Issue no 384

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Living with confusion – African operators find themselves pulled in new directions

Once it was simple. There was the Government incumbent and all the other operators were against it. Then the incumbents ceased to be the incumbents and some of the new mobile operators found themselves taking on that mantle. With new power comes new responsibilities. Or does it? Once it was all about voice. Now there’s all this fancy convergence talk and anything you can think of sending down a phone connection will be sent. Increasingly operators are being pulled in new directions. Russell Southwood looks at three issues that are tugging from the edges. Three news items this week touched…

Telecoms

House Committee Threatens to Revoke MTN's Licence in Nigeria

House of Representatives Committee on Communication, last week in Abuja, threatened to recommend revocation of MTN's operational licence over poor service. Briefing newsmen, Jerry Mamwe, Chairman of the Committee, said…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya Accused of Failing to Pay Workers

Telkom Kenya failed to honour a deal with 54 retrenched workers at the Gilgil Telecommunications Industry, the High court in Nakuru heard Tuesday. Benson Okwaro, the general-secretary of the Communications…


Telecoms

M-Cel Plans to Cover 90 Per Cent of the Population in Mozambique

M-Cel, which is still 100 per cent publicly owned, intends to ensure that 90 per cent of the Mozambican population are within reach of its network by 2009. Speaking on…


Telecoms

Algeria Reaches 25 Million Mobile Phone Subscribers

Algeria has 25 million mobile phone subscribers, compared with just 54,000 seven years ago, the Minister for Post and Telecommunication Services said Monday. The penetration rate has now reached 75%…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The island nation of Cape Verde is due to get a second GSM network next week when T+ launches its services on the main island of Santiago - with…


Internet

Undersea cable race is on in East Africa

The race to complete East African undersea cables is officially on the way, with both Seacom and Eassy announcing that construction of their respective cables has commenced. This week, Seacom…


Internet

New UN Internet Campaign Links African Rural Farmers to Food Bloggers

An innovative United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) online fundraising campaign will connect farmers in rural Africa to food bloggers worldwide. Known as "Menu for Hope," the initiative -- now…


Internet

MWeb applies for extension of trial WiMax licence in South Africa

MWeb has applied for an extension to its WiMax trial licence, in case the official licences are not awarded in the next few months. The trial licence awarded earlier this…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to online newspaper Arib, Burundi’s internet bandwidth was about 5 Mbps last year and catered for approximately 2,500 internet users across the country. - Axed Sowetan subeditor Llewellyn…


Computing

High Taxation Impedes Computer Assembly Trade in Kenya

High duty on computer parts is hindering the development of a vibrant assembly industry. While tariff on finished computers is zero rated, most components and peripherals still attract high duty.…


Computing

Uganda to Get Cheap Computers

In an effort to increase the use and distribution of computers in the country, the government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation are in talks to form a public-private…


Computing

The State of ICTs in the South African NGO Sector

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have always been portrayed as operating on a shoestring budget, and being stuck in the dark ages of telecommunications. The reality, however, is that NGOs are heavily…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) has been put under the President's Office, and will now be reporting directly to the Minster in President's Office in charge of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Globacom, Nigeria's Second National Carrier, has introduced third generation mobile telephony. Globacom, in a statement issued by its Communication Department, listed Mobile Live TV, Video Calling, High Speed Internet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Shareholders Approve Intercellular Deal in Nigeria

Shareholders of Intercellular Nigeria Plc have approved a 70 per cent majority acquisition stake from Sudatel, Sudan's incumbent operator. The shareholders according to a statement made available to THISDAY gave…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN to shed R2.4bn Nigeria stake?

Market speculation is that MTN could shed some of its MTN Nigeria shareholding, selling 3.5% of its shares to wealthy Nigerian nationals by January next year. MTN holds 82% of…