Issue no 149

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WASHINGTON LAUNCHES US$2 MILLION PRIVATE-PUBLIC INITIATIVE IN SENEGAL

Almost lost amongst the drumbeats for war, the US Government has recently announced a modest initiative aimed at closing the digital divide in Africa: the Digital Freedom Initiative. The aim is to "is to promote economic growth by transferring the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the developing world". Why did it start in Senegal? According to the scheme’s promoters, Senegal is "a democratic secular country in which the majority of the population is Muslim (94%), and, if successful, could be rolled out to 20 countries in the next five years". The Senegal…

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MOZAMBIQUE REGULATOR MAY INTERVENE IN VODACOM INTERCONNECT DISPUTE

Mozambican Transport Minister Tomas Salomao said last week that, if the South African mobile phone company Vodacom is unable to reach agreement on inter-connection charges with the Mozambican public telecommunications…


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ANGRY CUSTOMERS BESIEGE GHANA TELECOM CUSTOMER SERVICE POINT

A group of angry customers last Wednesday mounted a demonstration against Ghana Telecom for poor services which had worsened over the past few months. Workers at one of its customer…


Telecoms

MTN UGANDA SIGNS WITH GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE SERVICES

As a signal of the growing importance of cellularnetworks within Africa, Gateway Communications, a provider of wholesale international voice and data services throughout Africa and the Middle East, and MTN,…


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Telecoms

NIGERIAN GSM OPERATORS BLAME POOR SERVICE QUALITY ON AREA BOYS

GSM operators, have blamed the poor quality of service noticeable on their networks partly on the activities of criminals known as the "Area Boys". Responding to the Nigeria Communications Commission’s…


Telecoms

BAD NEWS CROWDS IN ON KENYA TELKOM WITH UNPAID BILLS AND SYSTEM FAILURE

It proved a particularly bad week for Kenya Telkom whose future has yet to be decided by the new Kenyan government: - It revealed that it is owed a massive…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

  - The South African Communications Department plans to conduct a study in the coming financial year on the feasibility of introducing a fourth cellphone operator. Communications chief financial officer…


Internet

NEW CYBER-CAFÉ IN A BOX FROM REDWING

The Redwing CyberCity solution is quite literally a cyber café and phone shop in a box. It is housed and wired in a small enclosure that provides connections for up…


Internet

ALCATEL PLANS FOR LOCAL CELLPHONE NEWS

French telecoms group Alcatel plans to provide cellphone networks that offer communities useable local news. Alcatel said its goal was not to provide these communities with internet access in the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- DRC’s local IXP now has three peers and an internet association, ISPA-DRC has just been established. - Kenya’s IXP continues to grow with another peer due to join in…


Computing

FIRSTRAND SELECTS CHM VUWANI IN SA’S LARGEST CONSUMABLES TENDER

IT solutions provider CHM Vuwani has secured a sole contract to supply banking and financial services giant FirstRand Limited with its full requirement for consumables, ranging from specialised paper, to…


Computing

CITI LOOKS FOR HIGHER INTERNATIONAL PROFILE WITH WEB UPGRADES

The Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI) said substantial upgrades had been made to its website as part of the drive to forge stronger links to the international ICT market, for…


Computing

UCS BREAKS NEW GROUND IN RETAIL APPLICATION MARKET

In June last year South Africa’s UCS Group acquired a 93% share in retail software house Ultimate Connection, with the objective of leveraging the local dealer market in order to…


Computing

LOCAL GHANAIAN COMPUTER MANUFACTURERS WANT GOVT BACKING

Local computer manufacturers have appealed to the government to consider them in the process of national competitive bidding. According to them, anytime they tender in their bidding, the government says…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Customs and Excise in Djibouti last week held a workshop to help implement their new customs system. As part of this upgrade, it has taken delivery of a vehicle…


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TBM DELIVERS INFORMATION AND AVERTISING THROUGH SA REVENUE SITES

Johannesburg-based digital media company, TBM, is developing its concept of using an existing digital highway to deliver tailor-made educational and training content to individually addressable South African Revenue Service (SARS)…


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ACTIONAIDS AIMED AT RAISING AWARENESS AMONGST PC-USING EMPLOYEES

Echoteq, a subsidiary of Ovations Technologies, last year launched ActionAIDS - a solution with a clean, factual look and feel - aimed specifically at creating more awareness of HIV/AIDS among…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN SNO DELAY HURTS ESKOM ENTERPRISES

The delay in appointing the second national fixed-line telephone network operator has had a negative impact on Eskom Enterprises, whose net operating income for the year to December fell 36%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BCS-NET BOUGHT OUT BY EMPOWERMENT CONSORTIUM

Network service provider BCS-Net, which was 82% held by liquidated Finstruct, has been bought by an empowerment consortium. The Finstruct group was placed under voluntary liquidation in December 2001, although…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Debt burdened Vivendi Universal has decided to hold on to its stake in Maroc Telecom in order to avoid losing between 800 million and a billion euros on the…


Digital Content

MALAGASY CULTURAL PORTAL OFFERS MP3 MUSIC DOWNLOADS

Mora Mora is a Malagasy cultural portal that has been running for four years and attracts 10,000 page views a day, writes Olivia Marsaud of Afrik.com. The site has a…


Digital Content

WEB SITES FIRST POINT OF CONTACT WITH COMPANIES FOR INVESTORS, SAYS SA STUDY

Web sites are often the first point of contact for an investor when dealing with big corporations. However, some of the biggest companies on the JSE are still lagging behind…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Small horticulture exporters will benefit from a CD-ROM that was launched in Harare last week by a British company involved in horticulture processing. The CD-ROM, launched by Tropical Wholefoods,…


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PEOPLE

* Mobile phones can help government reach its goal of making its services easily accessible, Andile Ngcaba, director-general of South Africa’s Department of Communications, said last week.Ngcaba was speaking at…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation is looking for a new Chief Executive. For details click on the banner ad at the top of this page. www.highwayafrica.org.za


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EVENTS

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