Issue no 388

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Africa’s mobile newcomers target off-centre country markets

Just as mobile markets in Africa seemed to be consolidating and the price for new entrants was going off the scale, a new wave of competition is breaking. Africa’s two newest mobile operators – HITS and Warid Telecom – are both concentrating on what analysts would call the “low cards in the pack” in order to get a foothold before tackling larger territories. Both come from re-invested oil money earned in the Gulf and have ambitions to play on a larger stage. Warid’s Wateen Telecoms looks set to offer some additional surprises in Uganda. Russell Southwood asks whether the newcomers…

Telecoms

Etisalat plans mobile virtual network as Glo overtakes MTN in Nigeria

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), the United Arab Emirates mobile cellular operator picked by the country's Mudadala Development Company to operate its telecoms licence in Nigeria plans to become the nation's…


Telecoms

UCC Gets Sh6b for Rural Phones im Uganda

Three mobile telephone providers yesterday gave sh6.7b to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for the expansion of telecommunications services to rural areas. MTN contributed sh3,281,618,603, Celtel gave sh2,100,000,000, while UTL…


Telecoms

Celtel Loses Up to Sh200m in Poll Violence in Kenya

Kenya’s second mobile phone service provider Celtel last week revealed that it lost between Sh150 and 200 million to the post-election violence that rocked the country recently. The loss excludes…


Telecoms

Gamtel CDMA Pilot Project Was Approved says ex-CEO Omar Ndow

Omar Ndow, the Ex-Managing Director of Gamtel, on Thursday, 10 January, told the Banjul Magistrates Court that the project, which is the subject matter of his charge, was approved by…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tunisia Telecommunication Act of 2001 has been amended to enhance competition, encourage ICT investments and strengthen the regulator’s powers. The amendment signals the opening of the fixed telephony market…


Internet

Is EASSy dead in the water?

Apart from a few promises from the EASSy consortium not much seems to be happening with the submarine cable project. The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) has long been…


Internet

NITDA, Nira Sign Pact On Management of Nigeria’s domain name

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigerian Internet Re-gistration Association (NiRA), yesterday in Abuja, signed a memorandum of understanding MoU for management of the nation's web domain. The address…


Internet

MWEB plans WiMax trial extension in South Africa

MWEB is planning to add more users to their WiMax trial and will erect another base station, but are waiting for ICASA to give the go-ahead. MWEB has been trialing…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The House of Representatives has rescinded an earlier resolution that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) should grant Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) a Unified Access Service licence, including spectrum…


Computing

Tunisia is gearing up for an electronic tax filing system

Tunisia has endeavoured, out of its conviction that a modern tax system is an essential conditions for the setting up of a modern economy integrated in its regional and international…


Computing

North Africa PC market thriving says new report

PC markets in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia showed strong growth in 2007, according to a report from analyst company IDC. Shipments of PCs in the three largest PC markets in…


Computing

Nigeria Earmarks N3 Billion for technology development in African Countries

Nigeria Technical Co-operation Fund (NTCF), yesterday in Abuja, said it would provide technical assistance worth US$25 million to African countries. Acting Director-General DTCA, Dr Sule Bassi, told the News Agency…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Technology Distributions, the number one ICT distributor in West Africa has announced a strategic partnership with Toshiba, a global leader in mobile technology to provide the West African Market…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Namibia, Cell One has announced that its network is now covering the areas of Karasburg, Khorixas and Omaruru. Continuous coverage is also provided on the road between Okahandja…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

No Fresh Vodacom Bid for Ghana Telecom

Following last week’s story based on “sources” in Ghana saying that Vodacom would increase its bid, it has become clear that the Government has been using the pliant local press…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Denies Reports of Plans to Sell Mobinil Stake

It’s been a week for denials as Egypt's Orascom Telecom has refuted recent media comments that it is considering selling some of its holding in local mobile phone operator, Egyptian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigcomsat, Galaxy Backbone to Partner in Nigeria

The Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) and Galaxy Backbone yesterday resolved to work together and harmonize the initiatives of the organisations in order to create a knowledge based economy. The Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Turning Ideas into Money-Spinners in South Africa

As part of its strategy to turn the ideas of locals into money-making projects, government is planning to create a public funding agency for the nation's innovators. This week, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Kenya’s largest mobile operator, Safaricom’s initial public offer to sell a 25% stake in the firm is not likely to occur before mid-February at the earliest, though the government…


Digital Content

Nigeria Launches DVB-H Mobile TV

Nigeria has beaten South Africa in the roll-out of the DVB-H mobile TV... Details Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa's local business partner in Nigeria, has launched Africa's first commercial mobile broadcast TV…


Digital Content

It's the Year for Online advertisement in Africa?

The challenge this year for advertisers is to really connect with their consumers in credible spaces online and learn how to become part of their personal space with an authentic…


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People

The CEO of Celtel Kenya, David Murray has unexpectedly announced his resignation after just one year at the helm of the company. The company's CFO, Caba Pinter will take over…


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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

* OPERATIONS DIRECTOR - NIGERIA Urgent requirement for a Managing Director to work in Nigeria for a large operator. Job Responsibilities: to plan and execute network operation and maintenance activities,…


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Contracts

* UUNET and Sony - Kenya UUNET Kenya has signed a multimillion video-conferencing deal with Japanese electronics giants, SONY, which will see the Kenyan firm provide end-to-end services. Clients will…