Issue no 457 5th June 2009

Top Story

East African mobile operators outsource call centres and HR to concentrate on winning competition battle

More mobile operators keep entering the fray: in Uganda a sixth licence holder (Essar) has just got a licence and in Rwanda a third licence operator (Millicom) will start at the end of the year. Staying alive under this kind of competitive pressure means concentrating on the main task of winning market share and cutting costs. So as the market matures this means outsourcing those things which are not central to that task. This started with network management but will soon include other areas like call centres and HR. Russell Southwood spoke to two industry veterans last week in Kampala…

Telecoms

Nigeria’s Federal Government Revokes Nitel/Mtel Sale to Transcorp

Barely two years after the Federal Government forced Transcorp plc to shed 29 percent of its 51 percent shares in Nitel, the government last week revoked the sale of the…


Telecoms

Essar wins network licence in Uganda

A unit of India's Essar Group has won a licence in Uganda to build a $200 million cellular phone network. Unlisted Essar Teleholdings, which had got a similar licence in…


Telecoms

Airtime Use Drops By 20.6 Percent in Rwanda

Rwanda's excise tax revenues on airtime sales have dropped by 20.6% in the last quarter. The revenue dropped from Rwf199.7 million in January to Rwf158.48 million in April 2009, putting…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telephone Usage Still High reports TelOne

Zimbabwe fixed line telephone service provider TelOne says since announcing the reduction of tariffs for all local calls to US$0.07 from US$0.10 in March, billing units had increased to unprecedented…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Senegalese mineral-water producer Kirene is to launch an MVNO in the country under the brand name Kirene Mobile, according to local reports. The Kirene Mobile service, which will be…


Internet

Nigeria based Main One Secures $66 Million AFDB Loan For Undersea Cable Project

One of Nigeria's telecommunications and broadband infrastructure companies, Main One Cable company, at the weekend, announced that it has secured a whopping sixty six million US dollars from the Board…


Internet

Internet surfing on mobile phone thriving in Kenya

Kenya is among the top five countries in Africa where Internet surfing on the mobile phone is thriving. Among the 12 African countries where the technology called mobile Web is…


Internet

Online shopping picks up speed in South Africa

Despite disagreeing on its growth rate, companies say online shopping will experience growth as consumers turn to the Internet to cut shopping costs. A survey conducted by Neotel's consumer division…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Angolan minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da Rocha has reckoned as positive the progress on fibre optic cable project, started two years ago. 400 kilometres of…


Computing

Uganda: E-Government - Phase Two Begins This July

The information and communication technology (ICT) ministry wants to avoid the errors and challenges experienced in the first phase of installing the national data backbone fibre cables by involving local…


Computing

HP announces the winners of the 2009 Innovation in Education Grant Initiative

HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region announced the 2009 EMEA winners of the Innovation in Education Grant Initiative, which rewards secondary schools and universities for their innovative teaching…


Computing

Bridging the digital divide for developing countries

The BingBee, a touch pad which was developed four years ago to help bridge the digital divide and give poorer communities access to computer technology, is a success at the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Microsoft Nigeria has launched the language interface pack for Windows Vista in three major Nigerian languages - Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Zain has added its Sierra Leone’s operations in its 'One Network' mobile service. - Rwandatel, Rwanda's second largest telecom company by market unveiled its post-paid package, targeting 5000 customers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

France Telecom takes bigger stake in Mobinil Egypt

European carrier France Telecom said Sunday that it has secured commitments from minority shareholders to acquire yet more of leading Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil. Mobinil is at the centre of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Altech Acquires Majority Stake in NuPay

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) today announced the purchase of 50% plus 1 share in NuPayment Solutions (Pty) Limited (NuPay), a payments processing company focused on the automation of electronic debit…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AG proposes out of court settlement over Ghana Telecom Sale

The court action by Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosah, a former Convention People’s Party (CPP) presidential hopeful and five others, against the Government of Ghana for the sale of 70 percent…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Effects of HP's Restructuring, Job Cuts on South African Uncertain

HP's operations in SA are without a local head after the sudden resignation of country manager Oliver Fortuin last month, after just seven months in the job. A search for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s mobile operator MTN's proposed 23bn tie-up with India's Bharti Airtel has won the support of its largest shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), although the PIC wants…


Digital Content

MTN Ghana launches mobile TV

MTN Ghana has launched its DSTV mobile at an impressive ceremony at Rhapsody’s in the Accra Mall. DSTV mobile from MTN will make it possible for MTN customers to tune…


Digital Content

Barclays links up with Safaricom to offer m-banking in Kenya

Barclays Bank of Kenya has joined the mobile banking race as the number of commercial banks seeking to leverage on the fast penetration of mobile phones in the country increases.…


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People

- A day after the Federal Government voided the sale of the Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) Plc to Transnational Corporation (TRANSCORP), the Presidency yesterday approved the constitution of a Technical Board…


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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

* Executive Director, Bandwidth Consortium Project The Bandwidth Consortium of African Research and Education Institutions (BWC) is a sub-Saharan Africa Regional Project supported by four major foundations collaborating through the…


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Contracts

* Rwanda Development Board and Rwanda Civil Aviation Rwanda Development Board/Information Technology (RDB/IT) yesterday signed an agreement with the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA) that will see the two agencies…