Issue no 479 6th November 2009

Top Story

Liberalised South Africa starts to create market-opening mechanisms that allow cheaper access to fibre

After the successful Altech legal challenge, there are now 400 companies that can self-provision their own networks, interconnect with others and buy their own voice numbering blocks. With the arrival of Seacom, there has been what one old industry hand described to us as a “price implosion”. More has happened in the market in the last six months than has happened over the last six years. Russell Southwood looks at two companies that will make a competitive market in fibre happen and wonders whether for the first time in a long time South Africa has something to show the rest…

Telecoms

Phone Firms Reel From Cables Theft in Kenya

Competition in the telecoms industry is getting vicious as a number of players make accusations of sabotage. Last Monday, millions of Safaricom mobile phone subscribers were unable to use the…


Telecoms

South African Base Declines, Hit by Subscriber Registration, Says MTN

MTN last week reported a modest 5% increase in subscriber numbers to 108,467-million boosted by growth in most of its key markets. But its customer base in South Africa, where…


Telecoms

Telecoms enjoy boom in Somalia

Somalia’s mobile phone business is booming despite the almost daily artillery fire that flies over expensive satellite dishes and the violence that has brought misery to the population of the…


Telecoms

Meditel capable of expanding alone in Morocco

The CEO of Meditel has revealed that the Moroccan mobile and fixed line operator plans to invest a total of MAD4.2 billion (USD315 million) in its networks in the 2008-2011…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has contacted Vodafone over its controversial deal to buy the majority stake in the former Ghana Telecom, Ghana’s national telecom company. The Financial…


Internet

Uganda’s MPs Probe U.S.$30 Million Fibre Optic Project

Uganda Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) have directed the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit on the national backbone and electronic government infrastructures…


Internet

Green Future to Spend Sh900 Million On Cable to Rwanda

Internet speeds in Rwanda are set to improve dramatically, with the laying of a 1,500 km cable by Green Future, a last-mile connectivity company. The Kenyan-based firm will spend about…


Internet

Tanzania Network Information Centre launches domain registration facility

Tanzania Network Information Centre (Tznic) has launched its first umbrella domain registration facility in a bid to promote domestic Internet identification. This stems on the fact that many institutions and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Grid, the mobile social network from South Africa is making an attempt to enter the Nigerian web market. The Grid in Nigeria has a few features missing from…


Computing

HP expands to Angola and Libya

HP announced its decision to establish new sales and support subsidiaries in Angola and Libya by 2010. This latest expansion will increase HP’s footprint across the continent to nine full…


Computing

Nigeria’s Federal Government Equips 474 Schools With ICTs Facilities

About 474 schools, spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country have so far benefitted from complete set of Internet tools and other communications facilities provided by the Universal…


Computing

War Torn Burundi Sees Future In IT Outsourcing

One of the world's poorest countries is following offer African nations in looking to IT offshore services and crowd-sourcing. The effects of a twelve year civil war may still be…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The total personal computer shipments for the Europe, Middle East and Africa in the third quarter this year dropped by 9.3 per cent, hit by the global financial crisis,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria’s mobile operator, Globacom has launched a prepaid 3G mobile Internet service. Mobile Internet was extended to prepaid subscribers on the Glo network to enable them to enjoy benefits…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom Profits Up to Sh9.1 Billion in Kenya

Safaricom's half year pre-tax profit for the period ending September 30, 2009 rose 1.7 per cent against a competitive environment and dwindling average revenue per user (ARPU). The company's pre-tax…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda’s Failed Rural ICT Projects Eat Up U.S.$10 Million

Several rural communication projects that have so far used up more than Ush20 billion ($10 million) could fail with some districts complaining of huge maintenance costs. At a recent district…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt’s MobiNil reveals 8% net profit drop for 3Q 2009

Egypt’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (MobiNil), has revealed an 8% year-on-year decline in net profit for the three months ended 30 September 2009. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Yahsat signs first service partner agreement for “YahClick” satellite broadband service in Africa

Star Satellite Communications Company PrJsc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has signed its first service partner agreement for “YahClick,” Yahsat’s revolutionary satellite broadband service.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Safaricom, has closed its Sh5 billion bond offer to the Kenyan market with a 50 per cent over-subscription. The company received applications for over Sh7.5 billion against the Sh5…


Digital Content

Over a Million Tanzanian Join Vodacom's M-Pesa

Over a million people have registered with Vodacom's M-Pesa mobile phone-based money transfer service in the past 18 months, senior Vodacom officials said last week. Addressing journalists in Dar es…


Digital Content

Facebook profile of former President Obasanjo sparks identity theft posers

Facebook users are trying to unravel if former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the one that set up his profile or he has fallen victim of identity theft on the popular…


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People

- Doctor Ignace Gahangara Gatare, has been appointed Minister in charge of ICT in Rwanda. Doctor Gatare, a PhD graduate and Doctor in Engineering Sciences, was working in the Faculty…


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Events:

BarCampAfrica UK 2009 7 November 2009, Vodafone HQ, London, UK This event will bring together a group of talented entrepreneurs, technologist, charities, engineers, designers, bloggers, artists, with a passion for…


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Jobs and Opportunities

3G PLANNING & OPTIMISATION MANAGER – WEST AFRICA The company is looking for a Planning & Optimization Performance Manager. The right candidate will coordinate with the Planning & Optimization Team…


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Contracts

LPTIC and Alcatel-Lucent - Libya Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has further strengthened its working relationship with LPTIC (Libyan Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company) by signing a multimillion euro contract…