Issue no 695 7th March 2014

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Ugandan mobile operator outsourcing company grows its revenues – Latest offer is fast market data intelligence

With enormous pressures on margins, mobile operators are increasingly outsourcing parts of their operation, particularly network operations. By and large, these contracts go to international companies. NFT Consult is a Ugandan company that offers outsourced functions and has grown significantly by providing them to international companies like mobile operators, banks and oil companies. Russell Southwood spoke to its founder Badru Ntege about how his kind of outsourcing services are used.NFT Consult’s founder Badru Ntege ran one of Uganda’s ISPs and his wife Elizabeth used to work for former incumbent utl. They are now responsible for the contracts of around 2,500…

Telecoms

Vodafone Group raises concerns over Egyptian unified licence plans

Vodafone Group has reportedly said that it could consider international arbitration should the Egyptian government approve legislation under which fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) will gain access to the…


Telecoms

South Africa: Telkom in talks with MTN on network sharing

A deal between the telecommunications giants could help reduce the cost of wireless business.Telkom shares increased as much as 5.1% and traded 2.8% higher at R33.09 as of 12.02pm in…


Telecoms

MTN opens service centre at S. Sudan-Uganda border

Mobile telecommunications company, MTN on Friday launched a customer service center at the South Sudan-Uganda border post in order to enhance business and improve communication activities in the region.“Our long…


Telecoms

Liquid Telecom builds a satellite hub in South Africa

Liquid Telecom, an independent data, voice and IP provider which services cellular, wireless and fixed line providers, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes in eastern, southern and central…


Telecoms

yuMobile goes ‘mteja’ as rivals eye over 2 million subscribers

Kenya’s third largest mobile phone operator, yuMobile, stares at imminent closure, with more than 240 jobs at risk. And this is really not that surprising given that, the firm, owned…


Telecoms

Telecoms – In Brief

- A long-running legal dispute between Vietnam’s military-backed Viettel Group and Cameroon-based Bestinver Asset Management has been resolved, Agence Ecofin reports, paving the way for Viettel Cameroon to enter the…


Internet

The Internet is both a blessing and a curse for Uganda’s LGBTI activists

"Friday morning was such a very bad morning for me last week," says Ugandan LGBTI activist Richard Lusimbo. Lusimbo graduated from Christian University at Mukono in Uganda with a Bachelors…


Internet

Facebook 'in talks to buy drone satellite firm'

Social network said to be in talks with Titan Aerospace in order to bring internet connectivity to people in the developing worldTitan Aerospace drone Facebook is reportedly interested in acquiring…


Internet

Internet – In Brief

-  Events mobile application Pocketplan has launched in Cape Town, South Africa, providing a platform for browsing a handpicked list of events and purchase tickets, streamlining the navigation of the…


Internet

Teraco Data Centre Environments facilitates internet growth and economic development in Africa with the funding of the NAPAfrica initiative

As part of its corporate strategy to facilitate internet growth and broader economic development, Teraco Data Centre Environments established the NAPAfrica Internet eXchange Point (IXP) in 2012, a multi-lateral peering…


Computing

Two caring farmers plus hi-tech maths and science tablet = A for maths

The intervention of two brothers, both semi-retired engineers and farmers, armed with a unique classroom support package containing video-based maths and science content, led to achievement against the odds for…


Computing

Computing - In Brief

- The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's TouchTutor education content, which is now pre-loaded on Future Mobile Technology's netsurfer SCHOLAR Android tablet under an exclusive licensing agreement, has been awarded one…


Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage

Telecoms, Rates, Offers & Coverage

- Tunisia's Orange has halved the cost of roaming to 10 of its customers most popular countries.- South Africa's MTN has regularised the cost of international phone calls to make…


Money Transfer

Econet investigated over EcoCash auto-registration

Zimbabwe’s financial regulator the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is reportedly investigating allegations that domestic telecoms provider Econet is automatically registering subscribers to its EcoCash mobile money service, local news…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Kuwait’s Zain hunts North Africa M&A

Kuwaiti telecommunications giant Zain Group is scouting out acquisition opportunities in North Africa, its CEO told Arabian Business.The group, one of the largest telcos in the region with a presence…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Eight in for Sotel Chad

Eight parties have met the criteria for pre-qualification ahead of the privatisation of Chadian telco Sotel, in which the government is selling an 80% stake, TMT Finance has learnt.The tender…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Globacom mulls sale of Ghana, Benin, Ivorian units - report

Globacom is said to be assessing plans to reduce some of its telecommunication holdings, which could include subsidiaries in Ghana, the Republic of Benin or Cote d'Ivoire, TMT Finance reported,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Sonatel sees 11% increase in sales and profits in 2013

The Senegalese telco Sonatel has reported an 11.1% increase in net profit for full year 2013 to XOF189.6 billion (USD397 million). Sonatel, which is backed by France’s Orange Group and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Orange hires adviser for African exit

French operator Orange has mandated Lazard to find a buyer for its mobile telecoms business in Uganda, hot on the heels of the sale of Warid Telecom’s local unit to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Data services fuel MTN sales growth in 2013

South Africa’s MTN Group, which has operations in 22 countries across Africa and the Middle East, has reported a 12% increase in turnover for 2013 to ZAR136.49 billion (USD12.70 billion),…


Digital Content

Econet Zero in early glitch as some customers report being charged on free sites

Econet yesterday announced a ground-breaking product called Econet Zero which gives all Econet Broadband subscribers free access to more than 50 educational websites. Amid all the fan fare of the…


Digital Content

Mobile technology improves water access in Rwanda

A smartphone-sized device is being used to monitor water pumps across Rwanda, making it easier to locate broken pumps and quicker to fix them. Developed by Portland State University in the…


Digital Content

FNB banking app uptake greatest among youth

South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB) has revealed the youth market, aged 18 to 25, has shown the greatest growth in the uptake of its mobile banking app.The bank said…


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People

Kris Senanu, the Managing Director for Access Kenya's internet business, has assumed two roles following his appointment as Access Kenya Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer.Senanu will retain his current role…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Intel announces ‘She Will Connect’ initiative to reduce online gender gapIntel has announced a new program aimed at expanding digital literacy. Millions of girls around the world have little or…


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Events

eGov Kenya 20-21 March 2014Brackenhurst Conference CentreNairobi, KenyaeGov Kenya will provide an intensive two-day briefing for CFOs and CIOs from each county to empower them with the insights and knowledge…