Issue no 598 30th March 2012

Top Story

Supplying diesel to the BTS: An every day nightmare for African mobile operators

The business of running a mobile operation in Africa in comparison to Europe or any developed countries should be roughly the same but there are major differences and this starts with the core element of a mobile operator’s network, the base station. Running base stations in Africa is different from running base stations in Europe. The issues around powering a base station for example are altogether dealt with differently in Africa. Isabelle Gross looks at what it takes to African mobile operators to ensure that their base stations are up and running 24/7. A large number of countries in Sub-Sahara…

Telecoms

MTN awarded 3G licences in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin

MTN customers in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin will now enjoy the benefits of world-class connectivity; this follows the awarding of 3G licences to the mobile telecoms provider in both countries."We…


Telecoms

SOMTEL unveils 3G network in Sanag and Sool regions

SOMTEL has for the first time launched 3G network services in Erigavo and Las-Anod this week, the company which provides telephone services, internet and mobile in all six regions of…


Telecoms

Samsung sees smartphones leading Africa growth

Samsung Electronics Co aims to double its share of the sub-Saharan smartphone market to 20 percent by next year, as it focuses on affordable handsets, the head of its Africa…


Telecoms

Vimpelcom’s Algerian unit Djezzy hit with USD1.3bn fine

The Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom says its subsidiary in Algeria, Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA), which offers mobile services under the brand name Djezzy, will appeal fines totalling DZD99 billion (USD1.3…


Telecoms

Vodacom May Lose Control of Congo Unit Amid Dispute

Vodacom Group Ltd. (VOD) may lose control of its wireless unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a court ordered its shares be confiscated to settle a $21 million…


Telecoms

Court rules in favour of MTN in Swaziland

MTN Swaziland this week won a court case that will result in the closure of a network launched by Swaziland Post & Telecommunications Corporation because of a conflict of interest.MTN…


Telecoms

Angola outlines ICT infrastructure plan

The Angolan government says it is working on a strategic infrastructure plan to support telecoms growth.The Angolan Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, João Carvalho da Rocha, said Angola’s existing…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN Zambia is investing about US$ 3 million to tap into the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) to enhance its mobile internet as it aims to be the…


Internet

Egypt: Blocking internet pornography a priority for telecom minister

The government is taking steps to completely block internet pornography in Egypt, according to Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mohamed Salem.Salem announced Thursday that the National Telecommunications Regulation Authority…


Internet

Swaziland: Govt Threatens Facebook Critics

Swaziland's Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is threatening a clampdown on Facebook and Twitter users who say bad things about the kingdom.Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze said he would use the…


Internet

Digitizing Justice in Ghana

For over a century, the laws of Ghana have lived in courtrooms and leather-bound books where lawyers and judges across the country can refer to rulings from years ago. Information…


Internet

South Africa: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive is Live On the Web

The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project  went live on the web, on Tuesday, 27 March 2012, to allow the world to share in the life and legacy of this extraordinary…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Kenya:  Journalist Dennis Itumbi was last week released from Police custody without any criminal charges. Itumbi has been in Police custody since last Thursday when he was arrested at…


Computing

RDB, Google to Map Rwanda’s Tourism Attractions

The Rwanda Development Board in partnership with Google, commence a mapping exercise with the objective of increasing access to information and visibility of Rwanda’s tourism attractions on the web.This event…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Angolan Cabinet Council passed on Wednesday the Inovja Electronic Angola project, located in Luanda, meant to serve the Angolan market in electronic products and home appliances, worth about…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Africonnect, one of Zambia’s leading internet service providers, has launched a WiMAX network which it claims is the fastest in Zambia.- Vodafone Ghana has launched a promotion offering double…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN Promised Iran Money, UN Votes for Phone Deal: Rival

MTN Group Ltd. (MTN), Africa’s largest wireless operator, bribed officials, arranged meetings between Iranian and South African leaders, and promised Iran weapons and United Nations votes in exchange for a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CARE, Equity Bank and Orange to partner in Kenya

A top Swiss NGO for global poverty, CARE International, Kenya’s Equity Bank and France’s Orange unit in the country announced on Monday in a press statement that they are partnering…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On the Money News - In Brief

- Namibia: E-Fuel Tender Up for Review. The challenge to the Government's e-fuel contract lodged by Namibia Automation Systems CC has again been postponed this time until November but apparently…


Digital Content

How Ghana Is Using Social Media to Promote Voter Registration

Ghana’s general elections are coming up this December, and to help streamline the voter registration process, the country is now implementing its first-ever biometric voter registration — in other words,…


Digital Content

USAID to spearhead use of mobile phones in the fight against TB in Kenya

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) office in Kenya plans to introduce new technologies in the country’s war against tuberculosis, said Erna Kerst, Mission Director.Last year, the country, placed…


Digital Content

Swaziland: Internet Radio Legal in Swaziland

The Swaziland Government's spokesperson has admitted that it is powerless to stop people in the kingdom setting up their own Internet radio stations.Swaziland, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's…


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People

- Orange Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein said he would step down at the Kenyan Treasury’s request, but said no such request had been made. Ghossein’s comments come after the government…


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Jobs & Opportunities

 Google Geo Tools workshop set to be held in HarareThe MAPA project, an initiative to “make African conservation more accessible and visible”, will be holing a Google Geo Tools training…