Issue no 436 9th January 2009

Top Story

The Year of Living Dangerously – how to survive in a low growth world

Whilst Africa has as yet been largely untouched by the apocalyptic financial meltdown, everything is now connected. So less sales of Chinese clothes and shoes in developed countries (witness the awful Christmas retail figures) means lower raw material and food sales from Africa. At the very least some of the air is going to come out the market for African operators and the “worst-case” scenarios look pretty grim. Russell Southwood looks at what operators can do to keep business flowing. For Africa, the global economy is a bit like a dinosaur: it takes a long time for messages to get…

Telecoms

Millicom Awarded Third National License in Rwanda

Millicom International Cellular, the Luxembourg based telecommunications group has been awarded a licence in Rwanda as the third national telecoms operator, a top government official has revealed last week. Romain…


Telecoms

Tunisia Launches an International Call for Tenders for Third Fixed and Mobile Telecommunications License

The Ministry of Communication Technologies has officially launched an international call for tenders for bidders to obtain a second and third generation fixed and mobile telecommunications license. The license is…


Telecoms

Globalstar launches satellite phone service in Nigeria with investment from Yakubu Gowon

Satellite phone provider Globalstar is opening a local operation in Nigeria to be called GlobalTouch with US$10 million investment from a Nigerian former Head of State, General yakubu Gowon. The…


Telecoms

M-money service launched in Cameroon

Mobile Money (www.mobilemoneysa.com) has launched a mobile payment plarform in Cameroon that will allow mobile phone customers to transfer money and pay bills. The product was launched in December at…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Reuters reported that the Egyptian government is set to delay the offer of a second tranche of shares in fixed line monopoly operator Telecom Egypt. It had originally suggested…


Internet

Nigeria’s 21st Century Technologies rolls out Sub-Saharan Africa’s first FTTH network

21st Century Technologies looks set to lay claim to being the first Sub-Saharan operator to roll out a Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network. It plans to target 10,000 homes in the capital…


Internet

Egypt’s Orasom considers merging LINKdotNET and MobiNil, buying other companies or selling

Arab Finance is reporting that broadband operator LINKdotNET is considering selling a majority stake to MobiNil, or alternatively merging with other companies operating in the Internet sector. Both LINKdotNET and…


Internet

Zain launches 3.5G mobile internet service in Tanzania

Zain Tanzania has launched what it claims is the country’s fastest 3.5G mobile Internet service, the local Daily News reports. The unit’s managing director Khaled Muhtadi, told reporters that the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- International Energy Insurance Plc (IEI) has introduced an online transaction platform to make it easy for people to buy any of the company's products without having to be at…


Computing

Nigeria’s Federal Government starts ICT Training for Education Inspectors in Nigeria

The Federal Government has formulated a new policy that would enable federal education inspectors to acquire Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training, to enable them to compute the activities of…


Computing

South Africa: Cyber crime hits Government

Three IT specialists appeared in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court yesterday for siphoning R950 000 from the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation. They were not asked to plead…


Computing

Nigeria’s Ambara State partners with Microsoft to put Igbo language into software

Anambra State government is partnering the American Computer giant, Microsoft, to programme Igbo language into computer software. Governor Peter Obi, who disclosed this at the first Ofala celebration of the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Intel Corporation has helped Zinox Computers produce two low cost notebooks known as the Zinox Classmate and the Zinox Smart Star Plus to meet the computing needs of scholars,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigerian mobile operator Multi-Links has revealed that its target base is expected to reach ten million subscribers by December this year. -Glo Mobile subscribers are going to get up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Invests US$420 million to Launch Mobile Services in Ghana

Zain will invest US$420 million in its new network in Ghana and for the first time will be offering 3.5G services to its customers. Zain Ghana's network will offer its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN’s South Africa Empowerment deal a hit with investors

The black economic empowerment deal MTN created in 2002 has turned out to be the most successful so far in wealth generated for participants. About 3200 MTN staff and former…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN gets the nod for I-Talk

THE Competition Tribunal has approved the merger between MTN and I-Talk Cellular after a long battle by some interested parties to discourage the deal. The tribunal heard statements from interested…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwandatel to Invest US$45 Million in Their Rollout Plan This Year

Rwandatel is attracting 40,000 subscribers weekly on its new 3G GSM system, making it the fastest growing telecommunication company in Rwandan history. And all this in spite of the fact…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- MTN's R1.4bn bid to acquire the African operations of Verizon became easier when a fierce opponent of the deal belatedly gave up its hard-won right to participate in Competition…


Digital Content

Ugandan Ministry of Health introduces telemedicine

The ministries of health and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are introducing telemedicine to extend quality health care services to rural areas. "Telemedicine is an important tool for providing healthcare…


Digital Content

Ghana Commercial Bank to Introduce Mobile Banking This Year

Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) said last Monday it will introduce mobile banking services this year to enable its customers to transact banking businesses outside the banking halls. This new service…


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People

* Philip Besimire who quit his marketing job at MTN Uganda has gone on to become the new Chief Commercial Officer with MTN Swaziland. *UTL's Kenyan marketing manager Levi Nyakundi…


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Events

* REVENUE ASSURANCE FOR HIGH GROWTH MARKETS 18th-21st January Mövenpick Hotel, Dubai http://www.iir-events.com/IIR-Conf/page.aspx?id=16215 * TELECOM FINANCE 2009 27th – 29th January 2009, Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, London, UK Now in…


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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

* Motorola and MTN - Uganda Motorola Global Services has announced a three-year, multi-million dollar network optimisation services contract with mobile operator MTN Uganda, which will result in improvements in…