Issue no 518 20th August 2010

Top Story

Africa’s mobile market will go open access – it’s not if but when and how it all work out

Global Voice Group - An ApologyIn an article entitled; "Life in Africa's Slow Lane- Congo Telecom and Socatel Defend Their International Voice Monopolies, Disapora Callers Ask Why?" published in 491, readers of Balancing Act's News Update might have believed we were alleging Global Voice Group assisted in the commission of fraud by a group we described as "a mafia," adopts anti-competitive practices by taking over all the international phone traffic in Congo and encourages African Governments to impose taxes on incoming calls. We would like to make it clear that it was not our intention to suggest this. We accept…

Telecoms

South Africa: Cell ©’s new branding okay for now, says top lawyer

Cell C can continue using its controversial new trademark, which includes a design that resembles the copyright symbol. There’s even a “reasonable possibility” it will be successful in registering “Cell…


Telecoms

imbabwe: Telecel Introduces Web and Mobile SIM Registration Facilities to meet 31 August deadline

Telecel has introduced online and mobile registration to comply with the POTRAZ SIM card registration directive issued months ago. The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) directed all…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

* Neotel today announced the launch of its NeoIntellect, a web-based communications management system hosted in Neotel’s data centre at the company’s Midrand campus. NeoIntellect is pre-integrated with multiple telephony…


Telecoms

MTN still open to a big deal and if not, improved cash flows, says CEO

Phuthuma Nhleko, group president and CEO of MTN, has not completely given up on the idea of concluding another big acquisition. “Though we realise there are far fewer opportunities out…


Telecoms

Safaricom let off the hook by UK regulation consultants

Safaricom, Kenya’s largest cellco by subscribers, has been vindicated in its battle against stringent new regulations introduced by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK). After Safaricom threatened the regulator with…


Telecoms

Malawi: G-Mobile elaborates on launch plans as court date looms

Malawi-based start-up cellular operator G-Mobile has announced that it will invest USD150 million in the next three years to become a realistic contender in the country’s GSM market. CEO Peter…


Internet

Submarine Cable - Starcomms Signs Up With Main One

As part of its efforts to further enhance internet service from IZAP and 1X, Starcomms has subscribed to Main One undersea cable linking Nigeria and the whole of West Africa…


Internet

Africa Online, Afsat Set for Merger and rebranding

Three months from today, Internet Service Providers, Africa Online and Afsat Communications are to operate as a single entity in most African markets including Uganda. The Monitor’s Walter Wafula spoke…


Internet

South Africa: MTN to keep extending 3G coverage area

MTN last week released its interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2010, showing subscriber growth across many of its operations. MTN CEO Phuthuma Nhleko also discussed infrastructure…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* South African ISP MWeb has announced that its long-rumoured 10Mbps uncapped ADSL products will finally be available in September. The company has explained that the delay is down to…


Computing

FG Okays Establishment of Computer Crime Prosecution Unit in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Computer Crime Prosecution Unit (CCPU) for the prosecution of those involved in cyber crime related offences. A statement from the Chief…


Computing

New Deal to Provide Teachers With E-Syllabuses in Kenya

Teachers in public schools can now buy laptops loaded with the current syllabus and training material following a public/private partnership initiative which aims at integrating e-learning in the education system.…


Computing

Ugandan Students write E-Campus Digital Software

The practice of keeping students records manually at Kyambogo University has ended. This follows the invention of E-Campus software that will see all the activities on the institution carried out…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Kigali — Umwalimu Sacco, a teachers' Credit and Savings Cooperative, is set to buy and distribute laptops to all their members across the country in a programme that is…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage: In Brief

* Tanzanian mobile services provider Zantel has announced the launch of a new uniform call rate plan to other networks, marking a new wave of competition in the cut throat…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel to Pay $62 Million for Telecom Seychelles

Indian mobile operator, Bharti Airtel, said that its board had approved its acquisition of Telecom Seychelles in a deal valued at $62 million, in its bid to increase its presence…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Group has unveiled its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2010

South Africa-based MTN Group has unveiled its financial results for the six months ended 30 June 2010, announcing an 11.4% increase in aggregate users, to 129.2 million subscribers. MTN hailed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Accesskenya Blames Weaker Shilling for Profit Drop

Internet service provider, AccessKenya has reported a 59 per cent drop in profit after tax, which the company attributes to price cuts and a weaker Kenyan shilling. The earnings after…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News: In Brief

* Reuters reports that Russia’s Vimpelcom and Naguib Sawiris are ‘close’ to signing a term sheet for the sale of the Egyptian tycoon’s holding company Weather Investments, which owns 50%-plus-one-share…


Digital Content

Police Use M-Pesa to Trace Student's Killer

An M-Pesa transaction has helped detectives solve the puzzle of a college student murdered three months ago. Twenty-year-old Jane Wairimu went missing on May 20, and her remains were found…


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People

* Well-known and colourful Internet industry personality Justin Spratt has resigned from Dimension Data division Internet Solutions and will join Quirk eMarketing on 1 September. Spratt has been appointed as…


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People

* Well-known and colourful Internet industry personality Justin Spratt has resigned from Dimension Data division Internet Solutions and will join Quirk eMarketing on 1 September. Spratt has been appointed as…


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Event

*MOBIFEST 2010 NIGERIA Nigeria’s first and largest mobile application event will be in Lagos less than two weeks and a key focus for this inaugural event is not surprisingly –…


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Jobs & Opportunities

* ERP Consultant Marina in Gauteng Midrand R20 000 – R30 000   Looking for a ERP Consultant for a Company based in Midrand, Gauteng   • Must have at…


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Contracts

  South Africa: Siphiwe Nyanda company in contract chaos   A company owned partly by communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda was given a R20m contract to investigate service delivery protests in…