Issue no 206

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AFRICAN TELECOMS INDICATORS - THE STORIES BEHIND THE NUMBERS BEAN-FEST

This week sees the publication of African Telecommunication Indicators 2004 by the ITU which is timed to coincide with Telecom Africa being held in Cairo next week. For a continent that all too often seems bereft of reliable ICT statistics its arrival is always heartening. The headline stories have been about the massive growth of mobile on the continent. But the report looks at more interesting questions including: future growth scenarios, actual levels of usage and return on investment. Russell Southwood digs below the surface to see what answers are being offered to these questions. At the end of 2003,…

Telecoms

ALGERIAN GOVERNMENT GETS NO TAKERS FOR FIXED LINE LICENCES

According to a Reuters report, the Algerian government did not receive any bids for the two fixed-line licenses it was attempting to auction, the state regulator ARPT said. Algeria’s market…


Telecoms

KENYA’S SNO BIDDERS DOWN TO THREE - TELENOR, TAIFCOM & AFRICAN BELL

Bidders for Kenya’s second fixed line license submitted their bids last Friday. Out of the four consortiums interested in the license only three submitted their bids. Communication Commission Of Kenya…


Telecoms

INTEC WINS USD4 MILLION SOFTWARE DEAL IN NIGERIA WITH NITEL

Intec Telecom Systems has signed a USD4 million deal includes four major Intec products to NITEL.The agreement, which was made possible with the help of Intec’s local Nigerian partner Traffic…


Telecoms

TWO MORE M-COMMERCE SOLUTIONS - BANKS IN NIGERIA & CINEMA TICKETS IN SA

Two new m-commerce solutions were launched this week: one for banking in Nigeria and the other for cinema tickets in South Africa. Exact Mobile has developed SA’s first mobile commerce…


Telecoms

PRESS CONSORTIUM CONCLUDES REVIEW OF MALAWI TELECOM ASSETS

The Privatisation Commission (PC) has said the Press consortium, the preferred bidder for the Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), has completed its assessment of MTL’s assets. Susan Banda, PC information, education…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telephone subscribers in Rivers State owe NITEL N1.2 billion.Territorial Manager, Elijah Akpan said the debt had adversely affected NITEL’s plans for expansion.A NITEL document made available to press showed…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN Nigeria Communications Limited last Monday warned the National Communications Commission (NCC) that they would be held liable for contempt of court should the other GSM operators go ahead…


Internet

FUTUREX VISITORS TO GET AN ISP IN JUST 10 MINUTES

Branded Internet, a private label Internet service provider, will be offering visitors to Futurex 2004 the opportunity to take home with them a fully operational, tailor-made, branded demonstration version of…


Internet

MAURITIUS GETS A THIRD WIRELESS INTERNET PROVIDER: NETWORK PLUS

Network Plus becomes the third ISP to offer wireless internet access to laptop users, joining DCL and Telecom Plus. Users will have to have a wireless card and need to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- As part of a price-cutting package, Senegal’s SONATEL will reduce its internet rates from 1 June 2004: and 39% on monthly internet subscriptions and 32% on internet subscriptions between…


Computing

IMPLEMENTATION OF KENYAN IT PLAN TO COST MORE AND TAKE LONGER

The implementation of the Kenyan government’s comprehensive strategy ICT strategy will cost Sh3 billion, and is scheduled to be completed in 2010.The implementation of the plan is in the early…


Computing

SAHARA TO INVEST P2 MILLION TO OPEN ICT TO PUBLIC IN BOTSWANA

SAHARA Computers Managing Director Ashok Narayan who was speaking in an interview to Monitor said that his company is investing P2m over a period spanning two years to meet the…


Computing

ORACLE SIGNS MOU TO ‘CONSOLIDATE DEVELOPMENT OF ICT IN MOZAMBIQUE’

Oracle Corporation last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Higher Education of the Government of Mozambique, consolidating and further enhancing its national strategies in Information…


Computing

E-LEARNING WELCOME FOR ZAMBIA BUT TOO EXPENSIVE, CLAIMS ACADEMIC

Electronic Learning (E-learning) is good for the developing countries like Zambia but it is too expensive for the Zambian people, claimed lecturer Billy Kahota, writes News Update’s Zambia correspondent Timothy…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The cost of computers has not reduced in the Zambian market despite Government’s duty reduction on computer products from 15 per cent to five per cent. One World capacity…


digtool

BEGET LAUNCHES MOBILE AS PANIC BUTTON SOLUTION

Communications software developer Beget Holdings has launched a solution that turns most cellphones into a mobile panic button, alerting family and friends to a distress situation and pinpointing the sender’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

N766M NITEL FUND TRAPPED IN FAILED BANKS, ALLEGES REPORT

NITEL has N766.44 million in three distressed banks, a cash position report on the company has shown. The report, which covered March 2003 to March 2004, showed that out of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ESKOM TAKES A R804 MILLION LOSS ON ITS FIBRE ROLL-OUT

While Eskom Enterprises has posted a R804-million loss due to its expenditure in 2003 on telecommunications roll-out, its march into Africa goes on a pace in 33 countries.Its losses arose…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELEKOM MALAYSIA PROTESTS, BUT OK’S LOAN FOR GHANA TELECOM

Telekom Malaysia Bhd. said last Tuesday that its appointed directors to Ghana Telecom approved under protest USD130 million of loans to Ghana Telecom after the company said it would face…


Digital Content

SA’S MPUMALANGA PRVINCE CREATES WEB SITE

The Mpumalanga government has launched a new Web site to help it keep in touch with the people of the province as well as provide some of government’s services online.…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Another book on how ICT is being used by people in the developing world, including Mexico, Costa Rica and Uganda: ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/006/y5106e/y5106e00.pdf http://mgovlab.iuj.ac.jp/ http://www.bungetz.org -If you happen to be in…


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PEOPLE

* Following elections, the South African government has created a Science and Technology Department and its first new Minister is Mosibudi Mangena. Mbeki said during the announcement of his cabinet…


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EVENTS

ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2004 (3-7 MAY 2004) Telecom Africa 2004, which will take place at the Cairo International Conference Center aims at bringing markets closer to share the growth of…


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