Issue no 432

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Liberian Government turns up the heat on Comium to Renegotiate Agreement

There are always political risks for operators but none more so than in countries where a successor Government decides to unpick the decisions of its predecessor. The mayhem that followed the Beninois Government’s decision to renegotiate licence fees last year has been the most recent example. But a much more low-profile case is the Liberian Government’s attempts to “standardize” the terms and conditions of its mobile operators. Shelby Grossman reports on the arm-wrestling contest between the Government and Comium. Comium is one of four GSM providers operating in Liberia, and has the most favorable licence conditions. Yet in recent months…

Telecoms

MTN copies Zain’s free roaming scheme

Competitive pressure is forcing MTN to eliminate roaming fees for users travelling between different countries, in a move that could noticeably dent its profit . The cellular operator has not…


Telecoms

Nigcomsat Lost Forever, says company MD, but needs to be replaced by two more satellites costing US$500m

It has now been confirmed that the disintegrating N29.95 billion ($256 million) NigComSat-1 flown into orbit about a year ago by China Great Wall Industry Incorporation (CGWIC) is irreparably damaged…


Telecoms

Vodafone Vows to Make Ghana Telecom Market Leader

Ghana Telecom’s new CEO David Venn continued its media blitz to convince people that the company will become a market leader. Its not-so secret weapon? Innovations, products and services offered…


Telecoms

CCK to introduce number portability in 2009 in Kenya

CCK has announced plans to introduce number portability in the country next year. According to a public notice carried in the local press last week, Service Provider Number Portability (SPNP)…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced that it was won the race for Rwanda’s third national mobile licence, seeing off the challenge from three other bidders. The Luxembourg-incorporated company…


Internet

Glo- One Submarine Cable will be ready for Launch in March 2009

Nigeria's second national carrier, Globacom, has emphasised its readiness to launch its international submarine cable, Glo 1, touted as the solution to Nigeria and West Africa's bandwidth requirements, in March…


Internet

ISPs to Sue Icasa If Licences Delayed Further in South Africa

The telecoms industry regulator is on a collision course with companies that are ready to build their own networks, by instigating a long-winded process to issue licences that the high…


Internet

Fibre backhaul becomes single biggest cost element, says new WIOCC CEO

Last week the Open Access to Fibre Conference took place in Malawi. Anders Comstedt attended and reports on some of the issues raised. Open access or shared telecom infrastructure has…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The National Council of the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has addressed a letter to the President in which it asks the federal government to intervene in…


Computing

Nigeria’s Federal Government Develops Framework for IT Education

The Federal Government has packaged a new document, the National Information Technology Education Framework (NITEF) for the structuring and regulation of the formal and non-formal educational institutions of Information Technology…


Computing

Central African IT Experts Meet in Brazzaville

A meeting of new information and communication technology (NTIC) experts of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), opened last Monday in Brazzaville ahead of the ministerial conference starting…


Computing

South African brewer chooses Red Hat Linux

Like many companies United National Breweries (UNB) took a decision some time ago to lease its IT equipment instead of buying it outright. In line with that decision UNB’s national…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- President Paul Kagame, was this week presented with the 'Committed to Connecting the World Awards', at the 2008 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council High level segment, meeting, held in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Ethiopia Telecommunications Corp (ETC) plans to boost mobile subscribers to 15 million in two years, from 2.2 million now, using $1.5 billion from China's ZTE Corp, the Ethiopian firm…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa’s Results Stress Need to Reposition

Telkom's operating profit fell 9.3% in the first half to September, showing the financial imperative for the company to restructure and reposition itself. Profits came in at R6.6bn, down from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nitel May Not Get Core Investor in Feb 2009

Indications have emerged that Nigerian incumbent Nitel may not get a core investor in February 2009 after all. The Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) is said to have decided to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Few Cellular Operators in Africa 'Will Survive' says Zain Africa’s CEO

Consolidation among cellular network operators in Africa will be so intense that no more than three to five will survive, predicts Zain Africa's CEO Chris Gabriel. As competition intensifies and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The fight for iTalk begins in South Africa

The Competition Commission has announced that it has recommended that the proposed transaction by MTN to purchase the remaining 59% of iTalk Cellular be approved. "This announcement is purely the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vox Telecom Charges Dealstream With Theft in South Africa

Vox Telecom, the AltX-listed telecoms service provider, last week became the first company to announce it was laying charges of theft against failed brokerage Dealstream and its directors after Vox…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Sudatel has announced a year-on-year fall of 52% in third-quarter net income after auditors required the telco to write off the cost of acquiring customers over a three-year period…


Digital Content

NCC Approves Africa's First Smart Phone

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has accredited and approved the first customised Smart phones designed and manufactured for Africa. The Professional Series, which comes in ranges from PS 100s up…


Digital Content

Google Aims to Stop 'Agency Fraud' in South Africa

Myth and misunderstanding is leading to digital mayhem in the industry, whereby agencies are being accused by digital behemoth Google of committing fraud or, at the very least, irresponsible accounting…


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People

* Phoday Sisay has been appointed the new acting chief executive officer of the Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel) and the Gambia Cellular GSM Company (Gamcel). * Pierre Obeid, CTO at…


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Events

* ngNOG 16 – 26 November 2008, Lagos, Nigeria http://www.forum.org.ng/ * AFRINIC 9 22 – 28 November 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia http://www.afrinic.net/ * TELECOMS COST ALLOCATION AND PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS CONFERENCE…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Senior Rnd Engineer – Kenya The person should be able to lead a team of radio network design engineers to perform initial radio network design, radio frequency including a…


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Contracts

* MTN and Central Bank - Nigeria Mobile operator MTN Nigeria, has signed an agreement for the provision of wide Area Network(WAN) solutions to support 21 Central Bank of Nigeria…