Issue no 688 17th January 2014

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The Battle Against High Fibre Prices from Monopoly Providers moves to Central Africa

Competition in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa on fibre has bought lower wholesale prices and these have in time led to lower retail prices. The margins of competition may be contested but not the idea itself. Africa’s monopoly slow lane for some of its larger markets is to be found in Central Africa. Russell Southwood looks at a battle happening in Cameroon over fibre competition.Cameroon is hanging on to its monopoly state provider Camtel and the net result is that the country has some of the highest international and national wholesale fibre rates on the continent. The country refused World…

Telecoms

Telecom Deal by China's ZTE, Huawei in Ethiopia Faces Criticism

Ethiopian government officials have in recent years complained to ZTE that the company's contract for building the network requires Ethiopia to pay too much, say people familiar with the discussions,…


Telecoms

Unregistered SIM Cards Still Able to Make Calls in Uganda

Ugandan mobile phone users are still able to use unregistered SIM cards, some five months after that was supposed to have been banned.The networks were supposed to block unregistered SIM…


Telecoms

Unitel Tests LTE-Advanced With Ericsson

For the first time in Africa, Ericsson, together with Angola’s leading telecommunications provider Unitel, has successfully demonstrated LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology. The demonstration was done on both 1800MHz…


Telecoms

Libyan delegation at ITU seeks support to attain world standards in ICTs

Libya approached ITU seeking to establish world-class ICT facilities in the country.Heading the Libyan delegation, Deputy Minister for Communications and Informatics Mohamad Benrasali asked for ITU’s support in preparing a…


Telecoms

Algeria: ARPT publishes terms and conditions for 3G deployment in optional provinces

Algerian telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Telecoms (ARPT) has published its Decision No.1/SP/PC/ANRT/2014, dated 8 January 2014, which outlines the terms and conditions of…


Telecoms

Telecoms - In Brief

- First National Bank (FNB) has cleared its backlog of Cell C SIM activations that built up over December, a spokesperson for the bank has told MyBroadband.The feedback comes after…


Internet

Rise and fall of Ivory Coast’s internet cafés

The business of internet café in Ivory Coast is no longer what it is used to be five, six or even 10 years ago due to various factors.Technological advances and…


Internet

Somalia: Federal Govt Urges Telecom Companies Not to Abide By Al Shabaab Internet Ban

Federal Government of Somalia called on private telecommunication companies to resist Al Shabaab coercion following the ban of internet on mobile phones and through fiber optic cables, Garowe Online reports.The…


Internet

Ghana postal service hard hit by internet shift

Ghana’s postal service company has recorded a drop in its traditional mail service as the country’s population shifts towards electronic means of communication, like email.It has been reported that the…


Internet

Sierra Leone: 3 ISPs fail to meet ACE consortium payments to SALCAB

The new year could not have started worse for three of Sierra Leone’s nine internet service providers (ISPs) who have had their services deactivated. They are among the leading ISPs…


Internet

Given Uganda's homophobia, why does it lead the way in Googling gay porn?

The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda is more than simply a bill about homosexuality, and it is more than a pernicious piece of local legislation that affects Uganda alone. Of course,…


Internet

South Africa: MWEB customers get exclusive access to Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network

MWEB has announced an exclusive partnership with Fon, the world’s largest WiFi network.  The deal gives MWEB ADSL customers, with a Fon – enabled router, the opportunity to join a…


Internet

Internet - In Brief

- US-based Mushroom Networks has teamed up with French IT company Impartial-IT to launch internet services in North Africa. Mushroom Networks plans to introduce its 'broadband bonding' service, which links…


Computing

Angola: Telecommunications Minister Lays Cornerstone for Building Cazenga Media Library

The first stone for the construction of the Media Library in Cazenga municipality in Luanda was laid on Thursday by the Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology, José Carvalho da…


Computing

Rwanda: Mentors to Get Net Books and Projectors

Approximately 1000 net books and projectors will be distributed to senior and school-based mentors to support high quality teacher training in English language and teaching methods.The five week national distribution…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

Zimbabwe: Government will introduce a digital system that enables easy identification of mining claims and proper licensing procedures to curb disputes over concessions, an official has said. The cadastral system…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Rates, Offers and Coverage

- South Africa: Cybersmart is gearing up to launch its new “Lightspeed” 100Mbps uncapped fibre service aimed at the business market, priced at R9,999 per month.Cybersmart’s new 100Mbps fibre product…


Money Transfer

MasterCard, Ecobank to boost e-payments adoption in Africa

MasterCard and Ecobank have signed a multi-country licensing agreement which will provide access to MasterCard’s electronic payments services for Ecobank’s customers in a further 23 African countries. The agreement is…


Money Transfer

Rwanda:MTN dials up cross-border mobile money transfer deal

MTN Rwanda and I Stay Connected Ltd have entered into a partnership to facilitate international mobile money transfers.The deal between MTN and the US-registered company is expected to kick off…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Econet’s Liquid Telecom now worth half a billion?

On January 12 Last week Altech announced the offloading of an 8.6% stake in  Liquid Telecom Holdings to Econet Wireless for a reported $55 million. While this move has further…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria’s Adlevo Capital invests in Solo

Adlevo Capital Managers, a private equity fund manager focused on investments into technology-enabled businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, and Kuramo Capital Management, a sub-Saharan Africa multi-asset class investment manager, completed a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Nigeria: Capcom merger thrown into doubt by regulator’s warning

The merger of Nigeria's CDMA networks could be thrown into doubt after the telecoms regulator expressed concerns at how long the process is taking, and said that it might revoke…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Burkina Faso to impose new tax on telecoms revenues

A new tax on telecoms companies operating in Burkina Faso has been introduced by the country’s Finance Act 2014, in a move that is expected to generate around XOF12 billion…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Korea Telecom will review its Africa expansion effort – New CEO wants to focus more on its domestic business

KT plans to review its business projects in Africa as its new CEO Hwang Chang-gyu wants to focus on bolstering the firm’s competitive edge in the domestic telecommunication business, said…


Digital Content

Yes, we can (code)! Girls in Tech wants to build a girls tech community in Egypt

Many don’t believe that women can be as successful as men in fields related to math and science. Coding and computer programming have particularly been male-dominated fields, in the West…


Digital Content

How Online Platforms Are Working to Save Angola's Languages

“On average, a language disappears every two weeks, and Africa is the continent most at risk”, wrote the author José Eduardo Agualusa in a 2011 article on the evolution of…


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People

Botswana's Orange has named Philippe Baudin as its new CEO, replacing Elisabeth Meduo-Badang who is moving to the company's operations in Cameroon.


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The Social Media Week Lagos Team is excited to announce that our official schedule is now LIVE and registration is open!  At present we have 84 events scheduled and will…