Issue no 411

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Chinese-supplied CDMA 2000 becomes hybrid convergence challenger for African operators

The CDMA 2000 technology supplied by Huawei and ZTE has quietly carved itself out an interesting minority position underwritten by Chinese Government loans. It is delivering the early manifestation of African convergence products and upping ARPUs for data. It not only substitutes for fixed line but is also disrupting the GSM technology-based mobile model at the edges. But with first WiMAX and LTE looming over the horizon offering alternative business models, Russell Southwood asks can it last? In the early days the Chinese vendors concentrated on incumbent telco operators who were financially "on their uppers": their fixed networks were in…

Telecoms

Rwanda Boosts Telecom Market With Bids for New Third Operator

Rwanda is set to invite bids for a third national telecom operator. The interest in a third operator comes as the Government targets having at least 5 million phone GSM…


Telecoms

Telecommunications Sector in Zimbabwe Still Open to Investment according to TOAZ

The Telecommunications Operators Association of Zimbabwe (TOAZ) said last Tuesday there remained significant scope for possible investment in the telecommunications sector in the country. TOAZ chairman, Douglas Mboweni told New…


Telecoms

Starcomms Hooks Abeokuta to Its Network

As a sequel to the promise it made last year of connecting more cities to its ever expanding network, Starcomms Nigeria's leading CDMA telecom operator and "triple-play" (mobile, fixed wireless…


Telecoms

South African Industry Furious as Telkom SA Gets Off R3.7bn Fine

TELKOM has avoided a punishing R3.7bn fine for anti-competitive behaviour after the High Court ruled that the Competition Commission cannot refer a complaint against the operator to the Competition Tribunal.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Abu-Dhabi-based Warid Telecom International plans to contest the recent award in Ghana of a mobile operating licence to Nigerian firm Globacom Nigeria through its Glo Mobile Ghana unit. Warid,…


Internet

Cost of Broadband in Nigeria is among the Highest - World Bank

The cost of the broadband in Nigeria is among the highest in the world, a World Bank representative said in Abuja last week. Speaking at the Nigerian eGovernment Interoperability Framework…


Internet

Pay-TV, Internet Boost for Naspers in South Africa

Naspers, Africa's largest media company which lifted core headline earnings 38% to R3.9bn in the year to March, would continue to expand existing businesses and develop new opportunities in the…


Internet

Icasa insists companies bidding for WiMAX spectrum must be 51% Black-owned but it's open to argument

Strict empowerment demands that prevent most technology companies from winning a licence to offer high-speed Internet access are not open to negotiation, the regulator says. The Independent Communications Authority of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Tertius Zongo said new strategy would focus more on Internet related infrastructure. Firstly,authorities wanted to see the construction of a good network of fibre-optic cable…


Computing

Nigeria’s Omatek Becomes 1st Computer Coy to List in Stock Exchange

One of Nigeria's leading indigenous computer companies, Omatek Ventures Plc, last week, set a record as the first computer company to list on the Stock Exchange. Having met the requirements…


Computing

IBM Opens New Africa Innovation Centre in South Africa

An Africa Innovation Centre has been opened to drive information technology skills development and address business challenges in the economic growth of Sub-Saharan Africa. The first of its kind on…


Computing

Microsoft to Distribute Directly in East Africa

Microsoft, the world's largest software company, has signed an agreement with Comtel Integrators Africa that allows the latter to vend its products exclusively in the East and Southern African region.…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- An Sh8 billion project that promises to change the face of Kenya's Athi River town and create over 10,000 jobs begins next month. Already Sh900 million has been earmarked…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The global parent company of Celtel Kenya, Zain Group has launched in-flight roaming services that allow customers to use their phones. Clients will now be able to send and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Glo to Invest N240 Billion in Ghana

Nigeria's Globacom has concluded plans to invest US$2 billion (about N240 billion) in Ghana's telecoms sector, within 5 years, having recently acquired the license to operate there. According to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Phase3 Telecoms Firm Spends US$100m On Optic Fibre Project

Carrier's carrier, Phase 3 Telecom said that it had spent over US$100 million on building a fibre optic project that will change the face of telecommunications in Nigeria. Its Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tata to Increase Stake in South Africa’s Neotel to 56 Percent

South Africa's second national network operator Neotel will soon be 56% Indian-owned, with Eskom and Transnet selling their 30% stake to Bombay-listed Tata Communications. Tata already owns 26% of Neotel,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nitel sale 'hopefully' by end of 2008

Nigeria's communications minister says that Nitel will hopefully have a new investor ready to take a controlling stake in the company by the end of this year, reports Reuters. Existing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Sudatel has signed a facility agreement worth USD50 million with several banks. QNB Al Islami will finance USD25 million of the total, while the remainder will be jointly financed…


Digital Content

Soapie By Cellphone a Milestone by Vodacom

Vodacom has started transmitting SoLikeLife, a soap opera produced specifically for cellphones and available free to Vodacom's Vodafone live! customers. More than 1,7-million Vodafone live! users were able to download…


Digital Content

Lovelife Generation On Mobile Network in South Africa

South African teenagers with WAP-enabled phones can join MYMsta, a mobile-based social network dedicated at empowering young people in South Africa and preventing HIV. www.MYMsta.mobi is an initiative by loveLife…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Business Analyst (Technical) The client is looking for a B.Com / B.Sc. degree in IT with sound working knowledge of MS Office specifically Excel, MS Project and MS Visio.…


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Contracts

* Tata and URA IT System - Uganda Tata Consultancy Services has won a Shs17.6 billion contract to build Uganda Revenue Authority's Information and Communication integrated system that will trace…


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People

* Cape Town-based. Low-cost VoIP calling provider Skaap has gone out of business after only a few months. Company representative told MyBroadband that she did not want to discuss the…


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Events

* FRAUD PREVENTION AND REVENUE ASSURANCE MEA 1-2 July 2008,Dubai UAE ViB events’ Fraud Prevention and Revenue Assurance MENA will bring together telecoms operators and industry experts to discuss the…