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April 2011 Blog Posts (16)

Making it right - joint ventures

As growth opportunities diminish in domestic markets, companies in developed countries are increasingly shifting their attention to Africa and other emerging economies, which are touted as the markets of the future.

According to management consultant McKinsey & Co, Africa currently offers the highest rates of return in the developing world and companies that enter the continent early will have great opportunities to create markets, establish brands and long-term…


Added by Isaac Twumasi Quantus on April 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

ICTs, Climate Change and Development: New Thematic Papers Online

Six new papers on ICTs, climate change and development are now available online at:


They cover topics of mitigation, adaptation, disaster management, strategy, governance, and emergent technologies.


If you have active interests in this field, we encourage you to share ideas via and to…


Added by Richard Heeks on April 28, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

WACS cable successfully lands in South Africa

Millions of MTN subscribers across the continent are inching closer to receiving a broadband windfall following the successful landing of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) cable off the west coast of South Africa this week.

The cable landed at Yzerfontein along the west coast of the Western Cape.

MTN is the single biggest investor in WACS, with an investment of over $90 million.

WACS is a 14, 000 kilometre long fibre optic submarine cable with a capacity of…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 21, 2011 at 2:39pm — No Comments

National fibre optic network development on schedule - FIBRECO PROJECT UPDATE

FibreCo Telecommunications (“FibreCo”), a partnership between Cell C, Internet Solutions and Convergence Partners, is making excellent progress with its plans for the deployment of its open-access long-haul terrestrial fibre optic broadband network in South Africa.


The project is on track with the geotechnical and environmental studies for the first routes already completed and the tender process moving ahead…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 21, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Vodafone launches Vodafone Business Solutions

Vodafone Ghana today launched the Vodafone Business Solutions (VBS), a function dedicated to meeting the communication needs of Corporate, SMEs and Government agencies. Vodafone Business Solutions is committed to businesses, delivering a range of innovative, integrated solutions tailored to their needs.


Speaking at the launch, Mr. Derek Appiah, Director for Vodafone Business Solutions said ‘’ as the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company and the 5th largest brand…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 20, 2011 at 5:20pm — No Comments

CODIST II to promote innovation for the industrial development of the continent

The Second Session of the Committee on Development Information Science and Technology (CODIST II) on the theme “Innovation for Africa’s Industrial Development” will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa from 2-5 May.


More than 500 delegates from member States, private sector and exhibitors are expected to discuss and explore the extent to which African countries have harnessed innovation to enhance industrial development on the continent and to advise…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 20, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

ICT4D Masters Bursary from Manchester University

The 2011 Development Leaders Bursary - worth £6,150 - is available for developing country applicants to the one-year MSc ICT4D programme (


It is also tenable on the MSc Mgmt & Info. Systems programme:



Added by Richard Heeks on April 20, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

African Operators tap into Next Generation Billing & Convergent Charging to Reduce Costs

Both the telecom companies and the consumer are set to benefit as superior billing capabilities already implemented internationally are entering the African market. For consumers and business users, convergent charging and billing provides full control of all communication costs as users have one point of contact and a single invoice for all their services. In addition it gives users access to the services they want, independent of their subscription type.


Convergent charging…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 19, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Vodacom increases capacity with new double-speed network

Vodacom has officially unveiled its new double-speed 43.2 Mbps network in South Africa.  More than 1,000 base stations in metropolitan areas across the country have been enabled with this new SuperMobile technology, and this will increase to 2,000 base stations during May.   Despite the obvious attraction of potentially doubling the speed of internet connections, the main reason for the investment is an estimated 20% increase in system capacity on each upgraded base…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 18, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Intelsat New Dawn Launch Rescheduled to Friday 22 April 2011

Intelsat S.A., has announced that the launch of Intelsat New Dawn has been rescheduled to Friday, April 22 at 5:37 p.m. (EDT). The satellite, loaded on an Ariane 5 rocket, will be launched from the Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.


The launch was initially scheduled to occur on March 30, but was delayed when an abnormal launch vehicle…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 12, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

[Vacancies] Bi-lingual (French-English) webmaster, journalist, operations manager in Accra

Africa Business Communities is looking for bi-lingual (French-English):

- webmaster

- online journalist

- online operations manager

for the Accra office (Asylum down)

Please note that we are looking for people who are perfect in French in both speech and writing.

That means that we in fact are looking for:

Professionals from Cote d'Ivoire,… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on April 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

MTN’s investment in submarine cables reaches new frontiers as WACS prepares for SA landing

MTN Group’s $90 million investment in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) will reach an important milestone this month when the 14 kilometre-long submarine cable lands at Yzerfontein in the Western Cape.

MTN’s investment in WACS forms part of a myriad of submarine cables that Africa’s leading telecommunications provider has invested in in an attempt to bring much-needed broadband capacity to the continent, bolster Africa’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Millennium…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 7, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Cameroon Ministry of Finance Selects IBM Mainframe System

The Cameroon Ministry of Finance has turned to IBM and CFAO Technologies, an IBM Business Partner in West Africa, to help modernize the payroll processes for government employees in the country. The new system, based on IBM mainframe and storage technologies, will help to increase the security of the Ministry's payroll system and improve the efficiency of processes such as generating pay slips. It will provide the Ministry of Cameroon with a 200% increase in performance while reducing…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 7, 2011 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Training on Internet Governance and ICT Policy Kicks off with Special Session for African Diplomats

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the African Union Commission and the Malta-based DiPLO Foundation, today kicked off a three-day e-Diplomacy and Internet Governance training with a special first session aimed at raising the awareness of African diplomats in Addis Ababa on the current and future use of e-tools in diplomatic activities.  The workshop concludes on April 8, 2011.


“I am sure [you] are closely following the latest developments in the…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 7, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

GSMA Calls on Nigerian Government to Unlock Economic Growth by Supporting Mobile Broadband Rollout

Government action required to meet high consumer and business demand for Mobile Broadband The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, today called on the Nigerian government to unlock potential NGN862 billion of GDP growth by 2015 by supporting the rollout of Mobile Broadband across the country.


At a press conference in Lagos this morning, Ross Bateson, Special Government Advisor, GSMA, outlined the findings of a new independent report by analyst…


Added by Linda Larbie on April 5, 2011 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Africa Business Confidence Index reflects private sector resilience

Manufacturing index 60.3 and non-manufacturing index 58.9, both indicating expansion; manufacturing higher than February; non-manufacturing slightly lower than previous month

The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for March shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to February in the indices for manufacturing shows a plus of 2.2 and for non-manufacturing a decrease of…


Added by Bas Vlugt on April 1, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments

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