Issue no 509 18th June 2010

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A tale of two countries – services and apps uptake in Kenya and Tanzania

The arrival of plentiful and cheaper bandwidth is beginning to drive the uptake of services and applications in East Africa. Both individual and corporate behaviour is changing as they get to grips with what they can now do that they couldn’t before. Visits to both Kenya and Tanzania gave Russell Southwood an opportunity to look at how they compare and what lessons they hold for countries elsewhere on the continent. Like South Africans, Kenyans are great technology gadget early adopters. I spotted my first iPad in Africa on the flight into Nairobi and a senior broadcast executive I met was…

Telecoms

Tunisie Telecom Acquires Topnet

It was officially announced in Tunis last Monday that Tunisie Telecom, Tunisia's incumbent operator has acquired TopNet, one of the country's providers of Internet access and broadband Internet network (ADSL)…


Telecoms

Icasa Extends Deadline for Spectrum Licences

The telecommunications regulator has extended the deadline for the scarce radio frequency spectrum licences to the end of next month. The lucrative radio frequency spectrum, which is in the 2.6GHz…


Telecoms

The curse of Nitel Pt 954 - NCP Panel Submits Report, Proposes Two Options

The National Council on Privatisation (NCP) seven-member committee set up last March to conduct due diligence on prospective bidders for Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. (NITEL) has submitted its report to President…


Telecoms

New Deal Saves Telkom Kenya Buyout: Government pays out KS7 billion

The government has reached a deal with France Telecom over the privatisation of Telkom Kenya, saving a shaky partnership that has been tottering on the brink of collapse for close…


Telecoms

Telecoms News: In Brief

* Sudan-based telecoms group Sudatel announced last Friday that it hopes to double its market share in Senegal this year and has plans to cut prices and introduce new services…


Internet

Vodacom South Africa Sale of WBS Stake Near Finality

Vodacom 's sale of its 24.9% stake in Wireless Business Solutions (WBS) - which owns internet service provider iBurst - is near conclusion, with iBurst shareholders expected to buy the…


Internet

Burco deploys multi-vendor WiMAX network

Malawian ISP solutions provider Burco has selected Aptilo Networks to provide its WiMAX CSN System for the operator’s eWiMAX service, the first WiMAX 16e-based broadband internet service in Malawi, the…


Internet

Internet Solutions Brings MPLS Into Uganda, Tanzania

Internet Solutions, a division of Dimension Data, has announced the expansion of its MPLS network footprint into Uganda and Tanzania. The expansion will allow Internet Solutions to provide MPLS services…


Internet

Internet News: In Brief

* Last week on June 8th, there was a landing event for EIG cable system in 
Tripoli, at the same time there was an opening ceremony for the new EIG…


Computing

Rwandan Govt to Begin Countrywide Distribution of Laptops in Schools

The Ministry of Education (MoE) will soon begin distributing the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computers beginning with five schools in every district. OLPC programme was put in place to…


Computing

Price War Rages in Warri 'Computer Village' in Nigeria

Robson Plaza, the only major telecom and computer market in Warri has erupted in crisis and is currently engulfed in conflicts and disputes. This is as a result of a…


Computing

Lagos State and Microsoft Turn Schools to IT Academies

When the Fashola led administration of the Lagos state government, some months ago embarked on a massive rehabilitation of public schools, many people thought it was a mere rehabilitation scheme…


Computing

Computing News: In Brief

* Kigali — The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project is set to introduce a cyber security mechanism that will protect beneficiaries, who are mainly minors, from accessing pornographic and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage : In Brief

* Dar Es Salaam — ZANTEL last week introduced life style value package for its high value customers which will allow subscribers to access classy and affordable package that are…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecel Listing Faces Resistance in Zimbabwe

Plans by Telecel International, the 60 percent majority shareholder in Telecel Zimbabwe, to list on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange to comply with telecommunications regulations, face resistance from existing and prospective…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mauritius Telecom posts drop in 2009 net income on higher taxes

Mauritius Telecom (MT) said its net profits in FY2009 dropped 23.8% to MUR1.40 billion (USD42.17 million), compared to the previous year, largely the result of the introduction of new special…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gijima Ast Disputes R4bn Contract Cancellation in South Africa

GijimaAst is still locked in discussions to save a R4bn contract that was cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs in April.Financial director Carlos Ferreira said last week discussions to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Business Connexion South Africa Sells Two Units for R167.8m to Simplify Structure

Technology group Business Connexion (BCX) said last week it would sell two units for R167,8m to simplify its operational structure after the implementation of its turnaround programme. In 2008, BCX…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has revealed that it is to invest around EGP8 billion (USD1.4 billion) in its Egyptian subsidiary in the three years to 2013, Reuters reports.…


Digital Content

NAFDAC Introduces New Anti Counterfeiting Technologies in Nigeria

To put an end to activities of fakers of its regulated products, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, (NAFDAC) has reviewed its anti-counterfeiting strategies with the…


Digital Content

E-Governance Could Make Oil Business Transparent in Ghana

E-governance could help Ghana's higher authorities to deal responsibly with its new-found oil wealth, a leading scientist has said. In 2007, UK firm Tullow Oil announced the discovery of about…


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People

* Vodafone Ghana has appointed Kyle Whitehill as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to replace David Venn, who is expected to leave the company at the end of June,…


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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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