Issue no 536 7th January 2011

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Going from shortage to abundance – strategies to target Africa’s broadband consumers

2011 is the year that broadband will finally come into its own for Africa’s long-starved Internet users. Operators will need to have a complete mind-shift if they are to come out on top of the new market and it offers interesting opportunities for insurgent challengers. Russell Southwood looks at what operators will need to do to succeed in a changing market.In almost every country connected to an international fibre connection in Africa in 2010, the speed of the connection increased and prices fell. Our own personal experiences from travelling extensively across the continent confirm what we know from the data…

Telecoms

Ghana’s Ministry of Communication dismisses the Dakar Declaration condemning international call monitoring

The article below is a statement from Ghana’s Ministry of Communications in response to the Dakar Declaration by francophone telecoms operators seeking to resist use of international call monitoring and…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Tariff cuts by Airtel affect airtime traders’ turnover

One person’s gain is another person’s loss. The lively price war amongst mobile operators in Nigeria has proved good news for consumers but is threatening to put a number of…


Telecoms

South Africa: ICASA commits to local loop deadline

The communications regulator stands firm by its November 2011 deadline for local loop unbundling (LLU). In the meantime Telkom continues to drag its feet and produce arguments designed to slow…


Telecoms

Rwanda: National fibre backbone roll-out complete with cross-border links to Uganda and Tanzania

The physical laying of the optic fibre cable, which includes civil works, laying of ducts and installation of the fibre is complete. This was revealed yesterday by Patrick Nyirishema,the Deputy…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-The New Generation consortium has missed the deadline given it to pay for the Nigerian incumbent Nitel and its mobile subsidiary.- The Tanzania Regulatory Communications Authority (TRCA) has lowered mobile…


Internet

African ISPs get digital verification

The African Network Information Centre's (AfriNIC's) resource certification service is now readily available, according to the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Africa.It explains that this is a number resource organisation…


Internet

Swift launches its WiMAX service in Nigeria

Wireless broadband provider, Swift Networks Limited, has announced its WiMAX broadband service has gone live after a three month trial. Over the pilot test run of the service, the company…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Government Websites Shut Down Over Wikileaks

A group of cyber-activists have shut down Zimbabwe government websites in retaliation for Grace Mugabe's legal action against the Standard newspaper. The government is the latest target of cyber attacks…


Internet

First online business fair in Ghana begins March 2011

The first ever online business fair that will enable local and international customers and investors to transact business across the computer, the phone and other Internet enabled devices, begins from…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- MTN Rwanda has announced that its data/internet capacity will increase by 22.4% early next year when it carries out its scheduled connection to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System…


Computing

Nigeria: 2011 Budget and Calls for IT Ministry

The National Information Development Agency NITDA and the Nigeria Communication Satellite limited NIGCOMSAT were the only two government IT parastatals allocated funds in the 2011 budget proposal of President Goodluck…


Computing

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange to introduce three ICT products next year in Tanzania

Beside investing in bonds and shares, the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is set to introduce a number of new products in a move to bolster the bourse and…


Computing

E-Dairy promises efficiency and improved earnings for dairy farmers in Kenya

Nothing tells of the tribulations of a Kenyan dairy farmer better than a visit to Isaac Kimani’s mixed farm at Limuru on the outskirts of Nairobi.  For the 22 years…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Mobile operator Tigo Rwanda has entered into a partnership with the Ministry of Education to roll out Internet access in primary schools under the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- The Angolan mobile phone company Unitel SA has extended its signal to three more districts, namely in the provinces of Uige, Huila and Cunene.- Bharti Airtel has signalled its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Airtel’s plans to delist Zain face rejection in Zambia

The local capital market may halt Bharti Airtel’s plans to delist Zain Zambia Plc from the local Lusaka Stock Exchange (LuSE), according to sources close to the transaction.And the Lusaka…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Neotel starts restructuring with potential retrenchments

Neotel is busy with a process which may see many employees losing their jobs, but the company is not saying anything concrete It is well known that Neotel is not…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Airtel, MTN Sue UTL Over Debts

The Commercial Court has become the latest battleground for telecommunication firms a few months after the industry witnessed major price wars in the race for customers. Daily Monitor has established…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

High VAT bars many Tanzanians from using smart phones claims Nokia

The government has been urged to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) in mobile phones operations to enable subscribers to afford smart phones services as one way of boosting economic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Maroc Telecom and Gabon’s government signed, on 23 December 2010, an amendment to the share purchase agreement of 2007 under which the Moroccan telco bought 51% of Gabon Telecom,…


Digital Content

Glo Launches Dstv Mobile

Subscribers of major West African mobile service provider, Globacom, can now watch DStv programmes on their mobile phones as the company rolls out the DStvMobile service on Glo for subscribers…


Digital Content

Tunisia: Internet Censors Move Into Top Gear in Response to Widespread Unrest

Reporters Without Borders condemns the reinforcement of online censorship amid a wave of protests and rioting in Tunisia that began two weeks when a young man set himself on fire…


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People

- Ory Okolloh, co-Founder of the popular open-source platform Ushahidi, has decided to step down and join Google as their Policy Manager for Africa.- In South Africa, Public Service and…


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Events

Mobile Web West Africa 20112-3 Feb 2011, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, NigeriaHarnessing the potential of the internet and applications on mobile devices.The hugely successful Mobile Web series…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Ericsson skilled Site Supervisors - Uganda- Manage and support the Authorized Service Providers (ASP) Teams during site installation.- Organize and coordinate the installation with the Project Manager, Customer and Authorized…


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Contracts

Comviva and Western Union - AfricaComviva, a leader in providing mobile solutions beyond VAS, today announced that it has been certified to participate in Western Union’s (NYSE: WU) Mobile Vendor…