Issue no 413

Top Story

Fight the power: Ghana’s insurgent challenger ISPs set to take on the vertical-integrators

Ghana still has 7-10 active independent ISPs and the process of consolidation has not yet begun. Vertically integrated mobile operator MTN sniffed around for acquisitions and either decided against or has yet to announce. At least two companies are up for sale and further two show all the signs of their owners having lost interest in them. Once mobile operators’ backhaul networks are upgraded, the likes of MTN, Zain (Celtel) and the new entry Vodafone (which will become the major DSL player) will start to put some really serious pressure on the market. Russell Southwood looks at the business strategies…

Telecoms

Sotelma is finally up for privatisation in Mali

Mali’s Government has published a call for tender for the privatisation of the Société des Télécommunications du Mali ("Sotelma"). Below is an extract of the call. The Government of the…


Telecoms

Botswana to Commence Registration of Pre-paid Mobile Phones

The registration of pre-paid mobile subscribers will begin on 15 September 2008. This was determined by the Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) after due consultations with the three Public Telecommunications Operators…


Telecoms

Cell One cleared Over Trustco Mobile activities in Namibia

The communication regulator and Cell One have smoked the peace pipe over the operations of Namibia’s Trustco Mobile. The Namibia Communication Commission (NCC) has, however, asked Cell One and Trustco…


Telecoms

Stolen Handsets Could Be Blocked Throughout West Africa

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) Tuesday said that it would soon introduce an anti-theft device that will render any stolen telephone handset unusable within the West African sub-region.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Reuters is reporting that the auction for the second fixed line licence in Egypt has been postponed. A date of 18 September has been given for the auction, with…


Internet

GLO connects Southern Nigeria to its national fibre network

National Telecom Operator Globacom has connected the Eket, Akwa Ibom, axis to its high capacity Optic Fibre telecommunication transmission backbone. The Eket-Port Harcourt route is the first such commissioning of…


Internet

Safaricom Extends Broadband Internet Service to Mombasa in Kenya

Residents of Mombasa will enjoy broadband Internet access after mobile phone firm, Safaricom, extended its services to the coastal town. Customers have the option of accessing the Internet through 3G…


Internet

Internet Solutions creates business incubator for Internet ideas

Entrepreneurs with ideas on how to improve the internet are being offered funding and mentoring by Internet Solutions in an effort to turn bright ideas into potential businesses. The technology…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Seacom, the venture capital company that is laying a cable down the east coast of Africa, says the first length of cable will slip below the waves just over…


Computing

Sahara Computers to set up Assembly Plant in Mozambique

A factory assembling computers is to be set up in Maputo this year, resulting from a partnership between the Mozambican government's Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (MICTI) and the…


Computing

Microsoft Sign Sh2 Billion Pact with Uganda Comtel

Microsoft and a local firm, Comtel Integrators Africa, have signed a sh2b agreement to develop localised software and provide related services. "We are investing sh2b in this project that will…


Computing

ISO dismisses OOXML appeal by emerging countries

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has dismissed appeals by emerging market leaders SA, Brazil, India and Venezuela on the publication of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML). Heads of the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- To increase computer literacy among Sierra Leoneans, the country's parliament have passed an act allowing the government to remove all duties related to importing computers into the country. -…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The publicly owned Mozambican mobile phone company Mcel is planning to invest about US$70 million in infrastructures for its network. This strategy will call for the opening of 110…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Fresh Row Erupts At TTCL Shareholding in Tanzania

Trouble is brewing again at the Tanzania Telecommunication Limited (TTCL) with some workers now demanding the government to review the company's shareholding and management contracts. Telecommunication Workers Union of Tanzania…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone gets reduced stake in Ghana Telecom’s deal

A day after the Minority in Parliament raised issues over government's negotiations with Vodafone Plc UK, over the sale of 70% shares in Ghana Telecom (GT), government has announced that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Nitel is up for sale again, any buyer with deep pockets is welcome

The Federal Government has said it would only consider best bidders in the process of privatisation of Nitel so as to conclude the issue in the interest of Nitel staff…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GijimaAst, Home Affairs sign R2.5bn deal in South Africa

Home Affairs director-general Mavuso Msimang and GijimaAst officials signed a deal, said to be worth R2.5 billion, to transform the department. Aspects of the deal were recently referred to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- In the wake of Algerie Telecom group’s partnership agreement with the Finnish network security solutions provider Stonesoft Corporation to supply integrated security solutions and continuity of services applications, the…


Digital Content

Mobile Social Networks are New Advertising Medium for South Africa

A MXIT subscriber frantically punches some text before sending a message to a friend, who replies obligingly. Another acquaintance, chipping in on the conversation, introduces a new friend to the…


Digital Content

South Africans are offered online payments by cellphone

Internet Solutions (IS), together with FNB, have launched a service where hotspot access-time payments can be made using a cell phone. Cell Pay Point is the new online payment solution…


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People

* Globacom, has announced the appointment of Mohamed Jameel as the Group Chief Operating Officer for Glo Mobile. * Keith Keyes, CFO of South Africa Universal Service and Access Agency…


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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

* Telecoms Contract Negotiations Expert – East africa The company is looking for an experienced Contract Negotiations Expert who is experienced within Wireless Networks environment. You should have full understanding…


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Contracts

* Sotelgui and Cerillion - Guinea Guinean telecoms operator, Sotelgui is set to implement Interconnect Manager from convergent billing specialist, Cerillion Technologies to support billing, settlement and least cost routing…