Issue no 406

Top Story

Mobile Internet take-up is speeding the take-up of IPv6 in Africa

A few years ago Africa’s new Internet Numbers Registry, AfriNIC looked more of a dream and a prayer than a reality. But the take-up of IPv4 Internet addresses, which has almost reached 85% of those allocated, has shown that it can do its job and do it well. It’s now experiencing a second wave of growth as mobile companies buy IPv6 addresses to keep up with the expansion of mobile data services. Russell Southwood spoke to AfriNIC’s CEO Adiel Akplogan about what it all means. The process of preparing for the transition to IPv6 started in December 2005 when AfriNIC…

Telecoms

Government wants new mobile, fixed operators in South Africa

Government will license a fourth mobile operator and a third fixed-line operator in 2009. That's the word from ANC MP and member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications Khotso…


Telecoms

Etisalat Tanzania unit eyes 35 percent market share

Etisalat) Tanzania unit aims to raise its market share to as much as 35 percent by 2011 as it benefits from economic growth, a company official said on Wednesday. Zanzibar…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s Transcorp Uncovers Billion Naira Fraud At Nitel

Nitel owner Transcorp announced this week that it had discovered internal fraud on a massive scale. Readers of News Update will not surprised by this revelation as in issue 209…


Telecoms

Insiders Head List for CCK Job in Kenya

Two insiders are among the top three contenders to succeed John Waweru, as the head of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the media and telecoms regulatory body. The CCK…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kuwait-based mobile operator Zain aims to enter the Malian telecoms market and could also seal agreements in two more African nations before the end of the year, its CEO…


Internet

South Africa parliament approves Internet gambling law

South Africa's parliament approved a new Internet gambling law to regulate an industry plagued by crime and vulnerable to money laundering and terrorism financing, parliamentary papers showed on Monday. A…


Internet

Emperion Promises Improved Broadband Services in Nigeria

African bandwidth provider Emperion has put in place new management at its Danish parent company. Sandeep Jayaswal has assumed the position of the company's new Managing Director of Emperion West…


Internet

South Africa's Neotel targets 60,000 users in 9 months

South Africa's second fixed-line operator, Neotel, said on Thursday it plans to sign-up about 60,000 customers over the next nine months as it steps up its challenge to former monopoly…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Algerian ISP Icosnet has contracted Aperto Networks to deploy a WiMAX network which will be used to provide high speed wireless internet services to business users. Deployments have…


Computing

Draft law will make ICT expensive in South Africa

The Consumer Protection Bill, currently making its way through the National Council of Provinces, will have a “significant” impact on the way ICT companies operate, says industry lawyer Mike Silber.…


Computing

University Students to Get Cheap Computers in Uganda

The Government will help students in tertiary institutions get laptop computers. Alintuma Nsambu, the information communication technology (ICT) state minister, said the students would acquire the computers at a cost…


Computing

Ultraportable Ubuntu version out next month

Canonical head and Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, says that Ubuntu will be releasing an ultraportable version of Ubuntu next month. In an interview today with the Guardian, Shuttleworth said: “We’re…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Only 89% of African airlines subscribing to the International Air Transport Association's Billing Settlement Programme (BSP) are ready for the change to e-ticketing at the end of this month.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Uganda telecom (utl) has completed a $150m (sh246b) project aimed at expanding and improving its network countrywide. Mark Kaheru, the communications manager, said the project, which established 94 new…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti, MTN Deal Could Hit Legal Hurdle

The Indian telecoms watchdog has threatened legal action if the proposed deal between Bharti Airtel and MTN breaches India's foreign-ownership rules. But MTN's suitor is reportedly teaming up with its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Call centres sector yields over USD 270Mn per annum in Morocco

Call centres sector in Morocco, which did not exist 8 years ago, generates a turnover of more than USD 270.3 Mn par annum, King's Advisor, André Azoulay said. Speaking at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Celtel Nigeria offers base station franchises for rural areas

Celtel Nigeria has launched a new local entrepreneur-ship project, Celtel Rural Acquisition Initiative (RAI), aimed at boosting rural business and connecting rural areas to the rest of the world. According…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label Defaulters Make Amends in South Africa

The directors of Blue Label Telecoms and their wives, who were censured by the JSE for not authorising nor reporting their share trading timeously, said last week they gave the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- MTN said last week it was selling 50% of its stake in Areeba, which trades as MTN Cyprus, for an undisclosed sum to local investors Amaracos Holding. - The…


Digital Content

Wunderman Kenya Bags Google Online Advertising Account in Kenya

Wunderman Kenya, a direct and digital marketing agency division of Ayton Young and Rubicam (AY&R) Group has signed an advertising deal with Google that will see the company place local…


Digital Content

Marketing Potential in Social Online Media in South Africa

Social-oriented internet media present "massive" opportunities for brands, advertisers and marketers if embraced properly, says Universal McCann Europe, Middle East and Africa's third comparative study on social media trends. Social…


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People

* The Minister of Information and Communications of Nigeria, John Odey, has just been elected the chairman of African ICT Ministers. * Patrick Pisal Hamida has been appointed as the…


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Events

* ITU REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2008 "Bridging the ICT standardization gap in developing countries" for the African Region 26-28 May 2008, Accra, Ghana The Forums are intended for executives from…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Expert for feasibility study for deploying a power line communications (PLC) network in Seychelles he study is to design a PLC network using PUC’s electricity network, recommend the appropriate…


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Contracts

* Telkom and Alcatel-Lucent - Kenya Telkom Kenya is edging closer to a full roll-out of its GSM network as it has signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent, to provide it…