Issue no 431

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Cheaper international fibre prices in 2009 will put the squeeze on national backbone prices

Africa’s operators say they cost their national backbone prices based on distance. The basis is that the further you want your traffic carried, the more it costs. However, this logic will soon be challenged by new, cheaper international bandwidth costs. If it costs more to send traffic from Johannesburg to Cape Town or from Lagos to Abuja than it does from any of these places to Europe, then national arbitrage will have well and truly arrived. Russell Southwood looks at what is likely to happen. Currently SAT3 prices vary from US$1,300-8,200 per mbps per month. Volume prices in South Africa…

Telecoms

Millicom takes Senegalese Government to International Arbitration over licence dispute

Millicom International Cellular S.A. (Millicom) MIC last week announced that its subsidiaries Millicom International Operations, B.V. (MIO B.V.) and Sentel GSM S.A (Sentel), have instituted arbitration proceedings with the International…


Telecoms

Gambia’s Government ends its relationship with Gamtel owner, Spectrum

Gambia’s Office of the President issued a statement saying that it was ending its “partnership” with the current owner of the country’s incumbent Gamtel. The release states that the decision…


Telecoms

Telecom Namibia seeks the introduction of heavy penalties for Cable Thieves

Telecom Namibia has spent over N$6 million for the replacement of copper cables plundered by thieves this year alone. And to make matters worse, the problem seems to be growing…


Telecoms

Zamtel’s workers strike ends but company operating at a loss

Zamtel’s striking workers who have been demanding higher wages are drifting back to work after a three week strike. Communication and Transport Minister Dora Siliya said the company was unable…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In another month or so, Kenya’s fourth mobile service provider, Econet, will unveil its services, hoping to attract consumers to its network. The company has finally managed to reach…


Telecoms

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- At the end of September Senegal was home to 5.01 million mobile users, thanks to the net addition of 289,000 new users in the third quarter, a cellular penetration…


Internet

NigCom-Sat is Faulty, Not Missing, Says Federal Government

Nothing seems to go right for Africa’s aspiring satellite players. First, there were problems with Rascom and now NigComSat has been “parked up due to loss of energy.” Briefing State…


Internet

Telkom South Africa buys MWEB

South African fixed line telephone group Telkom has agreed to buy all of MWEB Africa and a 75% stake in MWEB Namibia from Naspers for R610m, it was announced on…


Internet

Difficulties in rolling out fibre network will be overcome, says Angolan Official

The minister of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha last week stressed the importance of working with other state institutions to overcome the obstacles experienced by Angola Telecom…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Following the a cable cut on SAT3 in the middle of last month, Nitel says it has begun fixing the damaged cable. - In Rwanda, New Artel which recently…


Computing

Stones instead of PCs to collect Sierra Leone health data

A new health data system has been introduced to rural parts of Sierra Leone, where lack of electricity and widespread illiteracy has prevented authorities and UN agencies from collecting reliable…


Computing

Be Computer Literate Or Forfeit Promotion , says Nigerian Head of Secondary School Education

From the next academic year all principals, their deputies and zonal directors of the Akwa Ibom state Secondary Education Board who cannot show evidence of being computer literate will forfeit…


Computing

“Africa needs open source vernacular software”, says PHEA

The time had now come for Africa to produce open software in its major local languages to make ICT accessible to all. John Schoneboon, ICT project associate at the Partnership…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The National University of Rwanda (NUR) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) to increase ICT access in rural areas. - A…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom shrugs off price war in Kenya to grow half year profits

Kenya’s most profitable company Safaricom last week released its first financial results since listing showing a widening subscriber base and increased sales but an earnings growth that had barely survived…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt says net income up 35% year-on-year

Telecom Egypt has announced its consolidated financial results for the full year ending 31 December, 2007. Commenting on the company’s results for the full year 2007, Akil Beshir, Chairman and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Didata Profit Beats Market Estimates

Strategies to survive the continuing economic turmoil have been spelled out by Dimension Data (Didata) as the technology company admits it is bound to suffer as its customers reel from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tunisian Start-Up Signs Five Billion Dollar Contract in Madagascar

According to the daily Le Quotidien, BFI, a Tunisian start- up, specialized in computer solutions for the banking sector, has recently signed a 5 billion dollar contract with the Madagascan…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Vodafone Group has announced that its ZAR25 billion (USD2.5 billion) offer to acquire another 15% stake in South African cellular operator Vodacom from Telkom South Africa has been accepted.…


Digital Content

Website to Bring Expertise Into South Africa’s Classes

The Shuttleworth Foundation and Connexions from Rice University, in the US, yesterday announced plans to jointly develop what they say will be one of the world's largest, most comprehensive sets…


Digital Content

Two Websites Victims of Hacking Attacks in Tunisia

The independent electronic publication Tunisnews ( http://www.tunisnews.net ) has announced that its site was the target of a hacking attack on 5 November 2008, and that the administrators of the…


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People

- South Africa’s Huge Group has conducted a major restructuring of its board of directors, in order to streamline management functions and operations. Current CEO Anton Potgieter has been appointed…


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Events

* South Africa, communications services and 2010 - e-readiness or e-rockiness?’ 17 November 2008, Classroom F, Mwalimu House, School of Public and Development Management, 2 St David’s Place, Parktown, South…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Support to Enhance the Competitiveness of Kenya’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Sector The Kenya ICT Board has requested the Commonwealth Secretariat for assistance to develop a capacity development strategy…


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Contracts

* Orascom Telecom and Nokia Siemens Networks - Algeria Orascom Telecom Algeria has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide its Home Location Register (HLR) subscriber data management solution, allowing…