Issue no 159

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E-RATE FOR AFRICAN SCHOOLS ­ HOW WOULD IT WORK AND WHO PAYS?

NEPAD’s e-Africa Commission has set ambitious targets for wiring up the continent’s primary and secondary schools. Even if these targets are only partly met, the education sector will become a major market for hardware and software suppliers. But getting connections and kit in place is really only half the story. Keeping school internet connections Œlive’ is a costly business. The creation of a special reduced rate for the education sector called e-rate is being put forward as one way of addressing this issue. SchoolNet Africa commissioned Daniel Espitia of Lesoba Consultant to look at how it might be done in…

Telecoms

MAURITANIA TO IMPROVE GSM COVERAGE WITH US$1.8 MILLION CONTRACT

interWAVE Communications has won a US$1.8 million GSM contract with Mauritel Mobiles in the northern African country of Mauritania. interWAVE is to supply a turnkey GSM solution to connect four…


Telecoms

SA’S MOBILE OPERATORS DO FREE SIM CARDS DEAL WITH GOVT ON 1800 MHZ ACCESS

The Department of Communications has done a deal whereby disadvantaged South Africans will receive four million SIM cards over five years in exchange for the cellular industry gaining access to…


Telecoms

VODAFONE EGYPT’S SUBSCRIBER BASE UP 31% TO 2.26 MILLION

Vodafone Egypt continued to grow strongly throughout the financial year, which ended March 31, 2003, with customer numbers increasing by over 31 percent to 2.263 million. This translated into 17…


Telecoms

GHANA TELECOM’S ONE-TOUCH MOBILE PROMISES 100,000 CAPACITY INCREASE

Ghana Telecom is set to increase its One-Touch Mobile lines by about 100,000 by the close of the year, according to Nana Kwakye Tanor, Ashanti Regional Director of the Company.…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIA’S ETC GIVES COOL RESPONSE TO AXEL TELECOM’S INVESTMENT OFFER

A Romanian private telecom entity, Axel Telecom and Security, last week offered investment capital worth US$25 million to the Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) to provide high tech telecom equipment for…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The number of mobile telephone subscribers in Kenya almost doubled, to hit the one million mark last year. KenCell and Safaricom saw their subscriber roll jump from 630,000 at…


Internet

MAROC TELECOM BACKS THE OPENING OF AN INTERNET GARDEN IN MARRAKECH

Maroc Telecom has agreed has agreed to refurbish Arsat Moulay Abdelssalam Park in exchange for the commercial rights to exploit part of the garden as a multimedia and cyber space…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s I-Net Bridge has upgraded its business portal model with an offering that it says takes relevant Internet content to corporates while avoiding unnecessary Internet use by employees.


Computing

DIDATA INTRODUCES SPACE-SAVING FACILITIES CABINET

Dimension Data’s Advanced Infrastructure solutions group has introduced a Portable Facilities Cabinet (PFC), a versatile mobile solution that can be pre-packaged with servers, switches and storage devices prior to system…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Telkom’s Centres of Excellence laboratories and MTN’s science centres, designed to make technology fascinating for children, are among the finalists in the fifth annual Science and Technology Awards. -…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOFTLINE DELISTING MAY BE UNFAIR TO INVESTORS, SAYS KPMG

KPMG Services, the independent advisor to Softline minority shareholders, says Softline’s delisting offer may be unfair to long-term investors, writes Iain Scott of ItWeb. Softline has issued a detailed notice…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Market commentators are increasingly bullish on the MTN Group in the run-up to its year-end to March results being released next month. Investec fund manager Clyde Roussouw said on…


Digital Content

ANTI-MUGABE HACK ON CHRONICLE’S WEBSITE

Management at the government’s Chronicle newspaper has ordered Internet service provider, M-Web, to investigate how a hacker broke into its website and posted ‘unpalatable’ stories that denigrated or criticised President…


Digital Content

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PEOPLE

* The government has embarked on a national project to help rural communities gain access to telecommunication facilities and services, Deputy President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday. Speaking at a…