Issue no 532 26th November 2010

Top Story

Kenya to launch an open access LTE network to help drive down prices and extend coverage

Past experience with licensing WiMAX in Kenya has shown that a significant number of those buying spectrum failed to roll out. With LTE, the problem simply gets worse as there are more potential buyers than available spectrum to create an effective service. Kenya’s proposed solution is to let a contract to create a national open access wholesale LTE network to be operated by an independent company. Operators would then buy bandwidth from the operating company and make profit on services and applications. Russell Southwood spoke to Bitange Ndemo, the Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communications about how…

Telecoms

Telkom SA quits Multilinks, its Nigerian CDMA operation

Telkom SA is quitting its CDMA operations in Nigeria, Multilinks, due to continued operating losses, despite cost reducing measures taken by the management of the firm to shore up profitability.…


Telecoms

MACRA to introduce converged licences to allow fixed line telcos to enter mobile market

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has revealed that it is formulating a new telecoms licensing regime which would allow fixed telephony service providers to operate full wireless networks. According to a…


Telecoms

Safaricom On Charm Offensive as Dealers Dither

When Safaricom's new chief executive Bob Collymore took over the reins on November 1, he had very strong words for his firm's dealers. "At a personal level, I will depend…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Tunis — By late 2010, construction works of a new telecommunication technology centre in Ennahli, delegation of Kalaat Landlous (Governorate of Ariana) will be launched. - Airtel has rebranded the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Tunis — By late 2010, construction works of a new telecommunication technology centre in Ennahli, delegation of Kalaat Landlous (Governorate of Ariana) will be launched. - Airtel has rebranded the…


Internet

Habari Internet Now 80 Percent on Undersea Fibre Cable

Habari Node limited, formally known as Arusha Node Marie, the leading Internet Services Provider in Arusha, have announced that 80% of their Internet traffic goes through the undersea fiber optic…


Internet

Nigeria’s Direct on PC Partners Aviat Networks for WiMAX Service

Aviat Networks has announced that Direct on PC Limited, a Nigerian ISP has chosen to deploy its StarMAX WiMAX Broadband system including base stations, Wireless Services Gateway (WSG) and end-user…


Internet

Akunyili Urge Citizens to Patronise Locally Made Computers in Nigeria

Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili, has said that locally made computers are superior to imported ones. She therefore urged Nigerians to patronise the Made-in-Nigeria computers instead of…


Internet

Firm to Enhance Lecturers' E-Learning Skills in Nigeria

A Lagos-based Information Technology (IT) training firm, HiiT Limited, has expressed its readiness to build and enhance lecturers' proficiency in E-learning, as part of its contribution towards improving the quality…


Internet

Promoters of Christian Communities Eye New Online Opportunities

Promoters of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) within the wider Catholic teaching efforts plan to use the new online resources in promoting evangelization."This is one of our new insights and we…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A leading Tunisian ICT engineering and consulting group, "Telnet", has become the exclusive maker of a robotic systems for a US energy company based in Houston (Texas), the official…


Computing

Firm to Enhance Lecturers' E-Learning Skills in Nigeria

A Lagos-based Information Technology (IT) training firm, HiiT Limited, has expressed its readiness to build and enhance lecturers' proficiency in E-learning, as part of its contribution towards improving the quality…


Computing

Promoters of Christian Communities Eye New Online Opportunities

Promoters of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) within the wider Catholic teaching efforts plan to use the new online resources in promoting evangelization."This is one of our new insights and we…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

* Telecel Zimbabwe this week switched all its customers to per-second billing permanently.As a result the mobile service provider transferred the promotions that it had for the per-minute billing system…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Qatar's Qtel, Purchases Tunisiana for U.S.$1.2 Billion

Tunis — Reuters reports that Orascom Telecom has sold its 50 percent stake in Tunisian mobile operator Tunisiana to a Qatari-Tunisian consortium for $1.2 billion.The consortium includes Qatar Telecom's (Qtel),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom Kenya to Invest Sh3bn in Network Upgrade

Telkom Kenya is investing Sh3 billion in a stronger network with higher internet speed as the battle in telecommunications shifts to data.The Communications Commission of Kenya on Wednesday gave the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC, Sede Invest $1.25 Million in Technology

The International Finance Company, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Soros Economic Development Fund, have both invested $1.25 million of equity into Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm.The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rural Communication Fund Lauded in Uganda

Rural telecommunication and broadband penetration in Uganda has risen to 14%, higher than in Nigeria and Ghana, because of the clarity of government policy and use of strict targets, a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

-Telkom’s revenues from voice telephony plummeted in the past year, falling by 19,1% to R6,9bn. The fall was only partly offset by a 14,9% increase in data revenues.In the six…


Digital Content

Zimbabwe ICT Firm Unveils Laptop Tracking System

As the country continues to record an increase in the number of laptops stolen from vehicles, offices and homes, a local information and communication technology (ICT) company, Electronic Systems, has…


Digital Content

Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health

The Government together with the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, Makerere University and Afro Mama, an NGO, have launched a mobile phonebased technology to improve maternal health in Uganda…


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People

* Intelsat S.A last week announced that Flavien Bachabi has been appointed as the new head of the Luxembourg headquarters office, to the position of Vice President, Business Operations and…


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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…