Issue no 522 17th September 2010

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SMS message ban in Mozambique raises difficulties operators and Government will have to deal with

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: Telkom Mobile argues for asymmetrical interconnect rate as it takes on all three existing operators

Incoming Telkom Mobile is entering the mobile market swinging, not only taking on MTN, but now also Vodacom and Cell C in its fight for an asymmetrical interconnect rate of…


Telecoms

Cellcom Liberia, GOL Locked In Nearly U.S.300, 000 Tax Duel

Liberia’s Tax Court has ruled that raffle draws constitute gambling in a case filed against the GSM company Cellcom for allegedly failing to remit 30% of the total amount in…


Telecoms

G-Mobile of Malawi Gets U.S.$30 Million Capital Injection and will be managed by Telkom SA

Private equity investor Musa Capital is investing about $30m in Malawi's third cellphone operator, G-Mobile, and is eyeing similar investments in other African countries, including South Africa. Fifteen-year-old Musa Capital…


Telecoms

Bintel’s Equateur Telecom Congo launches commercial services

The Republic of Congo now has a fourth mobile network operator following reports that Equateur Telecom Congo, a subsidiary of Bahrain-based Bintel, has commenced commercial services. According to Cellular News,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

* MTN Swaziland is reported to be in a testing phase of developing a commercial 3G mobile network following a month-long pilot of four UMTS base stations. The South African-owned…


Telecoms

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…


Internet

Ghana: K-Net extends satellite triple play services across West Africa

Newtec has announced that Ghana-based triple-play solutions provider K-Net is using Newtec’s Sat3Play to extend the reach of broadband services throughout West Africa. K-NET’s Sat3Play infrastructure provides the platform for…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Africom Ploughs U.S.$30 Million in New Technology

Zimbabwean ISP, Africom on Friday unveiled its mobile broadband platform after investing US$30 million into the project in a development that would improve the country's mobile penetration.The development follows the…


Internet

Nigeria’s NCC pledges more investment in internet exchange 

The Nigerian Communications Commission said it will up its investment levels in the Internet Exchange of Nigeria in order to help the organisation keep local internet traffic within the country,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* MTN has followed in the footsteps of Cell C to boost the coverage of their mobile broadband offerings Bloomberg last week announced that MTN will use some of its…


Computing

Integrated Contact Centre Grows With Kenya Commercial Bank

The Interactive Intelligence contact centre solution, implemented by ATIO, is providing effective support to East Africa's largest bank as it shifts its customer contact centre in-house.  At the end of…


Computing

INEC Targets UN System -How Haier, Zinox, Avant Made Shortlist

Fresh facts have emerged on how China-based computer manufacturer, Haier, US-based Avant Technology and Nigerian-owned Zinox Computers were shortlisted for the supply of 132,000 units of Direct Digital Data Capture…


Computing

Voix Networks, First Bank Deploy Point of Sale Terminals in Nigeria

Nigeria-based ICT firm Voix Networks Limited has partnered with First Bank to introduce reliable Point of Sale (POS) terminals in Nigeria. The partnership will enable First Bank to deploy its…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* BizDataSoft Solutions, LLC, a USA-based business technology and software consulting company that started operations in The Gambia in 2010, on Monday, 30th August 2010 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, signed…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

* Lagos — In the spirit of the celebration of Nigeria's 50th independent anniversary, Etisalat Nigeria, one of the four GSM telecommunications companies in Nigeria, said it has slashed its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Expands Rural Presence as Part of R18bn Network Investment

MTN South Africa last week showed off a ‘green’ base station near Upington, which is based on environmentally-friendly technology that will make it easier for the network to reach rural…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IS, Symantec Partner For Multimillion Rand SA Data Centre

Internet Solutions (IS) and Symantec have partnered to build a multimillion rand data centre in Johannesburg that will provide hosted data security services across Africa. The companies have declined to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Organic Growth Drives Pinnacle's Better Results

Diversified information, communication and technology product and service provider Pinnacle Technology last week reported improvements in its revenue and headline earnings per share for the year to June, citing organic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EOH Market Cap Hits the Magic R1bn Number

JSE-listed technology services business, EOH, has grown its market capitalisation to R1bn off the back of a  strong set of financial results. The company’s share price today climbed 2.4% to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

* Cell C announced last week that it is offering to purchase for cash its outstanding €400,000,000 (85.8%) First Priority Senior Secured Notes due 2012.Cell C is also soliciting consents…


Digital Content

RwandAir Clients Book Via SMS

Prospective travellers with RwandAir in Rwanda and Burundi can now access the airline's flight schedule via short text messages sent directly to their mobile handsets.The service has been available since…


Digital Content

Paperless Clearance At The Port of Mombasa

Customers will soon be able to clear their goods at the port of Mombasa without using a single piece of paper. In an apparent move to put a stranglehold on…


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people

* Richard Snow has resigned from the Vodacom board and will be replaced by regional Vodafone CEO Nick Read.*Nokia is replacing its CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, with a top Microsoft executive, Stephen…


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Events

*CAPACITY AFRICA 201021-22 September 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

* C/C++ DeveloperVerna in GautengC/C++ Developer 
Salary R 700 000.00 – R 400 000.00 
Johannesburg and Pretoria Area A company based in Morning side Johannesburg is looking for specialising in the telecommunication sector is…


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Contracts

*Thermocool, Zinox and INEC - NigeriaLagos — Refrigerator and home appliances manufacturer, Haier Thermocool Nigeria Limited, Zinox Computers, and a US-based ICT firm, Avant Technology, may have landed the contract…