Issue no 423

Top Story

Second wave investment in broadband kicks off with Wananchi putting US$100 million into HFC networks for Triple Play delivery in Kenya and Tanzania

Africa’s second wave of investment after mobile telephony has kicked off with a commitment from Kenya’s Wananchi to invest over US$100 million in an HFC network in Nairobi and Mombasa to deliver a Triple Play service with plans to also launch in Tanzania. Once the TEAMS and SEACOM cables have arrived in Mombassa in Q2, 2009 it will be offering 3, 6 and 10 meg services with VoIP voice calling. Russell Southwood interviewed the Group’s new CEO Euan Fanell. Fanell is a veteran of the cable industry and has worked for over 20 years with the Group’s Chairman Mark Schneider…

Telecoms

Government Threatens Glo Operations in Benin

Globacom's Benin network launched in June may be truncated by the failure of the Beninoise government to release the frequency it allocated to the Nigerian telecoms company over one and…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya launches Orange mobile services

Mobile telephone charges are expected to come down with the unveiling of Telkom Kenya's new Orange mobile services, which include voice and Internet. "This is an important point in Telkom…


Telecoms

Burundi’s mobile customers to benefit of borderless network across East Africa

Burundi's leading telecom company, UCOM has partnered with MTN to provide a free roaming service for their subscribers. The "Home and Away" roaming service will provide customers in East Africa…


Telecoms

Interconnection Rates to Drop Drastically in Gambia

The Department of State for Communication, Information and Information Technology, in conjunction with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, has declared a drastic reduction in interconnection rates between GSM mobile and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Moroccan mobile and fixed line operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) and its 32.18% shareholder Telefonica have jointly completed a 2,520km fibre-optic backbone network named Africa Gate, which provides international connectivity…


Internet

iBurst wants South Africa to ditch dial-up

Broadband service provider iBurst is offering a R200 credit to new subscribers who sign up for a 24-month ADSL, HSDPA or iBurst Wireless contract with the company, provided they trade…


Internet

Glo Offers Flexible Hi-Speed Internet Packages in Nigeria

National telecoms operator, Globacom, has introduced new hi-speed internet packages which offer highly flexible usage options for subscribers on its 3G Plus HSDPA network. Globacom which was the first network…


Internet

ISPA announces “Hall of Shame” Spammers initiative

The Internet Service Providers' Association of South Africa (ISPA) yesterday, Wednesday, 17 September 2008, released its first 'Hall of Shame' report at iWeek 2008. Naming some of the country's top…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is now offering a half-hour packaged podcast, known as GIBS FN, which features interviews with leading local business people…


Computing

Kenyan Students Design Vote Tallying Software

A group of university students in Nairobi has developed tallying software that could cut costs and eliminate errors at the Electoral Commission of Kenya. The students said the software could…


Computing

EFCC Develops Software to Combat Cyber Crime in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) says it is developing computer softwares that would monitor internet services in the country as a way to combat cyber crimes. Spokesman of the…


Computing

African developers release open source virtual classroom

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) project have released version 1.0.1 of the Chisimba/KEWL3 Realtime Virtual Classroom. Avoir is a…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A laptop equipped with an access to the Internet, meant for pupils and students and to be sold at DZD 29,990 (US$488), will be available within a month, announced…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria’s Globacom, has crashed call rates for commercial phone operators in selected cities across Nigeria. The package has the lowest calling rate of 22k (US¢0.2) per second for Glo…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa Plans to Grow Nigeria's Multi-Links

Telkom South Africa plans to invest more than R4.3bn to expand the network and services being offered by Multi-Links, the majority-owned Nigerian private telecommunications firm it acquired last year for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M-Cel Issues Bonds in Mozambique

Mozambique's publicly owned mobile phone company M-Cel on Friday launched its second issue of bonds, to a value equivalent to 10 million Us dollars, to finance its ambitious programme of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Paynet - We're No Threat to Banks in Kenya

Electronic payment firm Paynet has downplayed fears that mobile money transfer services are a threat to conventional banking. Instead, the company views its recent tie-up with a mobile cash transfer…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Saudi Telecom expands to North Africa

Saudi Telecom has announced its plan to seek foreign expansion, particularly in north Africa as competition in domestic market heightens. According to company chief executive officer, Saud al-Duweish, they aim…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Zain has formally completed the payment of US$115 million to the government of Ghana to complete the part-privatisation of the country’s second operator Western Telesystems Limited (WESTEL). In a…


Digital Content

Young Entrepreneur Launches Online Networking Village in Africa

Martin T. Mombeshora is announcing the launch of Afropreneur (www.afropreneur.com), a free access social networking site that caters exclusively for entrepreneurs. Afropreneur is a unique web combination of community and…


Digital Content

Clicks Replace Bricks as Cellphone, Internet Banking Ring the Changes in South Africa

Every one of the big four banks has said in the past month that electronic banking channels are growing fast and, while they have yet to make a significant contribution…


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People

* The Shuttleworth Foundation’s open philanthropy fellow, Mark Surman will be moving to the Mozilla Foundation where he has been appointed executive director and will continue his work in open…


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Events

* 6th ANNUAL CTO FORUM 6-8 October 2008, Abuja, Nigeria If you are a telecom or satellite operator, equipment supplier, software developer, solution provider, a consultant, or any other stakeholder…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Commercial Technical Manager – Congo DRC The company is looking for a Commercial/ Technical Manager to help us continue to develop the business in the DRC, Congo Brazzaville and…


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Contracts

* Lybiana , ZTE and Huawei - Libya The Chinese equipment manufacturers ZTE and Huawei Technologies have won contracts to expand the networks of state run mobile operator Libyana. A…


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Correction:

* Etisalat Misr and Huawei - Egypt Chinese vendor Huawei has announced that it has inked a deal with Egyptian telco Etisalat Misr to expand the operator’s mobile network; the…