Issue no 190

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NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT THREATENS "FORCED RE-DELEGATION" ON DOMAIN NAME BODY

The current row over the .ng domain has thrown into sharp relief international discussions over whether ICANN’s GAC Committee or the ITU should be responsible for appointing national domain name bodies. The Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency appeared to be about to embark down the same road taken by the South African government before it reached agreement with its national domain body operator. It says it has licenced the Nigerian Internet Group to administer the TLD, threatening that "forced re-delegation is only now a matter of time." Shina Badaru and Russell Southwood take the temperature of this hot debate. The…

Telecoms

MOROCCO HOPES SECOND TIME LUCKY ON PRIVATISING INCUMBENT

Morocco’s telecom regulator ANRT will try a second time to liberalize the nation’s fixed line sector by announcing a timetable for a new license in the first quarter of 2004,…


Telecoms

GHANA TALKS AGAIN OF SEPARATING OUT VOLTACOM FIBRE NETWORK

The Ghanaian Government is to separate VOLTACOM, a fibre optic communications facility owned by the Volta River Authority (VRA) from the latter to open up its services to the broader…


Telecoms

MAURITIUS LOOKING FORWARD TO AND INTERNATIONAL CALLING PRICE WAR

Mauritians making international calls to their nearest and dearest can look forward to the forthcoming price war on rates. For the popular countries like France and the UK the cost…


Telecoms

TELKOM SA CHOOSES AMDOCS BILLING AND ORDERS PLATFORM

Amdocs has announced that Telkom South Africa will standardize on Amdocs as its core platform to seamlessly automate and link customer relationship management, billing, and order management processes. No value…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egyptian mobile phone operator MobiNil has signed up three million subscribers, a company source told Reuters on Tuesday. The source did not know if the figure of three million…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Tunisie Télécom is going to make tariff reductions of between 25-40% and offer new services to woo customers. The first cut is 25% of its GSM subscription price from…


Internet

UUNET KENYA SUES WANANCHI AND TELKOM KENYA TO RECOVER LINES

Two internet service rivals, UUNet Kenya and Wananchi Online, are entangled in a legal dispute over alleged breach of a network agreement worth more than Sh35 million. UUNet has sued…


Internet

MAROC TELECOM SIGNS INTERNET AGREEMENT WITH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

Cuts in access costs of up to 20% and special packs to help develop web sites are some of the elements of an agreement between Maroc Telecom and the Ministry…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Moroccan regulator has decided that wi-fi operating on the 5 GHZ frequency can only be used within the inside of a single building. - South African internet banking…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY LAUNCHES NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR PDA

February will see the launch of a personal navigation system for handheld computers in SA. MapIT is launching Map and Travel South African Cities, which the company says can route…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM SEEKS TO REVIVE STALLED NIGERIAN DEAL

Cellular group Vodacom was working to revive stalled attempts to control Nigeria’s number two network by restructuring the deal, its major shareholder said last week. Belinda Williams, a spokesperson for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Sadok Rabeh, Tunisian Minister of Technology and Transport has announced that Tunisie Télécom will open its shares to the public and give first priority to its own customers. -…


Digital Content

HOTEL OWNERS SUE FRENCH OWNER OF PLANETE SENEGAL FOR LIBEL

The Tribunal régional of Ziguinchor cited a Frenchman called Christian Cousteaux, the oener of the web site Senegalaisement.com (also known as Planete Senegal) for contempt of court. He has been…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.internet.org.za) info@mkapa.com http://www.thezambian.com/technology/ - Mauritian web site Tangaza.com has updated its contents.


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EVENTS

AITEC SECURITY FORUM (27-28 JANUARY 2004) Dr Jeremy Ward, a leading IT security expert in the UK, has confirmed that he will make a keynote presentation at the African IT…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* A company in Nigeria is looking for RF RF engineers with minimum of 4 years GSM planning and optimization experience required for a large project in Nigeria. Long term…