Issue no 444 6th March 2009

Top Story

Jet Net’s new Jordanian investor plans voice and data challenge using WiMAX

WiMAX-based ISP Jet Net has recently come together with the Jordanian Neu Group to pioneer a WiMAX voice and data challenge in one of Africa’s largest markets, Sudan. The regulatory and market challenges are considerable but the new investor has a successful track record both in mobile and WiMAX markets. Russell Southwood spoke recently to the company’s CEO Ahmad Jaghoub. The new investor in Jet Net is Michael Daghar’s Neu Group. Daghar successfully launched Umniah as Jordan’s most successful third mobile operator. He was subsequently bought out by Batelco for US$400 million and founded his new company in 2007. Jet…

Telecoms

Nigeria’s Wireless subscribers total 62.9m in 2008, includes 6 million CDMA users

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reported the country’s total wireless subscriber base increased by 55.9% in 2008, reaching 62.99 million at the end of the year. Fourth quarter net…


Telecoms

Maroc Telecom Takes over Mali's Sotelma

Vivendi-owned Maroc Telecom said on Saturday it had acquired 51% of the Malian national telecommunication company (Sotelma) after making a €252 million bid. "The Malian government has declared Maroc Telecom…


Telecoms

Uganda’s Security Minister Defends Phone Tapping Bill

Security minister Amama Mbabazi last week defended the phone tapping Bill, saying it was intended to fight terrorism. All countries, Mbabazi argued, were making similar laws in the interest of…


Telecoms

South Africa: Post-Vodacom Telkom wants to become fifth mobile operator and focus on broadband

With the prospect of losing 40% of its annual revenue after the sale of Vodacom, Telkom is slowly turning its mind to what it will do to replace the lost…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pensioners of the Nigerian incumbent Nitel and its mobile arm, Mtel, have cause to smile as the National Council on Privatization (NCP) has approved the initial payment of N8…


Internet

TDM increases fibre coverage in Mozambique

The residents of the city of Nampula, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, and the city of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado province, now have access to a fibre optic cable link between…


Internet

Vodacom to join fibre network project in South Africa

Vodacom's board has finally given the operator approval to go ahead and join a project with MTN and Neotel to build a 5,000km national fibre backbone. Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys…


Internet

New Zimbabwean Prime Minister turns to web to promote transparency

Morgan Tsvangirai, newly appointed Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, plans to use the Internet to promote transparency and inform the country’s citizens of the activities and initiatives of the newly-created coalition…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The long awaited SEACOM fibre-optic cable has arrived at Mombasa in Kenya. SEACOM senior vice president, Jean Pierre de Leu, confirmed to journalists in Naivasha that the cable that…


Computing

Pan-African E-Network Project Launched in Rwanda

The Indian government on Thursday launched the Pan-African e-Network project which will serve as an extended support for African Union (AU) States. The launck took place at Kigali Institute of…


Computing

Tele Atlas expands its African mapping service

Tele Atlas, a global provider of digital maps and location based content, is already responsible for approximately 99% of mapping content accessed through personal navigation devices in South Africa, according…


Computing

Mozambique manufactures low-cost laptops

While other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are relying on foreign-manufactured computers for schools, Mozambique, working with Portugal Telecom, has started manufacturing and distributing computers to…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Education of Rwanda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Intel for the training of 5,000 secondary school teachers in ICT. The Minister also revealed…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, has approved MTN Mobile Money transfer services. It is estimated that more than 80% of the entire Ugandan population of about 29…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Transcorp Relinquishes 51 Percent Equity Share in Nitel/Mtel

Two days after workers of NITEL and MTel called off their industrial action, the board of directors of the Transnational Corporation Plc has agreed to relinquish its 51 per cent…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain announces record financial results for 2008

Zain, the mobile telecommunication operator in the Middle East and Africa present in 22 countries, announced this week its consolidated annual financial results. For the year 2008, Zain Group recorded…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Blue Label Telecoms on a Roll Despite Downturn

Technology and telecoms company Blue Label said it would continue pursuing the growth of its global footprint as it rolled out its expanding range of secure electronic tokens. The group,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambian mobile phone manufacturing company launched

Africa's regional markets are bracing for new mobile phone handsets manufactured in Zambia by Mmobile Telecommunication Zambian, a local mobile-phone manufacturing company. The newly manufactured handsets will be on the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South African cellular operator Vodacom says it will be listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 5 May as current 50% shareholder Telkom South Africa distributes a 35% stake…


Digital Content

Mi-Pay, Isys launch mobile remittances service in Sudan

UK-based provider of mobile payments services Mi-Pay has partnered with Kuwait-based provider of services for MNOs and financial institutions Isys to launch a mobile money transfer service in Sudan. Called…


Digital Content

Handicapped women in Congo find success on Ebay

In one of Africa’s most war-torn regions, the Eastern Congo, a group of handicapped women have managed to create a sustainable business by selling their crafts on the auction site…


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People

- Vodacom will see several changes to its board of directors after its listing on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange (JSE) in May. The company will gain several new board members,…


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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

Marconi Engineer O&M - Southern Africa Marconi Engineers with operation & maintainence experience are needed for a large project based in Africa . The successful Marconi Engineers will have a…


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Contracts

Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent - Nigeria Globacom has signed an expansion contract with telecommunications vendor, Alcatel-Lucent. The project will expand the telecoms operator's capacity from the existing 30 million to 45…