Issue no 435

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WiMAX establishes a clear foothold in Africa with over 100 installations across the continent

The number of potential wireless data applications is bewildering but the big battle appears to be between WiMAX and a technology that doesn’t yet exist, LTE. But in Africa, there are over 100 installed WiMAX applications and all of the big players have either got it working for them or will do over the next year. Russell Southwood investigates what it is WiMAX can and can’t do. One of the largest WiMAX equipment vendors in Africa, Alvarion, estimates that there are just over 100 installed WiMAX systems in Africa; over 45 of these are operating in unlicensed spectrum and over…

Telecoms

Tanzania to nullify SaskTel’s contract with TTCL?

The Tanzania Cabinet is early next year expected to decide whether to suspend or continue with the three-year contract awarded to Canadian firm SaskTel International Inc to operate the Tanzania…


Telecoms

Tunisiana banned from bidding for third telecoms licence in Tunisia

Wireless network operator Tunisiana has been barred from bidding for the country's third telecoms licence, which includes the right to provide fixed line services. Last week the country’s Ministry of…


Telecoms

Libyans Plan Continent's Largest Telecoms Group

LapGreen Networks, a subsidiary of Libyan African Investment Portfolio, plans to build 'the biggest' telecommunications company with a single network in Africa. "LapGreen plans to build a big telecoms company…


Telecoms

Crackers, Fraudsters' Activities Surge On Phones in Nigeria

A bid by fraudsters to rip off unsuspecting Nigerian mobile phones users has been on the increase in the past months using cloning. Crackers have visited Nigerian mobile networks cloning…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has given mobile operators the go-ahead to offer additional services based on 3G and VoIP technology under their current licences,…


Internet

Main One Cable Company granted with landing licences in Nigeria and Ghana

Main One Cable Company, one of the firms in the race to provide international communication links between Nigeria and the rest of the world through undersea fibre optic cable links…


Internet

Cable winners in the pipeline in West Africa

The West African Cable System (WACS) will make a decision whether to use either Tyco or Alcatel-Lucent to construct its 14,000km cable in the coming week, says Andrew Mthembu, WACS…


Internet

Orange partners Africa Coast to Europe, a new submarine fibre-optic cable that will connect 20 African countries

On November 27, 2008, France Telecom-Orange signed a memorandum of understanding leading up to the installation of a submarine fibre-optic cable that will provide over 20 countries within the West…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography Research, Italy overtook the United Kingdom in 2008 as the top Internet hub for Africa. Today, Italy is the major international Internet route…


Computing

E-Payment Regime for Federal Government's Service Providers Will Reduce Bureaucracy in Nigeria

The planned introduction of a new e-payment regime by the Nigeria’s Federal Government, on 1st January 2009 fiscal year for payment of its service providers, contracts and other services would…


Computing

Ugandan IT engineer Wins Microsoft Global ICT Award

Wilson Kutegeka was just an ordinary man with no big ambitions. Coming to Kampala from Bukwali Village, Kabarole, was like a dream; scaling the heights to America seemingly impossible. However,…


Computing

South Africa’s Tectonic launches open source business directory

How many times have you heard that open source support is hard to find? If you collected a couple of cents for each time you heard it you would be…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Mozambique’s social security system will be computerised as Minister, Maria Helena Taipo, starts an official visit to Brazil, where she is expected to sign a protocol with her Brazilian…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Rwandatel the country's incumbent telecom operator, that has just launched its 3G, GSM technology is targeting more than 600,000 mobile subscribers by end of 2009. - Zimbabwe’s sole fixed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Investors Mount Ambitious Plan for African Satellite

African investors have hatched an ambitious plan to launch a dedicated satellite to beam more bandwidth to the continent. Africans will supply 90 per cent of the funding, with global…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nedbank Capital Opens Its Purse for Neotel in South Africa

Deep pockets at Nedbank Capital are still open despite the global financial crisis, with the institution lending R4,5bn to projects to swell SA's telecoms infrastructure. The latest company to win…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Namibia Telecom Blames Cabinet Restriction for Sluggish Growth

The Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Frans Ndoroma, said the negative perception around the Switch product emanating from the restriction imposed by Cabinet is one of the factors that contributed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Huge Request to Tribunal Denied in South Africa

Telecoms company the Huge Group has been thwarted in its bid to take part in hearings to determine whether MTN will be allowed to acquire an airtime distribution company. Huge…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa is taking an almost silent approach to accusations of dodgy tenders and claims that its sale of Vodacom is a huge and possibly tainted decision, with…


Digital Content

Minaffet Launches Website Portal in Rwanda

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MINAFFET) Monday evening officially launched its website, www.minaffet.gov.rw, with the aim of linking all Rwandan diplomatic missions and honorary consulates overseas. The MINAFFET…


Digital Content

Two mobile TV licences up for grabs in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has published an Invitation To Apply (ITA) calling for interested individual Electronic Communications Services, Broadcasting Services and Electronic Communications Network Services licensees to…


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People

* Mukela Muyunda has been appointed as the managing director of ZAMTEL effective December 9, 2008.


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Events

* INVESTING IN ICT SECTOR IN EMERGING MARKETS 11-12 December 2008, London, UK Organised by the CTO, the conference aims at emerging Markets in Asia, Africa and the Americas present…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* CALL FOR PAPERS FOR WORLD e-ID 2009 CONFERENCE WORLD e-ID 2009 aims to be an ideal opportunity to share visions, see new perspectives and opportunities based on new application…


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Contracts

* mcel and Aircom - Mozambique Independent network planning and optimisation consultancy Aircom International has announced that it is working with Mozambique operator mcel to support the update of mcel's…