Issue no 160

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EFFECTIVE INTERCONNECT - AFRICA’S NEXT LIBERALISATION FRONTIER

Charges to carriers for using the networks of others -otherwise known as interconnect - is a challenge for many African operators. Not a week passes without some African interconnect issues being in the news. This week it’s the NCC’s Ndukwe lashing NITEL for its failure to install equipment to make it happen. Complete interconnection between networks has to be the absolute cornerstone a competitive environment. The problem is two-fold: firstly. a regulatory issue, usually about the level of interconnect costs and a practical issue of installing equipment for allowing interconnect and billing for this traffic. Christian Cuipek, INTEC’s Regional Director…

Telecoms

SA’S SNO BIDDERS NOW DOWN TO TWO AS DETECON JOINS COMMUNITEL

The second national operator (SNO) working committee has short-listed two of the original four bidders for the SNO licence, although only one of the remaining two was not recommended to…


Telecoms

NCC’S NDUKWE BLAMES NITEL FOR INTERCONNECT PROBLEMS

The lingering interconnection problem among the GSM operators in the country has been blamed on the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC),…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA Telkom has announced the first roll-out of ADSL in Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Potchefstroom and Welkom. - The Nigerian Second National Operator (SNO) Globacom may be months, perhaps weeks away…


Internet

SIX E-MAIL SCAMMERS FROM NIGERIA AND BENIN ARRESTED IN HOLLAND

Six men from Nigeria and Benin were convicted of fraud by a Dutch court on Wednesday and received prison sentences of between 301 days and 4.5 years, a court official…


Internet

UUNET FACES CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP BY THE END OF THE YEAR

Internet service provider (ISP) UUNet may be facing a change of ownership towards year-end as its troubled parent MCI (formerly WorldCom) evaluates its investments in emerging markets. MCI is due…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Moneynet, an international money transfer service, has begun to consolidate on its record success by signing on more banks, adding more services to the users and generally expanding its…


Computing

IBM MAY OPEN CALL CENTRE IN SA

Within the next two months, technology company IBM should decide whether to open a massive call centre operation in SA or take its business elsewhere. If SA wins its favour,…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- SA IT solutions integrator, Symetrix announced the acquisition of Cape-based Navision solutions provider, Astral Business Solutions.


digtool

WORLD TALK DEVELOPS INTERNET VOICE PORTAL FOR RURAL AREAS

WorldTalk gives people in rural areas in developing countries access to information in their own language, over any telephone. It aims to set up self-sustainable enterprises in developing countries, provide…


digtool

NEW STUDY PROVIDES REALITY CHECK ON UPTAKE OF E-COMMERCE IN AFRICA

Balancing Act’s e-commerce correspondent Cordelia Salter-Nour talks Robin Mansell from the London School of Economics, one of the co-authors of a new study on e-commerce in developing countries. Its conclusions…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS IN "BATTLE OF CONTROL" FOR ZIMBABWEAN TELECOMS BUSINESS

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator, is negotiating to acquire a yet-to-be-named telecommunications business, which was reported last week as a "battle of control" by founder and major shareholder Strive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egypt’s Orascom Telecom is one of the bidders for state-run Pakistan Telecommunication Co (PTCL). - Enterprise solutions provider Baan announced last week that Invensys plc has approved the sale…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES

ISSUE 158: AFRICAN INTERNET FRAUD BEYOND 419s Great article as usual - you said all that has to be said ... Nigerian connection, we have our Nima boys too. Again…


Digital Content

CYBERSQUATTING: BUSINESS PARKS OF MAURITIUS SUFFERS ATTACK

The cybersquatting of the site Cybercité d’Ebène has caused Business Parks of Mauritius enormous embarassement. No longer holding the legal right to its web site address since the beginning of…


Digital Content

THE ZAMBIAN SEEKS TO HELP ORGANISATIONS USE THE INTERNET

In 1999 there were only a handful of websites on Zambia and most of the sites lacked the aura of being able to attract potential visitors and investors to the…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.africinfo.org http://www.schoolnetafrica.net/IAS2003 http://www.papwecsolutions.com http://www.id21.org/education http://www.scidev.net http://www.fahamu.org/ http://www.art-telecom-senegal.org/


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PEOPLE

* The new Director of ART, the Senegalese regulator in an interview with Sud Quotidien "to strengthen the healthy regulation of the telecoms sector" and he assured its readers:"The course…


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EVENTS

ACT SUMMIT 2003 TO BE HELD IN ABUJA IN AUGUST AITEC, Africa’s leading organizer of ICT conferences and exhibitions, will be holding its fifth annual African Computing & Telecommunications Summit,…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- IDRC’s Acacia is offering its first ICT R&D grants. Interested organisations from the developing regions of Africa can apply for the grant now. Small grants of a maximum of…