Issue no 462 10th July 2009

Top Story

Mobile-XL offers handset browser aimed at low-cost GPRS phones to raise ARPUs

With increased competition, mobile ARPUs are dropping across the continent: good news for consumers but less good news for operators. Many operators are betting that increased revenues from data - both SMS and mobile Internet - will allow them to either slow or reverse this trend. This puts the pressure on finding interfaces that a wide range of phone users can use that will encourage them to make use of data services. Russell Southwood spoke to the Cameroonian CEO of Mobile-XL Guy Kamgaing-Kouami who is offering a walled garden solution aimed at low-cost GPRS phone users. Mobile XL’s solution is…

Telecoms

Outremer Telecom puts Mauritius mobile expansion plan on backburner after ICTA refusal

Outremer Telecom's quest to enter the telecoms market in Mauritius by end-2009 has been dealt a blow after the country’s regulator, the Information & Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), declined its…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s Economic Crimes Commission Declares NCC Waiver to Mobitel Illegal

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) does not have the statutory power to grant Mobitel or any other telecoms company a waiver for spectrum or operations fees, the Economic and Financial…


Telecoms

SaskTel Pulls Out of TTCL in Tanzania - No-one wants to put money in

Canadian firm SaskTel International appointed in 2007 to run the Government incumbent in a three-year, $5 million management deal has decided to quit before its contract ends. Local reports hang…


Telecoms

NPP leader denies taking ‘incentives’ for Vodafone vote in Ghana

A row has broken out in the Ghanaian Parliament over alleged “incentives” to members to vote for the sale of Ghana Telecom under the previous administration. Minority Leader and Member…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ) has given Zain Zambia a 48 hour ultimatum to resolve its network problems. The two-day time frame in which the cellular phone company…


Internet

Mombasa-Kampala US$750,000 Optic Fibre Cable Launched

Kenya Data Networks (KDN) and Infocom (both jointly owned by Altech and Sameer) have launched a 1500 kilometre optic-fibre cable linking Kampala to Nairobi and Mombasa. The cable cost US$750,000…


Internet

South Africa: Venture Capital Plan Challenges Google

A small Cape-based company that has already instigated a dispute with the global giant Google has now won venture capital support to develop a technology that mimics one of Google's…


Internet

Kenya goes online for Tax Returns and more to follow

If you manually filed your income tax returns by the close of the June 30 deadline, know that when you do it next year, it will be online. This is…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Following the success of the African Fashion Collective at New York Fashion Week 2009, top African designers including Aimas, Fosuism, Jewel by Lisa, Toju Foyeh and Zebra Living, have…


Computing

Mozambique is Now Assembling Computers

Mozambican computers are now rolling off an assembly line in Maputo, under a deal between the Mozambican government and the South African company Sahara Computers. The factory began operating about…


Computing

Ghana Government set to sign Microsoft deal for “educational purposes”

Government has denied entering into a binding agreement with Microsoft to secure software. Rather, government says it is considering a proposal served it by Microsoft to provide software for some…


Computing

Nigeria’s 2011 Polls Results will Be Released Electronically

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, has said that results of the 2011 general elections would be released without delay, as Nigerians will know the result electronically…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has approved South African company Jumping Bean as an official LPI Training Partner. The LPI qualifications are an internationally recognised Linux industry certification. -…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Mobile operators in Zimbabwe have reduced telecommunication tariffs by a minimum of 15 percent with effect from July 1. Prices of sim cards have also gone down by about…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya Safaricom choose Absa as Bond Partner

Kenya's biggest mobile operator wants to borrow between up to R 1.2 billion. It has picked Barclays Capital, Absa Bank and CFC Stanbic to arrange the issue. Safaricom, which is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique to get US$151 Million from World Bank to Lower ICT Cost

Tanzania will receive $100 million credit from the International Development Association to extend its access to affordable communications services. The country is one of three in sub-Saharan Africa that will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Telecom Drops Legal Action Against France Telecom in Egypt

Egypt's Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) says that it has dropped its legal action against France Telecom (FT) over their disputed shareholding in Egyptian mobile network operator, Mobinil. The two companies…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: World Bank Slams U.S.$100 Million Fine On Siemens

Siemens AG may have lost its right to bid for World Bank-financed projects until December 31, 2010 following its voluntary two-year shut-out from bidding on World Bank business. The World…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- According to the Zimbabwean newspaper, The Financial Gazette, Orascom is to inject a significant amount of cash into the expansion of Telecel Zimbabwe, as part of its renewed interest…


Digital Content

U.S. Copyright Suit Against Google to Benefit East AfricaToo

United States authors and publishers who filed a class action lawsuit against Google, for allegedly violating their copyrights have agreed to a landmark settlement that could significantly benefit their counterparts…


Digital Content

Mobile technology for government service delivery in South Africa

Mobile technology and broadband need to be considered to latch onto "first class, real time" service delivery, KwaZulu-Natal Finance MEC Ina Cronje said on Monday Speaking at a breakfast meeting…


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People

- Speculation that Cell C's turn- around artist Jeffrey Hedberg was being poached by Telkom have proven correct -- with Telkom giving him the tough task of reviving its floundering…


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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

IT Consultant - Central Africa & Namibia The recruitment company is currently looking for IT for Central Africa &Namibia. The duration of the contract is 3 months (extendable to 6…


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Contracts

ISPA and Internet Solutions - South Africa Internet Solutions (IS) has announced that it has been chosen by the Internet Service Providers Association of South Africa (ISPA) to host the…