Issue no 414

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Race to build a west coast fibre promises to push international bandwidth prices to new lows

Four international fibre projects are racing to complete ahead of each other on the west cost of Africa to give some much needed additional capacity and price competition to SAT3. The drop in bandwidth prices could be spectacular. Russell Southwood looks at the runners in the race and asks whether West Africa is ready for the potentially market-changing impact of cheap international bandwidth. At last week’s US Trade and Development Agency organised event (West Africa ICT Road Map to Opportunities Conference), Funke Opeke of Mainstreet Technologies, the project to build the Main One cable down the west side of the…

Telecoms

Former MTN Nigeria top guns join bid to buy controlling stake in NITEL

A consortium promoted by ex-MTN Nigeria top executives have launched a bid for stakes to be unbundled by Transcorp in Nigeria’s incumbent telco Nitel. Technology Times reports that former CEO,…


Telecoms

TTCL workers petition government to cancel Celtel contract in Tanzania

Workers at Tanzania’s national fixed line operator Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) have reportedly called on the government to cancel its 25-year shareholding deal with mobile group Celtel International (part…


Telecoms

TNM to spend US$28 on network upgrade in Malawi

Malawian mobile phone network operator TNM says it has set aside US$28-million for the upgrading and expansion of its network in order to boost the quality of services and reach…


Telecoms

HSDPA on the rise in Africa

Nine African countries now have commercial HSDPA mobile broadband offerings, with deployment under way in another two countries. This is according to statistics released last week by the UK-based Global…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the likelihood of the introduction of number portability is fading. The main issue is to get the telecommunications operators…


Internet

Telkom South Africa to Reduce Costs of Bandwidth to Boost BPO&O Industry

Telkom has announced it's willingness to work with the Department of Trade and Industry's incentive programme and the Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring (BPO&O) industry by significantly dropping the costs…


Internet

Benue State in Nigeria Gets N100 Million Wimax Internet Backbone

Benue State Government is set to install a WIMAX Internet backbone at the cost of N100 million. The State Governor, Gabriel Tor-Suswam, announced this when Information and Communications Technology Consultant…


Internet

UniNet restructures to offer low cost voice and data services across Africa.

Synglo Technologies, which is a 100% South African BEE company involved in the ICT Sector, headed by Papi Molotsane has acquired a 65% stake in UniNet. Papi, who previously headed…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has embraced ICT with the launch of its corporate website www.ghanahealthservice.org - South Africa’s second national operator Neotel has launched its first commercial WiMAX…


Computing

Uganda’s Army gets Computerised Data Management System

The UPDF has installed the integrated information management system at all the division and brigade headquarters to eradicate ghost soldiers on the payroll, reports Chris Ocowun. "This is part of…


Computing

Over 12,000 young Nigerians to Benefit From KarRox N100 Million IT Scholarship Project

No fewer than 12,000 Nigerian youths are expected to benefit from the over N100 million IT empowerment scholarship project floated by one of Nigeria's frontline IT training institute, KarROX Nigeria…


Computing

UNISA uses Freedom Toaster to provide digital course material

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the world’s largest distance-learning universities and is now using Freedom Toasters from Breadbin Interactive, rebranded as ‘UNISA Toasters’, to provide students…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Intel today announced the successful completion of Phase I of the implementation of the Intel-Powered Classmate PC into 6 schools inside and outside Cairo in Egypt. Following the conclusion…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- In a bid to boost services to its over 15 million subscribers nationwide, Celtel Nigeria, one of the nation's leading telecommunications companies, has inaugurated a new ultra-modern Switch worthUS…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa Needs More Time for Talks on Its Convoluted Vodacom Transaction

A convoluted two-part deal for Telkom to shed its 50% stake in Vodacom and sell everything else it owns to a black empowerment group is taking a while to negotiate,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Starcomms Makes History as the First Telecom Firm to List On Stock Market

Starcomms Plc, Nigeria's fourth largest telecommunications company yesterday made history in the industry by becoming the first operator to get listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Before Monday's listing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

As Mcel’s net profit is up by 12%, the company embarks on a large expansion plan in Mozambique

Mozambique's largest mobile phone operator, Mcel (Mocambique Celular), has guaranteed that all of the country's 128 districts will be linked to the Mcel network by 2009. At a meeting in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Blue Label Seeks Opportunities in Latin America

Telecoms player Blue Label has set its sights on ambitious expansion in the emerging markets of Latin America by forming a joint-venture company in Mexico. Blue Label Mexico is owned…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- In Kenya, some investors of the Safaricom Initial Public Offering (IPO) are yet to receive their share refunds over a month after the results were unveiled. The investors from…


Digital Content

Mixed Reactions As Celtel prepares to change to Zain in Uganda

Yesse Oenga, the head of Celtel Uganda hands over a house key to one of the recent winners of a promotion which featured the prominent red and yellow colours, but…


Digital Content

IPTV before digital broadcasting in Africa

South Africa's telecommunications companies could well take advantage of IPTV, especially if it is implemented before the digital terrestrial television migration (DTT) expected in November. Speaking at the TM Forum…


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People

* Pieter Uys has been appointed to the position of Vodacom Group CEO, succeeding Alan Knott-Craig. Uys, a 15-year veteran of the group and current COO, will take over from…


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Events

*29th DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 23 July to 3 August 2008 Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29 th Durban International Film Festival which…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Transmission Fibre Optic Planner – West Africa Transmission Fibre Optic Planner, required for one of our customers who has deep knowledge in the following: Fiber Optic route planning, loss…


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Contracts

* Datacom Ltd and MagnaQuest - Zanzibar MagnaQuest Technologies Pvt Ltd, a Customer Management and Billing solution provider, announces that its product, MQSubscribe has been chosen by Zanzibar Datacom Ltd.,…