Issue no 168

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SONATEL’S DOMINANCE A MIXED BLESSING FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SENEGALESE MARKET

Senegal has had privatisation without an accompanying dose of liberalisation. The privatised SONATEL dominates almost any telecoms or internet market worth anything in the country. Even with the end of its monopoly in 2004 no-one is holding their breath for any change: everyone in the ICT private sector wants it but does not really believe it will happen. SONATEL simply generates too much money for the Government, even with a minority shareholding. Russell Southwood looked at how the market is developing on a recent visit. Senegal may only be a country of ten million people but it is one of…

Telecoms

GHANA TELECOM WINS CONCESSION OVER ITS PROPOSED INTERCONNECT RATES

Ghana Telecom has won a significant concession from the Government which this week accepted its proposal on interconnect rates. The decision was reached at a meeting between the Ministry of…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN MTN CUSTOMERS TO RECEIVE N1.8 BILLION COMPENSATION

Mobile communications company, MTN, is to pay its customers N1.8 billion as compensation for disrupted service. MTN Chief Executive Officer in the country, Adrian Wood, announced this in Abuja last…


Telecoms

KENYA’S CCK BUSTS "ILLEGAL SECOND INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY"

Officials of the Kenyan communications regulator CCK last week busted a multimillion-shilling international telephone scam operation at the prestigious Lonrho House in Nairobi. Officials from the Communications Commission of Kenya…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Kenyan Government will license a third mobile phone provider by December this year, Transport and Communications Assistant Minister Andrew Ligale has said. Ligale said that bids for the…


Internet

KABISSA LAUNCHES NEXT PHASE OF TIME TO GET ONLINE PROJECT IN GHANA

Following a successful pilot in Nigeria earlier this year, Kabissa—a nonprofit organization that seeks to use technology to strengthen organizations working to improve the lives of people in Africa—has launched…


Computing

KOFI ANNAN CENTRE SETS BOLD AMBITION BUT GETS PRIVATE SECTOR CRITICISM

Ghana is to be the site for the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence that will be linked to the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing in India as a further…


Computing

SA’S BYTES TECHNOLOGY GROUP ACQUIRES STORAGE COMPANY OPTITEK

Bytes Technology Group Limited (BTG), the JSE-listed company and member of the Altron group, has announced its acquisition of Optitek, an industry acknowledged consultancy company, specialising in the design and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Senegal’s ambitious Project Technopole seems to have been stopped in its tracks. It appears to have been a victim of regime change as it was a priority of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NO LUCK FOR ECONET’S NIGERIAN INVESTORS AS THEY CAST AROUND FOR A BETTER PRICE

According to Nigeria’s Daily Champion the Econet operation in Nigeria (only part owned by the parent company is actually looking for fresh capital injection from the South African company Vodacom.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NEW KENYAN VC FUND FOR TECH START-UPS

A technology business development network, c4IDEA.com, has teamed up with a group of investors and institutions to set up a Sh150 million venture fund to finance technology-driven start-ups in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

  - Two Consortium, one of two groups bidding to run South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom network, said on Wednesday it would tell regulators it could raise initial equity funding…


Digital Content

ANGOLAN BUDGET PROPOSALS TO BE PRESENTED IN THE INTERNET

Budget proposals will be available on the Internet as from this year, aiming at contributing to the elaboration of the State’s General Budget, according to an announcement last week by…


Digital Content

KULULA FLIES INTO STORM OVER PROTEST ON ONLINE OFFER

www.kulula.com However, logging on to the site proved impossible and calling through to the booking line elicited a long wait, followed by the apology that the special was only valid…


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PEOPLE

- According to Le Phare, the Governor of DRC province, Kisai Oriental is being sued for USD4705 dollars for non-payment for a computer and various mobiles by Augustin Tshibangu of…


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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

- SciDev.Net seeks an Africa editor to develop its coverage of science and technology in sub-Saharan Africa and build up its network of contributors and partners in the region. Responsibilities…