Issue no 540 4th February 2011

Top Story

Kenya’s Jamii Telecom to launch Sub-Saharan Africa’s first Fibre-To-The-Home offering

Jamii Telecom is breaking the mould by launching a GPON network that will deliver Fibre-To-The-Home for the first time in Sub-Saharan African. It plans to deliver a host of services on it including, VoIP, Internet, video and security applications. This will give the Kenyan market two players at the high-bandwidth end of the market: Jamii Telecom and Wananchi. On a recent trip Russell Southwood spoke to Jamii’s General Manager John Kamau  and Wananchi’s CEO Richard Bell about their respective ambitions.Five years ago it would have been hard to imagine that there would be two high-bandwidth players vying for consumers attention…

Telecoms

African Union plans for single standardized SIM card

The African Union (AU) has unveiled its plans for a single standardized SIM card for all African mobile phone operators. According to AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Elham Ibrahim,…


Telecoms

MTN Denied 3G License in Swaziland

MTN has had its application for a 3G license in Swaziland rejected by the incumbent telco, the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC), which also managed the regulatory regime in…


Telecoms

Egyptian operators stuck in the middle

Forced to comply with a government order to disrupt their own services, mobile operators have looked far from comfortable in Egypt. Last Friday, the Egyptian government ordered the country’s three…


Telecoms

Cameroon: MINPOSTEL Mobilises to Boost Telecommunications

Jean Pierre Biyiti-bi Essam unveiled his 2011 plan of action Friday while receiving New Year Wishes. Government during the ongoing fiscal year plans to set up 120 community telecommunication centres…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

According to local newspaper, the Ghanaian Chronicle, Minister for Communications, Haruna Iddrisu said that the project for the monitoring of international inbound calls had come to a standstill as a…


Internet

WACS cable reaches the shore of Namibia

The US$600-million West African Cable System (WACS) linking parts of Africa to Europe has reached the shores of Namibia. Local telecommunications operator, Telecom Namibia, partner in the intercontinental project through…


Internet

Nigeria: Glo Crashes Internet Modem price to US$32, Offers Cheaper Packages, More Data Volume

Glo has announced a reduction in the price of its 3G Internet modem from N8,500 to N5,000 (US$32), making it the most affordable product of its kind in the market.…


Internet

Somalia denies selling Internet domain to Japanese firm

After public outrage over the sell of Somalia’s domain to a Japanese firm by Somali officials, the Ministry of Information denied recent reports saying that a Japanese company has purchased…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

Africa will continue using Internet Protocol version four (IPv4) after the global supply is exhausted in coming weeks. AfriNIC, the African Region Internet Registry (RIR) responsible for allocating IP addresses…


Computing

Kenya: Financial Services Automation Spurs Tech Firms' Growth

Local technology firms are cashing in on demand from the financial sector as banks move to automate their processes and streamline operations.While the development has seen a number of institutions…


Computing

Poor Software Responsible for DDC Machines Malfunction in Nigeria

Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the umbrella body for IT professionals in the country, has blamed the observed irregularities and difficulties encountered by Nigerians in the ongoing voter registration exercise, on…


Computing

Uganda: Multinational Firms Partner to Improve ICT

Technology firms, Computer Point and IBM, have signed an agreement aimed at improving Uganda's information and communication technology (ICT) to transform the country's business operations."This partnership is a positive step…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

Kenya’s government will convert guidelines on electronic waste management into law in July, a move that is expected to attract more investors to the recycling business and increase the cost…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

Subscribers with Airtel Africa in Tanzania will soon be able to make online purchases from MasterCard merchants around the world, thanks to an initiative by the mobile communication firm in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Group revenues increase 3.9%; South Africa leads the charge

South Africa-based Vodacom Group has reported consolidated revenues of ZAR16.03 billion (USD2.24 billion) for the three months ended 31 December 2010. This figure represents an increase of 3.9% year-on-year. Vodacom’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: Telecom Sector Dictating Inflation Trends, Says Ubos

The pattern of consumption in Uganda is increasingly being dictated by mobile phone usage, shifting emphasis away from food. As a result, the consumer price index was restructured to accommodate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Vox mimics Stuff for annual report

Vox Telecom, listed on the JSE’s AltX exchange, is becoming well known for its inventive annual reports, which each year resemble a popular magazine. The 2010 annual report, released this…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

The initial IPO of incumbent telco Tunisie Télécom has been suspended, pending a final decision to be taken within days with the strategic partner, Secretary of State in charge of…


Digital Content

Mobile Banking Usage Jumps in South Africa

Cellphone banking has surged in the past year, as South African consumers gain confidence in their handheld devices as a tool for both communications and efficiency.Among urban cellphone users, 44%…


Digital Content

Cut Transfer Costs, Central Bank Tells Mobile Phone Firms in Kenya

Mobile phone firms offering money transfer services will be required to lower their charges as a pre-condition for being allowed to send higher amounts in a single transaction, the banking…


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Events

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


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People

The President of Information Technology Association of Nigeria, (ITAN), Dr Jimson Olufuye has been appointed by United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) as a representative to…


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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

SEA-ME-WE and Alcatel-Lucent – North AfricaThe co-owners of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) international submarine cable system have selected Alcatel-Lucent and Ciena Corporation for a network…