Issue no 460 26th June 2009

Top Story

East Africa’s mobile competition cauldron grinds up new entrants and spits them out

With news that Tanzania’s seventh mobile operator Sasatel is entering the market, East Africa is proving to be a testing ground for high levels of mobile market competition. Those countries with four or more operators have been extremely good for consumers but are exacting a heavy toll on new entrants. Russell Southwood looked behind the smoke of this battle to see what’s actually happening. With Essar announcing that it will become the sixth mobile operator in Uganda, the last wave of new entrants and some of the more established players must be wondering what happens next. Uganda currently has five…

Telecoms

Seventh mobile operator has launched operations in Tanzania

Telecom operator Dovetel Limited last week lunched under the brand name Sasatel as the seventh company to provide mobile telephony services in the country. Sasatel said in a statement in…


Telecoms

France Telecom Obtains Third Mobile Phone Licence in Tunisia

The Ministry of Communication Technologies has announced that the consortium composed of Divona/ Orange -France-Telecom, presented the best technical offer for the attribution of Tunisia's second and third generation mobile…


Telecoms

Globacom interested in acquiring Nitel in Nigeria, Glo One to arrive September 09

Globalcom Limited on Monday confirmed its interest in acquiring Nitel saying it wants to save the nation's asset from collapsing rather than creating monopoly in the sector. Chief operating officer…


Telecoms

Orascom settles dispute with Chad

Reuters reports that Egypt's Orascom Telecom (OT) has announced that it has received USD4.9 million from Chad in a settlement over ownership of a Chadian mobile operator. Chad's telecommunications ministry,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile phone subscribers who will fail to register their SIM cards by the end of this year, will be locked out of the country's communication system, the Tanzania Communications…


Internet

Somali Pirates Hold Back Seacom Cable, new opening date is 23 July

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have scuttled plans for the long- awaited Seacom cable to be switched on this month because a cable-laying ship was unable to enter some…


Internet

Dark Fibre launched network in South Africa

Telecoms infrastructure company Dark Fibre Africa officially launched its network on Tuesday after laying 800km of fibre-optic cable to lease out to cellular operators and Internet service providers. The company…


Internet

Tanzania’s President calls on Telephone Firms to help build the national backbone

President Jakaya Kikwete has directed the ministry of Communications; Science and Technology get in touch with mobile phone companies and see if they would work together in the construction of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In Kenya, Jamii Telecommunications Limited has become Safaricoms broadband infrastructure provider. Jamii Telecommunications is one of Kenya's leading broadband infrastructure providers and this alliance effectively gives Safaricom access to…


Computing

Techno Hubs Planned for Townships in South Africa

As part of its ambitious broadband project, the City of Johannesburg plans to set up techno hubs where people can access the Internet and boost their technology skills. According to…


Computing

Reporters find Northrop Grumman data in Ghana market

A team of journalists investigating the global electronic waste business has unearthed a security problem too. In a Ghana market, they bought a computer hard drive containing sensitive documents belonging…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DOJ) says it will continue to work on the transformation of the judiciary by increasing spend on IT. The budget would…


Computing

Ban On Used Computers Comes With Mixed Fortunes in Uganda

According to the recently read budget, used computers will no longer be seen in our shops after the three-month grace period has elapsed. Over the past decade, computer literacy has…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Zimbabwe’s Zellco Cellular service has introduced "Billtrek", a facility that will enable customers to control their mobile phone bills. The function allows the customer to define maximum planned expenditure…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s First Bank and Others Finance US$240 Million for MainOne Fibre Cable

First Bank of Nigeria Plc in collaboration with Skye Bank and African Finance Corporation (AFC), have signed a US$240 million financing deal with MainOne Cable Company, a private sector-led initiative…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mauritius Telecom profit down 5%, listing still on

Mauritius Telecom said 2008 post-tax profit fall 5 percent to 1.9 billion rupees ($59 million) on increased interest payments. Mauritius Telecom, which dominates the fixed line and mobile markets and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sierratel secures USD29 million expansion loan from India

The Sierra Leone Parliament ratified a loan agreement of $29,452,856 for the modernization and expansion of the network and telecommunications infrastructure of Sierratel. The loan agreement was provided by the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

URA orders permits firm to pay sh5b

Face Technologies, the company which issues driving permits in Uganda, has not paid taxes in the past five years, the tax body has said. The Uganda Revenue Authority has consequently…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Mozambique’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula, has revealed plans to partly privatise incumbent mobile operator, mCel. According to the plan at least 5% of company shares will…


Digital Content

Rural Wireless Network Success in Tanzania

The first evaluation of a pilot in Tanzania to provide affordable Internet access to rural communities through a shared wireless (mesh) community network has been completed, and the results look…


Digital Content

South Africa’s Cosatu Website gets Google Warning

MyBroadband recently reported that the Cosatu website needed some attention, including the removal of malicious files from the website which can harm a visitor’s computer. It also contacted Cosatu about…


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People

- According to local newspaper, the Nation, Dominic Saint-Jean, Telkom Kenya chief executive officer, is expected to quit at the end of this month.


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Events

* AFRIHEALTH CONFERENCE 2009 “ICT in Healthcare - Are We Doing Enough For Africa?” 14-16 July 2009, Nairobi, Kenya This is the third successive year for our prestigious Pan African…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* MANAGER, TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS UNIT - KENYA The Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited is responsible for transmission and distribution of electrical energy throughout the country. Following licensing of the…


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Contracts

MTN, Bharti Airtel and Ernst&Yougn - Africa India's Bharti Airtel Ltd. is likely to hire Ernst & Young and South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. is likely to mandate PricewaterhouseCoopers to…