Issue no 151

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BROADBAND WIRELESS ACCESS - COULD IT GIVE INCUMBENT TELCOS A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY?

There are technologies that can and will make a difference to Africa. One of these is broadband wireless access. Although presently aimed at the small and medium sized companies in the local loop in cities and towns, it offers another way of giving the incumbent telcos a competitive run for their money. If costs fall, it could be a serious contender at a domestic level. Alternative telecoms networks - like the one announced for Ghana last week - might take an interest. Adlane Fellah of Maravedis provides an overview of the current state of usage. Africa remains the least connected…

Telecoms

KENYAN GOVT SACKS TELKOM’S CHESEREM AND APPOINTS WAWERU

As predicted the Kenyan Government has appointed new faces at Kenya Telkom. John N Waweru becomes Managing Director and Ndolo Ayah, Chair of the Board. Waweru was a former telco…


Telecoms

VODACOM DENIES PULLING OUT OF MOZAMBIQUE

The South African company Vodacom has denied reports that it is abandoning the Mozambican mobile phone market, and will not use the licence that it was granted last year. The…


Telecoms

SA’S MTN TO OFFER PHONE SERVICE TO TRANSNET

State-owned transport group Transnet has forged a new agreement with MTN whereby the cellular operator will provide cellphone services to the group. The move is important in the light of…


Telecoms

TANZANIA’S TTCL WANTS QUICK END TO INVESTOR DISPUTE

Tanzania’s fixed-line phone monopoly TTCL said on Monday last week it hopes a dispute between its major shareholders would be resolved quickly, enabling it to borrow funds to expand and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Very soon, subscribers of the Globla system of Mobile Telecommunications (GSM) services in Nigeria will be able to send short message service (SMS) from their phone, using the three…


Internet

NEW REPORT SAYS GROUND IN PLACE FOR MOROCCAN E-COMMERCE GROWTH

An essential prerequisite for larger e-commerce adoption in Morocco is growing at a healthy rate. Debit and credit cards in Morocco have grown by 30% 2002 to exceed 1.3 million.…


Internet

CISCO SHIFTS ITS EMEA NETWORKING CONFERENCE TO SOUTH AFRICA

Cisco is moving its Europe, Middle East and African networking conference to SA, in a rare instance of Africa getting top billing over its northern neighbours. Claudia Nieckau, marketing and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- SA’s Comztek has announced the availability of Alvarion’s BreezeAccess broadband mobile solution, which is claimed to have increased the efficiency of police officers throughout the US. - Madagascar last…


Computing

MAJOR SURVEY REPORTS GROWTH IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN IT SECTOR

South Africa’s much-maligned information and telecommunication technologies sector emerged from 2002 with not only its reputation intact, but also its bottom line, according to a recent survey. Despite the high-profile…


Computing

BYTES TECHNOLOGY GROUP BUY XEROX’S SA SUBSIDIARY

Xerox Corporation and Bytes Technology Group last week announced their agreement for Xerox to sell its equity interest in its South African subsidiary to its current joint venture partner, the…


Computing

NEPAD SET TO LAUNCH ITS ELECTRONIC AFRICA COMMISSION PROCESS

THE New Partnership for Development (NEPAD) is about to form the Electronic Africa Commission Process (EACP) to make sure, among other things that African schools are equipped and have access…


Computing

SA’S SKYNET’S OFFERS ADVANCED TRACKING SOFTWARE

Skynet Worldwide Express has developed advanced computer software that allows its branches in different countries to easily communicate on shipments ensuring competitive costs for customers. Skynet - Zambia director Mandy…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- HP has combined the HP and Compaq channel programmes and incorporated them into one set of initiatives, demonstrating, it says its strong commitment to its channel partners. - Intrinsic…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIAN GOVT GETS READY TO SELL 20% OF NITEL, RECEIVES OFFER FOR 51%

  The Federal Government has concluded plans to float its 20 per cent equity in Nigerian Telecommunication Limited ( NITEL ) on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Also the National…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s media and entertainment group Johnnic Communications has disposed of 15,458,810 shares in its listed equity investment in cellular phone services provider MTN Group over the past year,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

ISSUE 151: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN INTERVIEW WITH VISA’S BROCKLEHURST I read with interest the interview with VIsa’s Stuart Brocklehurst. I wonder if your interviewer could get the number of merchants…


Digital Content

EGYPT USES WEB TO SNARE SUSPECTED G*YS

Egypt is using Internet chat rooms to entrap and punish men who are suspected of being g*y. On Jan. 16, a Lebanese man named Wissam Abyad was entrapped on a…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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Digital Content

ITXC'S NEWLY APPOINTED NDI TOWO ON NEW MARKETS

Who have you already signed up in the region? It’s a region we’ve been very active in. Publicly announced customers include TeleOne in Zimbabwe and Telkom in South Africa. Others…


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PEOPLE

* Ghana’s former Energy Minister Kan Dapaah has been reshuffled into the Communications and Technology Portfolio. Perhaps he will now show some energy in resolving the VOIP dispute...Meanwhile Oystein Bjorge,…


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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…