Issue no 610 22nd June 2012

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Mauritius: Bharat Telecom Ltd to launch island-wide fibre network and high-speed FTTH broadband

A joint venture between local and Indian investors, Bharat Telecom Ltd has set itself the ambitious target of connecting every home and office in Mauritius to a fibre network. It has been testing its technology in one community on the island and is due to launch soon. Russell Southwood spoke to one of its directors, Baljinder Sharma.Bharat Telecom Ltd is investing US$50 million in creating a 2,900 kms fibre network to cover Mauritius. The core 200 kms of that 10gbps network will be underground and a further 2,700 kms will be slung over the poles of the Central Electricity Board,…

Telecoms

Nigeria: Federal Government Abandons $200 Million Rural Telephony Project

The federal government is planning to abandon the $200 million National Rural Telephony Project (NRTP) it conceived in 2001 to take telephony services to the rural areas. The exit follows…


Telecoms

Ethiopia: First Smartphone Assembled in Ethiopia Coming to Scene

Tecno Mobile Ethiopia, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based mobile manufacturer, is to release its first locally assembled smartphone in mid July for a price possibly between 6,000 Br and…


Telecoms

Flexenclosure’s green power management solution for the global telecom industry chosen as one of the world’s most sustainable technologies

Flexenclosure, a specialist provider of intelligent green power management solutions for base stations, has been honoured as a top sustainable solution at Rio+20. Last night, sustainability activist Gro Harlem Brundtland,…


Telecoms

Sierra Leone: Commonwealth Telecom Stakeholders Discuss Rural Broadband in Freetown

The 7th annual Connecting Rural Communities Africa conference organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), under the auspices of the Sierra Leone government, has…


Telecoms

Sudan: Telecoms industry hit by lack of foreign currency

A shortage of foreign currency and a variation in exchange rates, alongside rising competition and an increase in taxes, are having a negative impact on Sudan’s telecoms industry, according to…


Telecoms

Ghana: NCA descends on telcos providing poor service

Three leading telecom companies have again been slapped with penalty totaling GH¢250,000 by the industry regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA), for what it described as “various Quality of Service (QoS)…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Airtel Zambia is reportedly aiming to have deployed some 200 new mobile towers in rural areas of the country before the end of the year, with a view to…


Internet

Zimbabwe: Utande Unveils New Broadband Service

One of the country's leading Internet service providers, Utande, has introduced an innovative broadband service designed for households and small businesses. The latest offering from the data services provider that…


Internet

IBurst Builds Fast Internet for South Sudan in Three-Year Plan

iBurst (Pty) Ltd. is expanding Internet capacity beyond the capital of South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country, in a three-year plan to provide services to the nation’s government and biggest companies.“By…


Internet

Jasco brings data centre to Congo

Jasco Networks has expanded its operations into Central Africa with the formation of Jasco Congo, a subsidiary company with a dedicated presence in the region.Following this expansion, the newly formed…


Internet

Turkish conglomerate Yda plans data centre in Rwanda

Turkish multi-industry holding group Yda is in talks with the Rwanda Development Board's (RDB's) ICT department to invest in a data centre in the country, IT Web reported. Rwanda has…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- CRS Refrigeration is supplying a fully functional internet cafe facility within a container of medical equipment to Mua Hospital in central Malawi. CRS has configured the container as an…


Computing

Tanzania: Computer Project to Benefit Mtwara, Zanzibar Pupils

Thousands of pupils and teachers from public primary schools in Zanzibar and Mtwara region are set to benefit from the TZ21 project, a five-year United States Agency for International Development…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Lecturers and staff from four universities across Ethiopia are receiving computer training thanks to the work of a UK charity and a Worcester college In total, 50 people will…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- MTN Ghana has launched a new facebook page that allows its customers to interact with the company on facebook absolutely free of charge.Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Ghana, Rahul…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MainOne ups investment in distribution networks to West African countries

Nigerian submarine cable company, Main One Cable says it has stepped up investment in distribution networks in the face of a dearth of commercially reasonable alternatives.The company announced last weekend…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Boost for Moroccan tech start-ups

The Maroc Numeric Fund has solid backing and a healthy attitude to risk – good news for bright ideas.A state-backed Moroccan risk-capital fund focused on technology start-ups has invested €1.8m…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Airtel Chad has collaborated with one of the leading banks on the continent – Ecobank - to launch Airtel Money in the West African nation.Touted as the first Mobile…


Digital Content

Kenyans online angry over use of the word ‘primitive’ in Korean Air web ad

A notice on Korean Air’s website announcing the start of non-stop flights from Korea to Kenya sparked a flurry of angry Tweets and Facebook postings Monday over the description of…


Digital Content

Esoko: Mobile e-marketing for Africa

In sixteen countries across Africa, including Nigeria, farmers are gradually overcoming the problem of information failure through a mobile platform called Esoko. In the past, they accepted whatever prices middlemen…


Digital Content

Ethiopia: Government to Ban Skype, Other Online Tools

To protect the state-owned telecom provider, the Ethiopian government has introduced legislation that will make using online communication tools such as Skype punishable by up to 15 years in jail,…


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Events

 Managed Services World Congress 201218 – 19 September 2012, Maritim Pro Arte Hotel, Berlin, GermanyWith Managed Service business models evolving in new and exciting directions, it’s time to reassess the…


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People

The Uganda minister of Information and Communication Technology, Ruhakana Rugunda has commended Themba Khumalo for his three years leadership at MTN Uganda and urged him to be an Ambassador for…


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Jobs

Fashion SproutVacancies: 1Location: Nairobi, KenyaDeadline: 04 Jul, 2012We are an american based company offering a challenging, innovative and friendly environment where you will work to extend and improve the capabilities…