Issue no 490 5th February 2010

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Zambian Government reinforces Zamtel monopoly as country heads for competition

In the run-up to the privatisation of Zamtel, the Zambian Government is proposing to add a significant proportion of the fibre assets from the state-owned power utility Zesco. This move will reinforce the de facto monopoly of Zamtel in terms of infrastructure ahead the more competitive landscape envisaged in the new ICT Act passed in December last year. This adding of other fibre assets to the incumbent’s dowry also occurred in Ghana when Vodafone bought Ghana Telecom. Russell Southwood looks at how these kinds of transfers can either hinder or help competition in the market. The Zambian Development Agency is…

Telecoms

Ghana’s Communications Minister stops mast building unilaterally despite Committee to address the issues

Despite having set up a Committee to produce recommendations, the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) has banned the mounting of telecommunications masts in the country until further notice,…


Telecoms

Rwanda launches “cheaper handsets” programme

Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA) in partnership with Rwanda Development Bank (RDB) and telecom operators are set to launch a pilot for cheaper handsets for all. The scheme is…


Telecoms

Kenyan Telcos Demand Stiff Penalties for Cable Vandals

Stakeholders in the telecommunications industry are calling for stiffer penalties for criminals caught tampering with fibre optic cables. With many telecoms operators currently counting losses of up to Sh20 million…


Telecoms

Cellphone Rates Cut in Doubt in South Africa After Icasa Steps in

A proposed cut in cellphone interconnection rates by next month looked in doubt last week after regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) refused to endorse the operators' proposal…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, Telecel, the second largest mobile operator by subscriber base says it has acquired frequencies to launch 3G. - In Ghana, all subscribers of the various networks have…


Internet

Kenya: KPLC Taps New Revenues with Fibre Optic Offer

Electricity distributor, the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, has signed Sh828 million infrastructure sharing agreements with three telecoms operators, opening a new front in the battle for control of the…


Internet

Vodacom Halves Its Broadband Rates in South Africa

Vodacom Business looked to steal a march on Internet provider rivals last week by halving its rates for broadband connectivity, a cut made possible by last year's Seacom fibreoptic cable…


Internet

Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone delivers 110 VSAT to Anambra State

Galaxy Backbone (GB) Plc has delivered 110 VSAT terminals to the Anambra State government, just as it has commenced deployment of access to some selected schools in the State.This came…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom South Africa has reported a loss of connectivity across the SAT3 cable system. The SAT3 cable is one of the primary ways that South Africa data connects to…


Computing

New IT company to open soon in Gambia

The Gambia's information and technology industry will soon see the birth of another major information technology company, the BizDataSoft Solutions. This development was disclosed to this reporter by Famara Sawaneh,…


Computing

Uganda: French Firm to Computerise Land Registry

The Government and the Private Sector Foundation have signed a contract with a French firm to computerise land records. The head of the Private Sector Foundation, Gideon Badagawa, said IGN…


Computing

ECA seal ICT deal with Microsoft

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and global computer giant, Microsoft Corporation have sealed a partnership memorandum of understanding that aims to foster regional cooperation and economic growth in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Capital Market Advisory Council (CMAC) has plans to introduce electronic trading. According to its Executive Director, Mr. Robert Mathu, this “is the only way we shall integrate…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Telecel Zimbabwe has launched a major expansion drive, as it seeks to take advantage of the country's stable economic environment to provide its subscribers with the most modern mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat takes over Atlantique Telecom

UAE-based carrier Etisalat on Monday acquired the remaining 18 per cent of Atlantique Telecom that it does not already own. Etisalat paid $75m to take its holding in Atlantique to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: New Telecom Bill Sends Shockwaves to Investors

Parliament last week passed a communication bill that makes it mandatory for mobile companies to be listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). But the bill has riled…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa: Sector Boosts Vodacom's Turnover 6 Percent

Vodacom Group shrugged off steep revenue falls in its international division to post a 6% year-on-year rise in turnover for the quarter to December, as growth in its core South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Audit faults Huawei, ministry on Ugandan Internet project

An audit of Uganda's US$106 million national fiber backbone and e-government infrastructure project, which was contracted to Huawei Technologies of China, has brought to the fore inadequate supervision by the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- NetOne seeks to exempt NetOne from going through the State Procurement Board to enable it to swiftly purchase equipment in tandem with the current dynamic technological environment, an official…


Digital Content

E-Soko Boosts Marketing of Agricultural Products in Rwanda

Farmers in Rwanda have got a boost with the introduction of the e-market to help them market their agricultural produce and get premium prices. The e-market was mainly introduced to…


Digital Content

Internet Marriage Agency Booms in Cameroon

The marriage of 22-year-old Abiba, who has spent weary years searching for a dream husband, was certified last weekend at the New Bell neighbourhood in Douala. The youngster is married…


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People

­ Zain's CEO, Dr Saad al Barrak has dramatically quit the company as reported differences between Dr al Barrak and a major shareholder in the company came to a final…


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Events:

AITEC BANKING & MOBILE MONEY COMESA 24-25 February 2010, Kenya International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Technology presents great opportunities for the financial sector to extend reach, improve service and reduce…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* Senior Sales Manager - Ivory Coast Coberon Chronos Consulting’s client is one of the world´s largest and most successful integrated communications companies. The Group offers enhanced mobile, fixed line,…


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Contracts

Meditel and Rotana Media - Morocco Moroccan mobile operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) has signed a deal with Saudi Arabian broadcaster Rotana Media as part of a drive to attract more…