Issue no 426

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Central Africa markets fail to get the attention they deserve, says new report

It is easy but lazy to talk about Africa for the continent contains fifty plus countries all of which are completely different in some way. Whilst operators like to think they are considering the continent as a single market, they often unconsciously avoid some countries because there is less information about their potential. In order to rectify this position, Balancing Act has just published African Telecoms and Internet Markets – Part 2: Central Africa which for the first time provides detailed information on the sub-region's eight countries. Central Africa contains some of the fastest growing markets on the continent. Oil-rich…

Telecoms

Mauritius’ government sets up a Universal Service Fund

The government of Mauritius is establishing a Universal Service Fund (USF) that aims to give citizens in poor regions of the country better access to Internet and communication technologies. Regulations…


Telecoms

Vodafone Makes Inroads in Ghana

Only 49 days after its arrival, Vodafone, the new owners of Ghana Telecom, have moved quickly to announce how it intends to improve services for its customers. With a time-bound…


Telecoms

MTN and Cell C in Cheap Phones Dispute in South Africa

A multi-million rand dispute over the roll-out of cheap pay phones could see thousands of poor communities lose the ability to make cut-price calls to preserve the profits of MTN,…


Telecoms

Vodafone Egypt’s Market Share Declines in Q2 - 2008

At the end of Q2,08, the number of mobile connections in Egypt reached 33.86m, equivalent to a penetration rate of 41.5%, up from 28.5% a year earlier. The second-quarter performance…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- ECOWAS member states are close to adopting a regulation that would facilitate mobile roaming in the region and reduce call charges. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the President of the…


Internet

Rwanda Gets $24 Million Boost for Regional Broadband Networks

The World Bank has announced that it has approved $24 million for a program that will see Rwanda develop her national capacity to provide broadband connectivity. The money that was…


Internet

Telkom South Africa Confirms Fixed Wireless Network rollout Plan using W-CDMA

Telkom has confirmed its plan to roll out a new wireless network with the prime aim of winning more business from small and medium-sized enterprises. Telkom's relatively high prices for…


Internet

Wananchi Group Launches Triple play offer in Kenya

Telecommunications service provider, Wananchi Group, has unveiled Kenya's first triple play product. Branded as Zuku, the service offers customers television, Internet broadband and telephony. Wananchi Group chief executive Euan Fannell…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The South Africa-based firm Dark Fibre Africa says it is investing ZAR2 billion (USD238 million) in the deployment of a fibre-optic network by 2010. The firm has already rolled…


Computing

MPs, Minister Nsambu Clash Over Laptop Deal in Uganda

The ICT junior minister, John Alintuma Nsambu, has denied accusations that he used his position to do personal business with the government. "It's not true that I am using my…


Computing

Zinox Launches Digital Knowledge Democracy campaign in Nigeria

Zinox Technologies has launched a new projects through its Computerise Nigeria Project, CNP. The project known as Digital Knowledge Democracy and described by officials as an Independence Anniversary gift was…


Computing

Tunis Based 'Francophone Digital Campus' Plans to Launch Four Distance Learning Masters in ICT

The Tunis Francophone Distance Campus is planning to launch its own Distance training programs. Inaugurated in 2002, it has so far provided courses designed by European universities.The Campus Director, Mejdi…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced a review of ICT legislation. The organisation has circulated a questionnaire asking whether the Posts and Telecommunications Act,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Kenya’s newest mobile provider Orange has sweetened the mobile phone pricing war by introducing a one shilling per minute tariff within its network, the lowest ever in Kenya's telecommunication…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Kenya Sold Within the Law, Says Minister

The Government is not involved in "mindless privatisation of strategic parastatals." Internal security assistant minister Simeon Lesirma said in Parliament on Wednesday that the Government off loaded its shares in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Increase in market share bolsters South Africa’s Huge Group's results

A rapid growth rate in the local managed telecommunications industry combined with a substantial increase in market share enabled AltX listed telecommunications company, the Huge Group, to post a strong…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom's YeboYethu raises R946m

Cellular giant Vodacom has described its YeboYethu share offer as a “resounding success”, attracting 102,531 valid applications and being almost three times over-subscribed. The share offer, open exclusively to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Payfast aims to provide PayPal like services in South Africa

A number of local online merchants have started using Payfast - a PayPal like service making secure online payments possible using Internet banking (EFT). While credit cards are still the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

­The Kenyan government has announced plans to scrap a law which had required foreign firms to have local partners if investing in the telecoms industry. Under the current system, any…


Digital Content

South Africa’s OSS news provider,Tectonic, goes mobile

Always on the move? Well now you can get Tectonic on your mobile phone (beta) so you’ve always got something to hand to read. The mobile site includes all the…


Digital Content

Internet Solutions launches new gaming portal

IS Labs, an Internet Solutions (IS) initiative, has announced the launch of a new gaming portal for Internet Solutions. According to IS Labs gamers complained about the delay or lag…


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People

* The shortlist of CEO candidates for the State IT Agency (SITA) was not presented to Cabinet, as was expected, and is being reviewed by public service and administration minister…


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Events

* MOBILEACTIVE08 SUMMIT 13-15 October 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa SANGONeT and MobileActive.org are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the MobileActive08 Summit. The theme of the event is…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* SAFIPA: Call for Proposals – South Africa SAFIPA (the South Africa - Finland Knowledge Partnership on ICT) has announced its first call for proposals. SAFIPA is a partnership programme…


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Contracts

* MTN and BT Telconsult - Nigeria BT Telconsult has announced a new consulting agreement with MTN Nigeria Communications Limited under which BT consultants will partner with the leading African…