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Stories by Michael Malakata

NTT takes foothold in Africa with Dimension Data

Japanese mobile operator NTT is finally moving to invest in Africa's lucrative telecom market, completing the buyout of South Africa's Dimension Data.

Written by Michael Malakata23 Oct. 10 07:23

Handset makers compete for data-enabled African market

As mobile service providers compete for the data market in Africa, manufacturers are scrambling for deals to supply data-enabled handsets, a move that will likely reduce the cost of mobile devices in the region.

Written by Michael Malakata09 Sept. 10 05:56

Nigeria moves to query Siemens on bribery allegations

Siemens may not be able to bid for telecom projects in Africa any time soon, following a move by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite senior officials of the company in for questioning over an alleged €17.5 million (US$21 million) in bribes to Nigerian government officials.

Written by Michael Malakata11 June 10 04:33

Nigeria asks Germany for info on Siemens bribery case

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is asking German authorities for a copy of the sentence a Munich court handed in the case of two former Siemens managers found guilty of bribery to obtain telecom contracts in Nigeria.

Written by Michael Malakata22 May 10 00:38

Uganda reverses PC recycling policy as Kenya imposes ban

While Uganda is planning to reverse its ban on imports of used computers, Kenya is joining Zambia in prohibiting what authorities allege are old PCs being dumped on their markets by developed countries.

Written by Michael Malakata23 March 10 07:51

Corruption charges spur Nigeria to probe sale of Nitel

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has set up a panel to probe the sale of Nitel and its M-tel arm following complaints that the bidding process was manipulated and bribes were offered.

Written by Michael Malakata18 March 10 04:19

Tata set to expand presence in Africa

India's Tata Communications is set to expand in Africa with plans to invest in more companies following the arrival of new submarine cable systems in the region.

Written by Michael Malakata16 March 10 03:34

Africa's Comesa launches controversial customs union

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) has finally launched its controversial customs union that abolishes 85 percent of the tariffs on ICT and other products manufactured in the region.

Written by Michael Malakata11 June 09 07:09

South African nations push for unified telecom licenses

Three southern African countries are pushing for parliamentary bills that seek to provide unified licenses for diverse telecommunication operations including mobile telephony, Internet and broadcasting services.

Written by Michael Malakata11 June 09 07:40