Issue no 155

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LESOTHO - GOVT SELLS INCUMBENT AND OPENS UP INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY A BIT

You don’t get to hear much about Lesotho but it has an interesting story to tell. The good news? It has recently sold off 70% of its incumbent telco to a consortium that includes Econet and South Africa’s Eskom. The bad news? The price has been a five year exclusivity agreement. The silver lining? An agreement with the regulator that encompasses roll-out targets. It has also opened up international connectivity through VSAT licences and a competitor to the incumbent. Russell Southwood spoke to T Khabele, Chief Executive of the Lesotho Telecommunications Authority about what’s happening and future plans. What’s the…

Telecoms

NIGERIAN GOVT APPROVES US$2M MOBILISATION FEE FOR PENTASCOPE

The Nigeria government has approved the payment of US$2million mobilization fee to Pentascope international, the Dutch consulting firm engaged recently to manage the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) on contract for…


Telecoms

ALGERIA’S SECOND GSM OPERATOR ENDS 2002 WITH A DOMINANT MARKET SHARE

Orascom Telecom Algeria launched its service in February 2002 and managed to command 70% of the market after less than 10 months of operations. Algérie Télécom, the government owned incumbent,…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Burkina Faso’s Privatisation Commission is seeking expressions of interest from strategic investors and consortia led by a qualified strategic investor for the partial privatisation of ONATEL. Expressions of interest…


Internet

NIGERIAN INTERNET SHOWS IMPROVEMENTS BUT STILL LAGS, SAYS ICT WATCH

The country’s fledging Internet sub-sector, particularly the last mile point of delivering service to end users via cybercafe, may have improved considerably in the last two years, but there is…


Internet

UUNET LAUNCHES ZAMBIAN INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

UUNET Zambia has launched the first hubbed international gateway in the sub- Saharan Africa which would substantially ease congestion on the network. The company’s Africa director Henry Njoroge announced in…


Internet

GOVT APPOVES JOINT VENTURE FOR NIPOST E-MAIL

As part of efforts to enable the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) take advantage of global changes in communication, the Nigerian government has approved the establishment of a joint venture between…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Faced with threat of possible eclipse of their businesses, internet service providers in Nigeria under the aegis of the Internet Service Providers Association of Nigeria (ISPAN) have called on…


Computing

BOTSWANA’S CITIZEN-OWNED COMPANIES NOT ACHIEVING MARKET SHARE

The Information Technology (IT) industry in Botswana is a money-spinner. The government has put in place fine policies and the number of citizen owned businesses registered with the Public Procurement…


Computing

FARITEC LAUNCHES APPS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR SA HEALTH SECTOR

Faritec last week launched FariMed, an Application Service Provider (ASP) medical scheme administration and management health care system offering. FariMed delivers access to systems and applications in a manner that…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Packaging group Nampak has awarded Comparex Africa a three-year outsourcing contract worth R70 million. - The Communications Authority of Zambia is lobbying the Government to extend a tax exemption to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA’S SNO PROCESS HITS A CRUCIAL STAGE

The department of communications is hoping that the process for selecting a second national operator (SNO) to be awarded the fixed-line telephone licence will go smoothly from here, with August…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NITEL MANAGEMENT SETS TURNOVER TARGET OF N128BN IN 2005

The management of Nigeria Telecommunication Limited ( NITEL) has prepared a business plan for 2003-2005 after the federal government and Pentascope International of Netherlands had signed a $45 million 3-year management…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Jean-René Fourtou, P-DG of Vivendi Universal has said that the company will hold on to its shareholding in Maroc Telecom as its telecoms investments were among the most solid…


Digital Content

MOVE TO PAID-FOR WEB CONTENT? IT’S COMING BUT BUT NOT VERY QUICKLY

Earlier this year Wallace & Gromit fans rushed online to buy a new series of short movie clips involving the bungling inventor and his long-suffering dog. Maker Aardman’s latest plasticine…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.internet.org.za - Childsoldiers.org, a project of iEARN-Sierra Leone, has won a Cable and Wireless Childnet Award, which recognises the best Websites for children from all over the world. www.deboutcongolais.info -…


Digital Content

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION? THE FALLACY OF LOCATION-BASED SERVICES

Big Change’s Arthur Goldstuck examines the business case for location-based services and finds it wanting. In real estate, you will have heard, there are only three rules: location, location and…


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PEOPLE

* Celtel Uganda’s new owner MSI has transformed its management team. According to Johanna Korpia, its Commercial Director in an interview with Business Vision: "We have a new management team.…


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EVENTS

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