Issue no 533 3rd December 2010

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Open Innovation Africa Summit focuses on ways to expand the mobile internet market

Last week saw a number of large private and public players sponsor the first Open Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya’s Rift Valley tourist destination of Naivasha. The moment was timely and the initiative deserves to succeed as the Africa’s mobile internet market (on which the event focused) is currently busy being born. Russell Southwood looks at what happened and some of the challenges that lie ahead.The moment could not be more auspicious for those wanting to argue for a wider mobile Internet market, particularly one aimed at lower income customers. For a number of now familiar reasons, mobile operators’ voice…

Telecoms

Synchronica - Large Expansion Order from Pan-African Operator Group

Synchronica plc, international provider of next-generation mobile messaging services, has received a US$ 975,000 volume expansion order for additional mobile gateway licenses from a tier-one, pan-African mobile operator group. This…


Telecoms

Gambia: Gamtel Urged to Submit 2006-2008 financial reports by Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committee

Members of Gambia’s National Assembly have urged the management of Gamtel to submit to the house its financial reports 2006 to 2008 reports. The call came following a request by…


Telecoms

Safaricom Now Moves to High Court Over CCK frequency fees row

The love-hate relationship between mobile phone operator Safaricom and industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya continues. Apart from regulations published early this year that the listed telecoms company fought tooth…


Telecoms

Etisalat snaps up 3G licence through purchase of Nigeria’s Alheri Mobile Services

Etisalat Nigeria has acquired a licence to provide 3G wireless services through the purchase of startup Alheri Mobile Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of local conglomerate Dangote Group. Alheri was…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Kigali — MTN Rwandacell has expressed concerns over delays by Rwandatel to pay an outstanding debt accrued from interconnection fees. Both, MTN and Rwandatel are leading telecommunication companies in Rwanda…


Internet

Majority of Kenyan Internet access is through mobile, says consumer survey

Most Kenyans are accessing the Internet through mobile phones as opposed to other primary means such as personal computers at work or home and Internet cafés. A new research survey…


Internet

Egypt cable outage hits some Seacom customers

A fault on a cable operated by one of Seacom’s transmission partners means some of South African Internet service providers who buy international connectivity on the East African cable system…


Internet

EASSy to double capacity

Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC and Co-Chair of the EASSy Management Committee, today announced on behalf of the EASSy submarine fibre-optic cable Management Committee that the EASSy system will be…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Unitel, the leading mobile operator by subscribers in Angola, has selected the Opera Mini web browser to provide its users with faster and easier access to the internet from…


Computing

IBM Appoints ICT Brokers as Distributor for West Africa

IBM West Africa has appointed ICT Brokers, a Nigerian multinational IT Firm, as an IBM Distributor to support the sale of IBM hardware across West Africa . "Our partnership with…


Computing

IBM Appoints ICT Brokers as Distributor for West Africa

IBM West Africa has appointed ICT Brokers, a Nigerian multinational IT Firm, as an IBM Distributor to support the sale of IBM hardware across West Africa . "Our partnership with…


Computing

Angola: Meditech Firm Defends Information Technology Merged With Business

Every company interested in investing in the IT sector needs to incorporate it into their activity in order to better manage expenses and prevent failed expenditures. This view was defended…


Computing

IFM Plans to Offer Doctorates in IT in Tanzania

THE Institute of Finance Management (IFM) will start offering Doctoral Degrees (PhDs) in Information Technology and Management to cater for the growing demand of experts in the industry. The programme,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

-The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said last week Nigeria is now ranked third among the top ten sources of cyber crime in the world just as it said…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Cell C has slashed the rates to as little as 13c/MB.Cell C has introduced a 3GB bundle for at R400, effectively providing 1GB more than it had at the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

O3b Networks Limited raises total funding of US$1.2 billion, to finance the construction and launch of its next generation global satellite constellation.’

O3b Networks announced today that it has secured its final funding round before service launch. O3b Networks is the developer of a new fiber‐quality, satellite‐based global internet backbone for Telecommunications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobile-Phone Operator Movicel Invests U.S.$ 1 Billion in switch to GSM

At least USD one billion is the global amount to be invested for next four years, by the Angolan mobile phone company, Movicel, in implementing several expansion and modernisation projects,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Essar to raise stake in ETK from 80% to 100%; new local strategic investor sought

Essar Communications Holdings is looking to increase its stake in Essar Telecom Kenya (ETK) from 80% to 100%, according to Business Daily Africa. Essar Communications will reportedly purchase the 20%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- JSE-listed multinational IT group Datatec has sold 26% of its South African distribution business, Westcon SA, to the Mineworkers Investment Company for R28m. The group, headed by CEO Jens…


Digital Content

eTranzact Partners Banks to Deploy ATMCardlexcash Solution

In a bid to provide secured and convenient electronic payment solution to Nigerians, eTranzact International has partnered with four banks to deploy ATMCardlexCash solution. The banks include First Bank, Skye…


Digital Content

Nigeria to Establish E-Waste Recycling Plants

The National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) yesterday said the Federal Government had concluded plans to introduce electronic waste recycling plants across the country. NESREA's Lagos office co-ordinator,…


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People

Maputo — The commercial director of Mozambique's publicly owned mobile phone company, M-Cel, Benjamim Fernandes, was sacked just hours after criticizing the government on a radio programme, reports Friday's issue…


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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

*Integration and Support Engineer Marina in Johannesburg South Africa Introduction This position requires a candidate to integrate the company’s software products on Mobile Phone Operator networks and thereafter provide expert…


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Contracts

* Basset and Djibouti Telecom - DjiboutiBasset, a firm which describes itself as a specialist OSS/BSS services provider, has been selected by Djibouti Telecom to supply roaming billing and revenue…