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 mobile operating license “immediately” to the cry-baby. The status quo It is pertinent to note...
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. As part of Celtel’s comprehensive network expansion strategy, Motorola will deploy its latest Motorola Reach GSM...
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. The company which unveiled its 3-man team, Mr. Ninan Thomas, MD/CEO,...
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 extending its 50 per cent stake in...
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 stiff competition from late entrants, Etisalat,...
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. The report shows that the corporate use of WiFi - small networks that allow wireless access to the Internet - has...
The construction of a 10,000 kilometre undersea fibre-optic cable is to bring huge improvements to Mozambique's Internet and telecommunications access. For the construction of the connection a 70 million US dollar loan has been agreed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank...
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. But the results of a recent global online survey conducted by Nokia indicated that women are...
Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a global leader in mobile messaging interoperability and the delivery of mobile content, today announced further growth within the African mobile market, consolidating its position as the number one provider of international SMS across the continent. Sybase 365 continues to grow its...
Nigeria's Second National Operator and Third Generation (3G) compliant telecommunications company, Globacom Limited, has taken its vision of positioning itself on the continent to a higher level by commissioning the first portion of its $700 million fiber optic cable to link Nigerian cities. The executive director of Marketing Communications...
Safaricom Kenya and Google have sealed a pact to deliver e-mail services direct to mobile phones. The partnership is expected to increase the number of internet users from the current 2.7 million to 4.4 million by virtue of Safaricom's subscriber base. Under the deal signed last week, Safaricom subscribers with...
Charmaine Eggberry, vice president, of enterprise business unit, Europe,Middle East and Africa, Research in Motion (RIM), discusses how enterprises can adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce and the change in working practices. Facing the mobility challenge Over the last fifteen years, mobility solutions have evolved from mobile phones and pagers...
THE construction of the $650m (about sh1.1 trillion) undersea optic fibre cable project starts this week after a financial close was reached last week. The SEACOM project, a consortium of Venfin Limited (South Africa), Herakles Telecom LLC (US), Convergence Partners (South Africa), and the Shanduka Group (South Africa), will...
Nokia, one of the world's leading provider of mobile phone services, has promised to release a new set of goodies in line with the company's goal to promote the information society. According to reports by the year 2009, more than 80 percent of people in Africa and the Middle...
RIM is once again changing the mobile communications landscape. This feature-rich smartphone incorporates best-in-class technology that is remarkably small and incredibly easy-to-use. The BlackBerry Pearl comes complete with digital camera, multimedia capabilities and an expandable memory slot for the first time, while continuing to provide the industry leading...
Tanzanian fishermen have benefited a great deal from the use of mobile phones in doing business with local communities. A study conducted by two students from Upsalla University, Sweden, in collaboration with the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), has concluded that the use of mobile phones has improved...