Issue no 523 24th September 2010

Top Story

The QoS Moment of Truth – Tunisian regulator INT starts monitoring broadband services

Many African operators offering broadband services – whether fixed or mobile – continue to provide highly contended or congested services. Bandwidth speeds are improving but there’s no easy way for African consumers to know what they’re getting. To tackle this issue, Tunisian regulator INT has commissioned a specialist company called Epitiro to provide a monitoring service. Russell Southwood spoke to Iain Wood, its VP Marketing and Regulator Solutions, about the impact of this kind of work.Africa is coming out of a period when operators were “selling shortage”: there wasn’t much bandwidth, it was therefore very expensive and woe betide those…

Telecoms

Kenya’s CCK extends SIM card registration… again

Mobile phone users who failed to register their SIM cards by the Wednesday deadline will not be disconnected from their network until a legislation to back the action is enacted.…


Telecoms

Malawi: MACRA revokes G-Mobile Licence

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) on Monday, 20 September 2010 announced that it has revoked the operation licence it gave to Global Advanced Integrated Networks (G-Mobile) after its failure…


Telecoms

Telkom South Africa announces expansion plans; licences secured for nine new countries

Telkom South Africa has secured operating licences in east, south and west Africa, the company revealed yesterday, in an interview with IT News Africa. Telkom spokesman Pynee Chetty announced that…


Telecoms

Uganda: Essar’s Warid Telecom Cuts Call Charges by Half

According to figures from Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for August 2010, Zain has an equal call rate of sh300 for calls from Zain to other networks between 8:00pm and midnight.Orange…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

- The National Agency of the Communications (ANAC) of Cape Verde has announced that it plans to launch a public tender for three 3G licences and a single 2G (GSM)…


Internet

Tanzania: Faster download speeds mean shift in charging from time-based to capacity-based

Internet cafes owners are facing technology challenges which may compel them to shift their billing method from time spent to bytes as broadband speed increased hundred folds. The theory is…


Internet

KDN Pulls Out of Retail Internet Services Market in Kenya

Internet Services Providers (ISPs) facing closure following stiff competition from big Internet Protocol (IP) network provider, Kenya Data Networks, can now breathe easy after the operator announced last week it…


Internet

Mozambique: Vodacom Cuts Internet Prices

Vodacom Mozambique, the local subsidiary of the South African company Vodacom, on Thursday announced reductions, in some cases of over 80 per cent, in its charges for data transmission. According…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Zantel has slashed price of its modems from 99,900/- to 49,900/- in a move aimed at bringing internet connectivity to a majority of Tanzanians. Recently, the company introduced new…


Computing

Queue Management Systems Installed in Hospitals in Rwanda

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has installed 'Customer Directing System' software or Queue Management System (QMS) in the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), Muhima and Rwamagana hospitals.The move is…


Computing

Kenya’s ICT entrepreneurs get plaudits and prizes

It has been an amazing week for Kenya’s ICT sector, according to a report in Business Daily.First, Murags (aka John Waibochi) became the proud caretaker of a million dollar enterprise…


Computing

Zimbabwe: Mobile Computer School on wheels

Local ICT firm Nhava Global will in October launch a mobile computer training school targeting remote areas. The Institute for Capacity Development in Africa aims to bridge the gap in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Two weeks ago at G-Uganda and G-Kenya Developer Day events, members of the Google Education team talked about Google Code University (GCU), an online course repository containing educational material,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- MTN Ghana says it is investing in advanced switching technology, dubbed ‘The Blade Cluster’, as part of efforts to improve network quality across the country. A spokesman for the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

France Telecom buys 40% share in Meditel for USD837m

France Telecom (FT) has agreed to buy a 40% stake in Morocco’s second largest mobile operator Medi Telecom (Meditel) for EUR640 million (USD837 million) from its domestic owners, state investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Shopping Spree by Datatec 'Is Pre-Emptive'

Global technology firm Datatec has been on a shopping spree, buying small to medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets to bolster its operations.The technology industry is recovering from the recession, which…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya seeks firms to set up second data facility

The government is calling on the private sector to partner with it in setting up a second national data centre, in a move likely to boost the country’s information and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ARC Telecoms makes official entrance into the South Africa’s telecoms space

ARC Telecoms has officially entered the hyper-competitive and increasingly volatile South African communications space with a mandate to dedicate its technologies, services and consultancy to the small and medium business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) concluded its historic 50th Council meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka last week with the decision to support the launch of a Commonwealth Telecom Development…


Digital Content

MobiPay Now Officially Open in Namibia

Namibia's first mobile payment solution company, Mobicash Payment Solutions, received its certificate this week in the presence of Deputy Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, as well as the Assistant Governor…


Digital Content

Tanzania Firm Touts E-Marketing

Tanzania's business fraternity was on Wednesday challenged to utilise fully information technogy (IT) services by marketing their products online. SoukTrade.com Public Relations Officer Priya Patel told the 'Daily News' that…


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People

- Digital media firm Wananchi Group in Kenya has restructured its executive suite to tap expertise in broadcast technologies for its regional operations. The firm has appointed veteran broadcast executive…


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Events

Unix System Administration Workshop For Eastern and Central Africa Women Engineers11th - 15th  October, 2010 Nairobi, KenyaThe African Network Operators Group (AfNOG: http://www.afnog.org ) invites women engineers from Eastern and…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Senior 2G/3G RF Optimiser (NSN) – MozambiqueThe company is looking for  a "Senior 2G/3G RF Optimiser" with experience and background with Nokia,Both 2G and 3G experience is essential and you…


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Contracts

IBM and Bharti Airtel - AfricaIBM will manage the computing and technology services that power the company’s mobile operations across 16 African countries. The 10-year agreement will see US-based IBM…