Issue no 576 14th October 2011

Top Story

Data moves centre-stage: the delights and perils of Wi-Fi offloading, pricing models and access

In Africa, mobile operators are finding themselves in a situation where their data traffic exceeds their voice traffic but the income from data is much smaller. The crunch is that data also congests the network far more quickly than voice. Many assume that LTE will deal with this surge of data use but bandwidth is like a recreational drug: the more you have access to, the more you use. Russell Southwood looks at how good, old-fashioned Wi-Fi has suddenly come into its own and how it poses a number of challenges for Africa’s mobile operators.The dream of the insurgent challengers…

Telecoms

NetOne close to 3G launch

Zimbabwean technology journal Techzim reports that state-run GSM network operator NetOne has notified 3G test users that they will soon have to pay for mobile broadband access. An SMS message…


Telecoms

Ghana to decentralise telecoms regulator’s operations

The government says it has initiated policies that will see the operations of the National Communications Authority (NCA) decentralised.The Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrissu told reporters that the decentralisation is…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Starcomms introduces Huawei Ideos smart phone, S-Credit service

Starcomms Plc, last week introduced Huawei IDEOS C8150 Android phones into the Nigerian market. It also launched another value added service called S-Credit.Huawei C8150 is a smart mobile phone that…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NCC - Number Portability Ready in Six Months

Nigerian telephone subscribers will be able to move from one network to another without losing their numbers as number portability starts from the first quarter of 2012, the Nigerian Communications…


Telecoms

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority amends telecoms licences

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) has gazetted the amendments of telecoms operators licence to allow four of them to provide both fixed and mobile phone services.This is contained in the…


Telecoms

Ghana: Glo to launch on ‘aggressive’ note before close of 2011

Glomile Ghana will launch its 023 mobile services in Ghana before the close of this year, and it would do so on an 'aggressive' note.Group Chief Operations Manager, Mohammed Jameel…


Telecoms

‘Swaziland only country with un-liberalised market’, says MTN CEO

Swaziland is now the only country in the southern African region that has not yet liberalised its telecommunications market.Swazi MTN CEO Ambrose Dlamini said because of this, the company was…


Telecoms

WBS Planning LTE Rollout in South Africa

South Africa based Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), the holding company that owns the WiMAX network, iBurst and Broadlink, has announced plans to roll out a LTE network by mid-2012.The company…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Gabon’s Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications (ARTEL) has awarded a 3G mobile licence to the country’s largest cellco by subscribers, Airtel Gabon (formerly Zain), which is aiming to launch…


Internet

ACE cable system lands in Freetown

Sierra Leone is set to receive its first international fibre-optic connection following the landing of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable in the country’s capital Freetown, Reuters reports.…


Internet

South Africa: Telkom's pricing untenable – ISPs

The cost of providing services through Telkom's network is maddening, says MWeb CEO, Rudi Jansen. Internet service providers (ISPs) MWeb and Internet Solutions argue that Telkom's current prices for connecting…


Internet

Ghana to establish public internet registry to address cyber crime, virus attacks

The government of Ghana led by the Ministry of Communications is facilitating moves to establish a public Internet Registry that will improve the governance and security of the internet in…


Internet

Nigeria - Spectranet Begins WiMAX Broadband Services in 2.5 GHz

Determined to change internet users’ experience in the country, Spectranet Limited, a national broadband wireless access (BWA) provider has began operation in the country with the commercial inauguration of its…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- As part of its commitment and response to customer’s need internet experience, Etisalat Nigeria last week introduced its high speed Broadband internet service called Easyblaze. The High Speed Packet…


Computing

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Welcomes India to Invest in ICT

Indian businessmen and women have been asked to seize the abundant opportunities in Tanzania by investing in key areas such as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) development.The challenge was thrown…


Computing

Top 8 Samsung Ignite start-ups announced

Eight local technology start-ups have been offered a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to delegates, potential investors and media at this year’s Tech4Africa conference, taking place at The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya’s e-learning programme for nurses is now available through a Virtual Nursing School. There are over 110 computer-equipped training centres where nurses can go online to learn.- Zinox Technologies,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Tanzania: BR Solutions, a local information and communication technology firm, has launched a product dubbed "Huduma Fasta" that will enable Tanzanians to access business information through their cell phones.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Etisalat Misr postpones listing on Egyptian exchange

Egyptian mobile network operator and broadband provider Etisalat Misr has reportedly delayed a listing on the country’s stock exchange until market conditions improve, Reuters reports citing local daily al-Mal. Etisalat…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Africa needs $15.5bn to enhance GSM services- says World Bank

The World bank has said that all players in African Global System for Mobile Communications networks, GSM, Nigeria inclusive would need about $15.5bn to enhance GSM coverage across the continent.In…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News - In Brief

KT Corporation is in talks with Telkom SA Limited about entering into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a potential strategic venture and acquisition of a stake in Telkom. Should the…


Digital Content

Mest start-ups pick top prizes at 1st Mobile Apps Showcase

At the first ever Mobile Application Showcase competition in Ghana, two Mest start-ups, Saya Mobile and Nandimobile picked up the 1st and 2nd prizes respectfully. Kwamena Appiah-Kubi came 3rd with…


Digital Content

SAP launches mobile apps in Nigeria

SAP has released new mobile applications onto the Nigerian market aimed at improving efficiency in communication.Speaking at the SAP World Tour of Nigeria in Lagos last week, SAP president in…


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Events

CDN World Summit 201126 - 28 October 2011, Hilton Hotel Paddington, London.The 3rd annual CDN World Summit promises to be the largest and mostcomprehensive CDN event ever.The full value chain…


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People

- Glo introduces George Andah as new Chief Operating Officer for Ghana operationsMr Andah, who recently joined Glo from Bharti Airtel, said the Ghanaian market hold good prospects which the…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Supervisor, Network Operation Center - Sierra LeonePosted date: Fri, 14th OctLocation: Sierra LeoneThe job - holder will have sufficient technical expertise to run the Network Operations Center, liase with network…