Issue no 241

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iTOUCH BUILDS ITSELF A MOBILE DATA BUSINESS IN SA AND ROLLS OUT IN MOROCCO

The iTouch Plc group is a media company that provides a wide range of information, entertainment and messaging services to mobile users encompassing regular news updates, weather alerts, downloading ring tones and wall papers to personalise the phone, voting mechanisms on behalf of media partners, etc. Recognising the affluent market in South Africa, iTouch launched the direct channel model (35050) there at the end of 2003, which enabled them to sell and deliver services and applications directly to customers through Premium SMS shortcodes. With operations in 25 countries at present, iTouch has become South Africa’s leading mobile VAS provider of…

Telecoms

MALAYSIANS PULL OUT OF GUINEA'S SOTELGUI

The long, slow retreat of Telekom Malaysia from Africa reached a new stage with its announcement at the end of January that it would be pulling out of SOTELGUI, the…


Telecoms

NETWORK OF THE WORLD LAUNCHES MOBILE OPIN SOUTHERN SUDAN'S RUMBEK

The town of Rumbek in southern Sudan is getting used to a sound never heard before -- the ringing of a mobile phone. "This only happens once in a lifetime…


Telecoms

SA'S VODACOM ANNOUNCES AGGRESSIVE 3G TARIFFS FOR 1 FEBRUARY START

In line with the changes to come in the telecoms industry on 1 February, mobile operator Vodacom has announced aggressive new tariffs for its third-generation (3G) service. According to Vodacom…


Telecoms

HUAWEI THROWS NIGERIA'S NITEL A LIFELINE WITH USD3M DWDM PROJECT

Embattled National carrier, NITEL, last week got a lifeline from Huawei Technologies to boost its transmission capacity and offer better services to Nigerians through a Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM)…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN SATELLITE AIDS TSUNAMI RELIEF WITH DATA

Nigerian satellite, Nig-sat 1, has been actively involved in the mitigation of recent Asian Tsunami disaster, by supplying satellite images of the affected areas to aid agencies managing the disaster.…


Telecoms

CELTEL IN SIERRE LEONE GETS INTO A SPECTRUM SPAT

Celtel (SL) is currently arguing with the Government about whether it can now use the contested frequencies 899.2 MHz-949.2 MHz (uplink) and 944.2 MHz-949.2 MHz (downlink). Governments seeking to expand…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Celtel International has announced that it has five million customers across 13 countries. Celtel’s customer numbers are based on the total number of active customers on all networks managed by…


Telecoms

READER'S RESPONSES

ISSUE 240: ZIMBABWE PHONE BOOM HAS HEALED ECONET vs CELSYS RIFT I would like to point out that your report entitled: ZIMBABWE PHONE BOOM HAS HEALED ECONET vs CELSYS RIFT…


Internet

MAURITIUS: FRANCE TÉLÉCOM DECIDES TO PULL OUT OF TELECOM PLUS

Mauritian ISP Telecom Plus was a joint venture started in 1996 between incumbent Mauritius Telecom and France Télécom, with most of the technology and services provided by the latter's ISP…


Internet

MY ADSL STUDY IDENTIFIES BEST IN SA, BUT SERVICES FAR BEHIND GLOBALLY

Following an investigation into SA's various broadband offerings, conducted by MyADSL in the last quarter of 2004, Telkom's HomeDSL 384 has emerged as the winner. However, the study also compared…


Internet

M-WEB GETS NOD FOR TISCALI DEAL

The Competition Tribunal has granted conditional approval for the merger between Internet service providers M-Web and Tiscali SA. Among the conditions placed on the merger, the tribunal has stipulated that…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) is adamant the regulator needs to provide clarity on the scope of value-added network services (VANS) and make changes to the black economic…


Computing

ZIMBABWE TO HOST INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FAIR

Zimbabwe will host an information technology (IT) fair to showcase equipment and services early next month with more than 20 local, regional and international companies in attendance, the local newspaper…


Computing

Q3 BMI-T FIGURES SHOW TALLYCOM STILL LEADING SA LINE PRINTER MARKET

The TallyGenicom brand has reaffirmed its leadership in the South African line printer market with the recent results of BMI-T’s third quarter printer report reflecting a steady 61% market share…


Computing

MICROSOFT, UGANDAN GOVERNMENT BRING TECH TO EDUCATION

As part of its continued drive to bring the benefits of technology to the education sector across Africa Microsoft has inked a four-year Partners in Learning (PiL) memorandum of understanding…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Egypt's Social Fund for Development will implement several Oracle solutions as part of an EC-funded initiative to develop a new management information system. The aim is to help the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ACTIS AND THE AIG AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND INVEST US$43.2 MILLION TO ACQUIRE MAJOR STAKE IN STARCOMMS

Actis and the AIG African Infrastructure Fund (AAIF) managed by Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP) have invested USD43.2 million to acquire a major stake in Starcomms, Nigeria’s leading fixed wireless telecom…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NETWORK FRAUD STILL COSTS SA'S TELKOM MILLIONS

The impact of fraud and related issues like vandalism impact on Telkom South Africa's financial performance emerged last week. “Telkom loses approximately R95.4 million annually on all network fraud, including…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Between Q4 2003 and Q4 2004 Huawei increased its revenues from sales of mobile equipment to Africa from USD 65 million to USD 250 million. In Q4 2004 it…


Digital Content

GOOGLE SA ‘A GOOD SIGN' SAYS LOCAL SEARCH ENGINE ANANZI

International search engine Google's new South African focus is a good sign for an online SA, says local search engine Ananzi.The new-look Google.co.za domain, which was launched last week, features…


Digital Content

MOROCCO HAS ONE OF HIGHEST SMS RATES IN THE WORLD

Only 56% of Arab cellular operators provide the MMS service, while Morocco and Lebanon have the highest SMS rates in the Arab World. New research from the Arab Advisors Group…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) announced today the launch of a new service on the CCA website offering companies easy access to resources; on-the-ground technical support; and funding…


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PEOPLE

Outgoing SABC group CEO Peter Matlare is to take up his new position as an executive director at Vodacom SA on 1 April. Vodacom Group chief communications officer Mthobi Tyamzashe…


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EVENTS

NEWCOM AFRICA GENERATES HIGH LEVEL OF INDUSTRY SUPPORT NewCom Africa 2005 to serve as multi-stakeholder forum for promotion of sustainable hybrid solutions combining satellite, Wi-Fi, VoIP, mobile, and broadband technologies…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- There is just two weeks until the close of applications to win the APC Africa Hafkin Prize for 2004/5. "Connectivity is a term referring to the means by which…