Issue no 584 9th December 2011

Top Story

Despite high costs, iLab creates a new initiative to promote ICT in Liberia

The ACE submarine fibre cable landed in Liberia on November 4th in between the two rounds for presidential election. On November 8th, Helen Sirleaf Johnson was re-elected President and will serve another five year term, giving the country and its population a another chance to carry on building a more prosperous future and definitely parting with the memories of more than ten years of civil war. So, what lies in for the ICT sector in Liberia? Isabelle Gross spoke to John Etherton about the iLab, an initiative to provide facilities and expertise to allow local IT use to flourish. Liberia’s…

Telecoms

Zambia: Zamtel to Double Mobile Network Sites

Zamtel has projected to double the number of mobile network sites to 700 by the end of next year, a move that would make it cover all corners of the…


Telecoms

Nigeria: QOS - Airtel Invests N93 Billion in Capacity Expansion

Determined to boost network quality, Airtel has said it had invested over $600 million- that is, N93 billion, in the past one year to expand network capacity and enhance quality…


Telecoms

Movitel confirms January 2012 launch date

Mozambique's third mobile operator Movitel announced plans to start operations on 8 January 2012. The company will be rolling out various packages, but will also focus on low-income customers in…


Telecoms

ArcellorMittal Has Unauthorised South African Radio Equipment Confiscated

South Africa's telecoms regulator, ICASA has sent staff into the offices owned by steel giant, ArcellorMittal in Pretoria West for illegal use of radio frequency spectrum. The regulator says that…


Telecoms

Inflation puts pressure on telcom tariffs as TCRA says no to retail regulation

Mobile telephone tariffs have gone up due to high inflation and weak shilling, even as the regulator says would not control retail tariffs. After enjoying highly reduced tariffs brought about…


Telecoms

TelOne wants to increases its subscriber base to a million

Zimbabwe’s fixed telephone operator, TelOne wants to increase its subscribers base to one million up from 350,000 once it completes the upgrading of its systems which is under way.The upgrading…


Telecoms

Airtel, Samsung announce African partnership

Airtel Africa has announced a two-year strategic partnership with global mobile manufacturer, Samsung. The partnership is set to improve both Airtel's and Samsung's brand equity, their distribution infrastructure, expand its…


Telecoms

Kenya: LG Electronics Takes On Iphone With New 3d Smart Phone

LG Electronics last Thursday introduced a high-end smart phone targeting Kenya's growing middle class in a bid to get a foothold in a market segment dominated by iPhone and Blackberry…


Telecoms

Telecom News – In Brief

- Cape Verde’s National Communications Agency (ANAC) has announced the winners of its 3G licence auction. CVMovel claims to have won a concession with a bid nearly four times higher…


Internet

South Africa: Memeburn, Gearburn Improved and Relaunched

Memeburn is a website which tracks emerging technologies primarily in emerging markets and covers innovation, mobile technology, the start-up scene, general tech culture and online business. Gearburn, its sister website,…


Internet

Tanzania: Brela Poised to Go Online

Business Registration and Licensing Agency (BRELA) has reiterated its commitment to improve business environment by introducing online registration that will further reduce the time needed for company and business name…


Internet

Internet News – In Brief

- The 28 and 29 November 2011, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities, a workshop took place in Abidjan. The workshop was attended by all partners in education…


Computing

Nigeria: Counterfeit Software Hinders Effort to Curb Unfair Play - NCC

Last month, the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) raided the premises of Wisdom System Technologies Limited, a computer reseller located in Tinubu Square, Lagos Island following a consumer tip-off, an undercover…


Computing

Uganda can be an IT frontier in region - Expert

The Ugandan market is still a virgin area for investment compared to the saturated markets of Europe and Americas, an ICT expert has said. Bill Crawley, the Managing Director of…


Computing

Computer News – In Brief

- The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on Public Procurement, Aid, Loans and Debt Management and Information Technology to probe the $470m contract awarded to a Chinese company,…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Airtel Malawi has partnered with Samsung in a multi-million kwacha promotion where it will award cash prizes, mobile communication gadgets, including handsets and tablets to its subscribers. The competition running…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MIH To Shut Down Its Group-Buying Service, Dealify

MIH Internet Africa is reportedly shutting down its groupon-clone, Dealify in South Africa, according to Memeburn.MIH’s Platforms’ CEO, Stephen Newton confirmed to Memeburn today that MIH has finally decided to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Uganda Sells 1,000 Towers to American Tower

USA based American Tower and South Africa's MTN Group have set up a joint venture tower company in Uganda, which will acquire all of the existing tower sites from MTN…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- The Standard Bank Group has announced that they have secured financing worth US$85million for Helios Towers Tanzania Ltd (HTT), a subsidiary of Helios Towers Africa Ltd (HTA), to finance…


Digital Content

YouTube launches in Nigeria

YouTube, the platform where anyone with a video camera and an internet connection can share their life, art and voice with the world, has announced the launch of YouTube in…


Digital Content

Econet mobile broadband subscribers hit 1.7 million

TechZim got the opportunity to discuss a few things about Econet Broadband with Leon de Fleuriot, the Chief Commercial Officer – Broadband at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. We talked about the…


Digital Content

Nigeria: FCT Archives to Digitalise Data

The FCT Administration (FCTA) has unveiled plans to digitalise the database of FCT Archives. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, disclosed this yesterday during the celebration of FCT Archives and History…


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People

- Former Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig has been talking to rival South African mobile network, Cell C about the company's future and a possible 'rescue plan' for the company, according…


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