Issue no 560 24th June 2011

Top Story

Movirtu rolls out a Cloud Phone aimed at low-income users: first market is Madagascar, others will follow

Right at the bottom of the pyramid are phone users who can’t afford the minimum cost for a SIM to share in someone else’s phone. Movirtu has produced a cloud-based, login account which will enable anyone who has access to a GSM phone to share it but still retain their own number. Russell Southwood spoke to the CEO and founder, Nigel Waller about the potential market for this low-cost telephony product.Nigel Waller used to work in telecoms back-end infrastructure and during this time, an African operator asked him how it would be possible to deliver a phone service more cheaply…

Telecoms

South Africa: Icasa to outline local-loop unbundling plan

SA’s telecommunications industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), will outline the first steps it intends taking to unbundle Telkom’s local loop at a briefing at its offices…


Telecoms

Ghana: Jail sentence given for illegal termination of international calls

Hassan Nonni, a middle aged man believed to be the mastermind behind illegal termination of international telephone traffic in the country has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an…


Telecoms

Ghana: Jail sentence given for illegal termination of international calls

Hassan Nonni, a middle aged man believed to be the mastermind behind illegal termination of international telephone traffic in the country has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe telecoms authorities bans Econet Blackberry pilot project

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has clashed with regulator Potraz (Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe) after it emerged that some of its subscribers and workers were using Blackberry services without…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Over 3,000 Jobs Under Threat as SMEs Tackle MTN to Stay in Business

Concerned Nigerians and families of contractors who claimed to have done jobs for MTN Communications Nigeria Limited, gathered at Folomo roundabout, Awolowo Way, Ikoyi, Lagos, by the Corporate Headquaters of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telkom Kenya is to send home more employees as the company restructures and prepares to drop some of the technologies it is using. The 400 employees are in departments…


Internet

Zimbabwe: New WiMAX operator wants interconnection for mobile VoIP services

A new WiMAX-based network operator is aiming to launch in Zimbabwe as early as this month under the name ‘Spiritage’, writes The Africa Report. The start-up’s CEO Zachary Wazara claims…


Internet

South Africa: MWeb to offer free online file storage

Internet service provider MWeb has launched a cloud-based file-hosting service called Store-It that allows users to store and access files online. It’s offering 5GB of online storage space.Available as a…


Internet

iNamibia creating some unique online opportunities for brands in Namibia

117% traffic growth - the fastest in Namibia, the fastest-growing Facebook fan page in Namibia, in the top five biggest local websites in Namibia within 3 months.This was the performance…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In Liberia, mobile operator Lonestar/MTN has launched a mobile broadband service labeled “iConnect”. The service is based on WiMAX technology. - Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has featured among the…


Computing

Nigeria: Local OEMS Worry Over Dominance of Foreign PCs

By the time the just concluded Nigerian Information Technology Exhibition, (NITEX) was drawing to a close last week in Lagos, there were worries among local computer assemblers following growing dominance…


Computing

Rwanda: Courts to Be Linked Digitally

In a bid to ease the activities of the judicial sector in the country, courts will, from next month, be digitally interlinked. In an interview with The New Times, the…


Computing

Kenya Institute of Education to promote ICT at school

The Kenya Institute of Education has partnered with the private sector to promote use of ICT in schools, a move aimed at improving performance of learners. Under the partnership with…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The University of The Gambia (UTG) in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) Monday began a five-day training for staff of higher educational…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Vodacom-Mozambique, the local subsidiary of the South African mobile phone group Vodacom, on Thursday announced a 41 per cent cut in its tariffs. The basic cost for Vodacom mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Intel arm invests $5m in Altech

Intel Capital on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement to invest US$5m in JSE-listed technology group Altech. It is the first investment in SA by Intel Capital, the investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC gives details of $115m syndicated loan to Vodafone Ghana

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, says the $115 million syndicated loan for Vodafone Ghana came from Chinese, German, and African institutions.According to a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Helios Towers Eyes Investments in Telecom Sector

Helios Investment Partners, the private equity fund that owns a quarter of Equity Bank's shares, is seeking to deepen its presence in Kenya by raking up its investments in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zimbabwe: Econet in Contractual Wrangle

The contractual wrangle between Namibian-based mobile operator, Trustco Mobile and Econet Wireless, has taken a new twist as the former has applied for an urgent interdict in Zimbabwe's courts against…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Accesskenya Merges Two Subsidiaries

Telecommunications company AccessKenya has consolidated its two subsidiaries under one operating company in a move expected to cut operating costs and create a more effective management structure.AccessKenya is taking advantage…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In Brief

- FNB bank announced that it is seeing a rapid uptake of cellphone banking in Africa. The bank has recorded year on year growth of 376% in Zambia, 277% in…


Digital Content

Kenya: New Refugee Search System to Be Launched

Safaricom subscribers can now search for and reconnect with their loved ones using their mobile phone via an application provided by Ericsson and Refugees United. The system enables refugees to…


Digital Content

Ghana, others to benefit from Google, WIPO copyright registry project

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has announced a project to build a common digital platform which will help streamline the identification of protected musical works across 11 West African…


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People

- In a surprise development, JSE-listed telecommunications group MTN has announced it will not form a subsidiary board for its international operations — at least not yet. The group had…


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Events

Telecoms World Africa27- 30 June 2011, International Convention Centre, Cape TownFor more information please click here: Connected Home World Summit 201128 - 29 June, Grand Connaught Rooms, LondonDeploying managed home…


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Jobs & Opportunities

* IETF Fellowship Announcement (IETF 82 and 83)The Internet Society has announced that it is inviting applications for its latest Internet Society Fellowships to the IETF, part of its Next…


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Contracts

* Airtel and Synchronica – AfricaBharti Airtel (‘Airtel’), a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 19 countries across Asia and Africa, has successfully deployed its mass-market mobile messaging service,…