Issue no 399

Top Story

Mauritius’ Nomad: Voice and Internet combine in the coming Wi-MAX business model

There are those who dream of a converged future where voice and data are combined, using significantly cheaper wireless technology. A number of those who see the future this way have bet on Wi-MAX being the technology to do it. A good many of Africa’s mobile operators have taken a side bet on it to see what happens. The doubters were no doubt heartened by a very public spat in which the CEO of Australia’s Buzz Broadband dropped Wi-MAX and went over to TD-CDMA. As an insurgent challenger in Mauritius to the new, vertically integrated mobile operators, Nomad, is looking…

Telecoms

Telkom South Africa ditches Pay-TV Plan and Oger’s Offer

Telkom stock fell yesterday after the company said it was slashing its proposed investment in a pay-TV division and rejecting an investment proposition by UAE operator Oger Telecoms. Instead of…


Telecoms

Glo Sets for Commercial Launch in Benin Republic

Three (Cargoes) Boeng 747 Jumbo Jets arrived Cotonou , Benin Republic, within the last one week, each carrying 100 tons of various pieces of equipment for Telecommunications giant, Globacom. They…


Telecoms

Egypt’s Mobinil Delays 3G Launch to July

Egypt's Mobinil has announced plans to delay the launch of its 3G network due to delays in allocating the necessary radio spectrum by the regulator. The company is also delaying…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s MTEL Workers Shut Down 200,000 Lines Over Unpaid Salaries

Workers of the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTEL) shut the entire 200,000 existing mobile lines of the company and all its call centres in the country over unpaid salary arrears owed…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Morocco’s regulator, the ANRT has approved incumbent Maroc Telecom’s offer of a flat fee wholesale interconnect price to its fixed line network. This new pricing will enable Meditel and…


Internet

Online Applications for Safaricom in Kenya Hit 400,000

Local and foreign investors are responding favourably to the use of the internet as a purchasing channel in the highly anticipated Safaricom Initial Public Offering (IPO) according to data collected…


Internet

iBurst launches ADSL, HSDPA Broadband service offer in South Africa

iBurst has started to offer ADSL and HSDPA services with the advantage of ADSL bandwidth rollover. iBurst stated that they were going to become a network agnostic provider of fixed…


Internet

Ghana’s School Authorities Asked to Regulate Children's Usage of Internet

President John Agyekum Kufuor has called on school authorities and teachers to be cautious in exposing children to the internet. He said the internet did not discriminate in information transmitted…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to MTN Nigeria’s CEO, the company had started work on the next phase of its fibre-optic network. Since 2006, more than 3,800km of the fibre have been deployed,…


Computing

Licence Fees Prohibitive, Say ICT Service Providers in Kenya

Ongoing changes in the licensing regime are holding back Kenya's potential to become a regional e-commerce hub, industry players said. Entrepreneurs say most of the changes are making it harder…


Computing

Laptops for Civil Servants Scheme On in Uganda

Civil servants' computer based work as well as personal computer needs, have been eased , following the arrival of more than 10,000 laptop computers, for this effect. Civil servants unable…


Computing

Government Launches Electronic Trade Information Centre in Rwanda

In a move to boost trade and reduce doing business costs in the country, an online trade information centre with vital trade information about Rwanda has been launched. The centre…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Although e-commerce has increased by 83% last year in Tunisia with 115,993 transactions against 63,700 a year before, 76% of the transactions are international e-purchases made by foreigners. -…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- In Tanzania, Zantel has launched its SIM SWOP service for mobile phone users of all networks in Tanzania. The service will enable customers to have the same number on…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kasapa For Sale in Ghana?

Hutchison Telecommunications, owners of Kasapa Telecom in Ghana, have entered into an agreement to sell their ownership in Ghana to EGH International Limited for 584 million Hong Kong Dollars. Presently…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AccessKenya Group invests in TEAMS sub-marine cable

AccessKenya Group, Kenya’s only publicly listed ICT Company and Kenya’s leading Corporate ISP announced that they have signed the documentation committing to an investment into TEAMS, The East African Marine…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Neotel scores R1bn revenue in South Africa

South Africa's second national operator Neotel has exceeded its R1 billion revenue target for the 2007/8 financial year. Speaking yesterday, Neotel MD Ajay Pandey revealed Neotel's own efforts and those…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CBK Set to Allow Mobile Banking in Rural Areas in Kenya

The Central Bank has pledged to review its requirements for bank branch premises to allow further penetration of banking services in the rural areas. The CBK Governor, Prof Njuguna Ndung'u,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- According to the Ghanaian newspaper Daily Guide, the board of national fixed line operator Ghana Telecom (GT) has secured a USD200 million bond facility from UK-based Iroko Securities to…


Digital Content

New Website Offers Career Advice to Young Africans

Africacareerguidance.com was set up with support from the Commonwealth Connects Programme and the Commonwealth Business Council A new website aimed at providing career guidance to African youth and helping to…


Digital Content

KenTV Unveils Online Shopping Network in Kenya

Internet broadcaster, KenTV has launched an on-line shopping network for local and international shoppers visiting its website. Company executives said the service not only targets the growing number of Kenyans…


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People

* Acting managing director of Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) Nick Ndaba has been dismissed. * Khaled Kamel has joined Lenovo as new general manager for Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan


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Events

* SATCOM AFRICA 2008 7-10 April 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa http://www.terrapinn.com/2008/satcomza/ * EURO-AFRICA ICT AWARENESS WORKSHOP Supporting sub-Saharan African organisations in FP7/ICT 16-17 April 2008, Peacock Hotel, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania http://www.euroafrica-ict.org/awareness_workshops.html…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OFFICER - TANZANIA Tanzanian NGO Terrawatu is conducting a search for a new voluntary Project Officer. The organisation is looking for someone with an interest in development…


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Contracts

* TransCore and Skygistics – South Africa TransCore has recently installed and commissioned new earth station equipment to support the addition of a second satellite communications channel by its regional…