Issue no 500 15th April 2010

Top Story

Satellite to fibre – Africa’s big change is really under way, says new report

2010 is not shaping up to be a good year for satellite operators and resellers in Africa. There have been rumours that for the first time one operators’ sales in the continent have slipped down several percentage points. This year sees the arrival of four more international fibre cables: Glo One, Main One, EASSy and LION. Balancing Act’s latest report – African Fibre and Satellite Markets – takes the temperature of the current market and seeks to predict where things will be in three years time.As an acknowledgement of the huge changes that have occurred, this report has gone from…

Telecoms

Zain-Bharti Deal Runs Into Trouble Water in Congo-Brazzaville

Congo-Brazaville complained on Monday that it had not been informed of Bharti Airtel's nine billion dollar-deal to buy Kuwaiti telco Zain's African assets in what it said was a contravention…


Telecoms

Uganda: Essar Ready for Telecom Market Battle

Following the entry of the Essar Group into Uganda through the acquisition of Warid, Bharti Airtel joined the market by taking up Zain. Walter Wafula interviewed Sunil Colaso, the new…


Telecoms

Egypt’s State-owned telco bans VoIP calls on mobile phones after revenues drop

Shortly after reporting a 13% fall in annual revenues in March 2010, Telecom Egypt simply banned international VoIP calls made from mobile devices altogether.The ban affects the country’s main three…


Telecoms

France Telecom in Threat to Quit Kenya

The first phase of negotiations between the Kenyan Government and France Telecom over Telkom Kenya have ended with France Telecom threatening to pull out if the matter is not resolved."The…


Telecoms

In brief:

- Kenya’s telecoms regulator the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has announced that the country’s four cellcos – Safaricom, Zain, Econet and Orange – will be required to start offering…


Internet

Egypt's Internet users spent an estimated US$ 2.1 billion on retail e-commerce in 2009

Arab Advisors Group major online survey of Egypt's Internet market revealed that 34.6% of adult Internet users in Egypt use e-commerce (including bill payments). The Arab Advisors Group estimates the…


Internet

New broadband network for African universities and research centres approved

Funding for the first phase of an initiative to connect African research centres and link them to an existing European broadband network has been approved by the European Commission. The…


Internet

Nigerian IT company Introduces Exam Solution Website

An Information Technology (IT) firm, Tridaf Nigeria Limited has developed a technological initiative aimed at tackling the failure rate among students in the country. This was the sequel to the…


Internet

In Brief:

- Luxembourg-based SES Astra, a satellite technology provider, will spend about R2bn to expand its satellite capacity in a move that will result in improved access to broadband, high-speed internet…


Computing

Kenya: Digital Villages Project Rolled Out

Each constituency in Kenya will by the end of the year boast of at least five digital centres complete with computers and Internet connectivity in a government plan to bridge…


Computing

Rwanda: MoH Boosts Use of ICT

As part of its policy to facilitate quick access to its services, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has expanded its use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). According to the…


Computing

Microsoft Launches 'Technology Guarantee Program' in Tunisia

Microsoft recently announces the launch in Tunisia of Microsoft Office 2010 "Technology Guarantee Program" which allows customers to purchase and activate qualifying Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September…


Computing

In Brief:

- South Africa’s technology firm AdaptIT plans to buy more companies to grow its business in the public and financial services sectors. AdaptIT provides niche software products to industries such…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Zimbabwe’s mobile operator, Econet Wireless has officially opened the country's largest call centre in Harare's Graniteside industrial area to handle increased traffic from its growing subscriber base. The commissioning…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

France Telecom and Orascom Telecom Holding Agree to Settle Egyptian Dispute

France Telecom and Orascom Telecom Holding have presented a joint plan to resolve their long running and acrimonious dispute over the ownership of Egyptian mobile network, Mobinil. The agreement, which…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Essar Telecom to Outsource Services to Reduce Costs

Competition within the mobile phone sector is forcing new entrants to change strategy by reducing their employees and turning to outsourcing in a bid to cut costs in a market…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

E-Payment Providers Move to Tackle Challenges to Pos Services in Nigeria

Electronic payment providers under aegis of the E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) has moved to tackle the challenges confronting deployment and usage of Point of Sale (PoS).Rising from the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa's mobile money venture in patenting legal action in South Africa

A patenting legal battle could see two of South Africa's largest companies, MTN and Standard Bank, cough up millions of Rands if found to have infringed the patenting laws of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money - In brief

- Two indigenous software companies, SystemSpecs and Maxim-Pro, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to assist over 125 microfinance banks (MFBs) in Nigeria. According to the statement, the MOU…


Digital Content

Building Bridges launches Peace initiative website in Kenya

Building Bridges aims to encourage and reward Kenyans to reach out to others to overcome conflict. It is aimed at those who want to find solutions to existing problems and…


Digital Content

Nigerian rural communities remain disconnected from the world

There are about 76 million active mobile subscribers in Nigeria. This is only about half of the nation's population of 150 million. The digital divide is still wide even though…


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People

The management of three6five network solutions welcomed Angus MacRobert as a shareholder and director. MacRobert was the CEO of leading national Internet service provider Internet Solutions (IS) for eight years…


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Events

SATCOM 2010 AFRICA12-15 April 2010, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South AfricaSatCom Africa 2010 is Africa's only satellite exhibition conference. SatCom Africa 2010 gives you an executive business experience where you…


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Jobs & Opportunites

Congolese Financial Operations Senior ManagerVendor Resource Consulting is currently looking for a Congolese Financial Operations Senior Manager for a permanent role in Congo (this position is not opened to expats).Responsibilities…


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Contracts

ETC and Gilat - EthiopiaEthiopian fixed line monopoly provider Ethiopian Telecom Corporation (ETC) and Israel-based Gilat Network Systems have announced that the latter is deploying a new broadband satellite network…