Issue no 158

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AFRICAN INTERNET FRAUD BEYOND 419s - ORGANISED SCAMMERS OPERATING FROM CYBERCAFES

419 e-mail scams are only the tip of the iceberg. Africa’s cyber-cafes are being used by organised criminal gangs to carry out credit card fraud. It’s hard to estimate the value of these fraudulent purchases but wherever we go, we hear reports of it. The evidence in this issue comes from one country - Ghana - where as one café operator told us it is "pervasive". Russell Southwood looks at what the perpetrators are doing and how the mail order operations are being stung. Cybercafe operator Mark Davies of BusyInternet could not remember the first time he became aware of…

Telecoms

PENTASCOPE SETS NITEL TURNOVER TARGET OF N128BILLION

Nitel’s Dutch management contractors Pentascope International have unveiled an ambitious business plan for 2003-2005, setting a turnover target of N128 billion in 2005. The figure represents a leap from the…


Telecoms

ANGOLA: NEW FIXED LINE OPERATOR LOWERS PRICES

New fixed line operator Mundo Startel (licensed in December 2002 by the National Institute of Telecommunications) has set its tariffs low and introducing several new innovations designed to grow the…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA AND KENCELL IN PRICE WAR OVER INTERCONNECT RATES

Hundreds of millions shillings are at stake in an explosive price war between Telkom Kenya and mobile telephone operator KenCell over interconnection rates. The dispute is before a tribunal appointed…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to local reports, Econet Wireless Nigeria is to invest US$75m in a national microwave transmission backbone. - Celtel Uganda is spending US$1.5 million on a new advertising campaign,…


Internet

NIGERIA’S MTS SIGNS N3BN INTERNET CONTRACT

Nigeria’s largest internet network may be underway with the signing in Lagos, of a N3billion contract between MTS First Wireless and Balom Communications Limited for the deployment of a new…


Internet

DJIBOUTI: TADJOURAH AND DIKHIL GET CONNECTED

Djib-Télécom has connected two colleges in the interior of the country in Tadjourah and Dikhil. Speaking at the opening of the Tadjourah facility, the Police Chief of the Republic Mr…


Internet

IP PLANET LAUNCHES VipSAT SERVICE ON C-BAND/VSAT

IP Planet Network Ltd., one of the leading providers of IP backbone connectivity solutions to PTTs, Telcos, ISPs and other enterprises in Africa and the Middle East, announced last week…


Internet

DIDATA INTRODUCES HIGHER BANDWIDTH OFFERINGS IN RESPONSE TO DEMAND

With the continued growth in Internet and data traffic, and the broader adoption of bandwidth-intensive services, users are demanding greater and more cost effective bandwidth with a broader selection of…


Internet

STANDARD BANK WANTS TO LEAD THE WAY WITH INTERNET BANKING

Standard Chartered Bank of Botswana is moving into internet banking. This is a new concept to Botswana and some banks will only give it it to corporate customers. It is…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- With 317,000 telephone banking customers and 13,000 cellphone banking customers, Absa says it is leading the race for customers in South Africa’s e-space. - Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)…


Computing

KENYA’S PRIVATE SECTOR SETS UP NEW ICT BODY TO INFLUENCE POLICY

The new government in Kenya has been challenging the private sector to organize itself to speak with one unified voice as it engages with government in the formulation and implementation…


Computing

INTRINSIC INSTALLS MAJOR DATABASE APP IN LARGEST COAL TERMINAL

A seven-fold increase in performance, massive scalability and expertly-managed business processes are just some of the benefits claimed by Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) since it cut across to HP…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Cash-flush Altech has finally dipped into its R1bn treasure to pay R559m for Namitech, a smart card and secure technologies company in the Nampak stable. - Study papers presented…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT’S ORASCOM TELECOM FINALISES SALE OF SUB-SAHARAN COMPANIES

Egypt’s Orascom Telecom has finalised the sale of seven sub-Saharan GSM companies in its Telecel International Limited (TIL) unit as part of its ongoing restructuring and focus on core assets.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

2002 RESULTS FOR MAROC TELECOM ENCOURAGING VIVENDI TO BUY CONTROL

According to Liquid Africa, Maroc Telecom has posted bullish results for 2002. Its sales were DH14,751bn, up 9% on the previous year and its net results were DH3.7bn, up 405%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has agreed to provide a loan facility of R300m to Cell C, the third cellular operator in SA, to finance capital expenditure, Business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION: GATEWAY AND THE SONATEL CONTRACT

The headline of the story in issue 157 should have read "Gateway signs interconnect agreement with Sonatel".


Digital Content

ILLEGAL INTERNET PHARMACY RAIDED IN SOUTH AFRICA

The Department of Health has confirmed that a criminal investigation is under way against a Tableview man who allegedly sold drugs for two or three times their SA value on…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Senegal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Africans and Senegalese Overseas (MAEUASE):http://www.diplomatie.sn/ Plenty of pictures of politicians but nothing so useful as a navigation bar. info@wougnet.org -…


Digital Content

TISCALI’S NATALIE THAYER ON GROWING INTO A COMMUNICATIONS BUSINESS

Nathalie Thayer, General Manager:Portal talks to News Update Tiscali’s position in the South African market and how it is now expanding beyond its internet origins. How did the company start?…


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PEOPLE

* Fintech Group out-going chief executive, Tony Githuku, said the industry needs incentive schemes for software export, such as export compensation and tougher legislation on protection. "Though the industry can…


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EVENTS

A UNIVERSAL MODEL FOR THE FIRST MILE NETWORK ACCESS IN RURAL AREAS? (5-6 JUNE 2003) The UN ICT Task Force and Sida are arranging a workshop on this theme. The…