Issue no 588 20th January 2012

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Vodafone Egypt launches MVNO Bladna targeted at Egyptian diaspora living in Italy

Last Saturday in Milan, Vodafone Egypt threw in a free concert with the famous Egyptian singer Nancy Ajram to launch its first MVNO under the label “Bladna”. Bladna which means homeland in Arabic. It is an MVNO targeted at the Egyptian diaspora living in Italy. Isabelle Gross spoke to Arkadi Panitch, CEO of Effortel, the company that has set up and will run the backend of Bladna’s operations in Italy.Effortel has been set up in Belgium in 2005 by a group of telecoms experts with Arkadi Panitch at its head. The company specialises in building MVNOs for other clients, none…

Telecoms

Vodacom Congo Dispute Nearing End, International Chief Says

Vodacom Group Ltd., the phone company with most South African customers, is close to resolving a dispute that has blocked investment in its Democratic Republic of Congo unit for the…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: Drops in Landline Tariffs for Peak Hours, Off-Peak Hours but from high level

Alarmed by the marginal increment in landline subscribers and a revenue shortfall from the targeted 9.8 billion Br of its operations last year, ethio telecom has reduced tariffs across zones…


Telecoms

Uganda: Orange Introduces iPhone 4s as sole distributor

Orange Uganda has introduced the latest phone from Apple on the market, the iPhone 4S.The iPhone 4S goes for Shs 2,399,000 for the 16GB model, Shs 2,699,000 for the 32GB…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Glo Mobile Ghana Gets Launch Date and slips again

Globacom announced that on January 19, 2012, it would formally begin commercial operations on its network in Ghana. However, today, the 20th of January it has only started a “number…


Telecoms

Telecom experts concerned as Somalia’s Shabab takes over broadcaster

Somalia’s militant Islamic group Al-Shabaab reportedly took over the running of an independent broadcaster and abducted a reporter in a new round of restrictions in areas of the country that…


Telecoms

MTN Liberia slapped with $500,000 fine

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has slapped a fine of $500,000 on GSM operator Lonestar for “negligence and omission on the part of the Lonestar management” which led to an…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local media reports, Cote d’Ivoire mobile licensee Aircom is poised to launch commercial services this month – almost twelve years after receiving its original concession. The press…


Internet

Airtel Ghana launches 3.75G internet service

Internet users in the country now have the luxury of the fastest internet yet which is the 3. 75G service provided by Airtel Ghana.The telecom giant has upgraded its 3.…


Internet

Kenya: Tech Gurus Caught Napping As 103 Websites Hacked

An Indonesian hacker has caught Kenya government tech gurus napping. In an unprecedented occurrence, an Indonesian hacker known as direxer has taken down 103 government of Kenya websites.According to a…


Internet

Vox targets rural subscribers with satellite broadband

Vox Telecom plans to launch a "low-cost satellite internet broadband" service in June and the company expects to sign up about 40000 subscribers in the first three years of operation.Vox…


Internet

SpaceDSL brings the cost of broadband internet down across sub-Saharan Africa

SpaceDSL service from ‘Afrique Telecom’, enabling high-speed internet via satellite, was launched on 18th January, 2012 in Paris. It is available in 32 countries across Africa including Nigeria, Liberia and…


Internet

SkyVision Signs Extended Contract with MEASAT

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) has announced an agreement with SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.(“SkyVision”), for capacity on the AFRICASAT-1 satellite across the African region.The multi-transponder agreement enables SkyVision to…


Internet

JTL upgrades fibre network, eyes county tenders

Jamii Telecoms Ltd JTL is upgrading its entire fibre optic network at a cost of Sh261 million in a move aimed at making the infrastructure more secure and positioning itself…


Internet

Tanzania: Why U.S. Law Threatens Websites

Local information technology experts have expressed misgivings over the move by the US government to enact laws aimed at controlling internet use.Speaking in Dar es Salaam yesterday, they noted that…


Internet

Egypt: Minister of Communications Signs Letter of Intent to Transfer IT Expertise to Ethiopia

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Mohamed Salem and his Ethiopian counterpart signed an agreement that implies benefiting from the Egyptian expertise in human development and the provision of…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Airtel Zambia has announced the launch of the 3.75G upgraded internet broadband technology for the highest internet speed as it reduced internet service costs by 91 per cent, down…


Computing

Tech whiz brings gift of computers to Ghana’s children

When techno-whiz Seth Owusu left Ghana for the United States in 1991, he had never used a computer before.But two decades later, he’s using the power of technology to provide…


Computing

Kenyatta Hospital Records Set to Go Digital

The ICT Board is planning a Sh34 million project to digitise records at the Kenyatta National Hospital, to increase efficiency and improve service delivery.Commencing in April, the project will see…


Computing

Mozambique: 40 Million Dollars to Computerise Civil Registration

Maputo — The Mozambican government needs 40 million US dollars in order to computerise the civil registration system throughout the country, reports the electronic newsheet "Canal de Mocambique".The National Director…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) on Tuesday presented 360 computers to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for distribution to 24 Community Development Vocational…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa's MTN is offering 20% of free airtime with PrePaytopups until the end of March.- A Nigerian company, called ZodaFones has awarded an LTE contract to Huawei covering…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Net1 wins five-year social grant tender

Shares in Net1 UEPS last week jumped as much as 37% to an intraday high of R79.50 after the company said its subsidiary, Cash Paymaster Services, had won a five-year…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Eaton Towers Secures Funding for Vodafone Ghana Towers Deal

Eaton Towers, an African towers network operator has secured a US$30 million loan to fund its expansion into Ghana.The transaction was signed last month and provides for a 5-year senior…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Uganda’s Warid Telecom and Obopay announced a new agreement that will see the telecommunications operator launch a mobile banking and payment service called WaridPesa.


Digital Content

Africa: Communications Boost for Non-Profits

The Internet is changing, and the greatest impact may be felt in Africa. With the exploding use of the web globally and the planned 2012 expansion of the top-level domain…


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People

- South Africa’s third-biggest cellular operator, Cell C, on Thursday announced it had appointed the former head of Vodacom , Alan Knott-Craig, as its new chief executive officer.He will take…


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Jobs & Opportunities

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