Issue no 621 7th September 2012

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Convergence Partners looks at investment opportunities in infrastructure and services across the continent

Back in June 2012, Convergence Partners attracted up to US$45 million from the World Bank’s investment arm IFC for its Communications Infrastructure Fund to support the rapid expansion of infrastructure across the continent. Along with this fund and its own investments, Convergence Partners is interested in a range of investment opportunities across the continent.  Russell Southwood spoke to Brandon Doyle, CEO, Convergence Partners about what they want to do.Convergence Partners already has investments in 20 different businesses, the majority of which are minority interests. For as Doyle says:”We’re strategic investors, not operators.”Its portfolio falls into three distinct groupings: mature stage…

Telecoms

Sierra Leone searches for consultant to over see national network

The Sierra Leone government, through the Sierra Leone Cable Limited SALCAB, has also announced an international competitive bidding for an expression of interest for consultancy services from reputable organizations to…


Telecoms

Namibia: NaCC sets conditions for Telecom/leo merger

The last major hurdle for Telecom Namibia to acquire the controlling shares in the country’s second mobile operator leo has been passed.The Namibian Competition Commission on Friday approved the proposed…


Telecoms

Kenya cracks down on hate speech via mobile phone messages

Kenyans who incite violence and send hateful messages through social media and text messages could face steep fines, said Acting Director of Communications in the Ministry of Information Omwa Om.The…


Telecoms

Telkom fights competition ruling, R449 million fine

Telkom says it will appeal the fine handed down to it by the Competition Tribunal in August for abusing its dominance in the telecommunications market between 1999 and 2004. Shares…


Telecoms

Boko Haram destroys 25 masts, reportedly kill 4 MTN staff

Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram has destroyed over 25 telecommunication masts belonging to mobile operators in the northern parts of the country. Four MTN Nigeria staff have reportedly been killed…


Telecoms

Kenya: E-waste dilemma over fake phone switch-off

CCK has set September 30 as the deadline to switch off counterfeit handsets in Kenya. This is expected to affect at least 2.3 million handsets. According to the report, the…


Telecoms

DRC: Minister warns mobile operators over QoS obligations

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Minister of Communications, Tryphone Kin-Key Mulumba, has warned the country’s four mobile operators that they must improve their service quality by 7 September or face…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Uganda-based mobile technology firm Text to Change last week launched its first SMS campaign focused on reducing electronic waste in the country in partnership with Closing the Loop. The…


Internet

Nigeria: NCC to Criminalise Vandalism of Infrastructure

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed plans to make the vandalisation of telecoms infrastructure a criminal offence.The commission made this known last week in Abuja while acknowledging a formal…


Internet

World map of child labor versus Internet penetration

TargetMap allows users to create maps by simply uploading a data table. A dozen of the maps depict global Internet access, but one uniquely adds child labor statistics to the…


Internet

Kenya: 250,000 Farmers to Agriculture Get Tips On Airtel

Approximately 250,000 small-holder farmers in Kenya can now get reliable and relevant agricultural information via their mobile phones following a partnership project between Airtel Africa and GSMA Development Fund.The innovative…


Internet

Tunisia: Information and Communication Minister - 'Internet Censorship No Longer Implemented in Tunisia'

Internet censorship, better known under the name of "Ammar 404" is henceforth no longer happening in Tunisia, asserted Information and Communication Minister Mongi Marzoug. In his meeting with the media,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

-  Internet Gabon Telecom (IG Telecom) has this week signed a USD15 million contract with US-based satellite technology provider Hughes Network Systems, under a project named Triple Net aimed at…


Computing

Rwanda: New Software to Enhance Science Education

Local schools no longer have to struggle to recruit experienced science teachers to explain to students how temperature, humidity, electricity, sound are measured following the introduction of a software that…


Computing

Computer Murder

- The police in Namibia’s Omusati Region are investigating a case of murder after a 82-year-old woman, Lovisa Shikongo from Uukwandongo village near Okahao, was killed over a missing computer…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, rates, Offers and Coverage

Ghana’s Mobile operator Globacom has unveiled a new tariff brandnamed ‘Glo Gista.’ that allows for on-net and off- net calls at reduced and standard rates. All calls will cost 6Gp (US$…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Tanzania’s government securities go online

Bidding for government securities in Tanzania has gone online courtesy of a new system launched by the Bank of Tanzania (BoT). The new online system for bidding government securities has both…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenya: Broker Back Office System to Help Curb Fraud At NSE

The NSE has rolled out an automated broker back office system that will reduce risks involved in securities trading at the bourse.It is anticipated that the BBO system will improve…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News - In Brief

- Bharti Airtel, the owners of Airtel Zambia has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Sanlam, a leading South African financial services group for the distribution of insurance and health…


Digital Content

Farming app opens its API for other developers

In a rare case witnessed in Kenya, a farming app has opened its API to invite other developers to build different applications. Ukulima.net is one of its kind. The application that…


Digital Content

Kenya: Safaricom's APP Store Goes Live Next Month

Local developers will soon be able to market their applications on Safaricom's App store set to go live next month. Safaricom Director of Corporate Affairs Nzioka Waita says the app…


Digital Content

Mxit to become a full-fledged social platform

Mxit, arguably the largest mobile social network in Africa, is considering altering its business from an instant messaging (IM) platform to a full-fledged social platform. This revelation comes even as…


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People

- Virgin Mobile South Africa has appointed Jonathan Marchbank as the company’s new CEO. Former chief executive, Steve Bailey stepped down from his post at the end of May. The…


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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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Jobs & Opportunities

IBM’s Global Entrepreneur Program launches to back startups in SAThis year the IBM Global Entrepreneur has expanded the SmartCamp initiative to new geographies, putting South Africa on the map. The firm…