Issue no 381

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France Telecom scores two in a row – will it make it a hat trick with Ghana?

If making acquisitions is your criteria for success, France Telecom seems to be on a roll at the moment. First it snapped up Telkom Kenya and this week it was announced that it had secured the latest licence being offered in Niger and it will soon roll-out in Central African Republic. It also has its hat in the ring for buying Ghana Telecom. Russell Southwood looks at what its increasing presence on the continent means both for its competitors and for competition itself. The prize in Niger is a global licence that covers 2-3G mobile, fixed and Internet and also…

Telecoms

Safaricom and Google sign Partnership in Kenya

Safaricom Kenya and Google have sealed a pact to deliver e-mail services direct to mobile phones. The partnership is expected to increase the number of potential Internet users from the…


Telecoms

Siemens and Nigeria: more skeletons come rattling out of the closet

The Nigerian government is investigating allegations that German telecoms and industrial conglomerate Siemens paid bribes to Nigerian officials in order to secure lucrative contracts for telecommunications equipment in the African…


Telecoms

NEPAD fibre project announces its shareholdings – but where will it get its own money?

First it was called EASSY before they departed. Then it was the NEPAD ICT Broadband Infrastructure Network for Eastern and Southern Africa, now it’s the Baharicom cable. Three years ago…


Telecoms

MTC Namibia Wind and Solar Powered Cell Site Trial Successfully Completed

Motorola and MTC Namibia last week announced the successful completion of the wind and solar power system trial conducted with the GSM Association on MTC Namibia’s cell site at Dordabis…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria's House of Representatives has recommended that the country's GSM operators are banned from selling new SIM cards for a period of twelve months. The drastic suggestion is aimed…


Internet

Mobile Internet on the rise in South Africa

With the development of technology such as the 3G card - the mobile success story of 2007 - providing consumers with increasing access to online, banking and other services, mobile…


Internet

UUNET MD challenges Kenyan Government estimates of low bandwidth costs

The cost of Internet connectivity is unlikely to fall to $500 (Sh33,000) per megabit per month as the Government has projected, UUNET managing director Geoffrey Shimanyula has said. The charges…


Internet

Major technical failure hits Ghana Telecom’s broadband service – no apologies to customers

Ghana Telecom’s much heralded broadband service collapsed unceremoniously on Monday 12 November due to a major technical failure. According to a member of their technical team, who preferred not to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South African ISP MWEB is planning to offer a triple-play service consisting of ADSL, IP telephony and pay-TV. The broadband component will be a 384kbps download DSL service with…


Computing

IT College Students to Get Laptops in Botswana

Students studying at the NIIT have been given an opportunity to own laptops, which they would return at the end of their studies or take home as a start to…


Computing

How does Kenya Cope with Recycling Electronic Waste

Used electronic equipment poses health risks to people who might want to recycle them. Martin Muteti, a consultancy manager with Practical Action, an NGO, points out that the country is…


Computing

Ghana Association of Software & IT Services launch

GASSCOM to promote the growth of information technology services and business process outsourcing in Ghana Anybody with the misfortune to need help or advice from a public utility, government agency,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Under new separate deals signed with the Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure and the Kenya Education Network (KENET), Google, the internet search giant said it would provide free Google Apps…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In South Africa’s Vodacom has announced that it will start selling mobile advertising. Text adverts will be sold on Please Call Me, its free call-back service that generates up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In South Africa, Telkom’s results are down and Vodacom’s are up

Profit from Telkom's core business of voice calls has dived a punishing 19% in the past six months, compounding its woes as it looks for ways to earn income in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN ups Rwanda stake

The MTN Group has concluded an agreement to purchase a further interest in MTN Rwanda, increasing its shareholding from 40% to 55%. The purchase of the stake from Tristar Investments,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sudan’s telecoms firm shrugs off US sanctions to expand in Africa

U.S. sanctions on Sudan’s telecoms company Sudatel are having no effect at all as it pursues an expansion into Africa by seeking stakes in Nigerian and Congolese operators, its Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telemasters' Cautious Approach Pays Off in South Africa

Taking a conservative attitude in its pre-listing forecast has paid off for telecoms company Telemasters, allowing it to post maiden results that handsomely outstrip the expectations set by its directors.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Strong indication have emerged that the Federal Government may revoke the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) to the Transnational Corporation plc (TRANSCORP) as the Senate and the government…


Digital Content

CMA Reviewing Proposals on Online Trading in Kenya

The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) is reviewing the proposals by the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) on the implementation of remote trading through a wide area network. The authority confirmed that…


Digital Content

Health Tips on the Internet

A leading web resource for HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria 'GlobalHealthReporting.org' has launched a new video library providing television reporters and filmmakers with AIDS-related, rights-free, cover footage of Africa, Asia, the…


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People

- Telkom SA’s acting CEO Reuben September has been given the top spot in a permanent capacity. - Brian Longwe has received the Top ICT Businessman award at the Africa…


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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

* Huawei Core Network Team Leader The company is a large operator. They require 2 core network engineers (1x GSM and 1x CDMA) to work in Africa. It is vital…


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Contracts

* MTN and AIRCOM – South Africa South African giant Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN) has enlisted AIRCOM International to provide consultancy services as it installs its nationwide 3G network and…