Issue no 191

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THE CURSE OF THE AFRICAN E-MAIL CLASSES - WHAT IS IT?

Yes it’s the word that starts in s and ends in m: the technical term is unsolicited bulk mail. Whisper it quietly because if we spell the word out this e-letter might be blocked by measures taken to prevent it. Every morning your e-mail browser is awash with unwanted messages from people offering you unlikely business offers (419ers) and various chemical and medical solutions to what me might euphemistically describe as “personal problems”. But this is a worldwide problem. What’s this got to do with Africa? Well because all round the world many peoples’ first encounter with Africa is through…

Telecoms

VIPER NETWORKS GETS LICENCE TO TERMINATE VOIP CALLS IN GHANA

Viper Networks Inc. announced last week that through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mid-Atlantic International Inc., it has completed the purchase of the required licensing for termination of VOIP (Voice over Internet…


Telecoms

CAMTEL IN DISPUTE WITH PRIVATE PROVIDER PASTEL OVER CONTRACT

Since 14 August last year, the date of a conciliation meeting chaired by the President Chargé d’Etudes Jolinon Féraudy Ela Ekotto, state incumbent Camtel and Pastel, a private telco, have…


Telecoms

KENYA’S CCK NARROWS THE SHORTLIST FOR THE SNO TENDER

Last Friday Kenya’s telecommunications regulator CCK dropped two hopefuls in the race for the licence to run a second national fixed-line service, which it aims to award by June 2004.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

• South African mobile phone firm Vodacom said last week it signed up more than 627,000 new customers in South Africa over December and now had nine million customers in…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

• Sonatel in partnership with Novavision has launched its “Sonatel 2004” phone directory with for the first time an internet enquiries option (see http://www.sonatel.com). The new directory offers numbers by…


Internet

SA’S TELKOM AND IS FIRST TO MARKET 155MBPS INTERNATIONAL FIBRE BANDWIDTH

Internet Solutions (IS) says that it will be the first Service Provider to utilise the 155Mbps STM1 configuration. An approach to Telkom has resulted in the supply of broadband International…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

• Nigeria’s request for an involuntary transfer of control over its .ng domain is about to be granted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the United…


Computing

TOTAL ETHIOPIA INTRODUCES FIRST ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEM

Total Ethiopia officially announced Wednesday at the Hilton Hotel the implementation of “Topcard”, a new electronic payment system for the first time in the country. Topcard has been on sale…


Computing

MOROCCAN AGRI-BIZ CLAIMS TO BE BEST EQUIPPED SECTOR WITH ICT

Agri-businesses in Morocco claim to be the best equipped in ICT terms according to a report in the last edition of Alimentareus, citing the results of a survey conducted by…


Computing

UGANDA PLANS ICT INCUBATOR TO ENCOURAGE SECTOR GROWTH

Uganda is setting up a USD600,000 (Shs 1.2bn) Information Communication and Technologies (ICT) incubation centre to help ICT businesses seek markets. It is hoped that the centre will enable those…


Computing

ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE ANTI-FRAUD COMPUTER MEASURES

The Zambian government will later this year introduce a new bill in parliament that will protect the misuse of computers and the protection of fraud in banks and other financial…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

• A state-funded project to help South African IT entrepreneurs develop business skills says it has partnered with over 400 companies since its launch 18 months ago. Most of these…


digtool

A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING APPLICATION FOR LOW BANDWIDTH

Collaborate is an application that has been designed to create a virtual classroom environment where hundreds of learners and trainers can interact and learn in real-time through slow internet connections.Its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELSYS ON THE PROWL FOR NEW ACQUISITIONS

Zimbabwean mobile retail operator, Celsys Limited, has confirmed market speculation that it was considering a number of potential acquisitions as part of a programme to diversify its rapidly expanding business.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS INTERNATIONAL: A BUSY WEEK ON ALL FRONTS

Econet Wireless International (EWI) seems to be attracting attention on all fronts: • South Africa’s Altech is in talks with Econet Wireless International. Public speculation is inevitably over finding finance…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

• The World Bank has raised concern over the future of Telkom Kenya, describing the parastatal’s staffing and financial status as poor. The bank says that the corporation’s survival in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS

ISSUE 190: NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT THREATENS “FORCED RE-DELEGATION” ON DOMAIN NAME BODY Please correct the error in this latest edition (190). It is the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), not the National…


Digital Content

CONFÉDÉRATION AFRICAINE DE FOOTBALL PUTS UP ITS NEW WEBSITE

The Confédération africaine de football (CAF) has opened its web site and hopes that it will become the reference point for those interested in football. It provides a calender, a…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

• South African professionals in the UK have a Web site that provides them with a support network for essential services. Since going live last month, www.afinityplus.co.uk has had thousands…


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PEOPLE

* Free Software Foundation(FSF) founder Richard Stallman last week opened the Idlelo Digital Commons conference in Cape Town, South Africa, with a stinging attack on the open source movement. Stallman,…


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EVENTS

IMPLEMENTING THE WSIS ACTION, NAIROBI (25-26 MARCH 2004) Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Implementing the WSIS Action Plan A unique conference for policy-makers, ICT activists and action-oriented private sector organizations Safari Park…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

onyeomam@starcomms.com maiso@actionaiduganda.org http://www.aec.at/de/prix/communities/communities.asp • South African echnology companies will soon be invited to bid for a tender worth at least R2bn to supply computers and printers to every government department.…