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Issue 396: Infrastructure sharing to speed roll-out

I want to commend you on "Infrastructure sharing to speed roll out" story issue 396 with a focus of national and international fibre optic backbone networks following the recent ITU's regulator conference. Even though you did not cite our MaIN OnE submarine cable project (which will connect countries on the western seaboard of the continent), the model you advocated of credible third party funding of private sector projects deployed on a shared infrastructure basis is exactly what we are implementing. It is indeed a mixed bag because it appears that in Africa where the infrastructure is most lacking, there is…

Telecoms

Etisalat unveils fifth mobile phone network in Nigeria

Etisalat unveiled its new network last week, making it Nigeria's fifth mobile phone operator. Hakeem Bello-Osagie, chairman of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services, or EMTS, owners of the license operated by…


Telecoms

MTN Ups Stake in Rwanda

The MTN Group has announced that it has concluded an agreement to purchase a further interest in MTN Rwanda, increasing its shareholding from 40% to 55%. According to a press…


Telecoms

MTN Nigeria Rakes in N70bn Profit

Telecom giant MTN recorded an operational profit of N78 billion in the financial year ended December 31, 2007, its Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ahmad Farroukh said. “MTN paid N60 billion…


Telecoms

Four Sierratel Senior Staff Suspended

A recent case of fraud at Sierra Leone’s incumbent Sierratel gives further ammunition if it were needed of the case against reviving incumbents lost to civil wars. Four senior staff…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In South Africa, Vodacom network is experiencing problems, causing difficulties for some subscribers to receive calls. Numerous Vodacom contract subscribers are experiencing problems receiving calls. The problem seems to…


Internet

Telkom South Africa introduces 600 Mbps Metro LAN service

Telkom will be introducing Metro LAN in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town during March. Announcing the service, Godfrey Ntoele, Group Executive for National Sales and Marketing Operations, said that Metro…


Internet

Medical Treatment By the Internet in Tanzania

Hospitals in rural Tanzania have designed ways to communicate with doctors in referral hospitals using the Internet. The Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza has a telemedicine unit that connects Rubya…


Internet

Gamtel blocks Gambian online newspaper over bankruptcy story

For the past two weeks, Gambians have been unable to access the Freedom Newspaper, an online Gambia newspaper based in United States of America, which has been very critical of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigerian telco Globacom has announced the launch the Onitsha-Awka-Enugu route of its nationwide Optic Fibre Cable backbone. - Trinity Telecomms has announced the launch of an independent wireless division,…


Computing

East African PC sector 'inconsequential' compared to mature markets

Computer vendors and channel suppliers targeting the East African region from the Middle East are addressing a market worth barely $200m a year and where mobile systems have only had…


Computing

Malawi to Have Booming ICT Services in Rural Areas, says Minister

Malawi Information and Civic Education Minister Patricia Kaliati on Friday said that the country will have a booming information and communication technology services after successfully piloting ICT telecentres in some…


Computing

SAP’s investment in Meraka Institute generates high-level ICT students

SAP's R50 million investment in skills in SA is showing dividends, says the company's ambassador Les Hayman. “We have invested, for the last few years, quite heavily in the Meraka…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) will provide 500,000 computers for the Least Developed Countries (LDC) to help enhance their technological development, the Executive Secretary of the Digital…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The 150,000 fishermen that work on Lake Victoria will soon be able to use mobile phones to call for help if they get into trouble. Pan-Africa mobile operator Celtel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom IPO Confirmed for Next Week

The floatation of Kenya's Safaricom has resumed following the calming down of the political turmoil over the past few months. The floatation of a 25% stake held by the government…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa Vodacom denies political pressure over BEE deal

Vodacom is not under political pressure and will ensure its multibillion-rand black economic empowerment (BEE) deal is truly broad-based. This is according to Vodacom group CEO Alan Knott-Craig, who says:…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Govt in Dilemma Over Transfer of TEAMS Shares to Private Investors

The Kenya government is in a dilemma over how to transfer billions of shillings' worth of shares in the state-funded fibre-optic operator TEAMS Ltd to private companies when the multimillion-dollar…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe’s new nationalisation law: the end of private ICT sector or a BEE-style programme?

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's signature on the country's new nationalisation law has international business in a panic. However, South African companies with a Zimbabwean presence are staying on how they…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), the highest rated bank in the Middle East, has been assigned by Zain Mobile Telecommunications Company to manage the Group's 75 percent capital…


Digital Content

New technology podcast launched in South Africa

A new local technology podcast, hosted by a group of high profile tech journalists, was launched recently. A group of well-known technology journalists have started what they believe will become…


Digital Content

Tour guide of Table Mountain and more… on your mobile phone

Visitors to South Africa, or those of trying to re-acquaint themselves with historical highlights, could find the newly launched Mobiguide particularly helpful: short video tour guides that can be downloaded…


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People

* Azdine El Moutassir Billah has been appointed as General Director of the ANRT, the Moroccan Telecoms regulator. * René Serge Blanchard Oba, the general administrator of the massively loss-making…


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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

* PROGRAM MANAGER – WEST AFRICA The company is looking to find an experience Program Manager for a 2 years contract. You will be responsible to execute the contract ensuring…


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Contracts

* Cell One and TelePassport - Namibia Mobile operator Cell One and TelePassport signed a least cost routing (LCR) distribution agreement. The agreement allows Cell One to use the LCR…