Issue no 188

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GUINETEL EMBROILED IN DIALER SCAM FRAUD, SEEKS WAYS OF CLAMPING DOWN ON ABUSERS

Civil war, political instability and a continuing commercial dispute with the incumbent telco’s former owners Portugal Telecom in Guinea Bissau seem to be the ideal recipe for those wanting to commit dialer scam frauds. Brian King tries to make sense of a complex web of fraud which he has uncovered. On Sunday, May 25th of this year, Terri Lockwood and her family were attending the popular Indy 500 automobile races in Indianapolis, Indiana. While they were out, it seemed, an intruder entered the house unnoticed and used the telephone. The only trace the intruder left appeared on the phone bill…

Telecoms

ECONET WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL WINS FAVOURABLE RULING IN NIGERIAN COURT

The Lagos High Court has rejected an urgent application brought before it by the Lagos State government, a significant shareholder in Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN), to try and stop the…


Telecoms

SA ANNOUNCES NEW SNO: MORE SHAREHOLDERS THAN YOU’VE HAD HOT DINNERS

South Africa’s Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has granted both of the bidding consortia - CommuniTel and Two Consortium - a 13% shareholding in the new SNO. Although all…


Telecoms

KENYAN MOBILE OPERATORS LAUNCH DEAL TO BLOCK STOLEN CELLPHONES

Leading mobile providers Safaricom and Kencell officially launched a revolutionary phone blocking system last week. The new system technically referred to as the Equipment Identification Register (EIR) will be operational…


Telecoms

PRIVATISATION OF NITEL BROUGHT FORWARD TO 2004

The privatisation of NITEL will be brought forward to 2004 in order to leverage the successes so far recorded in the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector. President Olusegun Obasanjo said,…


Telecoms

TANZANIA’S TTCL TO INSTALL 2000 PAYPHONES ACROSS THE COUNTRY

The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) will install 2000 payphones countrywide in January, a strategy aimed at enabling telecommunication among its customers currently unable to get fixed line services. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- African telecommunications company GS Telecom has set up shop in SA, from where it will market its new VSAT offering.The company says its initial focus will be on its…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Independent Communications Authority of SA had approved lower call charges from the Telkom network to Vodacom subscribers in 2004, the fixed line operator said late on Monday last…


Internet

ZIMBABWE’S AFRICOM SHIFTS FROM ISM WITH NEW WIRELESS BROADBAND EQUIPMENT

Data communication services company, Africom, has commissioned new broadband wireless equipment, making redundant its old wireless equipment. Prior to obtaining its data telecommunications licence and establishing its own public data…


Internet

KENYA’S 398 POST OFFICES SET TO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS BY JUNE 2004

All the 389 post offices countrywide are to have Internet access by June 2004, according to Transport and Communications Minister John Michuki. The government also expects all primary schools to…


Internet

ZAMBIAN E-COMMERCE NEEDS LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE CONFIDENCE FOR GROWTH

Zambian ISP CopperNET Solutions says Zambia could be in the electronic commerce business but it needs proper legistlation that will build people’s confidence in it, writes Timothy Kasolo. Presenting a…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- According to Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology Professor Turner Isoun, the country will launch another satellite. "Our next strategy now is to go into communication satellite. We missed…


Computing

UNESCO TO SET UP 150 COUMMNITY MULTIMEDIA CENTRES IN AFRICA

UNESCO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will launch a multi-million dollar project to provide marginalized communities in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal with access to information and…


Computing

TUNISIANS TO LAUNCH TECHNOPOLE AT SIDI THABET

An MOU for a feasibility and environmental impact study for a Technopole at Sidi Thabet has been signed by Tunisia’s Secretary of State for the Ministry of Science and Technology…


Computing

KENYANS SET UP NATIONAL IT CO-ORDINATION COUNCIL

Legislation will be passed soon by the Kenyan Parliament to establish a national information and communication technology coordination body.The National ICT Coordination Council will draw members from the government, the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BOTSWANA’S BTC GOES INTO THE BLACK FOR FIRST TIME IN 4 YEARS

The embattled Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has for the first time in four years shown a profit due to corporate restructuring. CEO Noel Herity has announced that the BTC has…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Technology group Grintek will cement its lucrative relationship with Swedish group Saab through Saab’s 21% acquisition of the South African company. The deal would give Grintek (of which the…


Digital Content

Digital Content

SOUL BEAT AFRICA RESPONDS TO ENTHUSIASM FOR INFO SHARING

Soul Beat Africa is a newly launched website that aims to connect people and organisations using communication for change and development in Africa. Across the continent, countless ICT activities are…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Global VSAT Forum launched a new map at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Geneva (Switzerland) on 12…


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PEOPLE

* A Kenyan as been elected to be the Secretary-General of the African Federation of Information & Communications Technology Associations (AFICTA). Waudo Siganga, who is also the Chairman of the…


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EVENTS

The African IT Security Forum: School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London (27-28 January 2004) DAY One, 27 January 2004 KEYNOTE: The future ain’t what it used to…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

http://www.delconsulting.com - We are an American company looking for a local business partner in Tunisia to develop a telecom project. This person must have contacts in the local telephone company…