has started manufacturing computers, casing and speakers in Ghana. It is the second to be built in the West Africa sub-region after the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Internet News - In Brief

- In South Africa, mobile operator MTN is planning to launch an Internet service operation in order to remain competitive. MTN is not the first cellular operator to elevate the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Transcorp Targets N35b Revenue From SAT-3 Cable

Transcorp has projected a revenue of N35 billion from the underground Submarine Cable (SAT-3) it inherited through the acquisition of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL). Vice President, Corporate Communication of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ODM Appeals Ruling on Safaricom in Kenya

The legal tussle over the planned sale of Safaricom shares to the public yesterday climbed a notch higher when opposition politicians moved to the Court of Appeal seeking orders to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Microsoft Contributes 47 Percent to Nigeria's IT and Economic Growth

The International Data Corporation, (IDC) last week released details of a global research study showcasing the information technology (IT) industry's impact on "job creation, company formation, local IT spending and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Dynamic Visual Technologies Raises R12.5m Ahead of AltX Listing in South Africa

Software developer Dynamic Visual Technologies (DVT) has raised R12.5m through a private placement of its shares ahead of an AltX listing on November 6. It released 12,5-million ordinary shares at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- China’s largest cellular operator, state owned China Mobile, is close to striking a deal which will see it take a stake in pan-African mobile group MTN, according to XFN-Asia…


Digital Content

Vodacom to Boost Data Revenue With Music Download Service

Vodacom expects a fillip to its data revenues when it becomes the world's fourth operator to launch a new music download service. MusicStation is a more sophisticated version of the…


Digital Content

Free Website to Promote African Businesses

A new website, www.africaopportunityfund.com, has been created to attract investment trade and business into the Africa and to equally promote African trade and business both internally and internationally. Supported by…


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PEOPLE

Telkom South Africa announced a new executive committee structure. Thami Msimango is returning to Telkom after briefly defecting to Vodacom, and will become the new chief of global operations and…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Design of an e-government portal framework for the Government of Seychelles We are presently searching for individual for e-government portal development. Application deadline: As soon as possible and at the…


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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…