Issue no 173

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DIREQLEARN: DELIVERING SOLUTIONS INTO SCHOOLS ACROSS THE CONTINENT

NEPAD has set ambitious targets to get computers into Africa’s schools. There is a widespread consensus that unless the next generation learn computer skills Africa will fall further behind. The question has always been how will the computers be delivered. The answer is not just about hardware but also training and appropriate software. A new breed of social entrepreneurs has sprung up to fill this gap who believe that doing good can be combined with doing business. Russell Southwood talks to Denis Brandjes of DireqLearn. What does the company do? We’re interested in delivering more effective learning outcomes through using…

Telecoms

SUDATEL SIGNS USD7.6 MILLION LEASE AGREEMENT WITH OPEC FUND

A private sector lease agreement for USD7.6 million was signed last week between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development and the Sudan Telecommunications Company…


Telecoms

SA’S NEW RURAL OPERATORS WILL GET R15 MILLION IN SUBSIDIES

Black consortiums setting up as telecommunications operators in rural areas will receive subsidies of up to R15m from the Universal Service Agency. Ten licences will soon be awarded to black…


Telecoms

KENYAN COURTS CLEAR THE WAY FOR IMS TO OFFER POST AND PRE-PAID SERVICES

The High Court has allowed Interactive Media Service (IMS) to operate both post and pre-paid services until January next year. Telkom Kenya had on August 4,2003 disconnected IMS’s post-paid network…


Telecoms

UK CALL CENTRE FIRM EXPANDS CAPE OPERATIONS

UK-owned call centre company Dialogue Group expects to triple its staff complement over the next year as it starts supplying services to the pharmaceutical industry from the Western Cape. Dialogue’s…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cameroon’s Camtel is to be privatised in December 2003. - Chinese telecom equipment vendor ZTE has won a sales contract in Algeria to set up a nationwide CDMA network…


Internet

COTE D’IVOIRE: MASSIVE RATE RISE CAUSES CRISIS FOR SMALL CYBER-CAFES

- Cote D’Ivoire Telecom is putting up its rates again, writes Kokou Adediha. Although international rates have come down because of reductions through IP calling, local rates are being rebalanced…


Internet

NEW SKIES LAUNCHES NEW INTERNET TRANSMISSION PLATFORM FOR WEST AFRICA

Last week in Abuja global satellite operator New Skies announced that it had established an additional IP transmission platform dedicated to ISPs, telcom carriers, government agencies and businesses throughout West…


Internet

SA’S M-WEB GAMBLES WITH LOSS-MAKING HOTSPOTS

ISP MWeb has acknowledged that setting up wireless hotspots in Mugg & Bean cafés nationwide is a loss-making venture that may never be self-financing. It believes the move is worth…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- South African based Software Subscription enabling company, WebTec, has announced the launch of a complete desktop security suite, Personal Secure Internet Desktop (PSID). The product is designed for consumers…


Computing

ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF KENYA(ECK) LAUNCHES COMPUTERISED ELECTORAL MAPS

The Electoral Commission of Kenya last week launched a Sh40 million computerised mapping system to help in the planning and conduct of elections. The Geographical Information System (GIS) will enable…


Computing

SYNAPSYS OFFERS LIQUID-COOLED PCs FOR AFRICA

Mainstream thermal management technology will soon reach its limits, says Arthur Williamson, MD of Synapsys, a South African-based distributor of advanced cooling systems. In Africa, air-cooling systems are under abnormal…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Bytes Technology Networks, a division of the JSE listed Bytes Technology Group Limited has been awarded the contract to provide world class e-learning solution and services to Munich Reinsurance…


digtool

INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-SÉBASTIEN ROURE, UNCTAD

The International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) supports developing and transition economies in their efforts to realize their full business potential. Cordelia Salter-Nour, News Update’s e-commerce correspondent interviews Jean-Sébastien Roure, Associate…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ONE DIAL WOULD INVEST INITIAL USD400M AS GHANA’S THIRD NATIONAL OPERATOR

One Dial Communications Limited, a network service provider, intends to invest over USD400 million in Ghana’s telecommunication industry if it is granted a license to operate in the country by…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET NIGERIA’S CHAIR DENIES WANTING TO INCREASE HIS SHAREHOLD

The Chairman of Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN), Mr. Oba Otudeko, has said that he harbours no ambition to increase his shareholding in the company in a letter to This Day.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- SA PC group Mustek achieved an 18.6% increase in net profit for the year to 30 June despite just a 5.3% rise in revenue. The group has declared a…


Digital Content

SA FIRM EVICTS ITS ‘CYBER SQUATTER’

After months of legal wrangling, a South African property group finally managed to evict the cyber squatter who occupied their prime internet property. In May this year Broll Property Group…


Digital Content

NEW WEB SITE OFFERS NEWS TO KENYAN DIASPORA

Designed as a streaming media hub for Kenyan nationals living abroad, the site provides Kenyan.TV provides video content on Kenyan news, political documentaries, historic events, business, and entertainment including local…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- MIT’s bold experiment of posting free course content on the Web, including video lectures, class notes, tests and course outlines, has proved asuccess. In September, MIT will officially launch…


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PEOPLE

* Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Nigeria, Mr. Zachary Wazara has revealed the traumatic experience which GSM operators went through with the previous management of the National Carrier, NITEL.In…


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