Issue no 438 23rd January 2009

Top Story

West Africa: New international fibre entrants playing a dangerous game of poker

One’s a monopoly, two’s competition, three’s intense competition and four or five is suicide. This should be the mantra that the new international cable entrants repeat to themselves as they enter what will become one of the most difficult poker games over the next three years. Russell Southwood assesses how the new entrants are likely to fare as the continent enters more uncertain economic times. When I spoke in the middle of last year to the country CTO of one of the continent’s largest mobile operators about an independent fibre operator asking him to invest in a project, he said…

Telecoms

Court move to halt Telkom South Africa tender

Maredi Telecom and Broadcasting has filed an urgent court application in the Pretoria High Court in a bid to stop Telkom awarding a multimillion-rand tender to Ericsson South Africa and…


Telecoms

Foreign Currency Billing System Deprives many Zimbabwe people of phone access

The government of Zimbabwe has granted cell phone networks permission to bill subscribers in foreign currency. Subscribers across the three networks Telecel, Econet Wireless and Net One will be paying…


Telecoms

The Top-10 Fastest Growing Mobile Operators in Africa and Middle East

The ten fastest growing operators in the MEA region added over 12m new customers in aggregate over the last three months, implying an average gain of over 1.25m. In fact,…


Telecoms

Rural telephony, a step closer in Cameroon

A Buea-based NGO, Help Out Centre for Human Rights, has launched a new telecommunication network known as Thuraya Public Calling Office, PCO, in the Southwest Region. The telephone network was…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to the African Press Agency Maroc Telecom looks likely to win the bidding for a 51% stake in state-owned Malian telco Societe des Telecommunications du Mali (SOTELMA). Maroc…


Internet

Sentech funding still pending for building national broadband network in South Africa

The country's Dinaledi schools still have not been connected and there is no news on Sentech's funding to build the National Wholesale Broadband Network to be used for this purpose.…


Internet

Uganda among the top 10 African countries for Internet Use

Uganda has been ranked seventh in terms of people who access the Internet in Africa. Nigeria leads the continent with 10 million people using the Internet, beating South Africa and…


Internet

South Africa turns to online media

More and more South Africans are using the Internet to gather news and do research, but it appears they are still stealing time to do so at work, although this…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The average costs for internet access through dominant operator Mauritius Telecom and its ISP Orange will be cut markedly once the telco starts benefiting from lower bandwidth pricing on…


Computing

UK-Based Nigerian IT Experts Launch interactive street map of Lagos

A UK-based Nigerian company specialising in GIS applications Ajala has developed an online interactive street finder for Lagos. The website allows users to search for any street in Lagos, in…


Computing

Ministry Designs Draft ICT Policy on Education for Rwanda

The Ministry of Education yesterday released the first draft on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy that will govern the use of ICT in the country's education sector. The…


Computing

Nigerian E-Payment company Invests N350 Million in Datacentre

At its inauguration of the board of directors of ChamsAccess Limted, a newly created subsidiary. of Chams Nigeria Plc last week in Lagos, one of the e- solutions company in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Algeria’s ministry of Post and ITC (Information and Communication Technologies) has presented proposals for the reduction of computer prices as part of the new version of "Ousratic'' campaign (one…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Glo Gateway, Globacom's international gateway subsidiary, has announced a 70 per cent reduction on international calls to the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada. Instead of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Intel Capital Targets African Continent

The world's largest chip manufacturer, Intel, is bringing its venture capital company to Africa to identify and fund promising technology companies. The first move for Intel Capital is to appoint…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Recession watch – Nokia’s market share down in Middle East & Africa

Due to loss of market share in Iran, Nigeria and South Africa, Nokia’s Middle East and Africa region experienced the largest percentage drop in market share for of any of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Neotel in Tata's Hands as South Africa’s State Sells Stake

Telecoms operator Neotel is now officially majority-owned by an Indian company with the government finally sealing a deal to sell its 30% stake in the business to Bombay-listed Tata Communications.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom annual revenues up 7.2%, growth slows to 3.9% in 4Q

Maroc Telecom has reported consolidated revenues of MAD29.52 billion (USD3.56 billion) in 2008, up 7.2%, thanks to the continuing growth of its domestic and international mobile businesses. In the fourth…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s telecoms equipment manufacturer Africa Cellular Towers (Actowers) has signed an empowerment deal to sell 25.1% of its business to Tiso Group. Tiso will buy 92,7-million Actowers shares…


Digital Content

Safaricom to roll-out utilities payment service in Kenya

Kenyan operator Safaricom will launch a mobile service later this year to enable subscribers to pay for electricity and water bills. The company is in talks with Kenya Power and…


Digital Content

AfricaNews.com launches mobile website

AfricaNews.com has launched a mobile news website: http://m.africanews.com. This latest innovation follows an unprecedented mobile phone revolution in Africa in the past years. The mobile version of AfricaNews.com makes the…


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People

* Katim Touray, the former Managing Director of Gamtel, has been reinstated as the Managing Director of the company. Touray was remove early last year shortly after Spectrum Company took…


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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

* Ghana Telecom and Huawei - Ghana Ghanaian fixed line and mobile operator Ghana Telecom (GT) has signed a USD120 million contract with China’s Huawei Technologies to upgrade its existing…