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Just back from Indonesia, things are going really well there. Missed my flight on the way home, the traffic is TERRIBLE, but below is the man who can sort it, next time, I’ll mention it!

This is a picture of yours truly with my favourite supliers and The Minister of Environment: Gusti Muhammad Hatta:

Talk doesn’t cook rice

Back to a wet and windy Britain.

Home Sweet Home.

Africa Com was a huge success, a big hello to everyone I met there. There may be a recession on but you’d never have guessed it – BUY BUY SELL SELL!

Orders were flying: modems and lo-cost handsets were on the top of most people’s lists.

The atmosphere was positive and we brought home lots of enquiries.

With 4,000 attendees from 120+ countries attending over the 2 days, the AfricaCom congress held in Cape Town provided a great showcase of the continent’s dynamic telecommunications market.

The 200-stand exhibition provided opportunities for participants to learn about the latest technologies and new products, while the high-level conference brought together CEOs and senior executive of the leading companies to share their expertise and strategies for their markets: operators such MTN, Zain Africa, Orange, Vodacom, Etisalat, and Safaricom, were there, not to mention PMB GROUP.

“The high attendance and the level of the debates held this week at AfricaCom is testimony to the continent’s great opportunities, said Julie Rey of organisers Informa Telecoms & Media; while most of the world is facing challenging economic conditions, African companies are leading the way with innovative models and services which enable continued growth”.

Africa Com 2009

This week I will be blogging from Cape Town where I will be attending Africa Com 2009.


In fact I am writing this whilst at Heathrow’s infamous Terminal 5 waiting to board – hope my golf clubs have made it – you know how much business is done on the fairway…!

Mind you, I don’t think I’ll have much energy left, every minute seems to be accounted for.

There just aren’t enough MINUTES IN A DAY:


  • Consumers used more than 2.2 trillion minutes of use (MOUs) in the last 12 months (July 2007 – June 2008), marking a staggering 9,958% increase during 1991.
  • In the first half of 2008, consumers talked on average a total of 187 billion minutes each month. That is more than 6 billion minutes each day, and amounts to about 766 minutes per customer each month.
  • In the first six months of 2008 (Jan.  1 – June 30), consumers used more than 1.1 trillion MOUs, an increase of more than 10%compared to the same time period in 2007.
  • The largest spike in MOUs took place between June 2005 and June 2006. During this 12-month period, MOUs increased by almost 418 billion, from approximately 1.26 trillion to 1.68 trillion.