Issue no 194

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GUINEA-BISSAU: LAST AFRICAN COUNTRY GETS MOBILE ROLL-OUT AT LAST

Things are beginning to look up for Guinea Bissau and its incumbent telco Guine Tel. Along with Eritrea (see Telecom news below), Guinea Bissau now joins the rest of Africa in having a mobile phone network. Word also has it that the dispute with Guine Tel’s owner Portugal Telecom may be at the "end of the beginning" phase. We understand talks have been taking place and if agreement can be reached, the Government would like it to return to the country. How this will occur is less clear as Portugal Telecom owned Guine Telecom. But if this occurs, it will…

Telecoms

ZIMBABWEAN COURT OVERTURNS GOVT BID TO CREATE INTERNATIONAL MONOPOLY

The Zimbabwean Government’s attempt to seize back an international monpoly in bandwidth seem to have been temporarily foiled. According to a Dow Jones report, a Zimbabwe court reversed a government…


Telecoms

INDIAN GIANT MAHANGAR TELECOM PLANS TO LAUNCH MID-YEAR IN MAURITIUS

The Indian telco giant, Mahangar Telecom, owned by Indian government at 56,25%  had received their licences from ICTA, the telco regulator and plan to start operation in 6 months, unlike…


Telecoms

ERITEL DEPLOYS ITS FIRST GSM/GPRS NETWORK FOR 100,000 SUBSCRIBERS

State-owned Eritrean mobile operator EriTel has completed the deployment of its GSM/GPRS wireless network using TECORE Wireless Systems, the first to be opened in the country. The EriTel network will…


Telecoms

NITEL CALLS TIME ON NON-PAYERS WITH LAUNCH OF PRE-PAID PLATFORM

Nigerian telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) has shut its doors to thousands of its customers owing about N43 billion as it goes over to its pre-paid platform launched this month. Deputy General…


Telecoms

MOBILE PHONE BOYCOTT TO TAKE OFF IN SOUTH AFRICA?

An e-mail circulating among South African cellphone users called for a boycott of the use of cellphones for 24 hours one day last week. The e-mail asked users to boycott…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Kenyan regulator CCK launched a Sh17 million study to work out measures for increasing the number of people with access to telephones last week. Speaking at the launch…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- An overseas call cost savings scheme is taking off in South Africa, with members buying discount call rights and earning money back by referring new customers to the scheme,…


Internet

ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM TO LAUNCH ADSL SERVICE WITH HELP OF DAEWOO

  One more North African country has joined the elite club of countries currently planning to offer ADSL. South Korean company Daewoo has gone into partnership with Algérie Télécom to…


Internet

THIRD OF SMEs AT RISK FROM MY DOOM VIRUS, ACCORDING TO WORLD WIDE WORX

More than a third of SA’s small and medium businesses that were connected to the Internet were at risk from the MyDoom virus that clogged up the world’s networks over…


Internet

SHIRON SATCOM JOINS BATTLE FOR NIGERIA MARKET

At the launch of its Nigerian operation, the Chief Executive of Israeli VSAT and broadband satellite internet solutions provider, Shiron Satellite Communications, Meir Kollman, has described Nigeria as a large…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has pledged to crack down on the country’s notorious e-mail fraud schemes. Ms Okonjo-Iweala said the authorities had recently arrested three of the "kingpins"…


Computing

NIGERIA’S CONNECT TECHNOLOGIES UNVEILS ENTERPRISE INVENTORY SYSTEM FOR BANKS

As software applications become increasingly important, especially, for banking operations globally, Nigerian software provider Connect Technologies limited has repositioned itself with the unveiling of an Enterprise Inventory System. The Chief…


Computing

IXOS NAMED AS SAP GLOBAL PARTNER-SOFTWARE

IXOS Software has become one of the first enterprise content management providers worldwide to be granted the status of "SAP global partner-software". This represents the highest level of SAP partnership…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

www.translate.org.za - Schools across South Africa will soon receive free anti-virus software, thanks to a donation from American software company, Symantec. Education Minister Kader Asmal signed the agreement promising South…


digtool

IP PHONES EXTEND GAIN OVER CIRCUIT PHONES

The Internet Protocol (IP) communications market for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) could be worth $9 billion by 2006, according to research conducted by Cisco Systems, based on…


digtool

SMS VIA WALKIE-CELLPHONE?

Ericsson has announced a new way to send messages via a GSM network that is said not to require users to type an SMS, or send an e-mail, and costs…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ARBITRATORS NAMED IN ECONET WIRELESS NIGERIA DISPUTE

The arbitration process between SA-based Econet Wireless International (EWI) and Econet Wireless Nigeria (EWN) has commenced, following the appointment of the three arbitrators. Following months of delays, the arbitrators ­…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AMITELO TO ACQUIRE MOROCCAN TELECOM SOLUTIONS COMPANY

US-based Amitelo Communications has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Success Technology, a Moroccan telecommunications solutions company. The terms of the acquisition are for one million shares of common…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa’s Competitions Tribunal last week announced that it is had approved the Altech/NamITech merger, with immediate effect, subject to the remedies offered by Altech. The first remedy is…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS’ RESPONSES

Issue 193: Telecentres special: Reaching those parts the market cannot yet Reach http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/26/technology/26oxcart.html www.firstmilesolutions.com Amir Alexander Hasson Issue 193: interconnection issues still plaguing Ghanaian mobile market This letter was sent…


Digital Content

WAFIN.BE - A DIASPORA SITE FOR MOROCCANS IN BELGIUM

Wafin.be is a site aimed at the Moroccan diaspora community in Belgian. It seeks to be a meeting place on the web that will offer information and help to "Belgo-Moroccans"…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

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PEOPLE

* At the first year Birthday party of Ghana’s Kasapa Telecom Managing Director Robert Palitz spoke passionately about what he thinks makes the company different to other operators:"From the very…


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EVENTS

SATCOM AFRICA 2004 (17-19 FEBRUARY) Satcom Africa 2004, a conference and expo covering satellite communication and VSAT technology, will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 17 to 19…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- The Free and Open Source Software Resource Centre(Fossrec) is to stage a series of OSS training workshops in Ghana later this year. Organisers say the courses will cater for…