Issue no 225

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COMPETITION EMERGES IN THE LIBYAN MOBILE MARKET AS GOVT COMPETES AGAINST ITSELF

As Libya gradually loses its pariah status and slowly but surely returns to the bosom of the family of acceptable nations, changes are also afoot within the state-run Libyan economy. Money is being spent on the country’s tired and overstretched telecoms infrastructure and Libya now has a new mobile phone network that has introduced a sort of competition into what was a massively overpriced and moribund sector. It is competition “of a sort” because the new operator, ‘Libyana’, is as much owned by the government as is ‘Al Madar’, the country’s original mobile network. And, the fact is that just…

Telecoms

LIBERIA'S LONE STAR ACCUSES LTC OF CHARGING FOR NON-EXISTENT SERVICES

The General Manager of the Lone Star Communication Corporation (LCC), Hassan Baydoum, has accused the Management of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) of collecting interconnection fees from his company but…


Telecoms

TELECOMS LIBERALISATION TO SPARK CALL CENTRE BOOM IN CAPE TOWN

The telecommunications liberalisation announced last week will create a boom for the Western Cape’s already vibrant call centre market, predicts Luke Mills of industry development agency CallingtheCape. The announcement by…


Telecoms

NIGERIA TO LAUNCH NIGCOMSAT-1 IN 2006

Nigeria will launch its information and communication satellite, "NIGCOMSAT-1" in 2006.The communication satellite, when launched, would help to improve telecommunication services in the country.It would also address a broad array…


Telecoms

BENIN: OPT AND POLICE ARREST IBO LINE TRAFICKER IN BOHICON

OPT telephone lines at Bohicon in the Zou district have been targeted by line traffickers who are using them to offer calls that they do not pay for. An enquiry…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Telecom Egypt and Ericsson have signed a contract for the supply of a multi-service network in Egypt in the region of Alexandria. The new network will provide both traditional…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Mali's Sotelma has launched a new product in its continuing war with its competitor Ikatel, Mali's SNO and mobile operator. The new service is called Ilafia and offers a…


Internet

DIVONA TÉLÉCOM TUNISIA CHOOSES ALCATEL DVB-RCS FOR HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

Alcatel announced that it has signed a contract with Divona Télécom, a consortium formed by Tunisian Internet service provider Planet and Monaco Télécom. The contract covers the turnkey delivery of…


Internet

SA'S TELKOM TRIALLING ‘LAST MILE' WIRELESS SERVICE

Telkom and Intel announced last night that they are to trial WiMAX broadband wireless networks locally, to give the end-user wireless alternative connections to the telco's network.Trials are expected to…


Internet

UGANDA GETS WEB BROWSER TRANSLATED INTO LUGANDA

LugandaICT Translations, a Ugandan based organization last week launched the first ever-indigenous local language software in Uganda, writes Esther Nakkazi. The software is in Luganda, a widely used dialect spoken…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- After much criticism of its monopoly of SAT-3 bandwidth, Telkom South Africa has cut its international bandwidth prices by 25%. - First National Bank (FNB) has introduced an FNB-branded…


Computing

SHUTTLEWORTH LAUNCHES DEBIAN-BASED UBUNTU LINUX

Ubuntu Linux, a new community-driven Linux distribution based on Debian, was released last week. Ubuntu is an African term meaning "humanity to others". Development of Ubuntu is being driven Canonical…


Computing

CAMEROUN: MICROSOFT OFFERS FREE WINDOWS TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Microsoft last week launched its Fresh Start for Donated Computers, an education initiative designed to provide Windows 98 or Windows 2000 to schools using donated computers in Cameroon and Ethiopia.…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- LinuxWorld will be held in Sandton, Johannesburg next year. Exhibitions for Africa and IDG World Expo will organise and host the South Africa version of LinuxWorld. The exhibition and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE'S SNO IS SHORT OF FUNDS AND CANNOT ROLL-OUT

Teleaccess (Zimbabwe) (Pvt) Ltd, controversially licensed by cabinet last year as the second national fixed telephone operator, is unable to roll out its project due to lack of funds. Official…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET TO GET USD14M FROM MASCOM SALE

Econet Wireless Holdings Limited (EWHL), stands to rake in USD14 million from the proposed sale of its 14 percent stake in Botswana's Mascom Wireless. EWHL founder and group chief executive…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

LICENSING OF SA'S SNO THREATENED WITH LEGAL ACTION

The minister of communications has pressed ahead with the awarding of the second national operator (SNO) licence today, despite the dark clouds of pending legal action against her. A statement…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Cointel, and its commerce brand Simplus, today announced that it has reached a milestone achievement for the processing of m-commerce transactions. Together with its strategic partners, Absa and MasterCard…


Digital Content

TABOO PACKAGE BACKFIRES ON M-WEB

Internet service provider M-Web has come under fire for including abortion in a package of "taboo" subjects that include Satanism and pornography for young web surfers. The Women's Legal Centre,…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Sports Guild, an Internet sport portal, has announced the launch of Sports Information Radio (SIR), the first SA-based satellite radio station. Providing commercial-free music and sports programming to…


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PEOPLE

- Lyndall Shope-Mafole has been appointed Director-General of South Africa's Department of Communications. Announcing the appointment from a conference in Rumania, Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said:"Ms Lyndall Shope-Mafole…


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EVENTS

VSAT Field Engineering Training Course, 22-23 September 2004 AITEC in association with Q-Kon of South Africa would like to invite delegates to a 2 day VSAT Training course to be…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is looking for a Technical Operations Manager to be based in Nairobi.The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying appropriate opportunities for agricultural…