Issue no 196

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KENYAN FILTERING ROW ONE MORE STOP ON THE WAY TO LEGALISING VOIP SERVICES?

Kenya Telkom seems to be playing a hard cop/soft cop routine on the VOIP issue. First it tried to persuade cyber-café owners to offer a VOIP service from it. That fell apart after these discreet negotiations were unwisely announced to the press. Then Telkom Kenya tried to persuade ISPs to accept separate charging for what it claimed was voice traffic. When that failed, it returned this week to play hardball again by filtering traffic. However things have not quite turned out as they might have hoped. Hot foot from a recent visit Russell Southwood reports on this row that seems…

Telecoms

GHANA TELECOM GETS USD200m DOLLARS FOR EXPANSION PROJECT

The management of Ghana Telecom (GT), has secured USD200 million to improve its facilities and provide quality service to its customers. Dickson Oduro-Nyaning, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, who announced this…


Telecoms

MEDIATOR SAYS MSI SHOULD PAY LESS TO TANZANIAN GOVT

Investors of the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) will now pay the government US5.281m US dollars, an expert commissioned to review the telephone firm’s accounts has ruled.The Chief Secretary, Marten…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA TO SET UP JOINT VENTURE IN ANGOLA 

Telecom Namibia has confirmed its advanced negotiations with an Angolan based company to set up a joint venture telecommunications company in Angola. Telecom is negotiating with Mundo Startel S.A.R.L., a…


Telecoms

NO SAFARICOM CELL CALLS IN NAIROBI FOLLOWING SWITCH HITCH

Hundreds of thousands of Safaricom subscribers within the Nairobi Central Business District Area (CBDA) and its environs were last week locked out of the rest of the country for the…


Telecoms

SWAZILAND TO CHAIR AFALTI - ADVANCED TELCOMS INSTITUTE

Swaziland, after being awarded the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFALTI) Chairmanship, should take the leading role in the telecommunications sector. The Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications (SPTC) Managing Director and…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has an MOU with Telkom Kenya to lay fibre cable from Mombasa to Nairobi. The project is worth USD7 million and will start building shortly…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenya Telkom offered an amnesty to non-paying customers offering a waiver of accumulated standing charges and reconnection charges. In exchange non-paying customers had to agree to pay "reconciled and…


Internet

MAURITIUS TELECOM WILL OFFER DIGITAL TV THROUGH INTERNET BROADBAND

Incumbent, Telco, Mauritius telecom (MT) announced the launching of Digital TV through "ADSL" before end of 2004 covering almost 90% of its territory writes Pasquale Goder of rufaa.com. Subscribers, will…


Internet

INTELSAT SIGNS UP M-WEB, UUNET FOR BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDER AGREEMENTS

Intelsat says it has signed broadband service provider agreements with African Internet service providers (ISPs), M-Web Africa and UUNet SA. The satellite communications company used the SatCom Africa 2004 satellite…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Fastlane, the group of ISPs that applied for an international gateway licence has written to ask the regulator CCK to issue its licence within the statutory period of 14…


Computing

IMPACT OF CYBER-FRAUD ON KENYAN BANKING SECTOR "DEVASTATING"

Kenyan Commissioner of Police Edwin Nyaseda told the participants at the Fourth Interpol African Working Party on IT Crime held in Nairobi last week that "attacks on the banking sector…


Computing

TOP SA BLACK ICT COMPANY CREATES LECHABILE STORAGE SOLUTIONS COMPANY

Top Black ICT Company 2003, Lechabile IT Services has announced that it has signed a deal with Dan McMahon (previously of MGX Storage Solutions) that will see the establishment of…


Computing

INDIAN IT INVESTORS EYE BOTWANA MARKET

Members of an Indian delegation of investors in Information Technology which visited Botswana last week said they would soon come back to finalise venture company formations. The delegation came at…


Computing

NETRUNNA AIMS TO SIMPLIFY BUSINESS CONTINUITY IN WINDOWS, LINUX

Netrunna Enterprise, a locally designed and developed product that provides rapid imaging, deployment, compliance and recovery capabilities for all ICT environments, was launched in Johannesburg this week.The road show moves…


Computing

SKILLS2LEARN INVESTS R6M IN SA

Skills2Learn has invested R6 million into establishing an e-learning company, responding to the tremendous need for skills development in SA. Together with its US parent, Skills2Learn is a South African…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Kenya and Tanzania have agreed to exchange data and intelligence using computer on those avoiding border duties between the two countries.


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MOBILE MESSAGING TO BECOME THE NEW COMMUNICATIONS TOOL FOR BUSINESSES

Data revenues for Vodafone increased to 15.9% of controlled service revenues for the year to December 2003 from 13.9% for 2002. SMS, however, still accounted for nearly all of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS NIGERIA DENIES SALE TO VODACOM STALLED

In a sworn affidavit presented to the Federal High Court, Tunde Oyewole, Legal adviser to EWN advised that the negotiations on the equity investment with Vodacom International Limited had been…


Digital Content

TANZANIA DEVELOPMENT GATEWAY OFFERS SPACE FOR SMALL EXPORTERS

Lack of an information and communication technology infrastructure and electronic commerce platform with reliable business information contributes to difficulties in successful participation small and medium size producers in global markets.…


Digital Content

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PEOPLE

- Buddie Ceronie joins Avaya as vice president of channel and partner sales, EMEA and holds responsibility for Avaya’s regional channel and partners strategy leading a team of channel professionals…


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EVENTS

DIGITAL BRIDGE TO AFRICA - ECONOMIC SUMMIT NIGERIA 2004 Many potential ICT entrepreneurs in Africa are limited in their actions by a lack of information about opportunities, potential partners, institutional…


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