Issue no 531 19th November 2010

Top Story

FSO technology: Can it help African mobile operators to deal with an increasing demand for data bandwidth?

Last week at Africa COM, the smartphones were out on show - BlackBerrys, iPhones, HTC, Nokia and Samsung smartphones, you name them. They were joined by the soon commercially available, Ideos, an Android smartphone that Huawei launched publicly during the event. With the growing number of “data guzzlers” mobile phones, African mobile operators which are operating 3G networks or about the launch one, will increasingly have to face the challenge of fulfilling high data bandwidth demand from end users. Isabelle Gross spoke to Neil Kelly, the CEO of PW Comms about free space optical (FSO) and how this technology can…

Telecoms

Tigo Partners With DStv to Ease Payments in Tanzania

Tanzania's premier mobile telecommunication company, Tigo, has partnered with DStv to provide Tigo Pesa registered customers to subscribe to the television services using their handsets.Speaking to the East African Business…


Telecoms

Expresso officially relaunches former Kasapa Telecom network in Ghana

Dubai-based mobile services provider Expresso Telecom reported at the weekend that it has formally launched services in Ghana, after acquiring the network assets of CDMA operator Kasapa Telecom from Hutchison…


Telecoms

Expresso officially relaunches former Kasapa Telecom network in Ghana

Dubai-based mobile services provider Expresso Telecom reported at the weekend that it has formally launched services in Ghana, after acquiring the network assets of CDMA operator Kasapa Telecom from Hutchison…


Telecoms

Mobile Operators Face a Tough Call Growing Revenue in Kenya

The rivalry in the telecoms industry has shifted to data and mobile money transfer services as firms move to shore up their revenues following drastic cuts in call rates.In August…


Telecoms

M-Pesa Service in Tanzania Gets U.S.$4.8 Million Boost

Vodacom Tanzania received a 4.8-million-US-dollar (about 7.2bn/-) grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve Vodafone M-PESA service in the country.Vodacom Managing Director, Dietlof Mare, said that the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Telcos found guilty of tampering with their rivals' infrastructure will now be liable to a fine of KES10 million (USD119,000), life imprisonment and a revocation of their licence. It is…


Internet

New Network Roll-Out Set to Reduce the Cost of Internet in Kenya

The government will soon roll out the 4G system, a move aimed at reducing the connectivity costs in the country.It will also allow many Kenyans access the internet. "This is…


Internet

Uganda: Data is Revenue Source of the Future for Telecoms

Internet service providers are forecasting that data will be a major source of future revenue and a main enabler of the economy besides voice.Telecom giant MTN forecasts that by 2011,…


Internet

Incredible Connection South Africa enters into the broadband business

Incredible Connection, SA’s largest IT retailer, has stepped into the broadband business. It’s offering consumers who buy a laptop or desktop computer in its stores up to 65GB of “free”…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

-The Libyan International Telecom Company (LITC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company (LPTIC), has selected Huawei Marine Networks to construct its ‘Silphium’ fibre-optic submarine…


Computing

War Against Unlicensed Software in East Africa Far From Over

The war against unlicensed computer software in East Africa is not about to be won soon especially with Kenya's 80 per cent piracy according to a new report by the…


Computing

Nigeria: Software Development Policy Coming Soon, Says NITDA Boss

Perilous times may be coming to an abrupt end for young and unemployed computer engineers in the country as the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA;…


Computing

Anxiety Mounts Over Creation of IT Ministry in Nigeria

While the bill seeking the creation of an Information Technology ministry in Nigeria awaits the approval of the National Assembly, there appears to be growing anxiety among stakeholders who are…


Computing

Computer News - In Computer News - In Brief

- The Angolan Embassy in Cuba handed over a set of computing material to the Angola Secondary School, in the ambit of the celebrations of the national independence 35th anniversary,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

-  Zimbabwean cellco NetOne, the smallest operator in a market of three, has announced that it has deployed at least 106 new base stations so far in 2010, to expand…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Nhleko bags R424m in MTN share sale

MTN Group CEO Phuthuma Nhleko has offloaded more than 3,2m shares in the mobile telecommunications group. The shares have netted Nhleko a cool R424m.The sale comes just months before Nhleko…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat to Invest U.S.$2 Billion in Nigeria

One of the leading GSM service providers in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Etisalat, says it will invest $2 billion in the Nigerian telecommunication market for network expansion.The Chief…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

R300m for new Teraco data centres in South Africa

Data centre specialist Teraco Data Environments intends to invest nearly R300m in new data centres in the next 24 months on the back of escalating demand for cloud computing services…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

-Dimension Data is ending its 23-year listing on the JSE on a high note.The IT group, which is being acquired by Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corp, reported a…


Web and Mobile Data_old

First Mobile Directory Launched in Namibia

Namibians can now access, locate, obtain contact and product details via the first mobile directory in Namibia, mdnam.com.The directory was introduced six months ago and since then has registered over…


Web and Mobile Data_old

Ecobank Installs New Banking Software in Rwanda

Ecobank Rwanda has installed a new banking software, FLEXCUBE, which will allow its customers to use mobile and internet banking services, and enhance service delivery by offering faster transactions.The new…


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People

-  Government has extended the contract of Telkom SA chairman Jeff Molobela, but only until the end of December.-  Altech’s former group chief operating officer, Andy Baker, has been named…


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Events

ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010 - Learning for All1-3 December, Berlin, GermanyUnder the banner of Learning for All, ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010 will dig deep into 4 themes that form the…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Information Technology Manager - NigeriaJob Description: In conjunction with the C.O.O, determine the long-term IT requirements of the Group, through the direction and management of IT resources. To plan, direct…


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Contracts

- Alcatel-Lucent to link Seychelles to global fibre networksAlcatel-Lucent has signed a contract worth more than USD30 million with Seychelles Cable System (SCS) to build the Seychelles East Africa System…