Issue no 184

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POLICE AND THIEVES: FAKE CARTRIDGE SELLERS, E-MAIL SCAMMERS AND CYBER-COPS

FAKE CARTRIDGE SELLERS RUINING THE MARKET FOR LEGITIMATE PRODUCTS Melanie Vermoter of Despec (an HP reseller) has a problem. People are selling cheap, fake ink-jet printer cartridges in some of her key markets and ruining her potential business. Do you buy those cheap cartridges to save money? It could prove a false economy as they have inferior ink that lasts a shorter time than their proprietary equivalent. And if if they make your machine break down, the presence of one of them could void your warranty. The most common printer cartridge involves fraudulent inks. The HP proprietary ink cartridge 51645A…

Telecoms

FOUR INCUMBENT TELCOS SIGN MOU ON EAST AFRICAN FIBRE PROJECT

Four telecommunication firms have signed an agreement to construct a fibre optic cable linking the eastern Africa seaboard. Telkom Kenya, Botswana Telecom, Rwanda Telecom and Zanzibar Telecom signed the memorandum…


Telecoms

GRAMEEN FOUNDATION USA AND MTN UGANDA LAUNCH MTN VILLAGEPHONE

Uganda’s Vice President, Professor Gilbert Bukenya, today officially launched "MTN villagePhone" a joint venture between Grameen Foundation USA and MTN Uganda, the country’s leading telecommunications company. The Vice President launched…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN GSM OPERATOR M-TEL ORDERS PRE-PAID WIRELESS PLATFORM

Nigerian GSM network operator M-Tel has selected Boston Communications’s bcgi Prepaid Wireless platform for its real-time subscriber management capabilities that will enable the operator to profitably offer prepaid wireless service…


Telecoms

SA’S TSHWANE METRO PILOTS POWERLINE COMMUNICATIONS BUT AWAITS LICENCE

The City of Tshwane Metro Municipality, which has tested powerline communications (PLC) kit for 18 months, admits it may not offer telecoms services in the current regulatory regime. Its dream…


Telecoms

TANZANIA’S REGULATOR TCC SAYS FOUR CELLULAR OPERATORS ARE ENOUGH

As more people in Tanzania go for mobile telephony,the Tanzania Communications Commission (TCC) -www.tcc.go.tz - has no plans to license another operator to join the four currently serving the market.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Samsung has become the latest global consumer electronics group to set up a liaison office in Nairobi as it seeks to entrench itself in the East African region. -…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

http://www.prnewswire.com/ - Telephone links have been re-established between the north and south of Benin that had been cut since last Saturday following an outage on the fibre optic cable. -…


Internet

SA’S MBEKI DENOUNCES "CALIFORNIA LAW" ON DOMAIN NAMES

The issue of administering Internet domain names should be discussed at next month’s world information summit in Geneva, "otherwise the world continues to be governed by California law", says president…


Computing

MOROCCO REMOVES ALL TARIFF BARRIERS ON IT PRODUCTS

Morocco has joined a WTO agreement on removing all tariff barriers to information technology (IT) products such as personal computers and telecoms equipment. The step is expected to attract foreign…


Computing

FOUR US FIRMS LICENSED TO SET UP DATA AND CALL CENTRES IN UGANDA

The Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) has identified four US companies that are to be licensed to establish call and data centres. The four, whose names were not readily available are…


Computing

WOOLWORTHS PARTNERS WITH SAS TO NURTURE LIFETIME CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS

One of SA’s leading quality retailers has upped its investment in business intelligence to further build and nurture lifetime relationships with its customers. Woolworths is partnering with SAS, leaders in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- SA’s Department of Communications has awarded a tender to a consortium of consultants to undertake an inventory of databases to determine which are critical for the country. The consortium…


digtool

A PYRAMID BRIEFING ON WIMAX - IS IT RELEVANT FOR AFRICA?

Industry analysts John Yunker of Pyramid has provided an invaluable briefing on Wi-Max that asks all the big questions. Wi-Max is increasingly being mentioned in the African context because of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANA TELECOM CANNOT ATTRACT INVESTORS BECAUSE OF SHARE DISPUTE, SAYS CEO

Ghana Telecom cannot attract substantial investment it badly needs to stay in business because of the impasse between the government and Telecom Malaysia. Serious legal problems are believed to have…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- - Investments in Nigeria’s telecommunications industry have hit an all-time high of N450 billion (USD4 billion) from the N6.75 billion ($50 million) level recorded in 1999, the Minister of…


Digital Content

VETERAN BULAWAYO JOURNALIST RUKUNI LAUNCHES ZIM NEWS WEBSITE TO AVOID PRESS LAWS

Exploiting the unregulated publishing platform of the Internet, another Zimbabwe news site has been launched to meet the demand for independent, non-government affiliated news. Based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://imfundo.digitalbrain.com/imfundo/frontpage/linkresources/?verb=view - Uganda’s Infomania, operators of an electronic business directory, have embarked on a Shs 58 million programme to sensitise the public on how the e-directory works. The compact disc…


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PEOPLE

* David Meintjes has taken the decision to step down as CEO of UUNET SA, and to consult to UUNET on its corporate development strategy. His decision came as a…


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EVENTS

EAST AFRICA FINANCE AND IT CONFERENCE, 25-26 NOVEMBER 2003 Hotel Inter-Continental Nairobi, Kenya 25-26 November 2003 Theme: "Integrating IT into the Banking Business Model" In Association with Kenya Bankers Association…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- The Request for Service that it is hoped will lay the basis for the African Internet Exchange "is to be circulated to all network operators who are interested in…