Issue no 505 22nd May 2010

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Protecting Africa’s ICT Consumers in a fast changing market

Africa’s regulators are increasingly moving to assert their role as the protector of consumer interests in the ICT space. This week the Commissioner responsible for Consumer Affairs told a meeting held by the Liberian Consumers Action Network that it had established a consumer help desk. But if the landscape for ICT consumers is getting more complicated then the responsibilities of companies within the sector is also becoming more demanding. The Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Angelique Weeks said last week that the LTA will remain resolute in seeking the interest of telephone subscribers in the country, noting that subscribers…

Telecoms

Safaricom launches a mobile bank account product with M-Kesho in Kenya

The introduction of a seamless mobile bank account product by Equity Bank and Safaricom on Tuesday promises to open up electronic commerce -- and mobile commerce in particular -- to…


Telecoms

Gateway Business Nigeria partners with Helios Towers for a Nigerian nationwide network rollout

Africa’s largest infrastructure sharing, co-location and managed services provider, Helios Towers Nigeria (HTN) has signed a 120-site co-location deal with Gateway Business Nigeria, a pan African telecommunications service provider, for…


Telecoms

Uganda: MPs May Stop M-payment services

The parliamentary committee on information technology will next week meet the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over the mobile money transfer services offered by telecom firms. Igeme Nabeta, the committee chairperson,…


Telecoms

Regional Body to Register All Sim Cards in East Africa

The East Africa Communications Organisations (EACO) has agreed to register all mobile phone SIM cards throughout the region by June 2012 as a way of ensuring security for East Africans.EACO…


Telecoms

Telecoms news - In Brief

- After almost two months of silence, the Acting Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Engr. Steven Bello, said his major focus was to complete the on-going projects…


Internet

Main One Completes Installation of Cable System in West Africa

ain One Cable Company, a submarine cable company offering open access, wholesale broadband capacity in West Africa, and its system supplier, Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications SubCom, have completed the installation…


Internet

Vodacom's Iburst Sale Opens Way to Licence

Vodacom plans to dispose of stakes in two subsidiaries that have been shrouded in controversy over the past year. It said it would sell its 24.9% stake in internet service…


Internet

Uganda: Gorilla Web Campaign Raises Sh120 Million

An Internet-based gorilla marketing campaign, launched six months ago, has raised $60,000 (about sh120m), a Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) chief has said. The acting executive director, Sam Mwandha, said friendagorilla.org…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- About 7,000 workers who were hired to lay a high speed fibre optic internet cable from Kampala to Rwanda are threatening to destroy the cables over Shs200 million if…


Computing

Nigeria Launches Vision 2020 ICT Blueprint

The Federal Government has launched the Vision 2020 Information Communication and Technology development implementation blueprint. A document it says if fully implemented, will breach the developmental gap between Nigeria and…


Computing

Second Life will manage East Africa’s E-Waste

A newly licensed electronics recycling company in Uganda - Second Life - is setting up a facility to manage East Africa's e-waste.These will include things like obsolete computers, mobile phones,…


Computing

Move to Cancel Cipro IT Tender in South Africa

Two top executives of the Companies and Intellectual Property Organisation (Cipro) have been suspended on allegations of being criminally involved in awarding a R153m information technology contract to a small,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A rural information and communication technology project has started in Gulu and Amuru districts in Uganda. The project, aimed at equipping residents with skills in the use of internet,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- After several years of endless wait for dual Sim phone from Nokia, the company says it is now ready to launch its first Dual Sim phones in Nigeria. Te…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Leo Mugabe Eyeing 20 Percent Telecel Stake

President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Leo, is positioning himself to snap up a 20% stake in Telecel Zimbabwe amid reports of an escalating fight to control the country's second largest mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Savings Plan May Hit Distribution Partners in South Africa

Vodacom is targeting R500m in savings next year, a move that is likely to negatively hit distribution service providers.Vodacom's direct costs, which includes distribution of starter packs, are R20bn, while…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Customers Owe Over Akz 144 Million to Angola Telecom

The customers of the Angola Telecom, among individuals, public and private institutions, owe up to a total of about AKz 144,6 million to the referred telecommunications company since 2000 in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: UCS Software Units to Merge Under Argility

Software group UCS will merge its software businesses by the end of the financial year to create an enlarged entity that will boost its market position.UCS will consolidate the software…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money - In Brief

- Vodafone is in early stage talks about selling its controlling stake in Vodafone Egypt, the country's second-largest mobile phone operator, in a deal that could be worth BP3bn ($4.3bn).-…


Digital Content

MTN Rwanda Launches Free Facebook Platform On Mobile Phones

MTN has launched an application that allows its mobile clients free browsing on the new mobile social networking website referred to as '0.facebook.com'.Officials at Nyarutarama said on Tuesday that '0.facebook.com'…


Digital Content

Kenya: For Some Phone Users, their handset brand is only a Name

Competition in the mobile phone handset market is heating up with non-branded phones slowly gaining acceptance in the Kenyan telecoms industry. Already established brands are feeling the heat prompting their…


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People

- AFRICA . INX, a new player in the South African ISP industry and the country’s first and only independent network exchange, has announced the appointment of Stuart Hardy as…


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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-5] Calls for Applications for the development of CEMAC guidelines on cybersecurity For this HIPSSA project's activity implemented in collaboration with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and…