Issue no 150

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VISA’S STUART BROCKLEHURST ON AFRICAN E-COMMERCE AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS

E-commerce was meant to be the thing that was going to transform Africa’s trade with the rest of the world. The practice has fallen some way short of the theory. But African e-commerce is actually worth US$31 million a year, of which US$30 million is from South Africa. News Update’s e-commerce correspondent Cordelia Salter-Nour talks to Stuart Brocklehurst, VISA’s President, Development, CEMEA region. The division of which you are part covers Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). Part of your special focus is on ecommerce in Africa. How do you view the state of e-commerce in…

Telecoms

GHANAIANS ABROAD TO SET UP ALTERNATIVE TELECOM NETWORK

A team of communication experts including Ghanaians living abroad have applied to the National Communication Authority (NCA) for a license to provide an alternative Nationwide Telecommunication Network in Ghana. The…


Telecoms

REGULATOR FINES TELKOM KENYA SH110 MILLION FOR POOR PERFORMANCE

Swamped with complaints about the performance of Telkom Kenya, the telecommunications industry regulator seems to be laying down the law at last.  The Communications Commission of Kenya slapped a Sh110…


Telecoms

TANZANIAN INTERCONNECT DISPUTE TAKES A STEP FORWARD

Hopes for fair cellphone interconnection rates have now been raised, as the first stage of tender evaluation is over, the Tanzania communication Commission (TCC) has confirmed. Due to the urgency…


Telecoms

KENYA’S SAFARICOM, ADTEL TARGET THE LOWER NICHE MARKET

Kenya’s leading mobile phone operator, Safaricom, plans to venture into the community telephone services to tap the lower end market. Joining forces with Adtel Phone Company, Safaricom hopes to cash…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria signed a deal on Tuesday last week with Dutch telecoms consortium Pentascope for the management of its troubled national phone carrier Nitel for an initial three-year period. -…


Internet

ISPA LODGES TELKOM ANTI-COMPETITIVE COMPLAINT WITH ICASA

The Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has lodged a complaint with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) regarding a number of unfair and anti-competitive business practices undertaken by…


Internet

KENYANS TO ENJOY HIGH SPEED DATA SERVICE FROM JUNE

Kenyans could soon begin enjoying high speeds in data transmission following the licensing of a local company to provide public wireless data services. SimbaNet plans to start offering the full…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Guinea hosted the fourth annual Internet Fiesta. Organised by the Friends of the Future, its President asked why celebrate the internet in Guinea? According to Katy Sensy, there were…


Computing

MICROSOFT SOUTH AFRICAN AD PULLED BY ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTOHRITY

The Advertising Standards Authority of SA (ASA) has ordered that a Microsoft ad implying that its software will bring about the extinction of the hacker is to be pulled for…


Computing

ZAMBIAN COMPANY FINED FOR MICROSOFT SOFTWARE PIRACY

The Lusaka High Court has ordered Amanita Premium Oils to pay Microsoft $13, 901 for illegal use of windows and office programmes on 30 computers. Microsoft market development partner-Zambia George…


Computing

DIREQLEARN OPENS FOR BUSINESS IN NIGERIA

The Minister of Education, Prof Babalola Borisade last week formally commission the offices of education technology solutions provider, DireqLearn Nigeria Limited in Abuja. Also expected at the commissioning are the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Alvarion, the wireless broadband solutions provider has signed an agreement to acquire InnoWave, the global leader of fixed wireless wideband services.Alvarion,is represented in South Africa by Comztek. - Storgate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MSI RAISES US$117M TO INTENSIFY ITS BATTLE AGAINST VODACOM AND MTN

Pan-African cellular network operator MSI has raised another US$117m to fund its expansion, with immediate plans to intensify its battle against SA cellular companies MTN and Vodacom. MSI’s first move…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NITEL OWES MTN AND ECONET N2.9 BILLION

NITEL is indebted to MTN Communications Nigeria and Econet Wireless Nigeria to the tune of about N2.9 billion. It was learnt that the debt is for the settlement of calls…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Empowerment group Ucingo Investments has turned to government for help after facing a cash crunch over payment for its 3% stake in Telkom, the value of which has dropped…


Digital Content

SUSTAINABLE ICT CASE STUDIES SITE LAUNCHED

www.sustainableICTs.org research@gamos.org


Digital Content

TIME TO GET ONLINE WEBSITE GOES LIVE, OFFERS LEARNING MATERIALS

Kabissa has launched a new web site for its Time to Get Online project. It is an Internet capacity-building project for West African civil society organizations that that was launched…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Eating-OUT web site has now added Sleeping-Out, an accommodation guide featuring 600+ hotels, guest houses and game farms. wireless-longhaul@openict.net


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PEOPLE

* All our informants report that Ghana Telecom’s performance has got markedly worse. But don’t take our word for it. In a long article in the Ghanaian Chronicle about his…


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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…