Issue no 237

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Private sector ICT lobbying: making friends and influencing people

Organised lobbying of any sort is relatively new in Africa and even newer for the ICT sector. Trade associations have always been there in some shape or form but their role has taken on a new urgency as Africa gets to grips with the commercial and political realities of ICT. In former times, with just state-owned incumbents, one of the main issues for those doing business was about large-scale equipment contracts. On smaller matters like whether you could get a phone or the service was below standard, there was in practical terms little you could do about it. Except maybe…

Telecoms

LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT RESTRICTS MOBILE OPERATOR LICENCES TO FOUR

The National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) headed, by businessman Charles Gyude Bryant has restricted GSM Mobile phone companies in Liberia to only four, indicating that the GSM licenses have…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA: MTN AND CELL C SCRABBLE TO FOLLOW VODACOM'S LEAD

Mobile operator MTN has announced a strategic partnership with Ericsson, which will become its partner of choice for its third-generation (3G) network. Following all the recent hype surrounding the provision…


Telecoms

UGANDAN REGULATOR CALLS FOR SCRAPPING OF AIRTIME TAX

Scrapping of Excise Duty on airtime is among recommendations in the new telecommunications policy, a Uganda Communications Commission (ucc) official has said."Although mobile phones are available countrywide, few people can…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Cape Verde has suffered from reduced telephone and Internet connectivity for 15 days after the main underwater fibre optic cable connecting the archipelago with the world was damaged by…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- South Africa's Telkom has introduced a promotional international calling card to help keep friends and relatives around the world in touch over the holiday season. There are three calling…


Telecoms

TANZANIA LOOKS SET TO ENTER AN ERA OF FULLER COMPETITION

The monopoly of Tanzania’s incumbent TTCL will end on 22 February 2005 and the country is set to be the next African nation to enter the era of competition. The…


Telecoms

Internet

SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST TOP-LEVEL DOMAIN SERVER TO WARD OFF DoS ATTACKS

South Africa will host Africa's first top-level domain name (TLD) server as part of a strategy by domain name server manager UltraDNS to mitigate denial-of-service attacks. UltraDNS is a US…


Internet

LIBERCELL TAKES INTERNET AND MOBILE OUTSIDE MONROVIA TO KAKATA

Barely a week after it launched its network in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Libercell, one of four GSM operators in the country, launched its Internet and GSM services in Kakata, about…


Internet

BROADBAND GATHERS SPEED IN MAURITIUS

Surfing the web at neck-breaking speed in Mauritius will soon be possible thanks to the marvels of new technology. Local providers have been catching up with the rest of the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town, will be the hotspot for holidaymakers this summer, as Intel brings the world of wireless Internet connectivity to beachgoers from 16th December to 8th…


Computing

TUNISIA LAUNCHES NEW STRATEGY TO PROMOTE INFORMATION SOCIETY

In the run-up to it hosting the WSIS Summit at the end of next year, Tunisia has launched a new strategy "a knowledge-based economy". The new measures aim at reducing…


Computing

SUPERCOM WINS USD2.5M AFRICAN ID CARD CONTRACT

 Smart card and electronic ID solutions provider Supercom last week announced that it has entered into an agreement with an unnamed African government agency to provide an end-to-end national identification…


Computing

INTERNATIONAL CALL CENTRE INVESTMENT BOOMING IN CAPE TOWN

Eleven new operations from the international market, representing a total committed investment estimated at R380 million, have established call centres or business process outsourcing (BPO) operations in the Western Cape…


Computing

JAMBO OPENOFFICE: FIRST RELEASE of SWAHILI OPEN SOURCE DESK TOP

On 4th December 2004, The Open Swahili Localization Project, also known as Kilinux, announced the first ever release of a free office suite software in Swahili, called "Jambo OpenOffice." Jambo…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Indian company Teledata Informatics Ltd is set to start its commercial operations at Durban in South Africa. With the new office at Durban, the company can install and support…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM HEADS OFF FOR NIGERIA WITH TELKOM IN TOW

Vodacom Group has dragged along its parent company, Telkom, Africa's largest telephone group, in its second attempt to enter the Nigerian cellphone market after the botched bid for a controlling…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Celtel International has completed a USD74 million refinancing deal in Kenya which will fund network rollout across the country. The syndicated loan will mature in five years. Parent company…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION

ISSUE 236: ANGLO-AMERICAN FIXED AND MOBILE CONSORTIUM KNOCKING ON DRC'S DOOR British Telecom is not involved in setting up a consortium in DRC and Rob Hewitt (named as a BT…


Digital Content

MALI: USING SMS TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS

Mali has a new tool to help it curb the spread of HIV/AIDS - the cellphone. The international NGO, Population Services International (PSI), has launched a campaign using cellular technology…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- SANGONeT has been engaged in developing a new website for the Development Institute for Training, Support and Labour (Ditsela). Ditsela's main objective is to help the labour movement build…


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PEOPLE

* In another attack on Zimbabwe's embattled mobile operators, the National Empowerment Group (NEG) last week condemned what it rather ominously described as "corruption" within mobile phone network operators, the…


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EVENTS

SIXTH ANNUAL GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE Organizers: Global Development Network (GDN) Date: 24 – 26, January 2005 Venue: Dakar, Senegal For more information, visit www.gndnet.org THIRD ICT FOR GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE Organizers:…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* A Telecom Operator with around 150,000 subscribers is looking for a Sales Director to be responsible for formulating, implementing and managing the company's sales policy, meeting volume and revenue…