Issue no 549 8th April 2011

Top Story

Rural roll-out, White Spaces and Wi-Fi: Scottish Isles meets Africa on the same road to providing service to scattered populations

Getting voice and data to Africa’s remaining un-served citizens will be a tough nut to crack. Some mobile operators are already saying that 10-15% of their existing base stations lose money. The dual challenge of finding cost-effective technologies to reach scattered populations and a business model that will finance them seem daunting. Russell Southwood talks to former Kenyan resident Malcolm Brew about possible solutions from halfway across the world in a windy island off the Scottish mainland.There are weeks when all sorts of things just collide and start to make sense. This week it was the unlikely combination of a…

Telecoms

Rwandatel's License Revoked Permanently, says RURA

The head of the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA), Regis Francois Gatarayiha, said last week that the revocation of the Rwandatel's mobile license is permanent.The decision taken on Monday in…


Telecoms

Ethio-Telecom Limits Evdo Internet Access

Ethio-Telecom (the new brand name for incumbent ETC) stopped making unlimited EVDO Internet access available to customers on Friday, April 1, 2011. The announcement of the revised packages and new…


Telecoms

Vodacom wants spectrum auction postponed

Vodacom would like the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to delay a long-awaited auction of spectrum in the 2,6GHz band. Vodacom regulatory adviser Mortimer Hope says the spectrum in…


Telecoms

Kenya launches Mobile Number Portability

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has confirmed that mobile number portability (MNP) was successfully implemented in the country on 1 April 2011, making Kenya the 63rd nation to allow…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Qcell, one of Gambia’s GSM operators opened a new Customer Care branch in Brikama, in the Kombo Central District of the West Coast Region.-The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa…


Internet

SkyVision expands its footprint in DRC with the launch of its new corporate services and local hub

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a global provider of IP connectivity over satellite and fiber optic systems, last week announced the expansion of their new corporate solutions in DRC. The company’s…


Internet

GSMA Calls on Nigerian Government to Unlock Economic Growth by Supporting Mobile Broadband Rollout

The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, last week called on the Nigerian government to unlock potential NGN862 billion of GDP growth by 2015 by supporting the…


Internet

Telecommunication Firm Moves to Boost Internet Penetration in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Zantel, last week slashed prices for its modems by about 50 per cent, reviving hopes of boosting internet connections in a country that has one of the lowest penetration…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

-Zimbabwean government-run fixed line operator TelOne has announced the commercial launch of its fibre-optic link to the East African Submarine System (EASSy) international undersea cable via Mozambique. TelOne, which owns…


Computing

Gilat Satcom Partners with Global Tracking of Ethiopia to Offer Fleet Management and Personal Tracking Solutions

Gilat Satcom, a provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, announced last week that it has concluded a partnering agreement…


Computing

Nigeria Gets a New Online Search Engine

A new online search engine, Wankel, has been developed and launched in Nigeria and the brain behind the innovation, Yusuf Bodija told newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State that Wankel is…


Computing

Business Community in Rwanda to Be Linked Online

Rwandan businesses will start accessing markets and other business opportunities from the Asian, Caribbean and European markets through Community of Opportunities for Development (com4dev).Com4dev is an initiative by Pro-Invest, funded…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kigali — The government, through the One Laptop Per Child programme (OLPC), Friday, donated 585 laptops to students.16 teachers were also given a laptop each as a way of…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana says that around 85% of SIM cards in the country have now been registered with their respective network service provider. However, it…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Visafone Acquires Multilinks for N8 Billion

Visafone has further strengthened its market position by acquiring Multilinks Communications Limited's CDMA mobile assets. Multilinks is arguably the oldest mobile phone company in Nigeria, having been operating in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WACS prepares for SA landing

MTN punts the advantages of its investment in submarine cables which will “reach new frontiers as WACS prepares for SA landing” MTN Group last week said in a press statement…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wananchi Plans Sh8.4 Billion Rollout in East Africa

Telecoms firm Wananchi Group is to invest an extra Sh 8.4 billion to increase the rollout of its services across east Africa, its CEO said yesterday.Wananchi Group, which bundles broadband…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mobile Wars Erode Kenya’s Tax Revenue

The government has lost nearly Sh1.5bn in tax collected on airtime due to the mobile phone tariff wars. The shortfall to the Kenya Revenue Authority is attributed to mobile users…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- France Telecom’s 40%-owned Moroccan affiliate Medi Telecom (Meditel) has posted a 126% year-on-year rise in its net profit in 2010 to MAD623 million (USD78 million), on a 7% rise…


Digital Content

Safaricom strikes global M-PESA deal with Western Union

Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has announced an agreement with global money transfer firm Western Union to introduce international mobile remittance services to the 13.5 million users of its M-PESA mobile…


Digital Content

Kenya Commercial Bank to Introduce Visa Debit Cards

Kenya Commercial Bank-Rwanda, a subsidiary of Kenya's KCB Group said it will introduce Quick Serve Visa Eelectron Debit Cards, a simple and convenient way to pay for goods and services.KCB…


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People

- TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod has been named ICT Journalist of the Year at the second annual Telkom Classic Business journalism awards. McLeod won the award for a series of…


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Events

Ghana ICT and Telecom Summit28-29 April 2011, Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre Accra, GhanaThe summit will bring together over 200 decision-makers from Ghanaian operators and international stakeholders with an interest…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Group Systems ArchitectKmed Recruitment, Cape TownIntroduction:A vacancy exists for the above mentioned position. The successful candidate has the following:Requirements:3 Year qualification with IT related subjects.Minimum of 15 years relevant work…


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Contracts

Gamcel/Gamtel Signed D10 Million Contract With Gambia for Goal     Gamcel and Gamtel, operating under the brand names of 'Yaay Borom' and 'Creating a brighter future for Telecommunications' respectively, have extended…