Issue no 476 16th October 2009

Top Story

Dropping the ties that bind – how Africa can help itself to get lower bandwidth prices

In Kenya two international cables – Seacom and TEAMS – have arrived but a fierce row has broken out over pricing. On the Government-backed TEAMS cable, Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo has said loudly and publicly that rates should come down to nearer US$200 per mbps. The cable’s owners say they have to recoup their money and that there will plenty of time later for prices to come down. Russell Southwood looks at some of the blockages to the benefits the international cables might bring and how they might be overcome. By 2011, Africa will have eight international fibre cables connecting…

Telecoms

Ghana’s Government plays down Vodafone report

The Ghanaian government has distanced itself from a report produced by a committee it set up to scrutinise the sale of its telecoms firm to Vodafone. The report, seen by…


Telecoms

Mobile phone Cost Briefings to Be Secret In South Africa

Parliament's communications committee has decided to call cellphone operators for confidential one-on-one briefings on their cost structures over the next few weeks in an endeavour to determine a realistic interconnection…


Telecoms

Nigeria: 'We'll Consolidate Regional Telecom Market' says Suburban’s CEO

Mr Bruce Ayonote is the Chief Executive Officer of Suburban West Africa Limited. His company is a telecommunication services provider to mobile companies such as MTN, Globacom, and Zain. In…


Telecoms

Kenya: M-Pesa Goes Global in Battle for Mobile Cash Transfer Pie

Kenyans will be able to send and receive money to UK through Safaricom's M-pesa in the company's first commercial cross-border transfer service whose details will be announced later during the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- After several months of haggling, Rwandatel and its former employees have reached an agreement that will see each retrenched worker receive long standing benefits. - The Mozambique government will…


Internet

Telecom Egypt launches first commercial FTTH service

Telecom Egypt has announced the launch of its first Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) implementation in Egypt in Cairo Suburb area of Qatamiya. Mr. Tarek Tantawy, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of…


Internet

With the Cables Now in Uganda, What Next?

Two high-capacity submarine cables have landed on the Kenya and Dar es Saalam beaches, but it seems only half of the region's communication problem is fixed. Industry players say the…


Internet

South Africa's broadband market is at a watershed, says report

The South African broadband market has shown consistently significant growth rates of over 30 percent in the last two years, and according to Frost & Sullivan, this positive trend is…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- While opening the Broadband Experience exhibition in South Africa, Brian Herlihy, CEO of SEACOM revealed that of the total 1.28Tb/s potential capacity of the cable, “about 5% to 6%”…


Computing

Morocco targets wider ICT use

Morocco recently adopted a national digital strategy aimed at expanding the use of information and communications technology (ICT) by the public, the government and businesses by 2013. In the presence…


Computing

Africa's Largest ICT Mall to Be Built in Abuja

The Management of the Computerize Nigeria Project (CNP) will launch the biggest ICT Mall in Africa, in Abuja, in the first quarter of 2010. This ambitious project which commenced last…


Computing

Apple Ishop to Hit Market in Ghana

In a bid to meet the market demand of Apple products, a US based computer solutions provider has opened a retail store in Accra, making available its world class products…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Rwanda’s Director General of National Post Office, Celestin Kayitare, has announced that Post Office clients will be able to access information about registered mails on the institution's website, through…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria’s CDMA operator, Starcomms, has slashed its international tariff from twelve naira (N12.00k) to ten (N10.00k) naira in some destinations, and from eighteen (N18.00k) naira to ten (N10.00k) naira.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

African Telecoms Investment to Reach US$141.1 Billion by 2013

The African continent continues to attract substantial investments into its telecommunications markets, with the combined fixed and mobile cumulative capex for Africa since the Year 2000 expected to grow from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Issues U.S.$66 Million Corporate Bond in Kenya

Kenya's largest telecoms firm, Safaricom announced a $66.6 million (KSh5 billion) bond to the Kenyan market, part of an extensive capital-raising initiative the company is implementing. The release of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC Leads $250 Million Investment in Shared Tower Communications Infrastructure in Nigeria

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is investing $100 million in Helios Towers Nigeria Ltd as part of a $250 million capital injection that will help the company…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Faritec targets profit

Faritec's new CEO has set himself the challenge of turning the loss-making company around by June next year. CEO Fanie van Rensburg says the company should report a profit –…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecom investments in Nigeria has increased to over US$18 billion within the last eight years on account of predictive regulatory environment and supportive government for a deregulated telecom industry.…


Digital Content

M-banking takes root in Uganda

He used to keep his daily earnings in the house until June when he opened a mobile money account with an aim of developing a savings culture. Mr Peter Ddumba,…


Digital Content

UN Refugee Agency Enters Facebook Contest to Win Funds for Displaced in Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency is harnessing the ever expanding world of cyberspace to raise funds, entering a challenge on a Facebook platform that could net $50,000 to help forcibly…


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People

- Internet Service Provider, Linkserve has announced the appointment of Mr. Victor Oisaghie as the company's new Managing Director. - Clickatell and Mobile Money Africa announced the appointment of Clickatell’s…


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Events

AITEC GHANA 2009 22-24 October 2009, International Conference Centre, Accra www.aitecafrica.com MMT 09 - Mobile Money Transfer 26-27 October2009, Dubai. MMT 09 is a 'must attend' event for anyone who…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Marketing Director for Telecom Company - Kenya The Marketing Director develops and directs the company's marketing activities and policies to ensure a strong and well positioned product portfolio and effective…


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Contracts

Neotel and Huawei – South Africa Huawei, a provider of next generation telecoms network solutions for operators, has announced that it has been contracted to expand Neotel’s CDMA network. Huawei…