Issue no 214

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SENEGAL: A POTENTIAL THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR WAITING IN THE WINGS?

Senegal's mobile market is a duoploy between Millicom's Sentel and Sonatel's Alize brand. But there are rumblings in the undergrowth that a third operator is expressing interest. Another company in this already tight market would certainly set the fur flying. Russell Southwood assesses the current state of the market and looks at what ground might be open to a new competitor. The current market leader is Sonatel's Alize brand with 500,000 subscribers. After a political dispute delayed its launch, Sentel has 280,000 subscribers. The latter is consciously aimed at the lower end of the market. All of its subscribers are…

Telecoms

COMESA SELECTS ANDERBERG-ERICSSON FOR COMTEL PROJECT

The Common Market for Eastern And Southern Africa (COMESA) has struck a deal with Anderberg-Ericsson Consortium of Mauritius as the strategic equity partner for the regional Communication Telecommunication Project (COMTEL),…


Telecoms

MAURITANIA ENDS INCUMBENT MONOPOLY AND OPENS FOR COMPETITION

Mauritania's regulator (ARM) announced the end of Mauritel SA's monopoly. In April 2001, Maroc Telecom won the international bid for a 54% stake in Mauritel with a bid of USD48.13m.…


Telecoms

SA'S ICASA DEMANDS TELKOM PRICING MANUAL - "NO OPERATOR ..BEYOND REGULATION"

Telkom and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) are in disagreement over whether Telkom has missed the deadline to submit its pricing manual. ICASA chairman Mandla Langa said this…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIAN TELECOMS CORP BUYS IP NETWORK FROM CISCO

The future of the Ethiopian communication and economic landscape looks radically different this week following the official launch of a multi-million dollar technology infrastructure by the country’s incumbent telco operator,…


Telecoms

ZTE TO PROVIDE AFRICAN FLAGSHIP 3G NETWORK FOR TUNISIA

Tunisia is to install one of the the most advanced mobile telecommunications network in Africa. Two of its key cities - Tunis and Sousse - are to receive WCDMA equipment…


Telecoms

ESKOM'S WOES CONTINUE WITH LICENSING ROW IN LESOTHO

A licensing row over Eskom's deal with Telecoms Lesotho has thrown some spanner works in the joint venture between South Africa's Eskom and Econet Wireless International in Lesotho. Eskom Enterprises…


Telecoms

VODACOM WANTS ITS ZAMBIAN LICENCE RESTORED

Vodacom has appealed to the Zambian Government to reinstate its licence to become a fourth mobile cellular phone service provider in Zambia. Communication and Transport Minister Bates Namuyamba said in…


Telecoms

BOTSWANA'S BTC LAUNCHES PREPAID SERVICE ON UNISYS PLATFORM

Botswana Telecommunications Corporation has launched BTC Prepaid, an easy-to-use, prepaid fixed line home service. BTC Prepaid is aimed at residential customers, small to medium businesses and phone shops. This follows…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- A new software programme dubbed "Phone Monitor" that monitors and records details of telephone calls for companies and organizations to reduce business cost was on Wednesday launched in Accra.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- At the request of the Senegalese regulator, Sonatel has suspended the price reductions previously announced for: high-end mobile users, professional mobile contracts, mobile telecentres and three unlimited use numbers.…


Internet

CCK TO LICENCE THREE COMPETITORS TO JAMBONET

Investors interested in setting up independent internet networks can now apply for authority to do so from the Communications Commission of Kenya. This follows the end of Telkom Kenya's monopoly…


Internet

SA'S TELECOMS UNDERDOG STORM ENTERS ISP FRAY

Storm Telecom, a telecoms provider that has been tweaking Telkom's nose for the last few years, with its least call routing, VoIP and other converged networking technology, has launched itself…


Internet

INMARSAT SELECTS XANTIC TO BECOME BGAN LAUNCH PARTNER

Xantic has been selected by Inmarsat to become a prospective launch Distribution Partner for the new BGAN services which will become available to the market in 2005. Xantic already won…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- UUNET Kenya has upgraded its Mombasa Internet hub to enable it provide better services to deliver ISDN services.


Computing

GHANA COMMERCIAL BANK'S ATMS GO DOWN: "TECHNICAL HITCHES"

Users of Ghana Commercial Bank's (GCB) ATM have been frustrated as due to technical hitches they have not been working since last week. A visit by the GNA to two…


Computing

DUTCH CALL CENTRES CREATE LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is set to become a preferred destination for Dutch companies wanting to outsource their customer contact centres, according to Michel Arends, Cape representative of the South African Netherlands…


Computing

Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Cape Town software house JDO Genie has been bought by US-based Versant for an undisclosed amount, in a deal that will propel the small South African company into the…


digtool

CDMA 450: A CELLULAR SOLUTION FOR RURAL AFRICA?

GSM is by far the most widespread cellular technology in Africa offering voice communication facilities to millions of people who are not able to receive a reliable landline service. In…


digtool

TOP TEN VIRUSES AND HOAXES REPORT TO SOPHOS

local distributor for Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses against spam and viruses, has revealed the top ten viruses and hoaxes causing problems for businesses around the world. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

M-TEL GETS USD3.8M FROM UBA, GTB, ZENITH, 3 OTHER BANKS

United Bank for Africa (UBA), Zenith International Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) and three other banks last week signed agreement M-tel for the provision of N5 billion (USD3.8m) bridge…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA'S SAFARICOM POSTS 70PC INCREASE IN NET PROFITS

Mobile phone service provider Safaricom has announced a Sh70 per cent increase in profits for the year ended 31st March 2004. According to its audited results, the company registered a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA'S TELKOM SLASHES DEBT AND REWARDS BOSS R11M

Improved credit vetting and controls had helped Telkom, Africa's largest telephone company, to reduce its bad debt expense to R215 million from nearly R1 billion in 2002. In its annual…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- SA's Black information technology (IT) firm Mthombo IT Services (M-IT) has bought 26 percent of unlisted Advanced Consumables Technology (ACT) for an undisclosed amount, the company said last week,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

http://www.splmtoday.com/ - Despite the slow-down in growth of online retail in South Africa, the number of retail web sites has exploded: from 215 at the end of 2001 to more…


Digital Content

UGANDA'S DEHEZI OPENS JOB SEEKERS WEBSITE

Uganda's Dehezi International Limited has launched a website for job seekers and employers looking for workers. While launching the website at Commercial Plaza last week, the company's chief executive officer,…


Digital Content

NIGERIALOCATION.COM MAKES ITS DEBUT

Www.nigerialocation.com Explaining how the online database works, Managing Director of nigerialocation.com, Julius Gbayange, said that it has two directories, one of people and the other of companies. On the people…