Issue no 392

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Indian Ocean islands agree a scheme to connect themselves by fibre

A meeting of the members of the Indian Ocean Commission in Addis Ababa last week decided to give the go-ahead to connect their island-members by fibre to each other and the rest of the world. The connecting cable would be available on non-discriminatory terms and under a low-cost, high volume regime. The project has its origins in a consultants’ study started in mid 2007 and completed at the end of last year. The study looked at the likely demand from the different island members and the technical and financial feasibility of the project. The Commission has six island members: Comoros,…

Telecoms

GSM Operators Face Regulatory Crackdown On Advertising in Nigeria

The Nigerian regulator NCC has told mobile operators to stop advertising new promotions while they sort out quality of service issues on the network. As the sector comes to grip…


Telecoms

Celtel’s Uganda licence extended while new licences under scrutiny

Celtel Uganda can now firmly proceed with its future business plans for the telecom market following the approval of the extension of its operation license by the Ugandan Communications Commission,…


Telecoms

Key Witness in Corruption Case Spills the Beans in Namibia

A key figure in the Telecom Namibia copper corruption trial now under way in the High Court in Windhoek yesterday started spilling the beans on his own and three suspected…


Telecoms

World Bank Frees Funds to Support Call Centres industry in Kenya

Call centres will start drawing financial support from the Government next month as part of a Sh78 million project supported by the World Bank. The bank has released the money…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Prysmian Cables & Systems which has been contracted by the Libyan General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) to lay cables has announced that it is nearing completion of a contract…


Internet

Sentech to Provide Wireless Internet in South Africa

Reducing the cost of doing business in South Africa received a leg up on Friday, with President Thabo Mbeki's announcement that state-owned broadband supplier, Sentech, will become a wireless internet…


Internet

MTC Pledges N$20 000 to Xnet in Namibia

Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTC) last week pledged N$20 000 and 500,000 Mbps towards the Xnet Development Alliance for International Communication Technology (ICT) projects. Officially handing over the donation, MTC's General…


Internet

Internet Operators Lament Lack of Access in Gambia

Internet Café operators and users have been complaining recently that they cannot access Internet services. They complained that it sometimes takes them two to three hours before they can access…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Services on two of three broken undersea cables providing Internet services to parts of the Middle East and Asia have been restored after both cables were repaired, an Indian-owned…


Computing

School Computers Rot in Store in Namibia

The bulk of a N$9 million consignment of computer equipment bought by the Ministry of Education early last year for distribution to 40 schools has not yet reached its intended…


Computing

International Computer Driving Licence Programme Shows Positive Results in South Africa

An International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) programme at the St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls which started two years ago has shown positive results. The ICDL in South Africa is…


Computing

Business Software Alliance wants to reduce Africa’s 60% piracy rate by 10%

Reducing Africa's average of 60 percent software piracy by a rate of 10 percent would have a multiplier effect and increase economic benefits, suggested a new study released by the…


Computing

READERS COMMENT:

Issue 391: Nigeria: Much scepticism about OPLC project I have been enjoying reading your news updates very much. They are usually well researched and give great insights into the African…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation says it plans seeks a legal removal of an injunction in a suit underway that restrains the supply of its XO laptops…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Rwanda’s mobile operator MTN has cut its local and international tariffs by 35% and 60% respectively. Local mobile calls using MTN Per second Billing and PayGo packages have been…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s Safaricom IPO Stalls As State Awaits the Go-Ahead

Regulators have not approved a Government plan to sell a portion of its stake in Safaricom, signalling that the offer is unlikely to be in the market by the end…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Federal Government Seeks New Investors for Nitel/Mtel in Nigeria

The Federal Government has embarked on a search for new investors in Nitel and Mtel to improve its dwindling fortunes. In a meeting with Transnational Corporation (Transcorp) last December, government…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN dumps Telkom, eyes Verizon in South Africa

MTN has decided to withdraw from discussions aimed at re-entering the bidding war for SA's fixed-line operator, Telkom. The latter is already in preliminary discussions with Oger Telecom, Cell C's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

President Bush announces new US$100 million fund for Telecoms, Media and Technology

President George W. Bush announced today that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) would support five new private equity investment funds, with a combined target capitalization of $875 million, one…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is getting a foot into South Africa’s telecom market with the completion of the purchase of a 35% interest in Oger Telecom for a net…


Digital Content

Mobile Phones to Be Used in Aids Fight in Uganda

An innovative programme that uses cell phone text messages as an interactive tool in improving HIV/Aids sensitisation and education has been introduced in Uganda. The programme is a joint effort…


Digital Content

South Africa blog awards open for nominations

The annual SA blog awards yesterday opened nominations for the 2008 awards. This year, following the fallout from last year’s awards, the judges have put in place a new set…


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People

* The Board of Namibia Post Limited (NamPost) yesterday announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Sakaria Nghikembua. * The Chief Executive Officer of Celtel Nigeria, Adebayo Ligali, has…


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Events

* AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST NEXT GENERATION NETWORKS SUMMIT 2008 18th - 19th February 2008, Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa The conference revolves B2B, B2G, G2G Next Generation Networks business…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Ethiopian ICT Private sector assessment / investment incentives schemes to ICT Sector The Danish Management A/S is presently searching for individual experts to study the mechanisms to support the…


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Contracts

* Rwandatel and Huawei - Rwanda Rwandatel has signing a USD 35 million partnership agreement with Huawei technologies.This contract will realize the nationwide rollout of new infrastructure that will support…