Issue no 165

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HEALTH APPS USING PDAS AND CELLPHONES: THE RIGHT DEVICES AT THE RIGHT PRICE?

The cost of a computing device is one of the significant barriers holding back the use of ICT uptake in Africa, whether for personal, corporate or government use. Devices like the simputer have yet to make a significant dent on this barrier. However there are a number of experiments with PDAs that offer tantalising clues to ways in which it might be broken. Teresa Peters looks at two applications using PDAs in healthacare. GHANA, KENYA AND UGANDA: SATELLIFE PIONEERS DATA COLLECTION BY PDA Given the realities of Africa where electricity, security and cost are only a few of the factors…

Telecoms

ZAMTEL HAS DIGITALISED 70 PERCENT OF ITS NETWORK

The Zambia Telecommunications Corporation (Zamtel) has digitalised 70 per cent of its telecommunication network countrywide. Zamtel assistant director, technical services Luwani Soko said Zamtel was currently working on digitalising Livingstone…


Telecoms

CONSUMERS FROM ONED BRANCH OF GHANA TELECOM OWE OVER FIVE BILLION CEDIS

More than 10,000 consumers of the Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Telecom (GT) owe 5.5 billion cedis to the company. The company has, therefore, embarked on the mass disconnection…


Telecoms

TOGOCEL OPENS UP COVERAGE IN AMOU PREFECTURE

From the start of July Togocel has extended its coverage to Amou prefecture. Coverage now reaches as far as the village of Patatoukou. TogoCel is a subsidiary of the incumbent…


Telecoms

CENSUS CELLULAR FIGURES OUTDATED, SAYS SOUTH AFRICAN ANALYST

An analyst says that while the Census 2001 figures may highlight relevant trends in the telecoms sector, the changing nature of the industry has rendered the figures vastly outdated, writes…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) has promised to expand its network in Katsina State by opening two thousand additional lines in the State . This, it said, will be done…


Internet

NORTH AFRICAN ISPS ONLY GET 49% OF INTERNET ACCESS REVENUES

Licensed Internet service providers in the countries of North Africa and the Levant collected less than US$89 million of a total Internet access services market valued at $182 million in…


Internet

TUNISIA’S DATACOMM MARKET ON THE THRESHOLD OF LIBERALIZATION

Tunisia’s datacomm sector, which is the most advanced in North Africa, is set for liberalization in 2004. Moreover, a VSAT tender is ongoing which will result in ending Tunisie Telecom’s…


Computing

ACT 2003 TO BE HELD IN ABUJA THIS YEAR

AITEC, one of Africa’s leading organizer of ICT conferences and exhibitions, announced at a press conference in Lagos last week that it will be holding its fifth annual African Computing…


Computing

SUN PROVIDES EQUIPMENT FOR UGANDA CONNECT SCHOOLS PROJECT

Sun Microsystems SA has donated a dual processor Sun LX50 server to the Uconnect Schools Project in Uganda. Uconnect is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on bridging the digital…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- FileWay was selected as the .NET Application of the year during the Microsoft Partner Awards 2003 ceremony held at Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo, Egypt. - Global Technology’s (Glotec’s) efforts to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM KENYA LOST SH120B THROUGH DIVERSION OF CALLS, SAYS MINISTER

Telkom Kenya has lost a whopping Sh120 billion in the last five years alone, Transport and Communication Minister John Michuki revealed last week. The massive losses were incurred through diversion…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- CS Holdings has acquired First National Bank’s (FNB’s) IT customer services division, including all operational assets and liabilities as well as 280 staff. - Safaricom Limited, Kenya’s leading mobile…


Digital Content

DOUALA WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS GO ONLINE

A seminar organised by the NGO, Association for the Support and Encouragement of Women Entrepreneurs (ASAFE), on Monday last week kicked-off in Douala. The seminar which brings together women entrepreneurs,…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://fossfa.org/database/ - Claudia Zang has been named the first Miss Internet of Cameroon. She was elected from among ten finalists by internet users. http://brainstorm.itweb.co.za/online/ReadStory.asp?StoryID=135120 - The African winners of 5000…


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PEOPLE

* Two Microsoft Corporation staffers are in Uganda at the invitation of the Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi. They are Dean Wolson, the technical specialist for the west, east and central…


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EVENTS

WEST AFRICAN INTERNET FORUM, ABUJA (26-28 AUGUST 2003) Following the East African Internet Forum at ACT 2002 in Nairobi last year, and the Southern African Internet Forum organized by AITEC…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Schoolnet Uganda wants to dispose of the following equipment: o Complete VSAT system: Gilat Skystar Advantage C-band 2.5m dishes (11 units) o Brandnew Cisco 2611 routers dual ethernet o Used…