Issue no 604 11th May 2012

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South Africa: Data centre professionals get together to talk green and expansion plans across the African continent

The hype about cloud computing and data centres can often seem overblown when you visit some of Africa’s smaller markets but in many of the larger markets, data centres and the services they enable are now becoming an established part of enabling both consumer and corporate services. A recent conference in South Africa provided the opportunity to look at the challenges and floated the idea that the challenging circumstances of Africa may offer it the opportunity to become a pioneer in green, energy efficient solutions.What is not often recognized is that data centres in Africa are managed by IT staff…

Telecoms

Liberia to launch HSPA+ network

Liberia’s Cellcom will be launching an HSPA+ network in the country in an effort to improve the internet browsing experience for mobile internet users. The implementation will be the fastest…


Telecoms

Safaricom takes Airtel to court over Sh0.5 billion debt

Leading mobile network operator Safaricom has moved to court seeking to recover close to half a billion shillings from its rivals for non-payment of termination fees since October together with…


Telecoms

Telecom Namibia burnt cash in failed Angolan venture

Telecom Namibia has over the past seven years lost more than N$100 million (US$12.4 m) through their investment in Mundo Startel (MST) in Angola, of which it holds 44 per…


Telecoms

Tanzania - 6Telecom inaugurates new Metro Network

Tanzanian fixed line operator Six Telecoms Company (6Telecom) has launched a new Metro Network in the country, targeting the corporate user segment. 6Telecom is looking to offer business users improved…


Telecoms

Wasace super cable appoints contractors and looks for finance

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Following the rejection of its initial bid by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MinCom), Tunisiana has been awarded licences for fixed line and 3G mobile operations. The…


Internet

TEAMS to sue KPA over cable cut

The TEAMS cable company has sued the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and a shipping firm for the recent cable cut at Mombasa that caused disruption in Internet services.“We will sue…


Internet

Niger: Restoration of broadband Internet outage after a three-month

The Niger Telecommunications Company announced the reinstatement of its broadband Internet services, after three months of load shedding due to a failure on a separate line of fiber optics in…


Internet

Algeria: Presidential Party (FLN) Invites Internet Users On Facebook

The National Liberation Front Party (FLN) announced on Thursday that its Secretary General Abdellaziz Belkhadem would reply on Sunday to the Internet users' questions and queries on Facebook as part…


Internet

Togo - super high speed available from June

Sam Bikassam, CEO of Togo Telecom has given details of the arrival, as expected by users, of high speed bandwidth delivered by the new WACS cable. It will be for…


Internet

Seychelles now connected by fiber optic underwater cable from Tanzania

The landing of the fiber optic submarine cable to Seychelles from Tanzania’s capital city of Dar es Salaam was launched on Saturday afternoon with a laying of the first inch…


Internet

AfriNIC to host the first African Internet Summit AfriNIC-16: 12th – 18th May 2012, Serekunda, Gambia

AfriNIC-16, the African Network Information Centre’s (AfriNIC) 16th bi-annual meeting together with AfNOG (The African Network Operators Group) will take place in Serekunda, The Gambia from the 6th – 18th…


Internet

Nigeria: Federal Government set to Support Broadband Rollout

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, gave further clarification on its roadmap for broadband delivery for Nigeria as Dr Eugene Juwah, the Commission's Executive Vice-Chairman said in Lagos that to enable…


Internet

Free Internet for Schools in Namibia

Starting from May this year, Institutions of higher learning, vocational training centres, state schools as well as health centres will enjoy free Internet access. This information was made available by…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has opened the terminal in Monrovia that houses the country’s connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) undersea cable system, which connects 23…


Computing

Start e-learning programme life skills

In april 2012 Viafrica's pilot 'KIDSworks' began in Tanzania and Kenya. The project Kidsworks will provide ICT support to some social organisations that visit schools with life skills programmes. These…


Computing

Solar-powered learning initiative takes off in Uganda

As part of an effort to bridge the ‘digital divide’, the Intel Learning Series Alliance in partnership with Jasco, Custom Technologies and the Xavier Group, have delivered a completely solar…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- On 5 May, 2012 the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) rewarded bloggers that post on a regular basis, have great and useful content, are creative and innovative. The awards…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has revealed that it has no plans to issue new fixed line or mobile telephony licences, despite interest from a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Uganda: mobile tax payment system

The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has teamed up with Orient Bank and Warid Telecom to come up with an efficient tax payment method where taxpayers can have the comfort of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MobiCash Africa partners with Housing Finance Bank for launch of MCash Money in Uganda

MCash's mobile financial service has launched in Uganda in partnership with Housing Finance Bank (HFB).M-Cash is under the Bank’s umbrella in Uganda to bring new service delivery channels to all…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana - Payment of Domestic Airline tickets made easy by MTN Mobile Money

MTN Mobile Money subscribers who use Starbow can now purchase their air tickets through MTN Mobile Money. MTN announced the new addition during an interaction with News Editors and senior…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- South Korea’s KT Corp has announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement to buy a 20% stake in Telkom South Africa, at a reduced price of around USD427…


Digital Content

Ethiopia: World Bank Kicks-Off Online Consultations On Its New Country Partnership Strategy

The World Bank is in the process of developing the next Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) FY13-FY16 for Ethiopia. As part of the CPS preparation process and in order to gain…


Digital Content

First In-flight Wi-Fi fails due to “budget constraints”

Mobile operator Vodacom, South African budget airline Mango and Internet service provider Wireless-G teamed up last week to bring the country and the Southern Hemisphere one step further to in-flight…


Digital Content

World Health Organization Reports Conundrum for eHealth Evaluation

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released their May 2012 Bulletin chronicling many such innovations in global health, under the theme of "eHealth".While there is celebration in order for the…


Digital Content

An Initiative for Sudanese Knowledge -Based Society

I had the honor of attending on Saturday 21-April 2012; a meeting organized by some Sudanese academicians and youth aiming at establishing an organization for promoting a Knowledge-based Society in…


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People

Dimension Data CEO to step downTechnology services group Dimension Data, which operates across a number of key regions including Africa and Middle East, announced that current CEO for Africa and…


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Jobs & Opportunities

ITU seeks next generation of social entrepreneursWould-be young innovators can win chance to pitch their ideas to industry leaders at ITU Telecom World 2012Geneva, 1 May 2012 – ITU has…