Issue no 543 25th February 2011

Top Story

Interview: Airtel Nigeria CEO – Cash-flow positive in 18 months, no low price market strategy

With the changing of the guard at Africa’s mobile operators, their CEOs seem to be in the mood for a significant degree of disclosure. Last week it was the turn of Bob Colleymore, CEO of  Kenya’s Safaricom. This week, it’s Rajan Swaroop, CEO of Airtel Nigeria. He talks to Russell Southwood about the performance of this most important and largest of all of Airtel’s country markets.Q: What are the differences you see in Airtel in Nigeria and from your experience in India?A: There are two reasons for differences. Either because the company has been managed in a different fashion or…

Telecoms

Competition Commission investigates Mauritius Telecom over MyT offering

The Competition Commission of Mauritius (CCM) announced an investigation into Mauritius Telecom’s MyT offering under the Competition Act 2007.MyT is a ‘bundled’ product offering high-speed internet access, TV, international calls…


Telecoms

Rwanda: RURA Delays Mobile Number Portability

Mobile users in Rwanda will have to wait a little longer to start enjoying Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a service that allows subscribers of one network to migrate to another…


Telecoms

Maroc Telecom’s customer base up 19% in 2010; revenues climb 4.3%

Moroccan mobile, fixed and broadband group Maroc Telecom’s consolidated subscriber base grew by 19% in 2010 to reach 26 million customers, the company announced this week. With operations spread across…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Regulator NCC says is responsible for Base Station regulation

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission Engr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah has emphasized the need for cooperation among all the regulatory agencies in the country to ensure interest…


Telecoms

MTN to launch app store as dynamics of mobile shift

MTN wants to become a serious force to be reckoned with in the mobile content and application space, with plans to launch an app store and offer digital music downloads…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

Portugal Telecom (PT), the largest telecommunications provider in Portugal, regards Africa as "a priority" and Mozambique as "a strategic market", according to the company's Chief Executive Officer, Zeinal Bava. Speaking…


Internet

ACE still coming, but Sentech is out of the picture

Baharicom has refuted speculation that the R5.4bn ACE cable is no longer coming to South Africa’s shores. TechCentral reported earlier on Monday about growing speculation that the cable, which runs…


Internet

Kenya to Market Films Online As Sector Reels From Lack of Exposure

The government will develop a content management web portal to market Kenyan films on a digital platform to raise international visibility. The portal, to be run by the Kenya Tourist…


Internet

Data pricing and rigid contracts in South Africa: Vodacom CEO responds

Vodacom answers questions as to why they haven't reduced their data pricing and suggests that rigid contract terms may become a thing of the pastA couple of weeks ago I…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

The Europe India Gateway (EIG) undersea cable system is live and ready for commercial use. The cable will provide additional capacity to North Africa and provide an alternative route for…


Computing

East African Lawmakers Begin ICT Assessment

Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), last week began a five-day tour to assess the state of information and communication technologies within member states.They are members of the…


Computing

Budget 201: R2.2bn for home affairs IT project in South Africa

South Africa’s National treasury has allocated R2.2bn over five years for the department of home affairs’ “Who Am I Online?” project, which has been stalled by a legal dispute with…


Computing

Kenya: MPs Approve Trillion Shilling ICT Centre

The Parliamentary Accounts Committee has endorsed the proposal to set up a technology park at Konza, Eastern Province. This means that the centre, known as Konza Technology City, and intended…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

Zimbabwe’s local software dealer Chips Computing Services walked away with six awards for its role as a Sage software dealer at a recent Softline conference in South Africa.Nigeria's NGOs have…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

In Tanzania, telecoms operator Sasatel has launched a new campaign to reward all new internet customers with free unlimited internet access. Customers will enjoy absolutely free unlimited Sasatel internet for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Malawi: TNM sees rise in FY 2010 revenue, EBITDA

Mobile operator Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has announced its results for the twelve months ended 31 December 2010, reporting a 21% year-on-year increase in revenue to MWK9.93 billion (USD64.8 million).…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Telecoms Infrastructure - IHS Gets N12 Billion From World Bank

The World Bank has provided $79 million - that is, about N11.8 billion - financing for IHS Plc, one of Nigeria's leading telecommunications infrastructure providers, to help it develop mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Essar Cuts Ties With its call centre provider

Mobile operator Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd operating as yu, has terminated its contract with its sister firm Aegis Services Kenya Ltd, raising anxiety for more than 70 customer care employees…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwanda’s SSFR receives Rwf125m dividends from Safaricom

The Social Security Fund of Rwanda (SSFR) is Rwf125.65 million richer, after its Safaricom shares recorded a higher dividend over 2010. SSFR owns 0.24 percent shares in the giant Kenyan…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), last week, revealed bluntly that it has recommended to the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) to revoke Nitel's sale to New Generation Telecom, the…


Digital Content

Internet Growth Sparks Rush for Digital Marketing in Kenya

Competition in the digital marketing field is heating up as firms scramble to gain a larger share of the budding sector. Over five firms are now jostling for a share…


Digital Content

Rwanda: Registration for driver’s license exams goes mobile

The traffic police department has introduced online registration to ease the process of applying for a driver’s license. Chief Supt. Vincent Sano, head of traffic police, confirmed this last week…


Digital Content

South Africa will give more money for digital TV

National treasury has allocated a significant budget to the department of communications over the next three years to assist in the country’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television. The…


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People

Former Safaricom CEOMichael Joseph has been appointed the first World Bank global advisor on mobile phone banking. Joseph was named a World Bank fellow under a newly launched global fellowship…


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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 & Opportunitues

Oracle DB System Integrator – West AfricaOracle DB System Integrator required for a rolling contract in the EMEA region.You will be responsible for:Solaris jumpstart installation & IP configurationAccton LAN Switches…


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Contracts

Tigo and Alcatel-Lucent - GhanaAlcatel-Lucent and Millicom Ghana Ltd, under the brand of Tigo, one of Ghana's mobile network operators announced a strategic partnership to introduce the first permission- and…