Issue no 461 3rd July 2009

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East African and Indian Ocean markets will get a “growth bump” from the arrival of the international fibre cables

The arrival of four international fibre cables in East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands will give larger markets in these regions a significant “growth bump” in what might otherwise be uncertain times. The price reductions on the new fibre capacity makes it just so much cheaper that it should bring a price reduction dividend for both wholesale customers and retail end-users. If it doesn’t, serious questions will need to be asked about why this hasn’t occurred. This week Balancing Act published African Telecoms and Internet Markets - Part 3: East Africa which provides detailed information on the region's fifteen…

Telecoms

South Africa won’t allow Illegal Interception of Calls

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe says the new law to register cellphone users will not be used to spy on citizens. He was briefing the media on the Regulation of Interception…


Telecoms

Tigo Slapped With Multi-Million Gh¢ Suit in Ghana by its distributors

A multi-million Ghana cedis legal suit has been issued against Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of Tigo mobile services by two of its distributors over what is termed bad business practices…


Telecoms

Rwandatel Misses Subscriber Growth Target

Rwandan mobile operator, Rwandatel says that it missed its subscriber target for the first half of this year by 30%, but said that its market share had risen by 15%.…


Telecoms

Ethiopian Operator Nears Completion of Network Upgrade

Ethiopia's monopoly mobile network, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has finished the majority of a GSM network upgrade in the capital city region. ETC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Amare Amsalu,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The World Bank has agreed to give Tanzania USD100 million to improve telecoms infrastructure in governmental buildings, improve access in rural parts of the country and boost registration systems,…


Internet

Angola Sign U.S. $327 Million Satellite Construction Deal with Russia

Angola and Russia on Friday here signed a contract for the building, launching and operation of the Angolan telecommunication satellite named AngoSat, following the visit of president of the Russian…


Internet

Uganda: Cost of the National ICT Backbone Questioned

The outgoing chairperson of the Parliament's committee on ICT, Edward Baliddawa, has raised questions about the cost of the national ICT backbone infrastructure project. Baliddawa raised the questions earlier this…


Internet

Telecoms Shift Focus to Internet As Demand Grows in Kenya

Kenya's mobile providers are moving to strengthen their Internet offerings in response to growing demand for services over the last quarter. Zain Kenya has announced a 25 per cent cost…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Galaxy Backbone has chosen MTN Nigeria for Internet provision. Under the partnership arrangements with MTN, Galaxy Backbone Plc is taking up capacity from MTN to provide Internet service to…


Computing

Nigeria’s Omatek Unveils World's Smallest Desktop PC

Indigenous Computer manufacturers, Omatek ventures Plc on Monday, unveiled its smallest desktop PC, tagged the Omatek handtop PC. The product according to the company is first of its kind to…


Computing

South Africa’s Home affairs IT infrastructure ready for world cup

The Department of Home Affairs has declared its information technology systems ready ahead of the FIFA 2010 World Cup that South Africa will host next year. “As Honourable Members will…


Computing

Gartner slammed by Computer Aid International for misleading reuse claims in emerging countries

Charity Computer Aid International has claimed Gartner's focus on the problem of exporting refurbished PCs to the developing world is "obscuring the real villains". Gartner predicted this week that by…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of India inked a pact with The Kingdom of Lesotho towards linking the African state with e-network facilitating services such as tele-education and tele-medicine and net connectivity…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans, said the company will invest two billion dollars to build network infrastructure in Nigeria over the next three years. He announced this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TEAM’s Optic Cable Investors Braced for Payment D-Day in East Africa

Investors who had applied for shares in the East Africa Marine system (TEAMs) undersea fibre optic cable project had up to June 30th to pay for the stakes or forfeit…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Crossed Lines Over Zain's Sale of African operations

Conflicting messages are coming out of the Middle East about how seriously Zain is considering selling its pan-African networks. But Zain seems to have been trying to boost the idea…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Pressure mounts on Uganda Telecom to list shares

Pressure is mounting on Uganda Telecom to float a percentage of its stock on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) as required by law. The demand is a result of a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Essar Gets Sh7.5 Billion to Expand Network in Kenya

Kenya's fourth mobile services provider, Essar Telecom Kenya (Yu) says it has received a Sh7.5 billion from Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) to expand its East African operations. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Safaricom was Kenya's top taxpayer for the 2007/2008 financial year, a list published by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) indicates. The full list will be unveiled in October. - In…


Digital Content

Texting4health Pilot Project Launched in Uganda

The UN has launched "Texting4Health," a 10-day pilot health initiative using mobile phones to spread important health information to MTN users in Jinja. "One of the most important tools in…


Digital Content

Farmers Use Mobile Phones to Track Deadly Cassava Diseases in Tanzania

Farmers in the Lake Zone region of Tanzania have joined in the fight to protect their cassava crop from deadly cassava diseases. Armed with mobile phones, the farmers will send…


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People

- Dr. Kobina Quansah has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Ghana. Currently a Management Consultant, Dr. Quansah was the first Ghanaian Managing Director of Barclays…


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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

ISOC Fellowship to the IETF The Internet Society has announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of the ISOC Fellowship to the IETF program. The program offers…


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Contracts

ECX and Apposite LLC - Ethiopia The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has awarded the project for the development of software to introduce the Short Message System (SMS) and an Interactive…