Issue no 232

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Mozambique - TDM's MD Adriano wants a new interconnect agreement

For most telecoms incumbents the interconnection agreement with other carriers is usually made on terms that they broadly find acceptable. But according to its Managing Director Salvador Adriano TDM finds itself in the unusual position of being at a complete disadvantage from this key agreement. It comes up for renegotiation shortly and Adriano would like to see it renegotiated more favourably to the incumbent. Russell Southwood interviewed him about this and other issues facing TDM as it enters a competitive era. Give me the background to the interconnection dispute. In 1981 the postal and telephone services were separated. In 1992…

Telecoms

ECONET BOSS FEELS 'VINDICATED' AS NIGERIA CHARGES TRIO BUT HAS SETBACK AS OWN STAFF IN ZIMBABWE ARRESTED ON CURRENCY CHARGES

Econet Wireless International (EWI) boss Strive Masiyiwa says he has been vindicated after Nigerian authorities charged three VMobile Nigeria (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) directors over a corruption scandal that forced…


Telecoms

ZAMBIAN CONSUMER ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS ZAMTEL'S FAILURES IN NDOLA

Ndola has had no telephone services for close to two weeks now and ZAMTEL technicians have not yet found the source of the problem. The Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA) has…


Telecoms

ETHIOPIA TELECOMS CORPORATION TO INSTALL 600,000 FIXED LINES BY ITSELF

For the first time in its history, the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is getting ready to undertake the installation of 600,000 fixed telephone lines by its own staff. The corporation…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN BANKS IMPLEMENT MULTITECH VOIP SOLUTION

MultiTech Systems Inc., a US-based world leader in Internet Protocols (IP) solutions and networking, recently announced that top tier new generation banks in Nigeria have deployed the company's award-winning Voice…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Malawi Telecom privatisation process continues to dither its way forward. Apparently the (recently elected) current President is against it but there are considerable external pressures to continue...Malawi Telecom…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Glo Mobile, the mobile arm of Nigerian SNO , Globacom is now available in 157 towns and cities across the country, making it the fastest growing network in the…


Internet

BUSYINTERNET LAUNCHES GHANA'S FIRST WI-FI HOTSPOT WITH BILLING

Having fine-tuned its billing system, Busyinternet Ghana is set to publicly launch its Wi-Fi Internet access service. "We have sorted part of it," says Bless Adomako, Busyinternet senior IT consultant,…


Internet

TELKOM SA LAUNCHES USD33 A MONTH "ALWAYS-ON" HOME ADSL SERVICE

  Telkom SA has launched the TelkomInternet powered by ADSL Standard package, offering customers a combination of e-mail and always-available Internet services at reduced cost. The TelkomInternet powered by ADSL…


Internet

RAD UNVEILS CARRIER-CLASS WIRELESS MULTIPLEXER FOR E1/T1 AND ETHERNET NETWORKS

RAD Data Communications will launch the AirMux˙-200, a high capacity, carrier-class multiplexer that provides point-to-point connectivity of E1/T1 and Ethernet networks over a wireless link. "Available at the most competitive…


Internet

MWEB NAMIBIA LAUNCHES BUSINESS SERVER AND E-COMMERCE PRODUCTS

  At a launch event in Windhoek last week, MWeb Namibia unveiled two new products that they say will change the way Namibia does business using the Internet. Delegates from…


Internet

HACKERS WILL GET IN SO CONTAINMENT STRATEGY NEEDED, SAYS DELOITTE

The battle is over and the bad guys have won virus writers have become too clever and too relentless for individual users or companies to defeat. No matter what defences…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- As Somalia puts itself back together again, there are moves to try and get the country domain name administration re-delegated to a local organisation. It is currently being run…


Computing

DRC'S CENTRAL BANK LAUNCHES SUPERVISORY SOFTWARE

DRC's Central Bank has launched the setting up of software to supervise intermediary financial institutions. The Governor of the Central Bank Jeane-Claude Masangu and the President of the Regional Sub-Committee…


Computing

ECOBANK NIGERIA LAUNCHES MASTERCARD AND CARDS TECHNOLOGY BECOMES THIRD PARTY PROCESSOR

With the launching of MasterCard Credit card issued by Ecobank Nigeria, a window of business opportunity opens to 900,000 ATM locations, 32.8 million merchants' acceptance locations in over 120 countries…


Computing

3COM SA INTRODUCES SECURITY SWITCHES FOR SECURE NETWORKS

3Com SA has unveiled its 3Com Security Switches 7245 and 7280, two cost-effective security services switches that offer large enterprises and service providers a safer, simpler way to secure their…


Computing

TARSUS TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW IPAQS AVAILABLE

Tarsus Technologies has announced the availability of several new iPAQ PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in the HP stable. These devices have been designed to take advantage of new functionality brought…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is working towards the creation of a friendly ICT learning environment in Kenyan educational institutions.The Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Professor…


Computing

CORRECTIONS

ISSUE 231: ACCRA COURT ORDERS PRINCE KOFI KUDJESON TO REPAY USD67,000 FOR DEFRAUDING KASAPA (FORMERLY CELTEL) The sum involved was actually USD670,000 and the source of the Court report was…


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ONE CLUB OFFERS PROGRAMME WITH "CASH-BACK" USING SMART CARDS

Smart card technology has been harnessed for the first time in SA to reward and engage shopping centre customers. Shoppers belonging to One Club, a smart card-based customer engagement programme,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NITEL RECORDS USD3 MILLION LOSS

The Nigeria Telecommuni-cations Limited may have recorded a drop in profitability of about N39.9 billion and a 25 per cent decline in revenue if the 2003 audit report of the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN OWNERS MAY BE IN LINE FOR A DIVIDEND WINDFALL

  The shareholders of MTN Group could receive a windfall through a special dividend after Africa's largest cellphone operator by revenue announced last week that it expected its headline earnings…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Celtel is to invest 4.8 billion shillings in an expansion programme in Kenya expected to see it increase its share in the local market. The groups Chairman Naushad Meralli…


Digital Content

5FM, KALAHARI SIGN E-TAIL PARTNERSHIP TO SELL MUSIC

National radio station 5fm and e-tailer Kalahari.net have launched a service to sell 5fm's Top 40 music collection online. The partnership will allow 5fm listeners to buy CDs featured in…


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PEOPLE

Zamtel has submitted that dismissed Managing Director Douglas Mutesha will not suffer irreparable harm because he will receive full terminal benefits as though he retired at the end of the…


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EVENTS

- East Africa has initiated broad-based and cross-cutting Public Service Reforms that have put in place the foundations for establishing e-Government thus to enhance productivity for Central and Local Government.…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

job@delconsulting.com * Researcher: Free and open source software innovation in Africa dloubser@uwc.ac.za If our correspondent is "off the mark" or you have factual amendments, mail them to us and we…