Issue no 577 21st October 2011

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Liquid Telecoms’ fibre network connects Southern Africa and may go into DRC but what’s happened to the carriers’ carriers?

Liquid Telecom has been quietly building out its Southern Africa fibre network that will eventually be 8,500 kms long and cost US$170 million. Its network is now meeting the fibre networks of East Africa and it wants to go into DRC from Zambia. However, the continent’s other carriers’ carriers are not in bullish expansion mode and the example of Kenya’s KDN shows what can go wrong. Russell Southwood spoke to Liquid Telecom’s CEO this week.Liquid Telecom has now got a fibre route from Johannesburg up to the Zambian border. Alongside this network it has two metro rings in Zimbabwe and…

Telecoms

MTN Group expresses interest in buying Vodacom’s DRC subsidiary

MTN Group, Africa’s largest mobile-phone company, is seeking to buy Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s wireless venture in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Bloomberg reportMTN is part of…


Telecoms

Kenya: Govt unveils new foreign shareholder rules for LTE network

According to Business Daily Africa, the Kenyan government is set to unveil a new set of shareholder rules that will ensure international firms are allowed to bid for a share…


Telecoms

Liberia: Regulator LTA Defends Lonestar Cell-MTN over wire tap reports

Following reports of alleged service providers tapping on consumers' wires to monitor their conversations, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has denied such claims which appeared in a local daily, linking…


Telecoms

Airtel Nigeria compensates BlackBerry users

Airtel Nigeria announced today that it will offer its BlackBerry customers a service waiver following last week’s global outage attributed to the service provider, Research in Motion (RIM).Research in Motion…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya Sh1.5bn land case takes new twist

Postel Housing Co-operative Society has joined a court case involving the sale of 79 acres of prime land to an investor by Telkom Kenya for Sh1.5 billion. The society is…


Telecoms

South Africa: Cloud based PBX adoption rate on the rise

South Africa’s telecoms infrastructure is slowly turning hosted or cloud-based PBXs (private branch interchange) into a viable option for small to medium sized companies. That’s according to Ryan Miles, Itec…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: SMS Tech for Health to Launch Next Week

A pilot project to use mobile phones to enable health professionals to collect data, have it analyzed and give feedback is to be launched next week at a projected cost…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN Ghana says that it expects to reach the 10 million subscriber base by the end of this month.- Egypt's Mobinil says that the number of customers canceling their…


Internet

Google launches Classified Ad Service in Kenya, after Ghana and Uganda

Internet search giant Google has launched its classified ads service, Google Trader, in Kenya, the Forbes Magazine reports October 17, 2011. Kenya becomes the third African country to have the…


Internet

Middle East: Alcatel-Lucent, Etisalat transform mobile broadband

Middle East mobile telecommunications operators, Alcatel-Lucent and Etisalat, have today signed an agreement to jointly develop a sustainable means to deliver mobile broadband to customers using a lightRadio cube.The agreement…


Internet

Rwanda: Lawyers Urged to Use e-Filing

High Court president, Johnstone Busingye, trains lawyers in using EFSMembers of the Kigali Bar Association (KBA) were, last week, trained in filing cases online using Electronic Filing System (EFS).KBA is…


Internet

South Africa: Telkom in the dock for putting squeeze on SA telecoms

It may have taken seven years and numerous legal challenges, but the Competition Commission’s case against Telkom finally made it to the Competition Tribunal on Monday.SA’s fixed-line operator stands accused…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzanian ISP Raha has launched 4 hot-spots in Oysterbay, Haile Selassie, Masaki and city centre.- The Angolan airports located along the country's coastline will gain Internet services for their…


Computing

Rwanda: African Development Bank Pledges More Support for ICT Centre

The centre will provide an academic and research programme based on the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) curriculum which is expected to start early next year. Carnegie Mellon University is a…


Computing

Microsoft offers students free access to its technologies to improve employability

Microsoft East and Southern Africa has unveiled an online learning platform, a fully cloud-based learning experience to assist students acquire technologies that would enhance their employability.Dubbed Microsoft Virtual Academy the…


Computing

South Africa: MTN Business offers cloud-based,virtual PCs

MTN Business announced the launch of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) this week.According to Gartner’s latest research, worldwide hosted virtual desktop market will increase through 2013, reaching 49 million units.“Through…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), South Africa's sole air traffic operator, unveiled a new hi-tech three-dimensional air traffic control simulator at its Kempton Park training college.- For the…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Airtel Ghana launched Airtel Money in partnership with Ecobank, Standard Chartered Bank and Zenith Bank to replace its Zap Money service.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA firm raises stake in IS Kenya to 80%

Dimension Data’s Internet Solutions (IS) subsidiary has increased its shareholding in its Kenyan unit from 51% to 80%, as part of a long-term strategy to increase its presence across East…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Safaricom targets to buy Seven Seas Technologies

Safaricom is mulling acquiring a majority stake in another local IT service firm Seven Seas Technologies (SST) as it races to reduce its reliance on the voice market that is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: FNB to use its ECNS licence for value-added services

It has a licence to operate, what is it doing with it? First National Bank says it will not be using its ECNS (Electronic Communications Network Service) licence to become…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Air Liquide Foundation, the development wing of Air Liquide SA, based in France, has presented  Ghana’s Eremon Senior High Technical School with a new GH¢25,000.00 Information and Communications Technology…


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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

- Telkom’s group executive for communications and brand, Brenda Kali, has resigned. She had been with the group for the past three years.-  MTN Group has announced the appointment of…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Opening for Site Acquisition(Only from Zimbabwe)Posted date: Fri, 21st OctLocation: ZimbabweCurrently we have opening for Site Acquisition .Client needs someone from ZimbabweIt is a 3-6 months extendable contract position.It’s a…