Issue no 386

Top Story

SMS – Africa’s coming media generates millions of responses and revenues

Mobile SMS messages are Africa’s coming media. The Ethiopian Government banned them because they were used to organise opposition protests but found it impossible to let them stay banned. They featured as a medium for spreading insidious rumours about candidates in the recent Kenyan election and more tragically, as the means for organising post-election violence. But beyond these high profile political campaigns, SMS messages are one of the developing service businesses in the mobile sector. Before Kenya’s recent election, Russell Southwood spoke to Kenya’s Karanja Macharia, CEO of Mobile Planet about the potential of this new business. Q: What’s Mobile…

Telecoms

Nigeria’s Senate is probing N59 Billion Rural Telephony Project

Nigeria’s Senate’s Committee on Communications is conducting an investigation into why the last administration’s N59 billion rural telephony project has not yet been implemented. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Sylvester…


Telecoms

Egypt's Raya says it might bid for fixed-line licence

Egypt's Raya Technology and Communication said that it is thinking of bidding for the second fixed-line licence in the country through an alliance with an international operator. Company Chairman Medhat…


Telecoms

TCRA sets January end deadline for mobile carriers in Tanzania

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has given all mobile phone service providers in the country until January 31, next year, to confirm their compliance with the new international charges…


Telecoms

MTN Moves to Prevent SIM Card Swap Fraud in South Africa

The MTN cellphone network says it is taking firm action to prevent a repeat of a fraud incident in which an online syndicate hacked into the bank account of a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Kenya, the main mobile services provider Safaricom has moved to improve its services after several days of interruptions. Michael Joseph, Safaricom’s CEO said that it was very unfortunate…


Internet

Nigeria’s National Internet Gateway of Controversy

Obi Thompson who claims he was given an exclusive contract to operate an Internet gateway continues to make waves in the Nigerian media. An interview in This Day last week…


Internet

Subscribers disappointed with broadband service in South Africa, says survey

Only 13 percent of SA broadband subscribers rated their service as better than expected. South African broadband subscribers are generally not very impressed with their broadband service. According to feedback…


Internet

Yahoo Enters Nigeria with the appointment of Seed Media as Local Partner

Yahoo, a leading internet service firm has appointed Seed Media Limited as its exclusive media Sales representative in Sub Saharan Africa. This was made known by the Partner Manager of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Government of Mauritius has put online 48 application processes at www.gov.mu. From January 2008, people will be able for example to book an appointment online with the National…


Computing

Rwanda’s Mayors Promise ICT for All in 2008

All Rwandans at the cell level could have access to ICT facilities by the end of next year if plans presented by district mayors yesterday are implemented. A cell is…


Computing

E-Ticketing to be launched soon in Nigeria

An electronic system of ticketing, an initiative of National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), supported by Zenith Bank, will soon hit the Nigeria airline market. Christened BSP e-Ticketing, it…


Computing

Angola’s IT Sector recorded significant growth in 2007

In 2007 Angola recorded significant growth in the sector of information and communication technologies. Available data indicate that about 3 million citizens are connected to Internet and are cell phone…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is consolidating its presence in sub-Saharan Africa, and has shown quarter-on-quarter growth of about 30% in the region. AMD has had a local presence since…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The construction of a telecommunications building complex in Eritrea’s Afabet at a cost of over 10 million Nakfa has been finalized, according to the Eritrean Telecommunication Service Corporation (ERI-TEL).…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana Renews Search For Ghana Telecom Stake Buyer

A Ghanaian government official said Thursday that the process of finding a buyer for a majority stake in Ghana Telecom has been renewed after bids from European telecom operators were…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The Uphill Task of Selling Safaricom in Kenya

Handling the biggest Initial Public Offer in the country ever is no small task for the joint managing director and co-CEO of Dyer & Blair Investment Bank, Hassan Mohammed. Perhaps…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICT Attracts Sh590b Projects in Uganda

Information Communication Technology (ICT) has attracted investment projects worth $350m (sh590b) in the last six years. According to a report issued by the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) the ICT sector…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Vodacom black economic empowerment deal set to be controversial

Sparks are set to fly as mobile phone network operator Vodacom moves closer to finalising its R7.5bn black economic empowerment (BEE) deal. Under normal circumstances a R7.5bn socially friendly initiative…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Côte d’Ivoire Telecom (CIT) has raised 7.5 billion CFA francs (US$15 million) funding through an international bond issuance organised by City Bank in five countries member of the West…


Digital Content

Angry South Africa’s Teens Plan Mass Kissing Online Protest

Teenagers are planning to defy the government's ban on under-16 kissing, touching and rubbing up against each other in public, hatching a "kissing protest" on Facebook. The new law, passed…


Digital Content

A Bank in Every African Pocket?

Ann Wanjiku walks up to a green-and-white booth with an "M-Pesa agent" sign on it. There she shows the agent her identity card and her cell phone, which displays a…


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People

* Mouloud Djaziri has been appointed as the new CEO of Algerie Telecom. At the same time Lounis Belharrat has been appointed a the head of its mobile arm “Mobilis”…


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Events

- 3RD ANNUAL DIGITAL BROADCASTING SWITCHOVER FORUM 29 Jan – 1 Feb 2008, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa Covering National Switchover Frameworks and Planning, the Digital Dividend, the Results of WRC…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Director of Operations, Postal/Telecom A well-known incumbent telecom operator in the Southern Africa region, requires a highly experienced individual to assist with the implementation of major strategic changes within…


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Contracts

* Starcomms and Etranzact - Nigeria Starcomms has partnered with Etranzact for a new, faster, and secure payment platform that ensures convenience and a cost effective way of paying electronically…