Issue no 635 14th December 2012

Top Story

Gambia’s Unique Solutions will launch national WiMAX network to meet new demand from ACE fibre cable launch

One of Gambia’s leading corporate ISP providers Unique Solutions has bought Pure Wave’s 16e WiMAX solution to meet the up-coming demand from the opening of the ACE international cable. The latter will provide Gambia’s first international cable landing station and it will be run by a consortium of operators rather than by the incumbent telco. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening in Gambia and at the kinds of choices open to insurgent challenger ISPs.The majority of Unique Solutions’ business, according to CEO Papa Njiye, is financial services customers and one of the motivations for putting in place a WiMAX network…

Telecoms

Alcatel-Lucent builds Airtel’s network backbone across Africa

Alcatel-Lucent is to help Bharti Airtel meet rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband services in its African operations by supplying advanced new IP-based networking technology to support the delivery of…


Telecoms

Africa's first vendor neutral satellite earth station soon completed

Teraco Data Environments, South Africa's first provider of vendor neutral data centres, has announced the launch of Africa's first vendor neutral satellite earth station. The station, which effectively positions Teraco…


Telecoms

Viettel secures Cameroon’s third mobile licence?

Vietnamese telecoms company Viettel Group has allegedly won Cameroon’s third mobile telephony licence, according to a report by Agence Ecofin which cites a statement from Minister of Posts and Telecommunications,…


Telecoms

Equatorial Guinea sets up GITGE to run ACE cable

Equatorial Guinea is set to expand broadband connectivity next year, when it connects its national telecoms infrastructure to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, Biztech Africa reports. The…


Telecoms

Guinea: Sotelgui gets World Bank loan to fund restructuring

The Guinean operator Societe des Telecoms de Guinee (Sotelgui) has secured a USD50 million loan from the World Bank to help its restructuring, with the funds being used to recruit…


Telecoms

Cote d’Ivoire: MTN will roll out 3G in Abidjan and 10 other citiies

MTN Cote d’Ivoire is poised to inaugurate its long-awaited 3G network in the capital of Abidjan, Agence Ecofin reports, with plans to extend mobile broadband services to the country’s ‘top…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- MTN Zambia, the country’s second largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has reportedly revealed that it expects to spend around ZMK250 billion (USD46.7 million) in 2013 on upgrading…


Internet

MTN Pilots Cloud Computing Services In 6 African Markets

MTN Business, a subsidiary of the MTN network, has launched a pilot project for its cloud bouquet of services that will provide a single point of contact for SMEs in…


Internet

Kenya: A Year in Kenya Search - Google's Top Searches of 2012

Google announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2012 through the collective eyes of the world on the web, offering a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest…


Internet

Nigeria: NSE Demonstrates Possibility of Online Real-Time Voting

The Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) has successfully demonstrated that Nigeria could hold its general elections online real-time, just as it was done at the recent US election.The engineers at…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

- Airtel Nigeria, the local mobile unit of Indian telecoms group Bharti Airtel, has completed tests of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Lagos, reports The Economic Times. The company will now…


Computing

Nigeria: Muslim Centre Organises Seminar On Cyber Crime for Students

The management of Muslim Community Centre, Wuse, Abuja on Thursday organised a one day seminar on the dangers of cyber crime for the students and staff of Fou'ad Lababidi Islamic…


Computing

Kenya: Techno Brain Offers IT Placement for Graduates

Techno Brain, a software development company has partnered with the NetHope Academy by providing placement opportunities for fresh university graduates for a six-month program at the academy to enhance their…


Computing

Computing – In Brief

- MFI pro print, the distribution partner for Hewlett Packard (HP) has launched the new HP Indigo 5600 digital offset printing press into the Nigerian market.- The State Information Technology…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

G-Connect Aims To Break In-Flight Wi-Fi Record

South Africa’s G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi will be available free of charge to Mango airline passengers on all enabled flights between Durban and Johannesburg.The airline plans to break connectivity records during…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kenyan government to force audit of mobile money systems

The Kenyan government will soon force the auditing of mobile money systems and financial institutions, to ensure that customers are protected from the increasing risk of cybercrime.Ministry of Information and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Money – In brief

- The popularity of mobile money services in the African nation of Tanzania exploded between 2010 and 2012, according to figures from the Bank of Tanzania published in East Africa…


Digital Content

Uganda: Makerere Students Win Huawei Android Applications Challenge

A team of six students from the department of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Engineering, Design and Technology (CEDAT) in Makerere University have won this year's Huawei…


Digital Content

GAVI partners with Vodacom to improve health through mobile tech in Africa

Telecoms operator Vodacom has partnered with public-private health group GAVI Alliance in a move expected to ensure health initiatives in Africa are integrated with mobile technology, especially the use of…


Digital Content

State Department Partners with biNu To Bring English Language Content to Mobile Phone Users

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces a partnership with biNu to provide increased English language content to people around the world. Under the partnership,…


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People

ECONET Wireless chairman Tawanda Nyambirai has stepped down from his position after selling his entire shareholding in TN Bank to the mobile phone operator. The buyout deal means that  Nyambirai…