Issue no 390

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African countries’ ICT policy– going from the blah, blah, blah cycle to getting something done

In a week in which the heart of South Africa’s ICT industry - Sandton - suffered continuous load-shedding (rolling power cuts for those of you who speak English), no-one doubts that developing a modern ICT-enabled economy in Africa is a challenge. It is easy in these circumstances to respond cynically by asking: Government? What is it good for? But a small number of African Governments have managed to make a difference through facilitating major projects but the majority are in the slow-track when it comes to getting the big things done. Russell Southwood looks at why some countries talk, whilst…

Telecoms

Slower Subscriber Growth across Vodacom’s African operations

Vodacom saw a dip in the pace at which new customers are joining its network in South Africa, with 958,000 signing up in the past three months against 1.5-million just…


Telecoms

Rwanda’s Government Launches Rural Mobile Phone Scheme

The Government has launched a credit scheme of a cellphone-per-household aimed at bridging the communication gap in rural areas. The initiative kicked off recently in Musanze District, Northern Province. The…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone’s Minister denies he is responsible for Sierratel’s monopoly international gateway license

In a magnificent display of political slipperiness, Sierra Leone's Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo says his Ministry had nothing to do with the monopoly international gateway…


Telecoms

Orascom Algeria is Not for Sale says MD

Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), a subsidiary of the Egyptian Orascom Group has dismissed rumours that it is for sale. According Hassan Kabbani, as long as Algeria remains an emerging economy…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Madagascar is set to introduce new telecommunications rules to further liberalise this sector. The reform will see a new regulatory body the ARTEC (autorité de régulation des technologies de…


Internet

Rogue vessels cuts sub-marine fibre cable to the Middle East and North Africa

Much of the Middle East was cut off from the Internet and international telecommunications services yesterday when two sub-sea communications cables were severed. It is believed that a vessel anchored…


Internet

National Data Transmission Cable Now On Test in Uganda

The first phase of Uganda's National Data Transmission Backbone has been completed and is being tested. The communication infrastructure which was undertaken by the government to enhance Uganda's domestic fibre-optic…


Internet

Kenya’s TEAMS registers to avoid rumours about ownership

Government-backed high speed Internet connection, The East African Marine System (TEAMs), has been registered afresh to assure potential investors of its ownership, it has emerged. Speculation over the ownership of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Cameroon has been chosen alongside two other African countries to host one of the major network operational centres of RASCOM. Following the terms of the agreement, Cameroon has allocated…


Computing

Microsoft introduces Instalment Payments for Vista in Kenya

Software giant Microsoft has announced plans to adopt the mortgage industry's marketing concepts to speed up the uptake of its latest release, Vista. The company's local subsidiary Microsoft Kenya said…


Computing

Lenovo's computers hit the high street in South Africa

Chinese computer company Lenovo is entering SA's crowded consumer market, hoping to win a sizeable chunk of the half-million notebooks and desktops bought by individuals each year. The company bought…


Computing

Lagos may become a toxic E-Waste Dump

According to the Basel Action Network (BAN), a Seattle-based environmental group, an estimated 500 shipping containers with a load equal in volume to 400,000 computer monitors or 175,000 large TV…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- As South Africans are urged to fill in their tax returns for January 31st, a first evaluation indicates that over 400 000 returns were submitted via the electronic filing…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- As of February 1st 2008, prepaid telecommunication cards for airtime sold would be subject to value-added tax at 15 per cent in Namibia. Concerns have been voiced that il…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

State Says Safaricom’s IPO Plan in Doubt Over Chaos in Kenya

The Government has expressed doubts over the success of the planned Safaricom Initial Public Offer (IPO), but maintains the process will go on despite the stormy political environment. Finance minister,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobile operator Zain '07 Profits Rise By 11 Percent to Hit $1.13 Billion

Zain Group, the Kuwait-based telecoms company that owns local mobile phone firm, Celtel Kenya, has announced full-year results for 2007 showing its profits rose by 11 per cent riding on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VTEL Holdings acquires Burundi's Africell

VTEL Holdings Ltd, a Dubai based telecommunications company finalised the acquisition of Africa Cellulaire (Africell) of Burundi. Africell currently possess a GSM and WiMax license and its network name is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vox Sitting Pretty After Acquisitions in South Africa

The pace of mergers and acquisitions in the hi-tech sector will slacken off as interest rates climb and the cost of capital swells, Vox Telecom believes. The latest deal by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Togo Telecom has extended its deadline to February 8th to complete its international loan funding round. The national incumbent is looking to raise 20 billions CFA francs but so…


Digital Content

Intercontinental Bank Activates I-Mobile Cards in Ghana

Intercontinental Bank Plc has launched the I-Mobile card that will enable both its account holders and non-account holders to use its ATMs in both Ghana and Nigeria. It is in…


Digital Content

Xam Marsé – the Communication Initiative Network in Senegal

Launched by Manobi in 2001, Xam Marsé provides market information about various products to Senegalese farmers, traders, hoteliers and others via internet and free, daily telephone SMS (short message service)…


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People

* Public Investment Corporation (PIC) CEO and empowerment activist Brian Molefe has joined Telkom's board in South Africa. Molefe will replace Tshepo Mahloele as the PIC's representative on the fixed-line…


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Events

* E-TISSAL EXPO 2008 6-8 February 2008, International Congress and Expo Center of the Exchange Office of Casablanca, Morocco. e-Tissal is organized by the media and communication professionals for every…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* PIWA-Information Society” Prize – 2008 / Haayo Prizes Within the framework of its objective to strengthen journalist capacity on ICTs of the its Haayo-Mediactic project funded by the Open…


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Contracts

* mCel and Alcatel-Lucent - Mozambique Mozambique’s largest mobile operator has awarded Alcatel-Lucent a contract for the deployment of a 3G network. The deployment will take place in populated urban…