Issue no 162

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UGANDA SPECIAL - COMPETITION PUSHES INTERNET AND TELECOMS FURTHER AND FASTER

Uganda is country punching above its weight. As a landlocked country with a relatively small economy and only a satellite backbone, it has done well in ICT terms but it has made its own luck. It has put in place one of the most competitive regulatory regimes in Africa and attracted one of the continent’s more aggressive players as its second national operator and it has achieved a very high level of mobile subscribers. It has also given strong political backing to the idea that Uganda will attract IT outsourcing work. This week saw the opening the Ugandan Internet Exchange…

Telecoms

KENYA LIBERALISES UNDER NEW GOVT BUT DELAYS PLAGUE PROCESS

Kenya is in the process of liberalising its telecoms and internet markets in a big way. It will sell a large minority shareholding in Telkom Kenya, it will licence an…


Telecoms

MAROC TELCOM UP FOR SALE BY SEPTEMBER, SAYS FINANCE MINISTER

Morocco’s Finance Minister Fathallah Oualalou said on Friday that he sees by September the start of the process by which Vivendi Universal will acquire a further 16 percent stake in…


Telecoms

GATEWAY CONNECTS WITH INTELSAT TO OFFER VOICE AND DATA TO AFRICA

Gateway Communications has announced that it had selected Intelsat, the leader in global satellite communications, to provide services to its PTT partners in Africa and the Middle East. The agreement…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- RASCOM, the regional African satellite project says that it has put in place for the first African satellite, according to an announcement made by it in Mauritius last week.…


Internet

CYBER-CAFES BAND TOGETHER TO LOWER THE COST OF BANDWIDTH

With cyber-café internet access in Kenya down to KS1-2 per hour, many cyber-cafes are finding it hard to cover the cost of bandwidth, let alone their other operating costs. A…


Internet

ISPs DISCUSS REVENUE SHARING MODEL WITH KENYA TELKOM

Kenyan ISPs seem to be in the process of persuading Kenya Telkom not to set up its own "free" ISP service, 994 but to collaborate on a revenue sharing model.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Tshwane Metro Government has far-reaching plans and projects under way, to offer broadband on its existing optical fibre backbone, as well as last mile comms to low-teledensity…


Computing

SA COMPANY LOOKS SET TO PIONEER POWERLINE COMMS EQUIPMENT

Virtual Technical Consultants (VTC), a small but established Cape-based company operating in the electronics, communication and IT industry, has been developing powerline communications (PLC) equipment for three-and-a-half years, says MD…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s University of the Free State is making its largest information technology investment to date, spending R20m on student administration software from PeopleSoft. - The Kenyan ICT industry…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA TELECOM CRASHES INTO THE RED WITH ¢120BN LOSS

Ghana Telecom has declared a loss of 120 billion cedis for the 2002 financial year as against a 210 billion cedi profit recorded in 2001. Information released by the management…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM TARGETS NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AFTER STRONG RESULTS

Expansion is on the agenda for cellular network operator Vodacom, which plans to win more customers in SA and extend its reach in three neighbouring countries to drive up its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- MGX says it will continue to implement the recovery plan drawn up by former advisor FRM Strategies, including selling off various subsidiaries. The embattled group was hit this week…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES - WHAT OUR READERS SAY

ISSUE 158 - INTERNET FRAUD I’m sending you some info on two large orders we’ve recently received. We were suspicious about the first one, but the second one really rang…


Digital Content

KATE’S KIKAPU SUPPLIES ONLINE GIFTS FOR DIASPORA USERS

One incidental side benefit of Kenya’s internet exchange point is a number of new web offerings. Shopping mall the Sarit Centre launched Kate’s Kikapu (swahili for basket). Its pitch is…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Zouhair Yahyaoui was arrested in a cyber cafe last June and sentenced to two years imprisonment for "spreading false news". Supporters say he has been tortured and grown weak…


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PEOPLE

* On the move: Richard Bell has moved over from SwiftKenya to run Kenya Data Networks, one of the new national data operators....Sammy Buruchara has moved over from NairobiNet to…


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