Issue no 171

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KENYA SENDS OUT MIXED MESSAGES ON COMPETITION: VOIP IN CYBER-CAFES BUT NO JAMBONET COMPETITORS YET

Kenya’s new Government has made clear its intention to liberalise the telecoms and internet sector but the reality remains mixed. The good news? This week Telkom Kenya’s Managing Director John Waweru announced his intention to allow cyber-cafes to offer VOIP calling for as little as Sh5 per minute. We await further details with interest. The bad news? The internet sector is still waiting for Kenya’s rather elderly ICT Minister to clear the way for the licensing of competitors to Jambonet. In frustration at a recent two day shutdown by Jambonet, Joseph Mucheru, Technical Officer of Wananchi Online launched on online…

Telecoms

MAURITIUS PROVISIONALLY AWARDS SNO LICENCE AND 10 NEW ILDS

The Mauritius telecoms authority said on Monday it had approved 14 licences for companies to enter its domestic telecommunications market. "Last week, we began sending letters of intent approving the…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICAN REVENUE SERVICE SELECTS ACDT CONSORTIUM FOR CALL CENTRES  

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has selected the ACDT Consortium to deploy call centre facilities in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as part of an overall effort to…


Telecoms

ALGERIA’S MOBILE PHONE SUBSCRIBERS DOUBLED IN 2003

The number of mobile phone subscribers in Algeria has more than doubled since the end of last year and now tops one million for a population of 32 million, official…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S SNO READIES ITSELF FOR BUSINESS BUT WHEN WILL IT START?

Globacom, Nigeria’s Second National Operator is set to launch but the question of when hangs in the air. Late May, the company announced the appointment of 350 dealers who will…


Telecoms

UGANDAN REGULATOR TO REVIEW OPERATORS’ PERFORMANCE BEFORE DUOPOLY ENDS IN 2005

An audit is being made to find out whether telephone operators have met their licence obligations. Uganda Communications Commission, the regulator of the communications sector, is reviewing the performance of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- MTN and Vodacom look set to introduce PDA phones in South Africa for only R1500. - The Zambian government has decided not to privatise Zamtel but keep it as…


Internet

NIGERIA’S NCS TO RESOLVE NIGERIA’S .NG CONTROVERSY

The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has been saddled with the responsibility of spearheading the transfer of Nigeria’s Internet nomenclature, the .ng domain, to a representative of Internet community stakeholders in…


Internet

SA’S TELKOM PILOTS EIGHT FREE WIFI FOR ADSL USERS

Telkom has taken the wraps off eight WiFi hotspot pilot sites and says it will have 100 such sites by the end of the year, writes Carel Alberts of Itweb.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to a speaker at the recent CINSA conference, the whole of the island of Mauritius is a wireless hot-spot. - Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) has launched its…


Computing

MALAYSIAN ICT FIRM IN DEAL TO DEVELOP SWAZI NATIONAL ICT BLUEPRINT

Malaysia’s information technology company, Applied Information Management Services, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Swaziland to develop a national blueprint for the Swazi ICT sector and develop the kingdom…


Computing

UGANDAN JUDICIARY LAUNCHES ELECTRONIC COURT RECORDING SYSTEM

The Ugandan judiciary has launched an electronic court recording system to replace the paper and pen method. The Principle Judge, Herbert Ntabgoba, who presided over the launch last Thursday, described…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Concord Communications announced today that it has signed a worldwide partnership agreement with Dimension Data that expands on existing regional relationships between the companies.


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS SAYS ORASCOM, VODACOM EYE NIGERIA STAKE

Cairo-based mobile phone operator Orascom Telecom and South Africa’s Vodacom have both sent teams to look at buying a stake in Econet Wireless Nigeria, Nigerian telecoms officials said on Monday…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

 - SA’s IT services and solutions group AST’s 2003 financial year should go down as its worst ever. It was a set of numbers described by non-executive chairman Hans Smith…


Digital Content

Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.gtz.de/fgm - South African-based Business Day’s small business supplement Real Business has launched a web site to give small business owners the opportunity to become part of its network for…


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PEOPLE

* The failure of the Nigerian presidency to pay N4.8 million debt on International Direct Dialing (IDD) telephone lines of Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abudulsalami Abubukar has swollen the debt…


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EVENTS

SUN HOSTS WEB SERVICES SEMINARS To highlight its strategic roadmap towards a more service-oriented, streamlined, language-independent, Web services infrastructure, Sun Microsystems will host Web services seminars in association with SAP…