Issue no 446 20th March 2009

Top Story

DRC: Work now under way to link the country by fibre to its neighbours and the world

One of Africa’s largest countries, DRC, has taken the first towards creating a fibre link to its neighbours and the outside world. A little-noticed announcement was made at the end of last month by the Vice-First Minister for Reconstruction that gave the green light to start construction work on a fibre optic link from the capital Kinshasa to the coastal town of Muanda. Russell Southwood looks at the potential impact on the country’s connectivity. The Vice First-Minister for Reconstruction Emile Bongeli announced at the end of February the first phase of construction of a national fibre backbone with the building…

Telecoms

MTN reports strong subscriber growth

For the year ended 31 December 2008 MTN Group reports that revenue increased by 40% to ZAR102.5 billion (USD10.02 billion) from ZAR73.1 billion in 2007. The increase was driven by…


Telecoms

New telecom billing system for Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has begun installing another new Customer Care and Billing System (CCB). This investment is an attempt to prevent a repeat of the 2006 incident when…


Telecoms

Ghana Telecom Cuts 850 Jobs

Staff at Ghana Telecom who have taken advantage of the firms recent offer for voluntary redundancy are to benefit from a customized Transition Support Programme which has been developed to…


Telecoms

Kenya: Qualcomm, Telcos Implement Wireless Health Care With CDMA 2000 Technology

Qualcomm has a scheme to empower rural communities in Africa in the area of health care, through the use of its 3G wireless technologies initiative that was launched in 2005.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe has paid part of its arrears for international telecommunications links, ending a week-long disruption to internet traffic that had hurt business and personal communications. Sources said here Saturday…


Internet

Kenya: TEAMS Alarmed By Arrival of Seacom

With the arrival of the private undersea cable Seacom on the East African coast, the Kenyan government has moved to reassure stakeholders that The East Africa Marine Systems Cable (TEAMS)…


Internet

Phishing attacks are on the rise and an increasing number of customers are falling prey to fraudsters, say local banks.

While the big-name banks declined to release specific statistics on phishing attempts, they have confirmed online banking customers face increased attacks from fraudsters. Phishing is a scam where clients receive…


Internet

Ten countries sign alliance for e-commerce

Ten African countries have signed up to the "Pan African Alliance for E-Commerce," a new ICT based program launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The Alliance…


Internet

Computing

South Africans should not expect online voting until the system proves successful internationally, says the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The electoral body re-iterates it will not introduce online voting for the 22 April elections, or the 2011 local government elections - but that it will “get there one day”.…


Computing

Sun to deploy South Africa's largest supercomputer at the Centre for High Performance Computing

Sun Microsystems has initiated the rollout of South Africa's largest high performance computing solution at the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, with local partners Eclipse Networks…


Computing

Nigeria: E-Waste - National Policy to Restrict Import Underway

Following growing concern over the environmental problem posed by the indiscriminate dumping of electrical/electronic waste in the country, the Federal Government said last that it was about to formulate a…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- African ICT Ministers, regulators and operating company executives are expected to use ICTs to fight the global recession and to renew their commitments to more effective governance through better…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC), has appointed Detecon International and PriceWaterHouseCoopers, as consultants and advisors to the commission for the review of current interconnection rates among the Nigerian telecom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AfDB Supports Satellite Communication in Africa-A Senior Loan of US$ 25 million to finance the New Dawn Satellite Project

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group on Wednesday in Tunis approved a loan of US$ 25 million for the New Dawn Satellite Project. The project…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AccessKenya FY revenues grow 75% to KES 1.6 bln

AccessKenya Group posted a 75 percent increase in revenue to KES 1.57 billion for the full year 2008. Pretax profit before extraordinary items rose by 65 percent to KES 211…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain joint venture buys 31% stake in Wana

Kuwait’s Zain Group announced on Saturday it has agreed to buy a 31% stake in Moroccan fixed-wireless and mobile operator Wana via a newly established joint venture. Zain Al Ajial,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt has released financial results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2008, revealing a 10% rise in net profits against the same period a year earlier to…


Digital Content

Lesotho: Women Farmers Get Mobile Phone Know-How

Access to mobiles phones has transformed the lives of rural women farmers boosting income and expanding knowledge, a pilot study in Lesotho has found. Three years ago, Evodia Matobo, then…


Digital Content

Uganda: MTN Unveils Mobile Money Transfer Service

How much will it cost you to send UShs1 million (US$512) from Kampala to Arua in northern Uganda? Only UShs1, 500 ($0.76) on the new MTN money transfer service, unveiled…


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People

Cell C CEO Jeffery Hedberg vehemently denied he has been approached by Telkom management, shareholders or its board over the possibility of taking up the leadership role at the fixed-line…


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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

Applications for fellowships at TEDGlobal 2009 have now opened! TED is excited to begin the search for the inaugural class of TEDGlobal Fellows to participate in the TEDGlobal Conference in…


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Contracts

FTS Selected as the Interconnect Billing Provider by Starcomms Nigeria’s largest 3G CDMA Mobile Network Upgrades to FTS’ Leap Interconnect Herzliya, Israel | March 17, 2009: FTS (LSE: FTS), a…