Issue no 515 30th July 2010

Top Story

Growing Africa’s Internet use: Top down vs bottom up - Which way is up?

The Internet is the basis of Africa’s second wave of investment after mobile. It’s much smaller but the potential is considerable. Almost everyone wants to see the Internet grow but there are significantly different strategies when it comes to making it happen. The private sector is seeking to find the magic services and applications that will generate both users and money. Governments and their donor supporters look to provide improved services and efficiencies in their processes. Russell Southwood looks at the contrasts between top down vs bottom up strategies for the African Internet.Bottom up private sector strategies rely on creating…

Telecoms

African Telcom LAPGreenN Bids for Telekom Serbia

The Serbian government is offering a 40% stake in the state-owned telco to the highest bidder according to media reports. The government today holds 80% of Telekom while the balance…


Telecoms

Telecel Zimbabwe Dogfight Escalates

A battle to control Telecel Zimbabwe escalated this week after Empowerment Corporation (EC), owners of the firm's licence, pushed for the cancellation of the company's operating licence and the ouster…


Telecoms

Gabon launches 3G licence tender

Gabon's government has launched a tender to build and operate a 3G mobile network, with a deadline for submissions to the regulator Artel by 30 September, reports Reuters. The tender…


Telecoms

Sierratel to undergo privatisation to boost competitiveness

The government of Sierra Leone is looking to sell incumbent fixed line operator Sierratel, as officials acknowledge that the firm lacks the financial resources to compete with the country’s mobile…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

*ITNews Africa reports that Tanzania’s first independently owned tower company, Eaton Tanzania, has opened for business in the capital, Dar Es Salaam. The newcomer will build and manage towers to…


Internet

Eassy Submarine Cable Set to Go Live

Construction of the East Africa Sub marine cable system (EASSy) has been complete and the facility will go live later this week, Zantel Wholesale and Roaming Director Nahaat Mahfoudh told…


Internet

Safaricom snaps up two more datacos

It was only a matter of when, not if, that Safaricom would fish out firms from the small pond of ICT providers to enable it grow its data business. The…


Internet

Break in Fibre-Optic Cable Damages Economy in Mozambique

The normal functioning of the economy throughout central Mozambique has been compromised by a break in the underwater fibre-optic cable operated by the publicly owned telecommunications company, TDM. Much of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* MWEB today announced that they are set to start using Seacom bandwidth again from tonight if everything goes according to plan. In a statement MWEB said that “if all goes…


Computing

Lagos Introduces E-Tutor in Schools

Lagos State government has introduced an education software known as e-tutor in its schools, as part of its continuous efforts to improve the quality of education in the state.The software,…


Computing

SeedCamp selects top African startups

Seedcamp, a European micro seed fund that invests in early stage startup companies, has selected 11 South African technology startups topossibly attend the SeedcampWeek programme held in September in London,…


Computing

Utomate Electoral Process, Asagba Tasks Computer Society

The Asagba of Asaba, HRH Prof. Chike Edozien, has urged the Nigerian Computer Society, NSC, to do all it can to help the nation automate the electoral process, so that…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Accra — The Center for Democratic Development (CDD- Ghana), a non - partisan organization, has asked Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to put in serious policy efforts to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Pair of investors interested in loss-making Nigerian Multilinks

The chairman of Telkom South Africa, Jeff Molobela, has announced that at least two investors have shown interest in the company’s struggling Nigerian unit Multilinks, news agency Reuters reports. Molobela…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MPs in Uganda Cite Foul Play in Shs250 Billion Internet backbone project

Parliament last wee opened investigations into allegations of corruption in the $126 million (about Shs252 billion) National Backbone Infrastructure Project.Citing inflated costs and foul play, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

N6.1 Billion Sim Registration Tears House Apart in Nigeria

The House of Representatives last week witnessed another rowdy session following the disagreement amongst lawmakers over a proposal by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to expend the sum of N6.1…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nedbank SA invests in Bandwidth Barn

Nedbank Business Banking last week presented the Bandwidth Barn, an information and communications technology business incubator in the Western Cape, with a cheque for R500 000 at a function at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

* Malawi’s third licensed mobile operator Global Advanced Integrated Networks (GAIN), which intends to provide services under the G-Mobile banner, has received an injunction against a USD6.9 million fine issued…


Digital Content

NCC Unveils Technology to Track Down Kidnappers

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled technology that can be used to track the location of kidnappers when such crime occurs.The Acting Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Dr…


Digital Content

NetApp Introduces Storage Management Integration in Nigeria

As part of its commitment to support the IT industry with innovative products, NetApp exclusive distributor in Nigeria, has announced new storage management integration for greater performance and scalability of…


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People

*Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda needs to appear before Parliament's communications portfolio committee to explain his reasons for dismissing his director general Mamodupi Mohlala, the DA said on Tuesday.*Telkom last week…


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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

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Contracts

*Govt and Chams Consortium & One Secure Card - NigeriaAbuja — The Board of the National Identity Management Commission has signed an agreement with Chams Consortium and One SecureCard Consortium…