Issue no 380

Top Story

West Africa: The great mobile pricing mystery – who’s cheap and who’s expensive

Even for the sophisticated consumer, comparing mobile rates in Africa is a complicated business because often clear information is simply not available. The position is further complicated by the blizzard of tactical marketing promotions when operators make you an offer you can’t understand. But beneath this confusion is a key issues for the operators themselves about how they set pricing. Russell Southwood and Kelly Wong look at analysis of prices in West Africa and seek to work out what it all means. Balancing Act’s report African Telecoms and Internet Markets: Part 1 – West Africa looked at comparisons between retail,…

Telecoms

West African Telecommunication shut down in Liberia, General Manager collapses

The General Manager of the West African Telecommunication (WAT) Gio Vannie, collapsed Monday as police officers shut down his company's operation over a frequency dispute. Although he was taken to…


Telecoms

Seacom seizes first-mover advantage by completing financing and being ready for service by June 2009

What was once the dark horse of the East African fibre race has pipped all other contenders to the post. This week it announced it had completed its financing (the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tanzania’s Minister for Infrastructure Development, Andrew Chenge told Parliament that the Government would write off incumbent TTCL’s debts in order to pave the way for privatisation of the company.…


Telecoms

France Telecom wins Telkom Kenya stake

A consortium led by France Telecom (FT) has won a 51% stake in incumbent Telkom Kenya with a USD390 million offer, reports Reuters. ‘We got the highest bid from France…


Internet

Call Centres Set to Benefit From Cheaper Bandwidth in Kenya

Call centres are set to benefit from official subsidies to ease the high cost of bandwidth, helping them to compete against global rivals on an equal footing. The Sh630 million…


Internet

Cape Town Residents to Get Free Internet Access

Capetonians who do not own computers or who cannot afford Internet café fees can now access both, free of charge, through the City of Cape Town's expanded Smart Cape Access…


Internet

Telkom loses R192m internet connectivity deal in South Africa

The GEN3 contract has been awarded to Neotel and IS following a procurement process. This involved a call for expressions of interest and a request for proposal phase, in which…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to research company BMI-TechKnowledge, the number of people with broadband internet connectivity in South Africa should climb to 3.3-million by 2012, making up 7% of the population, research…


Computing

80 Percent of Computer Products Fake in East Africa

Up to 80 per cent of computer consumable products on sale in East Africa could be fake, a major regional distributor with branches in four countries has claimed. Among the…


Computing

East African Local Authorities plan to implement eGovernment

Local Authorities in East Africa are planning to implement Information and Communication Technologies in an effort to increase efficiency of their operations in service delivery to the citizens. This was…


Computing

ICT Bill in Offing in Rwanda

A bill to regulate the fast growing communications sector in the country is in pipeline, Eng Albert Butare, State minister for Energy and Communication has said. "Sectors like internet governance,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Intel e-learning are adapting a 10 million dollar-library digital content to the Nigerian secondary school curriculum to be made freely available to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Nigeria, Globacom has announced the repackaging of its personalised ring back tune service. - Mobile operator, Movicel has expanded its coverage to the province of Kwanza Sul, West…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN to Invest $350m in Uganda

MTN Group President and CEO Phuthuma Nhleko visited the country recently. Paul Busharizi talked to him about MTN's challenges in Uganda and their future plans. What is your impression of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Portugal Telecom to Sell More of Africa Holding; To Keep Majority Stake

Portugal Telecom plans to sell a further stake in its Africa Holding, but wants to keep a controlling position, deputy Chief Operating Officer Zeinal Bava said Wednesday on the company's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Drive Pays Dividends for ACTowers

Buyoant conditions in the cellular market and the eager pursuit of opportunities in Africa have paid off spectacularly for African Cellular Towers (ACTowers), which constructs cellular masts and exports them.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Federal Government to sell shares in Galaxy Backbone

Plans are underway by the Federal Government to sell stakes in Galaxy Backbone Plc, but Government will still retain a strategic hold on the government-owned infrastructure service provider for security…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa says it expects first-half earnings per share (EPS) to fall by between 14% and 20% compared to 1H 2006. The firm says earnings are being hit…


Digital Content

South Africa: Mobile a Serious Challenge for Internet Publishers

It was bad enough for web publishing when the challenge was to persuade marketers to move money from 'old fashioned' magazines and radio to the 'new and trendy' Internet. Now…


Digital Content

Federal Government to Launch SMS-Based Public Enquiry Service in Nigeria

The Federal Government in a bid to ensure adequate and responsive service delivery to Nigerians, is set to launch an SMS based public enquiry, comment and polling service that will…


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Events

- 3RD AFRICAN OUTSOURCING & CONTACT CENTRE CONFERENCE 27th – 28th November 2007, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya This conference and exhibition provides a business networking platform for the entire…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Chief Commercial Officer - Sudan A Chief Commercial Officer is required in Sudan to join Telecom Operator on a permanent basis. Qualifications required: - Bachelors Degree in Sales, Marketing…


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Contracts

* Sonatel and Ascade - Senegal Senegal's national telecommunications operator, Sonatel SA has selected Ascade's Carrier Cockpit (TM) suite to optimize and automate all aspects of its global interconnect business.…