Issue no 512 9th July 2010

Top Story

Wind power may be part of the answer to Africa’s base station energy supply problems

Mobile operator’s margins are coming down from the heady days ten years ago and the growth left in the voice market is largely among low ARPU customers. Data may help rescue ARPUs in some countries but not those with low literacy levels. All this plus higher levels of competition amongst more operators must focus minds on the costs side of the equation. Providing energy to base stations is a huge element of any operator’s costs. Shared energy transmission supply options are being developed (see issue 482) but not with any great speed. So looking at other energy options is a…

Telecoms

Nigeria's Senate Says Government Should Complete Sale of Nitel to Bidders

Nigeria’s government should approve the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. to the companies that bid $2.5 billion for the state-owned fixed-line phone operator, the head of a Senate oversight committee…


Telecoms

Nigeria's Senate Says Government Should Complete Sale of Nitel to Bidders

Nigeria’s government should approve the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. to the companies that bid $2.5 billion for the state-owned fixed-line phone operator, the head of a Senate oversight committee…


Telecoms

African 'mobile Gold Rush' May Wane for Vodafone, Bharti

Vodafone Group Plc, France Telecom SA and Bharti Airtel Ltd., which spent at least $18 billion on deals in Africa and the Middle East in the last two years, may…


Telecoms

MACRA’s Latest Bid to License New Cellco Hits Stumbling Block

According to a report by local daily Nyasa Times, the board of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) is unsure whether to declare Comium Malawi the successful bidder of the…


Telecoms

South Africa: Arc Telecoms is born out of the iBurst Business Unit

A number of media reports have appeared in the past few weeks about a new South African telecoms company that was launched by ex-employees of iBurst Business. While the gist…


Telecoms

Telecoms News: In Brief

* Three out of 22 interested parties have been shortlisted to become Mozambique's third mobile phone operator, the National Institute of Communications (INCM) has announced. The three in question are…


Internet

Africa’s Double Bonanza: Main One Cable Goes Live while GLO – 1 Ready To Go

Main One has announced today that it’s 1,920 Gbps, 7000 kilometres long, submarine fibre optic cable system linking West Africa to Europe has been completed and commissioned. With landing stations…


Internet

South Africa: Flagship municipal broadband project in Gauteng 'Faces Axe'

The long-awaited multibillion-rand Gauteng Link broadband project could be shelved, a senior government official has told Business Day. Putting the project on ice would mean Gauteng residents would have to…


Internet

World Cup provides huge boost for Sport24 and Supersport sites but others were losers

The 2010 World Cup gave Sport24 and Supersport a massive boost in traffic, but not everyone benefitted. The 2010 World Cup brought thousands of international visitors to South Africa, but…


Internet

Internet News: In Brief

* Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has expanded its network reach to six major countries in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling it to deliver cost effective services to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic…


Computing

Nigeria’s National Universities Commission Data Base offers hosting to improve student access

Access to data online for graduates and undergraduates of Nigerian Universities had been a difficult exercise unlike what obtained in other climes. However, the establishment of National Universities Commission Data…


Computing

Tunisian Government Opens New Cyberpark in Southern Tunisia

In Tunisia, the ICT sector currently accounts for 11% of the country's GDP. Efforts are underway to further boost its contribution to reach 13% of the GDP in the next…


Computing

Govt Plans New Laws to Check Dumping of E-Waste in Nigeria

The Federal Government said it will soon enact new laws that will regulate the importation and dumping of end-of life electrical/electronic equipment into the country to check the harmful effects…


Computing

Computing News: In Brief

* In a bid to solve the problem of inadequate computers in most universities of Rwanda in the country, the Ministry of Education is considering providing laptops to students in…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telcoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

* Zain Kenya has announced a cut in international call rates, with all pre and post-paid customers now able to call certain destinations around the globe for KES10 (USD0.11) per…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

International companies Raise Their Stakes in Safaricom

International companies are raising their shareholding in telecoms firm Safaricom Ltd at the Nairobi Stock Exchange as locals and corporates gradually exit. Over the last year, they have increased their…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzanian Government Retains 40% Stake in Zain, Receives USD11m from New Owner

The government of Tanzania is set to receive TZS15.4 billion (USD11.2 million) and to hold on to its 40% stake in fixed and mobile operator Zain Tanzania following the sale…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel Announces N90 Billion Investment in Nigeria

Bharti Airtel, which recently acquired the African operations of Zain, on Tuesday in Lagos, announced its plans for the Nigerian market, where it will invest a whopping N90 billion ($600…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orascom Sells Local ISPs to MobiNil

Egyptian telecoms group Orascom Telecom has announced the sale of its two local internet subsidiaries – LINKdotNET (Egypt) and Link Egypt – to mobile network operator MobiNil for USD130 million.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* Indian telecoms operator Bharti Airtel plans to invest around USD100 million in Niger to improve the reach and quality of its network in the West African nation by the…


Digital Content

UTL's M-Sente Joins School Fees Platform

Competition in the mobile money business continues to bring better services to mobile phone users as Uganda Telecom's (UTL) M-sente joined the school fees platform. This comes just over a…


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E-Enforcement to Eradicate Fake Driver's Licence in Nigeria

The Directorate Of Road Traffic Services has stated that its electronic enforcement of vehicles which would commence in August in the Federal Capital Territory would target the elimination of both…


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People

* Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has surrendered his leadership at Makerere University's faculty of computing and information technology. Baryamureeba will be replaced by Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, who has been heading the…


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Events

CAPACITY AFRICA 201021-22 October 2010, Nairobi, KenyaThe most comprehensive African wholesale telecoms conference bringing together local and regional fixed-line and mobile operators from across the continentFor further information visit Capacity…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Contracts Manager :Parvana Strategic Sourcing (PTY) Ltd in Cape TownJob Title: Contracts ManagerJob Type: PermanentJob ID: 1000005City: Cape TownCountry: South AfricaDescriptionMain role:• Manages a variety of government, international, and commercial…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Contracts Manager :Parvana Strategic Sourcing (PTY) Ltd in Cape TownJob Title: Contracts ManagerJob Type: PermanentJob ID: 1000005City: Cape TownCountry: South AfricaDescriptionMain role:• Manages a variety of government, international, and commercial…


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Contracts

 Swiss Vendor and CBE's - EthiopiaThe long overdue IT procurement by the largest and oldest bank in the country, the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE), was signed and sealed two…