Issue no 445 13th March 2009

Top Story

Cote d’Ivoire: Warid Telecom pays for licence but can’t get enough spectrum to operate

You would think that it would be fairly simple for a mobile operator to buy a licence and be assured that the necessary spectrum would be made available. But matters are not always this straightforward as one of Africa’s newest mobile operators Warid has discovered in Cote d’Ivoire. Russell Southwood seeks to understand the unfolding muddle. Warid Telecom opened its first operation in Uganda and has big expansion plans for Africa. Backed by the Abu Dhabi Group, it wants to roll out mobile voice and data operations. Things seemed to start well in Cote d’Ivoire. On 4 July 2006 it…

Telecoms

Nitel is up for privatisation again in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) said that the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) has given it the go-ahead to advertise fresh call for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) by a…


Telecoms

South AfricanTelecoms Companies are Happy With Regulator’s Reduced Licence Fees

A drastic slashing of the fees telecoms companies have to pay for the right to operate has been cautiously welcomed, after warnings that the initial hefty fee proposals threatened to…


Telecoms

Orange Launches GSM Network in Uganda

France Telecom, through its Orange brand has launched a new network in Uganda. Last October, France Telecom took over the national GSM license held by Hits Telecom Uganda after buying…


Telecoms

Ghana’s Glo mobile partners with ZTE on network

Globacom’s mobile subsidiary in Ghana, Glo Mobile is partnering with Chinese vendor ZTE to deploy additional access network infrastructure including 800 indoor and outdoor Basic Trans-receiver Stations (BTS) for its…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In a clear affirmation of its main focus as the protector of the telecommunications consumer in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has concluded arrangement on a one day…


Internet

TEAMS shareholders sign agreement in East Africa

Eleven shareholders in The East African Marine Cable (TEAMS) international undersea cable project have signed an agreement to plough USD110 million into the fibre-optic link, while the Kenyan government has…


Internet

Burkina Faso’s government deployes WiMAX project

Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Posts and Information Communication Technology (Ministère des Postes et des Technologies de l' Information et de la Communication) has chosen Alvarion for the country’s first 802.16e…


Internet

ANC expands Internet electioneering efforts in South Africa

In anticipation of South Africa’s national and provincial elections to be held on 22 April 2009, the African National Congress (ANC) is expanding its online electioneering efforts. The country’s ruling…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The ADSL network of Algerie Telecom (AT), through its three platforms (EASY, FAWRI and ANIS) has witnessed "serious disruption" due to a cable failure in the Mediterranean of the…


Computing

Computerisation of Tax Payments Planned in Mozambique

The computerization of tax payments will begin in the second half of this year, according to Hirminio Sueia, the director of the Studies, Strategic Planning and International Cooperation Office in…


Computing

Ghana’s Government sold 11,000 computers last year under GAPP

Government in 2008 sold 11,000 units of Personal Computers under the Government Assisted PC Programme (GAPP) to the public, private, educational institutions and individuals. Dr Kwabena Duffuor, Finance Minister, who…


Computing

ICT BEE charter in limbo in South Africa

The ICT steering committee has not yet met to finalise the drafting and adoption of its black economic empowerment (BEE) framework - and no dates for a future meeting have…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South African based company Face Technologies which has been selected by Uganda’s Transport Ministry to implement the switch to computerised driving licences is stuck with over 40,000 driving permits…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Rwanda customers have experienced some network interruptions last week. According to the group's Chief Executive Officer, Themba Khumalo, the network problems were a result of failure of one…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN '08 Net Up 44%; Continues To Target Growth

MTN Group Ltd, Africa's largest cellphone network operator, said last Thursday it expects to easily pass the 100 million customer mark this year as it continues to invest aggressively and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Government Earned $8.42 Billion From Telecoms in 2008

Telecommunications in Nigeria grew 23 per cent last year, and fetched $8.24 billion, according to a report by Pyramid Research. Earnings are expected to climb 5.7 per cent to peak…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Batelco closes in on Africa buy, sees flat profit

Bahrain Telecommunications Co (Batelco) plans to make an acquisition in Africa within six months, its chief executive said, and could spend almost $2 billion. CEO Peter Kaliaropoulos also told Reuters…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Datatec issues trading updates in South Africa

Datatec, the international ICT group, is today publishing a year-end trading update for the financial year ended 28 February 2009. The financial performance of the group remains in line with…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- MTN Congo has reached an agreement with a group of banks including Eco Bank, Credit du Congo and Banque commerciale internationale en République du Congo for a CFA Francs…


Digital Content

MTN Uganda soon to launch Mobile Money service in partnership With Stanbic

MTN agents who are providing the Mobile Money service are supposed to have accounts with Stanbic Bank, the MTN chief executive, Noel Meier, has said. "MTN has also appointed Oscillyte…


Digital Content

The search is on for the Nigerian Mobileking

As Mobile Operators roll out futuristic and Innovative Technologies like the 3G,there had been no corresponding developments in the mobile Value added services with real life Benefits. Mobile Challenge is…


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People

- Aggrey Awori has been appointed as the new Minister for Information and Communication Technology in Uganda. He replaces outgoing minister, Dr Ham Mulira. - Ericsson South Africa has confirmed…


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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

Tender for the supply and implementation of banking software application - Ethiopia Wegagen Bank S.C. has announced an international tender for the supply and implementation of banking application software for…


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Contracts

Mobinil and eServGlobal - Egypt eServGlobal announced that Mobinil has chosen the eServGlobal platform to launch its Missed Call Alert (MCA) service. Mobinil required a solution to notify subscribers of…