Issue no 212

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MOBILE OPERATORS CASH IN ON WEST AFRICAN PEACE DIVIDEND IN LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE

Some of the best mobile opportunities are coming out of the peace dividend from the end of the civil wars of West Africa. As the smoke clears, the new Liberian Government has been re-examining all the licences given by the last Government. One of the big three regional operators Celtel is poised to launch there shortly. In Sierre Leone Intercellular Nigeria Plc (run by an ex-Nitel corporate planner) is about to start setting up its network. Russell Southwood looks at what the move means in terms of future potential for these markets. Until recently Lonestar Communications Corporation was the only…

Telecoms

CELTEL WANTS TO CONNECT COMESA REGION AT A SINGLE RATE

Celtel subscribers may soon be able to call Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and other Comesa countries at a single rate if the respective countries okay a plan for a direct link…


Telecoms

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION PROBES COLLAPSED VODACOM DEAL

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced last week in Abuja that it has opened investigations into the circumstances surrounding the sudden withdrawal of Vodacom (Pty) of South Africa…


Telecoms

SR TELECOM WINS ROYAL POLICE CONTRACT IN MOROCCO

SR Telecom Inc last week announced that it has received orders valued at over USD1.6 million from Defense Nationale du Royaume du Maroc (Gendarmerie Royale). The Gendarmerie Royale has selected…


Telecoms

UGANDA TELECOM SET TO ROLL OUT WIRELESS LANDLINES

Uganda Telecom (UTL) has announced that it is embarking on an 8-week programme to rollout the recently launched wireless landline (TelesaverPlus) throughout the country. UTL Marketing Manager, Hans Paulsen, announced…


Telecoms

SA’S SIMPLUS LAUNCHES MOBILE PAYMENT SOLUTION LAUNCHED

Local mobile commerce facilitator, Simplus, has announced the release of its new payment solution, SimTransact, for small, medium and large businesses. The payment solution operates on a mobile phone, using…


Telecoms

MOBILE LIFELINE FOR HIV+ PEOPLE

Mobile technology development specialist, Fundamo, has contributed to the fight against HIV/Aids in SA by providing ongoing support, with technical development, for Cell Life, a mobile information support initiative designed…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Nigeria’s telecoms operators have begun talks on how they could collaborate to establish a facility for the local production of recharge cards. The move is in response to the…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Telephone subscribers in Nigeria’s Taraba State owe NITEL N52 million, the Territorial Manager, Alhaji Mohammed Jalo, said last week. Jalo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo…


Internet

VODACOM WILL TEMPT SA INTERNET USERS WITH 3G HIGH-SPEED ACCESS

Vodacom expects to spend at least R200m upgrading its network to offer third-generation (3G) high-speed data services, with a goal of earning 10% of its revenue from data within three…


Internet

INTERNET GHANA SIGNS PACT WITH GHANA TELECOM ON INTERNET ACCESS ROLL-OUT

One of Ghana’s leading ISPs Internet Ghana has signed a pact with the incumbent telco Ghana Telecom. Leslie Tamakloe, the Chief Executive Officer of InternetGHANA said InternetGHANA believed in the…


Internet

GHANA’S CYBER-CAFES COME TOGETHER FOR BUSINESS STRATEGY TRAINING

www.icoagh.com The session covered: location; hiring and training; marketing; strategy and focus; and accurate financial planning. There was an emphasis on product differentiation ­ what can you do to create…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

www.sentechsucks.co.za - CATS-Net has introduced a wireless Internet services in Tanzania. Through this new service, it gives a consumer wireless Internet access wherever and whenever it needed. Connection will be…


Computing

EGYPT’S TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR IDEAVELOPERS ENCOURAGES ICT START-UPS

Ideavelopers is the first technology incubator in Egypt. Ideavelopers has come out of a project that started at CIIC, the equity firm that merged brokerage house EFG-Hermes in 2002. CIIC…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The United Nations launched two community multimedia centres (CMCs) on Thursday to enable rural communities to take part in the information technology revolution. The CMCs were opened in Bahir…


digtool

WORMS IN MOBILE PHONES - WILL THEY AFFECT YOUR PHONE?

The Russian anti-virus software house, Kaspersky Labs says that it has detected the first ever computer virus that can be distributed via mobile phones. Cabir, the first network worm which…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AFTER SBC LOWERS ITS STAKE, TELEKOM MALAYSIA CUTS ITS STAKE IN SA’S TELKOM

Telekom Malaysia Bhd’s joint venture company Thintana Communications LLC is reducing its stake in South African telecommunications provider Telkom SA Ltd, by offering for sale as many as 33.2 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET, SA’S ALTECH EDGE CLOSER TO MERGER

The proposed USD140 million transaction involving Econet Wireless International (EWI) and Allied Technologies Limited (Altech) moved closer to consummation this week following conclusion of the due diligence exercise on EWI.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Bytes Technology Group (BTG) reported a strong performance for the year ended 29 February 2004 with a 27% improvement on adjusted headline earnings per share and an increase of…


Digital Content

FIRST ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY LAUNCHED IN TUNISIA

www.traveltodo.com) The site offers over 800 tourism offers including: hotels, airlines, car-hire companies, etc and more than 55,000 others from across the world. The site allows you to make online…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

www.thisday.co.za http://www.unesco.org/wsisdirectory - Last wee saw the launch of the first open source collaboration platform in Ghana. The new website is called Twinux.org ‘Twinux’ is a combination of Twi the…


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PEOPLE

* Project Facilitator Tina James this week announced the South African Government’s ICT roadmap: "In other countries, roadmaps streamlined R&D, and fast-tracked commercialisation of products and services." James added that…


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EVENTS

RIPE NCC REGIONAL MEETING (28-30 JULY), NAIROBI RIPE NCC Regional meeting is to be held in Nairobi from 28-30 July 2004 at the Norfolk Hotel.Attendance to the RIPE NCC Regional…


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