Issue no 181

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Nigeria’s NITEL set to cut international call rates in half

NITEL looks set to cut its international call charges by 50%, according to Rein Zwolsman, its CEO at the Chief Executive Forum of the 2nd Nigerian Telecoms Summit. At the same forum the Chief Executive of the NCC emphasised that VOIP technology was completely legal provided the operator had a licence from the NCC. Whatever the considerable problems the country has, Nigeria seems to be leading the way on the continent towards fully liberalised telecoms markets. Shina Baduru and Russell Southwood pick over the messages coming out of the forum. The meeting gave CEOs from Nigerian communications companies the opportunity…

Telecoms

CALL-BACK RULING DEALS NEW BLOW TO SA TELKOM’S PROFITS

Telkom’s profits are facing a new threat after approval was granted to a form of call-back service that will let its customers make international calls without using Telkom’s lines.The revenue…


Telecoms

GHANA’S WESTEL AGREES TO PAY USD25 MILLION IN PENALTIES

Ghana’s WESTELhas agreed to settle USD25 million in non-performance penalties to the the regulator National Communications Authority (NCA) for failing to roll out the number of lines expected of it…


Telecoms

ICASA LAYS DOWN CONSUMER COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE FOR SA’S TELECOM OPERATORS

Consumers who lodge a complaint against Telkom or the three cellular network operators can expect to have their gripes resolved within 14 days, the four companies have agreed. The operators…


Telecoms

AFTER MAURITANIA, MAROC TELECOM BIDS FOR ALGERIAN MOBILE LICENCE

Maroc Telecom has got through to the pre-qualification stage of the bidding for Algeria’s third mobile licence, two years after the Government decided to open the market. According to the…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S M-TEL SELECTS INTEC FOR BILLING

Sentori, Inc., Intec Telecom Systems, and GPNW Consulting (UK) Ltd. Have been selected by Nigeria Mobile Telecommunications Limited (M-Tel), to provide interconnect, billing and customer care solutions for M-Tel’s mobile…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The employees of CORA, the mobile operator that recently closed down its operation in Cote D’Ivoire are unhappy with the decision and carrying out a hunger strike in protest.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ghana Telecom has embarked on an expansion project to increase its Akim Oda telephone exchange system from the 1,000 to 3,000 lines. - MTN Nigeria Communication Limited has finally…


Internet

ALGERIAN INTERNET RATES FALL BY 50% THIS MONTH

A new internet access rate for fixed line users came into force today. It has been cut by 50% from 1 DA a minute to 0.50 DA, a reduction designed…


Internet

SPAM COSTS SA BUSINESS SECTOR ESTIMATED R7-13.1 BILLION A YEAR

The SA Spam Summit, held on Wednesday 22 October in Johannesburg, highlighted the following issues: - That Spam costs South African businesses between R7-billion and R13,1-billion per annum just in…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom is engaged in an intensive WiFi feasibility study, having commissioned the first few hotspots as part of a pilot programme that will include 100 sites around SA."As part…


Computing

KENYA COMPUTER FIRM LOSES SH39 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST PENSION FUND

A Nairobi Court has dismissed a case filed by an information technology consulting firm seeking to recover Sh30 million from the workers’ pension fund. The dispute was between Tandam Parks…


Computing

NIGERIAN BANKS WILL ISSUE E-CARDS IN JANUARY 2004

Nigerian banks have plans to introduce card-based electronic payment systems in January. Six banks have been appointed issuing houses for the scheme, being packaged under a tripartite arrangement between MasterCard…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- About 20 news jobs will be created at the local branch of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as the company takes on a deal to provide outsourcing services for resources…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET SUES VODACOM OVER NIGERIAN OFFER FOR EWN

Econet Wireless has filed an application against Vodacom South Africa in the High Court of Nigeria alleging they engaged in actions to Œinduce a breach of contract’. EWI state their…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telkom is to report an increase of at least 30% in earnings per share for the half-year to 30 September.The group published a notice this morning saying that both…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RESPONSES - ISSUE 180: AFRICA’S DIGITAL DIVIDE - TIME FOR A REALITY CHECK

MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS The analysis on the problems of "Bridging the Digital Gap" is quite interesting. It raises some fundamental questions: 1. Where are the success stories in the…


Digital Content

ANGOLA’S ANGOP WILL LAUNCH NEW SERVICE IN JUNE 2004

In June 2004 Angola Press Agency (ANGOP) will launch a new portal-based service, according to Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", the agency’s Director-General. Speaking on occasion of ANGOP’s 28th anniversary…


Digital Content

AIDS CONCERT TO GO OUT LIVE OVER INTERNET

Technology will play its part in supporting a World AIDS Day concert initiated by Nelson Mandela and international musicians by broadcasting the concert live over the internet. Internet service provider…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- New content on aggressive driving has been added to the South African Arrive Alive Web site to assist drivers over the holiday season.Free State-based attorney Johan Jonck, who started…


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PEOPLE

* A mixture of technology experts and government officials has been selected as advisers to help boost SA’s development skills in open source software. The advisers will work with the…


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