Issue no 537 14th January 2011

Top Story

Uganda’s ban on refurbished computers sparks the law of unintended consequences

The dirty downside of the ICT industry is that computers have to go somewhere when they die and because they are full of potentially toxic materials they cannot simply be dumped in landfills. Uganda’s Government has sought to tackle part of the problem by banning the import of secondhand computers and sparked the law of unintended consequences. Russell Southwood talked to Shakeel Padamsey of Camara and Kyle Spencer of the Uganda Linux Group about what’s happened.In June 2009 the Ugandan Government passed the Financial Bill which prohibited the import of  “used refrigerators, freezers, computers and television sets” from October 2009.…

Telecoms

Mobile Phones Safeguard Sudan's Independence Referendum

Sudan Vote Monitor, a Web platform that allows ordinary citizens to report on electoral fraud and violence in real time via text message, went live on January 7, 2011, ahead…


Telecoms

Nitel saga continues with third bidder Brymedia hoping to swoop in

Brymedia Consortium, one of the initial bidders for state-run incumbent telco Nitel, is looking to acquire the ailing operator, should the preferred buyer fail to make the initial payment, local…


Telecoms

Court rules for MACRA in interconnection dispute in Malawi

The High Court of Malawi has reportedly upheld a decision by telecoms regulator Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to introduce a new interconnection law governing calls across both fixed and…


Telecoms

Tigo Rwanda introduces micro-SIM cards and slashes prices on data modems

Tigo Rwanda has announced that it is now providing mico-SIM cards for subscribers with smart phones particularly those using the 3G iPad and latest iPhone 4.  The company’s Marketing Manager…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Second National Telecommunications Operator, Globacom, has launched the fourth generation mobile technology, 4G-LTE network, in Nigeria. Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mohamed Jameel, noted that Globacom has already…


Internet

Tanzania’s Fibre Backbone is set for Completion this year

Construction of the national information communication technology broadband backbone is expected to be completed this December, according to a senior government official. The move brings the hope of increased broadband…


Internet

South Africa: Western Cape gets fibre boost

Vodacom Business has begun rolling out its optical fibre network in towns across the Western Cape, with over 120km of cable trenched across Stellenbosch, Somerset West, Paarl and Wellington.Ermano Quartero,…


Internet

NiRA Releases 50,000 Free .ng Domains for Citizens in Nigeria

Nigeria internet Registration Association (NiRA), managers of the Nigerian name space on the internet, the dot ng domain name has released 50, 000 free domain names for Nigerians as part…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances last week of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities. The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at…


Computing

South Africa: Microsoft gets nod for BEE deal

Software giant Microsoft SA expects to name the first four or five winning partners in its multimillion-rand empowerment deal by next February. This comes after it dispelled government's concerns, which…


Computing

Rwanda: Bus Company Introduces Electronic Payment

A commuter bus service company, Kigali Bus Services (KBS), effective today started issuing electronic cards for its passengers, a technology that is the first of its kind in the Great…


Computing

GIFEC to set up ICT centres in nurses training institutions in Ghana

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) on Monday rolled out its electronic connectivity agenda for 2011, which includes setting Information, Communication and Technology centres in all nurses training…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- London- and Johannesburg-listed Datatec expects its results for the second half of the year to be an improvement on the previous year, as profitability continues to pick up. In…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Safaricom has stepped up its foray into mobile commerce by introducing M-Pesa-based booking of travel tickets and hotel accommodation - a new service that also promises to open additional…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC Invests in Helios Towers Africa to Expand Access to Telecommunications

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, last week announced a $25 million equity investment in Helios Towers Africa Limited (HTA) to help the company build and maintain mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Ibori's Alleged Accomplices Plead Guilty in V-Mobile Shares Trial

Two alleged accomplices of the former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, have pleaded guilty to V-Mobile shares theft charges. Daniel McCann and Mr. De Boer were charged for forgery…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom Shares Account for Half of Sales at NSE

Safaricom shares accounted for more than half of the market turnover recorded at the Nairobi Stock Exchange last year, indicating strong investor interest in the telecommunications firm and bearing heavily…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- Business process outsourcing (BPO) services provider, Aegis BPO Holdings SA, has announced its investment in South African BPO start-up, Iningi Investments. The investment will see Aegis provide assistance worth…


Digital Content

Tanzania: Mobile Phones Help Mothers Avoid Passing HIV On to Their Children

Pumwani Maternity Hospital, in the impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Eastlands, is the site of a trial project using mobile phones to help HIV-positive mothers avoid passing the virus on to…


Digital Content

South Africa thieves hit traffic lights for Sim cards

Traffic lights have become attractive targets for thieves in Johannesburg. Some 400 high-tech South African traffic lights are out of action after thieves in Johannesburg stole the mobile phone Sim…


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People

- Jin Moo Lee has been appointed as LG Electronics SA's new CEO, replacing Peet van Rooyen as part of a global restructuring process of the multinational group's operations.- The…


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Events

5th Africa Economic Forum 20117-9 March 2011, Cape Town, South Africa Venue BMW Pavilion, V&A Waterfront Our 5th Africa Economic Forum 2011 (AEF-2011) in Cape Town at the BMW-Imax Theatre,…


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Jobs & Opportunities

The Tech AwardsThe Tech Awards is a programme that aims to honour and award innovators from around the world who use technology to benefit humanity. Three Laureates in each category…


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Contracts

Vodafone and Huawei - GhanaGhanaian fixed and mobile operator Vodafone Ghana has awarded China’s Huawei a five-year managed services agreement under which it will take over responsibilities for the operations…