Issue no 568 19th August 2011

Top Story

Africa’s mobile operators start to offer Blackberry-style e-mail and IM services

Faced with falling voice ARPU and uncertain levels of data revenue from 3G services (launched or scheduled to be launched soon), a lot of African mobile operators are thinking of generating additional revenue through other services that don’t necessarily require massive CAPEX investments. Synchronica is successfully punting Blackberry-like e-mail and IM services plus social networking to African mobile operators with a recently closed group deal with Airtel. Isabelle Gross spoke to David Clark, Marketing Manager at Synchronica, about their mobile services portfolio, their purchase of Nokia’s branded messaging services and the business opportunities in Africa.In June 2011, Synchronica announced a…

Telecoms

Kenya: CCK identifies Safaricom and Orange Kenya as having “significant market power”

The telecoms industry regulator has signaled its intention to declare two operators dominant in key segments of the telephony market, setting them up for stringent oversight and exposing them to…


Telecoms

South Africa tests successfully NFC system at the Oppikoppi rock festival

The implementation of South Africa's first cashless NFC system at the Oppikoppi Unknown Brother rock festival has been declared a success by its organisers, merchants and system developers alike.While teething…


Telecoms

Zambia: Regulator ZICTA warns mobile phone providers on SMS promotions

Zambian regulator ZICTA has directed the three mobile service companies to limit to one promotional short massaging system (sms) per day to be sent to their respective customers. This follows…


Telecoms

UN scheme plans mobile phone numbers to 3 Million poor

A United Nations-backed initiative, in partnership with technology firm Movirtu, is to allow three million poor people in Africa and South Asia - majority of them women - gain access…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- In Nigeria, Globacom and Microfone Telecoms, a subsidiary of the Nigerian Capital Development Fund (NCDF), have initiated a partnership that will see 50,000 lines supplied to rural areas across…


Internet

Uganda: Government starts investigation in cable deal with Huawei

The Uganda government has begun an investigation into the long-delayed cable deal with Huawei. The government’s ICT minister, Nyombi Thembo said that a consultant was conducting an independent audit to…


Internet

8ta adds fuel to broadband price war in South Africa

South Africa is beginning to see the kind of data price competition that successfully lowered prices in countries like Kenya. Details have appeared this week in a report from Tech…


Internet

Nigeria: Pinet Informatics’ Ajayi lays out a broadband promotion strategy

The former President of the Nigerian Internet Group and CEO of Pinet Informatics,  Lanre Ajayi, has said for Nigerian broadband equation to be balanced, the rate of consumption must match…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Sudan has announced that it has been assigned '.ss' as its internet domain code and 'SSD' as the alpha-3 numeric code.- Accountants in Uganda have a chance to…


Computing

Kenya: Twenty Third Century Systems Launches Joint Venture With Seven Seas Technologies

Two of sub-Saharan Africa's premier technology companies have formally launched their joint venture in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions.Twenty Third Century Systems Kenya Limited (TTCSK) has been formed by…


Computing

Nigeria: Sunnet, IBM Promise Business Efficiency With Dynamic Infrastructure, Cloud Computing

Sunnet, a technology solution provider that has long standing relationship with IBM, last week held a combined seminar in Lagos on its Dynamic Infrastructure and Cloud Computing, with a promise…


Computing

Google cache servers drive interconnection in Africa

The availability of Google cache servers has encouraged more African Internet and content providers to exchange content locally, according to experts at last week’s Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Nigeria, the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Olubusola Johnson said that following the presentation of the report of the Committee on review and updating of the National…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage (briefs)

- According to Business Daily Africa, mobile operator Safaricom has completed a KES2.3 billion (USD24.3 million) network upgrade in western Kenya. The process, which commenced in September 2010, has seen…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telkom South Africa could face crippling strike

Services at Telkom and the Post Office will be shut down if demands by workers are not met, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Mass action by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News - In Brief

- In South Africa, banking group Absa and cellular network operator Vodacom have signed a “multimillion-rand agreement”, which they say will “accelarate the pace of mobile innovation and expand the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana: Government gives ultimatum to Glo’s commercial launch

Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications has ordered Globacom, a Nigerian telecommunication firm, to fully roll out its services in the country by September 15, this year, or…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: MTN hit by strong rand

Africa's largest cellular operator, MTN, was hit by the continued strength of the rand in the first half of the year, which wiped R4.7 billion off the top line. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Telecom Egypt reveals 11% drop in net profit in 2Q11 amid continued rebuilding costs

Egyptian fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) has revealed an 11% year-on-year decline in net profit for the three months ended 30 June 2011, with the telco attributing the drop…


Digital Content

Uganda: Convenient Online and Phone Betting Goes Global

Sports betting is the in-thing today but when one travels, it is almost impossible for them to find a betting terminal. Now Global Bets East Africa have given the perfect…


Digital Content

Cheap Android phones selling fast in Kenya

When Huawei assistant director for African expansion, Wang Liu, talked about developing a cheap Android phone for the African market, he knew it would be successful. But after the Chinese…


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People

- The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has appointed MTN's Chief Operations Officer for Rwanda, Andrew Rugege, to head its Eastern Region.


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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

3G RF Optimisation Engineer – Western AfricaPenta Consulting urgently requires 3G RF Opimisation engineers for various projects accross Africa. You must have prevous experience with Alcatel-Lucent 3G and UTRAN. Very…


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Contracts

- Department of Science and Technology and Nokia – South AfricaSouth Africa's Department of Science and Technology and Nokia are to partner on a number of information and communication technology…