Issue no 176

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NIGERIA'S ADESEMI PIONEERS VOIP FOR BOTH TELEPHONY AND INTERNET SERVICES

Africa’s regulatory framework has made VOIP a grubby, under-the-counter business carried on by places as diverse as cyber-cafes and barber shops. VOIP with its ability to deliver a range of services including voice, data and multimedia has to be a significant part of the future and can deliver savings for those using it. Nigeria’s NCC has licensed VOIP carriers provided they connect to the incumbent’s backbone. Russell Southwood looks at how the business model and the technology works. With a growing domestic market of over 130 million people (the biggest in Africa), Nigeria has one of the least developed telecoms…

Telecoms

ECONET HEADS WINNING CONSORTIUM TO BE KENYA’S THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

A new mobile phone service provider is to enter the Kenyan market to challenge Safaricom and Kencell. A consortium headed by Econet Wireless of South Africa was yesterday declared the…


Telecoms

EGYPT’S MOBINIL LAUNCHES MMS SERVICE USING NOKIA SOLUTION

Egypt’s MobiNil has launched a mobile multimedia messaging service using Nokia’s MMS and GPRS solutions.In addition to delivering MobiNil the complete Nokia MMS solution, Nokia has also supplied the, GPRS…


Telecoms

PLANNED EAST AFRICA FIBRE COULD SEE TELECOM COSTS DROP 70%

THE costs of international telecommunications operations between East Africa and the rest of the world will go down by an estimated 50 to 70 per cent once a planned fibre-optic…


Telecoms

ANGOLA TELECOM CHOOSES NORTEL FOR CDMA CONTRACT

Movicel, a cellular operator and subsidiary of Angola Telecom, has contracted Nortel Networks to deploy CDMA2000 1X wireless network equipment in Angola for a complete voice and packet data network.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s M-Tel has said it will adopt per second billing system for its GSM charges by October 15, 2003. - Uganda’s Celtel has reached a deal with 14 companies…


Internet

MAURITIUS POST TO LAUNCH AN ISP: MAURIPOST.NET

Mauritius Post wants to become the third ISP on the island with the launch of Mauripost.net. It will start in November of this year but have a full launch in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Lagos State Government has threatened to pull down all masts illegally erected in the State. A spokesman said most of the cybercafes operating in the state did not get…


Computing

MICROSOFT IN AGREEMENT WITH SA GOVT TO PROVIDE ISIZULE AND AFRIKAANS

The South African government has entered into a partnership with Microsoft to develop software in IsiZulu and Afrikaans. Microsoft announced the translation of its software into the two languages in…


Computing

TRAVEL SYSTEMS OPERATOR AMADEUS ENTERS TANZANIAN MARKET

One of the world’s global distribution system and travel technology providers is now entering the Tanzanian market. Amadeus provides airlines, hotels and car rental companies with software that enables them…


Computing

SITA WINS CONTRACT TO DEVELOP IT SYSTEMS AT SIX EGYPTIAN AIRPORTS

Aviation Information Technology (AVIT) at Cairo International Airport Company (CIAC) and the Egyptian Airports Company (EAC) have selected SITA to integrate applications across its IT infrastructure and manage its systems…


Computing

SA-DEVELOPED SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS HEADED FOR THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET

Locally developed add-on software and integrated products for Accpac accounting software are to be introduced to the Australian market in October. Developed by Acctivity, a division of major Accpac value-added…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- A high-profile Microsoft deal to provide thousands of free computers to Namibian schools by 2004 is an attempt to marginalise Schoolnet Namibia, claims Director Joris Komen. Schoolnet, a local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE: MASIYIWA VOWS TO FIGHT FOR BIGGER SLICE OF EWH

Econet Wireless Holdings Limited (EWH) founder Strive Masiyiwa last week vowed to press ahead with his contentious bid for a bigger stake in the telecommunications group, saying his acquisition of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s State Information Technology Agency (SITA) says it has recorded a 44 percent increase in turnover for the year ending March 2003. SITA Acting Chief Executive Officer Ken…


Digital Content

AFRICAN UNION PLANS TO LAUNCH WEBSITE TO FIGHT DRUG TRAFFICKING

The African Union plans to launch a web site to tackle illicit drug trafficking. The web-site contents will include such vital information as how to identify and destroy cannabis plantations.…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Local learners and teachers in disadvantaged communities will soon have their own e-mail accounts and Web sites when Oracle SA launches Think.com as part of the Digital Partnership initiative.…


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PEOPLE

* Amnon Avissar, Director-General of Sentel says that his company won’t wait for the liberalisation of telecoms (2004) in Senegal before demonstrating its telecoms expertise. It is particularly critical of…


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EVENTS

TANZANIA COMPUTING AND TELECOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE 30th September - 1st October 2003 Diamond Jubilee Hall, Dar es Salaam DAY I I. Policy Session II. Infrastructure Development 14:00 IP Telephony: what’s the…