Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Africa’s broadcast and film leaders to gather in Nairobi next week

Over 60 African and international broadcast and film leaders will make presentations on a wide range of media industry topics over the two-day Broadcast & Film Africa Conference in Nairobi over 28-29 July. They will be sharing knowledge and experience with industry managers and professionals from throughout the continent.

The speaker line-up is an impressive gathering of industry thought-leaders and represents a unique educational and networking opportunity for Africa’s rapidly expanding media sector.

Safaricom launches Android based smartphone in partnership with Huawei

Today in Nairobi Safaricom announced the launch of a mid-range Android based smartphone in partnership with Huawei.

The first Android smartphone for Safaricom to introduce, the event was presided over by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, Dr. Bitange Ndemo. He lauded Safaricom and Huawei for bringing the device into the Kenyan market and especially for the price point, which stands at slightly above Kshs. 27,000/= (approximately US$ 340).

AFC-Financed Main One Cable System Now Operational Changes face of West African telecommunications

20 July 2010

press release

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), lead investor in the Main One Cable Company, joins Main One to mark the global operational launch, today, of the groundbreaking Main One submarine fibre optic cable system project.

This landmark project, which is now operational, seriously enhances West Africa's connectivity to Europe and other parts of the world. Telecommunications in the region receives a tremendous boost with roughly 7,000 kilometres of fibre optic cable between Portugal, Ghana and Nigeria. Along its path, the cable has branching units to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire. A second phase of the project will extend it to South Africa.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Louis Oosthuizen wins British Open: Another great moment for Africa!

Sunday 18th July was another great day for Africa - as Louis Oosthuizen won the British Open with a massive seven stroke lead. Carding a one under par 71 in the final round of the Open on Sunday, Oosthuizen finished the tournament with a fabulous 16 under par score, brought about by twenty birdies, one eagle and only 6 bogeys in the four rounds through Thursday to Sunday.

Monday, July 12, 2010

East Africa: EASSy Fibre-Optic Cable Set for Launch This Month

By Al-amani Mutarubukwa
12 July 2010

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) will be switched on at the end of this month, officials said yesterday. The fibre-optic cable, which serves as a conduit for Internet and data traffic, arrived in the country in April this year but was yet to start operations
"We are now continuing with recruiting potential clients, mainly wholesalers and government institutions, before going live at the end of July," said Mr Norman Moyo, the Zantel chief commercial officer.

SEACOM cable repairs to take till July 22

Jul 12, 2010 10:45 AM | By I-Net Bridge

SEACOM says that repairs for its faulty undersea cable line between Mumbai and Mombasa will only be finalised by July 22, having originally gone down on July 5.

The cable connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.
Initial reports indicated that the overall repair process could take 6-8 days.