Issue no 503 7th May 2010

Top Story

UNICEF and Text to Change: how they are using technology in different ways

Donorland has been littered with pilot projects over the last ten years that took interesting technology and ideas and sought to make them work in the unforgiving African context. All too often they had little idea of what potential users actually wanted and once the funding ended, the water closed over them and that was that. There is now a second generation of ICT4D projects that seem to have learnt the lessons of these early failures. Russell Southwood spoke to Terra Weikel and Sean Blaschke of UNICEF and Bas Hoefman of Text to Change about how they are using technology…

Telecoms

BTC embarks on second phase of rural telephony programme in Botswana

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority launched the second phase of its Nteletsa project with a groundbreaking ceremony in Nswazwi last week. Nteletsa II, as the project is known, is a spawn…


Telecoms

New CCK Rules Heat Up Mobile Phone Wars in Kenya

The gloves are off in what could be an increasingly messy fight for the mobile phone service market. Dominant player, Safaricom, is up in arms against new rules published by…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NATCOM Wants a N20 Cap Per Minute

The National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria (NATCOMS) says the proposed telecoms price cap should be fixed at N20. In an interview with Daily Trust yesterday, the president of…


Telecoms

Telecoms news - In Brief

- 19 companies have acquired tender documents for an international public tender for Mozambique’s third mobile licence, according to the director-general of the country’s National Communications Institute (INCM). Those reported…


Internet

Rwandatel Seeks Alternative Route to Seacom

Rwandatel is currently negotiating an alternative route for undersea fiber optic connection through TEAMS cable which comes through Tanzania via Burundi to Kigali, the Company has announced. This will reduce…


Internet

Aquiva Wireless soon to launch new broadband Internet service in Zimbabwe

Aquiva Wireless, a locally-owned telecommunications company, has signed a US$7,2 million deal with a Chinese company, Huawei Technologies, to establish 92 base stations for broadband Internet and Voice over Internet…


Internet

East African Countries Unite against Foreign Cyber Attacks

Communications regulators in East Africa are teaming up to combat foreign attacks on communication equipments and systems in East Africa, a top official has said. Mr Patrick Mwesigwa, the executive…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* South African mobile operator Cell C, Dimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) and Convergence Partners – the investment firm helmed by Dimension Data chairman Andile Ngcaba - are teaming…


Computing

The Encipher Tablet, The Nigerian Eletronic Tablet Is Revolutionary In Just Existing and price starts at N55,000 ($399)

Encipher Limited has announced that their ‘highly controversial‘ Andriod-powered tablet will be available only in Nigeria (for now) and starting at N55,000 ($399). The news of the Encipher Tablet was…


Computing

East Africa: Children to Get Laptops in a New Deal

The East African Community (EAC) has signed an agreement with the One Lap per child initiative to avail laptops to children in the region. Juma Mwapachu, the secretary general of…


Computing

Kenya’s Universities Turn to E-Learning in a Bid to Improve Services

Kenyan Universities are increasingly turning to e-learning as a tool to facilitate improved education. They also want to rope in more students through better access to facilities, hoping to reach…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Luanda — A project of Bank High Security System was presented, in Luanda, by Angolan students of the Telecommunication Institute (ITEL), during the first edition of the "EducaAngola" fair,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- In Uganda, Warid Telecom has unveiled six new Customer Care Centres around the country, as the company focuses on boosting its presence and competitiveness in the local market. -…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Cell C completes a debt to equity swap

Shareholders of Cell C have slashed the company's debt by half, by converting a R6,4bn loan into equity, in a move that will improve the cellphone network provider's financial position…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Stake in Telecel Limited to 40 Percent in Zimbabwe

MTN Group Ltd, Africa's largest mobile phone company, can only buy not more 40 percent of Orascom Telecom Holdings' interests in Telecel Zimbabwe, officials said last Friday. One of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt’s Financial Authority calls for more details on Orascom/FT agreement on MobiNil ownership dispute

Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom has been given a week in which to provide further details to the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) of the recently announced deal with France…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Indian IT Firm Set to Invest in Rwanda and Uganda

The Institute of Hardware Technology, an information technology training company based in India is set to open in East Africa to plug the IT resource gap in the region. Mr…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

* Vodacom may sell its 51% stake in Vodacom Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), if a long-running shareholder dispute is not resolved in the next six months, reports South African…


Digital Content

Nigeria Hits Over 1.2 Million Mark On Facebook

Nigeria's population on Face book has hit over 1.2 million marks as at March 2010. Disclosing this recently during the launch of Facebook in Nigeria, the Managing Director and Chief…


Digital Content

Stanbic Uganda to Pay Shareholders Through Mobile Phones

Stanbic Bank shareholders will receive their dividend payments via the mobile phone money transfer service. This follows a resolution passed by shareholders to amend the company's Articles of Association to…


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Jobs & Opportunities

[HIPSSA/CA-4] Calls for Applications for the development of ECCAS model laws on electronic communications For this HIPSSA project’s activity implemented in collaboration with the Economic Community of Central African States…


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People

- The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has elected Titi Omo-Ettu, Chief Executive Officer of Telecoms Answers Associates as its new president. - AMD has announced the appointment…


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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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Contracts

Zain and Connectiva Systems - Africa Zain, a mobile telecommunication operator in the Middle East and Africa with a commercial presence in 23 countries has selected Connectiva Systems, Inc., a…