Issue no 557 3rd June 2011

Top Story

Uganda’s gorillas get their own Facebook pages – e-tourism in Africa starts spreading post World Cup

E-tourism has always seemed like a no-brainer for the continent as money could be paid direct to hotels and suppliers. But obstacles like the high cost of bandwidth, the lack of integrated, real-time reservation systems and local online payment gateways stymied progress. But now with the arrival of cheaper bandwidth these barriers are coming down and the world’s Online Travel Agencies like Expedia are showing a real interest in the continent. Russell Southwood spoke to Damian Cook, CEO, e-Tourism Frontiers, a company that does training and events for the tourism trade.Ten years ago no-one was talking about online tourism. The…

Telecoms

MTN's Uganda Blocking Calls from Uganda Telecom Customers

MTN's Uganda subsidiary has reportedly suspended its interconnection with Uganda Telecom (UTL) over claims of unpaid termination fees by the state-controlled company.Earlier this year, Mtn Uganda threatened to stop accepting…


Telecoms

Vodacom South Africa reaches 43Mbps milestone

Vodacom has reached their self imposed target of 2,000 active 43Mbps HSPA+ towers by the end of May 2011. In April 2011 Vodacom surprised many people when they announced that…


Telecoms

Nigeria: New Regulation On Service Quality Ready in Two Weeks

A new draft regulation that will regulate the operations of telecoms service providers in the country and ensure that operators provide quality service and are held accountable if they fail,…


Telecoms

ICASA hangs up on handset subsidies in South Africa

The country's communications regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), will leave the tricky issue of handset subsidies to the National Consumer Commission (NCC), and will no longer try…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) is set to hand out more than EGP100 million (USD16.8 million) to the country’s domestic mobile operators and internet services providers…


Internet

South Africa’s new fibre links go live

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) today officially announced the completion of an open access dark fibre infrastructure linking the undersea cables landing at Mtunzini to Gauteng and Durban. DFA CEO Gustav…


Internet

Zetu platform gains popularity among bargain hunters in Kenya

Zetu, an online platform which focuses on the group buying concept is gaining acceptance in Kenya and grown to employ 13 workers six months since it launched in November 2010.The…


Internet

Telkom South Africa merges AFSAT and Africa Online to create iWay Africa

Telkom South Africa has confirmed that it has unified its pan-African data assets Africa Online and AFSAT under the name iWay Africa. WiMAX operator Africa Online currently has operations in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet was cut in Mogadishu due to telecommunication equipment hit by stray shells in the latest round of fighting. The three major telecommunications companies, Nationlink, Hormood and Olympic,…


Computing

Better African bandwidth drives cloud services

The arrival of more stable bandwidth is proving critical to the uptake of cloud-based managed services across Africa, according to Kaseya. South African-based Kaseya Africa says it has witnessed a…


Computing

The ban of Second Hand Computers is a cause of concern in Uganda

Leading the fight against electronic waste which pollutes the environment in Africa is Uganda. The country has implemented a complete ban on the import of second hand electronics. But since…


Computing

Digital divide rife at schools in South Africa

Only 7,000 schools in South Africa are connected to the Internet, with 21,000 more falling behind in this regard. During his budget vote speech yesterday, Deputy Communications Minister Obed Bapela…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Uganda, twenty senior six best performing female students completed an intensive three-week CISCO training at Tumba College of Technology (TCT) in Rulindo District.The students emerged the best performers…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The total number of mobile users (GSM only) in Nigeria stood at 103,347,158 at the end of April 2011 while the CDMA operators reported a total subscriber base of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Namibia Aborts Investments in South Africa and Angola

TelecomNamibia has not seen any returns from two multimillion-dollar investments that it made in South Africa and Angola. The company made the investments totalling N$544 million close to six years…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

8ta drags down Telkom South Africa’s earnings

Telkom's mobile arm, 8ta, has made an operating loss of R1.1 billion, which weighed on the telco's earnings for the year to March.Telkom launched its mobile arm last October, attracting…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa: Insurers to Partner with GSM Operators to Deepen Penetration

African insurance operators have resolved to partner with distribution enablers like mobile phone operators as part of efforts to increase the level of insurance penetration in the continent.This formed part…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Significant results for Trustco in Namibia

The Trustco Group Holdings Ltd, which was the first company to list on the Africa Board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in February 2009, has again delivered a strong…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- Internet Solutions (IS) has acquired a majority stake in Synaq, the Johannesburg-based managed Linux service provider and messaging company, for an undisclosed sum.- Teraco Data Environments has received a…


Digital Content

BlackBerry is ‘da sh*t’, says South Africa’s youth

Sunday Times Generation Next 2011 Brand Survey reveals the coolest cellular and tech brands in South Africa. The Sunday Times Generation Next 2011 Brand Survey results were released recently, revealing…


Digital Content

Kuyu Project to steer social change In Kenya

An innovative Kenyan social network project, which combines crowd sourced stories and citizen reporting, is set to be rolled out in a few weeks. The Kuyu Project is aimed to…


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People

- Following the reshuffling of Uganda’s Cabinet, veteran politician Aggrey Awori who was the Minister in charge of Information & Communication Technology(ICT) has lost that post to Nduggu Ruhakana Rugunda.-…


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Events

West & Central Africa Com 15-16 June 2011, Dakar, SenegalFor more information click here:TMT Finance & INvestment Africa17 June, 2011Venue, LondonThe second TMT Finance & Investment Africa Summit - Defining…


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Jobs & Opportunities

HIPSSA Project – Consulting Opportunities[HIPSSA/G-5] Call for Applications related the Regulatory Auditing and Cost Modeling in Sub-Sahara Africa projectFor this HIPSSA project's activity a team of five consultants and one…


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Contracts

Bharti-Airtel  and  Huawei - AfricaBharti Airtel, a telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, said it has signed an agreement with Huawei, to modernize and expand…