Issue no 483 4th December 2009

Top Story

Malawi’s Access Communications targets fixed line niche market with CDMA2000 EVDO Rev A network

With Africa’s mobile markets becoming increasingly crowded for operators and the mobile players planting their big feet on the Internet space, there’s not much room left for new entrants. That is unless you look differently at African markets and start to search for profitable niches rather than mass markets. Russell Southwood talked to Access Communications CEO Faizal Okhai about the niche he wants to occupy in Malawi. Access Communications is currently rolling out its CDMA 2000 EVDO Rev A network (which will operate on 800 mghz) in 4 cities in Malawi: Blantyre, Lilongwe, Muzuzu and Zomba. By the end of…

Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Broadlands to End TelOne Dominance

A new data operator has vowed to not only challenge TelOne, but also join the war for the hearts and minds of subscribers in Zimbabwe. Chemist Siziba, the Broadlands Networks…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone: Operators, Consumers Discuss Telecom Issues

Sierra Leone’s regulator, NATCOM has ended its second consumer parliament in Makeni, a forum which brought together operators and consumers to discuss issues that affect the telecom industry in the…


Telecoms

Portuguese Zon Multimédia signs partnership with Angola’s President daughter to set up local telecoms operation

Portuguese company Zon Multimédia has set up a partnership with Isabel dos Santos, businesswoman and daughter of Angola’s president, in which the Portuguese company has a 30 percent stake, according…


Telecoms

Uganda: Civil Servants asked to return BlackBerry phones

MPs asked top government officials who received 450 BlackBerry phones during the Commonwealth summit to return them to the ICT ministry. The Public Accounts Committee asked the ICT ministry permanent…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The 1.97 Tbps ACE submarine cable system, which will stretch from France to South Africa, welcomes new members. Six new telecommunication operators joined the ACE consortium recently, namely Etisalat…


Internet

Kenya’s Wananchi Lowers Internet Prices With Eyes on SMEs

Multimedia company, Wananchi Group, moved to slash the cost of its internet offering by half, saying it was keen to cash in on its investment in fibre optic technology as…


Internet

Telkom South Africa hosts speed test server on 1 Gbps connection

Speedtest.net wants to become the premier destination for Internet users to test their download speed in South Africa. The Speedtest.net website has a very user friendly interface and sports a…


Internet

Cameroon revealed as web threat hotspot

More than one third of websites in the West African country of Cameroon pose a security risk to surfers according to a new report by security expert McAfee. Web addresses…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Installation of the first cable landing station of East African Submarine System (EASSy) will commence this week in Mozambique, according to an announcement by the consortium’s largest investor The…


Computing

Samsung's ICT Training Plan Places 185 Into Employment in Kenya

An initiative by a mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung, and three non-governmental organisations to train youth from poor backgrounds in Nairobi in ICT and entrepreneurship is beginning to bear fruits. While…


Computing

More Firms 'Are Cutting Back On IT Spending' in South Africa

A growing number of companies are cutting back on IT spending as a proportion of their overall turnover, a study has revealed, raising concern that this will affect their performance…


Computing

Safaricom to offer IT Systems Management Services in Kenya

Safaricom's corporate customers can now leave most of their day-to-day information technology (IT) systems management operations to the service provider. In a partnership deal signed between the company and solutions…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In South Africa, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will award the tender for its long-awaited smart ID card project within the current financial year. Following the cancellation of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nigeria’s telecommunications operator, Globacom has announced a new package which enables subscribers on its network to make unlimited intra-network calls by just paying N40 a day. - Orange Uganda…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Belgacom, MTN merge carrier services operations

Belgacom’s International Carrier Services (ICS) division has extended its long standing partnership with pan-African carrier MTN, with the combination of the two firms ICS units and MTN’s acquisition of a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sawiris says no intention to sell Djezzy or leave Algeria

Orascom Telecom (ORTE) announced that it has no intentions to sell Algerian subsidiary “Djezzy” in a comment on news circulated about Vivendi’s keenness on buying OT Djezzy. Orascom chairman, Naguib…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South African company Huge's Profit Shrinks On Airtime Sales

Telecoms company the Huge Group has become smaller again after posting results showing a drop in revenue, the decimation of its operating profit and a plunge from a net profit…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

French Telecoms Giant Squeezes Small South African PR Firm Orange Ink

French telecoms giant Orange has issued legal threats to Johannesburg public relations firm Orange Ink, demanding that it change its name and accusing it of copyright infringement. Orange, the cellular…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Nigerian newspaper, Leadership, has reported that indications have emerged that the House of Representatives may have concluded arrangements to investigate the reasons behind the alleged sabotage in the sale…


Digital Content

UK Mobile Phone Experts Hook Up with Ugandan University

UK mobile phone experts are visiting Uganda to work with staff and students from Makere University, in order to improve mobile phone innovation in the developing world. Academics from Makerere…


Digital Content

Jobberman Is A Nigerian Job Search Engine With Promise

Jobberman is a Nigerian search job engine which recently launched in the competitive world of Nigerian job boards and job search engines. Jobberman has a clean, easy to browse interface…


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People

- Grameen Foundation has announced the appointment of Norman Buckham as regional CEO for Africa and David Edelstein as the new director of the Grameen Technology Center and vice president…


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Events

INVESTING IN ICT IN EMERGIN MARKETS 9-10 December 2009, London, UK With a world population of 6.7 billion people, 1.2 billion land line telephone lines and 4.0 billion mobile cellular…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Build a business park in The Gambia The Gambia Investment Promotion & Free Zone Agency (GIPFZA) is searching internationally for a company to develop and manage the Yundum Business…


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Contracts

MTN and Motorola – Rwanda US telecoms equipment supplier Motorola has signed a three-year contract with MTN Rwanda to upgrade the cellco’s wireless network. Motorola will deploy its multi-vendor intelligent…