Issue no 498 1st April 2010

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Foris Telecoms and Smile Telecom join the ranks of Africa’s insurgent challengers with a Ugandan WiMAX voice and data offers

This week and next sees the launch in Uganda of ISP Foris Telecom, a subsidiary of the Israeli Foris Group and Arab-backed Smile Telecom. Both are making use of WiMAX to open up new markets with the arrival of cheaper international bandwidth. They join other challengers in the African market who are all hoping that WiMAX will help them find new voice and data niches in competition with the mobile incumbents. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening. Foris Telecom has already opened in Mozambique using WiMAX and has ambitious plans to roll-out in a number of other markets across the…

Telecoms

Sealed- Zain announces US$10.7 billion sale of its African assets to Bharti Airtel

Zain last week announced the signing of definitive agreements for the sale of 100% of Zain Africa BV, its African business excluding its operations in Morocco and Sudan , to…


Telecoms

Vodacom to Launch M-Pesa in South Africa

South Africa's Vodacom is to launch the mobile money service, M-Pesa in the country, in cooperation with local banking group, Nedbank. The bank has been working with the banking regulator…


Telecoms

Kenya: Telcos share cables to reduce outages

Telecommunication service providers have turned to sharing fibre optic capacity to cut down expenses brought about by vandalism. Telkom Kenya Ltd and Jamii Telecommunication Ltd have entered into an agreement…


Telecoms

South Africa: Legislation on its Way to Ensure Icasa is Run Better

The government is finalising the amendment of legislation governing the telecommunications regulator in order to resolve the tension between the organisation's council and its management. Tension has long existed between…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The National Union of Communication Workers (NUCW) and Zain Zambia signed a recognition agreement which saw 500 employees being unionised. NUCW General Secretary Clement Kasonde said in an interview…


Internet

Rwanda’s President to Chair Global Broadband Commission

President Paul Kagame is set to chair the new global broadband commission, an initiative that will be put in place by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to implement broadband initiatives.…


Internet

South Africa’s ISP iBurst launches “free broadband after midnight”

iBurst has joined the bandwidth fray, offering its customers free bandwidth after midnight, a move likely to target the gaming market. The company has been slow to respond to a…


Internet

Nigeria: Online Visa Application - Urchins with laptops Frustrate Applicants

Unending activities of street urchins who engage in web based visa appointment system for visa applicants as a source of economic living have continued to remain a challenge to both…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Madagascar has been connected to EASSy). Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (Telma) has announced that it has already put in place a national backbone that will allow it to…


Computing

Cape Verde Technology Centre to be financed by China

The Cape Verde Technology Centre is to cost US$17 million and be funded by China, the Cape Verdean prime minister, José Maria Neves said in Praia last Friday, at the…


Computing

Zambia, Tanzania missing out on benefits of ICT

Although Africa is experiencing tremendous growth in the telecom sector, Zambia and Tanzania are not among countries that are fully benefiting from investments, according to ICT experts. Zambia and Tanzania…


Computing

Regional Thetha ICT Project - Overview of Outcomes

The Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT) implemented the Regional Thetha ICT Discussion Forum Project in five Southern African countries during the past two years. Covering Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Exim Bank is expecting to install new software system mid this year which will, among other things, allow its customers access to Internet and mobile phone banking in Tanzania.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Nigeria leveraged on end to end communications solutions expertise of Ericsson Nigeria, to launch one of the largest switches in the world. MTN says the development was in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: MTN's acquisition of NetOne stake may fall through

South African news service Bizcommunity reports that MTN’s planned acquisition of a 49% stake in Zimbabwean incumbent NetOne could be in danger of collapsing after it was revealed that some…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Empowerment law to be made compulsory for ICT companies

The government is considering legislation to compel information communications and technology (ICT) groups and broadcasters to sell minimum equity stakes to black investors, claiming the voluntary model is being flouted.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

“Lean Operator Model” is the way forward according to Helios Towers’ CEO

As operators are looking at innovative, cost-effective and efficient ways of managing their businesses, Helios Towers Nigeria, HTN looks forward to closely working with operators to help reduce their site…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Launches Small and Medium Business Training Project in Uganda

Small and Medium Enterprises with an annual turnover of between Shs250 million and Shs20 billion are set to benefit from MTN and KPMG's newly launched Business Training programme. The one…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Having earlier this month pushed back a final decision on whether to block regulatory approval of a bid by France Telecom (FT) for the remaining shares in Egyptian Company…


Digital Content

South Africa: Cellphone Novel a 'Best-Celler'

South Africa's first bilingual "m-novel" - a novel written for publication via cellphones - was so successful that sequels would be released this year, the Shuttleworth Foundation, which published the…


Digital Content

Gistcaster: Nigeria’s version of Twitter

Ademola Morebise is a young Nigerian software developer on a mission. He recently founded a new, exciting privately funded startup called Gistcaster. We got in touch with him and asked…


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People

- Sentech will join the ranks of leaderless state entities tomorrow, as CEO Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane has packed up the contents of her desk and left. - Sunil Bharti Mittal appointed…


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Events

SATCOM 2010 AFRICA 12-15 April 2010, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa SatCom Africa 2010 is Africa's only satellite exhibition conference. SatCom Africa 2010 gives you an executive business experience…


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Jobs and Opportunities

* ITU * Next Generation Leaders: ISOC Fellowship Opportunity On 15th March 2010, the Internet Society Next Generation Leaders (ISOC NGL) called upon talented individuals who have the passion for…


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Contracts

ETC and France Telecom - Ethiopia The management of Ethiopian state-owned fixed line incumbent Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) has been officially transferred to European giant France Telecom (FT), AllAfrica.com reports.…