Issue no 449 10th April 2009

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Satcom 09: Africa’s satellite providers find themselves looking at a less rosy future

Satcom is the African satellite industry’s annual get-together and this year’s was held this week. On the second day of the conference the West African Cable System announced the signing of an over-subscribed fundraising. And this is only one of half a dozen international fibre projects that will be built. At the conference itself, new satellite entrants announced services that were both innovative and cheaper. Russell Southwood looks at how all this will change things for a regional satellite industry that has more or less been the main provider of bandwidth for the continent. Guns to the left of them,…

Telecoms

RP Capital’s MoU to evaluate Zamtel’s assets comes under scrutiny of Tribunal

Zambia’s Minister of Communications and Transport, Dora Siliya got herself into hot water last week over the MoU she signed with RP Capital Partners to value Zamtel’s assets for partial…


Telecoms

MobiNil Egypt: France Telecom wins Orascom shares through ICC arbitration

In 2007 Orascom Telecom initiated an arbitration against France Telecom at the Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Both companies are shareholders of MobiNil. Orascom Telecom sought…


Telecoms

Ethiopia Launches Telephone Network Targeting 12 Million Subscribers

Last Sunday Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) announced it wanted to get 12 million subscribers up from its current total of 4.1 million. ETC said it would expand its capacity to…


Telecoms

Zain cuts 141 staff in Kenya and looks at job cuts elsewhere in Africa

Zain has cut 141 staff in Kenya as part of a group restructuring designed to help it weather the effects of the global economic downturn. It has also cut staff…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Econet Wireless has paid for frequencies to the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) that would enable the country's leading mobile operator to roll out what it…


Internet

West African Cable System signs financing agreement

The long-awaited construction and maintenance agreement, to build the $640 million West African Cable System (WACS), was signed last Wednesday at Vodacom's head office, in Johannesburg. The signing of the…


Internet

Yahsat expands UAE presence in Africa with satellite broadband service by 2010

The United Arab Emirates is increasing its stake in Africa's telecommunications market with Al Yah Satellite Communications' move, announced last week, to launch two satellites dedicated to providing cheap bandwidth.…


Internet

Online tax services offer cyber cafes a lifeline in Kenya

Cyber café operators stand a chance to widen their revenue stream by tapping into the government’s initiatives of providing services online. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Ministry of Immigration…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In South Africa, Vodacom leads the way among mobile operators with seven live fibre rings, and another four to go live before July. At a national level, Neotel, MTN…


Computing

Zinox to Create Computer Shops Nationwide in Nigeria

Computerise Nigeria Project (CNP), one of the projects of Zinox Technologies that is aimed at increasing information technology penetration in the country, has come up with a new strategy to…


Computing

Ghana’s Customs upgrades its automated processing system

The Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has improved upon its existing technology base by upgrading its automated system for processing declarations and clearance processes as a step towards maximizing…


Computing

EMC anticipates growth in Africa

EMC expects to grow its local and regional operations, in spite of the worsening economic crisis. “We want to grow the region [Southern, Central and East Africa] into a $1…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- While listing conditions for deploying a robust e-voting machine for 2011 general elections, the independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in partnership with the Nigerian Computer Society, (NCS) have expressed…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Vodacom Tanzania has introduced a new Kama Kawaida campaign that enables its subscribers to make calls at the local rates of the country they are visiting. The subscriber can…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat Nigeria shares for sale

Premium Telecommunications Holdings Limited (PTHL) is offering for sale shares in Etisalat Nigeria, totalling around 17.5% of the company. The offer priced at US$10 per share, is worth around US$350…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Kenya changes name to ward off undesired suitors

Econet Wireless Kenya has changed its name to Essar Telecommunication Kenya Limited to discourage investors from buying off one of its shareholders. The move was initiated by Essar Communication Holdings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nine companies compete for Abyssinia Banks's 45 Million Br E-Banking Installation in Ethiopia

Nine international companies are competing for Abyssinia Bank's core banking solution installation project estimated to cost 45 million Br; the project will lead to the launch of an e-banking system…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CGAP partners with WIZZIT to bank the South African unbanked

CGAP, a microfinance group based at the World Bank, is supporting WIZZIT Bank to deliver banking services to poor people in South Africa’s small towns and rural areas. WIZZIT is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Negotiations to potentially delist the Huge Group in South Africa have not distracted its managers from making another acquisition. The deal sees Huge pay an undisclosed amount for African…


Digital Content

Pick n Pay makes Ukash vouchers available in South Africa

UK voucher-based prepaid online payments provider Ukash has partnered with South African retailer Pick n Pay to make the Ukash vouchers available at the latter's 750 outlets across the region.…


Digital Content

Mobile advertising platform to launch in Nigeria

Advertfarm, a mobile content provider which focuses on delivering mobile content to users across Africa via sms, has branched into Nigeria. With over 200 million mobile subscribers in Africa, it…


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People

- Mobile operator MTN has reshuffled some of its foreign managers. The latest moves see Themba Khumalo, CEO of MTN Rwanda, transfer to become the CEO in Uganda. He has…


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Events

*AFTLD ANNUAL EVENT 13-17 April 2009, Arusha, Tanzania Under the theme "Securing Africa’s Internet Infrastructure”, the AfTLD annual African ccTLD event for 2009 will include a detailed three (3) day…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Ericsson Mss O & M Engineers - Malawi The company, a worldwide player in the telecoms has asked as to recruit Ericsson Core Network Engineer ability to write MOSHELL…


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Contracts

* Zain and Tekelec - Nigeria Zain Nigeria, Zain Group’s largest mobile network operator, has selected network signaling company Tekelec to help its migration to an all-IP network. This move…