Issue no 454 15th May 2009

Top Story

Getting ready for the Big Change - Putting the local into African services and applications

2009 is the year of the Big Change. Cheaper and more abundant international fibre capacity will come to East Africa and 2010 will see the same happen in West Africa. New cross-border fibre connections will tie more countries together: two announcements are in the news sections below. But Africa is in danger of getting all the pipes and hardware in place and missing out on thinking about the user and the services and applications they might use. There is a danger of it becoming one hand clapping in an empty room. Russell Southwood looks at how services and applications will…

Telecoms

Sudatel-owned Intercellular returns to Nigerian telecoms market

Expresso Telecom, the international investment arm of Sudanese operator, Sudatel, that acquired Nigeria's Intercellular says it plans to re-launch the CDMA operator by the fourth quarter of 2009. It comes…


Telecoms

Morocco records cellular, fixed line and wireless broadband growth

Moroccan telecoms regulator the ANRT has issued a report for the first quarter of 2009, showing that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 3.093 million at the end of…


Telecoms

Etisalat, Gateway Communications ink satellite backhaul deal in Nigeria

Gateway Communications, Africa's leading provider of telecommunications services to mobile operators, has been awarded a contract to provide Etisalat with cellular backhaul for its Nigerian mobile network. The deal, worth…


Telecoms

Mobile operators call for Telkom probe in South Africa over network troubles

Mobile operators have pointed the finger at Telkom, saying the network troubles that callers have complained about over the last few weeks could stem from the utility's infrastructure. Over the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Three companies, Mobitel Limited, Spectranet Limited and Galaxy Wireless Communications Limited, have met Friday’s payment deadline for four slots of 2.3GHz frequency spectrum offered by the Nigerian Communications Commission…


Internet

Ghana and Burkina Faso sign fibre optic networks agreement

The Ghanaian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the interconnection of fibre optic networks with Burkina Faso to enhance communications between the two west African neighbours. The Ghanaian…


Internet

eShekels survey shows majority of Nigeria's 10m internet users surf from cybercafes

Majority of Nigeria's 10million internet users still surf the information highway from cybercafe and other public access points according to a new report from Nigerian research company, eShekels which also…


Internet

Rural Botswana Goes Online

At several places in rural Botswana, digital citizenship and participation is becoming more and more tangible through an ambitious national development initiative. With the so-called Kitsong Centres, Botswana has mobilised…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare, Blue Chip Village Cyber Café has introduced the first public real-time online video chat facility. Internet patrons can now access skype, yahoo…


Computing

Software Piracy in South Africa Shows Slight Increase

Software piracy on personal computers (PCs) in SA rose marginally from 34% to 35% between 2007 and last year, resulting in a R3,1bn loss for the industry, an annual global…


Computing

No market for software in Nigeria, says Socketworks boss

Founder/CEO, Socketworks Global Limited, Aloy Chife has said that absence of an effective local market for innovation has continued to undermine the growth of the local software development community in…


Computing

Africa: Grid Computing Guiding Malaria Drug Discovery

Scientists are using grids - high-speed computing networks - as a large-scale and cheaper way to kick-start new drug development against malaria parasites. Wide In Silico Docking On Malaria (WISDOM)…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kano State Government in Nigeria has agreed to release N171.4 million for the take-off of an ICT Park situated at Ado Bayero House in Kano city; which is expected…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Angola Telecom will launch a new digital exchange in Moxico this week with the capacity of 528 telephone lines, said Wednesday the company's director, Mbungo Lutumba. It also added…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt Announces First Quarter 2009 Consolidated Results

Telecom Egypt announced its consolidated financial results for the first three months of 2009, ended 31 March 2009. Financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Egyptian Accounting Standards. Highlights…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Demand for IT Skills Lifts South Africa’s Paracon results

IT services and solutions provider Paracon announced a 6% increase in six-month turnover to the end of March and said it has the capacity to withstand the worst of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom's 1Q group revenues up 2.4%

Consolidated revenues for Maroc Telecom Group in the first quarter were MAD 7,129 million, up 2.4% year-on-year (up 2.3% at constant exchange rates. Consolidated earnings from operations rose to MAD…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone to invest US$700m in telecom infrastructure in Ghana

The Britain-based Vodafone Group PLC is to invest US$700 million in the development of telecommunication infrastructure in Ghana to improve on its network services, Sir John Bond, Chairman of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Portugal Telecom has selected Morgan Stanley to sell its 32% stake in Moroccan mobile operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) according to a Reuters reports citing sources familiar with the matter,…


Digital Content

Symbiotic launches first East African mobile social network

Symbiotic Media Consortium has released Sembuse, East Africa's first mobile social network and content platform, where users can purchase stock information, news and videos. Sembuse allows users to communicate cheaply…


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People

Siphiwe Nyanda, the former South Africa National Defence Force chief has been appointed as the new Minister of Communications.


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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

* Telecom Project Manager - West Africa The ideal candidate will have experience in project management, in managing the many variables that occur, during the life of the project. He/…


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Contracts

Rwandatel, Cisco and Seven Seas Technologies - Rwanda Rwandatel, the country's second largest telecom operator, has signed a partnership deal with CISCO system and Seven Seas Technologies. The agreement will…