Issue no 631 16th November 2012

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Africa Com 2012 – Separating out the anxiety signals from the overwhelming noise

Africa Com is Informa’s monster talk-fest that like Topsy just seems to grow and grow. This year it claimed over 8,000 pre-registered attendees, the equivalent of a small town. It is now spread over three days and takes in a growing encampment of nearby subject areas. Weary but not exhausted, Russell Southwood tries to make some sense of what happened to him over the last three days.Once upon a time, the mobile operators, the masters of the universe, were centre stage at this trade show. Now with data, content, services and other things that might go on it on everybody’s…

Telecoms

Orange Tunisia launches 3G/Wi-fi dongle with Domino

Orange Tunisia is pushing forward with new and improved 3G and Wi-fi services after launching its Domino E5832 3G mobile hotspot, which can accomodate up to five mobile or wi-fi-ready…


Telecoms

Egypt directs France Telecom to sell 15 pct of Mobinil

Egypt's ministry of communications has sent a request to France Telecom directing it to ensure that 15 per cent of the shares of mobile phone carrier Mobinil are publicly traded…


Telecoms

South Africa: Ailing Telkom warns of 83% earnings drop

Telkom on Wednesday moved to stabilise the company by appointing two board members and an executive in its cellphone businesses, but it warned that earnings will drop by as much…


Telecoms

Mobile Web Africa 2012 agenda and speaker faculty revealed

All Amber, has announced details for its fourth annual Mobile Web Africa conference.  The event, which will take place during the final week of November, is firmly established as the…


Telecoms

Liquid Telecom takes fibre to DRC

Network operator Liquid Telecom has announced it has extended its fibre network to the city of Lumumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reducing the country’s dependence on satellite…


Telecoms

K-NET Lowers Cost For Mobile Operators To Serve Rural Africa

Telecom provider leverages small cell technology and iDirect's X1 remote to reduce TCO by up 65%, bringing mobile voice and data to Ghana for first timeHerndon has announced that K-NET,…


Telecoms

Orange and Altobridge bring first-time mobile connectivity to remote communities in Niger

Over 50 off-grid village communities have been connected across Niger, allowing an average of 1,200 people in each location to benefit from mobile telecoms services for the first timeAltobridge, a…


Telecoms

Rivals deny Africell interconnection after pricing bust-up

Africell – the Democratic Republic of Congo’s newest mobile operator – has found itself frozen out by its rivals Vodacom, Oasis (Tigo) and Airtel, all of whom have terminated their…


Telecoms

Telecoms News – In Brief

- Respite came the way of telephone Nigeria's over 105 million subscribers as the regulator of the telecoms sector, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) last week banned all telecoms operators…


Internet

SomCable, Bluwan to Expand Fast Wireless Service From Somalia

SomCable, a broadband operator in Somalia, has chosen wireless technology company Bluwan SA to help introduce a high-speed wireless Internet service in the sparsely populated and predominately rural Somaliland region.“We…


Internet

Group takes Cameroon gay right activism online, petitions govt

A pro homosexuality organization in Cameroon called All Out has launched an online petition on its website in which it is calling on President Paul Biya and the nation's justice…


Internet

Airspan Selected by Guineanet for 4G Network in Equatorial Guinea Providing High-Speed 4G Services to Residents and Businesses

Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, has announced that Guineanet, an Internet service provider in Equatorial Guinea, has been expanding its 4G broadband network operating…


Internet

Alcatel-Lucent, Angola Cables extend data link to Southern Africa

Alcatel-Lucent and Angola Cables, a consortium of Angolan telecommunications operators have joined hands to expand the availability of high-speed Internet access and data services throughout Angola and to the rest…


Internet

Mozambique Cellular Expands Microwave Backhaul Network

Ceragon Networks has announced follow-on orders of more than US$6.5 million with Mozambique Cellular (mcel) to expand the carrier's microwave network, first established in 2010.Ceragon is extending mcel's backbone network…


Internet

Cape Verde with highest internet access penetration rate in Portuguese-speaking Africa

Cape Verde had the highest internet access penetration rate per population in Africa’s Portuguese-speaking countries at the end of 2011, a figure that was also one of the highest rates…


Internet

Internet News – In Brief

- The Zimbabwean wireless internet service provider uMax has announced the completion of its deployment of a wireless broadband network based on Alvarion 4Motion 2.5GHz 802.16e WiMAX equipment in the…


Computing

Nigeria - Federal Government launches Students’ PC Ownership Scheme’

The Federal Government last week, demonstrated its commitment to put personal computers (PCs) and laptops in the hands of every Nigerian, when it launched the ‘Students’ PC Ownership Scheme’, in…


Computing

Computing News – In Brief

- The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the government agency responsible for the implementation of Information Technology (IT) policies in the country has said that this year's conference on…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

8ta launches free internet in South Africa

Google and 8ta today at G-South Africa in Cape Town announced Free Zone powered by Google, which gives people access to mobile web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Ghana - Three Hospitals in Upper East to go biometric for vetting payment claims

Three major Hospitals in the Upper East Region are to go biometric in the vetting and facilitating of payment claims by service providers under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Zampost develops new payment system

The Zambia Postal Services Corporation (Zampost) has developed a new payment system called Commercial Payment Services which has capacity to make payments and money transfer services worth more than USD20…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Taxes ‘hamper African mobile telecoms growth’

Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest-growing mobile market in the world but growth is being held back by inadequate spectrum allocation and high taxation, according to a report by the GSMA,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money News – In Brief

- The Zimbabwean state-owned fixed line operator TelOne has implemented a complete end-to-end billing and customer care solution from Israel-based software vendor FTS. TelOne’s billing transformation project includes the implementation…


Digital Content

Algeria - Kada Zaoui, elected Algerian Setif best blogger for 2012

The Medallion author blogs best cultural Algeria during the year 2012 was awarded Tuesday night at Setif, Kada Zaoui creator of the blog "Qara'tou laka" (I read to you), at…


Digital Content

Ivory Coast’s 'iPad Government' Embraces New Media

Social networking sites and online innovation are changing the face of government, activism and business in Ivory Coast and throughout Africa. They are called the iPad government.  Ivory Coast's ministers…


Digital Content

Empowering Artists after the Tunisian Revolution: eArtvolution

Innovative art exhibitions and events (some of them breathtaking) have begun invading Tunisian cities. Yet local artists faced several challenges, however: a huge lack of funding, difficulty accessing the local…


Digital Content

US military behind Africa news websites

The website's headlines trumpet al-Shabab's imminent demise and describe an American jihadist fretting over insurgent infighting. At first glance it appears to be a sleek, Horn of Africa news site.…


Digital Content

Spotify, Deezer or Spinlet? Africa's music streaming choice

Internet and mobile music platforms are targeting the African market, which should benefit both musicians and listeners.To the frustration of fans, the pioneering music streaming service Spotify is unavailable in…


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Events

Telecoms Fraud & Revenue Assurance Forum26th - 27th November 2012, DubaiThe only event currently in the region dedicated to telecoms fraud and revenue assurance, Tavess' Telecoms Fraud and Revenue Assurance…


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People

Intelsat Announces Five New Appointments to its Africa TeamIntelsat S.A, has announced the addition of five industry-seasoned employees who will fulfill sales and customer support roles, further enhancing Intelsat’s unique…


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Jobs and Opportunities

Orange announces winners of the African Social Venture PrizeOrange announced the three winners of the African Social Venture Prize during the AfricaCom Awards ceremony held in Cape Town last nightThe…