Issue no 424

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O3B Networks promises low latency satellite bandwidth at US$500 a meg or less by 2010

O3B Networks has been quietly preparing itself over the last 12 months for the moment last week when it announced that it was going to be offering cheap, low latency satellite bandwidth that can cover any part of Africa by 2010. It has put in place early finance with Google, Liberty Global and HSBC. Russell Southwood talked to the entrepreneur behind the project Greg Wyler. Q: What’s the overall technical configuration of what you’re going to do? It’s a number of satellites flying over the equatorial area (of the earth). Because they’re approximately 5 times closer to the earth than…

Telecoms

South Africa’s Minister Fights Telecoms 'Free-for-All'

Hopes that greater competition and lower prices would finally stir up the long-stifled telecommunications sector have been quashed unexpectedly by Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri. (And the Minister is not one…


Telecoms

MTN is setting its eyes on Congo DRC but is it true?

Mobile company MTN, which in July walked away from a potential $70bn merger with India's Reliance Communications, could extend its reach to the Democratic Republic of Congo, that country's regulator…


Telecoms

African Telecos Team Up to Reverse Costs

Global telecommunication companies led by Kenya's Safaricom have unveiled an environmentally friendly initiative that will encourage them to exploit energy-cost saving sources, towards lower communication tariffs for consumers. United under…


Telecoms

NCC Seeks Police Support Over Telecom Vandalism in Nigeria

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has described the incessant destruction of Fibre Network Infrastructures (cables) by vandals as capable of drawing the country back by years. It therefore plans to see…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Moroccan incumbent Maroc Telecom has been shortlisted to buy 51% of Mali’s state-owned Telecommunication Company, Sotelma, PANA reported last week; no details of the other shortlisted companies were revealed.…


Telecoms

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Sierra-Leone’s mobile operator, Africell has extended its coverage to Tikonko chiefdom, Bo district. Africell has so far covered have covered over 70% of the country and plans to add…


Internet

Cape Town to Expand Fibre-Optic Network

Cape Town's economic development directorate wants the council to allocate additional funds to accelerate the expansion of its fibre-optic network to Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, saying if it did not…


Internet

ISOC Calls for Policy Directions in Ghana

The General Secretary of the Internet Society (ISOC), Eric Akomea, has called on policy makers in the ICT sector, to institute a framework that would encourage the use of the…


Internet

Telkom South Africa’s mobile broadband plans

Details about Telkom’s entrance into the mobile space have started to emerge, indicating that the incumbent fixed line provider will offer both wireless telephony and mobile broadband services. According to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Despite the public launch of Election 2009 in South Africa, the Independent Electoral Commission’s website still locks out users of open source software and mobile phones. - Gateway Communications…


Computing

Laptop Ownership Programme Moves to Teachers and Students in Uganda

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology's (ICTs) laptop ownership programme that initially targeted the civil service has moved onto school teachers and their students. The Civil and Corporate Employees…


Computing

Rwandan IT Firm Wins Award for developing mobile applet to purchase electricity token

Short Messaging Service (SMS) Media, a Rwandan Information Technology (IT) Company, which has developed a solution that allows you to purchase prepaid electricity (cash power) using your mobile phone has…


Computing

Electronic Crimes May Attract 14-Year Jail Term in Nigeria

Jail terms ranging from five to 14 years await any person found guilty of committing financial crimes through the use of mobile phones, internet and Automatic Teller Machines (ATM). This…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Mozambican and South Korean governments have open an Information Access Centre in Maputo, which will give citizens access to basic computer services. The centre contains a training laboratory,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nitel/Mtel will get New Investor By Feb 2009

Speaking through the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), government said that it had fixed February 6, 2009 as the handover date of NITEL/Mtel to a new private owner, having scaled…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Raises $4.49 Billion in Kuwait's Largest Ever Capital Raising History

Zain Group, the leading mobile telecom operator in the Middle East and Africa, (MEA) has announced the successful completion of its capital increase raising $4.49 billion (approximately N529.82 billion) with…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African technology firm expands business to in the UK

Technology supplier EOH is making progress with a new venture in the UK and with new divisions to serve specific industries, although CEO Asher Bohbot says its expansion will be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The Senate Approves N27.8 Billion Budget of the Nigerian Communications Commission

The Senate yesterday approved the 2008 budget of N27.845 billion, for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Both revenue and expenditure projections stood at N27.845 billion. Senate Committee on Communication, in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Posta Uganda, one of the country's last remaining parastatals, is set to partner with a local telecom firm in a new mobile money transfer service along the lines of…


Digital Content

Sophisticated Mobile Solutions for Kenyan Telecoms

Timothy Mbugua is the CEO of Symbiotic Media Consortium. He started the company to provide a “one-stop shop” for promotions and campaigns, using a full suite of media products to…


Digital Content

More Locals to Access the Internet in Namibia

Information and Communication Technology Minister, Joel Kaapanda, has asked for a speedy distribution of Internet to the people, saying this is important for the development of business and communities in…


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People

* The South Africa’s Presidency has confirmed that 11 ministerial resignations have been accepted. Among them are public enterprises minister Alec Erwin and public service and administration (DPSA) minister Geraldine…


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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

* Johannesburg Internet Exchange (JINX) host for 2009 to 2012 needed The Internet Service Providers' Association of SA (ISPA) has called for proposals from companies interested in hosting the Johannesburg…


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Contracts

* Netspread an Airspan - Botswana Airspan Networks has announced that Netspread, one of Botswana's internet service providers, has chosen it as its WiMAX equipment provider and has begun deployments…