Issue no 587 13th January 2012

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Maintenance and up-time – the Achilles Heel of Africa’s new fibre network revolution

The reach of Africa’s fibre networks is extending relentlessly in ways that would have been barely imaginable ten years ago. The speed and the capacity of the new fibre networks have made the use of them more essential, both by businesses and individuals. Gone are the days when the like’s of Burkina Faso’s Onatel could shut the Internet down for three days with only a “sorry everyone” ad in the newspaper. New speed and capacity have encouraged Service Level Agreements that measure delivery. But this week’s news of the burning down of the SAT3 landing station in Benin raises serious…

Telecoms

Namibia: Telecom network switch hurts farmers

Some farmers in the south of Namibia, especially those farming in the Kalahari, have been cut off from the rest of the world after Telecom Namibia is alleged to have…


Telecoms

LAP Green to contest any challenge to ownership of Zamtel stake

Amid continued debate over the sale of Zambian fixed line incumbent of Zamtel to LAP Green Networks (LAP Green) of Libya, the latter is reported to be deeply concerned regarding…


Telecoms

New Mozambique mobile operator starts test phase

Mozambique's third mobile phone operator Movitel has launched a test phase of its network one year after it was awarded an operating licence, the company said. “The Movitel network actually…


Telecoms

Libyan government to review African telecom investments

Libya’s transitional government said that it would review ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi-era investments across the country and in Africa. The National Transition Council said it would also be looking at…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone set to deregulate international gateway

To demonstrate its commitment to key regulatory and policy changes, the government of Sierra Leone has released a road map for activities leading to the revision of telecom laws and…


Telecoms

Kenya debuts M-Wingu, a cellphone data backup service

A back-up system to store data from a user's cellphone has been unveiled in Kenya, and is said to be the first such service in Africa. The system, known as…


Telecoms

Lonestar Cell Fined US$500K for Disrupting Phone Line During Nov. 7 Monrovia

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has imposed a fine of US$500,000 (Five hundred thousand United States dollars) on Lonestar GSM Company to be paid within a week, for negligence and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Vimpelcom and Algeria’s Ministry of Finance have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the sale of a majority stake in Orascom Telecom Algerie (OTA) by the…


Internet

Airspan Networks Selected by AfriConnect for 4G Network in Zambia

AfriConnect Zambia, an Internet Solutions Provider in the Vodacom Group of companies, has selected Airspan 4G equipment to deliver broadband services to the capital of Lusaka and several other major…


Internet

Nigeria: Social Media Inspires Fuel Subsidy Protests

As Nigerians woke up to a third day of protests on Wednesday, the virtual world was waking up too: "Now, Nigeria controls its own media and Nigerians control their own…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology Charles Kitwanga told the 'Daily News' on Tuesday that his ministry was aware of increasing nature of cyber crimes in the…


Computing

Rwanda: KIST Gets Ultra Modern ICT Facility

Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremye, together with visiting Chinese official, Li Yuanchao, yesterday launched a state of the art e-Learning facility at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).The laboratory…


Computing

Nigeria: Kudos, Knocks for Draft Harmonised ICT Policy

Varied reactions have greeted the recent release of the country's draft National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) policy, which seeks to harmonise all existing disparate ICT policies into a single…


Computing

Kenya: City Council of Nairobi Services Are Now Digital

Queries on council services will now be possible with a click of a button on your mobile phone. The City Council will this morning launch the phase one of its…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Nigeria: As part of efforts to boost electronic payment system in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has directed banks in the country to begin the implementation…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

-The release of a new Safmarine shipping application for all mobile devices using the Android operating system will allow Safmarine customers to access and download essential shipping information from these…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Absa Trials Payments Via Mobile Phone

Banking group Absa conducted South Africa's first live user trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on mobile phones in December, with 500 of the bank's staff members using the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Gamtel/Gamcel turns in a profit on 2010 accounts but challenges ahead for Gamcel

Gambia’s National Assembly has approved the annual reports and financial statements of state-run PSTN operator Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel) and its cellular network operating subsidiary Gambia Telecommunications Cellular Company (Gamcel)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Mobile Phone Money Transfers Race Ahead of Debit Cards

Four in five new cell phone subscribers are signing up for money transfer services, the latest industry data shows.The new statistics indicate that the handset has become a key tool…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- AItel Tanzania has signed up over 10,000 local money agents to handle its mobile money service transactions.- Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has met with Qtel’s chairman Sheikh Abdullah…


Digital Content

Kenya: Local Firm to Map Out Somalia Crisis

A Kenyan-based non-profit software development firm has teamed up with Al Jazeera media to use its technology to assess the impact of the conflict in Somalia on the citizens.Ushahidi and…


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People

- Safaricom has appointed a new head for its technical division from rival France Telecom, completing the reorganisation plan that saw the firm trim its management to cut reporting layers…


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