Issue no 504 14th May 2010

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Madagascar: Telma joins the league of mobile operators offering mobile transfert services

Two weeks ago, Telecom Malagasy (Telma) in partnership with the bank BFV-SG (part of the Société Générale banking group) launched “MVola”, the first mobile money service in Madagascar. With MVola, Telma joins the ever-growing group of African mobile operators that seek new revenue streams by offering m-money services to a population that remains largely unbanked.  Isabelle Gross spoke to Patrick Pisal Hamida, Telma’s CEO about this new offering and what his expectations are. The Mvola service will enable the Malagasy people to safely transfer money using their Telma mobile phone. The service is open to all Telma’s users. All they…

Telecoms

Kenyan State beats retreat on regulation of competition

Telecoms operators which opposed to newly gazetted regulations on competition, got a temporary reprieve after the government promised to open fresh talks with the industry for a possible review of…


Telecoms

Orascom must end talks with MTN to talk to Algerian government

Orascom Telecom Algeria, or OTA, must end talks with South African telecom group MTN if it wants to start negotiations with the Algerian government, reports Algerian daily newspaper El Khabar.…


Telecoms

SADC ICT Ministers want competitive advantages over other continental regions

The assistant executive secretary of SADC, the Angolan João Caholo, expressed the view that the Southern African region should acquire competitive advantages over other African and world regions in terms…


Telecoms

NITEL workers unpaid for 2 years

Salary arrears owed to workers at Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) and its mobile subsidiary, the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications Limited over 2 years, have hit N13bn. Elias Kazzah, the company’s staff…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- After a four-year wait, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is on track to release regulations governing the awarding of scarce spectrum by the end of the…


Internet

Warid and MTN Slash Internet Rates in Uganda

Warid Telecom and MTN Uganda have joined their competitors in the internet price war by cutting rates aimed at drawing more subscribers to their networks. Warid Telecom slashed its monthly…


Internet

Vodacom South Africa launches a bundle offer: a notebook and Internet service for R199 per month

Vodacom has announced the arrival of Linkbook - a low-cost compact computer designed to provide users with simple and affordable Internet access. The Linkbook’s operating system is geared primarily towards…


Internet

Can the whole Africa get free Wi-Fi? Paul English thinks so

When Paul English, the co-founder of travel search engine Kayak.com, says that he has a "big, big project" ahead of him, he's not kidding. That's because he's planning to cover…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Vodafone Ghana has decided to establish a 45-megabite high speed internet link at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi. The facility is to help…


Computing

Nigeria and Kenya share experience on E-Registration System

Impressed by the system of conducting examinations into Nigerian tertiary institutions, the Kenya government has indicated interest in copying the system adopted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).…


Computing

Kenya: Job Loss Fears Slow Down Switch to E-Govt

Restrictions of the Official Secrets Act and the fear of massive job losses are slowing down plans by the government to roll out a shared information platform, players have said.…


Computing

South Africa’s Internet Solutions spends $35m on data capacity

Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of dual-listed Dimension Data, has earmarked $35 million for additional data centre capacity this year. The company has already spent about $4 million on expanding current…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Uganda, members of Parliament on the Information Communication Technology (ICT) committee have asked Parliament not to approve a supplementary budget of sh27b requested by the internal affairs ministry…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Pioneer cable channel, Supersports, mobile handset manufacturers, Nokia and telecommunication giants, MTN have devised a means to bring matches of the 2010 World Cup live to football enthusiasts in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

France Telecom ups stake in Botswana unit, reports says

France Telecom has increased its stake in Orange Botswana to 69%, in a deal that saw a consortium of local investors sell around a 20% stake in the cellco to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telemasters Profit Hit By Reduction in Interconnection Rate in South Africa

The reduction in mobile termination rates is starting to bite telecommunications company TeleMasters, which yesterday reported a decline in interim earnings.TeleMasters provides least-cost routing services to assist companies cut telecommunications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Maroc Telecom Sees Quarterly Revenues Up 3.1%

Morocco's Maroc Telecom has reported revenues of EUR 660 million, a 3.1% increase compared to the first quarter of 2009 (up 0.5% at constant currency and constant perimeter). The company's…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

The Stuart Ntlathi story: A hope-filled prophecy for entrepreneurs in Africa

High profile speakers, animated presentations, and the occasional F-bomb on stage all characterised the proceedings at what is fast-becoming one of South Africa’s hottest tech conferences. Net Prophet, a free…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money - In Brief

­ Kuwait's Zain has recorded first-quarter consolidated revenues of KWD 329.7 million (US$1.146 billion), an increase of 11% compared to same period in Q1-2009. The Company's consolidated EBITDA reached KWD…


Digital Content

South Africa: Online News Sites go After Critical Mass, Advertising Model Still Elusive

The announcement last week by News24 that in April it hit the two million mark for South African unique users is no small potatoes.When you consider that the South African…


Digital Content

Rwanda: MTN Mobile Money Hits Rwf590 Million

MTN Rwanda says that transactions through the mobile money service have reached Rwf590m, barely five months after the launch of the mobile operator's service that enable users to transfer money…


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People

- The chairperson of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) governing council, Mr Peter Machunde, has resigned over what appears to be pressure over his opposition to the recently…


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Events

NOG-11 AND  AfriNIC-12 MEETINGS23 May-4 June, 2010, Kigali, RwandaThe African Network Operators' Group (AfNOG) and the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) are pleased to announce that the 11th AfNOG Meeting…


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Jobs & Opportunities

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


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Contracts

CCK and PortinXS - KenyaNetherlands based PortingXS says that it has won a contract from the Kenyan telecoms regulator to manage Mobile Number Portability in the country. PortingXS will start…