Issue no 223

Top Story

SOUTH AFRICA'S DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS UNDERGOES A COMPETITIVE MIND-SHIFT BUT...

Last Thursday South Africa's specialist ICT mail-lists suddenly sparked with the news "VOiP is legal" following an announcement from the Department of Communications. There was an almost audible whoop of pleasure and excitement at the news followed by a steady stream of messages picking over the detail of the statement. This headline news concealed other good news and some bad news... Russell Southwood makes an early attempt to unwrap the package. The Department's statement conceded that "there is no longer any difference in the transmission of voice, video and data therefore it is no longer necessary to prohibit the provision…

Telecoms

FIBRE LINK BETWEEN TANZANIA, ZAMBIA AND KENYA TO PIGGYBACK ON POWER LINES

Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya will open their first direct phone lines with each other as the Southern and East African countries add telecommunications links to a multi-million dollar power cable…


Telecoms

ONLY TWO BIDDERS FOR NAMIBIA'S SECOND MOBILE LICENSE

According to an article from The Namibian, two parastatals may end up as the only two players in the mobile market after it was announced that NamPower had applied for…


Telecoms

COMPETITION IS HOTTING UP FOR EGYPT'S PREPAID TELEPHONY PROVIDERS

Competition is hotting up for Egypt's prepaid telephony providers. But going on the success they've had so far with relatively basic services and marketing, there is plenty of life left…


Telecoms

NITEL POSTPONES PRE-PAID SYSTEM DESPITE N34 BILLION DEBT BURDEN

  The management of the Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) has postponed the launch of its pre-paid billing system that was scheduled to start last week. The management of the company…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWE: PROBLEMS HOUND POWERTEL'S OPTIC FIBRE PROJECT

The future of Powertel's ambitious USD35 million fibre optic rollout project is hanging in the balance amid reports of government dithering and lack of finance, according to The Financial Gazette.…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa's Vodacom has signed a framework agreement making Siemens the sole supplier in building its 3G/W-CDMA network in South Africa. Under the terms of the contract, Siemens mobile,…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Kenya's Safaricom has launched a new system that allows its customers to load up additional airtime on their cellphones without having to endure the hassles of decoding scratch cards.…


Internet

Internet

AFRICA ONLINE UNVEILS INTERNET FILTER SOLUTION FOR PARENTS

Africa Online last week launched an interactive web-based solution that allows Internet users to filter content that is harmful to the children. The product, dubbed Internet Parental Guidance (IPG), will…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICAN ISPS CHASE SME MARKET WITH TAILORED OFFERS

Two South African ISPs are chasing the SME market. M-Web Business has launched Business Adviser, a software program aimed at addressing the technology fears and uncertainties of SME owners by…


Internet

ORANGE CAMEROON BUYS WIRELESS TO OVERCOME LANDLINE LIMITATIONS

Mobile operator Orange Cameroon has deployed point-to-point wireless multiplexers from RAD Data Communications to provide low-cost, high-quality Internet access at the residences of its directors in the country‚s capital, Yaounde,…


Internet

XANTIC APPOINTED BGAN INTERCONNECT PARTNER

Xantic has been selected by Inmarsat to become one of the two suppliers for the interconnection between the terrestrial network carriers and mobile satcom users. The company will provide BGAN…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Low-cost South African ISP Rumba has been bought by another small ISP, Zazu Internet, which is keen to structure other similar deals. Rumba has been beset with connectivity problems…


Computing

ORACLE HOPES SCALED-DOWN BUSINESS SUITE WILL LIFT SALES

Software company Oracle hopes to boost its local sales significantly by introducing a new version of its business suite aimed at mid-sized companies. Traditionally, Oracle's EBusiness suite was designed for…


Computing

KENYA'S PERIBIT AIMS TO CUT DATA TRANSFER COSTS

Ever imagined making landline calls to all your branches for free? Sounds too good to be true, but this is one of the benefits large companies with wide area networks…


Computing

TRANSLATE OFFERS SOFTWARE IN ZULU, AFRIKAANS, AND SEPEDI

Translate.org.za, a South African software translation project, has spent two years developing this software with the sponsorship of the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Department of Communications, CSIR, Obsidian Systems (a leading…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- NEPAD plans to establish and monitor a total of 140 secondary e- Schools in 20 African countries. The project is expected to start in October this year.


digtool

CERTANCE PUSHES THE ENVELOPE ON CAPACITY AND PERFORMANCE WITH NEW LTO TAPE DRIVES

Storgate, sole distributor for the Certance brand of backup solutions in South Africa, recently announced Certance's introduction of the CL 800 LTO Ultrium 3 series and CL 400H LTO Ultrium…


digtool

NEW HP PROLIANT SERVERS USE AMD OPTERON PROCESSORS

With HP's recent inclusion of AMD Opteron processors in its ProLiant range of Servers, two new units have hit South African shores with the intention of redefining price performance and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA'S SNO LICENCE HANGS ON INVESTORS' VOTE

The granting of the second network operator (SNO) licence in the next three weeks will depend on whether its partners agree on the new shareholding and controlling structure unveiled in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ALTECH COMPLETES ON USD70M JOINT VENTURE DEAL WITH ECONET

JSE-listed telecommunications, multimedia and IT group Altech has acquired half of Econet Wireless Group (EWG) for USD70 million. Altech and EWG first announced in January that they would set up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EXPERTS SAY N25BN CAP. WILL DRIVE NIGERIAN E-BANKING

Experts in the information technology and financial services sectors said Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) directive for banks to capitalise to the tune of N25 billion is good for the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Econet Wireless Holdings Limited (EWHL) will let go of its recently acquired foreign asset, a holding in Botswana's Mascom Wireless (Mascom). Mascom contributed 26 percent to EWHL's inflation-adjusted attributable…


Digital Content

WEB-BASED TRADEMAP ZIMBABWE LAUNCHED

Information on international trade is the basis on which the Government and private sector can develop effective trade expansion strategies that are responsive to the dynamics of the global village.…


Digital Content

HELLKOM READIES DEFENCE AGAINST SA'S TELKOM

Parody site Hellkom is shoring up its defence for an anticipated Telkom lawsuit by launching a premium rate SMS service, which allows people to send messages of support at a…


Digital Content

MTN ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A NEW LIFESTYLE

MTN today announced the launch of a completely new lifestyle portal, MTNLoaded. For the first time in South Africa, MTN prepaid cellular users will be able to surf the Web…


Digital Content

African Web News - In Brief

- A Financial Mail survey of 100 South Africanwebsites that save you time and money, placed Kalahari.net above Google, which came in the second position. Kalahari.net recently introduced 24- hour…


More

PEOPLE

* Willy Govender, CEO of Bizworks, Data World and Data Matrix, has been named the CSSA KwaZulu-Natal IT Person of the Year. Govender was named the winner at an event…


More

EVENTS

- 14 - 17 September 2004, e-Government for Leadership in Change Management, United Republic of Tanzania http://www.uneca.org/aisi/picta/pictabulletin/pb33.htm#19 - 16 - 18 September 2004, Highway Africa Conference 2004, Grahamstown, South Africa…


More

JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- Bridges.org has launched a competition to support innovative ground level initiatives in South Africa that want to use handheld devices (handhelds) to improve people's lives. A total of 120…