Issue no 393

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Issue 383: Algeria Telecom becomes first operator to pioneer fibre to the home strategy In your leading article in issue 383 , an error was made about the equipment supplier. Algérie telecom signed on November 3, 2007 a partnership contract with SPEC-COM Canada for the deployment of the FTTH network in Algeria. Currently the only partner Algérie Telecom has for the deployment of the FTTH is SPEC-COM Canada which has installed, to date, 2000 accesses in Oran which will soon be marketed. SPEC-COM will be present also in Algiers, Oran, Constantine, Annaba, Setif and Hassi Méssaoud Sagem never was a…

Telecoms

Nigerian government nixes telecoms privatisation and will look for new strategic shareholder

The government of Nigeria has moved to annul the sale of Nitel, the country's incumbent and formerly state-owned telco to a consortium of private buyers headed by the country's ex-president,…


Telecoms

Vodacom Tanzania takes TCRA to the Fair Competition Tribunal over interconnection rates

Vodacom Tanzania has taken the regulator to the Fair Competition Tribunal over its introduction of a new interconnection framework in January 2008. The framework would have lowered the level of…


Telecoms

Liberia’s former incumbent LTC Signs MoUs A-Link and ZTE

As part of the slow-moving attempts to revive itself, Liberia’s incumbent LTC signed agreements with Chinese equipment manufacturer ZTE and Ivorian international wholesale carrier A-Link. The agreement has taken 20…


Telecoms

Vodacom Claims 40 Per Cent of Mobile Phone Market in Mozambique

Vodacom-Mozambique (VM), the second cell phone operator in the country, lastTuesday claimed that it has increased its share of the mobile phone market to 40 per cent. Speaking at a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire has launched an audit of Côte d’Ivoire Telecom activities over the last ten years. In 1996, France Telecom acquired a…


Internet

TEAMS looks set to confirm financing and start operations in June 2009

Although the wrangling is not yet over, the Kenyan Government’s international fibre project looks set to get its financing and is promising a May or June 2009 start date, more…


Internet

Seacom promises international bandwidth at 'fraction of today's cost'

The price of international bandwidth will plummet 80% when the Seacom undersea cable goes live on June 17 2009, more or less the same date as the TEAMS cable in…


Internet

South Africa May Follow UK Bill on Downloads

South Africa may follow the UK government's intention to pass a law curbing illegal content downloads by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to crack down on users' illegal activities, local…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Malawian President Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika has signed the protocol on policy and regulatory framework for the NEPAD Broadband Infrastructure Network, meaning the protocol came into force immediately, RNA…


Computing

Zimbabwe’s Governement to Promote Solar Energy for Computers

In the absence of a reliable supply of other energy sources, the Zimbawean Government has launched a programme to promote the use of solar energy as an alternative source of…


Computing

The Abuja Technology Village Will Become a Reality

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, has stated that one of the main challenges of his administration is to ensure that the Abuja Technology Village…


Computing

Mobile tops Ubuntu goals for Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu training Canonical chief executive, Mark Shuttleworth, announced plans for the October release of Ubuntu Linux. The release, due out in October this year, is to be called Intrepid Ibex…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South African technology company Dimension Data hopes to capitalise on the twin pressures of climate change and electricity shortages by advising companies on the more energy efficient use of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The technical hitch on the Safaricom network has put the money transfer M-PESA service on hold. A short text message explanation from Safaricom to the dealers advised them not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Government Suspends Sale of Shares in Ghana Telecom

The Ghanaian Government seems cursed when it comes to the sale of its telecoms assets. The Head of Corporate Communication and Customer Care of Ghana Telecom, Major Albert B. Don-Chebe,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AccessKenya Group Breaks K Shs 1 billion revenue target one year early; profit rises over 300% to K Shs 150 million

AccessKenya Group, Kenya’s only publicly listed ICT company, last week announced its results for the year ending December, 2007, breaking the K Shs 1 billion barrier one year early and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African Sentech Receives R500m Boost

South Africa is the only country on the continent where the Government has made investments in three entirely separate companies in the telecoms sector: Infraco, Sentech and Telkom. State-owned signal…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Sale Date Awaits New Privatisation Chief in Kenya

The release of a timetable for the sale of a part of Safaricom is awaiting the appointment of a new chair to the privatisation commission, Treasury officials said. Plans to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s Blue Label Telecoms announced promising results since the company got listed at the stock exchange. Blue Label activities are based on electronic transactions and began with the…


Digital Content

Google Sees Cellphone As Ticket Into Africa

Google, the world's most popular search engine, had to tailor its offerings to work better on cellphones if it was to make real headway in Africa, the group said last…


Digital Content

Mother Tongue Interference On the Internet

In a continent where almost all languages are absent in cyber space, 23-year-old Kiganira Deogracious Kijambu has a dream that one day he will access the Internet in Lusoga, his…


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People

* Former Chief Executive Officer of MTS First, Danmole Oyesiku, has been employed as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) by Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Limited (EMTS) popularly known in Nigeria as…


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Events

* CAPACITY MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA 2008 25th – 26th February 2008, Dubai Now in its 3rd successful year Capacity Middle East & North Africa 2008 provides the leading…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* SOLUTION MANAGER VAS – CONGO DRC The company is looking for a skilled Solution manager with experience in VAS. Responsibilities include: discuss end-to end solution with customer; support scoping…


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Contracts

* Etisalat Misr and Ericsson - Egypt Swedish vendor Ericsson has signed a contract with Egyptian cellco Etisalat Misr to expand its GSM/W-CDMA/HSPA network, bringing Misr’s total investments with the…