Issue no 420

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Double play in Nigeria: ipNX will use WiMAX to carve itself a niche offering voice and broadband

ISPs across the continent are being squeezed by the entry of the mobile companies into the Internet sector. There is double whammy hitting them: some mobile companies are buying their own ISPs, whilst others are simply offering mobile broadband through EVDO and 3G. Nigeria’s ipNX’s has a strategy which mirrors the success of the CDMA 2000 fixed wireless product but it will use WiMAX to offer both “plug and play” voice and broadband. Russell Southwood spoke this week to ipNX’s Group Managing Director Ejovi Aror in Lagos. Nigeria’s Internet market is not for the faint-hearted. The country is massive and…

Telecoms

Nigeria’s Dangote risks loss of USD150m amid NCC probe of dormant 3G licence

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced a regulatory probe into a 3G services licence granted to Alheri Engineering, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group, owned by billionaire businessman, Aliko…


Telecoms

Interconnection charges row heats up in Namibia

Telecom Namibia and Cell One have ganged up against MTC over what they regard as exorbitant interconnection fees charged by MTC. They have appealed to the Namibia Communications Commission (NCC)…


Telecoms

Mascom launches 3G Offering in Botswana

The battle for the small but lucrative mobile business market is set to intensify after Mascom boasted it now had the capacity for "the fastest mobile broadband in Botswana" -…


Telecoms

MTL rolls out CDMA in Malawi in face of US$3 million annual vandalism bill

MTL re-iterated its intention to keep rolling CDMA 2000 fixed wireless units to customers to overcome down-time issues caused by a vandalism bill of US$3 million annually. MTL says it…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria's National Telecommunications operator, Globacom, is collaborating with Benue, Rivers and Bayelsa state governments to provide easy and cheap telephone services in rural areas. - A new satellite system…


Internet

Angola to launch 'Angosat' satellite

The Angolan government has given the go-ahead to a project to produce, launch and operate an Angolan satellite dubbed "Angosat", Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Sunday. The project…


Internet

Wananchi in aggressive expansion plan in Africa

Wananchi Online (now Wananchi Group), one of the pioneer ISPs in Kenya, has been shopping for funds to invest in its local operations. The firm is looking to broaden its…


Internet

Vodacom WiMAX to go commercial in October, but no mobility yet

Vodacom and iBurst are planning to launch their WiMax services in the beginning of October. These services will be mainly aimed at business customers in the Western Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- A new Arab Advisors Group major survey of Internet users in Tunisia revealed that 36.4% of Internet users in Tunisia use e-commerce. Based on the survey results, the Arab…


Computing

School Books to Go Digital in Kenya

Textbooks may soon be available online if a pilot project yields results. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has entered into an agreement with the Kenya Institute of Education (KIE)…


Computing

South Africa’s election body rejects Linux users

The South African Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), which runs democratic elections in the country has a web site that does not allow widely used linux browsers like Firefox to access…


Computing

Software Stakeholders Form Association in Uganda

ICT Cluster, an association of software stakeholders, is to help members regulate and develop the industry. Charles Basajja, the executive facilitator of ICT Cluster, said the group unites people from…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Over $30 billion has been earmarked for the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT), in the Commonwealth countries. This was disclosed at a press briefing in Abuja as Nigeria…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- One of Nigeria’s GSM operator, MTN, has launched its community telephoning with 650 telephone boxes spread across five states. Launching MTN Community Phone in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s Safaricom Buys stake in local ISP company

Safaricom has acquired a controlling stake in a Kenyan ISP as it prepares for a serious assault on the data market. Already a leader in voice, where it has a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NSSF to Acquire Shares in MTN Uganda

The National Social Security Fund, NSSF is in negotiations to purchase shares in MTN Uganda, a leading telecommunications firm, Business Power has learnt. Information exclusively available to Business Power indicates…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Federal Government Picks BNP Paribas As Advisers for Nitel Privatisation

As the December deadline for the race to pick a new core investor for Nitel draws near, the Federal Government has picked BNP Paribas as its adviser on the deal.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Blue Label Eyes Further Expansion in Africa

Technology and telecoms company Blue Label is getting ever more ambitious in its global expansion plans, by exploring opportunities in Nigeria and Ghana and setting its sights on the huge…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Starcomms has posted revenues of NGN17.5 billion (USD150 million) for the first six months of 2008, up 101% year-on-year and in line with its growth projections, reports local newspaper…


Digital Content

Text Messages accepted as evidence in Tanzania’s court case

Kisutu Court principal resident magistrate Addy Lyamuya ordered Zain (formerly Celtel) country director to produce before the court a printout of alleged threat messages sent to the editor of MwanaHalisi…


Digital Content

South Africa’s Minister to Put HIV Data Online

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang yesterday promised to "crack the whip" and get her officials to post the latest antenatal HIV survey online. The annual survey is one of the government's…


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People

* Microsoft has appointed Mteto Nyati to head up its South African subsidiary as the company steps up its plans to grow its business across all sectors of the local…


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Events

* ECONOMIC REGULATION, COMPETITION AND PRIVATISATION 15-19 September 2008, Yaoundé, Cameroon This course is part of the the Programme for Development and Training (PDT) run by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Telco Business Development Manager - Egypt The company is looking for a business development manager to develop and to maintains firm image and increases market shares by developing business…


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Contracts

* NOW and Eskadenia – Sudan Jordanian software firm Eskadenia has announced that it has won a contract from Sudanese wireless network operator Network of the World (NOW) for the…