Issue no 534 10th December 2010

Top Story

Liberia creates Special Purpose Vehicle for landing station and national fibre backbone

Liberia probably has one of the smallest bandwidth markets in Africa but it has recently created a Special Purpose Vehicle consortium that has signed up as a member of the France Telecom-driven ACE cable. Russell Southwood spoke to Angelique Weeks, the Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners of the regulator, the Liberian Telecommunications Authority about how it was possible to do this.  The Special Purpose Vehicle consortium currently has four shareholders: the Government of Liberia (60%); Libtelco, formerly LTC, the Government incumbent (20%); Lonestar, the MTN subsidiary (10%); and Cellcom, the Israeli-owned mobile operator (10%). The Government and Libtelco shareholdings…

Telecoms

Etisalat Nigeria acquires Alheri Mobile to grab its 3G licence

The late entrant in the Nigerian telecommunication market, but the most expanding network in Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria has acquired 3G licence to essentially boost its mobile broadband experience in Nigeria.…


Telecoms

Mobile Phone Companies Face Fines Over Service Quality in Kenya

The telecommunications regulator has hit out at mobile telephony firms who criticised its recent quality report card and added that it will, from next year, levy penalties on operators who…


Telecoms

Etisalat in talks to buy Multi-Links in Nigeria

South Africa’s Telkom is reportedly in talks with UAE based Etisalat over the sale of its Nigerian CDMA network, Multi-Links.Telkom previously stated that it was looking to sell the Nigerian…


Telecoms

Econet struggles to recover $38m from TelOne in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has accused TelOne of refusing to remit $38 million in call termination fees since January 2009 and called on government to intervene…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile number portability (MNP) in Kenya - which was originally scheduled to go live on 31 December – has been delayed until 1 April 2011, according to a report…


Internet

Wananchi 'triple-play' fibre service finally goes live; one million homes in East Africa targeted by 2015

Kenyan telco Wananchi Group, which offers services under its Zuku brand, has announced that its long-awaited 'triple-play' fibre package has gone live in the cities of Kileleshwa, Kilimani, Lavington and…


Internet

Kenya Turns to Phones for Internet Browsing

Nairobi — 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…


Internet

Econet Zimbabwe connects to SEACOM undersea fibre cable

Econet just announced some 3 milestones today. The first and most significant is that Econet has established a direct connection to the SEACOM undersea optic fibre cable in Durban and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Internet Solutions' AlwaysOn hotspots are available at 750 locations, including coffee shopsDimension Data division Internet Solutions (IS) is slashing the cost of accessing the Internet at its AlwaysOn Wi-Fi…


Computing

Silvablac Turns Your Computer Into a Television

As Kenyans enjoy the fruits of a liberalised communications market and spend more time in front of their television screens, Kimiti Wanjaria hopes to harness the power of TV into…


Computing

Zimbabwe Ramps Up E-Government Development

Zimbabwe is in the process of ramping up the development of its e-government platform, Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nelson Chamisa has said.Speaking at the inaugural Zimbabwe ICT Achievers…


Computing

Youth to Benefit From World-Class ICT Training At Togolese Centre

Young people across West Africa will have the opportunity to boost their career prospects through the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs) thanks to a new training institute set…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The National Information Technology Development (NITDA) said if a national legislative and regulatory framework is put in place by the government, the country can generate over $75 billion annually…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- Zimbabwe's leading cellco Econet Wireless announced that it has reached over five million subscribers. CEO Douglas Mboweni said the total number of subscribers stood at 5.012 million as at…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Starcomms Completes N12.2b Transaction With Swap Technologies

Starcomms has announced that it has successfully concluded a sale and leaseback agreement with Swap Technologies and Telecomms ("Swap") relating to 407 of its 557 Base Station Towers for a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe Investor Buys Econet Shares At a Bargain

An investor bought 256 451 Econet shares worth US$1,3 million on Monday at a special bargain price of US480c -- representing a US10c premium.The parcel becomes the third Econet transaction…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TeleMasters delisting the start of a trend in South Africa

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Ghana in R2,9bn tower-sharing deal

Less than a month after winning a deal to buy Cell C’s national tower infrastructure, US company American Tower Corp (ATC) has signed another big African tower-sharing deal, this time…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- Qatar Telecom (Qtel),  has announced plans to sell shares to the public in the group's Tunisian unit in 2011 and its Iraqi division in two years time. Last month,…


Digital Content

E-Education in the Pipeline for Tanzania

Dar Es Salaam — The government is finalising an intensive e-education programme which would ensure that information communication technology (ICT) is integrated in the teaching and learning processes.This was revealed…


Digital Content

Local Firm to Unveil Social Media Monitoring System in East Africa

Nairobi — Globetrack International will launch a social media monitoring service, following the rising uptake of social media and the Internet in Kenya.Established mid this year, GTI -- a local…


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Events

5th Africa Economic Forum 20117-9 March 2011, Cape Town, South Africa Our 5th Africa Economic Forum 2011 (AEF-2011) in Cape Town at the BMW-Imax Theatre, with Africa Exhibition, over 7-9th…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Account Manager – Mobile Telecoms Solutions - South AfricaWorking for an international mobile telecoms vendor. You will bring your experience of selling to mobile telecoms operators in South Africa and…


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Contracts

Clarity and Vodafone - EgyptVodafone Egypt, Egypt’s second largest mobile network operator by subscribers, has announced that it has signed a deal with Australian solutions providers Clarity, a subsidiary of…