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...
A consortium led by France Telecom offered Sh26.1 billion ($390 million) to beat two competitors to a 51 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya. The price is Sh6 billion ($90 million) above what the Government transaction advisor - the International Finance Corporation - had put forward as the market...
Telecom Egypt (TE) announced today it has signed two agreements with SEACOM Ltd and VSNL approximately worth $90m in relation to its TE North Submarine Cable Project, which was announced earlier this year. SEACOM is an infrastructure investment group which will construct a 15,000 km submarine cable system that...
The BlackBerry 8800 is an elegant and performance driven smartphone that is packed with powerful capabilities, yet incredibly compact and slim. It is designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile professionals and comes with the usability of a full, highly tactile QWERTY* keyboard and RIM's user-friendly trackball navigation...
As Africa's telecommunications professionals are heading to Cape Town for their annual industry gathering AfricaCom on 21st and 22nd November, the continent's market is still showing exceptional growth rates. The 10 fastest growing mobile businesses in Africa managed to add over 35 million subscriptions over the last year, with...
Article by Pieter Streicher, managing director at BulkSMS.com The Internet and cell phones have changed the sport of surfing forever. These new technologies give surfers access to weather and swell information to get predictions for good surfing conditions. Googling for perfect surf enables surfers to maintain their lifestyle and...
Kenya, Burundi and Madagascar have secured $164.5m (£83.3m) from the World Bank to help roll-out high-speed internet networks. The World Bank said the money was being made available to boost business competitiveness in the region. Eastern and much of southern Africa is the only region in the world not connected to...
MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has launched another new campaign pay-off known as the 'Go' in a ceremony attended by the crème de la crème of the society including Mrs. Onari Duke, the wife of the immediate past governor of Cross River, Mr. Donald Duke. Duke told the gathering that MTN...
As the National Communications Authority (NCA) is still studying their documents, officials of Nigerian Telecommunications giant, GLOBACOM, are confident they would soon be granted a license to operate in Ghana. The NCA is yet to come out with an official position on the deal. Globacom says it is bent on ruling...
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have agreed to collaborate on interconnecting all African capitals and major cities with ICT broadband infrastructure and strengthen connectivity to the rest of the world by 2012. The announcement comes after Dr. Hamadoun Touré the Secretary-General of the ITU...