Issue no 452 1st May 2009

Top Story

Africa’s rapid mobile Internet growth will drive network expansion and media spend

The number of people in Africa using their mobile to access the Internet has rocketed over the last year. In many instances the number of mobile Internet subscribers far outstrips their fixed line equivalent. Sinking voice ARPUs may finally come off their downward curve on the rise of data revenues. Cheaper bandwidth and new developments look set to encourage this growth. The mobile is also a media as increasing numbers of people use it to access stuff and as it establishes itself as a media, advertisers will not be far behind. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening just below the…

Telecoms

Ghana’s Government investigates Vodafone agreement

The new National Democratic Congress (NDC) government has set up a committee to review the Vodafone/Ghana Telecom sale agreement that was concluded under the government of the New Patriotic Party…


Telecoms

Callers lash out at mobile operators in South Africa over quality of service

A flood of concerned mobile phone users has led the South African regulator ICASA to check up on the quality of service provided by the mobile networks. Following an interview…


Telecoms

Ugandans spent US$39.4 million on SMS messages last year

Mobile phone users in Uganda have in the past two years sent close to 700 million short messages (SMSs) worth an estimated sh86b (US$39.4 million), statistics from the Uganda Communication…


Telecoms

MTN Signals it is Keen to Get Into Zimbabwe

MTN has confirmed that it is eager to enter Zimbabwe, and may make its move by taking control of the existing mobile operator, Telecel. It took the unusual step of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has said it would soon license separate private companies to install telecom infrastructure for co-location. This, it said, was to create some sanity in…


Internet

Seacom and Interoute team up to link East Africa to Europe

Seacom and Interoute are going ahead with their deal to create a digital super-highway between East Africa and Europe. The agreement will see the East African undersea cable being connected…


Internet

AccessKenya close to completing metro fibre optic network

AccessKenya has announced that it is close to completing the construction of its Sh781 million metro fibre - a network of fibre optic cables for Nairobi. Access said it was…


Internet

Congo DRC ISP signs multi-million dollar contract with O3b Networks

O3b Networks Limited (O3b announced last week that Global Broadband Solution (GBS) has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for O3b Networks’ Quick Start service. O3b says that its Quick…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Dancom Technologies, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group has partnered with Huawei Technologies to construct a fibre optic network that will cover the eastern part of Nigeria. The project…


Computing

ICT Sector Grows At Snail Pace in Botswana

Driven mainly by a conducive environment and infrastructure set up by government, Botswana's Information, Technology and Communications (ICT) sector continues to develop although at a slower pace than expected, an…


Computing

South Africa’s firms missing opportunities in global software testing market

South Africa needs to move faster to seize opportunities in the rapidly expanding global computer software and systems testing market, currently worth about $56bn annually. Says Liza van Wyk, CEO…


Computing

African researchers rank Asus Eee over OLPC's XO

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer Aid International ranks the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- An ICT task force, chaired by the vice president and co-chaired by the minister of information and communications, has planned a two-day stakeholders' conference slated for April 30 and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Rwandatel, the second national telecom operator has currently hit 280,000 subscribers, the company's Public Relations Manager, Cleophas Kabasiita has said. Rwandatel which was officially launched last December has a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt Mobinil Q1 net profit down, misses most forecasts

Egyptian mobile firm Mobinil posted a 6 percent fall in net income for the first quarter of 2009 to 424 million Egyptian pounds ($75 million) last Wednesday, missing four out…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Datatec Sheds 55 Percent Stake in Empowerment Group

Technology company Datatec has wound up a three-year-old partnership that was initially designed to boost its empowerment profile, by shedding its 55% stake in African Legend Indigo (ALI). The company…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Startel to Invests U.S.$55 Million in Telecommunication in Angola

It has taken five years to come to fruition but Mundo Startel’s telecoms service has finally been launched. The company said it expects to invest more than US$55 million to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AMD closes South African Office

AMD has chosen to close its South African branch less than two years after the company established a corporate presence within the region. AMD has chosen to revert to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa has won legal permission to award a tender to Ericsson after a High Court judge threw out an application to have the deal halted by a…


Digital Content

Dashen Bank and iVeri introduce Mobile Commerce to Ethiopia

iVeri Payment Technologies, a provider of multi-channel e-payment solutions, has licensed its Payment Gateway and MiCard e-payment processing solution to Dashen Bank SC, a private commercial bank in Ethiopia. iVeri's…


Digital Content

Mobile phone looks set to become the new frontier for Uganda’s farmers

An initiative in two districts of Uganda has community workers sending text messages to farmers. The information may include how to arrest diseases and where to buy uncontaminated seeds. Mobile…


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People

- Dora Siliya, the Communications and Transport Minister of Zambia has resigned. - iBurst Africa, the high speed wireless, broadband internet service provider (ISP), has announced the appointment of Tony…


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Events

* Elearning AFRICA 2009 4th International Conference on ICT for Development 27-29 May 2009, Dakar, Senegal eLearning Africa 2009 will welcome nearly 300 speakers from 50 countries to Dakar, Senegal.…


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Jobs and Opportunities

CALLING ALL INNOVATORS 2009 CONTEST Nokia is seeking mobile applications that improve the daily lives of millions of people living in rural and semi-urban areas worldwide. It can include applications…


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Contracts

* Rwanda Development Board and Cormatic - Rwanda The Rwanda Development Board/Information and Communication Technology, Tuesday signed a deal worth US $5.2m with a Swedish ICT firm, Coromatic, to establish…