Issue no 220

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   TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS – IT-FREE TREASURY MANAGEMENT

  The Government of Mauritius deploys a Treasury Solution to provide a full statement of accounts annually to parliament. All 90 government departments that make up the government of the Republic of Mauritius enter their accounts on to the system, consisting of a single database and the  Treasury Solution.   According to the Account-General,Jaganaden Valaythen, the consolidation of the government's expenditure and revenue is conducted seamlessly, with government departments entering their transactions either remotely or at the data capture centre at the offices of the Treasury.   The Treasury initially implemented its software solution ahead of the year 2000, when…

Telecoms

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO APPOINT BT TO SELL SAT3 FIBRE CAPACITY INDEPENDENTLY?

  According to a report in Technology Times, the Nigerian Government is on the brink of appointing British Telecom to sell capacity on the SAT3 fibre cable linking it to…


Telecoms

  SA'S TELKOM GETS MAD AT ITS WEB CRITICS AND THREATENS R5 MILLION SUIT

  Telkom has instituted what could be the largest claim against trademark infringement in SA Internet history, for R5 million, against the owners of the parody web sites Hellkom.co.za and…


Telecoms

  ZAMBIAN REGULATOR PROMISES GUIDELINES TO SOLVE INTER-CONNECT PROBLEMS

  Zambian Communications Authority (CA) Chief Executive Shuller Habeenzu has said the inter-connectivity problems in the mobile telecommunications sector would be resolved when guidelines and regulations were enforced. Habeenzu said…


Telecoms

 IP PLANET LAUNCHES A VOIP SERVICE FOR AFRICA

  IP Planet Network announced last week the launch of VoipSAT - its new service for worldwide voice termination. The international voice services are being delivered through VipSAT - C-Band,…


Telecoms

   FRANCE TELECOM QUESTIONS ITS FUTURE IN MAURITIUS

       France Telecom may be questioning whether it will stay invested in Mauritius Telecom and whether it should increase its share in the company as it had previously announced. Président-Directeur…


Telecoms

  UGANDAN TELECOM CO'S PAY USD1.7M INTO RURAL ACCESS FUND

  The Ugandan regulator, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has received over Ushs 3 billion (USD1.7m) from the three telekom operators in the country: MTN-Uganda, Uganda telecom limited (UTL) and Celtel…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

-   SA's Vodacom has come up tops in the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) annual consumer satisfaction index for the second year in a row. Consumers ranked South Africa's…


Telecoms

 TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

  -   Monopoly incumbent Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), the sole telecommunications service provider in the country, introduced new tariffs for its mobile telephone service as of last Monday. Charges for…


Internet

  GHANA'S GISPA AGREES CONDITIONS WITH GHANA TELECOM AND MOVES ON TO PRICE

  The secretary of Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) Eric Osiakwan, last week, told the Business Chronicle in Accra that the negotiations between GISPA and Ghana Telecom to purchase…


Internet

    NINE APPLY FOR KENYAN INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY AND BACKBONE LICENCES

  Three more companies, including Postal Corporation of Kenya, have applied to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for Internet gateway licenses. This brings to 9 the number of companies…


Internet

   IS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES CONNECTIVITY OUTAGES OVER LAST THREE WEEKS

  Internet Solutions (IS) first experienced an outage on three of our five international fibre circuits on Monday the 26th of July.  These three 45 Mbps circuits operate between New…


Internet

   ZIMBABWE'S MONOPOLY INCUMENT TEL*ONE TO CHARGE ISPS IN FOREIGN CURRENCY

       Zimbabwean ISPs have approached the country's Central Bank over plans by the country's incumbent telco, Tel*One, to charge them in foreign currency. Tel*One is used by most ISPs to…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

  -   The World Bank infoDev program has recently published an "Information Technology Security Handbook," oriented to the needs of individuals, small businesses, governments and system and network administrators in…


Computing

  CONTROVERSIAL DOOM 3 GAME UNLEASHED LAST WEEK IN SA

  Hundreds of gaming fanatics are expected to gather at Northgate last week, for the long-awaited launch of Doom 3 at midnight. Megarom and Budget Technologies are hosting the South…


Computing

   KALAHARI TO SELL LIGHT EDGE PCS ONLINE

  Light Edge Technology's line of Emerald PCs will be sold online through e-tailer kalahari.net. The offering went live late last week and is an extension of the offering the…


Computing

   ASYST INTERNATIONAL SA PARTNERS WITH NECOR ZAMBIA

  ASYST International SA today announced that they have partnered with Zambia's leading IT solutions provider, Necor Zambia Limited, in order to accelerate the introduction of the benefits of Access…


Computing

   BLACK WOMEN BENEFIT FROM CALL CENTRE JOB CREATION IN CAPE

   Black women have been among the main beneficiaries of the growth in the Western Cape call centre industry, according to a survey recently conducted by Deloitte on behalf of…


Computing

   SHUTTLEWORTH FUNDS MOZILLA BUG-CATCHING FUND

    Following last week's announcement by the Mozilla Foundation that two serious security issues had been found in its popular Mozilla and Firefox browsers, News.com reports that the Foundation has…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

  -   Sun Microsystems says more affordable software is now within reach of developing nations through its new per-citizen pricing model for national and local governments. The unique licensing model…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

  SOUTH AFRICAN FIRM PAYS GBP12.8M FOR ANALYSYS BUSINESS

   One of the world's leading telecommunications strategy consulting firms, Cambridge based Analysys, has been bought for GBP12.8 million by South African company, Datatec International, creating a totally new company,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

  -   Al–Mal newspaper reports that Orascom Telecom Holding is considering a LE1.6 billion bond issue to be concluded in September 2004. The probable bond issue would be split in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

 CORRECTION

  Issue 219: West Africa's first VoIP licence - now you see it, now you don't   Investcom is a multinational company. Its main holding company is in the Luxembourg…


Digital Content

 SAFARICOM IN CONTENT DEAL WITH BBC

   Kenyans connected to mobile phones through Safaricom can now get breaking news alerts from BBC World Service on their handsets. The two organizations jointly announced that they had signed…


Digital Content

  POLICE BACK OFF EBAY CLAIMS

  After nearly two weeks of silence over allegations that a Nigerian 419 fraud syndicate had "hacked" into American internet giant eBay's database, the South African police eventually reacted on Wednesday.…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

www.hellkom.co.za   Advertisment:   Sky 2 Net LTD providing A-Z solution for Internet & VOIP via satellite (C-Band) that covers all Africa and Asia. The solutions including end-to-end Equipment of V-sat,…


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 PEOPLE

  *   Chair of Arivia.kom Nigeria Professor Pat Utomi launched its corporate strategy last week: "The business is characterised by large, end-to-end IT outsource agreements, the deployment of turn-key business…


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 EVENTS

  THE SIXTH ANNUAL AFRICAN COMPUTING & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT      "BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS TO MAINSTREAMS AFRICA'S ICT SECTOR"      LE MERIDIAN HOTEL, MAURITIUS, 7-9 SEPTEMBER 2004   "If Mauritian enterprises are…


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  JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

www.atics.info   -   The ICT Business Plan Competition, organized by Deloitte, NIC Bank,  and c4IDEA.com, seeks to encourage and facilitate the rapid growth an  improvement of ICT businesses in Kenya. …