Issue no 154

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ECONET’S STRIVE MASIYIWA ON AFRICAN TELECOMS OPPORTUNITIES

Africa has few significant regional players but one of the most interesting is Econet that was started by Zimbabwean Strive Masiwiya. News Update’s Russell Southwood spoke to him recently in Johannesburg about his strategic plans for the company and the telecoms opportunities opening up in Africa. How did you come to get a mobile franchise in Zimbabwe? I was naïve to start it. My background is as as a telecoms engineer. I used to work for ZPTC. Then I went into an unrelated engineering business. But I always interested in telecoms so when mobiles began to develop, I thought here’s…

Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR RURAL TELECOMS LICENCES

The closing date for applications for licences to operate telecommunications services in 10 of the 29 identified underserviced rural areas, where Telkom does not penetrate effectively, has been pushed back…


Telecoms

MOBITEL SUDAN AWARDS SMS CONTRACT TO ALCOTEL MIDDLE EAST

Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) Acotel has been awarded a contract with Mobitel Sudan for supplying an SMS center to meet the requirements of Mobitel’s expanding subscriber base in Sudan.…


Telecoms

NITEL GSM SEPARATED FROM NITEL

>From this month, the Directorate of Mobile Telecommunications of NITEL (M-tel) which is in charge of the NITEL’s GSM service, will now function as an autonomous company from parent NITEL.…


Telecoms

KENYA PREQUALIFIES FIVE FIRMS FOR MOBILE LICENCE

Kenya’s telecommunication regulator said last week it had short-listed five firms to compete for a licence to operate as the country’s third mobile provider. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- UK firm Analysis Consulting Company Ltd has been awarded the tender for the interconnection study by the Tanzania communications Commission (TCC). It is going to be completed by October…


Internet

M-WEB SIGNS DEAL TO GIVE MORE AIRPORTS WI-FI ACCESS

M-Web has signed a deal with the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) to pilot the provisioning of cable-free Internet access to travellers at Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban domestic and…


Internet

ZAMBIA’S FINANCE BANK AND CELPAY LAUNCH NATIONWIDE PAYMENT SERVICE

Finace Bank and Celpay last week launched nationwide phone and internet banking facilities. The service is aimed at enabling business or consumers to transfer money across the country instantly. "Firms…


Internet

BCEAO WANTS TO REFORM ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEMS

The National Agency for the Central Banks in the States of West Africa (BCEAO) organised a meeting to look at reforming the systems and means of electronic payments in the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- SA’s first web content management systems analysis and forecast indicates that the local Web content management (WCM) systems market is worth about R59 million a year, but should grow to…


Computing

MINISTRIES COMPUTERISING: KENYA DOES LAND AND NAMIBIA LABOUR

The Kenyan Land Ministry is to computerise its records. The aim is to make it easier for members of the public and government officials to access information easily, Minister Amos…


Computing

ANGOLAN GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FUND

The Angolan government will set up an information technology fund with the help of oil companies operating in Angola, to finance projects in this field. According to the Deputy Minister…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In one of the strongest endorsements of Linux as a viable mid-range business platform to date, Sage and IBM have inked an Africa-wide agreement to deliver Sage’s business management…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA’S TELKOM HAS NOT YET BEEN SOLD, SAYS MINISTER

The government has not found a buyer for Telkom Kenya. Transport and Communications Minister John Michuki said last week. A wrong impression had been created by the media that the sale…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Vodafone is set to buy the seven per cent stake in Vodafone Egypt held by Vivendi Universal for USD48m, according to Mena Report. Vodafone Egypt was formerly known as…


Digital Content

KULULA.COM ALLOWS PASSENGERS TO CHANGE FLIGHT TIMES ON WEB

Budget airline Kulula.com claims to be the first in the world to introduce an online service to let customers change their flight times over the internet. The airline already sees…


Digital Content

SENEGAL’S ONLINE DAILY WAL FADJRI RELAUNCHES

The online daily Wal Fadjri has relaunched itself. Part of Sonatel Multimedia, it claims that the new version is qualitatively better than the old version. It is now possible to…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- SA’s Getaways website has undergone a revamp that not only reflects the visual changes in its magazine counterpart but also offers both visitors and advertisers a more user-friendly and…


Digital Content

IS E-MAIL A THREAT TO POSTA UGANDA?

How many letters did you post last year? What about seven years back? Most respondents to the two questions in a recent survey by Business Vision indicated they were posting…


Digital Content

ONE WORLD TO USE MOBILES TO DELIVER INFORMATION - PILOT TESTING

The Vodafone Group Foundation has announced support for OneWorld’s pioneering work using mobile phones in Africa for sharing local knowledge. The system to be piloted in Kenya and South Africa…


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* Over four years ago the Department of Communications (DoC) recognised the pressing need to actively address the pervasive digital divide by establishing the National Electronic Media Institute of South…