Issue no 186

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African ICT incubators: breeding new businesses and spreading innovation

Incubators provide business advice, accommodation, services and finance to start-ups. They have a good track record of ensuring that businesses of any type survive the crucial first 18 months of their existence. Notwithstanding the VC incubator casualties of the internet boom, ICT incubators have proved particularly successful at spawning new companies. Yet outside of South Africa, there are remarkably few ICT incubators with the exception of BusyInternet in Accra. This week infoDev’s African regional conference took place in Bagamoyo in Tanzania. Russell Southwood looks at the challenges facing those wanting to set up ICT incubators in Africa and profiles two…

Telecoms

KUWAITI WATANIYA TELECOM WINS 3RD MOBILE LICENCE IN ALGERIA

Wataniya Telecom, which already operates in neighbouring Tunisia, bid 421 million dollars, beating offers of 409 million dollars from Telefonica of Spain and 375 million from MTN of South Africa.The…


Telecoms

VODACOM AND MOZAMBIQUE GOVERNMENT FINALLY TIE THE KNOT

The Mozambican government and the second mobile phone operator in the country, Vodacom Mocambique (VM), on Wednesday last week finally signed the contract formalising the Vodacom promise to make direct…


Telecoms

SA MOBILE FIRMS GEAR UP NETWORK CAPACITY FOR SMS IN HOLIDAY SEASON

The cellular networks are boosting their capacity for voice and data calls ahead of the festive season. Measures include upgrading base stations and expanding network capacity, writes Stephen Whitford of…


Telecoms

NIGERIA’S COMMERCIAL FACILITATORS DEPLOY MOBILE CELL SITES

interWAVE Communications has received and deployed a USD2.2 million third phase order for Commercial Facilitators Limited (CFL), a value-added telecom service provider in Nigeria, providing two of its Cell-On- Wheels…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Ghanaian national ICT policy which was promised for June 2003 is nowhere to be seen. So far it has taken three years for the Ghanaian government to give…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Massive confusion amongst "cabines téléphoniques" users in Cameroon after recent rate rises from Camtel. Maybe Camtel’s Albert Ebongo Aboutou, Head of the Technical Department can explain:" The cost charged…


Internet

NIGERIA’S JIGAWA STATE COMPLETES BROADBAND ACCESS NETWORK IN CAPITAL

Jigawa State has installed a multi million naira broadband access network which is being run by the state government-owned Galaxy Information Technology and Telecommunication. The project, financed by the EXIM…


Internet

WIFI HOTSPOT LOCATER LAUNCHED

CellularOnline MD Leon Perlman is so confident that wireless Internet access will grow strongly that he has launched a hotspot locator website that will detail hotspot locations domestically and eventually…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Africa Online is deploying a Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) network within Tanzania, commencing with initial roll out in Dar es Salaam in the last quarter of 2003. The network…


Computing

EGYPT’S SMART VILLAGE WANTS TO BE REGIONAL IT HUB

After spending nearly three years on drafting boards and scale models, Egypt’s ambitious Smart Village Pyramids project has finally come to life in bricks and mortar. The Smart Village, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET MAKES A HARD SELL AS IT RAISES LOCAL FUNDS FOR KENYA OP

In a swift move aimed at winning buy-in from Kenya’s 2.5 million strong membership potential, Econet Wireless Kenya (EWK) last Thursday took advantage of a co-operative leaders forum in Nairobi…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Orascom Telecom Holding released 9M FY03 results ending September, in which net income jumped significantly to LE554.1 million compared to a net loss of LE96.2 million recorded in the…


Digital Content

SA'S OFFICIAL PORTAL BEATS CYBERSQUATTERS AND GROWS TENFOLD

www.southafrica.info www.southafrica.info The Web portal has been the platform for many successful online campaigns. Earlier this year, it was the official online "Madiba birthday site", with South Africans and other…


Digital Content

BURKINA FASO BANK LAUNCHES INTERNET BANKING PRODUCT

www.BICIABNet.net Acoording to BICIA B’s Jean-Pierre Bajon-Arnal, these new strategies are part of the bank’s aspiration to offer qualitatively better services and to maintain its lead in the banking sector.…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNET MARKET; LATEST FINDINGS FROM WORLD WIDE WORX

South Africans who've been watching the Internet industry for the past decade would be forgiven for thinking it feels like 1994 all over again, writes Arthur Goldstuck. Suddenly, there are…


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PEOPLE

* The Department of Communications most senior public servant, director-general Andile Ngcaba, has resigned to pursue his own business interests within the ICT sector. Ngcaba told ItWeb that he intends…


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EVENTS

IT CONFIDENCE 2004 (18 FEBRUARY 2004) The IT Confidence 2004 event, hosted by ITWeb in association with Brainier Capital, will create a unique platform for the key JSE-listed IT companies…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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