Issue no 507 4th June 2010

Top Story

Orange Money nears critical mass in Cote d’Ivoire and will launch in all African territories by end 2010

Last week Orange announced that its Orange Money service had been rolled out in three new countries (Madagascar, Mali and Senegal) and that it will be operational in all of its African territories by the end of the year. Russell Southwood spoke to Philippe Millet who was appointed to head up the operation earlier this year.The development of M-money services in Africa seemed to get going in fits and starts. Although M-Pesa took a year to get a critical mass of users, its rise has been so stratospheric that it has overshadowed most of the newcomers, including its own roll-out…

Telecoms

Glo Wins Telecoms Licence in Senegal and will land Glo One cable there

Nigerian mobile operator Globacom has won a licence to operate in Senegal. The latest licence was issued by the Government of Senegal on Monday and signed by the country's Ministers…


Telecoms

Africom Launches New Satellite Telecommunication Port in Zimbabwe

Telecommunications and information technology company Africom (Pvt.) Ltd has launched a new satellite telecommunication port in Harare in a move that is set to enhance the company's IT and telecommunications…


Telecoms

Ghana Gets First Mobile Phone Assembling Company

LG Communications, Ghana's first mobile phone assembling company, has started operations in the country with a promise to give jobs to 30,000 youth from the National Youth Employment Programme by…


Telecoms

Reliance mulls MTN merger

Indian mobile carrier Reliance Communications is considering a merger with South Africa's MTN, or roping in a strategic foreign investor to raise funds, the Economic Times reported today.The number two…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt has backed away from its desire to buy out Vodafone's stake in its Egyptian mobile network, the company announced in a brief statement. Vodafone currently holds a…


Internet

Main One to Begin Commercial Rollout in Nigeria on July 1

Submarine cable company Main One, which has licences to land in Ghana and Nigeria, said it has completed the landing processes and would begin commercial service next month.Main One Chief…


Internet

First Phase of Government-funded Fibre Backbone is Activated in Tanzania

The National Information Communication and Technology Broadband Backbone (NICTBB) was switched on yesterday in 16 regions after the completion of the first phase of its construction.The move brings the hope…


Internet

Vodacom to Install Its Own Fibre Backbone Network in Mozambique

The South African mobile phone company Vodacom has scorned the recommendations from the Mozambican regulatory body, the INCM (National Communications institute of Mozambique) that basic infrastructure should be shared between…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Work has commenced on building of the largest wireless network in Africa across the four campuses of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Google Inc., is the lead sponsor of…


Computing

Firm Introduces 'Paperless Classroom in Nigeria

Aside the growing number of private schools in Nigeria that have impacted on the education sector, another initiative that is set to drive the sector further is the introduction of…


Computing

Police Move Against Laptop and Phone Thieves at Nigeria’ s Computer Village

For the street urchins and persons bringing in stolen Laptops and GSM handsets for sale in the Computer Village Ikeja , it may not be business as usual again, as…


Computing

Child helplines launched in Zimbabwe to offer counselling and help

Child helplines are an outstanding example of the benefits of modern communication tools in helping people access the information and resources they need. Children are among the most disempowered in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A Cape Town information technology company has designed software that can be used to enhance the experience of reading non-fiction books. The software has "conversational guides" called "cogs", that…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Cell C last week announced its roaming partnership with Zain which will benefit both Zain and Cell C subscribers. The ‘One Network’ borderless mobile phone platform enables pre-paid and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom reports record Sh20.9 billion profit

Safaricom's Sh20.9 billion profit for 2009 has set a new earnings record that has baffled mobile phone users and investment analysts. The country's leading mobile phone company grew its pre-tax…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Offered U.S.$8 Billion for Orascom Jewel

Egyptian cellphone group Orascom revealed yesterday for the first time the price MTN was prepared to pay for its lucrative Algerian unit, Djezzy, even as it confirmed talks with the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Xantha Bids for Dynamic Technology in South Africa

Software company Dynamic Technology Holdings said yesterday it had received a R30,2m offer to buy out some of the shareholders in the group from Xantha Properties, which is controlled by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa’s Huge Group's Focus on Improving Operational Efficiency Pays Off

Huge Group has reversed its first-half loss of R5.8m, posting a profit of R8.1m for the year to February despite a slight fall in revenue, thanks to a dramatic turnaround…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- The French government has mounted a fresh diplomatic offensive to support a massive claim for Ksh25 billion ($325 million at current rates) lodged by France Telecom with Kenya's Treasury,…


Digital Content

Orange Rides On Internet, Data Services in Uganda

Internet and data services are the new forces behind Orange's penetration into the Ugandan market. This informs the firm's strategy as it strives for market dominance amid raging price competition.MTN…


Digital Content

Safaricom and Equity Bank launch M-Kesho

Last week, Kenya telecoms company, Safaricom and Equity Bank launched a service, M-Kesho. The service will make it possible for Safaricom's mobile money clients to directly access their Equity bank…


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People

- Cina Lawson  has been appointed as the new Minister of Post and Telecommunications of Togo.- Polycom has appointed Keith Carter as the telepresence company's vice-president for channel partners in…


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Events

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA COM16-17 June 2010, Le Meridien, Dakar, SenegalFollowing 2 incredible years in Nigeria, West & Central Africa's ONLY dedicated event telco returns to Senegal.  Join 700+ decision…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Ahead of the launch of commercial services of its Glo 1 Submarine Cable, Globacom Limited has invited applications from bright, ambitious and suitably qualified candidates to fill an array of…


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Contracts

MainOne and Huawei - NigeriaOperators of MainOne submarine cable have entered a deal with Huawei Nigeria to provide it with the Intelligence Optical Switching System (OptiX OSN 9500) for connectivity.IDECO…