Issue no 193

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TELECENTRES SPECIAL: REACHING THOSE PARTS THE MARKET CANNOT YET REACH

Somwhere beyond where the market can deliver a phone and internet service are telecentres. Although recently these have been souped up with multimedia and suitcase radio, they remain essentially the same concept as when first launched in the mid 1990s. The central idea is that the public sector with donor support provides an at cost or low cost service for communities that are too poor to pay more. When they work well, they become a vital part of the community and are well used. When they don’t work, they are an usually stark example of supply-led failure, the development equivalent…

Telecoms

SHORTAGE OF INTERCONNECTION ENGINEERS WORRIES NCC VICE CHAIR

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, has decried shortage of interconnection engineers in the country, just as he dismissed hope of licensing more GSM operators…


Telecoms

THOUSANDS OF SOUTH AFRICAN MATRICS GET RESULTS VIA SMS

Despite a few hiccups, more than 14 000 of last year’s matriculants received their results by SMS. The service, previously offered only in Gauteng, was extended to all provinces but…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA ORDERS USD1 MILLION OF ALVARION WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

Alvarion, wireless broadband solutions provider , announced last week that Telecom Namibia has placed a follow-on order worth over USD1M for Alvarion MGW systems operating in the 3.5GHz band. Telecom…


Telecoms

ALGERIA’S SITEL WILL LAUNCH NEW PRODUCT (WITH ERICSSON) IN FEBRUARY

Algerian mobile manufacturer SITEL, sited in Tlemcen, will manufacture in partnership with Ericsson (certified ISO 9002) with a new product to be launched in February. A prototype of the new…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA’s Telkom has been slammed for continued anti-competitive behaviour after it lodged an appeal against a Competition Tribunal order compelling it to hand over copies of disputed client agreements…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenyan mobile telephone service provider Safaricom will extend its services to Garissa, Mandera and Wajir in the next three months. - Celtel Uganda has promised subscribers more value added…


Internet

MOROCCO’S MTDS WOOS ADSL CUSTOMERS FOR SERVICE LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY

There are currently three ADSL service providersin Morocco, Menara (subsidiary of Maroc Telecom/Vivendi), Wanadoo (subsidiary of France Telecom), and us, MTDS. We all pay Maroc Telecom the same prices for…


Internet

Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Standard Bank’s aggressive marketing of its online banking services seems to be paying off, with the value of transactions surging by 164% to R11 billion last year. The bank…


Computing

MICROSOFT TO INVEST USD1 BILLION IN EGYPT, MOROCCO AND MOZAMBIQUE

A USD1 billion package of investments may soon be injected by Microsoft into the information technology (IT) sectors of three African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Mozambique. The initiative is a…


Computing

SA’S NEWEST BUDGET AIRLINE FLIES WITH ORACLE AND PORTAUNIVERSE

Portal Universe today launched PortalUniverse ARDCS, aimed at the local and international low-cost/low-fare airline market, and confirmed that 1time, SA’s newest low-fare airline, is the first airline to purchase the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Lechabile Storage Solutions has announced that they have successfully completed testing of a cost-effective computer-based storage system for video surveillance applications.The high cost of storing video on computer-based storage…


digtool

HIGH SPEED WIRELESS BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS A REALITY

With the recent announcement of Motorola’s new fixed wireless access system, Canopy, residential and small business customers can now look forward to affordable access to the Internet at Broadband speeds…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AFRICAN MOBILE BATTLE HEATS UP AS MTN AND VODAFONE SNIFFING AT KENYA

As the African mobile market is now almost completely licensed, attention is now shifting to the competition for existing mobile companies in major markets. A major pan-continental fight is shaping…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Econet was commended by Kingdom Stockbrokers for being the first company to release its interim results for the period ended 31st December 2004:"Even allowing for the fact that these…


Digital Content

VOODOO GOES ONLINE AS PART OF BENINOIS TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS FESTIVAL

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Digital Content

US ONLINE STORE IN PACT WITH KENYA’S UCHUMI FOR DIASPORA BUYS

A US virtual on-line store has entered into a pact with Uchumi Supermarkets to allow Kenyans abroad to shop for their friends at home. US-based MamaMike.com makes shopping easy through…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has inaugurated the Egyptian government’s first web portal. He said Microsoft was involved in providing low-cost computers in Egypt and working on e-government to create…


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PEOPLE

* US e-learning company Skills2Learn has invested R6m in SA to tap into the demand for skills development.Chairman Frank Keery said the company had decided to open a branch in…


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EVENTS

AfNOG WORKSHOP IN MAY IN WEST AFRICA http://www.afnog.org) http://www.accorhotels.com/accorhotels/fichehotel/gb/nov/0529/ fiche_hotel.shtml http://www.afrinic.org) FIRST NATIONAL RWANDA ICT CONVENTION The first national computing & telecommunications exhibition and conference Kigali Institute of Science &…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- Nigeria’s Starcomms is looking for an Events and Promotion Executive to provide execute and direction of all events and promitonal activities of the company. For details contact: Ms. Phyllis…