Issue no 239

Top Story

Technology put to the test as parts of East Africa reel from effects of Asian tsunamis

The relief effort in the wake of the Asian tsunamis has highlighted the importance of using ICT. African aid agencies have become significant ICT users and have sophisticated ICT managers. Communication is key in when disasters occur as communications links are often disrupted. Yet for disaster relief workers who arrive on the scene these links are essential as they rely heavily on telecommunications to coordinate the complicated logistics of rescue and relief operations. This week Mapara Syed looks at how different aid agencies have used ICT to tackle the impact of tsunami waves on the coasts of East Africa and…

Telecoms

CELTEL SEEKS TO BECOME THIRD NATIONAL OPERATOR IN UGANDA

Celtel is bidding to become the third national operator, to operate alongside MTN and Uganda Telecom, after their duopoly expires in July. "We cannot afford to miss that chance," Celtel's…


Telecoms

VOIP WILL SATURATE SOUTH IN 2005, ACCORDING TO NEW REPORT

Voice over IP will be the fastest growing technology application among South African corporations this year, according to research firm World Wide Worx. A survey conducted by the company indicates…


Telecoms

SIERRA LEONE GETS A NEW MOBILE OPERATOR

New wireless operator LINTEL SL plans to launch mobile services over its network in Sierra Leone in early February 2005. The cellco, which paid USD250,000 for its GSM-900 operating licence…


Telecoms

VODACOM LAUNCHES 3G: THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET WITH VIDEO CALLS DEAL

South African mobile operator Vodacom has launched its third-generation (3G) mobile service and, in an aggressive marketing tactic, is offering video calls at the same price as voice calls to…


Telecoms

TELKOM KENYA LAUNCHES 18,000 LINE DIGITAL UPGRADE

Kenya's incumbent operator, Telkom Kenya, has launched a multimillion-shilling technology upgrading project that will see the installation of some 18,000 new digital lines. The project, which will cost the company…


Telecoms

BENIN: OPT'S FIXED CELL SUBSCRIBERS PLAGUED BY SERVICE FAILURES

OPT's fixed cellular subscribers are plagued with a range of problems that are making their phones completely dysfunctional. The problems take three forms. Firstly, the line will not function at…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Tecore Wireless Systems says that it has deployed a GSM network for Somalian operator Somafone. The infrastructure will initially provide coverage of the capital Mogadishu and its environs. Under…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Nigerian regulator NCC has ordered mobile operator MTN to stop charging customers for migrating to per second billing. It has asked the operator to refund these charges to affected…


Internet

FIERCE BANDWIDTH PRICE WAR BREAKS OUT IN KENYA AFTER COMPETITION

Kenya Data Network (KDN) has said it will offer bandwidth at rates that are lower than Telkom Kenya's revised tariffs. Telkom has aleady announced that it had reduced its tariffs…


Internet

TUNISIE TELECOM PROMISES TO INSTALL 22,000 ADDITIONAL ADSL LINES

Tunisian incumbent telco Tunisie Telecom intends to offer 22,000 additional ADSL connections next year in order to meet the increasing demand for faster internet connections, the Tunisian daily Le Temps…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA'S WIRELESS BROADBAND OPERATOR IBURST TAKING MARKET BY STORM

Wireless Business Solutions (WBS), which soft-launched its wireless broadband offering called iBurst at the end of last year, claims to have already signed up over 1,500 clients. “I am very…


Internet

NIGERIA LOSES OVER USD2.5M IN HARD CURRENCY OVER LACK OF IXP

Nigeria may be losing over USD2.5 million (about N3.29 billion annually), to the Internet backbone operators based in the USA and elsewhere, due to the lack of Internet Exchange Point…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Kenya Data Networks Ltd. (KDN) has ordered approximately $900,000 thousand worth of Alvarion BreezeACCESS OFDM and WALKair products to expand its existing broadband wireless networks and implement a small…


Computing

NIGERIA TO SET UP ICT PARKS IN 40 ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS

Nigerian universities will soon be globally connected following the establishment of ultra modern, world-class ICT parks in 40 institutions spread out in the six geo-political zones of the country. This…


Computing

KENYA'S BIDCO GROUP INVESTS SH8 MILLION IN ICT UPGRADE

Bidco Group has invested Sh7.8 million in upgrading its communication department that covers the group's East African operations. The company yesterday signed an agreement with newly licensed operator Jamii Telecom…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The first edition of the Tunisia guidebook for new information and communications technologies has just come out in Tunis. The French-language 260-page "guidebook for professionals," published by "Symboles Media"…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELECOM EGYPT SEEKS TO RAISE USD323 MLN IN RECORD BOND SALE

Telecom Egypt, the state-owned fixed- telephone line monopoly, is seeking to raise 2 billion Egyptian pounds (USD323 million) in a record corporate bond sale. The company announced the sale of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SWAZI KING SECURES 6% SHARE AT IN LOCAL MTN OPERATION THROUGH SPTC

Despite the business community citing the intended move by His Majesty King Mswati III to purchase a 10 percent shareholding in mobile company, Swazi MTN as being a 'bad business…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Africa’s largest telco Telkom SA has expressed an interest in acquiring an equity stake in Telkom Kenya, according to allafrica.com. A Kenyan government spokesperson claims the Cabinet is in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION AND READERS' RESPONSES

Issue No 238: Southern Sudan: SPLM bidding to put in place NGN communications A reader wrote in to say: Southern Sudan has a mobile service up under testing in Rumbek.…


Digital Content

COMESA LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO ENCOURAGE REGIONAL BUSINESS

The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (Comesa) has launched a public procurement website that offers an opportunity to regional supplier businesses to access bigger and possibly more lucrative…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Internet sports publishing company 365 Digital Publishing has bought itself out from its UK shareholders, to become a fully owned South African business and now has its eye to…


More

EVENTS

SIX 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:…


More

JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- Collecting a representative set of requirements for the different emerging markets of the world and creating awareness of these requirements within the European Research Area research community is a…


More

PEOPLE

* In 2005, with the support of other African Countries, Angola will present its candidature for the presidency of the Technology Commission of the United Nations, said Wednesday, in Luanda,…