Issue no 527 22nd October 2010

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Namibia: WACS cable will arrive in 2011 but monopoly legacy holds back prices and growth

Namibia’s regulatory position is like stepping back ten years if you’re more used to the competitive rough and tumble in Africa’s more developed markets. The historic incumbent Telecom Namibia still has some monopoly privileges and the new incumbent, Government-owned mobile operator MTC is in danger of behaving in much the same way. Sadly the country has closed its regulator with a view to opening a new one. However, this has meant all things regulatory have gone into a holding pattern. Russell Southwood looks at the key market barriers that are holding things back.Historic incumbent Telecom Namibia has an infrastructure monopoly…

Telecoms

Mozambique: Government switches new tax from users on to mobile companies

Under a hail of criticism, the Mozambican government has withdrawn its proposal for a new tax on users of mobile phones. On Tuesday, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo…


Telecoms

Djibouti Telecom teams up with Telecom Italia Sparkle for IP POP

Incumbent Djibouti Telecom and Telecom Italia Sparkle, the international wholesale arm of Telecom Italia, last week announced their top-tier IP Point of Presence (POP) is now available in the capital,…


Telecoms

South Africa: Icasa to publish call tariff regulations

The long-awaited regulations that will determine wholesale call termination rates in South Africa are ready and will be published next Friday. That’s the word from Icasa spokesman Jubie Matlou, who…


Telecoms

Zain Nigeria Boosts SMEs With Mybusiness

In the drive to combat falling ARPUs, mobile operators are now targeting packages at SMEs. Zain Nigeria has launched Mybusiness, a new package that is specially designed to enhance the…


Telecoms

Telecoms news - In Brief

- Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile phone companies to stop their popular money transfer services, saying they are "unIslamic". Mobile phone banking was introduced in the northern Somaliland…


Internet

Econet Zimbabwe launches nationwide Mobile Broadband services

Econet revealed today that the network cost about a US$100 million to build, and currently covers the country’s major cities. The data network is based on UMTS (3G), GPRS and…


Internet

80 Percent of Rwanda's Fibre Optic Cable Laid

The Rwanda government optic fibre cable has been linked to the Indian Ocean submarine cables via Uganda , through Kenya and Tanzania , government officials announced last week.By Press time,…


Internet

Safaricom Plans to Acquire More Internet Firms

Safaricom has set in motion plans to acquire more Internet firms as it races to reduce its reliance on the voice market. The firm has seen the bedrock of its…


Internet

Sentech Will Roll Out New Wireless Network

Sentech is reviving its telecommunications wireless business with the roll-out of a new network that will cost up to R2bn, with only 25% of that being funded by taxpayers. The…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Last week Africom officially unveiled its paid mobile broadband services through adverts in the press and an email sent today to subscribers using the services for the one month…


Computing

President Goodluck Commissions N3.8 Billion University of Nigeria Wireless Project

President Goodluck Jonathan launched the University of Nigeria’s (UNN) N3.8 billion digital wireless infrastructure project during his visit to the university on last Thursday. The project is expected to provide…


Computing

Uganda Passes Cyber Laws

Uganda's Parliament has passed into law the electronic transactions and electronic signature bills that will improve the regulations for security of electronic transactions and devices. Until now, Ugandans have been…


Computing

Ministry of Finance Launches Revenue Website in Liberia

The Ministry of Finance has taken another giant step to modernize its tax administration and revenue-generating schemes after officials formally launched the Ministry's Revenue Department website Friday (Oct. 15). The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The race for Kenya's video conference market is on as infrastructure and software vendors position themselves to tap into the market with niche specific products, a move that is…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Nairobi — Safaricom has cut its international calling rates by nearly 90 per cent in an effort to defend its market share after its rivals made similar reductions in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICT Company Seeks Investor for $50m Fixed-Line Deployment Project

Nigeria's robust mobile telecommunications market (GSM network) has obscured the urgent need for a fixed line broadband network that can provide stable, high speed, high quality and low cost connectivity.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN BEE Shares Oversubscribed

Communications group MTN says its Zakhele Offer to the Black public to subscribe for approximately R1,6 billion worth of shares was oversubscribed more than 1.7 times. The offer raised approximately…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

iBurst invest R100m into fibre network in Gauteng

Privately held telecommunications company iBurst is investing more than R100m in a fibre-optic communications network in Gauteng to help it better address the corporate market and grow its retail consumer…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mustek Rejects Datatec R101m Offer for Comztek

Datatec’s plans to bolster its African operations suffered a setback on Friday when Mustek 's board rejected its R101m offer to buy Comztek Holdings. Mustek, which owns 41.84% of Comztek,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- Johannesburg — Vodacom said earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months to September will rise to between 285c and 307c.Vodacom said that earnings per…


Digital Content

FCT Judiciary to Begin E-Court System Jan 2011

Justice administration within the Federal Capital Territory has assumed a new dimension as FCT Judiciary said last week that it had put in place plans to commence electronic-Court system from…


Digital Content

NIPOST Introduces Home Delivery, VSAT Services in Kano

Kano — The Kano territory of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) has introduced a new value-added service called Home delivery and VSAT services in major post offices in the state,…


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People

- Amith Maharaj, just 36 years old, has chosen to lead its new mobile network,8ta. He joined Telkom from Vodacom in 2008 to spearhead the traditionally fixed-line operator’s move into…


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Events

Mobile Roaming World Summit25-27th October 2010, Hyatt Regency London, United KingdomMaximising Roaming Revenues Through LTE, Data & Hubbing.This year we are delighted to bring you two days packed full of…


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Jobs & Opportunities

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