Issue no 486 8th January 2010

Top Story

M-Money reaches critical mass of users in East Africa – Where next?

The close of 2009 saw M-Money services finally reach critical mass in East Africa. It’s taken a while for operators to get the hang of marketing it and for users to become comfortable with the idea of transferring money that isn’t cash. Russell Southwood looks at the lessons learned in the process and asks where next for this compelling set of services. Just before Christmas the total number of M-Money users in Tanzania passed the 1 million mark and in Uganda it reached just over half a million. Kenya, the long-standing pioneer, has now reached 7.6 million users and that…

Telecoms

NATCOMS Knock NCC over Interconnect Rate in Nigeria

National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS) of Nigeria has described the recent interconnect rates arrived at through asymmetric method by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as a rip-off strategy against…


Telecoms

Rwandatel Management has no case against former CEO.

On Tuesday December 22 2009, The New Times published an article entitled “Former Rwandatel CEO wanted over missing funds”. The article was written by Ignatius SSUNA and Eugene MUTARA and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Rwanda is eyeing a seat on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council this year but the decision will first be endorsed by Cabinet. The New Times has learnt. If…


Telecoms

Kenya telecom regulator: $25 millon 3G fee stands

Kenya's telecoms regulator said on Wednesday that a $25 million fee would continue to apply to all firms acquiring a 3G licence in the east African country. Telkom Kenya's Orange…


Telecoms

Vodacom Faces Lawsuit in Democratic Republic of the Congo

South Africa based Vodacom has revealed a potential dispute with its partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that it says could affect its relationship in that country. Although…


Internet

Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone shut down on controversy on land use

Development Control Department of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Administration on Wednesday sealed off premises of Galaxy Backbone. The government agency hosts the Information Communication Technology (ICT) portal for the…


Internet

Cameroon has started rolling out national fibre backbone with Chinese firm’s help

The laying of 3,200 km-long fiber optic cable was launched on Tuesday at Kye-Ossi, a southern town of Cameroon, marking the beginning of an ambitious project which will transform Cameroon…


Internet

New Online Payment System Comes to Phone Users in Tanzania

Mobile phone users in Tanzania will from March be able to shop online using a new payment system developed by a local firm, Wide International Network. According to the firm's…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Nigeria Football Federation has launched its official website, www.nigeriaff.com. Officials say the website will become functional in a couple of weeks, as operational staff have only just started…


Computing

Portugal's biggest computer retailer expands to Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde

Chip 7, Portugal's biggest network of shops specialising in computers, plans to expand activity in 2010 to Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Madeira and the Azores, the company's founder has announced.…


Computing

Kenyan Exports Software as IT Sector Grows

Kenya’s rising profile as a software developing nation is set to place the commodity on the country’s list of exports this year as companies and governments continue the search for…


Computing

Local partnership strengthens South Africa’s ICT offerings

Local developer of risk mitigation and workforce optimization solutions, Spescom DataVoice, signed a strategic partnership agreement with GijimaAst, a South African Information Communication Technology (ICT) company. The agreement states that…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- As part of Tunisia's ambitious program which aims at building 10 technopoles in several governorates to disseminate digital culture and new technologies within the next ten years, a strategic…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Nigeria has unveiled a new service called MTN Group Connect. According to Derek Appiah, Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN Group Connect, would make it possible for telephone users…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Telecoms Funding Dries Up in 2010

Paul Busharizi and David Mugabe of New Vision spoke to Themba Khumalo, the MTN Uganda CEO, on the telecom industry projections, future investments and penetration. Q: Do you think the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Four of eight shortlisted companies submit Zamtel bids

Of the eight companies shortlisted in the sale process of a 75% stake in Zambian fixed line incumbent Zambia Telecommunications Company (Zamtel), only three have submitted bids. According to the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Didata All Set for 'Sweet Spot of IT Spend'

Dimension Data Holdings expects to deliver modest constant currency revenue growth in the year to next September as the IT services solution provider's markets are likely to improve, says CEO…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom Changes Method of Recruiting M-Pesa Agents

Leading mobile phone provider, Safaricom, is changing tack on its method of recruiting mobile money transfer, M-pesa, agents by introducing a new system known as Aggregator Model, which removes the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Tanzania’s communication sector has emerged as a strong growth-driver of the economy for the year 2008/09. According to the Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Mr Mustafa Mkulo, the…


Digital Content

Tanzania to Track Supply of Malaria Drugs Via SMS

A pilot drugs supply management project called "SMS for Life" has Tanzania authorities excited over its potential. The project, which brings together IBM, Novartis, Vodafone and the Roll Back Malaria…


Digital Content

Demand for Mobile Phone Skills Surges in Kenya

The growing mobile communications industry is pushing demand for the training of specialised skills as the sector moves to the next level of value added services. eMobilis, for instance, is…


More

People

- Chairman of Globacom Limited, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr, has received the Silverbird Man award for 2009. The Silverbird Man of the Year award was conceived and initiated in 2005…


More

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…


More

Jobs and Opportunities

Breaking Borders Award This channel will also serve as a central venue for the Breaking Borders Award which we organize together with Global Voices. We have set up this prize…


More

Contracts

Canartel and i-conX – Sudan Interconnect billing solutions provider i-conX Solutions has announced it has successfully deployed its i-conX system to Sudanese fixed line operator Canar Telecommunication Company (Canartel) to…