Issue no 566 5th August 2011

Top Story

South Africa gets its first comparison website for broadband services

With a growing number of internet service providers offering multiple broadband packages, South African users are now spoiled with choice. This is a good thing but the downside for the users is that they have to work out what the best package is going to be for their particular needs. The launch of www.broadbandcomparison.co.za at the beginning of this month offers now to South African Internet users the tools to make an informed choice when it comes to their broadband service. Isabelle Gross spoke to Chris Cox, Marketing Director at Compare Services SA about the new comparison website and its…

Telecoms

Kenya scrambles to launch more 3G networks

The battle to launch a 3G network in Kenya is raging between Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya’s Orange, with both operators determined to launch their network first. The announcement by…


Telecoms

South Africa: Neotel to debut new consumer data products

Neotel added 10 000 customers to its retail consumer subscriber base in first quarter of its 2011/2012 financial year and plans to introduce new data plans later this month to…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Adenuga Moves to Take Over Nitel for US$450 Million

Business magnate Dr. Mike Adenuga has made overtures to the federal government to acquire the state-owned telecommunications company, NITEL and its mobile subsidiary, MTel, for $450 million under the willing…


Telecoms

Over 21,000 Ghana subscribers change mobile providers after one month

Latest figures released by the telecoms regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA) say 25 days after Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was started in Ghana, a total of 21,059 subscribers have changed…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cellcom, has introduced a life insurance policy. Under the policy, the statement said, subscribers would get a chance to get free life insurance coverage. “CelLife’s coverage affords our subscribers…


Internet

Seacom achieves global first with 500GB/s network trial

Seacom and Infinera Corp (NASDAQ: INFN), a leading US-based digital optical networking equipment supplier, today announced that they had achieved a global first by successfully trialling five 100 Gigabit per…


Internet

Zambia: Africonnect Seeks to Change ICT Sector

Internet service provider (ISP), Africonnect has said it will help revolutionalise the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Zambia by introducing latest and innovative technological facilities on the market.Company…


Internet

Kenya’s operators access fibre optic network

The Kenyan Information Ministry’s Communication Permanent Secretary Bitange Ndemo has formed a team to manage the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI).  Kenya's NOFBI would be accessible to all interested…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Google, acting in partnership with local telecoms firm Wananchi Group, has confirmed that it has launched an experimental Wi-Fi network – branded ‘Wazi’ at the Junction shopping area in…


Computing

Zimbabwe: President Launches E-Government

President Mugabe yesterday launched Zimbabwe's e-government programme and handed over laptops and printers to Vice Presidents Joice Mujuru and John Nkomo, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputies Thokozani Khupe…


Computing

Kenya: HIV and Aids Research Shifts to New Technology

Two research institutions have adopted a technological solution to maximise efficiency in data collection in HIV and Aids research.The Questionnaire Development System (QDS), which the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri)…


Computing

Rwanda’s Traders Want VAT On It Equipment Scrapped

Business was booming until November last year. But now, dealers in IT equipment are crying foul over the Value Added Tax (VAT) imposed by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).The traders have…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- MTN Ghana has opened a new ICT Centre for the Abossey Okai Traders Association and the entire community as part of efforts to bring quality telecommunication services closer to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Cell Z, the mobile operating arm of Zambia’s national fixed line operator Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (Zamtel), has announced the launch of its third-generation infrastructure, with the operator claiming…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Egypt’s Mobinil net profit to drop 80 percent

Egypt’s Mobinil is to expect a net profit drop of up to 80 percent (image: stock.xchng)AlembicHC has slashed the price target on shares for Egypt’s Mobinil by 21 percent to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Firm launches service linking bank accounts to handsets in Kenya

A new player has entered the mobile money business, this time integrating virtue accounts in telephone handsets to bank accounts.Mobikash Africa Limited says its service dubbed Mobikash will operate across…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bharti Airtel Revenues Rise but Profits Fall

India's Bharti Airtel has reported that its revenues for the three months  ended June 30, 2011 jumped by over a third (38.6%) to reach Rs 16,975 crore (US$3.8 billion)Africa continued…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Rwandatel to Meet Creditors Following Court Ordered Liquidation

Rwandan telco, Rwandatel has confirmed that it will be meeting with its creditors after a local court ordered the company to liquidate its assets to repay debts.The company is estimated…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- The government of Niger is looking for a new buyer for state-owned telco Sonitel, after a deal to sell a stake in the company to Libya’s LAP Green Network…


Digital Content

Demand for Nokia slumps among early adopters in South Africa

BlackBerry’s popularity in SA is showing signs of waning, while consumer predilection towards Apple and HTC is skyrocketing. This is according to new research by BMI-TechKnowledge, which surveyed early adopters…


Digital Content

Top Ten Opera Mini users in Africa

The “State of the Mobile Web Report” by web browser company Opera Software puts a spotlight on the African region. Here are the top trends in Africa for mobile handsets…


Digital Content

Africa: Millions of Poor People Will Have Mobile Phone Numbers Under UN-Backed Scheme

Three million poor people in Africa and South Asia, the majority of them women, will gain access to low-cost mobile phone numbers as part of technology firm Movirtu's partnership with…


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People

- Briton Paul Taylor has taken over the reins at the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, (BTC) pledging to work closely with all stakeholders to wrap up the privatisation of the parastatal.-…


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Events

Mobile Entertainment Africa23 -24 August, 2011, Cape Town, South AfricaFrom the team behind the Mobile Web in Africa series of events comes Mobile Entertainment Africa. Aiming to create a fantastic…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Radio Consultant – Southern Africa The client is  looking for several wireless engineers1, More than 7 years experience of network planning or network optimization; 2, Provide technical creativity in solving…


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Contracts

Aptics Trading and Airspan Networks - ZimbabweAirspan Networks has just announced that Aptics Trading, a Zimbabwe Internet Service Provider, selected its WiMAX equipment to deliver broadband services to a large…