Issue no 546 17th March 2011

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Glo has ambition to become a major West African player for both mobile and fibre

Nigeria’s Globacom has slowly been building itself a West African regional position, seeking mobile licences and trying to find more country operators to connect to its Glo One cable branching units. Russell Southwood talked to Globacom's COO Mohamed Jameel about its ambitions, LTE testing, mobile TV and Triple Play. Q: What is the current state of the mobile market in Nigeria?A: It is almost close to saturation. Operators are now very aggressive to do what little customer acquisition is left over. It’s crucial to hold on to your existing subscriber base so there’s a lot of focus on retention. A number…

Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telone Gets Mobile Phone Service Licence

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) has issued state-owned incumbent TelOne with a mobile phone service licence. The fixed telecommunications operator will become the fourth company to…


Telecoms

National Lottery Authority sues Airtel Ghana over “illegal lottery”

The National Lotto Authority (NLA) has initiated moves to halt activities of telecommunications operators from promoting, conducting, running and advertising illegal lottery or games of chance disguised as marketing promotions.The…


Telecoms

Kenya: Heads to Roll At Safaricom Under New Structure

All senior managers at mobile phone firm Safaricom are this week expected to make fresh applications for their jobs following a restructuring exercise that is expected to see some big…


Telecoms

Uganda: UCC Report Ranks Telecoms Service Quality

The Uganda Communications Commission quality of service report conducted across the five major telecom service providers has ranked Warid Telecom and Airtel Uganda among the worst service providers. By contrast,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

In Uganda, the government moved to stop MTN from shutting out Utl from routing its calls through its network. Aggrey Awori, the ministry of Information and Communications Technology, told Daily…


Internet

Unleashed ADSL changes the game in South Africa – Ninefold increase in use

It's a year since uncapped ADSL dropped on the Internet market, an event that caused a data usage explosion and an accelerated growth of broadband uptake. Internet service provider (ISP)…


Internet

Government Upbeat After Completion of Fibre Optic Cable Rollout in Rwanda

The Minister in Charge of ICT in the President's Office, Ignace Gatare, has told the Senate that the first phase of ICT project, named National Backbone, is complete, and it…


Internet

Nigeria: Facebook Introduces New Advertising for Local Brands

Facebook, the world's most visited social media platform, continues to conceive new and innovative advertising platforms, ensuring the best possible results for advertisers the world over, including Nigeria.Effective January 2011,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

South Africa’s ISP, iBurst is currently trialing a new WiMax network which can easily be upgraded to LTE if needed. To date iBurst has been associated with the iBurst technology…


Computing

Ethiopia: Virtual ICT City Under Construction

Construction of Ethiopia's first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Park, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT), has begun.During the first phase, an IT business…


Computing

Nigeria: Govt Adopts GIS to Map Lagos

Lagos Geospatial information, previously in analogue form, has now been officially digitalised, following the formal unveiling last week of the state's Digital Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) project.The comprehensive…


Computing

Tanzania: University Gets Pro-Blind Software

Visually-impaired students will soon be able to learn without much assistance, following the introduction of a new technology at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT), which is aimed at helping…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

Telecommunication operator, MTN, has commissioned a state of the art digital library at the University of Benin, Edo State in Nigeria as part of the education progrmmes of connecting the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

In Kenya, mobile operator Orange has entered into a strategic partnership with retail chain Nakumatt to sell the company's airtime at its 28 outlets countrywide. Customers will be able to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Reserve bidder Omen invited to acquire Nitel

Nigeria’s Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has invited Omen International Consortium, the reserve bidder for state-run incumbent telco Nigeria Telecommunications (NITEL), to reregister its interest in buying the operator, after…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Safaricom Spells Out Tough Measures for Dealers following fraud

Safaricom has completely severed links with three dealers whose services it terminated this week over fraud, CEO Bob Collymore said. Surviving dealers will now wait longer to receive their commissions…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Nigeria gets US$1B cash injection

Pan-African giant MTN has become the latest operator to inject cash into its subsidiary in Nigeria, Africa’s largest mobile market. South African-based MTN plans to invest US$1 billion in its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zambia minority shareholders sue against Bharti delisting

Minority shareholders in Bharti Airtel's Zambian unit have sued the company, seeking to block its planned delisting from the local bourse. India's Bharti Airtel said last month that it plans…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

 Etisalat Nigeria has sealed agreements for a US$650 million syndicated loan with eight local banks to expand its mobile network across Africa's most populous nation. "The additional funds will be…


Digital Content

CBK rules out shared infrastructure in mobile money

The mobile banking regulator Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has spoken out against the proposed sharing of money systems between different service operators, saying it will kill innovation and competition…


Digital Content

Ghana-made software compared to iPhone application

A software application, Nandiclient, developed by Nandimobile Limited, a Ghanaian owned start-up has been compared to an iPhone application because of its ability to arm businesses with tools for delivering…


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People

Douglas Denoon Balharrie Band, an independent non-executive director of MTN, has tendered his resignation from the Board of Directors of the Company, with effect from the close of business on…


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Events

HR4ICT11 - Business Continuity Planning: Strategic and Organisational Imperatives in a Global Economy21st -23rd March 2011Hilton Nairobi, Nairobi KenyaThe Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation is holding its annual HR4ICT Forum in Kenya,…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Account Manager - South African candidates preferredLocal South African Candidates will take priority due to work permit issues and time restraints.If you wish to apply please send your CV, in…


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Contracts

Gateway Communications and Gilat - AfricaGateway Communications, the pan-African wholesale telecoms provider owned by Vodacom, has announced that Gilat Satellite Networks has been chosen as the company’s primary VSAT provider.…