Issue no 489 29th January 2010

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National survey shows Kenyan Internet market heading towards “critical mass”

The latest national survey from market research company Synovate shows Kenya’s Internet market is growing fast and on the basis of this growth will soon reach “critical mass”. The growth in users is coming from both urban and rural areas and is predominantly amongst the young and well educated. Russell Southwood pored over the results. The total sample for this random survey was 1,500 people, with 500 of those in a boost sample from across the major districts of Kenya. Therefore the coverage is nationally representative of adults 15 and above and has a sampling margin of error of +…

Telecoms

Mobile Subscribers Reach 2.4 Million in Rwanda

Rwanda's telecom industry registered a healthy growth in 2009 with the number of mobile subscribers hitting 2.4 million, according to Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA). RURA said the growth was…


Telecoms

Egypt Considers a 4th Mobile License

Egypt may consider offering a fourth mobile operator license, reports the Reuters news agency, citing the local al-Mal newspaper. The tender for the license is being a Damoclean Sword being…


Telecoms

Consumer agency to take Ghana mobile operators to court over SIM card registration

The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has threatened to go to court to enforce government’s directive to mobile telecommunication operators to register SIM cards sold to their subscribers. The CPA, a…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Chilling messages sent by SMS before killings

Chilling text messages urged both Christians and Muslims to commit violence during rioting that left more than 300 people dead, a human rights organization said Wednesday, with one message reading:…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The deadline for the submission of technical and financial proposals for the privatisation of Nitel and its mobile arm, M-tel, has been extended from Friday, January 22, 2010 to…


Internet

IGG Clears Controversial national fibre backbone Project in Uganda

The Inspectorate of Government has cleared the controversial sh200b Government internet project. The project, which consists of three phases, involves building a 2,100km fibre optic cable network. Ultimately, it is…


Internet

South Africa: Sentech defends cable involvement

Sentech has defended its involvement in two separate undersea cables, but there are still major questions surrounding its capacity and mandate, which government will have to answer for, says BMI-TechKnowledge.…


Internet

Payment Portal Promises Major E-Commerce Shift in Kenya

When Quentin Faulkner launched an online store for parents looking for good quality clothing for their children two years ago, his peers told him he would close shop in weeks.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Spacecom, the AMOS satellite fleet operator, today announced that the AMOS-5i satellite has reached its °17E orbital position and has begun commercial service. With clients from Africa, Europe and…


Computing

Chinese company to begin work on Ghana’s $30m e-governance project

Work on the 30 million-dollar E-governance backbone Project is expected to begin soon, Gideon Quarcoo, Deputy Minister of Communication said on Monday. The Management of China-based Huawei Telecom was awarded…


Computing

South Africa: ICT spending: 2010 set to top 2009

BMI-T says that “2009 was rocky but will 2010 be rolling” when it comes to government ICT spending Many South African citizens are on the edge of their seats waiting…


Computing

Kenyan outsourcing tech park faces challenges

The Kenya government is planning to go ahead with the construction of an ambitious US$1 billion technology outsourcing park, even though property owners of the site have filed a case…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Business Connexion Namibia was awarded the Acer reseller of Year 2009. - John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President, called on the developers of school curricular to consider mainstreaming Information…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Rwanda has made a soft launch of the Mobile Money service transfer, being the first operator to introduce the service in the country. The service is available to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Telecoms Growth Slowing as Voice Market Matures

Investors in the telecommunications sector should exercise caution, according to a report by investment management firm Allan Gray that suggests the industry's operating profit pool peaked in 2006 in real…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecommunications sector contributes 20 % to Tanzania’s GDP

The booming telecommunication sector contributes about 20 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the National Assembly was told in Dodoma. Communications, Science and Technology deputy minister Dr…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia’s opposition: We will renationalise Zamtel

Zambia will witness national elections in 2011. Main opposition party-leader Michael Sata, who leads the country’s Patriotic Party, says he will reverse the privatisation of Zamtel, because he does not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Millicom Sells 750 Towers in Ghana

Millicom Ghana (trading as Tigo) has agreed to sell approximately 750 towers to Helios Towers Ghana, a direct subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa. As a result of the transaction, Tigo…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Gulf African Bank, Kenya's first fully Shar'iah-compliant bank, has partnered with Safaricom for agent-to-agent transactions. This means M-Pesa agents now have a wider access and delivery channel through the…


Digital Content

Mobile Devices Help Monitor Access to Healthcare in Ghana

SEND Ghana has launched a project to use mobile devices to collect data to assess if the poor are benefiting from the government’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). IICD will…


Digital Content

Rwanda’s Lottery goes Mobile

Rwanda Gaming Corporation (RGC), a charity business organisation is set to introduce mobile lottery, the company's CEO, Philippe Brizoua revealed. Mobile lottery will allow mobile telephony users play lottery games…


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People

- Former Acer South Africa country manager, Graham Braum, has stepped up to the position of regional manager for the entire Africa and Levant (Jordan and Lebanon) region. - The…


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Events

2010 EURO-AFRICA COOPERATION FORUM IN ICT RESEARCH 3rd February 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2010 Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum in ICT Research The event is being organised by the Seventh Framework Programme…


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Jobs and Opportunities

ISOC Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme The Internet Society (ISOC) is happy to announce a new programme beginning in 2010: the ISOC Next Generation Leaders (NGL) programme. The NGL was…


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Contracts

Cell C and ZTE – South Africa Chinese equipment vendor ZTE has announced that it has entered into a network supply and a managed services contract with Cell C, South…