Issue no 166

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GUINEA-BISSAU GOVERNMENT RESCINDS PORTUGAL TELECOM’S MONOPOLY AND TAKES BACK CONTROL

Guinea-Bissau’s telecoms sector has been in a mess. The Government sold 51% of the newly created Guine Telecom to Portugal Telecom International when it fell out with SIDA in 1989. The new owner was awarded a monopoly on telecoms. In June 1998 the PTI managers left during a civil war and never returned. PTI has refused to make payments on its international settlement debts with the company and appears not to be willing to negotiate a way out. Unlike any other African country it has no cellular operator. Now the Government is seeking to learn from past mistakes. It has…

Telecoms

UGANDA’S CELTEL OPENS DIRECT MICROWAVE LINK WITH TANZANIA

Celtel Uganda has set up microwave link between Uganda and Tanzania to further improve communication. The link with Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd will enhance clarity of calls between Celtel and…


Telecoms

MAJOR ZIMBABWEAN OPTICAL FIBRE LINK PROJECT HIT BY LACK OF RISK COVER

Implementation of a US$40 million (Z$33 billion) optical fibre link being undertaken by Zimbabwe Express Services (ZIMEX) and the state-owned fixed telephone network, Tel-One, has hit a snag with international…


Telecoms

NITEL OWED 43BN NAIRA BY CUSTOMERS AND PLAGUED BY ILLEGAL CALLS

NITEL told the Nigerian press last week that it was owed N43 billion by its customers and that it would pursue these debts vigorously. It also said that the majority…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile cellular operator, NetOne has temporarily suspended roaming services within Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.NetOne managing director, Mr Reward Kangai said they had decided to suspend the facility after…


Internet

SUCCESS OF SOUTH AFRICAN WI-FI HOT SPOTS DEPENDS ON ICASA REGULATIONS, WARNS SAVANT

In South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has called for public comments on the provision of wireless internet access. Comments are due by Monday, to help define…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Angola’s African Investment Bank (BAI) launched a new internet banking service at the Luanda International Business Fair. BAI is the first bank to install this kind of service in…


Computing

HACKERS STEAL SA DATABASE FOR RIVAL AUSTRALIAN COMPANY

International espionage that targeted a large online business in SA saw hackers compromise its database and hand the details of 600000 customers to its rivals. The attack was instigated by…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Federal Govern-ment through the National Universities Commission (NUC) has earmarked US$50,000 (N6.5 million) to pilot e-learning in three universities in the country. These will be sited in universities…


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SIMPUTER: COMPUTERS FOR THE POOR OR AN IDEALISTIC DREAM?

The Simputer , a cheap, pocket-sized computing device designed for use by rural populations in India , has been hailed as a breakthrough in bringing the world of computing to…


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WIRELESS HAS ITS PROS, BUT IS NOT WITHOUT SECURITY IMPLICATIONS

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) bring true mobility to the business arena. It allows users to move from area to area while maintaining connectivity and offers a variety of business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

UGANDA’S UTL LISTS SHS 30BN BOND TO FUND EXPANSION PLAN

Uganda telecom limited (utl) has issued a Shs 30bn bond due in 2008, says utl boss Aimable Mpore. This is part of its Shs 54bn Medium Term Note Programme (total…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NEW KENYAN ORGANISATION TO HELP ICT ENTREPRENEURS

There is a new private technology business development network - c4IDEA.com - with a mission to promote the rapid growth of innovative and profitable technology-driven ventures in Kenya, was launched…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- CommuniTel has rejected a public overture to join forces with empowerment consortium Nexus Connexion, which has been guaranteed a 19% stake in the second telephone network operator.   -…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS AND RESPONSES

ISSUE 46: LATE CORRECTION ON TANZANIA SPECIAL www.eThinkTankTz.org ISSUE 165: ZAMTEL HAS DIGITALISED 70 PERCENT OF ITS NETWORK Its the number of lines not the technology! Interesting to read that…


Digital Content

26 UGANDAN DISTRICTS TO GET OFFICIAL WEBSITES THROUGH UCC PROGRAMME

About 26 districts are set to get official websites under the Rural Communication Development Programme. This programme is the brainchild of Uganda Communications Commission [UCC]. The new websites and Internet…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

www.iconnectghana.org developers@africaservice.com - Pambazuka News database is now available on line. Pambazuka News is a weekly electronic newsletter covering news, commentary, and analysis, and a range of other resources on…


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PEOPLE

* Marten Pieters has been appointed the new CEO of Tanzania’s TTCL. Prior to his appointment, Marten Pieters was a member of KNP’s Executive Board, where he was responsible for…


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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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