Issue no 481 20th November 2009

Top Story

Ghana’s NCA set to offer voice and data WiMAX licences but with conditions

Ghana’s regulator NCA is consulting on offering spectrum and a licence that will allow those who win them to offer both voice and data. But as you might imagine there’s a number of catches contained in the package. Russell Southwood looks at what’s on offer. NCA says that it wants to award a total of five spectrum licences for BWA services in the 2,500 MHz-2,690 MHz band. There will be three slots of 30 MHz blocks nationwide for operators using unpaired spectrum and two slots of 2 x 15 MHz blocks for operators using paired spectrum. Both licences will run…

Telecoms

South Africa’s Mobile Market Saturated says MTN’s representative

The market for cellphone users had reached saturation point in SA, an MTN official said last week, in the first public admission that the years of endless growth are over.…


Telecoms

Report Rates Mobile Services in Kenya: Safaricom has best coverage but lowest quality network

The verdict is out: Safaricom has the best coverage but lowest quality network, while Zain has the best overall performance on the key performance indicators set out by the Communication…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe’s TelOne Admits Restricting Calls to save money

TelOne, the state-owned fixed-line monopoly, admitted to restricting calls from landlines to mobile operators to reduce its debts. TelOne owed more than US$22 million to mobile operators in interconnection fees,…


Telecoms

Merger to Strengthen Warid's Presence in Uganda

Dhabi Group's Warid Telecom partnership with Essar Group will boost and further strengthen the presence and competitiveness of the telecom company in the local market, the company chief executive officer…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A second set of meetings, which intended to bring the interconnect debate to an amicable end, has broken down in South Africa. The meeting was held by the Independent…


Internet

Tunisie Telecom launches Hannibal submarine Telecommunications Cable

Tunisie-Télécom has launched last on Friday, its own, 100% Tunisian, submarine fibre cable dubbed "Hannibal." With an initial capacity of 40 gigabits per second, expandable to 3,200 Gbps, the submarine…


Internet

Internet Download Drama Strikes At Telecom Namibia after caps put in place

Clients of Telecom Namibia's Mobile Broadband deal have come to a shocking realisation - what it actually costs to download data from the Internet. Telecom launched its mobile broadband service…


Internet

KDN rolls out second redundant route from Nairobi to Mombasa to combat vandalism

Kenya Data Networks, the internet infrastructure provider, is laying a 700-kilometre fibre optic cable from Thika to Mombasa to act as a redundancy path to its cable. This will check…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Kenyan Government last week made a bold step towards ensuring network security for its agencies, when it scaled-up plans to set up an internet exchange point, where they…


Computing

Home Affairs Technology to Improve Service Delivery in South Africa

An innovative new system aimed at speeding up the processing of identity documents (IDs), is currently being implemented at Home Affairs offices around the country. The system, known as live…


Computing

Computer languages go local with Microsoft’s Local Language Programme in Africa

For most English speakers, computer terms such as “instant messenger,” “download” and “cut and paste” seem quite ordinary. But for millions of African indigenous language speakers, the absence of technology…


Computing

Sainsbury's Goes Bananas For Fair Trade PC Donations

Retailer Sainsbury's is donating more than 4000 of its PCs to health and education projects in South America and Africa, in a move which the retailer claims will extend the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Uganda’s Defence ministry has launched a computerised automated information management system, which is expected to remove 'ghosts' from its payrolls. - Under the patronage of Lebanese Minister of Education,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigerian smart phone maker, Anabel Mobile has slashed all brands of its mobile phones including PS200, PS185Y, PS100, effizzy, Ice and MP3 players by 10%. According to President and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mauritius Telecom to raise USD50m from telecom listing

In his budget speech delivered yesterday, the Mauritian Finance Minister Ramakrishna Sithanen said the government hopes to raise MUR1.5 billion (USD50 million) from the listing of the nation’s largest telco,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa Fears Dive of 140 Percent in Earnings

Telkom South Africa , Africa's largest fixed- line phone company said last week it expected its headline earnings per share for the six months to September to fall as much…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UBA Backs Lonestar's U.S. $10 Million Network Expansion Programme in Liberia

The United Bank for Africa (UBA) Liberia Limited has signed a$10 million financing deal with Liberia 's leading telecom company, Lonestar Limited, a company majority owned (51 per cent) by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zain expands One network in Egypt but Africa weighs on profits

Middle East and African operator Zain said Wednesday that it is expanding its pioneering One Network to Egypt via a strategic partnership with Mobinil. The deal means over 27 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Libyan investment company LAP Green has signed a USD300 million loan agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to allow it to fund capital expenditure in its…


Digital Content

FNB cellphone banking for Zambia

First National Bank (FNB) is taking advantage of the growth of cellphone banking across the continent and has introduced the service for its clients in Zambia. In line with trends…


Digital Content

Jinny Software trials VoiceSMS across Africa

Jinny Software, a supplier of messaging and media platforms to mobile network operators, is trialling its VoiceSMS service with several Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in countries across Africa, including Kenya,…


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People

- Egyptian carrier Orascom Telecom announced a shake up of its leadership team, promoting chief operating officer Khaled Bichara to the position of group chief executive officer. - Firetide Inc,…


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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

Customer Support Engineer (Dwdm, Sdh) - Angola Customer Engineer required to provide first level technical support for customer queries. You would also be involved in sw maintenance, upgrades, audits, install/commissioning/integration…


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Contracts

Synchronica – West Africa Synchronica plc, a mobile email and data synchronisation provider has announced that it has received a purchase order for US$ 197,000 for an initial 20,000 user…