Issue no 394

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Convergence – Getting to grips with the contours of the new media landscape with real data

Convergence has been creeping up on the telecoms and Internet sectors in Africa. Orange has been quietly promoting its Livebox product in a widening range of countries and Telkom will shortly launch IP-TV services through Telkom Media. Gateway Communications set up GTV to compete with DStv in the satellite Pay TV market. However, up until now there has been little data to work out what any of this might mean. In a world in which telcos are becoming broadcasters and broadcasters may yet return the favour by offering voice and Internet services, telcos and ISPs need to know what their…

Telecoms

Egypt to auction 2nd fixed-line licence on June 19

Egypt's telecoms regulator said last Sunday it would auction a second fixed-line licence on June 19, bringing Egypt one step closer to ending state-run Telecom Egypt's fixed-line monopoly. In an…


Telecoms

Vodacom plans ZAR2.5 billion move into business market in South Africa

It is not going to be easy taking on the likes of parent Telkom, but Vodacom believes it can restructure the connectivity market. The cellular operator revealed this weekend that…


Telecoms

Rwandans Switch to Vodacom Tanzania

As mobile telephone subscribers search for cheaper and affordable call tariffs, scores of people in the eastern province of Rwanda have subscribed to Vodacom Tanzania. The strong signals the company…


Telecoms

Visafone has launched full commercial operations in Nigeria

Visafone launched operations across Nigeria in 12 states and over 40 cities including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The telecoms operator, which is the newest and wholly-owned Nigerian mobile phone…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The inhabitants of the Southern Red Sea region in Eritrea will get access to mobile phone services by the next month, according to Tesfaslasie Berhane, manager of Eritrean incumbent…


Internet

Uganda delays decision on joining EASSy

The Eastern Africa submarine cable system kick-off may be delayed further after Uganda said it would not sign up until its concerns are addressed. "We are not ready to ratify…


Internet

Kenya’s Safaricom is testing HSDPA

Safaricom has completed a test run for an HSDPA service that it says will enable subscribers access the Internet faster. HSDPA will be used to deliver the service that will…


Internet

iBurst loses ground in South Africa

Despite almost doubling its broadband subscriber base from 35,000 to 60,000 in the past year, iBurst is losing ground in terms of market share, delegates heard at the Broadband Summit,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to the Malawi Government Gazette (2964 :Vol XLV no.3 18 Jan 2008) the MAREN IGL (a university network) has been granted a licence for an international gateway until…


Computing

Nigeria’s Federal Government Shifts Attention to Children On Computer Education

The federal government has announced plans to shift its attention to children on computer education, an official said The minister said the focus of this administration is to train children…


Computing

East African Breweries Spends Billions On IT to Grow Business

East African Breweries has spent Sh1.6 billion on a SAP installation in its last budget year, and it also plans to spend an additional Sh600 million on more IT systems…


Computing

Third African FOSS conference heads to Senegal

Time is running out to register for Idlelo 3, the third African Conference on Free and Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. The conference will be held in Dakar,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s best Computer Brand of the Year 2007, Zinox Computers, will from April this year, commence daily commercial output of 5,000 personal computers from its new modern factory in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Namibia is experiencing a cellphone war. MTC and Cell One are competing furiously and trying to outdo each other in giving best value to customers. Both companies are offering…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Verizon Business up for grabs in South Africa

Verizon Business, one of the country’s largest telecommunications service providers, is up for sale. Several sources have confirmed that the black-empowered company, majority-owned by the US communications giant of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerian Federal Government returns Transcorp's Nitel Stake

The Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (Transcorp) has announced that the Federal Government (FG) has returned the 51% share of incumbent telco Nigerian Telecom (NITEL) to it following a meeting on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

T-Systems in R1.8bn Mutual Outsource Deal in South Africa

Technology outsourcing specialist T-Systems has won a R1,8bn deal with Old Mutual and Mutual & Federal, transforming it from a lowly 11th in SA's outsourcing market into the sixth-largest player.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Toshiba bullish on Africa

Despite a general cash squeeze on the channel and difficult market conditions, Toshiba South Africa predicts 2008 sales will grow by 127%, with its South African market doubling in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Portugal Telecom's Chief Executive Henrique Granadeiro said Thursday the company plans to focus on its foreign operations, such as those in Brazil and Africa. Granadeiro was speaking at the…


Digital Content

Atcon Plans Summit On Local Content in Nigeria

Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), would in the coming weeks host stakeholders to a summit on local content. President, ATCON, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem gave this indication while briefing…


Digital Content

iBurst takes aim at online gaming in South Africa

iBurst recently launched its own online gaming portal and says that they see a lot of potential in this market. iBurst recently launched its iGame online gaming platform in partnership…


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People

- South Africa’s Simeka Business Solutions Group has lost the services of deputy CEO Bradley Hopkinson. - Open Text, provider of enterprise content management (ECM) solutions announced the appointment of…


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Events

* THE AFRICAN BANKING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE – “New dates” 28th March – 4th April 2008, Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya The conference theme is “sharing knowledge and best practices…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* CPM - Customer Project Manager – Southern Africa As a proven CPM, you will be responsible for: Project Integration Management, Value Management, Project Scope Management, Performance Quality Management in…


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Contracts

* HP and Unilever – Africa Hewlett Packard and Unilever have announced an extension of their relationship with the signing of a seven-year outsourcing contract for the management of Unilever…