Issue no 192

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THE IMPACT OF ICT ON SMES - A MOTOR FOR FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN HARD-PRESSED TIMES

Africa’s economies are often dominated by Government and large corporations but the real engine of economic growth may be small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs in the jargon. By adding technology to their operations (the ICT acronym) two economic “drivers” are brought together and sparks may fly. You may even get a significant productivity “jump”. Not all SMEs can achieve this but those that can should be a significant market for African computer hardware and software resellers. Russell Southwood makes comparisons between Africa and Jamaica where this effect is already beginning to be felt. Sometimes it;s useful to step back from…

Telecoms

CELTEL RAISES USD62 MILLION WAR CHEST TO TACKLE MTN, VODACOM

Cellular network operator MSI has raised another $62m in equity funding to help expand its African networks and continue to do battle with SA’s own cellular operators, MTN and Vodacom.…


Telecoms

KENYA’S CCK ONLY QUALIFIES BELL WESTERN AS FIXED LINE REGIONAL OPERATOR

The Government will not register any other regional telecommunications firm to compete with Telkom in fixed lines business after only one applicant qualified. Bell Western received the licence to operate…


Telecoms

SA’S TELKOM ORDERED TO DISCLOSE DETAILS OF CUSTOMER CONTRACTS

Rival Orion Cellular claims Telkom crammed its contracts with preferential prices to lure away loyal customers The Competition Tribunal has ordered Telkom to disclose the contents of two of its…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

Mobile messaging solutions provider, Clickatell has been invited to host a workshop at the largest GSM event in the world, the 3GSM World Congress (being held in Cannes from 23…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Safaricom last week unveiled a multi million network management centre as part of its expansion and improvement strategy for 2004. The new facility uses the latest technology to detect…


Internet

BAGLE WORM INFECTS SA HOME USERS, SMEs BUT INFECTION RATE LOWER

The new Bagle worm appears to have spread in South Africa last week affecting mostly small businesses and home users. ITWeb readers reported multiple infections in small offices, home PCs…


Internet

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TIGHTENS THE LEGISLATIVE NET ON 419ers

The Nigerian Federal Government on Wednesday last week tightened the net on 419ers as it approved sterner measures in a new bill seeking to amend the existing act on the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- GS Telecom, one of the largest privately owned suppliers of wireless and satellite systems in Africa, says that it is putting a host of applications, including high speed data,…


Computing

NIGERIA’S NIPOST TO COMPUTERISE POST OFFICES

The Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) has concluded plans to computerise major post offices across the country, the organisation’s public relations manager, Hussaina Charity Ato announced last week. Speaking with newsmen…


Computing

DIGITAL PLANET, DISCOVERY CUT ICT COSTS FOR VITALITY MEMBERS

www.discoveryworld.co.za The ICT product range includes: HP notebooks, desktops printers, digital cameras and consumables, Microsoft retail products such as games and Encarta, productivity tools (Office and Visio) and hardware, including…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The National Universities Commission (NUC) has commenced the process of fine-tuning the Nigerian Universities Management Information System (NUMIS) to provide reliable, comprehensive and up-to-date data on university education in…


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E-BILLING ADOPTION ON THE RISE

E-billing is a technology that is catching on fast in this country. Instead of sending and receiving bills by post, which is time-consuming, inconvenient and expensive, more companies and individuals…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ALTECH, ECONET WIRELESS FORM USD140 MILLION JOINT VENTURE

Telecommunications, multi-media and information technology group company Altech and the Econet Wireless Group, an international company with global telecommunications interests in Africa, the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET DECLARES ONLY SECOND DIVIDEND IN FIVE YEARS

Econet Wireless Holdings Ltd (Econet) this week broke its own tradition of not rewarding shareholders by declaring its second dividend in five years in the interim period to December 31…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ALTECH, ECONET TAKE AIM AT BIG GUNS

Altech and cellular network operator Econet Wireless have confirmed the creation of a joint telecoms venture, valued at R1bn, which is destined to bring Altech into direct competition with MTN…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Net1 Applied Technology Holdings’ (Aplitec’s) delisting from the JSE is still on the cards, but it may not happen next month as originally planned. The group had planned to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS RESPONSES

ISSUE 191: STALLMAN HITS OUT AT OPEN SOURCE ADVOCATES AT CAPE CONFERENCE While I think that your newsletter Balancing Act is a wonderful source of news on what’s going on…


Digital Content

CAREERJUNCTION.CO.ZA REPORTS RECORD MONTH OF NEW YEAR JOB SEEKERS

SA online recruitment Web site, CareerJunction.co.za, has announced a good start to 2004, breaking all previous records in terms of users online and new vacancies being submitted. In the first…


Digital Content

E-LEARNING GROUP NETS A PARTNER IN ZAMBIA

Interactive University, the Edinburgh e-learning company spun out of Heriot-Watt, has entered the African market after signing its first local partnering agreement in the region. The deal with the Zambian…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union web-site (www.sadtu.org.za) has been nominated as a finalist for Labour Start’s Site of the Year 2003. It is the third time that it…


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PEOPLE

* Tunisian Minister of Technology, Communications and Transport Sadok Rabeh the Norwegian Foreign Minister Olav Kjoerven met to discuss the next WSIS Summit in November 2005. Both sides pledged to…


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EVENTS

QKON VSAT ENGINEERING TRAINING COURSES QKON is running VSAT Field Engineering Training Courses covering: ! Site Survey ! Site Building ! Site Commissioning ! Field Engineering Skills “ Test Equipment…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

onyeomam@starcomms.com - Cape Town IT recruitment company DataFin has launched a bursary programme aimed at jump-starting the careers of financially disadvantaged individuals and encouraging young people to enter the IT…