Issue no 528 29th October 2010

Top Story

Worldreader.org trials Amazon Kindles in Ghanaian schools and plans to roll-out in other African countries

Worldreader.org’s CEO David Risher is passionate about encouraging reading. After a “road to Damascus” moment in an orphanage in Ecuador with a locked library, he decided with his co-founder that Kindle e-readers would be an effective way of relighting the reading habit in developing country schools. He chose Ghana to try out this idea and this week he talks to Russell Southwood about progress so far. David Risher took his family off round the world on a year long vacation, visiting places in Asia and Latin America. He and his wife schooled their children while away using books on an…

Telecoms

Safaricom signs M-Pesa Mobile Money deals with Uchumi Supermarkets and Naivas

Safaricom has started to target high turnover retail chains business using its money transfer service, M-Pesa with its latest deal with Uchumi Supermarkets. The deal, which will enable Safaricom's subscribers…


Telecoms

Telecom Namibia Battles Underground Cable Damage

Frequent cable cuts by contractors and builders are resulting in a sharp increase in telecommunications service disruptions, Telecom Namibia said this week. Cut cables usually mean that communications services are…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya defends its landline turf with lower CDMA charges

Telkom Kenya has moved to defend its landline turf which has been hit by stiff competition from mobile phones by slashing its tariff on the wireless network offered on CDMA…


Telecoms

France Telecom steps up interest in Benin

Financial journal Les Afriques writes that France Telecom (Orange) has stepped up its interest in taking over state-owned Benin Telecoms, according to an unnamed source speaking to the publication. France…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In brief

* Cell C has made a pit stop in Polokwane in its race to hook up the country’s main towns and cities to its third-generation mobile network.Polokwane, the capital of…


Internet

MTN relaunches UUNet as MTN Business in Kenya and targets the corporate market

Last Wednesday UUNET was re-branded as MTN Business Kenya, to reflect its principal shareholder. MTN group is Africa's largest telecommunications operator with nearly 130 million cellular subscribers in the region…


Internet

Tanzania: National Electoral Commission’s web site not ready for forthcoming election

With only four days to go before the 2010 General Election, information on the National Electoral Commission (NEC) website is shockingly outdated as very few facts and figures are available…


Internet

Mobile Internet Revolution Takes Zimbabwe by Storm

Zimbabwe entered a new digital era last week Friday when the largest mobile phone network Econet Wireless launched its mobile broadband package available to their estimated 4.5 million subscribers.Econet CEO…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* Broadband Infraco, the new State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) that will sell high capacity long distance transmission services to network service providers in South Africa, has confirmed that it will unveil…


Computing

Controversy Brews at Addis Chamber Over IT Solution Buy

The acquiring of a multimillion Birr software solution by the secretariat of the Addis Abeba Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (AACCSA) has provoked stern controversy among the board and…


Computing

Plans to Set Up Science & Technology Park in Gambia

The government of The Gambia, in partnership with UNESCO and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) are exploring ways and possibilities of setting up a science and technology…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Kigali — Twenty one civil servants from the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Kicukiro College of Technology and Tumba College of Technology have completed a six-week course in Cisco applications.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe Parliament Ratifies U.S.$45 Million Loan for NetOne

Last Wednesday Wednesday Zimbabwe’s Parliament ratified a US$45 million loan from the Import Export Bank of China for NetOne's second (2G) and third generation (3G) network rollout project set to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Red tape holds up Microsoft BEE deal

Microsoft is waiting for the department of trade & industry to give it the go-ahead for its empowerment plan so it can proceed with plans to invest nearly R500m in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Lower revenues, higher ad costs prompt net income slump for MobiNil in 3Q10

Egyptian cellco MobiNil has released its financial results for the three months ended 30 September 2010, revealing a 41% plunge in net profit, which the operator attributed to lower service…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rural Varsities Get Better Connected in South Africa in R28 million funding deal

R28 million has been approved to partially fund internet access networks for rural higher education campuses. Higher Education South Africa and the Tertiary Education Network of South Africa (TENET) had…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

* The Algerian government has declared that it is only willing to negotiate with Orascom Telecom about the purchase of the company’s local mobile unit, Djezzy, and not with Russian…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

*In South Africa, Vodacom has thrown down the gauntlet to competitors with the launch of a R1.40 all-day voice call tariff to all mobile operators. Shameel Joosub, the MD of…


Digital Content

Technology Revolution Hits HIV Testing and Treatment

Delayed test results often mean HIV patients in Mozambique fail to get timely treatment, but new technology is reducing the need to send tests to far away laboratories, and speeding…


Digital Content

Creation of a Banana Wiki to give reliable spatial information

Soon all information on banana in Africa including the banana growing areas, yield, socio-economic status of the farmers and spread of pests and diseases will be available at the click…


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People

* Safaricom  appoints new CEO Robert William Collymore who replaces Michael Joseph.* The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has a new councillor in the form of Ntombizodwa Ndhlovu, who…


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Events

G- South Africa 8-9 November 2010, Cape Town, South Africa Google is inviting Computer Science students, developers and entrepreneurs to G-South Africa. Some of  Google’s best engineers, product managers, business…


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Jobs & Opportunities

* SENIOR SAP ISU/AMI CONSULTANT   Cape Town   South AfricaYoung, Dynamic International Company is offering an opportunity of a lifetime...If you have SAP ISU/AMI experience/knowledge don’t let this slip through your…


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Contracts

* INEC Shortlists Zinox, Haier to Supply Ddc Machines -Signs Contract Next WeekAbuja — In what appears to be a recurring decimal, the Independent National Electoral Commission has for the…