Issue no 185

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NORTH AFRICAN ADSL ROLL-OUTS - THE BEGINNING OF THE SPREAD OF HIGHER BANDWIDTH OFFERINGS

Last week saw the announcement of ADSL broadband roll-outs in Algeria and Morocco by the incumbent telcos. Not so long ago broadband would have seemed a crazy commercial strategy in what are relatively small markets. But Maroc Telecom is claiming relatively short payback periods. These two North African countries are joining an exclusive club (Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia) whose membership suddenly looks like getting larger. Others are in the wings waiting to join. The potential of broadband (particularly its wireless variants) may lead to a substantial increase in Africa’s international bandwidth requirements. Last week saw a gathering of VIPs…

Telecoms

MADAGASCAR COMMISSIONS FIBRE CABLE FEASIBILITY STUDY

Madagascar has awarded an American consortium a 500,000-dollar contract for feasibility studies towards connecting the country with a transcontinental submarine optic fibre cable network, Communication minister Haja Razafinjatovo announced last…


Telecoms

COMESA PLANS A SH18.4B PHONE SYSTEM TO LINK EASTERN AFRICA

Comesa is promoting the establishment of a regional telecommunications network. Comtel is meant to facilitate increased trade relations within the region. It is the outcome of a study on telecommunications…


Telecoms

GHANA TELECOM THREATENS BIG JOB LOSSES IF INTERNATIONAL MONOPOLY BROKEN

Ghana Telecom has has asked the regulator, the NCA to suspend the liberalization of the international gateway for another four years to enable it to fulfill its expansion objective. In…


Telecoms

MALAWI MOBILE DELAYS ROLL-OUT BUT CLAIMS STILL "ON TRACK"

Malawi Mobile Limited, the country’s third cellular phone service provider licenced in April 2002, admitted last Wednesday that it has delayed roll-out of its network initially set for January 2003…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A South African company this week launched a Linux-based pre-paid electronic voucher solution for the telecoms industry. The company says it opted to develop the product on Linux because…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited last week started the implementation of the per second billing system. Econet said the Per Second Billing (PSB) platform was switched on midnight Tuesday. Henceforth,…


Internet

KENYAN GOVT DELAYS BREAKING DATA MONPOLY UNTIL SNO IS IN PLACE

Plans by the government to license additional Internet backbone providers have now been suspended until a second national operator is licensed. The decisions are contained in a report by a…


Internet

NIGERIAN GOVT MOVES TO CHECK CYBER CRIME WHILE CYBER HUMLIATION AWAITS

President Olusegun Obasanjo last week warned persons currently involved in any form of Advance Fee Fraud (a.k.a. 419), cyber and computer crimes to have a rethink. The president gave the…


Internet

M-WEB COMMERCEZONE SMASHES THE R10BN TRANSACTION BARRIER

M-Web CommerceZone, an independent local business-to-business e-marketplace, saw its transaction volumes smash through the R10bn mark this week, defying common opinions that e-business is floundering. Achieving growth against the odds…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Market research firm World Wide Worx predicts that SA Internet access will get a "kick-start" next year, after a dramatic slowdown in the past three years. According to "The…


Computing

NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA GETS MEDIUM ICT ACCESS RATING IN ITU REPORT

South Africa and Namibia are the only two southern African countries included in the Œmedium access’ list of the world’s first Digital Access Index (DAI), which measures an economy’s access…


Computing

AFRICA’S FIRST LINUX DESKTOP IMPI LAUNCHED IN SOUTH AFRICA

www.glug.org.za Impi is the Zulu word for ‘a group of warriors’ and Impi Linux is one with a host of proven open source software. www.openoffice.org www.cubit.co.za "Most developers in the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Bugs in Gaïnde, the online customs system implemented in Senegal are causing considerable financial losses for the Government. - South Africans have been waiting almost a year for phase…


digtool

RFID IN RETAIL: SUN ANTICIPATES SUPPLY CHAIN REVOLUTION

The introduction of Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) asset tagging is set to revolutionise the supply chains of retail organisations in the near future. That’s according to Andre Muzerie, Sun Microsystems…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM vs ECONET - A COURT ORDER, A SACKED JUDGE AND A DEREGISTRATION

Econet’s battle with the shareholders of Econet Wireless Nigeria and Vodacom has more twists and turns than a race in Monte Carlo. This week there were three significant developments: 1.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

IFC INVESTS USD100M IN MTN NIGERIA

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has provided a USD100,000,000 (about N137bn) to MTN Nigeria as a long term debt and equity financing to expand its nationwide GSM cellular telephone network…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Cellular network operator Vodacom increased its total customer base by 25.1% to 9.6 million in the six months to 30 September. Group revenue of R11.29 billion was 19.6% higher…


Digital Content

ZIMBABWEAN GOVT ARRESTS 14 FOR SENDING CRITICAL E-MAILS ON ECONOMY

Reporters Without Borders has urged the Zimbabwean authorities to drop charges against 14 people who were arrested for circulating an email message criticising President Mugabe’s economic policies and calling for…


Digital Content

LACK OF SECURITY FEARS SLOWS UPTAKE OF E-COMMERCE IN KENYA

A perceived lack of security has slowed down efforts to promote online shopping in Kenya, but the banks, product and service providers running websites are optimistic that with rising awareness…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

www.cyberimagegh.com - Community Information Network for Southern Africa (CINSA) portal/website is now live and online. This is to be the virtual meeting-place for the network members and any ICT practitioners.…


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PEOPLE

* On the move: NCTec has appointed André Truter as Technical Manager and Keith Clarence as Marketing Manager...Judith Middleton, Marketing Manager of CITI is leaving to set up her own…


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EVENTS

http://www.tectonic.co.za/default.php?action=view&id=248&s=news * The Tanzanian Second National Annual ICT Projects Workshop on Thursday, 18th December 2003 has been postponed due to "unsatisfactory response."


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