Issue no 492 19th February 2010

Top Story

Liquid Telecom to launch Southern African fibre network at “good prices the like of which have not been seen”

Fed up with getting over-priced offers to transit its traffic to South Africa, Econet Wireless set up Liquid Telecom which is building its own link to the international landing station. This is just one more sign that the arrival of competitive international landing stations is driving a frantic roll-out of cross-border and national fibre backbones across the continent. Russell Southwood talked to Liquid Telecom’s CEO Nic Rudnick about what the company is planning. Liquid Telecom is a company majority owned by Econet Wireless whose flagship operation in Zimbabwe has come back to life with the changes to the country’s economy…

Telecoms

Africa Telecom People Conference and Awards: Optimism on telecoms tempered by high taxes and degrading regulatory environment

This year’s African Telecom People Conference and Awards on 12 February was held in Paris and as a result was smaller than previous years’ events. Nevertheless, it was an interesting…


Telecoms

MACRA kicks off tender for fourth mobile licence

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has launched an international tender for a fourth licence to operate mobile phone services in the country, Reuters reports citing spokesperson Zamuziko Makambo. The…


Telecoms

South Africa: Govt gives R1.5 billion for FIFA 2010 telecoms with Telkom the biggest beneficiary

Telkom is the biggest beneficiary of the Department of Communications’ R1.5 billion 2010 telecoms spend. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan today delivered his first budget speech, and it emerged that the…


Telecoms

Mobile competition ups the game in Botswana with third entrant beMobile

The entrance of a third mobile operator – beMobile (owned by the incumbent BTC) – in 2008 has shaken up what was previously a cosy duopoly and forced all three…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- African operators scooped many of the prizes at the GSMA 15th Annual Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona this week. The list includes: Best Mobile Money Service Safaricom – M-PESA…


Internet

Benin: Isocel SA and its partners invest 1.5 million euros to connect up six cities

Isocel SA, one of the leading private Internet access providers in is to spend 1.5 million euros to connect up Benin’s six main cities. The project has received support from…


Internet

Broadband Penetration in Nigeria - Nwokolo Advocates Direct Import Clearance

The regulatory officer at Zain Nigeria, Osondu Nwokolo, has advocated for direct import clearance of broadband devices and equipments as the nation warms up for the broadband boom before the…


Internet

Gamtel to spend US$1.5 million to create back-up fibre link to Senegal

Gambia’s incumbent PSTN operator Gamtel has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a terrestrial fibre transmission network under its 'Cross Gambia Project', reports Afrique en Ligue. This will…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Vodacom Business joins Telkom in hosting two new local broadband Speedtest.net serversThe Speedtest.net service has become the premier destination for Internet users to test the download and upload speeds…


Computing

Nigeria Computer Society, Govt to Boost Lagos Mega-City Project

The need to drive the planned Lagos mega-city project with software technology was the focus of a one-day collaborative forum between the Lagos branch of the Nigeria Computer Society and…


Computing

Microsoft Launches Office 2007 for Africa

Microsoft Corporation has launched Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student for Africa, which is expected to significantly reduce the rate of software piracy in the continent. According to Microsoft East…


Computing

Overdependence on Foreign Software Threatens Vision 20-2020 for Nigeria

While nations of the world, especially India are retooling their software products for global competitiveness, there has been growing concern in the Nigerian IT industry regarding the country's over dependency…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya is among three African countries that are eyeing a software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. Others…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE (briefs)

-Telkom announced a 22% reduction in its peak rate for fixed-line calls to cellphones from next month at a cost to itself of about R1.3bn. This will bring peak rates…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

New Generation Communication offers US$2.5 billion for Nitel but China’s Unicom denies involvement

It all started so well but the recent announced preferred bidder seems to have been struck down by the curse that seems to affect everything associated with Nitel. New Generation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

India Bharti Bids $US 10.7 Billion for Zain Africa

Five months after the collapse of a proposed tie-up between MTN and India's Bharti Airtel, the two are set to go head-to-head in Africa's cellphone industry, after Bharti launched a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zim’s NetOne faces cash shortage and owes US$28 million

Bureaucratic red-tape and serious shortage of cash are the major issues threatening the viability of Zimbabwean government-owned NetOne mobile company. NetOne, once Zimbabwe’s leading cellular mobile company is now playing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sentech still not spent R500 million promised for a national broadband project and unlikely to get more

Government's problem child, Sentech, has not been allocated any funding for its national broadband network over the next few years. Sentech has been tasked with rolling out a national wholesale…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- An Egyptian court has pushed back the date for a decision on the shareholding dispute between Orascom Telecom and France Telecom (FT) related to mobile network operator Egyptian Company…


Digital Content

Safaricom Move to Cash in on Data Services

Competition in the mobile sector appears to have formally shifted from voice to data following revelations by market leader Safaricom and latest entrant Essar that their operations were now targeted…


Digital Content

Vodafone implements M-PESA in South Africa

Vodafone has brought M-PESA, a mobile money transfer service, to South Africa. The service will be deployed by Vodafone`s division, Vodacom South Africa and its South African banking partner. M-PESA…


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PEOPLE

- Telecel Zimbabwe managing director Aimable Mpore has been deported, barely two months after assuming the position, for failing to reveal some information on circumstances surrounding his expulsion by the…


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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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CONTRACTS

MTN MENA - Gemalto : Middle East and North Africa MTN MENA in deal with Gemalto for mobile financial services roll out in 5 Under the terms of the deal…