Issue no 516 6th August 2010

Top Story

A hybrid wind and sun solution for base station energy that claims to cut diesel costs by over 90%

With base station energy costs in Africa coming out at between US$30,000-60,000 a year, it’s hardly surprising that green energy solutions are becoming very much this year’s business decision for mobile operators. The price of diesel has already gone up due to exchange rate fluctuations and may go up more in the next three years. Russell Southwood talked to Christian Jonsson, General Manager, Middle East and Africa, Flexenclosure about the impact its hybrid E-Site product might have on holding down energy expenses.One of East Africa’s larger mobile operators has 2,500 base stations in one country and 500 of these are…

Telecoms

Burkina Faso gets ARCE into gear for launch of licence tender

Burkina Faso’s telecoms regulator, the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications (ARCE), has announced the launch of an international tender for a combined fixed and wireless concession which includes the provision…


Telecoms

France Telecom reportedly negotiating 40% Meditel purchase

Reuters reports that France Telecom (Orange) is in ‘advanced’ talks with the owners of Morocco's second largest mobile operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) to acquire a 40% share in the company.…


Telecoms

Cell C in Talks to Share Towers as it Rolls Out New Network

Cell C said last week it would finalise a cellphone tower-sharing agreement in the next four weeks. Cell C is expected to sell part of its tower facilities to another…


Telecoms

Tanzania: NMB Bank reports 280,000 clients for its mobile banking service

The NMB Bank's year-old mobile banking has attracted more than 280,000 clients.NMB Bank CEO Ben Christianse told reporters yesterday in Dar es Salaam that the number of customers was expected…


Telecoms

In Brief

- MTN Uganda last week officially launched its 3G+ technology platform, which is expected to spur business operations. Speaking at the launch of the modem in Kampala, Mr Themba Khumalo,…


Internet

Wananchi Group and Cisco Sign Multiyear Contract to roll-out Triple Play services in East Africa

Cisco announced today that the Wananchi Group, Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multichannel cable television and voice telephony) and VSAT (broadband data and Internet) services, has signed a contract…


Internet

MTN SA, Intel collaborate on African WiMAX venture

South Africa's MTN Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with US communication giant Intel, which will see the two companies collaborating to accelerate the deployment and penetration of…


Internet

Data and mobile internet services are emerging as the new competition war front for telecoms

Data and mobile internet services are emerging as the new competition war front for service providers ever since the landing of undersea fibre optic cables, TEAMS and SEACOM, about a…


Internet

In Brief:

- Kenya has the third highest number of blogs in Africa after Nigeria and South Africa, a firm indication of the nation's increasing IT literacy. The main African blog aggregator…


Computing

Google Uganda Launches Two New Local Language Domains

Google Uganda, on Monday launched two local language operations enabling about five million people access services in native languages. The launch of the Runyakitara and Luo languages at Makerere University…


Computing

Zinox is No. 1 Selling Notebook in Nigeria, Says IDC

The laptop range of Zinox Computers, Nigeria's first internationally certified branded computers, has emerged the best selling notebooks in the Nigerian market, according to the latest report by International Data…


Computing

Uganda: Audit Association to Boost IT Governance

There have been recent highly publicised incidents of fraud and system failures have brought IT security and reliability in focus. Last week Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) was…


Computing

In Brief:

- Kampala — Busitem University is to start an institute of communications technology at its main campus in Tororo district. The move was revealed after a meeting between the university…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Briefs:

* South African cellular operator Vodacom has teamed up with On Demand Group to launch mobile TV subscription on-demand services to its 3G user base. The companies claim that the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN R22m builds 2MW tri-generation plant to ease dependence on Govt utility Eskom

MTN last week unveiled its 2MW tri-generation plant in a move intended to ease its dependence on Eskom electricity. MTN said the R22m methane-driven plant would ensure continued security of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Reps in Nigeria Want Locals to Own 30 Percent Shares in GSM Firms

The House of Representatives is in the process of enacting a law that would compel all GSM operators in the country to reserve and allocate at least 30 percent of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Represesntatives Passes N63.1 Billion NCC Budget, Rejects N6.1 Billion SIM Card Registration

The House of Representatives has passed the 2010 budget of N 63.1 billion for the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) with recurrent, capital and special projects expenditure amounting to N 9.7…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom CEO takes home millions

Telkom executives took home millions over the last financial year, with large bonuses and benefitsTelkom has been struggling over the last year or two, but that does not mean that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

In Brief:

-  Nairobi — Retrenched Telkom Kenya staff who worked at its technology college will be paid terminal benefits of Sh160 million. The MultiMedia University College is negotiating with the relevant…


Digital Content

DRTS Nigeria Commences E-Encoding of Vehicles

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) has commenced the electronic encoding of information-based chips inside vehicles plying the roads of the Federal Capital Territory for electronic enforcement and regulation…


Digital Content

Aero Offers ATM Payment Option in West Africa

One of the leaders in e - ticketing in West Africa, Aero Contractor has launched a facility that will enable bookings-on-hold payment to be made on ATM machines.This new innovative…


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People:

Bharti Airtel has announced the appointment of Andre Beyers as the Chief Marketing Officer for its African operations.


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Events

NIGERIA COM 28-29 September 2010Eko Expo Centre, Lagos Nigeria A brand new event in the Com World Series, Nigeria Com is the ONLY event focused on Nigerian telcos. Incorporating 25+ speakers…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Cisco EngineerThe Corporate Hub - IT Executive Recruitment in JohannesburgAn International Networks Company seeks a MPLS Network Engineer to perform work on large corporate networks. This will include the technical…


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Contracts

African Cellular Towers & Eskom power Lines – South AfricaTelecoms equipment manufacturer African Cellular Towers has won three projects worth R64m for Eskom power lines, it said last week. The…