Issue no 226

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SHANGHAI TELECOM LOOKS SET TO BECOME SNO EQUIVALENT IN CAPE VERDE BY DECEMBER

Africa's small Portugese-speaking countries seem to be stealing a march on their larger neighbours. First Guinea-Bissau opened itself up to VoIP, now tiny Cape Verde is about to allow a second national operator to offer mobile, internet and cable TV, making it the equivalent of an SNO. The long, dark years of Portugal Telecom's monpoloy are coming to an end. The argument always advanced is that Africa's smaller countries cannot afford competition as their markets are too small. At around half a million inhabitants, you don't get smaller than Cape Verde but they look set to have new competitor -…

Telecoms

FIRST EVER 3G CALL MADE IN TUNISIA 3 MONTHS AFTER BUILD CONTRACT SIGNED

Within three months of signing its contract with Tunisia’s CERT, ZTE has completed the major network construction and installation of its initial equipment and became the first company to show…


Telecoms

EXPOSED: HOW KENYA TELKOM LOSES MILLIONS IN INTERNATIONAL INCOME

Telkom Kenya has been losing hundreds of millions of shillings in international traffic revenue every year through lopsided agreements with third party carriers of international traffic. These traffic refilers, the…


Telecoms

SIEMENS MOBILE NETWORKS AND LOGICACMG SIGN UP WATANIYA ALGERIA

LogicaCMG last week announced it has been selected to provide a Next Generation Messaging solution to Wataniya Algeria. Wataniya has secured one of three GSM network licences awarded in Algeria,…


Telecoms

VODACOM OPPOSES REDUCED INTERCONNECT RATES IN TANZANIA

Vodacom Tanzania Limited said last week that no mobile phone company in the country would be able to maintain its investment and satisfy its customers if the proposed interconnection rates…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Liberia Telecommunication Corporation Workers‚ Union has suspended a Planned strike action due Wednesday. The workers decision followed an appeal by the Corporation's New Manager, Amara Kromah. The workers…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Zimbabwean incumbent Tel-One, will be staggering its tariff increases going into the future, top company officials have said, after widespread anger from consumers at a recent 400% increase. Telephone…


Internet

CYBERCAFE FRAUDSTERS ARRESTED IN LAGOS AND USD3.5M RECOVERED

Twenty-eight Internet fraudsters have been arrested in Lagos, in joint operations between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the FBI.Also, USD3.5 million (N490 million) was recovered in fraudulent…


Internet

UUNET KENYA LOOKS SET TO PROVIDE VOIP CARRIAGE SHORTLY

UUNET Kenya is set to set up an internet backbone service that can carry multimedia traffic on their network in two months time. The firm's Managing Director, Henry Kimani, says…


Internet

MOROCCANS CLAIM TO BE BEST HACKERS AFTER BRAZILIANS

Moroccans are the best hackers in the world, according to a report in L'Economiste, after Brazilians. They amuse themselves by attacking overseas web sites and like to attract attacks from…


Internet

FREE SOFTWARE, INTERNET GIVE A VOICE TO AFRICAN LOBBYISTS

African lobby groups, as well as community and independent media, are using free software and the internet to fight a lack of money and skills. The internet had also helped…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Francis Quartey, IDN has done a VoIP calling deal with Ghana Telecom but other ISPs have not had the chance to reach the same arrangement…the Ghanaian regulator NCA is…


Computing

CISCO MAKES CHANGES TO ITS DISTRIBUTION MODEL FOR AFRICA

Cisco Systems, has announced that it has evolved its solution distribution model for sub-Saharan Africa, bringing cost, time-to- market and support benefits to distributors, resellers and customers alike. "With the…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST VIRTUAL CLASSROOM IS A HIT WITH STUDENTS

Two schools have engaged in a resource-sharing project in a way that places their students in a classroom of the future. Unlike other schools in a similar situation, which bus…


Computing

PM TECH'S NEW BUSINESS MONITORING SOFTWARE PUTS COMPANIES ON THE MAP

PM Tech Holdings has introduced the latest version of its acclaimed Business System Monitoring (BSM) enterprise-wide solution, Enterprise Gauge, which offers a number of enhancements and features that is now…


Computing

SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES HR SOFTWARE IN MOMBASA

A new software product for general and specific office use has been launched in Mombasa. Known as the e-Horizon Human Resource Management System (HRMS) 3.0, the Software Technologies product will…


digtool

WEB-BASED PROPERTY ANALYSIS TOOL EMPOWERS THE INDUSTRY

The property professional’s demand for greater and immediate access to critical market data for use in valuations, models and analyses has led to the introduction of a new suburb trends…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ETHIOPIA'S ETC SEES PROFITS FALL BY USD4.9M IN 03/04

The annual profit anticipated by the state telecom monopoly, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is down by 40.8 million Br (USD4.9m) for the years 2003/04, when compared to the previous…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SONATEL TURNS IN 30% TURNOVER INCREASE IN FIRST QUARTER 2004

With a turnover of FCFA 17 billion, Sonatel has had a 30% increase in its first quarter from FCFA 90.2 billion for the same quarter last year. If mobile telephony…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Winston Makamure, Managing Director of Tel-one has applied to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ),for concessionary funds under the Public Sector Facility. He could not disclose the amount, which…


Digital Content

LAUNCH OF SOUTH AFRICAN SECRET SERVICE'S WEBSITE

The South African Secret Service (SASS) will tonight at 20:00 launch its official website as part of an ongoing effort to keep the public informed of their role, developments and…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The President of Cameroon was announced dead on a web site last year and had to leave the country he was visiting to return home to prove he was…


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PEOPLE

* Stakeholders in the Nigerian telecommunication sector including the country's High Commissioner to Britain, Dr Christopher Kolade have condemned the high GSM tariffs in Nigeria at the 3rd Nigerian International…


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EVENTS

- 3rd ICT for Government Conference Accra International Conference Centre, Accra, Ghana 27-28 January 2005 Hosted by: Ministry of Communications, Ghana Organized by: Techgov - Centurion Systems and the Institute…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- There is a contract appointment for an interim CFO in Nigeria for a 3-6 month assignment. Applicants must have telco operator experience. USD800/day plus flights and accommodation. Required to…