Issue no 182

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MALI'S SOTELMA MAKES RETAIL VOIP AGREEMENTS BUT PRIVATISATION LUMBERS ON

Most agreed that when Mali’s SOTELMA cut its international call rates by 50% earlier this year that it had driven out call-back and cut illegal VOIP traffic. But SOTELMA seems determined to stay one step ahead in its fight with those offering VOIP calling. It has recently signed agreements with four companies allowing them to offer international VOIP calls. Meanwhile the long awaited privatisation continues to drag on with a number of important issues still unresolved. Just back from a recent visit Russell Southwood reports on events. Almost surreptitiously, SOTELMA has signed commercial agreements with four companies allowing them to…

Telecoms

UGANDA'S CELTEL ALMOST SUNK BY S12 BILLION CUSTOMER NON-PAYMENTS

They made phone calls, then they refused to pay. A Shs12 billion swindle by subscribers in Celtel’s first three years of operation pushed the firm to the brink, it has…


Telecoms

SA'S SNO TO GO AHEAD BUT EXTERNAL SHARE TO BE "WAREHOUSED"

For the most part, Communications Minister Ivy MatsepeCasaburri’s announcement last week will come as no surprise. In rejecting the first round of bids as substandard last year, the Independent Communications…


Telecoms

MTN NIGERIA SECURES USD395M LOAN TO BOOST ITS SERVICES

MTN Nigeria Communication Limited, has secured a US395 million (about N45.5 billion)facility from a consortium of Nigerian banks to facilitate the deployment ofvital telecommunications infrastructure nationwide.It is the first time…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN REGULATOR PLANS MODERN TELECOMS INSTITUTE FOR ABUJA

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), plans to launch a Telecommunication Institute by the end of January next year to be based in Abuja. Announcing this last week Executive Vice-Chairman of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said yesterday that it has given $845,000 to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to facilitate the strengthening of access to telecommunications in Nigeria.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Scancom Limited, owner of the Ghanaian cellular network, Spacefon, has reduced its call rates by as much as 25% as part of a comprehensive programme to celebrate seven years…


Internet

KENYAN ISPs WELCOME SNO BUT HAVE RESERVATIONS

The decision by the Kenya government to license a second national operator to compete with Telkom Kenya in the provision of international VSAT networks and the Internet node and backbone,…


Internet

SA’S DATAPRO TO SHARE WI-FI INCOME WITH HOTSPOT OWNERS

DataPro, an Internet service provider, has introduced a risk-free outsourced wireless Internet (WiFi) access solution for prospective hotspot owners in large metropolitan areas. Martin Kuhlmann, DataPro project manager, WiFi solutions,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- A new cybercafe has opened in Guinea called Josemar, owned by Ibrahima Condé and Momo Condé. So why’s that news? They are 24 and 19 respectively. The café is…


Computing

NEPAD UNVEILS COMPUTER LITERACY PLAN FOR THE CONTINENT

All students completing secondary school by 2008 will be required to be computer literate, according to Nepad’s computer literacy. They will be followed by primary school leavers five years later…


Computing

SA SOFTWARE DEVELOPER GETS UK PARTNER FOR MULTI-MESSAGING PLATFORM

South African software development company Grapevine Interactive has announced a partnership with London-based IT company Eckoh Technologies. Eckoh will sell Grapevine’s multi-channel messaging platform. Eckoh claims to own the largest…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Edem Kossi talked about the e-commerce platform he and his colleagues have developed at the Afribone/Balancing Act Entrepreneurship and ICT workshop. It is a multi-catalogue product that they hope…


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TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT IN GAUTENG

Gauteng’s traffic law enforcement has been enhanced with the introduction of two new midi-buses fitted with new technology. The province’s MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Khabisi Mosunkutu Last…


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DR EKWOW SPIO-GARBRAH, NEW CEO OF THE CTO

At the beginning of September, the CTO appointed Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah its new CEO. A Ghanaian, Spio-Garbrah is a former politician, ambassador and PR man. Most recently he served as…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL TAKES VODACOM TO UN COURT

Econet Wireless International (EWI), has applied for an injunction in the United Nations court aimed at stopping South Africa’s Vodacom from taking control of ECONET Wireless Nigeria (EWN). EWI chairman…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA’S CO-OP SOCIETIES LIKELY TO FUND LOCAL INVESTMENT IN 3RD MOBILE CO

The local shareholder in the third Kenyan mobile operator, will formally seek funding from Kenya’s co-operative societies. Kenya National Federation of Co-operatives owns 81 per cent of Econet Wireless Kenya,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A continuing lack of demand for technology services has seen Datatec suffer an attributable loss of USD11m, despite concerted efforts to curb its costs and adapt its offerings to…


Digital Content

SARS PUSHES FOR THE USE OF ONLINE TAX FORMS

SA Revenue Services (Sars) first introduced electronic filing of tax returns in July 2001. It appointed five intermediary service providers, who provided the service to businesses and individuals and charged…


Digital Content

GHANA BREWERIES WEBSITE FORMALLY LAUNCHED

The maiden internet website in the local brewery industry was launched at Busynet, Accra, last Thursday by Ghana Breweries Limited (GBL). It was designed by Ghanaian internet solutions provider, SOFT.…


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* All government schools situated at the headquarters of the 27 local government councils of Nigeria’s Jigawa State are to start receiving e-learning via the state’s e-education programme, as soon…