Issue no 238

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Southern Sudan: SPLM bidding to put in place NGN communications

For years Southern Sudan was engaged in a deadly civil war with those in the North of the country. Now peace is in the offing and the sharing of oil revenues and potentially large donor contributions for reconstruction make this an eldorado for potential equipment suppliers and operators. The country has only a rudimentary communications system and wants to leapfrog to a next-generation network. There are many companies beating a path to the SPLM’s door in Nairobi and subsequently making the journey north to assess conditions on the ground. If the SPLM leadership accepts the proposals that are currently being…

Telecoms

FREE AT LAST: 1ST AFRICAN VoIP FORUM HELD IN NAIROBI

With the announcement of competition frameworks in Kenya and elsewhere, there was a palpable sense of excitement amongst the hundred plus participants from across the continent at the First African…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA ON THE FINANCIAL RACK AS GOVERNMENT DITHERS OVER PRIVATISATION

Telkom Kenya faces unprecedented competition and mounting debts as the Government seems incapable of putting the privatization process through with any speed. The fact that they have been loss-making for…


Telecoms

EUTELSAT SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF MULTICHOICE AFRICA's DStv PAY-TV PLATFORM

Eutelsat last week announced the conclusion of a new agreement with MultiChoice Africa, for satellite capacity which will enable MultiChoice to expand its DStv pay-TV offering in sub-Saharan Africa. Through…


Telecoms

ANGOLA: UNITEL TO INVEST USD4 MILLION IN ITS NETWORK

Privately owned mobile operator Unitel has invested USD4 million in its national network so far. According to its D-G Luciano Pereira da Costa this money was spent on all aspects…


Telecoms

ERICSSON SELECTED BY MTN SOUTH AFRICA TO SUPPLY 3G/WCDMA NETWORK

Ericsson has been selected by MTN South Africa to supply 3G/WCDMA network. With 3G from MTN, subscribers will be able to experience high bandwidth services such as video telephony, mobile…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Nigerian Parliamentary House Committee on Communication has demanded for a full public hearing on NITEL Management Contract Awarded to Pentascope.A member of the committee, Alhaji Nasiru Dantiye said…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Côte d'Ivoire Télécom has made the fourth change in its tariffs since 2003, lowering them by 40%. The price drops are in two areas: for international calls and for calls…


Internet

EGYPT'S INTERNET MARKET PROJECTED TO GROW IN DOUBLE DIGITS

New research from the Arab Advisors Group on Egypt's Internet and Datacomm market shows that Egypt's Internet market is growing strongly. Spurred by infrastructure based competition and government initiatives, Egypt's…


Internet

SA'S DATAPRO OFFERS FREE E-MAIL, HOSTING FOR SMES

DataPro has teamed up with the SMME Forum and the Universal Service Agency (USA) in an attempt to help bridge the digital divide. From January, DataPro will provide free e-mail…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Nigerian wireless solutions provider Junisat, has unveiled its W3A satellite system that will ensure adequate Internet connectivity for the whole continent. The W3A is one of the most sophisticated…


Computing

TANZANIAN POLICE COMUNICATION SYSTEM GOES DIGITAL

President Benjamin Mkapa last week inaugurated in Dar es Salaam a new digital terrestrial trunked radio communication system for the police force designed to allow efficient crackdown on soaring crime…


Computing

NEW COMPUTER PARTNERSHIP TO INCREASE ACCESS TO ICT IN RWANDA

Computer Aid International, a British registered not-for-profit officially launched an innovative new partnership with local not-for-profit, E-ICT, on November 29 in Kigali. By providing an affordable solution to high cost…


Computing

LAND DATA ON COMPUTER SOON SAYS KENYAN MINISTER

All information on land will be available at the touch of a button, Lands minister Amos Kimunya has said.Kenyan's will in future know who owns what land, its location and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Information integrator Alicornio Africa has been appointed sole distributor of US-developed Instante real-time reporting software. - Makerere University Library has received 60 computers and a printer worth sh133m from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM/TELKOM AND VIRGIN MOBILE LINKED WITH POSSIBLE EQUITY INVESTMENTS IN NIGERIA

Pan-African mobile network operator Vodacom is said to be interested in re-launching a bid to enter the Nigerian mobile market - with help from its parent company, Telkom SA -…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TELECOM IPO SET TO RAISE EUR800 MILLION

Maroc Telecom says that strong demand for shares in its initial public offering (IPO) held yesterday should raise around EUR800 million for state coffers. The government’s sale of a 15%…


Digital Content

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES TOURISM WEB-SITE

The Government of Ghana is developing a website to market the country as a tourist destination. With assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Ghana tourism website will be launched within…


Digital Content

Web News - In Brief

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PEOPLE

AGGREY TASKS GOVT ON FUNDING Founder and CEO of Nigeria's MTS Firstwireless Richmond Aggrey says that the Government needs to facilitate funding of the emerging telecommunications industry if what has…


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EVENTS

BRAIN CONFERENCE OF DECEMBER 19-21, 2004 AT SAFARI PARK HOTEL This conference has brought home over 50 Kenyan professionals in the diaspora, who would like to explore collaboration opportunities. This…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

SALES DIRECTOR FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS REQUIRED 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,…