Issue no 441 13th February 2009

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Minimum CAPEX, Maximum OPEX - Expresso’s strategy for African expansion

Expresso is Sudatel’s international arm and it plans to move from four African operations to having an additional eight operations in its next financial year. Its strategy is focused on CDMA which it believes will deliver profitability through “minimum CAPEX, maximum OPEX”. Russell Southwood spoke this week to the President of the Sudatel Group, Emad Ahmed. Q: How did the idea of Sudatel running an international group arise? After the fifth public share subscription in 2005, Sudatel raised a lot of money, US$400 million. At this point the Board decided to look at for opportunities outside of Sudan. It also…

Telecoms

Cote d’Ivoire: MTN CEO expelled after fraud in President’s Gbago’s office

Côte d'Ivoire has expelled the local head of MTN, Africa's biggest mobile company, after he was caught up in an alleged attempt to extort nearly $130,000 from the company, MTN…


Telecoms

Safaricom follows Telkom Kenya in offering bundled services

Safaricom is adopting a new strategy offering clients all their services in a single bundle at a discount as opposed to subscribing for them one by one. The strategy, which…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Regulator POTRAZ upgrades licences and will legalise VoIP for ISPs

Zimbabwe’s regulator POTRAZ is inviting operators to apply for upgrading of licences to offer new services. Potraz director general engineer Charles Sibanda told journalists that the new licences would enable…


Telecoms

Conmen Target Telecom Namibia Customers

Telecom Namibia has warned that its customers are being targeted by fraudsters posing as employees of our company, telling them that they have been "overcharged" and a refund on their…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ahmed Joda, has inaugurated Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF) to protect and promote the interest of telecom consumers, including persons with…


Internet

Swift Global turns to franchises as fight for market share hots up in Kenya

Kenyan ISP Swift Global is franchising its branches to make its operations lean as it races to maintain its market share in the increasingly competitive market. It will franchise its…


Internet

Ringo Takes Challenge to Provide Internet Services to All in Cameroon

An Internet service provider, Ringo, has taken the challenge to connect as many Cameroonians as possible through its "fourth generation technology". It announced this during a press conference organised in…


Internet

iBurst WiMax cuts prices in South Africa

iBurst has cut the prices of its WiMax products, a move that will take effect this month. The company's high-speed broadband offering, since its launch last year, has been criticised…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Comium Group Holding announced that Comium Data has been selected by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) in the Republic of Rwanda as the winner of a new Broadband…


Computing

More funding for integrated fingerprint and DNA database in South Africa

The upgrading of information technology and telecommunications system will be one of projects South Africa will fund to the tune of R5 billion to fight crime. Following the country’s budget…


Computing

E-Payment Delays Salaries of Public Servants in Nigeria

Federal Civil servants have been gnashing their teeth as the implementation of government's e-payment programme locked their salaries in bank vaults. An investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)…


Computing

OLPC’s decision to end small-scale deployments hits African roll-outs

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has quietly shut the door on small-scale OLPC deployments, preferring to focus on large-scale installations only. The move is a serious blow to…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Financial services provider Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) goes live on the Temenos T24 core banking software provided by Swiss integrated core banking systems company Temenos. T24 replaces the bank’s…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The residents of Hagaz town in Eritrea have got now access to mobile phone service. Previously, they used to travel for 24 km to access telephone service in Keren,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Wireless Secures Kenyan Network Rollout Funding

New entrant into the Kenyan mobile market, Econet Wireless (trading as Yu) has secured the Sh 35 billion (US$450 million) loan necessary to fund its network rollout. The deal had…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt eyes its neighbours as it mulls expansion

If you have the cash and the nerve a recession can be a great time to make some relatively cheap strategic acquisitions - and Telecom Egypt (by far and away…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia: Allegations fly over the appointment of sale adviser for ZAMTEL privatisation

Zambian President Rupiah Banda on Monday defended government over allegations there was some improper handling of the partial sale of ZAMTEL, the state owned telecommunications giant. Banda told journalists at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sentech snubbed in budget in South Africa

National Treasury has allotted state-owned Sentech R360 million for the coming financial year, a slim R10 million increase from last year's budget. According to the department's budget, the state-owned enterprise…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Business Connexion Group increased revenue by 10,3% to R2,2 billion in the six months ended 30 November 2008 as the group’s revitalisation programme continued to gain momentum. Growth in…


Digital Content

Mobile social network MXit gains momentum in Africa

Instant messaging giant MXit cements its place as Africa’s most powerful youth mobile social network by exceeding 11 million users and becoming the number one method of communicating with youth.…


Digital Content

Ethiopian Firm Develops New Mobile Directory

A privately owned local mobile software solution company on Thursday announced it developed a new comprehensive mobile directory plus another 11 mobile softwares for use by Mobile users in Ethiopia.…


Digital Content

Online investment vehicle that fights poverty in Africa

A salon in Nairobi: MyC4.com helps raise capital for small and medium sized businesses. February 12, 2009: When Nancy Gathua was looking for capital to invest in her printing business…


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People

* NET*ONE, managing director, Reward Kangai, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Telecommunications Association of Zimbabwe.


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Events

* TECHNOLOGY TIMES OUTLOOK 2009 BUSINESS SUMMIT 24 February 2009, Muson Centre, Lagos, Nigeria The 2009 edition of the forum under the theme, "See...very far ahead" is the second edition…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* SPEAKERS FOR CONFERENCE NEEDED - MAURITIUS The Danish Management is looking for speakers for a conference on effective use of ICT for disaster Management to be held in Mauritius.…


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Contracts

* SimbaNET and Aperto - Tanzania Aperto Networks has announced that SimbaNET, a pan-African service provider, has selected its PacketMAX platform for new WiMAX deployments in Tanzania. The deployment in…