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Africa: ICT Sector Registers Double Digit Growth

January 16, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Africa: ICT Sector Registers Double Digit Growth

Uganda’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has registered a double digit growth since 2000 and grew by 33 percent in 2006/2007, according to a report released by the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA)...

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Nigeria: Presidency Takes Over Galaxy Backbone

January 14, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (2)

President Musa Yar’Adua has directed that Galaxy Backbone PLC be moved from the Ministry of Science and Technology to the Presidency to bring the government-owned infrastructure service provider under the direct supervision of Aso Rock...

Celtel Expands its Operations

January 14, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Celtel Expands its Operations

CELTEL INTERNATIONAL BV is set to commence full scale operations in the telecommunication industry by the first quarter of this year. The company which has already paid $115 million as part of the transaction purse of Western Telesystems Limited (WESTEL) to...

Bloggers are Africa’s new rebels

January 14, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Bloggers are Africa’s new rebels

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The man was nervous. He was afraid, he said, of the secret police. So he advised me to hire a random taxi. I was to park at a certain church. And there, I was to wait. A few minutes later he called again, this time on a different...

Mobile reporters give a voice to Kenyan voters

January 9, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Mobile reporters give a voice to Kenyan voters

Media Blackout in Kenya – Mobile Phones play a vital role in covering Kenya Elections. AfricaNews.com makes use of internet enabled mobile phones to report on the election crisis in Kenya. Local African journalist, with advanced mobile phone and a...

Nigeria: Visafone Buys Bourdex Telecom

January 8, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (1)

Visafone Communications Limited has closed a deal to buy 100 per cent stakes in Bourdex Telecom, a private telecoms company headquartered in Aba, Abia State. With good footprint in the telecoms market in the eastern part of the country it plans to consolidate...

KENYA: Diaspora clicks in to keep Kenya talking

January 7, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on KENYA: Diaspora clicks in to keep Kenya talking

The crisis prompted by Kenya’s 27 December elections has left large numbers of people stranded in various parts of the country due to insecurity on the roads and general uncertainty. Many Nairobi residents and migrant workers travelled...

Vodafone chief’s £45m bonanza

January 1, 2008 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Vodafone chief’s £45m bonanza

ARUN SARIN, chief executive of the mobile-phone giant Vodafone, is poised to reap a £45m bonanza from the turnround in the company’s fortunes. The size of his potential windfall – the value of shares and options in the company – has soared as...

Nigeria: President grants last mile mobile license

December 27, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigeria: President grants last mile mobile license

Despite the petitioning of NigComSat by well-meaning telecom pundits and economists over its seeking undue nudging from the presidency, it is saddening and debasing that President Yar’Adua would mandate the Nigerian Communications Commission to grant a...

Celtel Nigeria Selects Motorola for $70 Million GSM/EDGE Expansion

December 18, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (6)

Motorola, Inc. announced that it has received orders valued at $70 million from Celtel Nigeria, part of Zain Group, to further expand and enhance the operator’s GSM coverage in the Southern part of Nigeria...

Nigeria: Visafone Plans Big for Telecom, Set to Launch With 3G

December 18, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nigeria: Visafone Plans Big for Telecom, Set to Launch With 3G

Visafone, one of the Unified Access Service licensees, crept into the Nigerian telecoms market last week with a promise to make the kind of impact never experienced in the entire history of the rapid growing Nigerian telecom sector...

Vodafone £5 billion South African talks collapse

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Vodafone £5 billion South African talks collapse

Vodafone’s bid to chase growth in emerging markets was dealt a severe blow today when a planned £5 billion deal to boost its stake in a South African mobile operator collapsed. The mobile phone giant had been in negotiations for several months about...

Late entrant strategies for Nigeria new mobile operators.

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Late entrant strategies for Nigeria new mobile operators.

As the newly licensed cdma and Gsm operators starts breaking ground for roll out plans, indications are very strong that their might be some displacement in the Nigerian Telecoms Race. Clear favorites and pioneers like Mtn, Celtel and Glo are poised to face...

Wi-Fi Losing Out to 3G in South Africa

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Wi-Fi Losing Out to 3G in South Africa

Commercial WiFi hotspots face a dim future in South Africa – at least among corporate workers on the move, a new research study by World Wide Worx reveals...

Mozambique: 10,000 KM Cable to Improve Broadband Access

November 30, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Mozambique: 10,000 KM Cable to Improve Broadband Access

The construction of a 10,000 kilometre undersea fibre-optic cable is to bring huge improvements to Mozambique’s Internet and telecommunications access...

Nokia Survey results confirm it: Women are better multi-taskers than men

November 27, 2007 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Nokia Survey results confirm it: Women are better multi-taskers than men

Multi-tasking, or doing more than one activity at a time, is a way of life for everyone these days. Between work, family and social life, people are finding themselves busier than ever...