Issue no 502 30th April 2010

Top Story

Sudatel operates a 3-in-1 SIM for GSM, CDMA and 3G and Expresso will go GSM

CDMA operators in Africa face a number of market difficulties and at least one major operator has considered switching to GSM. Only really in Nigeria has the market developed a sufficiently large and diverse ecology of users to succeed. In October 2009 Sudatel decided it was going to add GSM to its offer but has used a 3-in-1 SIM card to ensure that subscribers have the freedom to switch handsets in either direction.The Sudanese mobile market is a three-horse race with the runners in the following positions: Zain (which will not pass over to Bharti as part of its acquisition);…

Telecoms

Orascom and MTN confirm takeover talks but Algeria’s government says no to the sale of Orascom Telecom Algeria

Orascom and MTN have confirmed that they are discussing a deal that analysts believe could see the South African telco take control of Orascom's African assets.In a statement released today,…


Telecoms

African Main One, Seacom, eFive Sign MOU On Fibre Ring Solution

Main One, in partnership with SEACOM and eFive Telecoms have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch a project that would develop a pan-African fibre ring solution. The new…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cabinet Overrules Icasa On Infraco Licence

The South African Cabinet is forcing the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to grant a second licence to state-owned telecoms agency Broadband Infraco. Last week, the Cabinet said it…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC wants to introduce Price Cap on call charges

Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Engr. Stephen Bello has announced the intention of the Commission to reintroduce a price cap regime in the telecom sector, while…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya’s robust telecoms market is set to come under new competition rules, setting the stage for a big shift in the way operators tackle their rivals and relate with…


Internet

The SEACOM outage – the view from Rwanda

As the internet breakdown enters it fifth day, businesses that rely on internet connection for their operations are counting their losses by the day, with some switching their Internet Service…


Internet

Gambia: U.S Visa Application Now Done Online

The Visa application system of the United States of America has now been changed from paper-based forms to online application form. This was revealed at a press conference organised by…


Internet

Africa Google Maps now get driving directions

The internet search giant Google has now introduced driving directions for maps in Africa. Drivers with GPRS navigation systems or mobile phones with such applications can use Google Maps to…


Internet

Internet New - In Brief:

- The Association of African Universities (AAU) and the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) have signed a MoU aiming at establishing a strategic alliance, to promote cooperation and…


Computing

Nigeria: Home Made Software Best according to Obaro

John Tani Obaro is the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, a Nigerian Information Technology (IT) solution provider company. In this interview with Senior Correspondent AjibolaAbayomi, he shares his experience as a…


Computing

South Africa: Microsoft to Empower IT Companies

Global software group Microsoft will today unveil a R500m empowerment programme that, instead of selling shares to individuals, will assist black-owned software companies to grow into global entities.Microsoft is one…


Computing

eGovernment Project in Uganda Reflects on Successes and Challenges

What happens to a project after IICD support ends? This question was recently addressed at a focus group meeting of the Mbarara District Net project in Uganda, operating independently since…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A R129 million Motion Control System will track the movement of tourists, ahead of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup.


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

In Brief:

- Free telephone calls will now be possible after Econet Wireless launched its revolutionary "free phone" service in Zimbabwe. Econet’s corporate communications manager Ranga Mberi said people in economically disadvantaged…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wire Nigeria Project: Suburban wants NCC probed over subsidy to Phase 3 Telecom

Suburban Limited, a privately owned long distance operator (LDO) has petitioned the Federal Government to probe the nation’s telecoms regulator citing alleged “faulty process and lack of transparency” in a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania: Compulsory listing of telcos on Stock Exchange still an issue

Mobile phone operators in the country will continue to engage the government so as to convince it to amend the newly signed Electronic and Postal Communications Act in their favour.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cost Cutting Pays Off for Business Connexion in South Africa

Technology group Business Connexion (BCX) is on track to reach its operating margin target of 8% as its restructuring programme is starting to bear fruit. The company's operating margin for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MobiNil 1Q profit falls 2% as competition bites in Egypt

MobiNil has released its financial results for the three months ended 31 March 2010, posting a 2% year-on-year decline in net profit for the period. The operator revealed that in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money - In Brief

- In South Africa, Bihati Solutions, a telecoms infrastructure provider, has filed a R1.7bn suit against Telkom for its delay in implementing a multibillion-rand tender awarded to Bihati and others…


Digital Content

2010 Rally Will Be Aired On Web TV

In a communiqué recently released, it was announced that the 29th edition of Tunisia's Rally, the 1st round of the NPO Desert Trophy, which is due to be held from…


Digital Content

MTN records subscriber gain across all of its region

MTN has shrugged off the effects of the SIM card registration law, and has recorded subscriber gains across all of its regions.However, the average revenue per user (ARPU) has slowed…


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People

Jumoke Alausa has been appointed CEO of Lagos based IT company Computec-Plus.


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Events

WSIS FORUM 2010 10-14 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland Half way to the final review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ahead of the two-thirds MDG review…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Commercial Director – Burundi Scope: To develop and manage the commercial and marketing activities Main Duties & Responsibilities: You will be reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. In addition to…


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Contracts

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