Issue no 234

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Mobile goes Wi-Fi - an opportunity to expand internet usage?

With VoIP about to become a present reality rather than a distant dream, it's easy to forget that other technologies will come along and change the African market. Earlier this month a UK company (Cambridge Silicon Radio) announced that it had created a wi-fi chip for mobiles. It believes that there will be a huge market for the "UniFi" chip that will deliver internet access up to 54 megabits per second from "hot-spot" access. Russell Southwood looks at how it might impact on markets in Africa. What follows is littered with "ifs" but that's how the future is: if it…

Telecoms

THE AFRICAN WAY OF BUSINESS CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM AS WEITZ QUITS TELEGLOBE

Earlier this month Teleglobe's Executive Vice President and General Counsel Theodore Weitz became the third casualty in recent times of the the USA's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Teleglobe announced that…


Telecoms

GUINEA: GOVT TURNS HEAT UP ON SOTELGUI OWNERS TELEKOM MALAYSIA

Guinea's incumbent Sotelgui has suspended sales of pre-paid, mobile phone cards, following near riots after long queues at sales points which have few cards to sell. In the meantime the…


Telecoms

VODACOM SAYS THAT IT IS STILL INTERESTED IN NIGERIA

  South African-based Vodacom Group disclosed last Monday that in terms of its African strategy, Nigeria is still of interest while adding that it would evaluate other opportunities elsewhere on…


Telecoms

SIEMENS SEES TRIPLING OF MOBILE MARKET IN ALGERIA

Siemens Mobile Algeria hopes to triple the number of its facilities installed as well as to triple its number of subscribers. Peter Donnerbaeur, Director General of Siemens Algeria has been…


Telecoms

ZTE TO ESTABLISH CELL PHONE RECHARGE CARD FACTORY IN NIGERIA

  Leading Chinese telecom firm, ZTE, has completed arrangements to establish a cell phone and recharge card manufacturing plant in the country by January next year. Already, arrangements have been…


Telecoms

TANZANIA: NEW TELECOM REGIME TO INTENSIFY COMPETITION

The new licensing regime to be adopted by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), is likely to promote effective competition as more players would participate in the industry. Presenting a…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- One of the world’s oldest living alphabets could make its debut soon on mobile phones, Ethiopian scientists said last Thursday. In groundbreaking research, the ancient script of Ethiopic, which…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* NITEL and Nigeria's private telecommunications operators acting under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators in Nigeria have sealed a new interconnection rate deal. According to the new…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA: VOIP TO START AS DEREGULATION KICKS IN

A plethora of players is already jockeying for position as voice and data carriers, mostly focusing on VOIP, the protocol that carries voice calls over data networks. The cost savings…


Internet

CLOCK WINDS DOWN ON KEY KENYA INTERNET LICENCES

The clock is ticking towards the expiry of the 60-day period in which the public can raise objections towards the Communications Commission of Kenya’s decision to offer licenses to private…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- ICANN has released for public comment a draft of the three year ICANN Strategic Plan. The public comment period will commence today and will end on 15 January 2005…


Computing

GHANA'S BUSYINTERNET RECEIVES WORLD BANK GRANT FOR INCUBATOR PROGRAMME

  BusyInternet Ghana Limited, a private Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre, has received a grant of 100,000 dollars from the World Bank- administered Information for Development (InfoDev) Programme to…


Computing

MICROSOFT REWARDS ITS MAURITIUS PARTNERS AFTER 25% GROWTH

Four Mauritian companies that contributed to Microsoft Indian Ocean's growth of 25% in the last financial year have been given awards by the company. According to Marc-Henri Ravaux, Director of…


Computing

SIYATHETHA PARTNERS WITH UNISYS IN R28M RURAL SERVICES DEAL

In a deal worth R28 million over a four-year period, Siyathetha Transact has partnered with Unisys to provide GPRS point-of-sale terminals to retailers countrywide, particularly those serving the rural areas.…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa Airways (SAA) has entered into partnership with a Spanish IT group. The new pact is expected to sharpen its competitive edge in the region. The airline, a…


digtool

NEW PAYPHONE HELPS CONNECT AFRICA

In response to high demand across Africa for community payphones, Tellumat Mobile has launched a fixed-mobile solution that can be taken into the most remote areas of the continent. "The…


digtool

SMC MOBILE TRAVELLER'S KIT IS A VITAL TOOL IN MOBILE WARRIOR ARSENAL

As any mobile business executive will testify to, the proliferation of Wireless LAN (WLAN) technology, both locally and abroad, has not yet reached the point of ubiquity, where users can…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VIVENDI UNIVERSAL TAKE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING IN MOROCCAN TELECOM

French group Vivendi Universal announced it had acquired a majority stake in the profitable Moroccan operator Maroc Telecom, confirming its strategy of focussing on telecommunications. It said it had added…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TATA GROUP CHASING 26% STAKE IN SOUTH AFRICAN SNO

The Indian Tata group has bid for a 26 per cent stake in South Africa’s Second Network Operator (SNO). If successful, the acquisition will give the conglomerate the mandate to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

http://www.ibasis.com/news/PR2004/pr09272004.htm - Telkom South Africa looks set to lose out on revenue streams as the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), in a consultative document, proposes price cuts for a…


Digital Content

RADIO ON: TRRAACE WEBSITE OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF STREAMED STATIONS

Trraace web site offers a full listing of community and education-based radio stations including: Radio Zibonele (South Africa), Fotouni (Cameroon), Diamono (Sénégal),L’écho des cotonniers (Burkina Faso), La Voix de l’Islam (Bénin),…


Digital Content

Web News - In Brief

An Internet-based land registry geared towards helping Nigerians access information relating to genuine ownership claims on landed properties, has been launched in Lagos. The on-line registry, owned by Centre for…


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PEOPLE

* South Africa's Internet Solutions recently appointed Kemmy Chellan as its new Chief CIO. Prior his appointment, Chellan was Business Information Systems Manager at Vodacom. This BSc. Computer Science graduate…


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EVENTS

- Regional conference for the World Summit on the Information Society will be held in Damascus, Syria, 22-23 November 2004. The conference will follow up on the Plan of Action…


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