Issue no 401

Top Story

The battle for mindspace – Africa’s mobile operators get serious about branding

This week has seen the launch of the rebranding of Mauritius Telecom’s products under the Orange brand. Branding is ad-men speak for that curious alchemy of emotional and rational responses that we all feel for the products and services we buy. If the coverage and price of Africa’s mobile operators is more or less the same, how do potential users tell the difference between them? The answer is branding that captures mindspace: another whizzy piece of jargon that identifies how many people remember your brand and maybe identify with it. Russell Southwood looks at how branding can define both what…

Telecoms

France Telecom to Invest Sh7bn in Kenya

France Telecom will inject an additional Sh7 billion into Telkom Kenya during the year, as it gears to roll out its mobile phone service under a new platform. Telkom Kenya…


Telecoms

Telecom Sector Reform Policy in Full Swing in Liberia

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has urged stakeholders and the public to cooperate fully with the government and the Liberia Telecommunications Authority to adhere to reform within the telecom…


Telecoms

Southern Sudan is still using Uganda's Country Code

The information and communication technology minister, Dr. Ham Muliira, has affirmed that South Sudan will soon stop using Uganda's 256 telephone code. The minister, who was last week appearing before…


Telecoms

Telecoms Flourish In Strife-Torn Somalia

Telecommunications is one of the rare business successes in strife-torn Somalia, with three major phone companies. The major companies are Hormuud, Nationlink and Telecom, which compete in the field of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kuwaiti investment firm Noor Financial Company has confirmed it will bid for Egypt's second fixed line licence. The auction is due to be held on 19 June; six other…


Internet

Sierra Leone’s ISPs complain about Telecom Regulator Bias

Sierra Leone's telecommunications regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) has denied allegation of creating an uneven playing field for ISPs in the country. Some ISPs had earlier accused NATCOM of…


Internet

ISPA expects competition ruling soon in South Africa

The Competition Commission is about to finalise its investigation into the Internet Service Providers Association's (ISPA's) complaint that Telkom is engaging in anti-competitive behaviour. ISPA expects a ruling in June.…


Internet

Gauteng’s R 35-Billion municipal network digital dream

Gauteng’s provincial government plans to build a province-wide telecommunications network at a cost of up to R35bn. Officials want the project, which requires the approval of the national cabinet, to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Allegations that Telkom South Africa abused its dominance to stifle competition in the internet market will be revived in the high court next week, in proceedings that may pave…


Computing

The case for locally manufactured PCs according to Matomo

When HP partnered with Matomo Technologies in 2003, to manufacture an affordable and reliable desktop computer for small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers, little did the market know that five…


Computing

Kenyan Government to Recruit Trainees for Rural E-Centres

The Kenyan Government will give priority to the disadvantaged in free entrepreneurship training for ICT-related businesses. Speaking during a media briefing, Victor Kyalo, the deputy executive officer of Kenya ICT…


Computing

Task Force Recommends Separate Ministry for ICT in Nigeria

The Presidential task force for the restructuring of government institutions and organisations has recommended the creation of Ministries of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and a Ministry of Information. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Egyptian IT sector is poised to become the next regional IT destination, with expectations to increase its value from USD 889 million in 2006 by over 75 per…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zain (formerly MTC Group) has launched a free international roaming service across its GSM mobile networks in Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq and Sudan. Under Zain’s ‘One Network’ service, pre- and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Cell C Makes first Operating Profit

Cellular operator Cell C has turned an operating profit for the first year in its seven-year history, reversing a loss of R349m to post a profit of R321m. The main…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Namibia Eyes Billion Dollar Growth

Telecom Namibia (TN) has an ambitious plan to achieve N$1.35 billion in revenue by 2010. According to the latest report of the Telecom Industry Association (TIA), the worldwide revenue growth…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania Snub Fails to Dent Safaricom’s IPO

Stockbrokers have expressed confidence that the non-participation of Tanzanians in the ongoing Safaricom IPO is unlikely to significantly affect the issue's subscription level. The brokers say that though the Tanzanians'…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Morocco's Wana financial future is uncertain

Shares in Moroccan conglomerate ONA were suspended from trading in Casablanca on Monday after its board fired Chairman Saad Bendidi due to ballooning costs at start-up telecoms venture Wana. Former…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A maximum fine of R100,000, some form of private censure and a slap on the wrist were what three directors of Blue Label Telecoms received from the JSE late…


Digital Content

MXit goes big in South Africa

Mobile instant messaging (IM) service MXit, which is 30% owned by media company Naspers, is not taking its homegrown success lightly and is working hard to remain South Africa's largest…


Digital Content

New mobile communication platform launched in Uganda

A communication platform that uses SMS and voice broadcast to channel information to mobile phones has been launched by Solutions for Business, writes Vision Reporter. Dubbed Be Mobile, the innovative…


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People

* Michael Foley is leaving Celtel Nigeria to head up the mobile operator’s activities in Tanzania. * Hits Africa, a subsidiary of KSA-based telecom operator Hits Telecom, has hired key…


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Events

* MED-IT@ALGER 2008 22- 23 April 2008, Algier, Algeria The fifth edition of this B2B exhibition will provide plenty of opportunities to develop contacts and relationship with local companies in…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Service Creation & Application Development Manager – Nigeria Results-oriented Systems Integration Consultant with diverse experience in complex software projects. Excellent team leadership, training, and client relation skills, with additional…


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Contracts

* Wataniya Telecom Algerie and Nokia Siemens Wataniya Telecom Algerie (WTA) has signed an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to modernise its core network. Nokia Siemens will deploy its 3GPP…