Issue no 558 10th June 2011

Top Story

New business model to save African cybercafés – higher bandwidth, higher margins and transactions

The growing number of African Internet users accessing the Internet via their mobile phone is increasingly becoming a threat to the survival of cybercafés. According to the 2010 Digital Life report by TSN Research International, about 36% of Tanzanian Internet users access emails via mobile phones against 31% doing the same via computers. These changes in Internet users’ behaviours can be witness in many other countries across the continent. So, what can cybercafés owners do about it? Isabelle Gross spoke to Gregory Eid, CEO of Teledata ICT about its business model for cybercafés branded Cafes Club and the growing revenue…

Telecoms

Kenya: Kibaki Stops Further Drop in Mobile Call Charges

President Kibaki has stopped further cuts in mobile phone termination charges, giving telecom operators reprieve from a looming renewal of price wars. In a directive issued after a meeting with…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Telecel Files U.S.$1.7 Million Lawsuit

Telecel Zimbabwe has filed a US$1,7 million lawsuit against its two former directors - Jane Mutasa and Naquib Omar - claiming damages for alleged mismanagement of the mobile phone service…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Setback for Multilinks sale as court rules Helios contract is valid

Reuters reports that the sale of Multilinks’ mobile unit has suffered a setback following a ruling by the Lagos High Court that disputed lease agreements between the Telkom South Africa-owned…


Telecoms

Vodafone Criticised for Advert Taking Credit for Egyptian Uprising

Vodafone Egypt is facing a furious backlash in the country after a video advertisement was posted on the website of its ad agency that seems to, in part, take credit…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Information from the Uganda Communication Commission indicates that of the 31million Ugandans, only 10 million are connected. Of these about 4 million have more than one sim card; reducing…


Internet

Kenya: KDN Announces Sh2.8 Billion Cables Upgrade

Kenya Data Networks plans to spend Sh2.8 billion over the next three years to overhaul its fibre network to help reduce service outages for its large-scale clients. Faced with a…


Internet

MTN Locks Horns With Tigo in New Round of Data Price Wars in Rwanda

Two of Rwanda's telecom sector operators have now locked horns in price wars within the data segment in what can be seen as further realignments unfolding within the rapidly changing…


Internet

R8bn boost for rural internet access in South Africa

South African IT firm Mavoni Technologies is collaborating with international satellite company O3b Networks to make internet access possible for rural communities in the country. The two companies have signed…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Minister of Information, Communication and Technology Nelsiwe Shongwe has observed that the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) will triple bandwidth availability in the country shortly. Currently, bandwidth is…


Computing

Rwanda: Govt to Adopt New Technology to Process Salaries

Information technology will now be adopted to improve the processing and management of salary schemes of civil servants, the Minister of Labour, Anastase Murekezi said. He made the remarks while…


Computing

Kenya Revenue Authority in New Bid to Stop Simba System Faults

Kenya Revenue Authority plans to contract two other network service providers to boost the efficiency of its customs IT system which suffered an outage early this week.Traders were once again…


Computing

Gambia: Government Launches Gaminfo Database

The Gambia Bureau of Statistics (GBoS) launched the GAMINFO Database Tool in Banjul last week. GAMINFO is a Human Development (HD) Monitoring tool that is developed by the Statistics Bureau,…


Computing

Bringing open access to Africa: BioMed Central announces far-reaching program

Currently only 0.7% of all research published comes from sub-Saharan Africa, yet African researchers have a key role to play in finding solutions to the many challenges faced by African…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Kenya Treasury has allocated Sh7 billion to Information and Communications Technology, although future votes will be slowed down as the government re-channels the funds to more pressing areas.…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Zantel, Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) and Research in Motion (RIM) are set to launch the Black Berry solution in Tanzania.- Etisalat Nigeria announced the launch of a SIM registration…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Restructuring in Shambles in Namibia

The Telecom Namibia branch of the Namibia Public Workers Union (Napwu) has demanded that the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, intervene in the restructuring of Telecom.The union…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ecobank and Airtel Partner to Boost 'Mobile Banking' Service

Ecobank, a leading Pan-African banking group, has partnered with Bharti Airtel, to promote mobile banking across Africa. The service allows users to perform balance checks, account transactions, payments, credit applications…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Neotel Says On Right Track

South African telecommunication company Neotel from which Namibia's Telecom is disinvesting, says it has already sorted out its finances. It says it is now on course to attain earnings before…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Visa buys South Africa’s Fundamo for $110m

Global payments giant Visa is buying Cape Town-based Fundamo, a mobile payments company focused on emerging markets, for $110m in cash. Fundamo is privately held by a group of South…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money – In Brief

- According to Reuters, the Algerian government’s valuation of Orascom Telecom Algeria’s (OTA’s) local mobile phone unit, Djezzy, has been delayed by a disagreement regarding the disclosure of company data.…


Digital Content

Kenya: Citizens 'Tweet' Their Budget Views

Kenyans for the first time in line with the new Constitution presented their views on the Budget through social media.Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta, in efforts to meet the requisite civic…


Digital Content

DStv eyes mass market for mobile TV

MultiChoice wants to use its DStv Mobile platform to extend television services into markets where people don’t subscribe to or can’t afford traditional pay-TV services.DStv Mobile, which uses the digital…


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Events

West & Central Africa Com 15-16 June 2011, Dakar, SenegalFor more information visit the website here: TMT Finance & Investment Africa17 June, 2011, LondonThe second TMT Finance & Investment Africa…


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People

- The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced that Rob Conway, the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of the GSMA, will step down as CEO effective September 1,…


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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

Globacom and Shell - NigeriaGlobacom signed a second 10-year contract with the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). Under the 10-year deal, Glo1 Enterprise will provide SPDC a high speed bandwidth…