Issue no 157

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ALBERT KAN-DAPAAH, MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS, GOVERNMENT OF GHANA

Ghana’s Minister of Communications outlines the Government’s commitment to making ICT one of the wealth-creating engines of growth for his country. When will the phone system improve for business and the average citizen? The present system is bad so it will take quite a long time. We now have GT and Westel. GT is going through a major procurement exercise that will improve the services provided. We are also talking to the mobile operators (as their services leave much to be desired) about how they ca improve their infrastructure. This is a very critical assignment for me. There is a…

Telecoms

GHANA VOIP FRAMEWORK: NCA IN A DITHER OVER THE WAY FORWARD

Ghana’s regulator, the National Communications Authority is beginning to find its feet. It has recently had a new Chair appointed (see People below), freeing it from the grip of direct…


Telecoms

SONATEL SIGNS INTERCONNECT AGREEMENT WITH SONATEL

Gateway Communications has signed an interconnection agreement with Sonatel, the national phone company of Senegal, to terminate international telephone calls in Senegal and to provide Sonatel with low cost international…


Telecoms

ECOBAND NOW SELLING ACROSS WEST AFRICA

Connectivity solutions provider Ecoband.net is now selling across Africa and acting as agents for RAD and Ceragon Networks, as well as IP Planet. Recent clients include: Africanus (in both Congo…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- It currently costs 1.3 million cedis to bribe a Ghana Telecom engineer to put in your new telephone line in a reasonably short period of time. - Apparently Ghana’s…


Internet

GHANA CYBER-CAFÉ OWNERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST UNFAIR AND ARBITRARY AMA TAXES

In a packed meeting of cyber-café owners at Busy Internet attended by well over 100 people, the spokesperson for the Cyber Café Owners Association of Ghana told those attending that…


Internet

E-SHOP AFRICA GROWS RAPIDLY AFTER MEDIA COVERAGE

The idea that there’s a market out there for African e-commerce sites if only you can get to them seems to be confirmed by e-Shop Africa’s recent experience. Following an…


Internet

UNISWITH LAUNCHES INTO ZIMBABWE’S E-PAYMENT SPACE

The recent problems experienced by the Zimbabwean public in accessing cash has offered a new player in the electronic payments sector a good moment to launch. uniswitch, a newly founded…


Internet

TANZANIAN ISPS MOVE CLOSER TO ESTABLISHING AN INTERNET EXCHANGE

Independent research has shown that African Internet Service Providers (ISPs) loose over US$400 million every year paying for the peering of local traffic in international exchanges and international bandwidth providers.…


Internet

UNDP PROJECT TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITY TO CREATE NATIONAL ICT POLICY

A recently approved project, allocating US$95,000 from the ICT Trust Fund, opts to strengthen the capacity to prepare a National ICT Policy in Lesotho. According to those setting up the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana’s Ecobank advertised an online banking service recently but pulled the plug because its head office was not ready to implement. - Ghana Telecom is thinking of launching an…


Computing

SA’S SMEs STILL HAVE FAITH IN IT’S COST-CUTTING ABILITIES, SAYS SURVEY

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have faith in IT’s ability to reduce costs and bring about profitability, says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of research firm World Wide Worx, who launched his…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Kofi Annan Technology Centre is nearing completion alongside State House. There have been two main financial contributors to the project: the Ghanaian government who have put up the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AFRICAN LAKES IN FRESH ROUND OF FUNDRAISING FOR GBP7 MILLION

African Lakes Corporation said last week it had started a fresh round to raise Sh110 million from its shareholders in Kenya and London through an open offer. The offer closes…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

ISSUE 156: IXPS - THE "NO-BRAINER" SOLUTION At one level it is - but look at it from the point of view of an existing ISP. They have secured their…


Digital Content

CYBERETHIOPIA.COM GETS NEW DESIGN AND ETHIOPIC FEATURES

CyberEthiopia.com has had a design make-over and is offering a range of new Ethiopic features. According to the company:"In our continuous effort to push the fidel technology forward and provide…


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PEOPLE

* The new independent Chair of Ghana’s regulator, the National Communications Authority is Jude Arthur, the Managing Director of First Atlantic Bank, who comes with a reputation for independence of…