Issue no 395

Top Story

* What’s happening with Lap Green and Vodacom?

After the story in issue 394 about Vodacom having plans to buy Lap Green’s Rwanda and Uganda operations, the company has denied reports that it was selling off its Ugandan and Rwandan operations to Vodacom. "That information isn't true at all because if we (Lap Green) had some thing big like that, I would have known about it," Elazzabi said. "We are expanding our operations. As I talk to you now, I am in Abuja where we intend to have a new network". But our source says that he has seen an unsigned copy of the contract and has had…

Telecoms

NCC Threatens Stiffer Sanctions Against MTN and Celtel Nigeria after imposing N4.7 billion compensation to users

The Nigerian regulator NCC has warned that it will impose sanctions on MTN and Celtel, by imposing a fine of N5,000,000 million naira and a further sum of N500,000 per…


Telecoms

ANC MPs Push Hard for Sentech Funding in South Africa

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri came under intense pressure from ruling party ANC MPs last week to secure a full funding package of US$122.4 million for state-owned signal carrier Sentech, as…


Telecoms

Sasktel lays out its plans for TTCL

The CEO of the new management contractors for Tanzania’s incumbents TTCL gave some idea of its plans for the company in a report in The Citizen. The company’s new CEO…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya's Retrenchment Plan Hit By Cash Shortage in Kenya

Government delays in paying its contribution to the agreed retrenchment package seem to be at the root of the non-payment of salaries to workers who have been made redundant. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The on-off privatisation of Algerie Telecom is scheduled for the first quarter of 2008, according to Post and Information and Communication Technologies Minister Boudjemaâ Haïchour."Whether it is for the…


Internet

Malawi Telecom to spend US$25 million on fibre project

Malawi Telecom says it plans to spend about $25 million (about K3.5b) in the next two years on the optical fibre project to improve its services. It has given the…


Internet

Wi-MAX impact dampened by licensing delays in South Africa

Delays in the awarding of licences for providing the new WiMAX high-speed wireless broadband service to businesses and consumers has resulted in dampening of its potential impact. This is the…


Internet

Tanzanian Government detains two website editors

The Tanzanian Government has arrested two online editors without charge. The two were detained and interrogated for 24 hours in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on February 18, in what observers…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Orange Madagascar is investing in a submarine fibre cable dubbed “Lion” which will link the city of Toamasina on the main island to the existing SAFE cable. The project…


Computing

Adobe Set for Relaunch in Nigeria

Adobe, one of the world's renowned computer software firms is set to re-establish its presence in Nigeria. This follows the recent appointment of Licence to Learn WECA Limited as Adobe's…


Computing

Middle East and Africa IT spending set to boom

IT spending continues to increase in the emerging regions including the Middle East and Africa, at a pace far outstripping that of the industrialized world, according to Gartner, Inc. The…


Computing

Digital Project Heralds New Dawn for African Libraries

For Jennifer, a Kenyan student of cultural heritage, accessing scholarly resources for her academic projects always presents an anxious moment. To conduct research, she must travel far to locate libraries…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Rwanda has been selected to host the Third Annual African e-Government Forum scheduled to take place between 14-16 April, next year. - Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) has said…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Starcomms, Nigeria largest CDMA 3G mobile network has commenced an aggressive expansion drive that will see the network taking its services to more cities in the country, with a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Portugal Telecom Reports Strong African Growth During 2007

Portugal Telecom's subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa have announced an annual increase of 19.9% to 842.5 million euro, underpinned by a 52.3% increase in subscribers to 4.37 million. Africa Holding, a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

What's in It for Nitel’s future Core Investor?

The Nigerian Government confirmed that Transcorp will stay in place as the managers and owners of Nitel until a new strategic investor can be found. But a report in This…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AccessKenya Maintains Positive Outlook of Year's Targets

Technology services company, AccessKenya, is braving turmoil in the economy from the recent post-election turmoil with a growth projection of more than 50 per cent. Jonathan Somen, the company's managing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gamtel close to bankruptcy, according to newspaper report

Barely less than one year, after Gambia's incumbent Gamtel was privatized, the Company is close to bankruptcy, according to highly placed company officials, who spoke to the local Freedom Newspaper.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Eygpt based, Orascom Telecom has agreed to refinance a tranche of its debt with a new US$2.5 billion five-year debt facility with 12 Egyptian and international banks. The company…


Digital Content

Election Campaigns Go Hi-Tech in Zimbabwe

Savvy text messaging and cheeky ring tones are the new face of cost-effective political campaigning in Zimbabwe in the run up to the 29 March election, despite the creakiness of…


Digital Content

Songs of Web 2.0 Collaboration in South Africa

IBM is inviting professional and amateur musicians from all over the world to use its Internet collaboration tools to compose songs about South Africa. The initiative, called Songs of Good…


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People

* Public Invest Corporation (PIC) CEO Brian Molefe has been removed from Telkom South Africa’s board of directors with immediate effect. * The Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nitel Abubakar…


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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

* TSP/CCN OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT The company is looking for a TSP/CCN Operation and Maintenance Assistant. The role is O&M assistance for Celtel in Malawi for their CCN on…


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Contracts

* Yahsat and EMC - MEA Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJsc (Yahsat), the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite communications company, today signed a contract worth approximately 400 million AED contract…