Issue no 469 28th August 2009

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New tax on international incoming traffic takes Côte d’Ivoire one step backwards

When the SAT3 submarine fibre cable was damaged on 24th July at Cotonou in Benin, alternative routes were quickly put in place to carry a major chunk of the international outgoing and incoming voice and data traffic from Benin, Togo and Nigeria. At the time, Côte d’Ivoire Telecom confirmed to us that both Togo and Benin asked for capacity on 25th July. International connectivity was restored on 26th July 3pm for Togo and 7pm for Benin via Côte d’Ivoire’s access to SAT3. This incident underlined the vital role that alternative terrestrial transmission networks have to play as well as Côte…

Telecoms

Ghana won’t license new telecom operators

The Ghana government has decided not to license new telecom operators to safeguard the integrity of the industry, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications said this week. “Government has no…


Telecoms

Nigeria’s Federal Governmentt Gives 60-Day Ultimatum for Nitel/Mtel Privatisation

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated the new board for the government-owned moribund communication company, NITEL/Mtel, with a 60-day marching order on the new board to take immediate steps towards…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe’s Net*One May Go Public

Net*One, the country's largest mobile phone operator by network coverage and second largest by subscriber base, may list on the local bourse if its shareholder, the government, approves a financing…


Telecoms

Uganda: Three More Telecom Firms Licensed

Three new telecom firms are to start operations soon, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said, adding that the firms were licensed over the last one year. This brings to…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has initiated a fresh bidding round for licences in the 2.3GHz and other frequency bands. In a statement in Lagos on Monday,…


Internet

Main One Restates Commitment to Early Completion of sub-marine fibre cable rollout

The company’s Managing Director, Funke Opeke stated in Lagos this week that the company remains committed to completing its 7,000 Kilometre transatlantic submarine cable for the middle of next year.…


Internet

Zanzibar ISP Connected to Seacom

A Zanzibar-based Internet Services Provider (ISP) has become the latest Tanzanian company to connect with Seacom submarine fibre optic cable. Zanlink whose trade name is Zee Communications Limited becomes the…


Internet

Telkom South Africa’s ADSL performance indicators

Telkom has released its latest ADSL Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), captured between 1 April 2009 and 6 July 2009. Telkom KPIs – a requirement of the ICASA ADSL regulations –…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel have purchased up to 620 Mega bytes per second of capacity on the Seacom fibre optic cable and secured links from the landing point on…


Computing

Government offices in Morocco catch the technology bug

Morocco's public sector is increasingly wired with information and communications technology (ICT) but faces challenges in equipping and supporting employees, a recent survey showed. The comprehensive survey, the first of…


Computing

Zimbabwe’s Institute of Technology to Offer E-Commerce Degree

The Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) will from next month offer an e-commerce degree, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. HIT acting Vice-Chancellor Engineer Quinton Kanhukamwe said the…


Computing

Do South Africans know when their software is fake?

South Africans prefer genuine software to the fake article – but some people will go to extraordinary lengths to get their hands on the real thing without actually paying for…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s Minister of State for Education Hajiya Aishatu Jibril Dukku has inaugurated this week the ministerial implementation committee on National Information Technology Education Framework (NITEF) to fast-track implementation of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- CellOne is getting a name change. After being sold to Egyptian-based telecoms giant Orascom Telecom Holdings in January, the company has announced that it will change its name to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egyptian Orascom reports weak first half on back of currency devaluation

Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom has released its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2009, posting a 6.5% decline in consolidated group revenue to USD2.48 billion, down…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: MTN posts 30% jump in profit as sales rise

MTN Group reports net income rose to 7.63 billion rand during the six months through June, from 6.24 billion rand a year earlier. MTN says group subscriber numbers were up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom AGM targets consolidation

Kenyan listed giant mobile communications company Safaricom held it debut annual general meeting (AGM) last week, resolving to consolidate its shares. The 800,000-plus shareholder company will be looking into the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s IT company Mustek Profit Takes a Tumble

Computer manufacturer and technology importer Mustek 's profit has taken a serious dive, with a loss of R67,8m caused by foreign exchange fluctuations bringing its figures down, the company announced…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has said the selection of an equity partner for Zamtel will be through an open tender process and both local and foreign companies are…


Digital Content

Nigerian Newspapers to charge fees for online news by 2010

Access to online news content on Nigerian news websites will no longer be free of charge by end of 2010, Jeremy Weate of the School of Media and Communications, Pan-African…


Digital Content

Google now speaks Afrikaans and Swahili

Google has announced the launch a full suite of translation tools in Afrikaans and Swahili. This announcement means that Afrikaans-speaking users will be able to find and view search results…


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People

- Former Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) councillor Mamodopi Mohlala, who currently heads up the Pension Funds Adjudicator, has been appointed as director-general of the Department of Communications…


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Events:

* Telecoms World Africa 31 August - 4 September 2009, Cape Town international Convention Centre - Cape Town Telecoms World Africa is an established forum for the communications sector in…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Alcatel Lucent 3g Optimisation Engineer – West Africa Alcatel Lucent 3G Optimisation Engineer is needed by a major client.You will have very good technical experience of 3G Optimisation working Alcatel…


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Contracts

Vodacom and Andrew – South Africa Andrew Solutions says that it has won a contract from South Africa's Vodacom to deploy indoor coverage in five of the 10 South African…