Issue no 455 22nd May 2009

Top Story

Strategies for shrinking former incumbents: double or quits in Togo, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville

A significant number of Africa’s former incumbent telcos are in deep trouble as their fixed line network subscribers shrink and their mobile operations take a market share beating from larger operators (see issue 442). Their key shareholders - African governments - seem incapable of acting decisively to stop the rot. Russell Southwood look at three different companies - Togo Telecom, Gabon Telecom and Sotelco in Congo-Brazzaville - whose current situation neatly illustrates what’s happening. This week saw the Chinese Exim Bank extend a US$31 million loan to Togo telecom. The company said that it would use the money to develop…

Telecoms

Egypt's Orascom Telecom appeals over Mobinil deal

Egypt's Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) has filed a legal claim against France Telecom (FT), claiming that the French company has not abided by the terms of a recent ruling to…


Telecoms

EFCC Quizzes Ndukwe Over 2008 Budget in Nigeria

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arrested Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Earnest Ndukwe, over allegations of flouting due process in the award of…


Telecoms

Swaziland’s incumbent telco to cut call charges by half

It’s good news for locals making international calls as Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) has announced a discount rate of up to 50%. International calls made from landlines in…


Telecoms

Connecting Rural People Through Satellite Phones in Zambia

Rural areas that have often been marginalised and cut off from the usage of telecommunication facilities are now getting connected and opening up, thanks to a new project that uses…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Turkish cellco Turkcell has submitted a bid for a combined fixed line and 2G/3G mobile licence in Tunisia, in partnership with a number of local companies. - The sale…


Internet

DragonWave brings broadband to Burkina Faso

DragonWave Inc, a Canadian supplier of packet microwave radio systems announced that Connecteo is deploying the Horizon Compact to deliver high capacity broadband services to its enterprise customers in Burkina…


Internet

Nigeria Takes Control of Internet Domain Name

Nigeria has finally assumed management and control of the Internet domain name with change of severs to .ng and the approval of the board re-delegation of the Nigerian ccTLD on…


Internet

IS launches unified mobile broadband service in South Africa

Internet Solutions (IS) has launched a unified mobile broadband data bundle that integrates 3G, GPRS and HSPDA connectivity with IS Wi-Fi HotSpot access, enabling users to find the most cost…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- East African submarine fibre-optic cable system SEACOM has announced that it is entering the final stages of construction. According to the SEACOM website, the 15,000km, 1.28Tbps cable system is…


Computing

ICT experts challenged to protect Ghanaian made products

Ms Dorothy Gordon, Director General of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (KACE), has challenged local ICT experts in Ghana to adopt systems that would protect their products against what…


Computing

State IT Agency to host FOSS vendor day in South Africa

The SA State IT Agency’s Free and Open Source Programme Office (FPO) is to host a workshop this coming Friday in which free and open source software (FOSS) vendors will…


Computing

Electronic Trading to Start in June in Uganda

Ugandans who have invested on the stock market will hand in their paper share certificates starting next month as the stock exchange prepares to start electronic trading. This will be…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A partnership agreement was signed in Algiers between Internet services operator EEPAD Group and Chinese holding company China Great Wall Computer Shenzhen Co., for the manufacturing in Algeria of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Zimbabwe, mobile operator Telecel is to release about 100 000 new lines on the market this week, an official said on Monday. Public relations officer Monica Malunda told New…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya's Safaricom profit falls as price war hots up

East Africa's biggest mobile phone company, Safaricom, said on Thursday full-year profit fell by a quarter as it faced a price war in a crowded Kenyan home market that it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom South Africa Hit By First Fall in 15 Years

Mobile operator Vodacom has posted its first -ever dip in net profit for 15 years -- ironically just one day after its successful listing on the JSE. The timing will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICT Sector Contributes 10 Percent of GDP in Tunisia

Figures recently released by the Ministry of communication technologies show that the ICT sector in Tunisia has posted a growth of 17,8% in 2008. Its contribution to the country's Gross…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Dimension Data Reports Strong Financial Performance for African activities

London and JSE-listed Dimension Data Holdings announced its results for the six months ended 31 March 2009. Dimension Data delivered a strong first half FY2009 performance with improved metrics across…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- China, through its financial institution, "China Exim Bank", has granted Togotelecom 200 million Yuans (about US$ 30 million or CFA F 15 billion) for the modernization of its facilities…


Digital Content

South African Everest expedition now “live” on Internet

Using technology to stay in touch with friends and relatives on the other side of the world is nothing new. But South African mountaineers Robby Kojetin and John Black are…


Digital Content

2010 boosts mobile TV in Africa

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, predicts a cumulative global TV audience of 26.3 billion people for the 2010 World Cup, and for the first time live coverage specially produced for…


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People

- Zain Nigeria has announced key appointments in the company’s Commercial and Operations Groups and Human Resources Directorate. The newly appointed officials are Khaled Khorshid, Shamel Mohamed Hanafi and Jubril…


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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

* Head Of Sales - West Africa The company is looking for a Head of Sales who has extensive experience working with mobile vendors selling equipment to customers and will…


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Contracts

* ipNX and Helios Towers - Nigeria Nigerian WiMAX operator ipNX has inked a deal with network infrastructure and managed services provider Helios Towers to expand the telecoms company’s network…