Issue no 478 30th October 2009

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Phase3 Telecoms to open Lagos-Accra terrestrial route in Q2, 2010 and set to go inland to landlocked countries

Another West African fibre route along the seaboard from Lagos to Accra will open up in Q2 of next year. Nigerian carriers’ carrier Phase3 Telecoms has signed an agreement with power utility Communauté Electrique du Bénin to lay and operate aerial fibre along its network. Russell Southwood spoke to Stanley Jegede, CEO of Phase3 Telecoms about how it will work. Q: What’s your agreement with Communauté Electrique du Bénin (CEB)? A: It’s a concession agreement where we will design, build and operate infrastructure for 15 years. Their power line network covers both Benin and Togo and we are laying aerial…

Telecoms

Telecoms Giants Bid for Zamtel

Two of India's biggest telecommunications firms and one of Africa's largest communication service providers, are among eight foreign companies and consortia that have been shortlisted to buy a stake of…


Telecoms

Kenya’s Telecoms Firms Oppose One Percent Universal Fund

Telecommunications operators in Kenya have opposed plans by the industry regulator to levy a one per cent fee on their gross annual income to set up a universal fund. The…


Telecoms

Court Stops Nigeria’s Federal Government From Selling 2.3 GHZ Band Licence

A Federal high court sitting in Abuja yesterday issued a preservative order stopping the Federal Government from taking any step towards selling the National Frequencies in the 2.3 GHZ Band,…


Telecoms

War Against Call Box Owners Intensified in Cameroon

The agents of the Yaounde City Council last Tuesday carried out an operation to chase call box owners within the precincts of the Yaounde central town. Marie Therèse M., a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecoms market regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya, has began the search for experts to manage the roll out of mobile phone number portability, in a move that could…


Internet

Brymedia West Africa bids to build overland fibre cable from Nigeria to Tunisia

One of the firms bidding to take-over NITEL and MTel is planning to build an overland cable from Katsina to Tunisia, Daily Trust learnt last week. A source said that…


Internet

Telkom Kenya raises stakes in data market with Sh1 per MB plan

Telkom Kenya on Wednesday revised its Internet charges downwards, raising the stakes in the battle for control of the data market which is expected to be the next frontier of…


Internet

Nigeria: EFCC Shuts 800 Scam Web Sites

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has shut down over 800 scam websites and busted 18 syndicates of email fraudsters in a drive to check cyber-crime that Nigeria is…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Uganda’s local governments have received funding from the World Bank for projects connecting the districts to the global network via the Internet. The bank has previously given the Rural…


Computing

Stakeholders Review Rwanda's ICT Growth

Stakeholders in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector held last week an in-depth analysis of the sector's challenges and progress in the last two years. The expected outcome -…


Computing

ICT Works for South African Activists

More than half of the 800 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in South Africa say information technology has had a major effect on their ability to advance human rights and they are…


Computing

Computerize Nigeria Project Launches Phase 2 of 750,000 PC Ownership

Computerize Nigeria Project (CNP), has launched the second phase of its 750,000 Computer Ownership promo. According to the Head, Computerize Nigeria Project, Mrs. Loretta Agbakoba, this step is to further…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has launched the e-NHIS aimed at increasing the coverage of the scheme as well as serve as a mechanism to checkmate fraudulent activities.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Kenya’s mobile operator, Safaricom, has integrated its M-Pesa money transfer service and data platform to enable users to book and pay for their domestic air, road and rail travel…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Uganda secures a US$100 Million Syndicated Corporate Credit Line

MTN Uganda has secured a $100 million syndicated corporate financing facility from 11 local and regional banks in a major credit deal. The transaction is seen as the largest syndicated…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana makes $45m annually from BPO sector

Ghana earns about $45 million annually from the Business Process Outsourcing industry, the GNA has reported. Alhassan Umar, Executive Secretary of the Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) Secretariat of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda’s Central Bank agrees to MTN's 'Mobile Money' service

The National Bank of Rwanda (NBR) will regulate the new mobile money transfer system that will soon be introduced by MTN Rwanda, the central bank Governor said. François Kanimba said…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African Enterprises cutting back on software

An increasing number of South African enterprises are cutting back on information technology spend as a proportion of their overall turnover, according to a new study released today. The Enterprise…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) is betting on its award of the best infrastructure regulator in Africa to attract more foreign investors. According to Pyramid Research, the size…


Digital Content

Kampala Leads in Internet Use

Uganda's capital city Kampala leads in use of the Internet which stands at 53 per cent. Nairobi and Arusha in Tanzania tie at 49 per cent followed by Dar-es-Salaam also…


Digital Content

Minister's SMS Call to Target Cape Town Delivery

South Africa’s Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs is circulating an SMS calling on people to report "water cut-offs and other poor municipal services in Cape Town". Co-operative Governance…


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People

- Nigerian, Adekunle Awobodu, is now flying the nation's flag high in far away Iran, where he has just been appointed the Chief Financial Officer for MTN IranCell.


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Events

ComBIT AFRICA 2-4 November 2009, Lagoon Conference Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos AITEC has been commissioned to organise this leading annual ICT expo hosted by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of…


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Jobs and Opportunities

BUSINESS CONTINUITY MANAGER – NIGERIA Core Purpose of the role - To develop, implement, maintain and manage the governance of the enterprise wide business disruption and recovery program and to…