Issue no 453 8th May 2009

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Going virtual - Africa’s maturing markets offer new wholesale and retail service opportunities

Africa’s larger maturing markets are offering new opportunities to providers whose services are either partly or completely run over someone else’s network. As some of the continent’s less well developed markets head towards dominance of all services by two or three mobile operators, this might be a way to keep things competitive. Russell Southwood looks at three different types of virtual operators and what needs to be in place to help them succeed. Nigeria’s Layer Three started operations in 2005 and was initially an ISP with a base of customers in the capital Abuja. After about year, it refocused and…

Telecoms

Nigeria extends deadline for Nitel, will accept bids just for mobile operation

The extension of the Nitel sale deadline to 30 May 2009 and the acceptance of bids just for the company’s mobile arm give some sense of the difficulties there are…


Telecoms

Waspa refines fine print for content provision in South Africa

The Wireless Application Service Providers Association (Waspa) recently issued an updated version of its code of conduct, with detailed guidelines on advertising, billing and reminder messages relating to subscription services.…


Telecoms

MTN Group subscribers grow at 8% in first quarter of 2009

MTN Group Ltd., Africa’s largest mobile-phone company, said subscribers increased 8 percent in the first quarter from the preceding three months. Total customers swelled to 98.2 million at the end…


Telecoms

Zambia's M.Mobile to export its handsets to other African countries: 10,000 to go to Zimbabwe

M.Mobile, Zambia's newly commissioned mobile phone manufacturing plant, has sealed a deal to supply handsets to Zimbabwe, while east African and West African countries including Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has decided on an interconnect dispute between MTN Nigeria Communications and Globacom Limited. NCC has ruled that Globacom is indebted to MTN in a…


Internet

FNB becomes virtual ISP and VoIP provider in South Africa

First National Bank (FNB) has released a product called FNB Connect as a virtual ISP after obtaining IECNS and IECS licences. According to the bank, FNB Connect offers customers cheaper…


Internet

Mauritius finally gets back .mu domain

It was a battle that lasted for more then a decade but at long last the Mauritian government has the .mu Top level Domain (TLD) back under government control. A…


Internet

Web-based tax payment portal to be launched in Uganda

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is set to launch a web-based portal in order to provide taxpayers with the possibility to file their returns and pay their taxes online, online…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda is to build 20 GSM masts to enable installation of Wibro internet connection in Kigali after failed request to use MTN's masts. The project, which was supposed to…


Computing

E-Payment, E-Problem in Nigeria

The commencement of the Electronic Payment system in all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in January was to introduce cashless regime in all government's transactions with the aim of…


Computing

SITA pushes open source adoption in South Africa

Government policy on open source software use exists, but it still has a lot of work to do, says the State IT Agency (SITA). This follows its signing of a…


Computing

Census to gauge ICT literacy skills in Kenya

The Government will assess the level of computer literacy and compliance when it carries out a national census on August 24. This is seen a move that will reinforce the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Veda Technology Limited, a Nigerian computer manufacturing company launched four different ranges of computer laptops into the market. Its Managing Director Bode Pedro, said the new computer products are…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Ghana has rolled out its 3.5G technology connections in Accra and Tema, both in the Greater Accra Region, and Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Plans are also afoot…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

World Bank shifts focus to West African telecom

The World Bank has turned its focus toward telecommunications in eastern and southern Africa to West Africa, agreeing to set aside US$50 million for ICT infrastructure development, connectivity, skills development…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Cell C Results Ignore Operating Losses

Unlisted cellular network operator Cell C has done its usual trick of issuing only positive trading figures, declining to disclose how much money it actually lost during the year to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

FT’s planned acquisition of Sonatel shares abandoned

The government of Senegal has abandoned plans to sell a 9.87% stake in its national PTO Sonatel to France Telecom amid criticism that the move would cost local jobs. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Swap Technologies Rakes in N5.25 Billion in 2008

Despite the economic crunch ravaging companies world over, a Nigerian telecom services company, Swap Technologies and Telecom plc, has announced a turnover growth rate of 52% and a N5.25billion profits…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Shares in Burkinabe telecoms operator Onatel have been listed on the West Africa regional BRVM bourse for the first time, Reuters has reported. The government of Burkina Faso raised…


Digital Content

Rwanda Adopts Phones for Health Initiative

The Ministry of Health has unveiled a new technology of using mobile phones to support public health, starting with support for Community Health Workers in mother and child health interventions.…


Digital Content

MXit launches Africa’s first mobile book

Mobile social networking company MXit, with 13 million subscribers worldwide, has introduced Africa’s first Mobile Book (MBook), in a bid to promote literacy and reading among its majority youth audience.…


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People

- The Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Telecommunications Plc (NITEL), Kelvin Caruso, has been redeployed. According to an internal memo dated April 29, 2009, new management structure of NITEL has…


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Events

* INET Africa Meeting 2009 18 May 2009, Cairo, Egypt INET Africa meeting will be held together with AfNOG and AfriNIC meetings that will be held during the same week.…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Umts Install Commissioning Engineers - Uganda EngineersTangent International are looking for experienced 3G UMTS Installation and Commissioning Engineers for an urgent project in Uganda.The project is for two months and…


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Contracts

* Infotechnology Solutions an Clickatell - Nigeria Infotechnology Solutions has chosen Clickatell to offer interactive text alerts to banking customers in Nigeria - one of the fastest growing African economies.…