Issue no 218

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VOIP TELEPHONY WILL BE LEGALISED FIRST IN WEST AFRICA, SAYS NEW REPORT

A new report on the internet in West Africa has two key findings. First the good news: VoIP telephony has been largely illegal in Africa but a new breed of telecoms regulators will open up its use and this is most likely to happen in West Africa. Now the bad news... The growth of the internet in West Africa is being held back by the slow pace of liberalisation in the market. When Mauritius launched a number of legal, international VoIP calling services at the beginning of 2004 it became the first African country to take this major step. Although…

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KENYAN COURTS SAY SNO SELECTION TO GO AHEAD - LIKELY WINNER IS TELENOR

In a dramatic turnaround in the Courts last week, Kenya's SNO selection process was given the green light and a Ministerial statement gave a strong clue that the eventual winner…


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MTN CAMEROON IN WRANGLE OVER USD3.2M SOFTWARE BILL

MTN's cellular network company in Cameroon is involved in a legal dispute with one of its software suppliers over allegedly unpaid bills of about USD3.2m. Not only are the companies…


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PRIVATISATION OF D'ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM: TENDER FOR CONSULTANTS

Algeria's Ministry of Post, Technology and Information is looking for consultants to help them with the process of selling off a share in the incumbent telco, Algérie Télécom. The consultancy…


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CALL CENTRE JOBS CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The Western Cape's call and contact centre industry is still growing rapidly and should deliver at least the targeted 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year, according to…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Voiceware Systems, announced the opening of an office in Istanbul, Turkey. The representative office will provide sales and marketing support of Voiceware Systems in the local market and will…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Celtel has launched what it claims is Tanzania's first Swahili STK menu to give its subscribers access to a full range of information. The new service is called Pata.…