Issue no 511 2nd July 2010

Top Story

EASSy arrival will bring down prices, spur national backbone roll-out and reduce satellite use

The EASSy cable connecting the east coat seaboard is currently in its testing phase and will go live some time around the middle of this month. Its WIOCC shareholder consortium has always promised lower rates and better transit prices and these are on their way. But the new landing stations have energised backbone roll-out, particularly in Tanzania. All of this will leave satellite as a niche transport application in the key East African markets. Russell Southwood looks at the heady pace of change.WIOCC has already sold somewhere between 7-8 Gbps of capacity and it has been selling at lower prices…

Telecoms

22 Interested in New 3G licence in Mozambique

22 Mozambican and foreign companies have acquired contract documents for the tender of the country’s third mobile telephone licence, the director-general of Mozambique's National Communications Institute (INCM) has announced. A…


Telecoms

New Telecoms Company Ready to Roll in South Africa

iBurst Business lost most of its staff earlier this year when there was a mass exodus as they joined the newly formed Blue Label Communications and moved into the Blue…


Telecoms

Zain Kenya Obtains 3G Licence

Kenyan mobile operator Zain Kenya has been awarded a 3G licence by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for a fee of KES815 million (USD10 million). The CCK cut the…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cell C Wants Bigger Rivals to Pay Higher Interconnect Rates

Cell C has asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to compel rivals MTN and Vodacom to pay a higher interconnection rate to small operators like itself to help…


Telecoms

Telecoms News: In Brief

Bharti will MTN Uganda’s market share as it has the largest subscriber base, estimated at 5.6 million, while Zain, is the second largest operator with an estimated two million subscribers.…


Internet

Safaricom Kenya Eyes Two More Data Providers

Mobile provider Safaricom has set its sights on buying two more data firms by end of the year. They will bring to four the number of acquisitions by the telco…


Internet

Liberia: World Bank backing for local ACE consortium CCL

The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL), which is a public-private partnership comprised of Lonestar, Libtelco and Cellcom, will form the management team for the submarine cable in Liberia.Individual investments in…


Internet

Main One cable goes live

Main One Cable Company has announced the launch of its high capacity fibre-optic cable system, which links West Africa to Europe, on time and within budget. The cable spans 7,000km…


Internet

Internet News: In Brief

*Windhoek — Namibia's largest mobile operator, MTC has described its latest mobile internet provider, Netman as the fastest, most reliable and affordable internet provider in the country.It is powered by…


Computing

WFP Gives Computers to NDMA in Gambia

The World Food Programme (WFP) Friday donated computers and accessories to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) at a handing over ceremony held at the Office of the Vice President…


Computing

Connect Technologies Unveils e-Lawyer Software in Nigeria

Nigerian leading local software application makers, Connect Technologies Limited has released into the Nigerian IT market an e-Lawyer application software solution.The solution, according to the Managing Director of Connect Technologies…


Computing

Electronic School Fee Payment System in Kenya

The man behind PesaPay, an online payment tool and founder of Verviant Consulting Services Agosta Liko, has unveiled a new platform that will ease payment of school fees.The innovation known…


Computing

Computing News: In Brief

*Gamtel last week donated a desktop computer and an HP laserjet printer to Gamtel Ward at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH).*Kigali — Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST),…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telcoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

*Lagos — Globacom has reaffirmed its leadership in the Blackberry market with the introduction of BlackBerry U, a new package that offers the lowest and uniform tariff structure for Prepaid…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

World Bank Provides Additional U.S.$44.7 Million for E-Ghana Project

The World Bank last week approved financing in the amount of US$44.7 million from the International Development Association (IDA) to the Government of Ghana as additional funding for the ongoing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti to invest USD150 million in Zambian unit over next three years

India’s Bharti Airtel has revealed it expects to invest around USD150 million in Zambia, with the bulk of the funds being put towards enhancing both 2G and 3G coverage across…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan government strikes a deal with France Telecom

A stand-off between the Kenyan government and France Telekom - its fellow shareholder in Telkom Kenya - has been resolved after three months of disputes, reports the East African newspaper.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* Rwandatel will invest Rwf900 million in developing the ‘Mobile Money’ service .Libya African Investments Portfolio (LAP), the investment arm of the Libyan Government which owns 80 percent of Rwandatel…


Digital Content

Systemspecs Introduces Remita Pension E-Payment in Nigeria

Lagos — Nigeria leading software house, SystemSpecs Limited, has introduced Remita electronic payment (e-payment) solution to Pension Fund Administrators (PFA) and Pension Fund Custodians (PFC).Addressing more than 100 pension-related professionals…


Digital Content

Kairouan Equips Its Buses With GPS System in Tunisia

Similar to other major towns in Tunisia, the Kairouan Regional Transportation Company has started outfitting its bus fleet with the latest cutting edge global satellite positioning (GSP) system. This system…


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People

*Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda last week announced that Stephen Mncube will be the new Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) Chairman, taking over from Paris Mashile whose term expired…


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Events

COMMON RESPONSES TO A GLOBAL CHALLENGE 17-18 June 2010, BIS Conference Centre, London, UK With the critical information infrastructure of Estonia coming under attack in 2007, the focus of Cyber…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Head of Product Architecture S1 Cape TownRole DefinitionAs Head of Product Architecture Team, the incumbent is responsible for the global product architecture of S1’s Payment products and their associated roadmap.…


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Contracts

Airtel and Ogilvy Partner - AfricaLagos — Bharti Airtel Limited ("Airtel") has commissioned Ogilvy Africa BV ("Ogilvy Africa") to provide integrated marketing solutions for its companies across the Africa continent.This…