Issue no 480 13th November 2009

Top Story

World Bank financing approved for Central African Backbone and completion date set for 2011

With the arrival of the Glo One cable in Ghana and Nigeria, the two biggest bandwidth markets in West Africa, both countries will have two landing stations and by the end of 2011, a staggering 5 landing stations each.This plethora of landing stations and the bandwidth they bring will remain under-utilised and only be able to serve the coastal areas (including the majority of African capital cities in West Africa). The construction and strengthening of national and cross-border networks is the order of day of this massive amount of bandwidth is to be used. The recent decision of the World…

Telecoms

Globacom gets mobile licence in Côte d'Ivoire

Nigerian operator, Globacom has taken another major step towards its vision to be the biggest and best telecoms operator in Africa by obtaining an operating licence in Cote d'Ivoire. The…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya Gets Nod to Resume Portable 'Fixed' Line Service

The telecoms regulator has given Telkom Kenya the go-ahead to reintroduce its portable "fixed" line service on a national scale, a move that is expected to breathe new life into…


Telecoms

MACRA awards ZAIN Malawi 3G licence

MACRA has awarded a 3G licence to Zain Malawi, which is expected to enhance high-speed wireless Internet access. Zain marketing director, Enwell Kadango confirmed that discussions that started between the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s telecoms operator, TelOne, has warned customers with outstanding bills that they risk losing their lines to those on the waiting list if they fail to settle their debts…


Internet

Nigerian State and Zinox Disagree Over Internet Contract

Enugu State Government and Zinox Technologies Limited have disagreed over the city wi-fi wireless Internet service for Enugu, the capital city. While the government has commenced court action against Zinox…


Internet

Kenya’s AccessKenya and UUNet Secure international routes for redundancy

AccessKenya and UUNet have secured five international routes to guard against downtime due to fibre connectivity disruptions. Providing multiple paths for redundancy purposes means that their clients' links with the…


Internet

East Africa’s Health Sector Goes Digital, With Next Epidemic Alert a Click Away

East African Community member states are closer to having an integrated e-health regional information network to identify, confirm and respond rapidly to outbreaks of international ramifications. Following the Bujumbura Ministerial…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya has raised the competitive stakes in the home Internet market with a new service that allows access through existing landlines, saving users substantial money in installation costs.…


Computing

Nigeria’s House of Representatives Shelves Electronic Voting

The House of Representatives said Nigeria cannot afford to adopt the electronic voting system now because of the high level of illiteracy amongst the electorate, the challenge of epileptic power…


Computing

Milestone for Stop-Start Gauteng School Computer Lab Project

An eight-year-old project to install computer labs in all Gauteng schools has finally reached 1300 classrooms, after an initial R500m scheme was abandoned and a fresh R2bn tender issued. Gauteng…


Computing

First Taste of Success for a Young Software Developer in Rwanda

A senior-six student in Essa Nyarungunga, has made a name for himself by creating computer software that is already being used by some companies. Yves Kamanzi does not just study…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kebbi state in Nigeria will introduce e-payment system in order to fish out ghost workers in the government pay-roll. To achieve the set objective of the e-payment system, a…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The fifth Global System for Mobile communications operator in Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria in collaboration with the Research In Motion (RIM), have launched the BlackBerry solution into the nation's market.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cellcom Goes Public in Liberia

Cellcom Telecommunication Incorporated, the privately-owned American cell phone and Internet Company in Liberia is offering opportunities to Liberians, other residents and business houses to participate in profit-sharing rights of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain Pours Sh2 Billion Into Tanzania’s Government Coffers but forecasts flat revenue for 2009

Mobile phone network operator Zain Tanzania has paid over Sh2 billion as its dividend to the Government for 2007. Speaking at a brief function where a symbolic cheque for Sh2.4…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tower sharing offers opportunities for emerging markets

While the large operators in Western Europe like Telefonica or Vodafone have instigated advanced active infrastructure sharing and outsourcing, telecom operators in developing markets are now beginning to look into…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom hurt by Gateway acquisition

Since becoming a subsidiary of the Vodafone group in May this year, Vodacom has undertaken a number of initiatives to boost profitability. Through leveraging Vodafone's international presence and experience, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The debt of ailing Nigerian incumbent operator Nitel will be shared between the telco’s new buyer and the federal government according to the chairman of the Senate Committee on…


Digital Content

South African Government Using SMS to Distribute Free Electricity Vouchers

Sybase 365 says that it is providing the messaging platform for an SMS based electricity voucher scheme being rolled out in South Africa. The initial service provides real-time electricity pre-pay…


Digital Content

Google Earth Comes to Uganda

Google Earth, a software application that enables people and organisations to map their own surroundings and to beam to the world issues that affect them has been launched in Uganda.…


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Events

CUSTOMER SERVICE & CONTACT CENTRE WEST AFRICA 24-25 November 2009, Oriental Hotel, Lagos This year’s theme is “Achieving excellence in Customer Service & Increasing Market Share during an Economic Downturn”,…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Tender for long-distance trenches for nationwide fibre cable project - Zimbabwe artwellmt@gmail.com * Pre-incubation phase pogramme to assist early stage entrepreneurs – South Africa CITI and the Bandwidth Barn…


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Contracts

* BTC and Ceragon Networks - Botswana Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has selected wireless backhaul solutions provider Ceragon Networks to upgrade its nationwide wireless backbone and the backhaul network of…