Issue no 513 16th July 2010

Top Story

Africa’s Cloud Computing: what will it take for it to become big across the continent?

Cloud Computing has been big in Africa for a long time at the consumer level. Think of all those Internet users that use web mail browsers like Yahoo and Hotmail. But now its promoters are seeking to persuade us that it will bring about a fundamental shift for both corporates and consumer users. Forget your desktop PC or your laptop. Just focus on the software and files you need and getting them through Internet access on any machine. Russell Southwood spoke to Microsoft’s Hennie Loubser,  Regional General Manager for West, East, Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands about how…

Telecoms

Globacom gets Mobile Licence in Gambia and will build landing station

Barely four months after it was awarded an operating licence in Senegal, Globacom has received another license that will enable it to operate in The Gambia. Globacom in a statement…


Telecoms

Cell C poised to sell stake in Virgin Mobile?

South African mobile operator Cell C is preparing to conclude the sale of its 50% stake in Virgin Mobile South Africa, TechCentral reports. Quoting a ‘well-placed industry source’ the South…


Telecoms

Tanzanian Government blocking sale of its stake to Bharti

Bharti Airtel of India, which recently completed the purchase of the African operations of Kuwait-based Zain Group in a deal valued at USD10.7 billion, could be heading into troubled waters…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Etisalat Records Four Million Subscribers, Re-Launches Easy Starter

In less than two years of operation, Etisalat, the last entrant into the Nigerian GSM market has hit the four million subscriber mark, and it is itching to become the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News: In Brief

* The World Cup boosted mobile operator traffic. Vodacom enjoyed a 40% increase in SMS traffic over the month, with 600 million text messages sent. Elsewhere, Cell C saw its…


Internet

Eassy to Go Live on Friday

The Eassy fibre optic cable will go live on Friday 16 July 2010, marking the completion of its construction, which started in Maputo, Mozambique in December 2009. Eassy is the…


Internet

Seacom Moves Repair Deadline back

Seacom, said last week that a major fault in its cable north of Kenya would be fixed only around July 22, more than a week later than first hoped.Seacom was…


Internet

Internet News: In Brief

*Nashua Mobile and Internet Solutions (IS) have teamed up to bring a new voice-over Wi-Fi service called VoIS Mobile to market. The two companies have announced a partnership that will…


Internet

Teachers in South Africa to Get Techno Savy with new laptop scheme

After months of deliberations and planning by the Department of Basic Education, the Teacher Laptop Initiative (TLI) is set to be rolled out on Thursday with a key focus on…


Computing

South Africa: Japanese Giant NTT to Buy Didata in R24 Billion Deal

SA's biggest takeover deal so far this year was announced yesterday with Japanese telecom giant Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) acquiring SA's Dimension Data for £2,1bn (about R24bn). The deal…


Computing

NCC, Stakeholders call for Child Online Protection

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and telecom industry stakeholders have called for online protection of the Nigerian child at a consultative forum held in Lagos last week. Put together by…


Computing

Computing News: In Brief

* Windhoek — As part of its efforts to make Namibian laws accessible to the general public, the Ministry of Justice recently placed all the country's laws and other legal…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage News: In Brief

*Growing use of mobile phones in African countries like Kenya has pushed global subscription to the five billion mark, a new survey by telecoms infrastructure firm Ericsson shows, giving signals…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Siemens to Invest €200m in Africa in next two years and plans to double its market share to 10%

Siemens is to spend €200m in Africa in the next two years and plans to double to 10% its share of the market in the regions it serves, estimated to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Econet Pays US $10 Million Dividend

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has paid US$10 million to its shareholders after declaring a cumulative US$0.14 dividend for the year ended February 2010. The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-quoted mobile phone operator recorded…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Financing Needed for Seamless WiFi Services Project

The implementer of a Ghana-based project that aims to deploy wireless network connections to provide fast internet access is seeking financing to the tune of $2.5m. The funding would commence…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Naspers to buy share in Digital Sky Technologies

Listed media company Naspers will buy 28.7 percent of one of Russia's leading internet firms, it said on Wednesday. It would purchase the stake in Digital Sky Technologies (DST) in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* Lagos — House of Representatives is set to grill the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) over the N6.1 billion SIM Card registration budget presented to it by the Commission.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* Lagos — House of Representatives is set to grill the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) over the N6.1 billion SIM Card registration budget presented to it by the Commission.


Digital Content

IT Makeover for Health Sector in Namibia

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has started the rollout of a new IT network in six regions.So far, centres in six regions in Namibia have received equipment as…


Digital Content

World Cup Brings New Document Scanning Technology to Beitbridge

The World Cup has brought security improvements to the Beitbridge border post, with Zimbabwean authorities introducing a new scanning system to weed out suspicious travel documents.This is the first time…


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People

* South Africa's Telkom appointed Jeffrey Hedberg as Acting Chief Executive last week but its leadership crisis deepened last week when Chief Financial Officer Peter Nelson resigned, following the early…


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Events

5th Annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa 2010 Forum17-19 August 2010Hosted by: Ministry of Communications, National Communications Authority, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic CommunicationsThe CTO will be hosting its 5th Annual…


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Jobs and Opportunties

Tester - Mobile GSM NetworksSapientis South Africa JohannesburgUrgently looking for a technical tester with experience in Mobile GSM networks to support the project team in setting up test environments, developing…


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Contracts

Abyssinia Bank and 4 international vendors - Ethiopia The Bank of Abyssinia (BoA) shortlisted four international vendors on Thursday, July 8, 2010, of which one will be awarded the contract…