Issue no 434

Top Story

Nigeria’s Suburban set to operate a Lagos-Abidjan regional terrestrial fibre link

As the west coast of Africa prepares for cheaper international bandwidth from three possible contenders (Glo One, Main One and WACS), the race is now on to provide terrestrial fibre links to take traffic to the cheapest landing station. Currently Nigeria’s Suburban Telecom is doing good business delivering a significant chunk of the country’s outgoing traffic via Cotonou through Benin Telecom. Nitel’s poor performance and high prices have created a new market in diverting traffic to a cheaper, more efficient exit point. Suburban’s CEO Bruce Ayonote outlined his plans to link Lagos to Abidjan though a mixture of its own…

Telecoms

Millicom Wins Third Telecoms Licence in Rwanda

Millicom International Cellular S.A has emerged the preferred bidder for Rwanda's third national telecoms licence against Telecel Globe Ltd (Orasom’s new Sub-Saharan vehicle), Zain and Larrycom-Expresso. The deal has been…


Telecoms

Zambia to Privatise Zamtel

Zamtel will be partly privatised in about four months time to save it from total collapse, Communications and Transport Minister, Dora Siliya said last week. Addressing Zamtel workers at the…


Telecoms

MTN Uganda To Introduce Seamless Network

MTN Group is to introduce a seamless roaming facility for all its 21 operations in Africa and the Middle East by mid-2009, a statement from the group said. The seamless…


Telecoms

Tanzania predicting 25% growth in telecoms by mid-2009; awards new licences

The director general of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), John Nkoma, says he expects the country will be home to 13 million fixed and mobile telephone connections by mid-2009,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Warid Telecom looks set to get a licence in Cote d’Ivoire, bring the total number of operators to seven. - The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has…


Internet

Mobile Internet Usage On the Rise in Nigeria

Mobile internet use is growing while the number of people going online via a PC is slowing, analyst firm Nielsen Online has found. Some 7.3m people, according to the analyst…


Internet

Will Seacom Enable a sea change?

Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth. It is a problem which is as old as the Internet is in South Africa and which is seemingly impossible to solve with an intractable Department of…


Internet

Multi-Links Telkom Begins EVDO Broadband Internet Services in Lagos

Nigerian fixed wireless phone operator, Multi-Links Telkom last week rolled out its broadband EVDO package, an innovative Internet service that would ensure a seamless connection to the worldwide web, to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Mainstreet Technologies has obtained its landing station licence in Ghana. - MWEB Namibia is offering a free business Internet audit to MWEB Namibia subscribers and Namibian internet users.The free…


Computing

Kano Makes ICT Training Compulsory in Schools

Kano State government has said it would make the teaching of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) mandatory at all levels of education and that it had commenced the training of…


Computing

ICT Students Flock to Polytechnic in Namibia

The number of young people interested in pursuing a career in Information Communication Technology courses at the Polytechnic of Namibia has grown over the past years. Rector of the Polytechnic…


Computing

Kelly Eager to Fill Computer Staff Shortage in South Africa

Employment service provider Kelly Group is upbeat about growth opportunities in some segments of its business despite tough trading conditions and a margin squeeze in other segments in the face…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft’s consoles cost around 13% less in South Africa than in America. Recently an article was written comparing the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii in terms of pricing. It…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Vodacom has cut the out-of-bundle price for its 10 GB data package subscribers to 50c per MB, a 50% reduction on the previous R 1.00 per MB. The out-of-bundle…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone Targets Telecoms Market in Nigeria

The largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world, Vodafone Group, has expressed its desire to enter the Nigerian market. Speaking at a conference in Barcelona, Spain, the Chief Executive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange is in talks to buy GSM license in West Africa

France Telecom SA, Europe's third largest telephone company, said it's in talks to buy a phone license in Togo in western Africa. The company didn't disclose financial details. The license…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom SA Deal 'Boosts COPE War Chest'

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has called for Telkom's deal with Vodafone to be cancelled, saying the manner in which it was put together was not illegal but highly…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Shares in MTN slumped before the market closed last Tuesday

Shares in African mobile phone giant MTN slumped before the market closed on Tuesday as news of Nigeria's currency free-fall against the dollar stoked concerns about MTN earnings, a fund…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Starcomms Plc, the only telecomm company to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), has said it is committed to ensure Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) comes out of…


Digital Content

Etisalat, MTN, Zain in Pay-Buy-Mobile Handsets Trials in Nigeria

Etisalat, MTN, Zain and 42 other global GSM network operators are currently carrying out trials that will lead to the commercial use of mobile phones to buy and pay for…


Digital Content

Standard Chartered Starts Mobile Banking With Pomp

It's new, it's exciting and it's anywhere and at anytime; but to enjoy it you must be banked with Standard Chartered Bank. This is the new age of mobile telephony…


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People

* The nine-member Board of Gamtel comprises of Katim Touray, former managing director of Gamtel as chairman and Mustapha Njie (TAF), as vice chairman of the new board. Other members…


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Events

* TELECOMS COST ALLOCATION AND PROFITABILITY ANALYSIS CONFERENCE 1st – 5th December 2008, Hesperia Hotel, London - UK www.iir-conferences.com/costprof * INVESTING IN ICT SECTOR IN EMERGING MARKETS 11-12 December 2008,…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* ISOC Fellowship to the IETF The Internet Society has announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF program. The program…


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Contracts

* Etisalat Nigeria and Alcatel-Lucent - Nigeria Nigeria's Emerging Market Telecom Services Ltd (EMTS), operating as Etisalat Nigeria, last week appointed Alcatel-Lucent as preferred equipment company for the deployment of…