Issue no 174

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TELKOM KENYA’S IP NETWORKS READIES ITSELF FOR THE END OF ITS MONOPOLY

Telkom Kenya’s IP Data Networks (usually known by its brand name Jambonet) has had networks that burst their routers’ capacity to handle the rapidly growing traffic. However they have recently completed a network upgrade and are in fighting mood as they wait for the inevitable end of the international monopoly. In a competitive environment Telkom Kenya will look at different parts of its operations as profit-centred business units. With only a small number of employees it is arguable that this part of the business is in better shape than the fixed line side. However the current price structure is not…

Telecoms

ZIMBABWE’S CFX BANK INTRODUCES CELL-PHONE TRANSACTIONS

CFX Merchant Bank has broken virgin ground in Zimbabwe by introducing the first ever payment system under which transactions are done over cellular phones. The system is expected to throw…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (M-tel) has approved the general rehabilitation of its TACs/Analogue system. The approval is expected to enhance the services of M-tel’s analogue mobile cellular nationwide and the…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA’S CALL CHARGES RISE BY 16 PER CENT

Local call charges (within a 60 km radius) will go up from KS6.50 to KS7.40 per three minutes for fixed line calls and from KS6 per minute to KS7 per…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA SEEKS TO ENTER THE ANGOLAN MARKET

Telecom Namibia’s Managing director, Frans Ndoroma, has just confirmed that negotiations with its Angolan counterparts to operate a fixed line business in that country, are ongoing. "And the potential is…


Telecoms

SPACEFON ACCUSES GHANA TELECOM OF MISLEADING INFO ON INTERCONNECTIVITY

The impasse between Ghana Telecom and Spacefon over interconnectivity rates took another twist last week when the latter accused GT of misleading the public with wrong information Addressing a press…


Telecoms

SA’S MOBILE COMPANIES MAY RECONSIDER CELLPHONE SUBSIDIES

Free or heavily subsidised handsets dished out to cellphones users in SA are an anomaly that could disappear if the country’s three cellular operators could trust each other to end…


Internet

ZIMBABWE’S INTERNET USERS SUFFER SLOW BROWSING PROBLEMS

Zimbabwe Internet users are experiencing serious Internet browsing problems because signal traffic that was previously routed direct to South Africa is being rerouted through the Mazoe Earth Station because of…


Internet

BOOM TIME PREDICTED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WIFI HOT SPOTS

Wireless hotspot service provider Wireless G says the demand for services at pilot sites in the Sandton area indicates that SA is ready to follow the international hotspot growth trend…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Kenya’s local IXP, KIXP has changed its membership criteria. In essence, the changes allow anyone to join the exchange provided they can pay its membership fee. - Uganda’s, housing…


Computing

EGYPTIAN E-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE MOVING FORWARD

It takes a citizen an average of 3.5 visits ­ about nine hours ­ to a government office to complete any given transaction, like obtaining a driver’s license or applying…


Computing

FINTECH INSTALLS I-FLEX SOFTWARE FOR MICRO LENDER KUSCCO

An ambitious multi-million project to Kenya’s credit unions started last week when Fintech Technologies begins training the would-be beneficiaries. The move marks the implementation stage of a deal signed last…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

* Kenswitch, the KS75 million shared ATM project for 18 banks, will be launched next month. Kenswitch is a project of Fintech and the Kenya Bankers Association.


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E-CENTRIC UNDERTAKES SEVEN CALL CENTRE CAMPAIGNS FOR EUROPEAN CO’S

A small business in Midrand is making waves in the international call centre market.Woman-owned e-Centric has undertaken seven call centre campaigns for UK and Dutch companies in the past six…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET CHALLENGES TAKEOVER BIDS FOR ECONET WIRELESS NIGERIA

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless International (EWI) is challenging the legality of potential take-over bids from South Africa’s Vodacom and Egypt’s Orascom Telecom for Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN), the second largest mobile…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELTEL BURKINA FASO RAISES USD5.25 MILLION THROUGH PUBLIC BOND

Celtel Burkina Faso, MSI Cellular’s operator in West Africa, has become the first independent cellular operator in the region to raise money through a public bond, with the issue of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) announced that the planned IPO for the state-owned telecommunications company, NITEL, would be launched in November. The IPO will be Nigeria’s largest offering and…


Digital Content

SA CRIME WEB SITE GARNERS 24,000 HITS IN FIRST WEEK TO COUNTER GOVT BAN

A web site launched in response to government’s ban on crime statistics has generated 450 entries, and received over 24,000 hits in its first week of operation. Crimestats.co.za was developed…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

* A market information system for Kenya’s dairy industry was launched last week. Aimed at the country’s more than 630,000 smallholder and large-scale dairy farmers, up-to-date the market information will…


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PEOPLE

* Noel Meier will be taking over from Tom Bragaw, who, as CEO of MTN Uganda, led the team through the highly successful implementation phase to where the business is…


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EVENTS

KENYAN ICT CONFERENCE POSTPONED UNTIL 11 OCTOBER Strathmore University has postponed its ICT conference from 6 September to 11 October following the death of the Vice President. The line up…


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