Issue no 421

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ITXC judgement lifts the carpet on bribes to seven African telcos for contracts

Everyone knows it happens but the conclusion of the trial of three former ITXC employees has aired publicly how it is done. Employees of seven African telcos – all state owned with one exception – were given bribes to obtain wholesale VoIP voice contracts. The sums involved were not large but court documents reveal how it was done and some interesting incidental detail about its pitfalls as a way of approaching sales acquisition. Founded in1997 by Tom Evslin, a former Vice President at AT&T, ITXC was one of the new breed of VoIP based carriers that set out to conquer…

Telecoms

Smile Communications gets Uganda telecoms licence

South African-based low cost telecoms firm Smile Communications has been awarded a telecommunications licence by the Ugandan government, Uganda's communications minister said last Tuesday. "Smile Communications have been licensed four…


Telecoms

India's $30 Million Boost for Sierra Leone Telecom – looking at SAT3 link

The Indian Government has given US$30 million to revamp the ailing incumbent’s fixed line services and switches. It will used to improve landline services in Freetown, Kono, Port Loko, Kenema,…


Telecoms

Mobinil launches 3G services in Egypt

The Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil) launched its 3G services on 1 September after long delays. The largest mobile phone operator in Egypt by subscribers, Mobinil invested more than…


Telecoms

Kenya’s ATM service provider Pesapoint links up with Safaricom’s M-Pesa in New Deal

Safaricom, the listed mobile service provider will on Wednesday sign an agreement with ATM service provider PesaPoint. The deal will allow M-Pesa customers withdraw money through PesaPoint ATMs. M-Pesa customers…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Reuters, citing local newspaper reports, claims that Zain is in talks to buy a mobile telephony licence in Rwanda. The Rwandan government launched the bidding process for the country's…


Internet

Altech Wins Battle to Build Own Network in South Africa

Business and consumers can look forward to cheaper telecommunications services after technology company Altech won a legal battle for the right to build its own network. Altech's victory in the…


Internet

Angola launches Infrasat to extend national voice, data and TV coverage

The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos inaugurated new national satellite coverage of the country through a new company called Infrasat. The company is a business unit of…


Internet

Tunisia censors Facebook

Access to the social networking website Facebook (http://www.facebook.com) has been blocked without explanation since 24 August 2008 in Tunisia, in a move that reinforces government censorship of the Internet, Reporters…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Google released its newest product in the form of an open source browser called Chrome. The release comes a little ahead of Google's original plans. Dubbed by Google as…


Computing

Positive results claimed for the One Laptop Per Child Project test in Rwanda

The Ministry of Education's Secretary General together with the ICT department, has just finished carrying out an evaluation exercise to establish the efficacy of the One Laptop per Child project.…


Computing

FCT Improves Transport With E-Ticketing in Nigeria

The present practice of using cash to board buses in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) may soon be a thing of the past with the new smart card innovation of…


Computing

Canada to Build 300 Multimedia Centres in Cameroon

Cameroon's Information and Communication Technology will in a few years ahead witness a significant transformation, following the signing yesterday of two new agreements between the government, represented by the Minister…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Uganda, the Cabinet has approved three cyber laws. The three laws are the Electronic Transactions Bill, Electronic Signatures Bill and Computer Misuse Bill. "The Bills will be gazetted…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Six months after launching commercial operations, Nigeria’s telco Visafone has hit the one-million subscribers mark. The company’s current coverage area has grown to 17 states, over 150 towns and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigerian telco Globacom in Vodacom takeover bid?

South Africa's biggest mobile operator, Vodacom, could become a takeover target for Nigerian business tycoon Mike Adenuga (owner of Globacom), who has proposed a merger between Telkom's 50% stake in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom buys Gateway Communications

Vodacom has finalised a deal to acquire carrier services and business network solutions subsidiaries of Gateway Telecommunications SA (Pty) Ltd ("Gateway") for an enterprise value of approximately US$675 million. An…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tough Market Forces South Africa’s APH Into Restructuring

Consumer electronics group Amalgamated Appliance Holdings (APH) said that it had been forced to embark on a major restructuring of its businesses to survive a turbulent trading environment in which…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa’s Telecoms Private Equity On Growth Path

East Africa's investment and venture capital markets are set for a revolution with the establishment of the Africa Technology Media and Telecoms (ATMT) Fund. The package is a US$100 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom has reported a first half revenue of USD2.652 billion, a 19% increase on the same period of 2007. In the six months ended 30…


Digital Content

South Africa’s national Internet portal growing

South Africa’s national internet portal, SouthAfrica.info, receives almost 30-million hits a month and compares favourably with the country’s top commercial web sites, the statutory International Marketing Council (IMC) says in…


Digital Content

Equity Launches Cellphone Banking in Kenya

The next battle frontier for banks will be fought on the mobile phone, signalling a widely anticipated drop in banking transaction costs by customers. It also means that bank customers…


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People

* Neotel has appointed the highly respected former telecommunications regulator Icasa councillor Tracy Cohen as its new executive head Tata Communications of India for regulatory affairs from September. * Telkom…


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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

* ICT POLICY IN EAC PARTNER STATES / SUPPORT TO ICT POLICY REVIEW PROCESS. The overall objective is to assist the EAC Partner States in the review process of their…


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Contracts

* MTN and Opera Software - Uganda MTN Uganda has signed an agreement with Opera Software, a world leader in web browsing technology, to supply it with its Opera Mini,…