Issue no 482 27th November 2009

Top Story

The power to make it happen: Ugandan mobile operators to form rural power consortium

Africa faces two linked problems that are holding back the extension of mobile services into a wider range of rural areas: diesel supplies are sometimes unpredictable and prices are high. For the first time mobile operators in Uganda this week sought to address the power problem by forming a consortium. Russell Southwood looks at what could happen. Danish Hussain, the head of engineering at Warid Telecom, told journalists in Kampala last week that Warid, MTN, Zain and Uganda Telecom, have formed a consortium that will see the companies share costs incurred in electrifying their base stations across the country. Warid…

Telecoms

Glo enters fixed line segment in Nigeria with a triple play offer

Globacom is launching a Triple Play service offering voice data and video that will be branded Glo Broad Access. The new service will use Globacom’s national fibre backbone that connects…


Telecoms

First VoIP WiMAX company Smile launches in Kampala

Smile Telecom, the first ever VoIP telephone provider on the WiMAX platform in Africa launched its services on the Uganda market last week bringing the number of telecommunication providers to…


Telecoms

Phone Operators Differ Over CCK Reform Proposals in Kenya

Telecommunications operators are divided over new proposals meant to promote fair competition and guard against abuse of market power. Of particular contention is a clause that calls for a 30-day…


Telecoms

Ghana: NCC Board member gives its price target as an E1 for US$100-500

A two day workshop called "Fiber Optic Undersea (Submarine) cable", in collaboration with West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA), the German Technical Group (GTZ) and also the National Communications Authority…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria's national telecommunications operator, Globacom, has obtained an operating mobile licence in Côte d'Ivoire. The approval was conveyed to Globacom by the Agence des Telecommunications de Cote d'Ivoire, the…


Internet

TTCL cuts Internet charges by 50 percent in Tanzania for high-volume users

Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) last week reduced its Internet charges by 50 per cent in order to pass on the cost saving benefit to the end users after its…


Internet

Firms Put on Notice Over High Internet Charges in Kenya

The government has given Internet Service Providers a stern warning: Cut your charges or risk an official price cap. It has slapped a March 2010 deadline on the firms to…


Internet

Broadband Below Standards, Says South Africa’s Minister

South Africa's internet broadband penetration is at 2 percent below the global average of 22.5 percent, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda said last week. Nyanda said that 15 years after the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda’s government has finalised negotiations with undersea fibre-optic cable operator Seacom and it will deliver an STM-1 in Rwanda. The 155 Mbs capacity will be delivered to government's owned…


Computing

Cape Verdean government wants to create “cybernetic island” with help from India

The government of Cape Verde wants to turn the Archipelago into a “cybernetic island” and to do this will be supported by India, specifically in creating a technological hub, Cape…


Computing

IBM Mainframe Deployed in Namibia for the First Time

First National Bank of Namibia Ltd has selected IBM to help the bank localize its banking systems and operations. Under the $5 million agreement, IBM will provide FNB with two…


Computing

Egypt IT spending projected to reach USD 1.9 billion by 2013

Better risk management to fuel local business' development, says SAS IT spending in Egypt is projected to reach highs of USD 1.9 billion by 2013, reflecting a significant jump from…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Tunisia is among the first countries in Africa and in the Arab world to have committed themselves to set up a system of intelligent transportation to better manage its…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- In Uganda, MTN's ARPU has declined, according to its latest figures. On average, each MTN caller spent US$6 (Approx. Shs 11,000) on calls in the September Quarter compared to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Rwanda secures Rwf10b syndicated loan

MTN Rwanda, the country’s largest mobile operator announced on Monday that it has acquired Rwf10b in form of a syndicated loan from seven local banks to upgrade its network. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africell completes acquisition of Millicom Sierra Leone

Africell Holding SAL, a member of the Lintel Group, has completed the acquisition of Millicom (SL) Limited following the final regulatory approval. Millicom (SL) is a subsidiary of Millicom International…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Libya to Sell Stakes in State Owned Mobile Networks

The Libyan government has announced plans to sell small stakes in the country's two mobile phone networks as part of a wider plan to sell off state owned corporations. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Interim Results Show Telkom South Africa in Decline

A convoluted 21-page report covering Telkom's interim results boils down to one essential fact -- its fortunes are in decline. The results issued last week slice and dice figures every…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s technology services provider ConvergeNet has suffered a drop in profitability in the past year with delays in the awarding of government contracts compounding damage caused by the…


Digital Content

Growing Use of Cellphones for Family Planning in Africa

The growth of cellphone use, particularly in the developing world, is providing health experts with a new channel of communication to provide family planning information. "The number of mobile subscribers…


Digital Content

Online livestock auctions a hit in Namibia

The recent introduction of livestock auctions on the Internet by Agra Cooperative is taking the farming community by storm. Several animals have already been sold online. The biggest deal was…


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People

Harris Stratex Networks CEO, Harald Braun has been awarded the prestigious title of International Telecom CEO of the Year 2009 by IT & Telecom Digest at the Eight Nigerian Information…


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Events:

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2009 2-4 December 2009, Berlin, Germany Innovate, Share, Succeed – is the theme of OEB 2009. This year’s agenda will be about your learning innovations, your expertise…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Implementation Manager - NSN Equipment – Sierra Leone The Implementation Manager’s position involves Implementation Management of WCDMA rollout as well as R4 and GPRS deployment. Requirements: Technical Diploma or…


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Contracts

Zain and Nokia Siemens Networks – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda Zain is streamlining its mobile network operations to improve the quality of service and increase efficiency. As part of this…