Issue no 580 11th November 2011

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AfricaCom: African telecoms ready for another growth spurt if world economy doesn’t tank

Africa’s annual gabba-gabba fest AfricaCom took place this week with the organisers claiming that visitor numbers were up yet again. Vendors from almost every corner of the globe were there with heavy representation from both India and China. Russell Southwood tries to separate the signal from the noise.AfricaCom has become exhausting but necessary meeting place for many of the different parts of the telecoms industry, having expanded from its original GSM Africa footprint. This year it went off in search of even more territory with the addition of Enterprise ICT and Africast streams, the latter for broadcasters. The whole process…

Telecoms

MTN South Africa and SEACOM scoop 2011 AfricaCom Awards

The AfricaCom Awards winners were announced this week (9 November), with MTN, SEACOM, Main One, Orange, Helios Towers, Ericsson, Huawei, Gateway Communications, SkyVision and SafariCom winning awards. MTN South Africa…


Telecoms

Telkom Kenya argues the toss with CCK over QoS report

Following a quality of service report released by the Kenyan Communication Commission, Telkom Kenya has criticized the scope and methodology used within the report. The CCK 2010/2011 Quality of Service…


Telecoms

Regulator fines five telcos a total of USD751,990 over ‘poor services’

Ghana’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NCA) has imposed fines totaling GHC1.2 million (USD751,990) on five domestic mobile network operators – MTN, Vodafone, Airtel, Expresso and Tigo – for…


Telecoms

South Africa: State wants to call the shots over spectrum

The department of communications is moving to wrest control over management of SA’s scarce radio frequency spectrum from industry regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), a reading of…


Telecoms

Cape Town 'killing cable thieves', says COSATU

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will be laying charges against the Democratic Alliance (DA) for “trying to kill copper thieves”. The federation says it will report deputy Cape…


Telecoms

Africa is Now the World's Second Largest Mobile Market

The GSMA today announced that Africa is now the world's second largest mobile market by connections after Asia, and the fastest growing mobile market in the world. According to the…


Telecoms

Uganda Telecoms: vandalism and operating costs a big issue

Ugandan Telecom companies have recently addressed several key issues they face in penetrating the rural mobile market and providing reliable and affordable services. Among the issues are two major problems;…


Telecoms

Africa expected to have 4G networks as early as 2012

Mobile carriers worldwide are steadily upgrading to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks that support high-speed wireless services as an increasing number of consumers use tablet computers and Smartphones to access the…


Telecoms

Sudan telecommunications show stark contrast in generation gap

The telecommunication sector is by far the fastest growing and most lucrative market in the Africa region. In countries like Sudan, where 50 percent of the population uses mobile phones,…


Telecoms

Twitter reacts to Malema suspension

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema is yet again at the centre of a social media explosion, as South Africans respond to the verdict of his disciplinary hearing.The ANC…


Telecoms

Telecom News – In Brief

- Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless has signed a contract with Astellia for a network performance monitoring service.- MTN Ghana has criticized building developers and government contractors for repeated damage to its…


Internet

Alvarion Wins Zimbabwean WiMAX Contract

Zimbabwean wireless broadband provider, uMAX has selected Alvarion's 4Motion solution to the roll-out a WiMAX network in its capital Harare, in the 2.5 GHz frequency.uMAX will be the first service…


Internet

Nokia launches new Facebook App in Nigeria

Mobile telecom provider Nokia Siemens Network has launched a new Facebook application in Nigeria that enables users to manage their fixed and mobile services in the country, which is aimed…


Internet

IS grows international footprint

IS International's MD understands how tough Africa is, says IS MD Derek Wilcocks.Dimension Data subsidiary Internet Solutions (IS) aims to speed up its growth beyond SA's borders and has created…


Internet

Broadband coverage and capacity challenges in South Africa

“The explosion of broadband data usage in South Africa and internationally is creating an ever-growing set of coverage and capacity challenges that cannot be addressed effectively by any single technology,”…


Internet

Internet News – In Brief

- Intelsat announced new contracts with customers utilizing Intelsat’s African video distribution satellite neighbourhoods and broadband capacity yesterday. According to a press release by the company, Intelsat’s history of providing…


Computing

Orange Kenya needs funding for data, cloud computing

On Tuesday, Orange Kenya announced plans to increase its funding by mid next year in order to boost its data and cloud computing services in the country. The move comes…


Computing

Angola: IT Minister Visits Country's First Data Centre

The Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies, José Carvalho da Rocha, visited on Wednesday in Luanda the first Data Centre of the country, based in CTT ward.Funded by South Korea,…


Computing

Computer News – In Brief

- Rwanda - Musanze based Sonrise School has introduced a digital library in which Nooks, a hand-held digital reader, will make it possible to access books in digital content and…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Bharti Airtel has awarded a contract to Ericsson to upgrade an initial batch of 250 diesel powered base stations in Nigeria with E-site, a new "green" energy solution from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vodacom Group revenues climb 7.6%

South Africa-based Vodacom Group has reported consolidated revenues of ZAR31.75 billion (USD3.99 billion) for the six months ended 30 September 2011, up 7.6% on the corresponding year-earlier period. Vodacom’s domestic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

‘Problem child’ drags down BCX

JSE-listed IT services company Business Connexion (BCX) has turned in a poor set of financial results in its 2011 financial year to end-August. CEO Benjamin Mophatlane says the company has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Altech drops Sh6bn bid for Kenyan firm

South Africa’s Allied Technologies said Wednesday it is no longer in talks to acquire unlisted Kenyan IT firm Symphony, a deal that Reuters previously reported could be worth up to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- Neotel, licensed more than five years ago as the first infrastructure competitor in fixed-line telecommunications to Telkom, has reached positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) or…


Digital Content

SA company unveils localised tablets

The Wise Touch tablets are manufactured in China, but are locally branded and customised, with applications and content specifically for the local market. South African company, Wise Tablets, is soon…


Digital Content

ZTE, Vodacom Introduce Commercial IVAS Solution in Congo

ZTE says that it has deployed a value-added platform solution (iVAS) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, with Vodacom DRC.The iVAS system provides SMS services and aims to launch USSD…


Digital Content

26% Growth in African Mobile Advertising Market

Mobile advertising agency, InMobi says that mobile impressions grew by 26% over the past quarter across the African continent.This means that Inmobi now serves 15.4 billion quarterly impressions, up from…


Digital Content

Smartphone usage stats in SA

Search giant Google revealed South African smartphone statistics from survey results that were recently published online. Google recently unveiled the results of a new global survey on smartphone usage and…


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People

* Orange announces winners of the African Social Venture PrizeLast June, Orange launched the African Social Venture Prize to support entrepreneurs and start-ups who use information and communication technologies (ICT)…


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Jobs & Opportunities

* EAA 2012 Competition: African Developers Given a Global StageEricsson and Sony Ericsson partner to run competition for application developers in sub-Saharan AfricaEricsson LogoEricsson  in partnership with Sony Ericsson has…