Issue no 140

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GHANA - CAUGHT ON THE HORNS OF THE CONTRACTING DILEMMA

The Ghanaian Government’s rather wobbly telecoms strategy is beginning to fall into place. It has at last signed a contract with Norwegian telco Telenor whose management will be on the ground by the end of the month. It is still calling Telenor "a strategic investor" but this is wishful thinking on its part. Meanwhile Telekom Malaysia is suing the Government and Ghana Telecom faces losses of US$100 million. Russell Southwood looks at the bumpy ride ahead. The telecoms downturn in the developed world has not been kind to those in Africa who missed their chance to sell while the market…

Telecoms

TELEACCESS GETS GO-AHEAD TO BECOME ZIMBABWE’S SECOND FIXED LINE OPERATOR

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) and TeleAccess last week signed an agreement that ushered a second fixed telephone network provider on the market. The regulating body’s…


Telecoms

MALI’S PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES CUTS IN TELCO CHARGES AND NETWORK EXPANSION

In his New Year’s message, Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Touré announced a 47% drop in inter-urban, fixed line call charges and cuts of between 33-67% for international calling. GSM mobile…


Telecoms

UGANDAN CONSUMER BODY CALLS FOR BILLING IN SECONDS

The Ugandan Consumer Protection Association (UCPA) has called for phone operators to bill customers by the second and not by the minute. Telephone calls in Uganda are more expensive because…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecel Zambia says the next batch of its mango juice top-up cards will not be dollar denominated but quoted in units. Telecel commercial director Brad Magrath disclosed last week…


Internet

EGYPTIAN MPs SEEK TO LIMIT GOVERNMENT’S ONLINE WIRETAPPING POWERS

Egyptian MPs have voted to amend a clause of the government’s telecommunications bill that would have given police carte blanche to tap telephones and Internet servers. MPs changed Article 65…


Internet

BATTLE FOR SA DOMAIN CAUGHT IN A LEGAL WEB

Government’s battle for control of the internet domain southafrica.com appears doomed to failure as a result of a precedent-setting ruling that a country’s name is not a trademark that a…


Internet

SIERRE LEONE: ALLEGED 419 SCAM ARTISTS AFTER POSTING US$1000 BAIL EACH

Three accused ‘419’ scam artists, Nigerians Raphael Ajukwara and Richard Ekechukwu and Ghanaian Charles Doe, appeared in Magistrate’s Court Wednesday, and were freed after posting Le2 million bail each (about…


Internet

Internet Connectivity News - In Brief

- The TESPOK consortium seeking to compete with Jambonet have made their licence application to Kenya’s regulator CCK. http://www.mrc.ac.za/mrcnews/dec2001/telemedicine.htm - The cost of surfing the Internet in all Internet cafes…


Computing

EGYPT AND SENEGAL ANNOUNCE SEPARATE PLANS FOR COMPUTER ASSEMBLY

Two African countries have announced plans to assemble computers. The first Arab-financed computer will be manufactured in Egypt within the coming few weeks in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications…


Computing

SA’S EPICOR BUYS CLARUS CORP B2B ASSETS

Epicor Software Corporation last week announced the completion of its acquisition of certain intellectual property, strategic assets, and key staff of Atlanta-based Clarus Corporation, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B)…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- T-Systems has been awarded a contract to migrate Sanlam, the second largest life insurer and asset manager in SA, from a shared Token Ring LAN to switched Ethernet, in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SIEMENS DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN OPTIS "PLAGIARISED" SA SNO BID

Equipment vendor Siemens Telecommunications has sought to distance itself from Optis Telecommunications, a bidder for a 51% stake in the second national telephone operator, saying it had no official involvement…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Visual technology group Intervid, an associate company of technology investor Venfin, was one of the worst performing shares of 2002, coming in as the eleventh worst for the year…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

  ISSUE 138: IS PHS MADE FOR AFRICA? The two e-mails below came in response to our story on the PHP standard in issue 138. Benjamin Kowarsch of the Cellular…


Digital Content

SA’S MAIL AND GUARDIAN JOINS THE RUSH TO OFFER ONLINE DATING SERVICE

South African news site the Mail & Guardian Online has joined the rush to offer online dating services, with the official launch of DatingBuzz on its site. Matthew Buckland, editor…


Digital Content

PINGER PROJECT NEEDS AFRICAN HELP

- The PingER project at SLAC, headed by Les Cottrell, is collaborating with the ICTP to develop this monitoring aimed at better understanding and quantifying the digital divide. By January…


Digital Content

African Web Site News - In Brief

- Sierra Leone’s Office of the President unveiled its own website last week, seeking to use the internet to reach out to its constituencies inside the country and abroad. Presidential…


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PEOPLE

* According to Mmegi.bw, Irish consultants IDI bid with the local KPMG for the second phase of a multi-million pound contract for Botswana Telecommunications Corporation and won. Good news you…


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EVENTS

CAIRO ICT 2003, CAIRO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER (12 - 15 JANUARY 2003) Cairo ICT 2003 starts in earnest tomorrow morning. The conference has sessions on: E-learning - strategies and policies…