Issue no 467 14th August 2009

Top Story

Zain vs Vodacom row in Zambia hits a raw nerve over Africa’s 3G anxieties

Vodacom Zambia has taken out an injunction against the country’s regulator CAZ over a trial 3G authorisation it gave two years ago to Zain. All this might be a storm in a tea cup were it not for changing attitudes to 3G and what it might be used for in Africa. Russell Southwood looks at why 3G matters to operators and why some countries will upgrade, whilst others may be left behind. Two years ago the Communication Authority of Zambia (CAZ) issued a test authorisation to Zain Zambia to conduct trial 3G services. On hearing of this recently, Vodacom Zambia…

Telecoms

Moov Togo’s operations suspended over non-payment of licence renewal fee

Togo’s second mobile telephone operator Atlantic Telecom-Togo (owned by Etisalat) which runs the Moov brand has been from 10 August because it has not paid its licence fees. Although it…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Winners of 2.3 GHz licences to be refunded but Mobitel still on for roll-out

Following Presidency's decision that monies paid into the coffers of the Federal Government by the Nigeria’s regulator NCC on behalf of the winners of the 2.3GHz spectrum licence be refunded…


Telecoms

CCK Proposes Fund to support infrastructure in underserved areas

It has taken five years but the CCK Universal Service Fund is finally lumbering into view. It remains sensitive about the speed with which it has moved: one of its…


Telecoms

Two New Telecom Operators to Launch in Nigeria

Two new telecom brands, Expresso and O-Mobile, are preparing to launch into the Nigerian market. Business Day reports that Sudatel, the state telecommunications company of Sudan, will operate as Expresso.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- All political parties have agreed the issue of South Africa's high interconnection rates will be examined by Parliament's Communications Committee in September. Leader of the Independent Democrats Patricia de…


Internet

NCC CEO Ndukwe Advocates "Fibre Without Borders" for Africa

Telecom engineer and current Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, has advocated the concept of "Fibre Without Borders (FWB) as panacea for achieving possible…


Internet

Rwanda: Kigali to Get Interim Fibre Connections

Kigali City will this week get temporary connections to the fibre-optic backbone through a microwave link from Kampala, according to The Business Times. Peter Matayo, Head of Infrastructure at Kenya…


Internet

AccessKenya to offer 24 per cent discount on Internet charges

AccessKenya became the latest internet service provider to promise to lower charges following the arrival of international fibre optic cables. The ISP said it was planning to implement an immediate…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Neotel in partnership with Infraco is expanding connectivity into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Fibre rollout into these countries started last year with Lesotho being the first…


Computing

Ethiopia: Bid Too Small for Oracle, Girma Wake Says

The American IT firm, Oracle, has been left out from a multimillion dollar IT bid with Ethiopian Airlines, because the company felt the value of the contract would be too…


Computing

Microsoft South Africa opts for equity equivalency

Microsoft SA is wrapping up its empowerment strategy and will make an announcement once the plan has been submitted to, and approved by, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).…


Computing

Computer viruses slow African expansion

Alan Mercer was at his desk in the regional capacity building bureau in Assosa, western Ethiopia, when a man burst into his office, distraught. Right at the end of a…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- With the battle for netbook supremacy heating up Ubuntu is promising to roll out a much-improved interface for the ultra-portable netbook market when it releases Ubuntu 9.10 in October…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- As power disruptions in the country intensify, Safaricom has joined forces with ZTE to launch a solar-charged mobile phone in the Kenyan market. Zhong Xing Telecommunication Equipment Company Limited-ZTE-is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt reports 41.3% increase in first half net profit

Egyptian incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) has released its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2009, posting a consolidated net profit of EGP1.75 billion (USD315 million), a 41.3%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zamtel in 17m US dollars annual losses in Zambia

Government says Zamtel has an annual operational deficit of US$17 million. This is apart from the telecommunication company having liabilities of over US$125 million as at December 2008. Minister of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Meditel reports a drop of 16% in ARPU in Morocco

Meditel has reported results from the second quarter of 2009, in which its turnover rebounded by 1% to MAD1.24 billion (USD158 million) on the back of year-on-year customer base growth…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Monitise Signs Mobile Banking Partnership in East Africa

Mobile banking service provider, Monitise says that it is extending its business further into Africa and the Middle East with a joint venture with Paynet, an electronics payment company. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

­ Kenya's Safaricom says that it has signed an agreement to buy local WiMAX operator, Packet Stream Data Networks for an undisclosed amount. The intended acquisition comes on the back…


Digital Content

Facebook Lite targets mobile and dial-up users in emerging markets

Social networking kingpin Facebook is now trialing a new streamlined service dubbed Facebook Lite, with an emphasis on mobile and dial-up users in geographic regions where broadband services are limited,…


Digital Content

Mobile Money and payment Perception Survey in Nigeria ( 2009)

Nigeria with 5 Mobile Operators and 7 CDMA operators with total subscription of 62 Million under an addressable market of 140 Million people is the largest market for Mobile telephony…


More

People

- Parliament has selected nine candidates, out of a total of 86 nominees, to interview for the vacant Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) councillor position, including the current holder…


More

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…


More

Jobs and Opportunities

* Distribution channel needed – South Africa Derdack GmbH, a software development company based in Germany, is looking for a well connected South African company to represent them and sell…


More

Contracts

Wana and Huawei - Morocco Huawei Technologies of China has been chosen as the sole supplier of Moroccan operator Wana’s new GSM/UMTS mobile network, under a contract of undisclosed value.…