Issue no 240

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South Africa leads the way in music download revolution but held back by broadband costs

South Africans are renowned for their love of music but until recently were not able to download music from the internet legally. However, avid music lovers finally have at their disposal a service they have been long waiting for since the international launch of Apple iTunes, which is still not available locally, with the introduction of Musica’s, download service. This is the first legal and local online service that lets users download tracks and pay in rands, writes Mapara Syed. Downloading music is big business with the international download market increasing at pace. This is in turn reflected by the…

Telecoms

ETISALAT SET TO ENTER SUDAN AND TANZANIA

Etisalat will soon launch GSM services in Tanzania and is preparing to start fixed-line services in Sudan by mid-2005, the company's chief executive revealed last week. "As an equity holder…


Telecoms

KENYAN MP CHARGED WITH A SMALL TELKOM CALL DIVERSION FRAUD

Belgut MP, Charles Keter was last week was charged with conspiring to defraud Telkom Kenya of Sh2.2 million.Keter allegedly conspired with others to defraud the parastatal of USD30,000 (about Sh2,297,519)…


Telecoms

TAXES HOLD BACK TELECOMS AS MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO GROWTH, SAYS UCC ECONOMIST

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the independent regulator of the sector in the country, says despite the steady contribution of the sector to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), affordability…


Telecoms

ITU LAUNCHES MULTIPURPOSE COMMUNITY TELECENTRE INITIATIVE IN AFRICA

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is launching an initiative to establish a network of at least 100 Multipurpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) in 20 African countries. The MCTs will provide critical…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWE PHONE BOOM HAS HEALED ECONET vs CELSYS RIFT

Expected growth in Zimbabwe's telecommunications industry in the next few years, and anticipated high demand for payphones, forced Celsys to resolve its long-standing dispute with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe. Celsy's biggest…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN COURT RULES AGAINST VMOBILE

The Federal Court of Nigeria ruled this week that VMobile (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) cannot change the company's shareholding structure until its legal dispute with Econet Wireless International (EWI) has…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Global policy advocate Open Spectrum International says it welcomes the Telecommunications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa's (TRASA's) recent draft on wireless policy for southern Africa. Open Spectrum International seeks…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Uganda telecom (utl) has connected Arua and Nebbi districts to the new Code Multiple Division Access (CMDA) 450 broadband network. It plans to connect Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo and Adjumani connected…


Internet

SENEGALESE CYBER-CAFÉ OPERATORS ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR SECTOR TO BE REGULATED

The owners and managers of cyber-cafes officially launched " Forum des Cybercentres du Sénégal " (Focys) last Saturday at the Dakar Chamber of Commerce. They used the occasion to look…


Internet

SA'S TELKOM KICKS OFF WIMAX TRIALS IN PRETORIA

A select group of Telkom customers is enjoying the full experience of next-generation WiMAX broadband wireless connectivity as part of trials that could connect many to the Internet for the…


Internet

AFRICA'S OWN NET REGISTRY ON TRACK

The good news for the African Internet community is that the continent is on track to get its own Regional Internet Registry (RIR), but this will mean higher input costs…


Internet

KENYAN REGULATOR CCK RELAXES REGULATION ON VoIP

Non-commercial telephone calls through the Internet will not attract additional costs other than those paid for Internet connectivity. Calls through the Internet popularly referred to us VoIP (Voice over Internet…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- 3Com SA has announced that it has formed strategic alliances with leading gateway vendors to create plug-and-play solutions for Wi-Fi-certified wireless hotspots worldwide. The list of alliance vendors include:…


Computing

PAKISTANI MINISTER AWAIS LAGHARI SEEKS SUDAN VENTURES IN IT

Pakistan has offered a strategic relationship in the IT sector to Sudan, combining joint ventures and transfer of expertise and technical know-how. Minister for Information Technology, Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari…


Computing

SA'S DEPT OF MINERALS AND ENERGY IMPLEMENTS NBX SYSTEM FOR VoIP

Choice Technologies, an IT systems and integration company, says that it has successfully implemented a 3Com NBX system at the Department of Minerals and Energy's Pretoria head office. The new…


Computing

AFRICANS MEET IN GHANA IN FEBRUARY FOR WSIS PREPCOM

With the second stage of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set to be held in November in North Africa, a three-day African preparatory meeting next…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The continent's scientists and professionals in the Diaspora as well as their counterparts back home have teamed up to establish a world-class African Institute for Science and Technology (AIST).…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET'S MASIYIWA BUYS HIMSELF A BANK - KINGDOM FINANCIAL HOLDINGS

Telecommunications mogul Strive Masiyiwa's Econet Wireless Holdings has broken into the banking industry following its $1.5 billion acquisition of a 10 percent stake in Kingdom Financial Holdings Limited (KFHL). The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ELEPHANT ADVISOR DENIES JSE MEETING TAKING PLACE OVER TELKOM SHARE

African National Congress spokesperson and Elephant Consortium advisor Smuts Ngonyama last week Wednesday dismissed reports that suggested a meeting would be taking place between his group, the JSE Securities Exchange…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa's Competition Commission has approved the sale of Tiscali's cellular mobile telephony business to Vodacom. The deal, worth R42 million, will see the Vodacom Group acquire the Tiscali…


Digital Content

HACKERS WREAK HAVOC IN GUINEA AND SOUTH AFRICA

It has not been a good week for African web site owners. Sites as far apart as Guinea and South Africa have been badly affected by hacker attacks. "Team Evil",…


Digital Content

INTERNET INFORMATION FAILS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF UGANDA'S SMALL FARMERS

A paper written by researchers at the Dutch International Institute for Communication and Development says that although the Internet has "drastically changed" the information landscape in the field of agriculture…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- In Uganda, a new communications company, Infoline 189 Ltd, has launched an online telephone directory through which information about companies can be accessed by people.Infoline's Managing Director, Edward Ssendikadiwa,…


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EVENTS

- COMMISSIONING OF VADOC VICTOR ATTAH DIGITAL OPPORTUNITIES CENTRE, UYO Date: Friday, January 21, 2005 Venue: Ministry of Science and Technology, Uyo. Also slated for commissioning are:                 . Science…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

INVITATION OF COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION AND PROVISION OF VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL (VOIP) SERVICES In September 2004, the Kenyan regulator CCK unveiled a new licensing…