Issue no 400

Top Story

M- money services – The rise and rise of Africa’ s “killer-app” for 2008

In the first four months of operation, from March to June 2007, M-Pesa, the mobile phone enabled payment system set up by Safaricom in Kenya, gained 150,000 customers. By December 2007, just before conflict erupted over the elections in December 2007, it had achieved 1 million customers who had made US$7 million in transactions. By January 2008, it had gained 1.6 million customers. This is the breakthrough moment for mobile-enabled cash transaction services, writes Russell Southwood. Strangely, the tragic circumstances of post-election violence in Kenya seemed to encourage the use of the service as ATMs ran out of cash and…

Telecoms

Two More GSM Operators to launch soon in Sierra Leone

The Executive Secretary of the Sierra Leone regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has confirmed that two new GSM operators will soon roll out services in Sierra Leone. Bashir M.…


Telecoms

Ugandan Minister Knocks South Africa’s Telecoms Policy and high SAT3 prices

Uganda's technology minister has chided SA's government for meddling too much in the telecommunications sector, saying a lighter touch would grow the industry, cut the cost of services and help…


Telecoms

ETC Expands Mobile Connection Capacity to 5.6 Million Lines in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is to increase the capacity for its mobile service to about 5.6 million lines. The second phase of an expansion project covers the demand on…


Telecoms

Swedish start-up TerraNet claims peer-to-peer mobile will increase phone penetration in developing countries

Swedish start-up TerraNet has revealed further detail of its ‘peer-to-peer’ mobile phone technology that it claims could play a big role in increasing phone penetration in developing countries. According to…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The decision to suspend non-identified phone chips, to be implemented from May 1st, will concern more than five million subscribers, of all phone operators, Watanya Telecom Algerie (WTA) General…


Internet

Uganda Extends Fibre Cable to Rwanda Border

Uganda Telecom has started work on a fiber-optic link from the western town of Mbarara in Uganda to the Rwanda border-crossing point at Katuna - essentially giving a major boost…


Internet

Liberia’s International Bank Launches Internet Banking

The International Bank (IB) Liberia Limited has launched an Internet Banking service. It will allow customers to make financial transaction on a secure website. Features and services offered include viewing…


Internet

Embryonic electronic commerce in Tunisia: 250 sites now offer e-transactions

Electronic commerce in North Africa in general remains an embryonic activity. Such is the case for Tunisia which has nearly 5,000 web sites but only 250 offer visitors the ability…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s SNO Neotel has secured access to the landing station for the SAT3/Safe submarine cable, enabling it to carry international voice and data traffic at competitive prices. Local…


Computing

Programos Wins Local Content Award in Nigeria

Programos Software Limited, Nigerian developer of software products for financial institutions, capital market and stockbroking firms in Nigeria, has emerged the winner of the Best Software Company with Local Content…


Computing

Illegal Contract With Computer Company Suspended in Mozambique

The Mozambican Labour Ministry has suspended an apparently illegal contract between the National Social Security Institute (INSS) and the company MOZ IT Ltd, which had been hired to computerize the…


Computing

South Africa’s IT services set to break USD 4bn

The local information technology (IT) services market is expected to exceed $4 billion (R31 billion) this year, representing a year-on-year increase of more than 11 percent, according to the latest…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s minister of public service and administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, took centre stage at a protest march in Norway. The march was held to protest alleged irregularities in the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Cell One, Namibia’s second mobile operator has started offering mobile Internet. The service will be available country-wide and the service will be charged on the amounts of uploads and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibia’s MTC Profits Up 1,8 Per Cent for 2007

Namibian mobile operator MTC has netted a 1.8 per cent net profit increase for 2007, just N$8,8 million more than at the end of 2006, due to notable rises in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom 'Might Face Legal Action on Airtime Deals' in South Africa

Vodacom faces the possibility of legal action from the Competition Commission, which claims the company withheld information in a bid to win approval for its R206m acquisition of two companies…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Utl to Sell Safaricom Shares

Uganda telecom (utl) and Renaissance Capital will handle the sale of Safaricom shares at utl's service centres countrywide. Renaissance is in partnership with Afrika Investment Bank, which is one of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Neotel Makes Inroads in Telecoms Market in South Africa

National operator Neotel has clocked up R1bn of business in its first year of operation and expects to win deals worth R2bn this financial year as more companies grow to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Senegal’s national incumbent, Sonatel is prepared to hand out to its shareholders (Senegalese Government, France Telecoms and private investors) the total profit realised by the company in 2007. Subject…


Digital Content

Uganda’s District Web portals soon available in local language

In an effort to popularise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural areas, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) through the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) has decided to provide translated…


Digital Content

Passport Applicants to Benefit From SMS Tracker in Kenya

Kenyans seeking passports will be spared unnecessary trips to the Immigration offices to check their application status once an SMS tracking facility becomes operational. An Immigration official said the tool…


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People

* Entrepreneur Nkosinathi Khumalo has resigned as a director of technology company of South Africa’s EOH to join a private equity fund based in Seattle. * Dr James Kulubi has…


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Events

* 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 * MED-IT@ALGER 2008 22- 23 April 2008, Algier, Algeria The fifth…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Geneva-based Project manager & Regional Coordinators The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) starts a new joint project with the European Community entitled “Support for the establishment of harmonized policies for…


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Contracts

* Linkserve, Nigcomsat and Viasat - Nigeria Nigeria's ISP, Linkserve Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership with Nigeria Satellite Limited (Nigcomsat) and Viasat Inc, a…