Issue no 458 12th June 2009

Top Story

Belgacom ICS to launch GSMA approved international M-money services called Home Send for mobile carriers this summer

With national M-money services spreading out across the continent, the time is ripe for a service targeted at the international remittance market. Belgacom ICS is one of three GSMA approved providers and has a service called Home Send. It is currently trialling it with a North African operator and plans to publicly launch it this summer. Meanwhile Zain is seeking to expand its Zap service in a similar way to its One World roaming service but is only in the early stages. Russell Southwood talked to Belgacom ICS last week about its plans. For several years the holy grail of…

Telecoms

Zain Reported to Be in Talks for $12 Billion Sale of African Networks with Vivendi

Dow Jones (citing Al Qabas newspaper) reported that Zain is in discussions with a French company to sell off its African operations. These same reports say that a sum of…


Telecoms

Uganda’s Telecoms Watchdog to Educate Consumers

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the country’s regulator is planning to start publishing complaints in the media raised by the public as a means of creating awareness. The move is…


Telecoms

As LION lands in Madagascar, Orange roars for updated fixed line legislation

Madagascar’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Orange Madagascar, has announced that it has completed its submarine cable project, LION, and has connected the cable at Tamatave in the Toamasina region.…


Telecoms

Suburban Links Nigeria And Ghana on its terrestrial fibre cable network

Nigerian operator Suburban Telecom has announced a successful deployment of an extension to its existing fibre network (Nigeria to Benin) with traffic now able to go to Togo and Ghana.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC) in collaboration with Rising Data Solutions (RDS) have entered into agreement to provide training for Ghanaian students in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to…


Internet

Public-private partnership formed to build international fibre-optic network in Angola

The Angolan government, through the state-owned telecommunications company Angola Telecom and four other private firms of the sector, formalised on Thursday the public scripture of the creation of a joint-venture…


Internet

ACE submarine cable extended to South Africa

France Telecom-instigated ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine cable system, which was intially planned to stretch from France to Gabon, will now be extended to South Africa connecting all countries…


Internet

New Telkom South Africa ADSL wholesale pricing raises questions

Telkom/SAIX launched their new wholesale ADSL pricing model to local Internet Service Providers (ISP). The new pricing model, which kicked in on the first of June, introduces limited price reductions…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports that The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) will be launched on 12 June 2009 as scheduled. Kenya’s permanent secretary of information and communications, Dr…


Computing

Ghana to establish data centre to support BPO

The Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu on Tuesday said government was working to establish a national data centre to support the development of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. The…


Computing

Tanzania moves to lower ICT costs

The Tanzanian regulator’s Director-General Professor John Nkoma pledged during World Telecommunications and Information Society Day to cut the cost of ICT services to enable more people to use them. “While…


Computing

US computer firm scores a World Cup deal in South Africa

A computer company based in Birchwood has secured a deal in South Africa ahead of the country hosting next year’s World Cup. J2 Retail Systems, which makes PC-based touchscreens and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Qualcomm Incorporated from South Africa will be showcasing its' Kayak PC alternative that allows for availability and affordability of high-speed wireless internet access at the West and Central Africa…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Multilinks, which was acquired by Telkom South Africa in 2007, said it has invested N65 billion in capital expenses since then to develop the company's network infrastructure in bid…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Main Street Technologies signs equity deal with AFC for the roll out of Pan-African Submarine Cable System

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and other investors have closed an equity financing deal for the Main-One Submarine Optical Fiber Cable System. AFC is one of the largest investors in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Econet Rakes in U.S.$87.9 Million Revenue

Econet Wireless Holdings has raked in a revenue of US$87,9 million since the introduction of the multi-currency system, early this year. In a statement accompanying financial results for the year…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Plans Cross-Border Money Transfer Service in East Africa

Maurice Newa, the Zain chief commercial officer, said the mobile company was in discussions with the different central banks about the possibility of transferring money across borders the same way…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African Paracon expands business

IT recruitment company Paracon is expanding through the acquisition of IC Blue Technologies' resourcing business, for R20.7 million in shares and cash. Mireille Levenstein, group FD, says the acquisition will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- France Telecom has ruled out making an increased offer to buy out minority shareholders at ECMS, Egypt's largest mobile phone operator. The stance of France's leading telecoms company means…


Digital Content

MTN Mobile Money Service Moves Sh5 Billion in Uganda

The MTN mobile money transfer service has moved over sh5b in about 180,000 transactions since its launch in March. The telecom giant disclosed that over 40,000 people mostly those doing…


Digital Content

Congo-Brazzaville: Dial 115 and save a child's life

The public and private sectors in Congo have joined forces to use near-ubiquitous mobile phones in an effort to save the lives of thousands of children who die of treatable…


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Contracts

Zain and Ericsson - Nigeria Ericsson says that it has won a five-year network management contract with Zain Nigeria. Under the agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the network operations,…


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People

The following people have joined AfriNIC Board: Southern African Region: Mark J. Elkins (of South Africa): Primary; Silvio Almada (of Angola): Alternate; (2), Eastern African Region: John Walubengo (of Kenya):…


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Events:

* Mobile Banking & Financial Services Africa 20-22 July 2009, Southern Sun Grayston Hotel, Johannesburg Building on the highly successful inaugural event last year, the conference will again deliver timely…


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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…