Issue no 472 18th September 2009

Top Story

Zambia soon to feel the double-effect of international fibre and liberalisation

This week’s news (see Internet section below) is full of stories about the impact of the Seacom cable on East African countries. With all this brouhaha, it would be easy to miss the way in which the landing of new fibre projects is galvanising markets further afield. Places that were once the sleepy territory of few competitors are becoming significantly more competitive. Russell Southwood spoke last week to Ian Ferrao of Africonnect, one of Zambia’s leading ISP players about what’s happening in the country. Zambia is 80% dependent on copper revenues and the country’s fortunes have therefore fluctuated with the…

Telecoms

Vodafone to Reduce Its 48 Exchanges to Two in Ghana

Vodafone is slashing its number of exchanges from 48 to 2 as part of its restructuring which will also mean significant job losses, according to its Head of Corporate Communications…


Telecoms

Globacom eyes Aircom in planned Ivory Coast mobile market entry

Globacom Limited, Nigeria’s second national operator (SNO) has its eyes on Aircom, a GSM licensee in Cote d‘Ivoire in a bid to advance its plan to enter the country’s mobile…


Telecoms

MTN Threatens to Cease Interconnection With Rwandatel

MTN Rwanda is threatening to disconnect Rwandatel customers over failure to meet its interconnection fees obligations, according to a Business Times. Cutting off the interconnectivity link means that Rwandatel's approximately…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe’s Telone Urged to be Be Flexible On Telephone Bills

TelOne should be flexible when demanding revised February to June telephone bills from its customers as asking for lump sums will lead to public resistance, Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Since September 14th, South African citizen will be able to dial 17737 and speak to directly to the Presidents office. Twenty-one specially trained Public Liaison Officers will take up…


Internet

Phase 3 Telecom to build terrestrial fibre network over power line between Togo, Benin and Nigeria

Phase 3, the provider of transmission and IP services using the aerial fibre optic transmission, has expanded its network to cover the Republic of Benin and Togo. This development came…


Internet

Rwanda’s National Fibre to Connect Seacom to Burundi, DRC

Seacom, the company that owns the undersea cable that links the East Africa coast to the rest of the world via the Red Sea will use Rwanda's national fibre-optic backbone…


Internet

Internet price reductions take time to trickle down to the end users in Uganda

The arrival of high-speed Internet in Uganda has finally been matched by price reductions to Internet service providers. By last week, some ISPs were purchasing capacity at $650-$700 per Mbps,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In a press release issued this week, Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer of Main One Cable Company said that “with the Main One project having secured commitments for the…


Computing

University of Lagos Launches Laptops for Staff and Students Project

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Tolu Odugbemi has reaffirmed the institution's commitment to transfer relevant skills to students so that they could be in tune with the…


Computing

Ministry to Launch E-Health programme in Rwanda

In line with the country's goal of promoting the use of ICT in all institutions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is set to roll out, state-of-the-art software systems in all…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The newly formed Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has received a major boost from Ericsson. Speaking in Gaborone, the company's head of marketing responsible for sub-Saharan Africa, Lars Linden, said…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria has attained 67 million active phone subscriber base, the Minister of Information and Communications Professor Dora Akunyili said. The breakdown of the telephones line figures from the Nigerian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia to sell up to 75% telecoms firm Zamtel

Zambia plans to sell up to 75 percent of the telco incumbent Zamtel as part of a push to privatise state assets, the country's development agency said on Tuesday. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Internet Solutions acquires stake in Mozambique ISP

Internet Solutions and Convergence Wireless Networks acquire stake in Mozambique based ISP. Internet Solutions (IS) and Convergence Wireless Networks (CWN) announced last week that they have collectively acquired a 68.5%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Confirms Receipt of Dividends from Algerian Subsidiary

Egypt based Orascom Telecom Holding has announced that its Algerian subsidiary Orascom Telecom Algerie (OTA) has received the approval of the Algerian government's tax office to repatriate 50% of its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telemasters invests to grow in South Africa

Organic growth and additional clients aided revenue growth in the nine months to June, says listed least-cost routing company Telemasters. The company says revenue grew 32.7%, to R170 million, due…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- In Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister Michael Aondoakaa (SAN) said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cleared the former Delta State governor,…


Digital Content

Ugandan Firm to Put Face to Virtual Networking

For most people, on-line social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in or Beebo remain virtual networks. That is now changing, thanks to a new networking initiative called the 360° network, launched…


Digital Content

Ghanaians to pay water bills on mobile phones

Aqua Vitens Rand Limited (AVRL), in collaboration with eTransact, on Wednesday introduced the first ever mobile utility bill payment system in the country. The system, developed by eTransact, an electronic…


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People

- Mi-Fone ( BVI ) Ltd the commercial entity behind the successful “Mi” brand of Mobile Devices appoints their first Regional Sales Manager for East and Central Africa. Fareedh Kana…


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Events

EAST AFRICAN FIBRE SUMMIT 22-23 September 2009, Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi www.aitecafrica.com BROADBAND AFRICA SUMMIT 28-29 September 2009, Dakar, Senegal Broadband Africa is the leading conference and exhibition for the…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Invitation to Tender for Consultancy Services for the Development of a Cost Model and Pricing Framework for Telecommunication Services to Enhance Competition among Operators in Botswana The Botswana Telecommunications…


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Contracts

Planetsky and Real Image - Swaziland Real Image Ltd, a pioneer in the provision of Internet Services and customized communications solutions in Swaziland, has signed a contract with leading provider…