Issue no 602 27th April 2012

Top Story

Tanzania: Government’s national backbone completes second phase and lowers prices

Tanzania is making big strides in rolling out its national backbone and connecting to all of its neighbours. Also at the beginning of April this year, it dropped its bandwidth prices and amended its multi-drop access to make it cheaper. Local operators are pleased about these developments but would like to see rates come down further. Russell Southwood spoke to Peter Nogota, Head, NICTBB about what’s been happening.When completed, NICTBB will represent a total investment of US$200 million, US$170 million of which will have come from a concessionary Chinese loan and US$30 million from the Tanzanian Government. The project is…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Senate Rejects Liquidation of Nitel, MTEL

The Senate Committee on Privatisation on Tuesday, rejected plans to liquidate the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) and its mobile arm, Mobile Telecommunications Ltd (MTEL).The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Gbenga…


Telecoms

Angola's Movicel launches LTE

Angolan telecom mobile operator Movicel has launched Africa's first commercial LTE network in the country's capital, Luanda. The LTE network, built with technology from Chinese telecom equipment markers ZTE and…


Telecoms

Nigeria: NESREA Slams N5 Million Fine On MTN

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA has slammed a N5 million fine on MTN for reopening its base station in EFAB Estate, Mbora District, Abuja sealed last…


Telecoms

Safaricom, Bharti Airtel in partnership to lay fiber network

Safaricom Kenya and Bharti Airtel are set to form an agreement that will enable the two giants to lay a fiber network. The move is designed to cut costs associated…


Telecoms

Tanzania: Tigo Ownership Under Probe

Tanzanian government will soon investigate and report back to the national assembly about the stands of ownership of the local mobile phone operator MIC Tanzania Ltd, Tigo.This comes following the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana is threatening to revoke a cellular operating concession held by Nigerian-owned company Glo Mobile if it fails to launch commercial services this…


Internet

New Report Shows How ICT is Aiding Citizen Participation in Uganda

A new report by the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) illustrates how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are aiding citizen participation in Uganda, but…


Internet

Gambia Online News Blockage Condemned

Participants at the NGOs Forum on Monday passed a resolution condemning the blocking of a number of online Gambian newspapers.Participants said the continuous blocking of online newspapers and blogs by…


Internet

Tunisia: Anonymous Warns Against Creeping Renewal of Internet Censorship

A Tunisian group claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous - the international cyber-activist collective- has announced a new operation called "Stop AMAR 404â-' against recent measures to enhance internet security.Government…


Internet

Ethiopia - Leading weekly’s website blocked for past six days

Reporters Without Borders is very worried to learn that access to the Amharic website of Ethiopia’s leading independent, privately-owned weekly, The Reporter, has been blocked for the past five days.…


Computing

Celebration of International Girls in ICT Day on April 26

What is International Girls in ICT Day?International Girls’ in ICT Day is an initiative backed by ITU Member States in Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) to create a global environment…


Computing

Tunisia: A National Network Of Alternative And Citizen Media

The award winning Tunisian blog Nawaat, in partnership with Tunisian Ministère de la Jeunesse et des Sports & Canal France Internationale (CFI), has launched a new project in Tunisia to…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Ghana: 198 Students Receive Laptops Under Mastes Programme in Eatern Region.The donation which forms part of the third phase of the MASTES, aims at producing 9000 laptop computers to…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

MTN Rwanda internet subscribers are set to benefit from the operator's decision to cut its data prices. The company announced on Monday that it had slashed data prices by half…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

South Africa: Mastercard Mobile Comes to Country

MasterCard has partnered with local mobile-centric financial services company Oltio to bring MasterCard Mobile to the South African market, expanding the platform for online shopping in the country.MasterCard Mobile lets…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet Wireless sees 24% jump in FY sales

Zimbabwe telco Econet Wireless has reported a 24% increase in full-year revenues in its financial year to end-February 2012. Sales rose to USD611.1 million, up from USD493.5 million the previous…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Onatel, Burkina Faso’s incumbent fixed line telecoms operator, has announced it generated net profit of XAF4.623 billion (USD9.1 million) in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 219%…


Digital Content

Frommer’s Unlimited Partners with South African Tech Start-up, Tourism Radio, to Provide Local Travel Information in Mobile Audio Guides

Frommer’s Unlimited has teamed up with South African travel technology company, Tourism Radio, in a move that is set to revolutionise the world of mobile travel guides.Frommer’s has been a…


Digital Content

Miss Liberia Organizer Shifts Blame over SMS Voting confusion

Chris Haye Onanuga, the man at the center of the purported hijacking of the judges’ verdict for the Miss Liberia 2011/2012 crown, said he had to step in to avoid…


Digital Content

Guinea Bissau: Military Junta Enforces Media Blackout in the Country

A media blackout is being enforced by the military junta in Guinea-Bissau that staged a coup d'état on April 12, 2012.The Media Foundation for West Africa's (MFWA) source in the…


Digital Content

Namibia: NTB Launches 'Conservation Destination' Campaign

The Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) has launched an online marketing campaign called 'Conservation Destination' to showcase remarkable conservation stories about Namibia, and inspire locals to make contributions.NTB spokesperson Maggy Mbako…


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Safaricom: Collymore appointed to UN global boardBan Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, announced the appointment of Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore to the UN Global Compact Board.The UN Global Compact is…