Issue no 443 27th February 2009

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Broadband pricing strategies the key to future international bandwidth growth, says third edition of BA voice and data forecasts

The third edition of Balancing Act’s Voice and data bandwidth forecasts highlights the key role that will be played by the introduction of new, cheaper international fibre bandwidth in 2009 and 2010. If operators pass on these savings to their customers, then the individual user market will grow rapidly. Without this happening, growth in the broadband market will be marginal. International bandwidth from Sub-Saharan Africa has increased from 11.3 Gbps in 2006 to 17.5 Gbps in 2007 to 26.1 Gbps. Overall international African bandwidth (including North Africa) was 96.3 Gbps in 2008. The use of international fibre increased as an…

Telecoms

New Mobile phone network launched in south Sudan

Lebanese investors have launched a new mobile phone network in south Sudan, with the infrastructure to reach 1 million subscribers in the region's increasingly crowded telecoms market, officials said on…


Telecoms

Guiea-Bissau’s Government to audit telcos to help stimulate their recovery

The government of Guinea-Bissau reportedly plans to audit the accounts of its two state-owned telecoms operators - Guine Telecom (fixed line) and Guinetel (mobile) - in a bid to find…


Telecoms

South Africa’s regulator Delays Mobile TV Policy

The Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) unexpectedly withdrew an invitation to apply for mobile TV licences last week.Icasa wanted to finalise its digital migration policy and the frequency band plan before…


Telecoms

MTN Rwanda invests $100m to improve rural access

Telecommunications firm MTN Rwanda plans to invest $100 million to improve rural access and increase internet broadband services this year to counter new competition, the company's chief executive said on…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Portugal Telecom (PT) has confirmed that it is considering making an application for a mobile licence in Mozambique when the government’s auction for the country’s third operating concession goes…


Internet

ICASA defends WiFi equipment confiscation in South Africa

The telecommunications regulator has the right, under the Electronic Communications Act, to seal and prevent the use of equipment that is considered to be the source of interference with a…


Internet

MWEB Africa Launches Business Wi-Fi across its network in Africa

The MWEB Africa Group has launched commercial Wi-Fi solution that will allow laptop users to connect wirelessly to the internet in locations throughout the continent. The service will give owners…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- TEAMS has been given the first submarine cable landing operator licence in Kenya. The firm paid an initial fee of Sh15 million, besides making an up front annual operating…


Computing

Zinox Boss says “ we have the Capacity to Produce Three Million PCs in a Year in Nigeria

Zinox Technologies Limited, promoters of Zinox brand of computers said it has the capacity to push three million personal computers in the Nigerian hardware market in one year as part…


Computing

Rwanda’s Engineers Develop e-Attendance Software

A group of young engineers from the Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RDB/RITA) have developed a new software that will help in the human resource management in the country. The software…


Computing

Nigeria Partners with Sweden to Create Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked the overseas agency of the National Land Survey of the Swedish Government to assist in digitizing and networking land administration in the country.…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A group of South African developers have released a new version of Linux. First we had Impi, then we had Ubuntu. Now a group of South African developers have…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Residents of Lule zone in Rubaga Division in Uganda have opposed the erection of a telecommunication mast in their area. "The zone is a densely populated residential area and,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom to stay on growth track in 2009

Maroc Telecom, Morocco's leading telecoms group, will stay on a strong track of growth this year despite greater competition, company chairman said on Tuesday. "Our performance for this year will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom may sell IT subsidiaries

Orascom Telecom, the largest Arab telecom firm by subscribers, said on Sunday it was studying an offer for two of its information technology subsidiaries, to increase focus on its core…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Three Banks Join Hands to Launch ATM Services in Ethiopia

Three Ethiopian private banks signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch an ATM and POS network, in a move described as "the first significant cooperation between competing banks in Ethiopia…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Deal of a lifetime for entrepreneurial software developers in Africa

Microsoft has unveiled a new initiative, BizSpark, that gives start-up software companies low or no-cost access to its tools and technologies, with technical and marketing support to help them develop…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Vodacom group and UK-based Vodafone have been given the Competition Tribunal green light to continue with the merger, whereby Vodafone acquires a further 15% in the South African…


Digital Content

AccessKenya adds leisure content to boost Internet use

AccessKenya is diversifying its revenue model to entice more consumers to use the Internet for leisurely pursuits. The listed ISP unveiled a Sh10 million information portal that it is banking…


Digital Content

Mobile Web surges 93% in South Africa

The number of Opera Mini users climbed more than 90% over the course of 2008. Mobile web use in South Africa surged 93% between January 2008 and January 2009 with…


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People

- Selwyn Watkins has been appointed as Managing Director of MTI Engineering Services Limited in Nigeria.


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Events

* 2009 3G CDMA MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA REGIONAL CONFERENCE 18-20 March 2009, Pavilion Centre, Cape Town, South Africa Under the theme “Empowering Communities with 3G CDMA", operators will be…


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Jobs and Opportunities

SOFTWARE QUALITY EXPERT - ETHIOPIA The Danish Management are presently searching for an ICT expert for the ToR: Software quality expert to establish a software quality assurance guideline for e-government…


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Contracts

* Johannesburg Stock Exchange and EMC - South Africa EMC, the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, was recently awarded a tender to supply an enterprise storage solution to the…