Issue no 412

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Dabba looks set to make micro low-cost voice telco operations a reality

The dream of creating micro-low cost voice operators for under-serviced urban and rural areas looks set to become a reality. The South African company Dabba with support from Internet Solutions is creating a business model that will allow micro-operators to function. Open software and hardware development support is coming from Shuttleworth Foundation. Russell Southwood talked to the Foundation’s Steve Song about developments. The idea developing the idea of the micro low-cost telco in South Africa came out of a workshop run by the Shuttleworth Foundation attended by among others Rael Lissos, CEO of Dabba; Elektra Freifunk, BATMAN, the author of…

Telecoms

Vodafone Confirms Buying Majority Stake in Ghana Telecom

Vodafone has now confirmed that it is to take a 70% stake in Ghana Telecom for a payment of US$900 million. The transaction values Ghana Telecom at approximately US$1.3 billion.…


Telecoms

France Telecom Launches Orange Network in Niger

Last Monday France Telecom launched a telephone and Internet service under its Orange brand in five centers across Niger, the company said. As well as the capital Niamey, the towns…


Telecoms

Libya Becomes First African Nation to Pass 100% Penetration Level

Israel was dumped from third to fifth position in the Middle-East & Africa (MEA) penetration rankings in Q1 2008 as both the Seychelles and Qatar overtook it to line up…


Telecoms

Rising Demand for CDMA Phones in Nigeria

A survey carried out in Nigeria's capital, Abuja has indicated a growing demand in the GSM dominated market for CDMA based mobile phones. The survey, carried out by local newspaper…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya is set to start trial runs for its mobile telephony network in two weeks in a move that sets the stage for bruising battle for control of…


Telecoms

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigerian CDMA operator Visafone has announced that it is aggressively moving towards the 1 million subscribers mark, six months after the launch of its service. The telecoms firm is…


Internet

Nigeria’s Main One Cable System hooks to Uhurunet

Nigeria's Main One Cable System is joining the Uhurunet project that aims to link the entire African continent via undersea and terrestrial fibre optic cables, Department of Communications Director General…


Internet

Altech Blamed For Net Providers' Licence Delay in South Africa

Efforts to create a more competitive Internet market have been thwarted purely because legal action by Altech has halted efforts to liberate the industry, says the Independent Communications Authority of…


Internet

South African’s Broadband over Power Lines company gets investor

Investment group Safika Holdings had agreed to buy a majority stake in Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), a company that provides high-speed data services over power lines, GTS confirmed this week.…


Computing

Nigeria is betting on E-Tourism products to revamp the industry

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, said the recent launching of e-Tourism products would re-shape the tourism industry. He said the e-products were intended to…


Computing

E-Learning Taking Root in Education Institutions in Kenya

The days when children came home with dozens of books to finish homework are numbered. Online homework is now being introduced in some Kenyan schools and online companies such as…


Computing

ODF translation to be simplified by South African IT company

South African localisation experts, Translate.org.za, have launched a new project to simplify ODF document translation. The project aims to develop software that will convert documents in the ISO-approved OpenDocument format…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Four students from Makerere University in Uganda are to represent East African universities in this year's Microsoft Imagine Challenge Cup world finals to be held in France next month.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Internet News - In Brief

- The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to only access their information technology network through the Galaxy Backbone Plc. The directive is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Meditel to invest MAD 4.2 billion in Morocco

Moroccan telecoms operator Meditel will invest MAD 4.2 billion over the next two years to keep up with market growth and introduce new services, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The sum…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Skannet Shareholders Endorse Merger in Nigeria

Shareholders of Skannet, one of Nigeria’s service providers in the country have approved the proposed merger of the company with smaller organisations in its bid to stay afloat in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huge Group Cuts Off MTN on iTalk Deal in South Africa

The Huge Group said in a statement last week, Monday, 30 June 2008, that it intends to oppose the transaction between MTN and iTalk on the basis that the transaction…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone to challenge Western Union for overseas money transfers

Having achieved considerable success with money transfers in emerging markets--notably Kenya, Vodafone is now actively considering implementing a scheme that challenges the overseas money transfer incumbent Western Union. The initial…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Former Telkom CEO Papi Molotsane's Synglo Technologies has bought a 65% stake in value-added network service provider UniNet for an undisclosed sum. The deal has an ironic twist to…


Digital Content

Celtel Targets Rural Kenyan Market with subsidised mobile handset

Mobile telephone service providers look set to extend their turf battles to the rural areas, where the cost factor is the only lure for consumers. On Monday, Celtel Kenya unveiled…


Digital Content

Online Memorial Wall Keeps the Departed a Click Away in South Africa

A small hi-tech company that develops technologies for community use has set up a memorial website so that people can commemorate their loved ones. The online "memorial wall" allows people…


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People

* Tibou Kamara has been appointed Minister of Communication and ICT in Guinea (Conakry). * In Algeria, Hamid Bessalah is now head of the Ministry of Post and ICT. *…


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Events

* UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIAL IMPACT August 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa he fourth annual SANGONeT “ICTs for Civil Society” conference and exhibition will be held in…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Head of IT – West Africa The company, a West-African Mobile Phone network, is seeking a Head of IT to manage all aspects of their IT systems and Enterprise…


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Contracts

* Meditel and Inovacao - Morocco Meditel, Morocco’s second mobile operator has awarded a network upgrade contract to PT Inovacao, after the Portuguese vendor won an international tender to equip…