Issue no 148

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GHANAIAN REGULATOR LOOKS SET TO ISSUE FRAMEWORK FOR NEW VOIP LANDSCAPE

The technologies that allow "grey market" operators to bypass those who are licensed to terminate calls are changing the whole African market dynamic and it will be impossible to hold them back. Although it has been faced with the problem of the Government-owned Ghana Telecom haemmorrhaging money, the Ghanaian regulator, the NCA looks set to issue a new policy framework that will address the new realities of the market. Eric Osiakwan and Russell Southwood look at the dilemmas the players face. Since we last reported on the Ghanaian situation in issue 145 three weeks ago very little has happened. Despite…

Telecoms

MALI’s SOTELMA TO DOUBLE ITS FIXED LINES TO 222,600

Mali’s incumbent telco SOTELMA has announced a massive US$78.3 million investment programme aimed at doubling its number of fixed lines from its current 102,600 to 220,600, according to its Director-General,…


Telecoms

ZAMBIAN GOVT SAYS "NO" TO CELTEL USING ZAMTEL INFRASTRUCTURE

The Zambian Government says Celtel will not be allowed to use Zambia Telecommunications Limited (Zamtel’s) infrastructure to extend mobile services to any part of the country.Communication and Transport Minister Bates…


Telecoms

MALAWI’s MTL LOOKS TO NEW DIGITAL EQUIPMENT FOR IMPROVEMENTS

Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL) has described problems which their customers were encountering in the past when making phone calls, faxes and telexes as sad experiences of the past. MTL Public…


Telecoms

THURAYA BIDS TO REPLACE TRITEL IN TANZANIA

Emirates satellite telecommunications company may soon start providing mobile phone services in Tanzania if the government approves its application to provide new generation services. A source in the Tanzania Communications…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Motorola’s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS) has announced that its sales for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region amounted to some US$109 million in 2002, up…


Internet

KENYA’S STANDARD CHARTERED BANK UNVEILS US$15M INTERNET PLATFORM

  Standard Chartered Bank has unveiled a US$15 million Internet platform, as it seeks an edge in a market where technology is increasingly becoming a key factor. Branded Web Bank,…


Internet

M-WEB ZIMBABWE LAUNCHES PROGRAMME TO SPEED UP CONNECTING

M-Web Zimbabwe developed Easy Set-Up, a new programme designed to speed up internet and e-mail connections for the company’s customers. Developed by M-Web Zimbabwe’s Mike Ehret over the past three…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- ISPA’s INX committee has surveyed all of its members about their use of the Cape Town Internet exchange (CINX). On the basis of this survey, and the current use…


Computing

ZAMBIAN MINE IN MULTI-MILLION ICT INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATE

One of the Zambia’s largest mining companies, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), has embarked on a multi-million dollar drive to upgrade its information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, enhancing communication between…


Computing

SAVANT SEEKS TO ACCELERATE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN ICT SECTOR

The launch of SAVANT, a public-private partnership between Government and several key players in the South African technology industry, seeks to accelerate development of the South African Information and Communication…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A cooperation agreement for introducing new e-government projects was signed last week between the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Oracle Corporation. This protocol states that…


digtool

PLATFORM-BASIC LAUNCHES NEW WEB PUBLISHING SYSTEM

The on-line content market is currently supporting a surge in systems designed to simplify the web development process, some of which simultaneously provide editing tools that enable content control by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NDEGWA FAMILY BUYS AFRICAN LAKES TECHNOLOGIES FROM TROUBLED GROUP

The troubled African Lakes group is selling African Lakes Technologies to the Kenyan Ndegwa family. The company has been based in Kenya for two years, having moved its main operation…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYAN INVESTMENT FIRM SEEKS TO INTEREST MTN IN VIVENDI’S SAFRICOM STAKE

A leading Kenyan investment firm said last week it had approached South Africa’s MTN Group to lead a consortium in bidding for a stake in the country’s second largest mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom has been accused of reaching a secret deal to drop a court case against its subsidiary, Vodacom, to avoid telling its new public shareholders about the potentially costly…


Digital Content

Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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PEOPLE

* Jeff Perreira, the Chief Executive Officer of Mascom, one of the two cellular companies operating in Botswana, says the economic situation in the country cannot support a third player.…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- Tanzania’s Parastatal Pensions Fund is tendering for software. It currently runs its major business applications on Sybase/UNIX platform and is seeking to acquire additional software. Deadline is 26 March…


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EVENTS

SOUTHERN AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM, KWA MARITANE GAME LODGE, PILANESBERG, SOUTH AFRICA (11-13 APRIL 2003) The Southern African Internet Forum has three key objectives: 1. To help create a shared strategic…