Issue no 501 23rd April 2010

Top Story

Arrival of mobile music downloads heralds the beginning of a real services sector in Africa

With the arrival of cheap international fibre and the roll-out of national networks, there has been much talk (some of which we’ve been responsible for) of how a services and applications sector will emerge. Until now most of this has been more in the promise than the delivery. But now there is a music downloads service provider that both sells significant volumes of music across the continent and delivers income to artists. Russell Southwood talked to Ken Njoroge, CEO of Cellulant.Cellulant started out as an SMS aggregator delivering texts for clients and servicing them for mobile operators. Now it has…

Telecoms

Only two bidders for Egyptian Triple Play licences

Egypt’s telecom regulator has received only two bids from consortia for the two new Triple Play licences. The licences are hedged around with restrictions and the process has been delayed.…


Telecoms

Vodafone Ghana says it has grown by 60% in subscriber terms since acquisition

It is exactly a year today since Vodafone took over operations of Ghana Telecom after it acquired a 70% stake from the Government of Ghana. The total consideration of the…


Telecoms

ICASA Announces Proposed Cuts to Interconnection Fees in South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced a proposal to regulate mobile interconnection fees by mobile operators. The telecoms regulator has proposed that mobile interconnect rates, currently…


Telecoms

Economists Warn Against Tariff war in Tanzania

Local economists warned against indiscriminate price wars amongst the local mobile phone companies, describing the competition as unhealthy and that it might lead to the collapse of the telecommunications sector."Mobile…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Ghana, the NCA, together with the Ministry of Communications are in discussions with the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology to review the decision to ban the development…


Internet

EASSy’s Construction Completed ahead of Schedule

The construction of WIOCC’s East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is complete, marking the achievement of yet another major milestone towards the launch of what will be the largest cable…


Internet

Zimbabwe Government releases US$6 million to connect to fibre landing station in Beira

Finance Minister Tendai Biti last week Friday released over US$6 million for the laying of a fibre optic cable, connecting the country to the Beira undersea cable in Mozambique, in…


Internet

Online exam prep on the rise in Mauritania

Cyber-cafés are more expensive than libraries, but parents have begun to see the advantages that the internet has brought to Mauritanian education. The Internet has become a major component of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- With regard to the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable cut in the Mediterranean - In a recent update from the cable operators, du has been informed that due to technical difficulties,…


Computing

The Kenya Government Pioneers An Eletronic Voter Registration System

In preparations for the next elections Kenya has made changes to their voting systems, changing it from a paper based model to an electronic version. As of the 12th of…


Computing

Angola: IT Minister for Convergence of Lusophone Sector

The minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, on Monday in Luanda promoted the need for a converging vision in the Association of Postal and Telecommunications Operators…


Computing

Nigeria’s Rivers State will provide Civil Servants With PC's

In a bid to boost the effective planning of government activities and programmes, Rivers State Government said plans have been concluded to provide personal computers for civil servants through an…


Computing

Computer New - In Brief

- IBM has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Tanzania to support the adoption of Information Technologies and education. Under the agreement, IBM will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom South Africa to face competition tribunal

Listed telecoms company Vodacom will appear before the Competition Tribunal on April 26. The tribunal said on Wednesday Gogga Tracking Solutions had brought an interim relief application against Vodacom.Gogga would…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobiserve Looking to Expand East African Operations

Egypt's Mobiserve Holding, a provider of turnkey telecommunication infrastructure solutions and engineering services says that it has stepped up its expansion plans in Africa following the success of its Kenyan…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Home Affairs Ends GijimaAst Contract

GijimaAst, the company majority owned by an African National Congress (ANC) financial backer, Robert Gumede, said last week that the Department of Home Affairs had "unexpectedly" cancelled a multibillion-rand information…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money - In Brief

- The main investor in Telkom Kenya, France Telecom, has denied reports that it plans to exit its Kenyan operation, as a result of registered losses. The French telco has…


Digital Content

Uganda: Number of Banked Users Set to Rise

The number of Ugandans who will have access to formal banking platforms is expected to expand by three times by mid 2011, Roscoe Nsubuga, the managing director MapSwitch Uganda has…


Digital Content

Mobile internet on course to becoming top earner for firms in Kenya

Access to the internet through cell phones is set to emerge as a significant revenue opportunity for mobile operators, analysts say, adding that consumers are also benefiting immensely from the…


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Events

AFRICA GATHERING: SHARING IDEAS FOR POSITIVE CHANGES23-24 April 2010, Washington, DC, USAAfrica Gathering provides a space to bring technophiles, thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators and everybody else together to talk about positive…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Fibre Optic Specialist – South AfricaCosira Communications is a leading telecommunications infrastructure build company in Africa. As such the company is well placed to participate in all major project within…


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Contracts

Gateway Communications, Intercel and ETI SA - GuineaGateway Communications has further increased its presence in West Africa having signed two deals in Guinea, expanding its work with Intercel and agreeing…