Issue no 153

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SOUTHERN AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM CALLS FOR LIBERALISATION TO ENCOURAGE GROWTH

The Southern African Internet Forum participants called for liberalisation of the current African regulatory frameworks to encourage internet growth in the region. They also highlighted the need for strong user groups in the private sector and elsewhere to create an active groundswell of opinion that will help transform the pace of change for the sector. Russell Southwood reports on what people were saying at the Forum. This last year has not been a vintage one for the internet in Africa. In many countries the growth in subscriber numbers is levelling off. Any further falls in access prices will need a…

Telecoms

PENTASCOPE TO INJECT OVER N120 BILLION INTO NITEL WITHIN THREE YEARS

According to The Vanguard, the new management contractors for the Nigeria Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) Pentascope is to inject over N120 billion into the national carrier within the next three years.…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIA’S ETC SIGNS DEAL FOR ADDITIONAL 200,000 MOBILE PHONE LINES

The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation signed a new 258 million birr deal with the ZTE Corporation of China for the procurement of new mobile phone lines.The deal was made by ETC…


Telecoms

EAST AFRICAN CELL-PHONE COMPANIES MOVE TO CURB THEFTS

Alarmed by cellular-phone theft and a thriving cross-border trade in second-hand handsets, regional service providers have mooted plans to curb phone thefts.During a special meeting in Nairobi last week, seven…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Kenyan Government has announced that it will sell off 70% of Kenya Telkom and we hear that it will announce licences for four competitors to Jambonet. - João…


Internet

INTERNET GROWTH BEGINS TO TAKE OFF IN MAURITANIA

Cybercafes are springing up like mushrooms, despite the slow speed of the connections, according to Olivia Marsaud of Afrik.com. On a short visit to Tevragh Zeina, a district north of…


Internet

UGANDA’S LIRA ON ON THE INTERNET WITH IWAY FACILITY

iWay Africa, a low cost direct satellite internet access group, has launched its first ever services in northern Uganda in Lira. Lira mayor, Peter Owiny while officiating at the launch…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA REOPENS NOMINATIONS TO INTERNET BODY

A call for volunteers to serve on the body that will oversee SA’s internet domain has been reopened. This is despite the submission of more than 80 nominations for seats…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The non-appearance of the Tanzania IXP took a new twist with a contributor to eThinkTank asking what had happened to the proposed Independent Telecommunications Network (ITN). This was a…


Computing

MICROSOFT GEARS UP TO GET PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Microsoft South Africa is aiming to boost its relationship with the government as part of a global move to improve its service delivery to the public sector, according to Moss…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The open source software (OSS) movement is undoubtedly gaining momentum in SA with the local enterprise market and government starting to gain a better understanding of the value proposition…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT PLUGS AWAY AT RAISING VC FUNDS

Walid Bakr put together Egypt’s first and only early-stage venture capital fund. Despite the lack of competition, it wasn’t easy. When Bakr first began raising money for the US$8.5 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

STANDARD BANK LAUNCHES NETWORK FOR AFRICA

Standard Bank (SBK), one of South Africa’s so-called "big four" banks, has announced plans to enhance its custody product offering in sub-Saharan Africa through the creation of a regional custody…


Digital Content

NEW SA TRAVEL SITE LAUNCHED

www.satravelguide.com They believe that internationally, the internet has become one of the primary ways for researching and planning travel, but holidaymakers are increasingly wanting depth of information beyond a mere…


Digital Content

EGYPT DAILY.COM OFFERS KEY NEWS SOURCE

http://www.egyptdaily.com/ Scout Report via TAD Consortium


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.internet.org.za/ect_act.html http://www.ourtanzania.com www.mailafrica.net


Digital Content

SATELLIFE PIONEERS A NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK FOR HEALTH-CARE

A Boston nonprofit has ambitious plans to build a nationwide, wireless computing network for Uganda’s impoverished health-care system. The project will be built "on the cheap" using the country’s existing…


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PEOPLE

* Presenting a paper titled "Liberalisation of the Communication Sector: The Gains So Far" on behalf of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) Executive Vice Chairman, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Engr Olwale…


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EVENTS

AITEC GHANA LAUNCHES TECHNOLOGY WEEK IN ACCRA, TAMALE, CAPE COAST AND KUMASI This year, AITEC plans a major makeover for AITEC West Africa 2003. The Vice President, VISA (CEMEA) Stuart…