Issue no 216

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CSIRT: A ROUTE TO COMBATING AFRICA'S POSITION AS ONE OF THE WORLD'S CYBER-BADLANDS

Rightly or wrongly, Africa has gained a reputation as one of the cyber-badlands of the world. Ironically for a continent that has seemed to lag so far behind the rest of the world technologically, it may be forever associated in people's minds with fraudulent e-mails offering untold riches. Hackers know that what should be secure systems are all too often insecure: witness the cyber break-ins at various South African banks. System crashes resulting from insecure networks are rumored (including some major telcos) but hard to prove. Despite all of this, last month's Annual Conference on Computer Security Incident Handling had…

Telecoms

KENYA'S CCK FAILS TO NAME SNO - NO DATE SET FOR DECISION

Kenya's regulator, the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has postponed announcing the winner of the second national operator licence bid. The delay has been put down to the need to…


Telecoms

ORASCOM TELECOM SUSPENDS ITS OPERATIONS IN TCHAD MOBILE

Orascom Telecom announced last week that it has suspended its operations in Chad Tchad Mobile as a result of unresolved disputes with the Government concerning the transfer process of Tchad…


Telecoms

MTN IMPROVES GSM BACKBONE IN NIGERIA

Harris Corporation has received a USD29 million order from MTN Nigeria to supply, design and implement Harris MegaStar 1:4 radios for MTN's high-capacity backhaul GSM network. The follow-on order augments…


Telecoms

BOTSWANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY AWARDS LIBERALISATION CONTRACT

Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA) awarded tenders for consultancy services for two different projects. The tenders were awarded to Analysis Consulting Limited, a United Kingdom based consultancy firm, in association with…


Telecoms

ALGERIA'S DJEZZY GSM DEPLOYS EDGE NETWORK AND PASSES 2M MARK

Orascom Telecom Algerie, Algeria's leading mobile operator, has not only registered its 2 millionth subscriber and deployed a multimedia GPRS mobile service last week, but has also introduced the first…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to a report in the Daily Champion Nigerians are spending N2 billion on recharge cards for mobiles. - Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo has approved an application by Celsys…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), the ICTs national regulator has issued the Determination on Interconnection rates between as well as fixed to mobile networks, between mobile operators. The…


Internet

GHANA'S GISPA ATTACKS THE COST OF SAT3 FIBRE BUT ISPS NEGOTIATING

Last week's conference by Ghana's internet providers association GISPA revealed that the operators have been negotiating with Ghana Telecom for SAT3 capacity collectively but still feel they are unable to…


Internet

NIGERIA'S NITEL IMPLEMENTS ADSL AND WILL ROLL OUT TO MAJOR CITIES

Last week Nitel joined the growing list of telcos in sub-Saharan Africa offering ADSL internet services. Although at present limited the service will be rolled out to all major cities…


Internet

MAIL2SPEAK TARGETS SPEAKING E-MAILS AT SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET

A new service that lets people record a voice message and have it e- mailed to as many as 25 addresses simultaneously could provide business people and consumers with a…


Internet

SENEGAL'S SONATEL TARGETS WIRELESS INTERNET MARKET GAP

Sonatel Multimedia, the ISP arm of Senegal's incumbent last week launched a wi-fi service for those needing access to the internet on the move. The service is provided by an…


Internet

SA'S MTN ANNOUNCES FREE PREPAID MOBILE BROWSING WITH MTNLOADED

http://www.mtn.co.za It says that WAP access to MTNLoaded will be free for three months following the launch, and customers will only be charged for the items that they buy, billing…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- This week's GISPA press conference (see above) also announced that the Ghana Internet Exchange will be launched in October, ending what must be the longest running discussion to set…


Computing

APPLE'S MINI IPOD DUE TO GO ON SALE IN SA BY END-JULY

South African music fans should be able to get Apple Mini iPods within days of the 24 July worldwide launch, says Apple SA MD Bruno Verolini. Despite fears that SA…


Computing

LAGOS RESIDENTS TO GET ELECTRONIC TAX CARDS BY JANUARY 2005

Lagos State Government has disclosed that from January 2005, all tax paying adults in Lagos will be issued with electronic tax card to replace the present tax clearance certificate. Deputy…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EGYPT'S ORASCOM SET TO ACQUIRE MALYSIAN STAKE IN BANGLADESHI OPERATOR

Egyptian telecom giant Orascom is set to purchase through a hush-hush deal the Malaysian stakes in Sheba Telecom, a mobile phone operator which has failed to tap the business potentials…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MOBILE ROLL-OUT DAMAGES VALUE OF SA'S DELAYED UNDER-SERVICED LICENCES

Long delays in licensing black consortiums to offer telecommunications services in rural areas have damaged the viability of those businesses by giving cellular networks time to reach their customer base.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A sweetheart deal between cellular network operator Econet Wireless Holdings Limited (Econet) and its key authorised dealer, Celsys Limited, has crumbled, leaving Celsys in a delicate financial position. Celsys'…


Digital Content

EAST AFRICAN HOME PAGES STARTS OFFERING PAY-FOR CONTENT

East African Home Pages' Eberhard Blocher recently wrote to inform users of some changes in the web site which involve the introduction of pay-for content:"We need to implement some subtle,…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- Africa Alive Uganda, a regional anti-HIV/AIDS organisation has developed a website that contains positive adolescent reproductive health messages on behavioural change. www.intersoft.co.za www.findleighmatthews.co.za http://www.panos.org.uk/resources/reportdetails.asp?id=1069


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PEOPLE

SAMSUNG TO SPEND SH500M TO PUSH PRODUCTS IN REGION Samsung Electronics Company plans to increase its budget on marketing initiatives in a bid to wrestle the market control of other…


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EVENTS

COMPUTING SUMMIT TO FOCUS ON PARTNERSHIPS THE 6th annual African Computing and Telecommunications Summit will take place from September 7-9 at the CyberCity technology development hub in Mauritius. Its theme…


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