Issue no 145

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DESPERATE GHANA TELECOM SHUTS OFF OUTGOING ISP LINES, BLAMES VOIP BUT...

Ten days ago Ghana Telecom put all the country’s ISPs on one-way circuits so that they could only receive incoming calls. In a move uncannily reminiscent of Kenya Telkom’s ISP shutdown before Christmas, Ghana Telecom is seeking to blame the loss of its international call revenue on ISPs doing VOIP. Eric Osiakwan and Russell Southwood seek to untangle the truth in this second high-profile, African clash over VOIP. One of the first signs that something was wrong came from a participant in a local mail-list who wrote:"Is Ghana Telecom cutting off ISPs??????????? Dial up to your ISP and u get…

Telecoms

MADAGASCAR’S TELMA LAUNCHES GSM SERVICE

Despite the approaching privatisation, TELMA is continuing to give priority to putting in place new technologies, according to a report in midi-Madigaskari. It has launched ADSL and is now rolling…


Telecoms

MTN GETS 1M NIGERIAN SUBSCRIBERS, MOVES TO INVEST US$60M

MTN last week announced that it had crossed the one million subscribers mark to make history as the first telecom operator in the country to achieve that feat. The MTN…


Telecoms

TELEKOM MALAYSIA GOES TO ARBITRATION OVER STAKE IN GHANA TELECOM

In protecting its investment in Ghana, Telekom Malaysia ™ has sent a Notice of Arbitration to the Government of Ghana (GoG) for the commencement of arbitration proceedings under the UNICITRAL…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN has turned down the offer of a licence to operate in Tanzania and would not attempt any more foreign expansion until it has completely conquered its Nigerian operations,…


Internet

TANZANIA’S RECENTLY OPENED DATA HUB SAVES DAR A ‘DOUBLE HOP’ 

Communication data from Tanzania will no longer have to be routed through a another country following the establishment of a satellite hub by SatCom Africa Networks, a local data communications…


Internet

SA INTERNET USERS PREFER TO RECEIVE THEIR BILLS ONLINE SAYS SURVEY

Nine out of 10 internet users who took part in a survey on electronic billing would prefer to receive their bills online rather than via traditional snail mail. Of the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- A project for the launch of Electronic Governance (E-Gov) in Angola is being prepared at the National Commission for Information Technologies. E-Gov will be a generalised use of information…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA: REPORT SAYS CITI SUCCESS SETS EXAMPLE FOR ICT CLUSTER

The success of the Cape Information Technology Initiative’s (CITI) efforts to foster cluster development in the Western Cape is setting a precedent for ICT development in South Africa, an Infonomics…


Computing

RWANDA LAUNCHES SECONDARY SCHOOLS COMPUTERISATION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

Rwanda has launched a national programme to provide computer laboratories, Internet access and computer training for teachers in secondary schools. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the government said the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Datacentrix has almost completed the implementation of its Microsoft Great Plains business solution at SA National Parks. The project is scheduled to go live on 1st April 2003.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS NIGERIA’s DECISION TO FIND NEW OPERATOR SPLITS BOARD

CORRECTION: Due to an attack of the gremlins the above story appeared when it should not have. It is one of our company archive stories and is well over a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Angolan Government has approved the new privitisation law which aims to simplify and speed up procedures for foreign investment. Good news for those who might be interested in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION

ISSUE 132: IT’S BEHR, NOT BEER David Behr, former owner of Zimbabwe Online wrote in to correct the spelling of his name in the People column in issue 132.


Digital Content

AFRICA_NET: NEW FRENCH LANGUAGE DISCUSSION FORUM ON ICT

Africa_net is a unique discussion list aimed at those in francophone countries interested in ICT in Africa last week it launched a web presence. Operating since last year, it is…


Digital Content

AFRICA LOXO: NEW WEB SITE FOR AFRICAN ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS

Africa Loxo wants to spread African art works across the world. It Senegalese, Beninois and Sierre Leonian are amongst those on this new site promoting their work in forms as…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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PEOPLE

According to The Monitor, President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the Internet could promote moral decadence if not properly used."Don’t sacrifice Africa to moral decadence, choose only the useful information,"…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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EVENTS

6TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN INDABA (26-28 FEBRUARY 2003, ARTSCAPE, CAPE TOWN) The 6th International Design Indaba is just around the corner! Next month Cape Town will be brimming with the cream…


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Jobs, People, Events - In Brief

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