Issue no 233

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Ghana - GISPA signs agreement with GT for new, low prices on SAT-3

After a testy and rather acrimonious set of negotiations, Ghana's ISP association GISPA last week signed an agreement with telecom incumbent Ghana Telecom for cheaper international fibre access on the SAT-3 cable. It sets a precedent for opening up access to this monopoly-controlled fibre for a wider range of companies besides its original investors. Although GISPA is pleased to sign the agreement, it remains unhappy as it maintains that Ghana Telecom's ISP is offering retail broadband prices that are so low that the SAT-3 price could afford to come down again. Although the agreement remains confidential, it is understood that…

Telecoms

ECONET KENYA LTD FINALLY GRANTED MOBILE LICENCE BUT KNFC MAY GO

Econet Wireless Kenya (EWK) was yesterday formally given a licence to operate a third mobile phone company. The consortium that is still struggling to forge an internal alliance hopes to…


Telecoms

GHANA'S SPACEFON LAUNCHES GPRS SERVICES

Ghanaian mobile operator Spacefon lat week launch a GPRS service that allows multimedia functioning of cellular phones, including browsing the Internet.The launch comes with two new data services, namely, the…


Telecoms

LIBERIAN GOVT LIMITS NUMBER OF MOBILE OPERATORS TO FOUR

The Government of Liberia last week declared that the maximum number of GSM Cellphone operators in the country shall not exceed four at any point in time. In a statement…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWE'S SNO TELEACCESS COULD LOSE ITS LICENCE AS IT FAILS TO MAKE PAYMENTS

According to a Reuters report, a private company that has Zimbabwe's second fixed-line network license could have the permit revoked after it failed to roll out its network, the telecommunications…


Telecoms

SA'S ICASA ISSUES FIRST UNDER-SEVICED AREAS LICENCES

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) has issued four of the underserviced area licences (USALs).In June, the Minister awarded licences to Bokone Telecoms (Limpopo, Capricorn District); Thinta Thinta Telecoms…


Telecoms

REPORT OF THE FIFTH FORUM ON TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATION IN AFRICA

The fifth forum on telecommunication Regulation in Africa was held in Kampala Uganda from 3rd to 5th of November 2004 under the theme "Licensing in the Era of Convergence". Honourable…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- C3 Ltd of Cambridge is expanding into Africa and has set up a sales office, distribution channel and support to serve the African continent. At the same time, it…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Glo Mobile, the GSM arm of Nigeria's SNO, Globacom, has launched a new promotion which commences today. Under the new promotion, Glo Classic lines will now sell for N805…


Internet

WORLDPAY PULLS OUT OF SA

In an e-mail sent to clients, the UK-based company announced that, due to economic uncertainty and new regulations, the service would no longer be available to SA, South Korea and…


Internet

UNITED NATIONS ESTABLISHES WORKING GROUP ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced last week the establishment of the Working Group on Internet Governance. The Working Group will prepare the ground for a decision on this issue by…


Internet

AXERA SUPPLIES NIGERIA'S NETCOM AFRICA WITH WIRELESS BROADBAND SOLUTION

Axcera last week announced that it will supply Netcom Africa Limited, a leading IP infrastructure provider of satellite and wireless broadband solutions in Africa, with its IPWireless™-based Axity3G non-line-of-site (NLOS)…


Internet

LICENCING OF INTERNET OPERATORS IS OPPOSED BY KENYAN SNO CONSORTIUM MEMBER

  Debt collector, Triple A Capital, has filed an objection to the planned liberalisation of the Internet backbone and Commercial VSAT market in Kenya. The objection follows the September 3…


Computing

SIMPUTER DISTRIBUTOR AFRICAN DIGITAL BRIDGES THROWS IN THE TOWEL

Simputer distributor African Digital Bridges who were appointed in 2002 to sell the Indian low-cost machine in 2002 have decided to quit because "it was not worth sustaining operations." According…


Computing

SA BANKS PASS TEN MILLION VISA CARDS

Visa International announced today that its member banks in SA have issued more than ten million Visa cards as the country's banking sector steps up initiatives to bring the 13…


Computing

NIGERIAN COMPANY LAUNCHES MOBILE SAVEMYCONTACTS SOFTWARE

  The widespread loss of phone numbers, following loss or damage of a GSM handset looks set to be further reduced with the introduction of SaveMyContacts into the Nigerian market.…


Computing

BRIDGES.ORG PRODUCES GUIDE ON SETTING UP AND OPERATING A COMPUTER REFURBISHMENT CENTRE IN AFRICA

More Africans need to get their hands on computers in order for Africa to tap the potential of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve lives. But the price of…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The World Bank has kicked off a Computer Donation Program that will see over 12,000 computers given to needy groups around the globe. The computers, from more than 100…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

V-MOBILE CLAIMS VICTORY IN SHARE BUT BATTLE BUT CONFUSION REIGNS

The long-running battle between South Africa-based Econet Wireless International (EWI) and Nigerian operation V-Mobile (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) took another strange turn last week when the latter released a press…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN INVESTORS SEEK RULES AFTER TELKOM SALE

South African politicians and investors said a drive to boost black participation in the economy needs clearer rules after a former government official bought a stake in Telkom South Africa…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Internet Securities Incorporated, (trading as ISI Emerging Markets) the pioneering publisher of Internet-delivered emerging markets news and information, last week announced the acquisition of the assets of the Business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION

ISSUE 226: SHANGHAI TELECOM LOOKS SET TO BECOME SNO EQUIVALENT IN CAPE VERDE BY DECEMBER Thank for your e-mails with the important news about our Telecom's sector. I want to…


Digital Content

DOWNLOADS ZONE LAUNCHED ON AFRIDIGITAL.NET

www.afridigital.net Download 1: Isabel Neto's excellent MIT thesis Wireless Networks for the Developing World: The Regulation and Use of License-Exempt Radio Bands in Africa. It contains a useful survey of…


Digital Content

Web News - In Brief

- There was an announcement from iEntry concerning the launch of a search presence targeted towards South Africa. The search engine, called SearchZA, is claimed to be "the most comprehensive…


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PEOPLE

* Businessman and former football administrator Leo Mugabe has been receiving monthly ZD10 million cheques from cellphone operator Telecel in an arrangement company insiders this week described as curious, according…


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EVENTS

- BusyInternet and Explainer DC are organizing a 3-part internet workshop for companies. During these three days a panel of Ghana’s leading website developers and experts will cover the advantages of having a…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

If one were to organize a series of small-scale events on Unicode/ISO-10646 in Africa (presentations, trainings/workshops) there would be a number of issues to determine the approach taken. I am…