Issue no 456 29th May 2009

Top Story

Kenya’s Pasha Centres initiative seeks a new way to reach out into un-serviced areas

Kenya’s ICT Board is in the throes of setting up what it has dubbed Pasha Centres as part of its preparations for the opening of the Seacom cable at the end of next month. Pasha Centres are designed to deliver voice and Internet services out into un-serviced rural areas. Unlike many other African Universal Service initiatives that are delivered by existing companies or donors, these will be set up by local entrepreneurs who will not necessarily have previous experience of ICT. Russell Southwood asks whether this is a brave or a foolhardy approach. Set up in February 2007, the Kenya…

Telecoms

Nigeria: 2.3GHz Licensing Round Crisis Deepens

There seems to be no end to the crisis generated by the 2.3GHz licensing round. While the Ministry of Information and Communications is standing by the cancellation of the process…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone lifts ban on additional mobile company licences

Minister of information and communications has said that the lifting of the temporary ban on the registration of mobile companies would see the registration of more GSM companies in the…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe’s Powertel to roll-out CDMA service to Bulawayo

Powertel Communications - a unit of Zesa Holdings - is set to roll out its new CDMAservice in Bulawayo before the end of the year. Before, the service was only…


Telecoms

MTN reaches the 100 million subscriber milestone

The MTN Group has reached the 100 million subscriber mark in its drive to become the world’s leading telecommunications service provider in emerging markets. With a telecommunications network that covers…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Angola’s minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha, assured that the government will create legal regulations to combat fraud in the field of Information Technologies and…


Internet

Korea Telecom gets on with building national backbone in Rwanda

Officials of South Korea's telecom giant Korea Telecom (KT) pledged to President Paul Kagame yesterday at Urugwiro Village to establish a reliable national backbone to carry forward the country's ICT…


Internet

Morocco invests in fibre optic line to Western Sahara and Mauritania

Maroc Telecom has secured a US$ 1.3 billion investment programme, mostly financed by the Moroccan government. The programme will see major improvement and modernisation of Morocco's fixed-line and mobile networks,…


Internet

Using fast Internet in Ghana without a getting into debt - the pre-pay way

According to development agency IICD, Internet connection is often unreliable, too slow and too expensive. An answer to this problem could be a high quality direct satellite connection but for…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Layer3 has commissioned its long haul fibre, linking Lagos to Abuja. This leased private managed line will be a solution for organizations, such as financial institutions, airlines and other…


Computing

Rwanda to Host OLPC Learning Centre for Africa

Rwanda is set to become home to the pilot learning centre for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project in Africa due to its outstanding progress in promoting the child…


Computing

Amharic Office Word Application Software Almost Complete

A project working on the localization of two software types is about a month away from finalization, knowledgeable sources disclosed. The joint ICT glossary project, currently in its finale stages,…


Computing

Kenya bets on ICT sector to spur growth

Spreading business opportunities in the Information Communication and Technology sector (ICTs) to small and medium enterprises could boost the country’s overall economy, says experts. Other than that, the quality and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- NComputing, a provider of ultra low-cost computing solutions, is partnering with the United Nations to provide computers for educational purposes to schools in developing countries. The program, under the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN, Bharti resume merger talks

Merger talks between India’s largest carrier, Bharti Airtel, and pan-MEA operator MTN have been restarted a year after they were last abandoned. The news comes in the wake of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Egypt reports 66% plunge in net profit resulting from foreign exchange devaluation

Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom has reported its fiscal results for the three-month period ended 31 March 2008, revealing a steeper than expected decline in net profit. Orascom posted a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodafone, Vodacom alliance explore Nigeria market stakes through local subsidiary, Gateway Communications

World’s largest mobile phone company, Vodafone of UK and South Africa’s mobile phone company that it controls, Vodacom, are jointly intensifying their search for stakes in the Nigerian telecoms market…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya to adopt regulatory mobile phone banking legislation

Kenya is set to adopt a series of laws aiming to regulate new areas of its financial sector, and particularly mobile banking. The new legislative package includes a project aiming…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- All telecom operators in Uganda could be required to list a given percentage of their shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE). "Subsequent to the proposed review, the issue…


Digital Content

Orange announces ‘new vision and brand campaign’ in Africa - Project « Galilée »

Orange-France Telecom (FT) announced that from 18 May 2009, Orange will be launching a pan-African brand campaign across the majority of African countries where the brand is present. To better…


Digital Content

Globacom Nigeria under new fake website treat

A few months after Globacom detected a fake website developed by fraudsters and alerted subscribers, another fake website had been developed by fraudsters who are out to rip off people’s…


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People

- The African Network Operators Group (AfNOG) has awarded Internet engineer Adiel A. Akplogan the first Network Information Infrastructure (Nii) Service Award for 2009 for his contribution in establishing the…


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Events:

* SALVO GLOBAL: TELECOMS PRICING MASTERCLASS 8th - 9th June, Johannesburg, South Africa The course is designed to give participants a clear understanding of Pricing evolution and objectives, Influences on…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Data Center Solutions Consultant - West Africa The ideal candidate needs at least 10 years of previous experience of Telco Data Center Audit as well as: site Audit at Customer…


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Contracts

ZOOMobile and Cerillion Technologies - Nigeria Nigerian private telecoms operator, ZOOMmobile is upgrading its interconnect billing and settlements systems. The new system means the operator can process 25 million interconnect…