Issue no 622 14th September 2012

Top Story

South Sudan: Government planning fibre link connections to lower the cost of connectivity

South Sudan’s Juba and Eritrea’s Asmara were the only two African capitals without plans to introduce international fibre links. Now the South Sudan Government is moving towards working out what its plans will be. Russell Southwood looks at plans in the wings and what the options are.South Sudan’s Government (through the ministry, MoTPS  and the Presidential Commission on Infrastructure) is now beginning to address one of its key communications infrastructure problems: the lack of international fibre connections for its capital Juba. Its three mobile operators (MTN, Vivicell and Zain) and its ISPs currently use expensive satellite connectivity, which the Government…

Telecoms

Safaricom plans $94m fibre investment

Kenyan mobile network operator Safaricom will spend $94.8 million to install 2,300 kilometres of fibre-optic cable over the next four years to help serve its growing customer base, reports Reuters…


Telecoms

Econet aims for 100% mobile coverage in Zimbabwe within three years

The Zimbabwean cellular operator Econet Wireless is targeting 100% network coverage in the country by 2015, up from around 74% currently and just 13% three years ago. The firm says…


Telecoms

Nigeria: Mobile Operators Lose N8 Billion Daily to Attacks On Infrastructure

MTN, Globacom, Airtel, Etisalat and Visafone are losing about N8 billion daily revenue to the recent bombing of their facilities in the northern parts of the country.The operators are losing…


Telecoms

Ghana: VGF Launches Hotline for Domestic Abuse Reporting

In a significant move to contribute to reducing the high incidence of domestic violence in the country, the Vodafone Ghana Foundation (VGF), in collaboration with the Ark Foundation, has launched…


Telecoms

Telecoms News in Brief

- Glo Ghana has acquired two million subscribers in Ghana since it commenced commercial operations in May this year. With this development, Glo Mobile Ghana now has over eight per…


Internet

Kenya’s civic education site launched

Kenya National Integrated Civic Education (K-NICE), a government initiative charged with monitoring civic education, last week unveiled a website for sharing constitutional information ahead of the general elections slated for…


Internet

Sonitel starts work on Dosso-Konni fibre link

Niger operator Sonitel has started the deployment of a 300 km fibre link between Dosso and Konni at a launch ceremony attended by the country's president, Mahamadou Issoufou, deputies, diplomats…


Internet

Sierra Leone: Preserving Historic Records & Tools for Reconciliation

ICTJ joined government officials and civil society in Freetown, Sierra Leone to celebrate the launch of a new website for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone and welcome…


Internet

Teraco wins DINX

Teraco Data Environments, South Africa’s first vendor neutral data centre, has won the bid to host the Durban Internet Exchange (DINX). Teraco is set to make internet history with this…


Internet

Cameroon: Illegal Optical Fibre Network Uncovered

Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel) has unmasked an impostor that has already planted over 150 km of optical fibre cables along the Douala-Yaounde road. The yet-to-be-identified individual or company has reportedly buried…


Internet

Rwandans to Manage .rw Domain

The Rwanda Information Communication and Technology Association (RICTA) yesterday announced that the country's code top-level domain .rw will be run by the government.The country code top level domain ccTLD, which…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telecom Namibia is in the process of setting up four international Points of Presence (PoPs) along the WACS undersea cable route, which entered service in May, reports Datacenter Dynamics.…


Internet

Namibia: Disadvantaged Students to Interact Via Internet

The British Council in consultation with the Ministry of Education has introduced an internet programme that will enable Namibian students to interact with British students on educational matters.During a recent…


Computing

Google’s ‘chosen few’ students to map out African campuses

Google is assembling 90 students from 12 countries to participate in a 2-week conference through its initiative the Google Student Ambassador programme (GSA), to map out Africa’s campuses and the…


Computing

Computer News in Brief

- The poor international ranking of Nigerian universities has nothing to do with the intellectual capacity of lecturers and students, but their inability to manage resources effectively, as well as…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Kenya: Yu Top-Ups Earn Clients Life, Disability Covers

Mobile services provider yuMobile has partnered with Jubilee Insurance and MicroEnsure to launch a unique insurance scheme that rewards yuMobile subscribers with a renewable monthly life and disability cover based…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Paynet’s Card Processing Centre to be launched in East Africa this year

Paynet Group, a card processor and electronic payments solutions provider, says it will launch a new chip and PIN card issuing facility in East Africa by early November, in a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

It could be yu! Essar needs USD250m cash injection

Essar Telecom Kenya, which operates under the ‘yu’ brand name, has confirmed that it requires a cash injection of up to USD250 million over the next two years to grow…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News in Brief

- Etisalat will invest nearly $500 million to develop and improve its network infrastructure in Egypt to offer 4G connectivity of up to 100 megabits a second to its customers,…


Digital Content

Twitter link puts smiles on the faces of Narok’s Irish potato farmers

Tired of being fleeced by middlemen who offer them poor prices, the Irish potato farmers have signed up to the social media site where they tweet to engage hotel owners…


Digital Content

New mobile app aimed at teaching children Yoruba

Abake Adenle is a quantitative analyst who lived alternatively between the US and Nigeria whilst growing up. Now based in London, Adenle has developed a mobile app, SpeakYoruba, aimed at…


Digital Content

mSwali anticipates Tanzanian expansion next year

Kenya’s mSwali will expand into Tanzania early next year, allowing users to easily survey clients via SMS texts.mSwali is a web-based tool that uses mobile technology to survey clients and…


Digital Content

Sematime Wins Startup World: Kenya

Nairobi-based startup Sematime beat off five other technology startups to emerge as winner of The Next Web’s Startup World: Kenya last week. To cater to the growing mobile market in…


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People

Takealot.com has announced the appointment of Willem van Biljon to its Board and Jacques Van Niekerk to the executive team. Willem van Biljon is one of South Africa’s tech stars,…


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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

Vodacom to launch app development workshopVodacom is planning to launch South Africa’s first multiplatform mobile application development workshop aimed at strengthening the mobile app eco-system in South Africa. This workshop…