Issue no 156

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IXPS - THE "NO-BRAINER" SOLUTION TO KEEPING AFRICAN TRAFFIC LOCAL

In most African countries if you send an e-mail across town it makes a long and circuitous journey to North America or Europe before going back to its intended recipient. It costs money in international connectivity charges and gives latency problems (a fractional but sometimes problem-causing delay). This inbuilt internet communications structure problem mirrors similar difficulties with Africa’s telecoms system: calls go north to get back to neighbouring countries. Local internet exchange points (IXPs) allow one country to route all (or most of) its internal internet traffic at a national level thus saving money and adding speed to the connection.…

Telecoms

GHANA’S NCA SPOTLIGHTS 32 ‘ILLEGAL’ ISPS BUT VOIP FRAMEWORK COMING

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has ordered 32 Companies to pay Ghana Telecom (GT) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) billions of cedis it owned the two bodies for their…


Telecoms

VODAFONE EGYPT TO IMPROVE ITS BACKBONE

Vodafone Egypt is to start rebuilding its corporate communication infrastructure using 3Com eXpandable Resilient Networking (XRN) technology and Gigabit Ethernet switches. 3Com secured the contract following a competitive tender that…


Telecoms

NIGER-SONITEL TO INVEST US$47.2 MILLION IN NETWORK DEVELOPMENT

Niger-Sonitel announced last week that it will be investing US$42.7 million in its network, according to its Director-General, Sadou Moussa. The investment programme will be carried out in two phases.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to the Executive Cyberschuul’s e-letter, recent analysis of the telecom development in Nigeria indicates that about 2,600 engineers and technologists may be required  to sustain the market which…


Internet

TOGO’S INTERNET SECTOR EXPERIENCING RAPID GROWTH

With nearly 350,000 internet users, more than 100,000 computers connected to the internet and about 40 ISPs, the Togolese internet sector has really grown. According to Ange Dokoué, engineer and…


Internet

STUDY INVESTIGATES IMPACT OF INFORMATION IN RURAL UGANDA

A just published study called The impact of cybercafés on information services in Uganda by Samuel Gitta and J.R. Ikoja-Odongo seeks to assess the impact of cybercafés on the provision…


Internet

HUGE NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS FOR .ZA BOARD

More than 90 nominations for the nine-member board of directors to oversee South Africa’s .za domain name authority had been received by the closing date of 30 April ­ and…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

http://www.balancingact-africa.com/pix.html http://www.icann.org/committees/nom-comm/formal-call-05apr03.htm - Nigeria’s TNT/IAS Express has launched an express Centre and comprehensive communication outfit at its Corporate Headquarters on the Epe Expressway, Lekki. The Express Centre is a corporate…


Computing

AIRZIM FAILS TO SWITCH TO NEW BOOKING SYSTEM

Air Zimbabwe has failed to switch over to a new US$200 000 ($164.8 million) booking system purchased to curb a multi-million dollar ticket scam, with technical hitches in the installation…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Edo State Government under the leadership of Chief Lucky Igbinedion has scored another first with the deployment of an Information and Communication Technology Center in Benin City. The Project,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA’S DATATEC MAY SELL KEY ASSETS

Speculation is mounting that IT distributor and consultancy group Datatec may be preparing to sell some key assets following the release of a cautionary notice last week, which follows a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

ISSUE 154: THE REALITIES OF THE SENEGALESE INTERNET MARKET Based on information from OSIRIS you said "..Senegal ISP INF247 has closed down. According to Osiris, it was largely focused on…


Digital Content

HACKER TARGETS SOUTH AFRICAN LINUX SITES

A hacker successfully hacked into 53 South African Web sites on Friday, says IT security and e-commerce attorney Reinhardt Buys.The hacker, called F3PN, hacked the sites between 8.31am and 8.59am…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.aitecafrica.com/events/2003/SouthAfrica/presentations.htm - Namibia Business Directory Resource Centre is the business intelligence site powered by NamBizDot.Com cc. This website provides a listing of over 10,000 companies, each with their own web…


Digital Content

ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK ON FOUR INTERESTING THINGS HAPPENING IN SA

On a recent visit to South Africa, we asked technology pundit Arthur Goldstuck to name five important things happening in South Africa. He actually named four. Some are obvious but…


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PEOPLE

- Speaking at the panel discussion at Addis Ababa University’s Department of Information Science, Afework Temtime, President of the Ethiopian Information Technology Professionals Association (EITPA) stressed the need for more…


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EVENTS

1ST NATIONAL FORUM ON INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES This forum has been organized by key stakeholders in Ghana to look at: 1. What is the place of ICT in national…