Issue no 539 28th January 2011

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Are mobile phone penetration rates in Sub-Saharan Africa really as low as they seem?

Many crystal-ball gazers in 2011 point to what they see as the low penetration rates of African mobile telephony as an indication that there is plenty of room for future growth in the sector. On the face of it, the statistics for individual countries give some support to these optimistic prognostications. Taking the overall population as the potential target market, the penetration rate of mobile telephony in Uganda is now only 35%, while in Liberia, it was around 31% in 2009. In Cameroon, where MTN and Orange have a duopoly, the penetration rate was around 38% in June 2010. In…

Telecoms

Nigeria: LTE covered by existing 2.3 Ghz licences – Juwah

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, last week said that the commission had not given licence to any operator in Nigeria to do LTE.However,…


Telecoms

Cell C big winner in number portability

Cell C has been the biggest net beneficiary of mobile number portability. Nearly a quarter of a million consumers have ported their numbers to Cell C’s network since number portability…


Telecoms

Gambia: Gamtel Launches 3G Services

Gamtel last week inaugurated its new 3G services, making it the second telecommunication provider to introduce such services in the country. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Gamtel head…


Telecoms

Undersea cable linking Angola to Brazil may go ahead

Installation of an undersea cable between Brazil and Angola could cost up to US$200 million, the Angolan deputy minister for Telecommunications and Information Technology said in Brasilia Wednesday.Aristides Safeca took…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

Airtel Kenya is set to roll out its 3G network in April, raising the stakes in the battle for the Internet market. The firm's low cost strategy targets the mass…


Internet

Egypt: Internet Censorship and Attacks on Journalists Amid Major Street Protests

Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and physical attacks that journalists suffered while covering demonstrations last week and today in various Egyptian cities. The authorities have been doing everything possible…


Internet

Jo’burg R1bn broadband backbone here soon

The fibre backbone of the City of Johannesburg’s R1bn broadband infastructure project, being built in conjunction with Ericsson SA, should be completed within the next three months.BWired, a telecommunications operator…


Internet

With Four Million Users, Kenya Leads Region in Access to Internet Services

Kenya has the highest number of people accessing Internet facilities and services within the East African Community. According to a study conducted by TNS Research International in Nairobi, Mombasa and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

Tunisia's incumbent "Tunisie Telecom" announced a further increase in international bandwidth to 50 Gbps up from 42.5 Gbps last October and 37.5 Gbps in May 2010, which represents an increase…


Computing

Zimbabwe: Copac Main Computer Hacked Into

The Constitutional Parliamentary Select Committee (COPAC) is allegedly embroiled in a new crisis, with a source saying that the main computer server has been hacked into and important details changed…


Computing

Rwanda: IT Firm Scoops International Award

Camara Rwanda, a social enterprise based in Kigali, has been awarded with 'Most Innovative Development Project Award' by the Global Development Network (GDN).The firm received the award during the 12th…


Computing

MTN Computer Laboratory Goes to Waste in Ghana’s Prisons

A computer laboratory, constructed by MTN, to provide computer skills for the inmates of the Ankaful Prisons Complex, is being wasted, as the inmates are not currently using the computer…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

Uganda IT company, Computer Point has partnered with IBM, to provide computing and information technology services to companies that want to streamline their Information systems. Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) has…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

EriTel, Eritrea’s state-owned incumbent telecoms operator, has completed the first phase of its network expansion and upgrade project, local newspaper Shabait reports. To ease mobile network congestion, the company has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

World Bank grants over US$70 million for infrastructure development in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe

The World Bank board of directors has approved three major projects for three West African countries, totaling US$71.5 million dollars. The projects are aimed at boosting Information Communications Technology (ICT)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom Bond Issue Raises Sh4.5 Billion

Safaricom has raised Sh4.5 billion it had targeted through a bond issued last month, boosting the telecommunication company's war chest for making new capital investments to safeguard its market share…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Deloitte flags concern over South Africa’s SNO

Neotel’s ability to continue as a going concern has been questioned by its independent auditors, Deloitte & Touche. But CEO Ajay Pandey, speaking to TechCentral in an exclusive interview, says…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EOH acquires Microsoft specialist Belay in South Africa

JSE-listed IT services company EOH has acquired Belay, a 200-person IT solutions provider based in Midrand that specialises in Microsoft technology.The value of the deal has not been disclosed and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

Kenya's economy could be losing up to KShS3.2 billion ($38 million) in taxes through influx of illegally-imported counterfeit mobile phones, denying the country significant economic benefits, a Nokia anti-counterfeiting expert…


Digital Content

South Africa's online shopping habits

According to the latest survey on online shopping habits from MasterCard Worldwide, 51% of South Africans who have access to the Internet are shopping online and 75% of those have…


Digital Content

Uganda: Citizens to Check Voting Status On Phone

Ugandans can now check their voting status via their mobile phones, at a cheap cost, across all networks, thanks to the new Electoral Commission service.The simple sms sent to 8683…


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Events

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


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Jobs & Opportunities

ITU: HIPSSA CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Opened positions and requests for proposal: - G-3.1 (d) [WA]: Spectrum management expert specialized in cross-border coordination [EN] (Deadline February 11, 2011) click on the link…


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Contracts

Mobinil and iBwave - EgyptEgypt's Mobinil has selected an in-building wireless planning suite from iBwave. The company says that 70% of its calls originating from within buildings, hence the need…


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People

Côte d’Ivoire:  Michel Hebert has been appointed as the new CEO of mobile operator Comium (Koz) while Dr Nizar Dalloul has been appointed as the chair of the Board.