Issue no 437 16th January 2009

Top Story

Ethiopia’s ETC: The elephant in the room slows down ICT development

The Ethiopian Government was one of the first to embrace the use of ICT as a way to change Government and improve the efficiency of the economy. The country has a burgeoning ICT sector but it is being held back by the impact of Government policy. However laudable the Government’s intentions, there is an overwhelming mismatch between its rhetoric and the results. Our correspondent takes a look at the elephant in the room that isn’t being dealt with. There is an apocryphal anecdote about an Ethiopian policy-maker who was asked when his country was going to liberalise. He replied:”We’re waiting…

Telecoms

Orascom Telecom buys Namibia's Cell One in US$59 million cash deal

Egyptian telecom giant Orascom Telecom’s new subsidiary Telecel Globe has bought Namibian mobile operator Cell One in a $59 million cash deal last Wednesday. Telecel Globe has bought Cell One…


Telecoms

World Bank's IFC to participate in Burkina Faso’s telecom IPO

World Bank private sector lender IFC will support an ongoing initial public offering by Burkina Faso's telecom operator Onatel by purchasing up to a 5 percent stake, the IFC said.…


Telecoms

Rwandatel attracts many customers with new GSM network

On the first day there was a stampede. On the second day the stampede intensified. Rwandatel had launched its new cell-phone service network and everyone wanted in. The reaction when…


Telecoms

MTN and Neotel partner to boost network capacity in South Africa

Mobile giant MTN and SA's second national operator Neotel this morning signed a partnership agreement to co-operatively build a national long-distance fibre-optic network that could cost between R1.7 billion and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Information and Communications and its new Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili try has taken a populist stance on the issue of tariff reduction, saying the Nigerian subscribers…


Internet

Dangote and Phase Three to Build Fibre Optic Backbone in Nigeria

Alheri Engineering, owned by business magnate Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Phase 3 Telecom and PHCN have concluded plans on a fibre optic network that will cover the Eastern region of the…


Internet

AccessKenya plans fibre optic project

In a bid to increase its operational capacity ahead of the arrival of international fibre optic links, AccessKenya has started development of a metro fibre network that will create enhanced…


Internet

DRC’s largest ISP signs a multi-year contract with O3b Networks

O3b Networks, the developer of a new fibre quality, global Internet backbone, announced that Microcom DRC has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for O3b Networks’s Quick Start service. O3b’s…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Mauritius has reportedly cut its international bandwidth tariffs from 36% to 22%, depending on the bandwidth used and the proposed destination, IDG News Service reports. The country’s telecoms regulator,…


Computing

Africa’s Soils to Be Digitally Mapped

A digital map of the state of Africa's soils is to be put together in an initiative launched this week. The African Soil Information Service, launched in Nairobi, Kenya, will…


Computing

Softline Accpac partners with SA Outsourcing to expand business in Africa

Softline Accpac has partnered with SA Outsourcing (the South African operations of Enterprise Outsourcing) to expand mid-market and enterprise offering, Sage ERP X3, as well as its award-winning Accpac CRM,…


Computing

South Africa open source development company Shorewall wins logo competition

A logo design by South African Gareth Davies has won the Shorewall logo design competition. Davies works at SA open source development company Thusa. Thusa makes extensive use of the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Rwanda has plans to import up to 100,000 computers this year to boost the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme that was launched by President Paul…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Rwanda has announced an imminent 'Number Plan Change', from the current 8 digit number to a new 10 digit number as required by national and international telecommunication regulators.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GFH to Invest Three Billion Dollars in 'Tunis Telecom City' Mega-Project

President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was briefed last Thursday about a project by the international financial company, Gulf Finance House (GFH) to set up a 3 billion dollar mega-…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Workers Seek Review of Nitel/Mtel Privatisation in Nigeria

Telecommunication workers under the aegis of National Association of Telecommunications Employees (NATE) and the Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations (SSACTAC) have called on the Minister of Information…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s WebAfrica sells stake to fund own network

The Competition Commission has approved the sale of a 30% stake in internet service provider (ISP) Web Africa to Vodacom reseller the Smartcom consortium. According to Matthew Tagg, MD of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s BPO sector faces bleak future as foreign deals dip

Hopes that the Government bandwidth subsidy to call centres would spur growth and increase employment in the sector could be dampened by the global financial crisis. At least two business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A Senate Extra-ordinary Session approved the Regional Communication Infrastructure Programme Rwanda project (RCIPRW) worth $24million. The project to be funded by the World Bank through the International Development Association…


Digital Content

Minafet Launches New E-Government Web Portal in Rwanda

The ministry of foreign affairs last week presented its new web portal, in line with the e-Government program. Rosemary Museminali, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said that the…


Digital Content

BIAO of Cote d'Ivoire Set to Deploy e-Tranzact Solutions

Officials of Bank BIAO of Cote D' Ivoire last week visited e-Tranzact, an online switching payment company in Lagos to understudy the company's e-payment banking software solutions, with the intention…


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People

* Technology security company Symantec has confirmed that its regional director for Africa, Patrick Evans will leave the company. His post will be filled by Symantec's regional director for the…


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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

* Experienced Software developer – Ghana BusyLab is looking for an experienced software developer interested in trying something different and sharing knowledge in Africa. You should be able to teach…


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Contracts

* MobiNil and Net Cracker Technology - Egypt Egyptian mobile operator MobiNil has signed a deal with USA-based vendor NetCracker Technology which will see the latter manage the operator’s 3G…