Issue no 464 24th July 2009

Top Story

As industry gears up for fibre gear- shift, data centres become the next big growth area

Below the radar, a number of companies in a range of African countries have either installed data centres or are gearing up to do so. Some are run directly by operators, whilst others are operator-neutral. As with all of these kinds of shared facilities, trust and high levels of service will be a key issue. Russell Southwood spoke to Teraco’s CEO Tim Parsonson about why data centres and why now? Formerly CEO of South African ISP Storm before he sold, Tim Parsonson believes that the industry is “ready for a neutral data centre player” and has long-term plans to offer…

Telecoms

UAE's Etisalat bids for Libyan telecom licence but still no news on its Meditel purchase in Morocco

United Arab Emirates telecoms company Etisalat is bidding for a Libyan mobile license, citing high growth potential. OPEC member Libya is the latest North African state to allow private investors…


Telecoms

Zambia offers unified telecom licenses

Zambia has joined several countries in the eastern and southern African region in offering unified licenses to cater to diverse telecommunications services in a bid to attract international service providers…


Telecoms

New map charts the spread of network fibre transmission across Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing the most significant build-out of telecom transmission networks that it has ever seen. By July 2009, fixed line and alternative operators had over 400,000-km of terrestrial…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Government Moves to Protect Telecoms Customers

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nelson Chamisa who said he had instructed that telecommunication charges "need to be on the average of the region." The regulator POTRAZ has…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya has asked the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) to speed up the introduction of a network feature that enables consumers to retain their telephone number whenever they…


Internet

More setbacks for South Africa’s satellite Sumbandilasat

South Africa's satellite, Sumbandilasat, will only be launched after August, following another rescheduling by Russian launch partner, Roskosmos. While the Department of Science and Technology (DST) had secured a general…


Internet

AU, UNIDO unveil online platform to grow business in Africa

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the African Union Commission launched a new Internet-based Monitoring Platform to map investment flows in Africa and offer investors more information for…


Internet

Google South Africa in discussions for local content

Google SA is in discussions with some telecoms companies to bring local content to South African homes and mobile phones, says new country manager, Stephen Newton. While he would not…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In South Africa, Telkom Internet ADSL subscribers have been enjoying uncapped ADSL in July. Telkom confirmed that due to a software glitch on TelkomInternet's authentication server, some users have…


Computing

ICT development strategies agreed at Africa Region meeting

ITU’s African Region Preparatory Meeting for the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC) concluded last week in Kampala, Uganda with delegates reaching consensus on regional strategies to foster the development…


Computing

South Africa’s SABC ‘spends big on IT hardware for strike’

National broadcaster SABC has spent hundreds of thousands of rands on laptops and computers to prepare for a possible strike by its workforce, and is setting up a temporary broadcast…


Computing

Nigeria’s Federal Government Intensifies Fight Against E-Waste

The Federal Government yesterday said it has stepped-up measures to address the growing environmental problem caused by indiscriminate dumping of used and expired electrical and electronic appliances. Director-General, National Environmental…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Police Academy of Information Technologies has been inaugurated in Algeria by General Manager of National Police (DGSN) Ali Tounsi. This new facility is destined to welcome police trainees who…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Comium one of the leading GSM operators in Gambia has launched electronic top ups labelled “E-Credit”. Nyang Njie, the Sales Manager at Comium, who launched the initiative, told journalists…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania says Zain to give up state telco shares

Zain Tanzania, part of Kuwait's Zain, plans to give up its 35 percent stake in Government incumbent TTCL, the east African nation's Technology Minister said last Monday. "Recently, Celtel has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

World Bank to Finance Communications Projects for up to US$31 million in Mozambique

The Mozambican government and the World Bank on Friday signed two agreements in Maputo under which the World Bank is to provide loans of 75.6 million US dollars for projects…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TelOne Seeks U.S.$280 Million for Infrastructure Development in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s sole fixed telecommunication operator TelOne needs at least US$280 million to upgrade its infrastructure. TelOne, which also offers various communication services including data communication, Internet connectivity and satellite services…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya’s Safaricom to list Sh10b bond for data upgrade

Mobile phone operator, Safaricom, will raise between Sh10 to Sh12 billion in a bond issue to be listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange. The company said it would split the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Indian telecommunications company, Essar Group, has announced joint investment plans in Africa with a Dubai based company. The group, which offers mobile services in Kenya under the "yu" brand…


Digital Content

Unicef Uses Text Messages to Spread the Word About Polio in Zambia

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will be sending text messages to millions of Zambian parents this week as part of a new initiative to harness modern technology in the…


Digital Content

Visafone, Nokia To Launch Dual Band CDMA

Visafone, and Nokia have entered into an agreement to introduce dual band mobile CDMA handsets for consumers through its over 3000 authorized dealer outlets nationwide, Visafone shops and kiosks, as…


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People

- The Vodacom Group Limited has announced that its Chief Communications Officer Dot Field has resigned. Vodacom Group Limited CEO Pieter Uys said Field had been with the company for…


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Events

* 11th EAST AFRICAN POWER INDUSTRY CONVENTION 11-13 August 2009, Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Tanzania is proud host of the 11th EAPIC, which is the strategic regional…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Data Implementation And Planning Manager - Ghana To provide Strategic and Operational Leadership to ensure the efficient and effective planning of the converged IP transport capacity for voice and data…


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Contracts

Vodafone Ghana and Xintec - Ghana Vodafone Ghana has announced its decision to install and operate the revolutionary lightweight fraud management platform FMSlite™ from XINTEC SA, the fast-emerging global provider…