Issue no 170

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MALI SPECIAL - COMPETITION BEGINS TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON SOTELMA

Even small African markets like Mali are beginning to experience the impact of competition. It’s slow and uneven but it’s beginning to happen. State incumbent Sotelma bowed to the inevitable recently and dropped its international rates by 50%. The Government has announced that it will be privatised by the end of 2004 but it was supposed to happen at the end of this year. Local industry gossip is that Sonatel may then buy it, making France Telecom significant owners of both major players in the market. Russell Southwood reports after a recent visit. The Malian incumbent Sotelma was created in…

Telecoms

MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS FURTHER LIBERALISATION IN VISIT TO CI TELECOM

Ivorian Minister of Information and Technology Hamed Bakayoko paid an official visit to Cote D’Ivoire Telecom. He was enthused by the new connection to the SAT3 cable and announced that…


Telecoms

UGANDA’S GULU DISTRICT GETS DIGITAL LANDLINE FROM RCP PROGRAMME

Within two weeks Gulu will be the first district in Uganda to benefit from the Rural Communication Improvement Programme. The USD3.7m project to connect the northern region to the telephone…


Telecoms

GATEWAY AND SIERRE LEONE’S DATATEL LINK TWO GSM OPERATORS TO INDEPENDENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

In a visible demonstration of their investment in Sierra Leone pan-African operator Gateway Communications, and independent Freetown based Datatel Connections announced last week the successful launch of new network infrastructure…


Telecoms

KENYA’S THIRD MOBILE LICENCE TO BE AUCTIONED

The price of the third mobile telephone licence will be determined by auction. And the figure could be higher or lower than what was paid by the two existing operators,…


Telecoms

ALCATEL SIGNS USD80M NETWORK DEAL WITH GHANA TELECOM

Alcatel announced last week that it has signed a USD 80m contract with Ghana Telecom (GT) to upgrade and expand its telecom network across the nation. The contract was won…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s President Obasanjo has signed into law the new Telecommunications Bill which restructures the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to give it full autonomy and establishes a Frequency Management Board.…


Internet

TUNISIAN ISPS ASK GOVT TO LOWER INCUMBENT’S CHARGES BY 10-30%

ISPs in Tunisia are lobbying the state telecom company and communications carrier Tunisie Telecom to reduce the fees it charges them for access. Tunisian ISPs are suffering from an anaemic…


Internet

SA'S HP AND SA OUTSOURCING LAUNCH WI-FI SOLUTION TO CREATE HOTSPOTS

Despite the relative illegality of Wi-Fi in SA at present, HP SA and SA Outsourcing last week announced an agreement that will see them provide a solution that aims to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Sonatel has launched Ticket Surf, an online payment system that allows users to pay for a number of services including SMS text messaging. It uses a throwaway card with…


Computing

CITI PARTNERS WITH EUROPE’S BIGGEST ICT INCUBATOR

In a further effort to lower barriers to entry into the UK for South African start-ups, the Cape Information Technology Initiative (CITI) said last week it had formed a partnership…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa’s Metal Industries Benefit Fund Administrators (Mibfa), which administers the Metal and Engineering Industries Retirement Funds, has awarded Dimension Data (DiData) a R62m outsourcing contract to replace the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BOTSWANA: CITIZENS INVESTMENTS AWAIT OUTCOME OF MASCOM BID

Citizens Investments, a local company, will know this Monday whether it has acquired 50.01 per cent in Mascom Wireless. The company has met all the requirements and was one of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICASA REPORT CASTS DOUBT ON BOTH OF SA’S SNO BIDS - MONEY THE ISSUE

A report released on Tuesday last week by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) raised grave doubts about the viability of either of the shortlisted bids for the second…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- SA’s MGX Holdings has sold Software Futures to an investor consortium for R20m. The deal took effect from 7 August. The transaction has been completed and depends for its…


Digital Content

UGANDA’S INFOMANIA LAUNCHES BUSINESS E-DIRECTORY

A Ugandan company has built what is claimed to be its first ever electronic business directory. The compact disc (CD) directory, with 30,000 listings, is a brainchild of Infomania and…


Digital Content

KENYAN JOBSEEKERS SITE AIMS TO REDUCE COST OF LOOKING FOR WORK

A website which links Kenyan job-seekers to local opportunities has been launched. The site, myjobsEye.com, will list job opportunities in organisations which sign up as well as deposit the curriculum…


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PEOPLE

* Akossi Akossi is being put forward by the Ivorian government as candidate for the Secretary-Generalship of the African Telecommunications Union at its annual meeting (26-27 August) in Abidjan. If…