Issue no 519 27th August 2010

Top Story

Google in Liberia – an overnight stay, or the start of a long-term relationship?

Global Voice Group - An Apology In 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…

Telecoms

Cape Verde’s ANAC tenders three 3G licences and one 2G licence

As previewed in issue 514, Cape Verde’s regulator Agência Nacional das Comunicações (ANAC) is tendering the right to use frequency for three 3G operationsand for one 2G operation: all licences…


Telecoms

New mobile operator to launch in Tanzania

Hits (the trading brand of Excellentcom Tanzania Ltd) will launch on Monday 30 August and is pitching itself as a converged operator offering voice, SMS and data services. However ,…


Telecoms

Mozambique: Government plans partial privatisation of mCel

The Mozambican government is considering plans to partially privatise the state-owned cellco Mozambique Cellular (mCel), Radio Mozambique has reported. Hipolito Hamela, chairman of the state’s stake-holding company Instituto de Gestao…


Telecoms

Kenya: Zain falls out with Safaricom over interconnect as price war gets dirty

In an aggressive statement, Zain have accused Safaricom of sabotage after their request for a capacity increase on the Safaricom-owned interconnect link – necessary as Zain experienced congestion following its…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

*South African telco Telkom has announced that it is looking to restart talks with US-based AT&T about its long-mooted African partnership, which has so far brought very little new business…


Internet

South Africa: Three more ISPs able to support DStv’s On Demand programme service and open peering

MultiChoice announced last week that three additional ISPs would be able to serve content from the DStv On Demand service. DStv On Demand allows DStv Premium subscribers in South Africa…


Internet

Nigeria: Phase3 Telecom promotes the benefits of aerial fibre optic routes

Phae3 Telecom’s CEO Stanley Jegede was out last week promoting the use of aerial fibre optic routes as both cheaper and more reliable than their terrestrial equivalent.He stated that with…


Internet

South Africa’s Infraco hits out at licence decision

State-owned telecommunications infrastructure provider Broadband Infraco has used its latest annual report to criticise a decision not to grant it a service licence under the Electronic Communications Act.It says the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* MTN South Africa has announced plans to build a 3G network in the 900MHz band, TechCentral reports. MTN expects significant growth in demand for broadband services outside of South…


Computing

Security Software Company Confident About Zimbabwean Market

ESET NOD32 Antivirus, a global security software distribution company is confident about its prospects in the Zimbabwean market and has pledged to support the country's efforts to develop the security…


Computing

Uganda Embraces Digital Animation Technology

Makerere University and Digimation UK have entered a partnership under which has been mandated to conduct digital animation courses in the faculty of computing and information technology. The partnership agreement…


Computing

Nigeria: ITAN Signs MOU With ATCON on Information Sharing

There appears to be dawn of a new era in the Nigerian ICT sector as the Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria, ITAN in collaboration with the Association of Telecommunication…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Dar Es Salaam: Techno Brain Limited Tanzania, has won the 2010 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award from Africa region.* Tanzania: Donors who want to access how their…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

*Harare — Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe's largest mobile service provider, has become the first operator in the country to offer a comprehensive per second billing system across all networks. Econet's billing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Cell C raises €240m China loan for new network

Cell C has signed a €240m (R2.2bn) loan agreement with China Development Bank, according to a statement issued by a South African government delegation visiting China this week. The delegation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Has Announced R8.1bn BEE Plan

Telecoms company shares rose 94c on the news that its launching one of the countries biggest BEE offers called "MTN Zahkele" MTN says its Board has approved a proposed 8.1…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

R400m for Infraco network

Broadband Infraco, the state-owned infrastructure provider that is expected to launch commercial services within the next few weeks, pumped R407m into its network in the 2010 financial year, up from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sambo Receives Report On Nitel/Mtel Restructuring: nearly 3,000 jobs to go

Vice President Namadi Sambo last weekreceived the report of the reactivated Presidential Task Force on NITEL/MTEL restructuring. Receiving the report at the State House, Abuja, the Vice President promised to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

* The latest research by Unison Communications reveals that between 47% - 63% of government communication budgets are spent on cellphone communication. On average mobile rates are 50% more expensive…


Digital Content

Online Gambling Banned in South Africa

According to the Gauteng Gambling Board which has fought a long-running battle with online casinos, it is now illegal to gamble using digital products inside South Africa. That's after a…


Digital Content

BMTL Launches Electronic Devices for Efficiency Management

Business Machines Tanzania Limited (BMTL) has launched three electronic devices which help to store data transactions in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.The Director of BMTL, Ramakrishnan Kirubakaran, said that the…


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People

* The SABC board has moved to suspend CEO Solly Mokoetle, it emerged on Tuesday.* Mamodupi Mohlala, former director-general of South Africa’s Department of Communications looks set to be offered…


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Events

MOBIFEST 2010NIGERIANigeria’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 – Mobile applications…


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Jobs & Opportunities

*Business Consultant (EMEA)Parvana Strategic Sourcing (PTY) Ltd in JohannesburgJob Title: Business Consultant (EMEA)Job Type: PermanentJob ID: 999869City: JohannesburgCountry: South AfricaDescription:Main Role:• As Business Consultant you will be involved in all…


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Contracts

Blue Labels Telecom and Multi LinksJSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms says a controversial contract signed with Telkom’s ailing Nigerian operation, Multi-Links, is being reviewed.Blue Label co-CEO Mark Levy says the contract…