Issue no 228

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Senegal's Netcom challenges CFAO Technologies in francophone West Africa

The biggest technology player in francophone Africa is CFAO Technologies. A Lonrho-style concession company selling things like cars, it was bought by French magnate Francois Pinault. He decided to make it a major African technology player and its rapid growth put the heat on local ICT suppliers. Now there's a Senegalese company that's biting back. Launched by Mamadou Dieng, Netcom is a systems integrator that is rapidly building itself a regional presence through local acquisitions. Interestingly, there are few independent regional companies like this in anglophone Africa of any scale. Russell Southwood spoke to Netcom's President about how the company…

Telecoms

CAMTEL FACES LIMITED COMPETITION WITH THE ARRIVAL OF PASTEL

  A new operator - Pastel - has been launched in Cameroon in the areas of internet, data services and fixed line telephony. However there are limitations on the degree…


Telecoms

UGANDA TELECOM USES "EARTH ROCKETS" TO LAY FIBRE TO LARGE BUILDINGS

Uganda telecom has introduced earth rockets to be used in the laying of fibre optic lines, as opposed to digging across roads and along pavements. With the earth rockets, a…


Telecoms

NIGERIA DRAWS UP NUMBERING PLAN FOR VOIP

Nigeria is moving slowly towards legalising VoIP. To ensure an effective implementation of its VoIP strategy, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may be set to adopt a numbering plan for…


Telecoms

LIBERALISATION BOOSTS VIRTUAL OPERATORS, ACCORDING TO MTN EXECUTIVE

Next year could see the rise of the “virtual operator” as telecommunications liberalisation moves into top gear, says MTN's group executive Yvonne Muthien. Speaking to ITWeb today during the Telecoms…


Telecoms

RWANDA STARTS FIBRE CABLING IN KIGALI WITH TERRACOM

Alloptic Inc., a pioneer in the development and deployment of Ethernet passive optical networks (ePONs) announced that Terracom has begun a nation wide rollout in the central African country of…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- South Africa's Vodacom has had a hoax SMS message that undermines its "Please Call Me" service. The SMS claims that if you answer a text message saying this you…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Cellphones and airtime will soon be on sale at 2500 post offices nationwide with the South African Post Office entering a deal giving Nasasa Cellular the exclusive right to…


Internet

NIGERIAN SATELLITE TV PROVIDER OFFERS BUNDLED INTERNET

African Trumpet Telecommunications Limited, is offering Nigerians a combined Internet and satellite television service delivered direct to the home. With the brand name TITV, ATTL, will through the use of…


Internet

ZIMBABWE'S ETRANZACT LAUNCHES INTERNET PAYMENT SYSTEM

  Information technology company eTranzact Zimbabwe last week launched the first fully integrated and operational mobile phone and Internet payment system. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, in a…


Internet

ACCELON, ATMOSPACE PARTNERSHIP DEBUTS NIGERIAN HOT SPOTS

Pan-African Business Communications Solutions providers, Accelon is partnering with Atmospace, a wireless Internet services vendor to provide broadband wireless internet connectivity to Nigerians in most of the country's commercial centres.…


Internet

TELKOM AND INTEL PROMISE WIRELESS BROADBAND TESTS BY DECEMBER

Telkom and Intel have promised to test wireless broadband Internet by December and provide a service next year. But the service quality may depend on where you are. Telkom and…


Internet

M-WEB'S SHOCK MOVE TO DIDATA SHAKES UP SA'S ISP SECTOR

M-Web will use Internet Solutions (IS) as its service provider, terminating its six-year relationship with UUNet. The move effectively shifts the balance of power in the Internet service provider sector.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nemesis has caught up with internet fraudsters in Lagos, as they were arrested and paraded before journalists yesterday, after duping a Briton, Miss Jane Haris 350 pounds sterling via…


Computing

KENYAN AIRLINE TECHNOLOGY VENDOR TO GO REGIONAL

One year after it opened shop in Kenya, Amadeus, the technology solutions vendor for the airline industry and is looking to new areas for growth. General Manager Aymeric Lanez told…


Computing

SCHOOLNET PARTNERS GLOBAL ESCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE TO ACHIEVE 1 MILLION PCS FOR AFRICAN SCHOOLS

SchoolNet Africa (SNA), in partnership with the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) – founded by the UN ICT Task Force, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and…


Computing

PERIBIT AND EMC PARTNER TO INCREASE DATA REPLICATION AND BACKUP PERFORMANCE ON WAN NETWORKS

Peribit Networks, the global vendor of WAN bandwidth optimisation products, has joined EMC's NAS (Network Attached Storage) Partner Programme designed to enable joint customers to deploy data replication and remote…


Computing

MADAGASCAR COMPUTER MARKET INUNDATED BY CLONES AND PIRATE HARDWARE

Although the ICT market in Madagascar is nearly saturated, the market is now being inundated with cheap clones and counterfeit machines that are competing on price for the final 20%…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- ICT systems and communications distributor, Comztek, has been awarded Cisco Distributor status for SA, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The distribution contract includes warehousing, fulfilment and dispatch…


digtool

SMART CARD MARKET EXPLODES

The smart card industry is poised for an unprecedented explosion in this country, with three large-scale roll-outs set to begin in 2005, and several more waiting in the wings. More…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM TELECOM TUNISIA COMPLETES LICENSE PAYMENT AND SECURES €330 MILLION DEBT AND EQUITY FINANCING

Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. announced last week the closing of €330 million in debt and equity financing by its GSM operation in Tunisia, Orascom Telecom Tunisie S.A. ('OTT'). A portion…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CHINESE TELECOMS SUPPLIER DEMANDS SLICE OF ZIMBABWE'S MINERAL RESOURCES

Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei Investments has demanded that it be guaranteed a portion of Zimbabwe's minerals and future tobacco produce before it can supply USD160 million worth of telecommunications equipment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Allied Technologies (Altech), the telecommunications equipment maker, yesterday reported a 5 percent rise in attributable earnings to R154 million for the six months to August. A series of acquisitions…


Digital Content

MACROMEDIA’S BREEZE SERVER FACILITATES GROUNDBREAKING ONLINE CONFERENCE

  e/merge 2004, the first online conference on educational technology held in Southern Africa, recently successfully used Macromedia’s Breeze Server to deliver presentations and live audio-visual events to nearly 200…


Digital Content

Web News - In Brief

- Cameroon's Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation has launched its own website: www.minatd.gov.cm - www.ado.ci, the website of the President of Cote D'Ivoire's Alassane Dramane Ouattara of the RDR,…


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PEOPLE

* The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has appointed a new ICT strategist and has also launched a redesigned Web site as part of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and…


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EVENTS

- The Knowledge Economy and ICT4Development “Catalysing Opportunities for Developing Countries” Maputo, Republic of Mozambique 8-9 November 2004 - Women and ICT meeting in Arusha 20-22 October For more information…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

WORLD SUMMIT AWARD EXPERT PANEL ON E-CONTENT AND CREATIVITY Based on the experience of the World Summit Award (WSA) 2003 process, the WSA selection of the best practice examples in…