Issue no 477 23rd October 2009

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Mali’s school students prepare themselves for the arrival of OPLC’s laptops

As four years have passed since the launch of One Laptop Per Child by Nicolas Negroponte, it’s perhaps a good time to take stock of what the project has achieved, particularly in Africa. Isabelle Gross spoke this week to Nathalie Avidar, whose responsible for OPLC’s country co-ordination for OPLC Europe, based in Belgium. With 1.5 million OLPC laptops deployed across the world and the objective of reaching 2 million by 2010, the dream of offering children from emerging countries the opportunity to get involved in ICT is beginning to be realised. According to Nathalie Avidar, the first step in the…

Telecoms

Vodafone Pushing for Mobile Number Portability in Ghana

As one of the underdogs in the market, Vodafone Ghana said is pushing for the implementation of mobile number portability (MNP). "The claims and counter claims by network operators on…


Telecoms

Kenyan regulator CCK to clamp down on sales promotions and special offers and control tariffs

The Kenyan regulator CCK is bringing in strict regulations that target sales promotions, special offers and other sales gimmicks, which have become integral parts of the aggressive tactics the companies…


Telecoms

Telecom Egypt says it will remain sole fixed voice provider

Egypt’s monopoly fixed line provider, Telecom Egypt, has claimed that it will remain the country’s sole fixed line voice provider despite the recent announcement that the country’s regulator was preparing…


Telecoms

Off-Grid Charging for Mobile Phones to Power US$2.3bn Market Opportunity in emerging markets

There is a US$2.3 billion opportunity for mobile operators through the provision of off-grid charging solutions such as solar phones or external solar chargers in emerging markets, claims a new…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The roll out of 3G networks by mobile telephone service providers is anchored on the revision of the existing spectrum of licensing costs in Kenya. According to Zain Kenya…


Internet

Tanzania First to Lower Internet Rates

Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd customers will from this month enjoy a 50 per cent cut in Internet charges, making Tanzania the first East African country to lower Internet charges. TTCL…


Internet

BTC Reserves Millions for Botsgate and reduces prices by 40%

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has committed close to US$5 million (approximately P35 million) over the next three years to the enhancement of the country's Internet backbone, Botsgate. The money will…


Internet

Backbone outage in Cameroon highlights need for redundant capacity

Authorities of the telecommunication network did not preview other rapid means to provide Internet in the case of optic fibre breakdown. Technicians and authorities of Cameroon Telecommunications, Camtel might not…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda's leading telecom company by market share, MTN, is in talks with TEAMS about obtaining capacity. - In Uganda, the second phase of the National Data backbone project will…


Computing

Data Recovery Services too expensive yet for Ugandan’s SMEs

Organisations in need of data recovery services now have reason to smile following Computer Point Uganda Ltd's decision to lower its monthly charges from a high of $4,000 to as…


Computing

Adama University Instigates e-Learning in Ethiopia

Adama University (AU), formerly known as Nazareth College of Technical Teachers Education, on Thursday declared that it instigates the first self-developed, campus-wide eLearning environment in the university. The eLearning program,…


Computing

Uganda’s electricity utility gets high-tech to implement smart grid

UMEME is spending up to $700,000 on contracts to Uganda based companies to implement parts of its recently launched Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System. This $5m worth system…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Postal Master General of the Nigeria postal service Ibrahim Mori Baba has said NIPOST will soon commence online postal, financial and communication service in the country. - South…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria’s CDMA operators, Starcomms announced that it has provided its data subscriber with the latest initiative designed to make renewal of data subscriptions more convenient. It said that subscribers…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Vodacom Dives 4,5 Percent On Earnings Warning

A trading update wiped 4.5% off Vodacom 's share price last week, with the warning of a 105% dive in basic earnings per share coming as "quite a shock" to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TTCL Seeks Sh195 Billion State Bailout in Tanzania

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure have asked the Government to bail out cash strapped Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) and save it from collapse. TTCL is rather like…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Evades Specification in Zimbabwe

By selling Econet Wireless' 10% stake in Kingdom Meikles Africa Ltd (KMAL), the country's largest mobile phone operator avoided government specification a fortnight ago, Business Digest has established. Sources said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Bankers' Institute Clamour for Collaboration on IT Infrastructure

The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has called on bank operators and regulators to explore ways of collabora-ting on the provision and utiliztion of information tech-nology infrastructure (ITC).…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Uganda’s Government is debating scrapping of value added tax (VAT) on mobile phones next year, the information and communication technology minister, has said. "We missed this year, but it…


Digital Content

South Africa’s Government plans to integrate hotlines

As more government departments set up their own hotlines, the Presidency says plans are under way to integrate these into one. Following announcements by the Department of Labour that it…


Digital Content

Social Networking attracts South Africans

Over the last few years social networking has made a significant impact on the online landscape. Platforms such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have altered the way in which…


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People

- A former boss of the public company Algeria Telecoms, Slimane Kheireddine, has been sentenced to five years' jail in a multi-million-dollar embezzlement scam. Several other defendants, some of them…


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Events:

MMT 09 - Mobile Money Transfer 26-27 October2009, Dubai. MMT 09 is a 'must attend' event for anyone who is serious about remittances. Over 350 mobile network operators, microfinance institutions,…


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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…


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Contracts

MTN, Wavion and Balton - Uganda Rwandan telecoms operator MTN Rwanda has selected Wavion and Balton Uganda for the deployment of a large scale Wi-Fi network in Kigali. The new…