Issue no 629 2nd November 2012

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South Africa’s Maboneng Project offers a clue to potential urban regeneration strategies for Africa using high speed broadband

This week’s TV content market DISCOP in Johannesburg saw Neotel and property developer, the Maboneng Project promoting their joint fibre-to-the-home service aimed at attracting high-end media users to this pioneering downtown development. South Africa has found it hard to bridge the cost gap between the curb and the premises and this joint development may yet spark an increase in the roll-out of high-end fibre connections. Russell Southwood looks at what this development might have to do with the rest of Africa.When Apartheid ended, the rigid rules about where people could live went with it and the downtown core of Johannesburg,…

Telecoms

Airtel wants national infrastructure priority for telecoms facilities in Nigeria

Nigeria’s government should declare telecommunications equipment in the nation as critical national infrastructure under the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) arrangement that confers priority and protected status to telecom facilities, according…


Telecoms

DRC firm successfully challenges distribution of 3G licences

According to an unconfirmed report by RadioOkapi.net, Netherland British Company (NBC) – a relatively unknown DRC-based firm which manufactures and distributes telecoms products – has successfully challenged the issuance of…


Telecoms

South African Govt considers possible partners for Telkom in fixed, mobile markets but will wait until March 2013 to decide

South African Minister of Communications Dina Pule has hinted that a revised strategy for Telkom South Africa could include possible partners in terms of both fixed line and mobile operations.…


Telecoms

Zimbabwe: Regulator Potraz to fund the building of 54 Base Stations

THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe plans to install 54 mobile phone base stations in under-served and remote areas across the country over the next two years. This…


Telecoms

South Africa: Vodacom claims progress in rural connectivity

Vodacom has announced that its pilot of satellite connectivity solutions aimed at providing coverage for rural users is returning positive results, as it looks to improve connectivity for businessmen and…


Telecoms

Tanzania: Sh48 Billion Set Aside for Rural Telecoms

THE government has set aside T48bn/- for low cost telecommunication connections in rural and underserved areas across the country where 152 wards and 1.6 million people have been targeted in…


Telecoms

72% of rural Nigerians lack access to telecoms services

Some 72 percent of Nigerians living in rural areas lack access to telephone services within a kilometre “in spite of the phantom successes recorded in the Nigerian telecoms sector”, a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-Mobiserve Holding, an infrastructure company, has signed an agreement with Egypt’s National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (NTRA) which allows it to provide shared network infrastructure for the country’s three cellcos, Vodafone…


Internet

SAEx cable system advancing despite funding problems

Plans for the South Atlantic Express (SAEx) undersea cable system are advancing despite funding difficulties, as eFive Telecoms announces the grant of a supply contract to TE SubCom.The cable system…


Internet

Telesis Tanzania partners with Alca-Lu to launch 4G LTE mobile broadband service

French-US equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent says it has been selected by Telesis Tanzania to help the company offer affordable 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband services in the east African…


Internet

Only a third of South Africa online

The census results released on Tuesday show South Africa has a great deal of work ahead if it is to achieve government’s goal of universal broadband access by 2020. Almost…


Internet

South Africa: MWEB Business satellite Internet service launched

MWEB Business has launched a new satellite Internet service aimed at rural communities, farmers and other areas where standard broadband access is not available.MWEB Business GM Andre Joubert said that…


Internet

Samsung empowers SA school with solar classroom

South African school Phomolong Secondary has recently been upgraded with a solar powered internet classroom courtesy of Samsung, empowering students to be educated in technology even in areas of poor…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa: Vodacom has announced that it will be extending its Mofaya 2GB + 2GB for R149 data promotion until 30 June 2013, and is also planning to let…


Computing

Dimension Data takes cloud services to Namibia

Dimension Data last week launched its cloud services in Namibia, expanding into yet another southern African nation hot on the heels of launching similar services in Botswana last week.Rowan Kleintjes,…


Computing

Uganda reveals e-government plan with South Korean assistance

The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has completed an e-government master plan, designed in tandem with South Korea’s National IT Promotional Agency (NIPA) as part of a pact between…


Computing

New adapter to reduce annual e-waste by 300,000 tonnes

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations ICT regulatory agency, has approved a universal charging solution for mobile devices capable of reducing e-waste called the Universal Power Adapter (UPA).The…


Computing

Nokia partners with Kenya’s government to encourage creation of social apps

Finnish mobile phone-maker Nokia has partnered with the Government of Kenya through the Kenya ICT Board to work towards ensuring tech startups specialising in agricultural, health and educational apps benefit…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Sasa Africa, one of DEMO Africa’s 2012 top five startups, has launched an e-commerce platform to connect offline artisans to buyers online using feature phones. The founders say they…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

- Cell C is launching two new promotional data packages that offer customers Internet access at less than R9/GB of data, the mobile operator said on Wednesday. It is launching…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Eaton Towers secures $60m for Uganda expansion

Eaton Towers, the African tower ownership and management company, has secured $60 million in debt financing from Standard Bank Group, acting through Stanbic Uganda, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC),…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Vimpelcom explores sale of African, Asian units

Amsterdam-headquartered, New York-listed international telecoms group Vimpelcom intends to sell several of its businesses in emerging markets across Africa and Asia, as part of a rationalisation of the group’s global…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Wendel to buy stake in IHS Holding

European investment firm Wendel and its subsidiary Oranje-Nassau Developpement have announced the signing of an agreement with IHS Holding to acquire an equity stake in the tower company. Wendel will…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA’s Naspers rumoured to be buying Souq.com

South African media giant Naspers is rumoured to be acquiring a stake worth approximately US$40 million in Al Jabbar Internet Group's subsidiary Souq.com, in the largest investment in an e-commerce…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Bank of Africa deploys Clear2Pay mobile banking solution

The Bank of Africa is to provide customers in thirteen countries with further mobile financial services after inking an agreement to use of Mobile Internet Banking (MIB) solution provided by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- Gabon Telecom, part of the Maroc Telecom group, has reported that its total wireless, internet and wireline revenues grew by 28% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2012…


Digital Content

DSTV’s Mobile TV App now available for Windows Phone 7.5

Software giant Microsoft and Multichoice, the South Africa-based satellite television services provider, yesterday announced that the Drifta viewer app for Windows Phone is now available for Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5…


Digital Content

Tanzania: Demo Africa - Kivuko Brings Online Shopping to Tanzanians

Kivuko is an online shopping gateway that enables vendors to sell and deliver products directly to customers throughout Tanzania.How it began: "We Began by ordering products online and delivering to…


Digital Content

Nigeria: FRSC Acquires Toll-Free Emergency Line

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) says it has acquired "122" from Airtel as its toll-free emergency line for public use.In a statement on Friday in Abuja, the commission's Deputy…


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People

- Rocket Internet’s e-commerce venture, Jumia Nigeria has reportedly fired one of its key staff, Uche Ajene who was the company’s Head of Marketing until last Wednesday,- Absa has lost…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Durbanville (Cape Town) based company looking for a Medium/Skilled level programmer with 4+ years programming experience with excellent written and verbal communication skills.Examples of Duties:• Performs computer programming development or…


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Events

AfricaCom 201213th-15th November 2012, CTICC, Cape Town, South AfricaThe digital ecosystem will take centre stage at AfricaCom 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 13 – 15 November 2012. …