Archive for the ‘Telekoms & Providers’ Category

source: Fin24
Nov 24 2009 18:27
Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Internet service provider company iBurst has launched SA’s fastest ADSL service at 20Mbps – but the service will only be available to multi-tenant communities, such as gated communities, shopping centres and office parks.

iBurst CEO Jannie van Zyl said the service would offer impressive speed improvements, the ability to do business with a last-mile provider other than Telkom and use of existing ADSL modems and routers.

Its 20 Mbps ADSL2+ solution will cost about R400 per month and the company will also offer 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 15Mbps services at lower rates.

Subscribers will also have to purchase ADSL2+ data bundles to suit their needs, but Van Zyl points out the advantage of not being forced to purchase an [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 24 2009 17:31
Simon Dingle

Johannesburg – Telecommunications group Telkom is planning to spend up to R6bn to launch mobile operations in SA, which include rolling out its own network and establishing a roaming agreement with either Vodacom or MTN.

CEO Reuben September said on Tuesday the money will be spent over the next five years, using GSM technology (an ageing framework used for voice and basic data connectivity by cellular networks), along with newer data standards to ensure compatibility with other networks.

“Our approach to the market as a fourth entrant has always been based on a self-built component in certain areas where we want to capture traffic, and on roaming in other areas,” he said. “We’ve gone out to MTN and Vodacom, being the primary national backbone mobile operators, and we’re in negotiations at the moment. I’m happy with [continue reading]

source: Fin24
Nov 23 2009 15:40

Johannesburg – South African fixed-line phone company Telkom reported close to a 40% fall in first-half profit on Monday as both its domestic and Nigerian units struggled, sending its shares tumbling.

Telkom, Africa’s biggest fixed-line operator, said on Monday headline earnings per share fell 37.9% to 242.2 cents in the six months to end-September, in line with forecast range of a 45%-55% fall.

Shares in the company dropped more than 5% shortly after the results, but had pared losses to 1.52%, by 12:44 GMT to R39.

The company said both its South African and Nigerian units were under pressure, with the former hit by higher operating costs and [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has committed close to US$5 million (approximately P35 million) over the next three years to the enhancement of the country’s Internet backbone, BOTSGATE.

The money will be channelled towards the improvement of network performance and to building capacity in order to allow for more services.

The Head of Wholesale Division at BTC, Duncan Pie, revealed this at a recent cocktail party hosted for customers at which he also spoke about the parastatal’s 40 percent price reduction for Internet bandwidth.

The reduction comes as a result of recent changes in the South African regulatory framework which have had a major impact on the cost of Internet bandwidth in Botswana.

“The regulatory permutation has [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
11.10.2009 8:22:45 P

The para-statal Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) this week revealed that it has committed substantial amounts of funds towards the BOTSGATE backbone as it moves to mitigate criticism from corporate organisations and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) about the efficiency of bandwidth.

In the next three years, BTC has committed US$ 5 million towards the enhancement of BOTSGATE, according to the para-statal’s head of wholesale division, Duncan Pie.

Pie revealed the investment will beef up [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Botswana Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) will have to part with US$75 million (P504 million) to secure reliable bandwidth connection from an undersea fibre optic cable through the West African Cable System (WACS).

BTC Group CEO Thapelo Lippe said Tuesday that his company and Telcom Namibia will both contribute equally as second tiers while regional giants like Vodacom, MTN, Neotel and Zain will contribute US$100 million (approximately P672 million) each for the development of the undersea cable that will link London with Africa.

Lippe said BTC sits on the board of the US$210 million Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) to further increase Botswana’s bandwidth capacity.

EASSy is 90 percent African-owned, although that [continue reading]

source: Fin24
2009/09/09 04:51:00 PM

Johannesburg – An MTN/Bharti deal would see net inflow to South Africa of around $4bn-$6bn, said Peter Attard Montalto, emerging markets economist at Nomura International, on Wednesday.

Reports out on the wires said that the two communications groups had reached a $24bn preliminary agreement to buy each other’s shares.

Indian mobile-phone company Bharti Airtel and South Africa’s MTN have reached a preliminary agreement for their planned $24bn share and cash swap, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.

Bharti sweetened its bid to buy 49% of MTN by increasing the cash portion of [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)
Daniel Nonor
7 July 2009

Conflicting messages are coming out of the Middle East about how seriously Zain is considering selling its pan-African networks. But Zain seems to have been trying to boost the idea of it selling its African operations (minus Sudan).

Last week, the Kuwait-based cellular operator said it was working with Swiss bank UBS and other advisers, to study and review its strategy to boost shareholder value during the financial downturn.

Its shares climbed 5,1% to an eight-month high as investors took that to imply it is serious about shedding its operations in 16 African countries. Initial rumours published in Kuwait had cited the French company Vivendi as discussing a $12bn buyout.

Zain’s statement, published on the Kuwaiti Stock Exchange last week, did not say if it was specifically reviewing its African arm. But it did say the statement was being made in [continue reading]

2 June 2009

Cellular operator Vodacom is currently conducting a trial on a new location-based advertising offering – the first of its kind in South Africa – on its mobile social network, the grid.

The trial run is being conducted in partnership with Nando’s, Sportscene, Jay Jays and Cape Town-based pharmacy group Synergy. The ads are delivered within a 10-kilometre radius of the user’s location, making it possible to promote a special offer available at a specific store.

“Delivering advertising which is contextually relevant is one of the key goals of any advertising … and we are launching what is likely to be the first in a range of location targeting propositions which form part of Vodacom’s overall location-based services strategy,” Vodacom Mobile Media head Rick Joubert said in a statement last week.
Location-specific ads

According to its website, the grid connects [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Patricia Maganu
Staff Writer

FRANCISTOWN: be Mobile competitiveness has a significant relevance to the current trying economic conditions. be Mobile Head of Sales and Distribution, Mokgethi Magapa, said this at a dinner dance hosted by BTC at the first night of the BOCCIM Northern Trade Fair at Tati River Lodge in Francistown.

The theme of this year’s northern trade fair was ‘Competitiveness: Strategy for Growth’ and it was held in Francistown from May 28 to May 31.

Magapa said that economic recession or depression had the same effects to varying degrees or stages for all countries, developed and underdeveloped.

He further said that Botswana now belongs to the global village and the implications are that the world has been turned into a single market in which [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Lesley Stones
19 May 2009

Johannesburg — AS CELLULAR giant Vodacom celebrated a successful listing on the JSE yesterday, foreign investors called for President Jacob Zuma to clarify SA’s stance on foreign investment, warning that union activism could herald the start of an investor-deterring new trend.

Vodacom’s listing went ahead despite a last-minute attempt by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to have the high court stop it in its tracks.

Cosatu refused to back down yesterday, calling for citizens to boycott the network, and continuing with an existing application for a full legal review of Telkom’s unbundling of Vodacom. The South African Communist Party supports Cosatu’s calls for a network boycott.

Foreign analysts said the failure of Cosatu’s bid to halt the listing was welcome evidence of judicial independence that will help to salvage SA’s reputation among global investors.

But they are still highly cautious after the apparently politically motivated action almost sabotaged the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

An international report on the penetration of mobile phone use reveals that uptake is slowing in Botswana and Mauritius owing to saturation.

The Market Research Report Title for East and Southern Africa Telecommunications, covering the first quarter of 2009, shows that Botswana’s uptake continues to slow down while in other countries, the sector continues to grow rapidly. The report compiled by the Business Monitor International tracks patterns in the mobile industry in the east and southern regions of the continent. Countries like Kenya and Uganda continue to experience rapid growth in the sector with new entrants and established players moving to [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
East African Business Week (Kampala)
Cedric Lumiti
15 March 2009

Nairobi — With the arrival of a private undersea cable on the East African coast, the Kenyan government has moved to reassure stakeholders that The East Africa Marine Systems Cable (TEAMS) is still on course.

After months of a lull and seemingly no activity in the laying of the government fronted cable, news that the privately owned SEACOM cable had landed at the coastal town of Mombasa appear to have sent jitters in government circles prompting the reassurance.

Government last Tuesday issued an assurance that installation of The East African Marine System (TEAMS) fibre-optic cable by June was still on course.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communications Dr. Bitange Ndemo said the project’s technical and financial aspects were still intact. He however expressed fears the cable laying costs could shoot up with the increasing piracy threat along the coast.

Ndemo spoke during a signing ceremony with shareholders in [continue reading]

source: BOPA
13 March, 2009

GABORONE – Subsequent to the Botswana/Namibia bilateral cooperation agreement that covered Information Communication Technology (ICT), a ministerial meeting between the two countries was held on Wednesday at GICC.

The meeting’s agenda was to discuss the telecommunications and postal services sub sectors with a view to exploring possible areas of cooperation to advance services to the citizens of the two countries.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology/ICT, Mr Mabua Mabua said the telecommunications sector discussions sought to secure connectivity through different access points.

Mr Mabua said currently communication between the two countries is channeled through the Mamuno border post and the Ngoma bridge border but the envisaged plan is to increase such points to effect efficient quality service. Mr Mabua also indicated that the meeting deliberated on collaboration for onward connectivity.

He said that under the postal services sector, the meeting was the 1st of its kind to [continue reading]

source: BOPA
11 March, 2009

LETLHAKENG – Kaudwane in Letlhakeng Sub-District will host the annual World Telecommunications Day this year.

Mr Ephraim Balebetse from the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services told the Sub District Development Committee recently that the May 17 event, which would be celebrated in various districts, targets the remotest villages.

Mr Balebetse said there is going to be a great impact after the celebrations for the services will be left behind adding that this would “bring Kaudwane into the world map.” This year’s theme is “Protecting Children in Cyberspace”. He stated that the theme would be appropriate because it recognises children and young people, as well as enhance the development of children in ICT.

Mr Balebetse said life depends on information technology, therefore every Motswana has the right to communication regardless of place and status.

However, he said children should be protected from abuse in the context of ICT (Pornography and vulgar language).

Meanwhile the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology would [continue reading]