Issue no 484 11th December 2009

Top Story

South Africa’s Broadband Infraco to launch in Q1, 2010: Mission? Bringing national and international prices down

In various parts of Africa, Government has intervened to ensure lower prices and fairer access to national and international fibre infrastructure. In some countries like Kenya, the Government has actually taken a role in getting this infrastructure built. As ever, this intervention raises important and difficult questions about what the role of the state is in the market and how that role is exercised. Russell Southwood talks to the CEO of South Africa’s Broadband Infraco Dave Smith about how it’s going about tackling these questions. Q: How did you get involved with Broadband Infraco? I’d been on the Board from…

Telecoms

Deadline for Bidders for Nitel and Mtel is extended and employees are promised unpaid salary backlog

The Federal Government last week approved the extension in the privatisation timeline of Nitel and its mobile subsidiary, M- Tel. In the new arrangement, prospective bidders now have up till…


Telecoms

BulkSMS wants interconnect charges for messaging in South Africa

South African networks should introduce interconnect charges for SMS without increasing the current pricing structure, says Pieter Streicher, Managing Director of BulkSMS.com, a leading messaging service provider in South Africa…


Telecoms

Potraz Earmarks U.S.$5 Million for Expansion in Zimbabwe

For the first time in more than 10 years, the Zimbawean regulator POTRAZ has unveiled a US$5 million from a pool of operators' contributions to be used for expansion programme.…


Telecoms

Econet Burundi goes solar

Econet Burundi, the South African based Econet Wireless Group’s mobile operator in Burundi, hopes to increase its subscriber base to 800.000 with the new launch of a solar handset, writes…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has fixed new interconnect rates for operators that goes into effect by year-end to drive down tariffs for voice and data services across the…


Internet

Zimbabwe Government Seeks Fibre Optic Infrastructure – Beit Bridge fibre link planned

Government is looking at the establishment of fibre optic infrastructure linking the Harare -Mutare and Harare-Beitbridge routes in efforts to improve local communication links in a world where Information and…


Internet

ISP MWeb set to challenge Telkom South Africa in voice market

South Africa’s largest ISP MWeb has revealed that as of 15 December 2009 it will offer national calls to enterprise customers at lower rates than incumbent operator Telkom, aiming to…


Internet

Poverty Reduction Website Launched in Liberia

The Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee (LDRC) on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 officially launched the "Lift Liberia" Website: www.liftliberia.gov.lr Speaking during the launch at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Rwanda's leading telecom company by market share, MTN, is in talks with TEAMS, the company which landed the fibre optic cable on the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on…


Computing

Nigeria: HP, Dell in stiff battle over deal with Zinox-owned TD

US computer markers, HP and Dell are locked in a tough battle for Nigerian market stakes after the latter sealed a deal with major local reseller, Technology Distributions (TD). Technology…


Computing

Tanzania is working on Kiswahili Version of Windows 7

Microsoft is working with Baraza la Kiswahili Tanzania (Bakita) and the University of Dar es Salaam to install a Kiswahili version of its operating system for personal computers, Windows 7.…


Computing

Dimension Data Top ICT Company in Africa

Dimension Data proves its leadership across the African continent by winning two key awards at the 2009 African ICT Achievers Awards. It once again proved its mettle across the African…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The government of Angola has commissioned a complete ID management system, the contract for which has been awarded to DGM-Sistemas. The company, based in the Angolan capital Luanda, has…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Kenya Airways has entered an agreement with mobile telephone operator Safaricom to allow domestic travellers to book and pay for flights using the latter`s money transfer service M-Pesa, businessdailyafrica.com…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan Firm loses bid to bar TEAMS from selling its stake

The High Court has thrown out an application by Iquip seeking to block TEAMS from disposing of its shares to rivals. Lady Justice Martha Koome ordered Iquip to face arbitration…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Financiers Give EASSy U.S.$70 Million Loan

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) fibre optic cable project has received a $70 million loan from its international financiers. The loan, announced during the West Indian Ocean Cable…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobinil bonds to finance investment expansions in Egypt

Mobinil approved the issuance of local bonds in Egyptian pounds (second issuance) with a total amount of LE 1.5 billion to finance the capital and investment expansions required for the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Cell C to spend $660m on HSPA+

South African mobile operator Cell C has decided to invest $660 million in 2010. It will launch high-speed broadband by using HSPA+ technologies, which is faster than standard 3G. This…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Etisalat is looking at mobile licences in three Mediterranean countries, Libya, Syria and Lebanon. The move is in line with its strategy to expand business through overseas acquisitions. -…


Digital Content

Kenya to run SMS campaign to educate on Common Market

Kenya is seeking the services of leading mobile phone companies in an ambitious campaign to market the East African Community Common Market. In an Obama-inspired campaign -- where ICT played…


Digital Content

Google Analysis Reveals South Africa's Internet Favourites

Google's analysis of South African internet users in the past year revealed that Julius Malema and former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen were among the most popular searches, as were…


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People

- The Universal Service and Access Agency of SA (USAASA) has a new chairman, but it is still not clear when it will appoint a CEO. Communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda…


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Events:

TELECOMFINANCE 2010 26th – 27th January 2010, Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, London TelecomFinance 2010 will bring together the key individuals and companies that will shape the telecoms industry in what…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Individual Licence to Provide Public Mobile Radio Telecommunications Services – Malawi The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) would like to invite applications for an Individual Licence to Provide Public…


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Contracts

Mobinil and Comviva - Egypt Comviva, a provider of integrated VAS solutions for mobile operators in emerging markets, today announced that Mobinil, Egypt’s largest GSM operator with over 21 million…