Issue no 243

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NEW BOTSWANA ICT STRATEGY – AMBITIOUS BUT ACHIEVABLE?

Alongside the liberalisation changes, the Government of Botswana was also launching a new ICT policy that in its words “provides (the country) with a clear and compelling roadmap that will drive social, economic, cultural and political transformation through the effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)”. This ICT strategy has three things usually missing from national ICT strategies elsewhere in Africa: the resources that will be applied to bring it about; clear targets with timelines; and a structure for implementation that explains who will do what. That said, the plan is extremely ambitious but as it concludes:”Although the challenge…

Telecoms

ECONET IN Z$200 BILLION EXPANSION PROJECT IN ZIMBABWE

Mobile phone operator Econet Wireless Zimbabwe plans to spend more than ZD200 billion on its largest ever expansion since the network was launched in June 1998, which will result in…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN GOVT DUMPS NITEL CONTRACT MANAGERS PENTASCOPE

The Federal Government of Nigeria has terminated the contract signed with Netherlands-based Pentascope for the management of Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), claiming that Pentascope has failed to meet its targets.…


Telecoms

UGANDANS SPENT SH1B ON XMAS SMS

Ugandans spent nearly sh1b on sending short messages (SMS) off their mobile phones during the Christmas-New Year season last year. According to figures seen by The New Vision, subscribers to…


Telecoms

ORANGE MADAGASCAR BUYS NEW NETWORK MONITORING SOFTWARE

Metrica Software Systems has said that Orange Madagascar will deploy Metrica's software to monitor the performance of its GSM network. Orange Madagascar's network covers 98% of the urban population in…


Telecoms

INTERCELLULAR SELECTS HARRIS FOR NIGERIA NETWORK EXPANSION

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, has been selected by Intercellular Nigeria Ltd., one of the leading private telecommunications operators in Nigeria, to provide…


Telecoms

DRC: VODACOM HITS ONE MILLION USERS

South Africa's mobile phone company Vodacom, which established itself in the country in 2001, announced this week that it had reached one million clients in the DRC. It offered a…


Telecoms

SA INDUSTRY DIVIDED AFTER MINISTER CLEARS UP SELF-PROVISIONING QUESTION

Industry response to the communication minister's announcement that value-added network service (VANS) players will not be able to self-provide infrastructure has been varied and divided, with some feeling it was…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mobile phone service provider Safaricom has described the date set by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for the implementation of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) as unattainable. Safaricom Chief…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Algerian mobile operator suffered loss of coverage in the following wilayas: Tarf, Jijel, Béjaïa, Tizi Ouzou, Médéa et Djelfa. The main reason for loss of coverage was power cuts that…


Internet

AFRISPA CALLS FOR BODY TO CO-ORDINATE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AND AN OPEN ACCESS APPROACH

The association of African ISPs, AfrISPA issued a statement at the WSIS prepcom in Accra last week on infrastructure issues: "Given that Africa is the most unwired continent in the…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICAN ONLINE TRAVEL BOOKINGS FLYING HIGH

The South African online travel industry is booming, with local companies reporting annual increases of between 45% and 200% in online bookings. Flysaa.com says it has seen significant growth since…


Internet

MALIAN UNESCO MULTIMEDIA CENTRE LAUNCHED IN KOUTIALA

The new UNESCO-funded multimedia centre has been launched in Mali's second industrial city Koutiala. Situated 407 kms from the capital Bamako, it is a city of half a million inhabitants…


Computing

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO GAUTENG IT CONTRACT

A forensic audit has recommended a criminal investigation into the IT company that held the sole software and services contract for the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC). Gauteng MEC for…


Computing

SINGULARITY SYSTEM FOR SA SUPERMARKET CHAIN

The Gerald's Butchery and Supermarket chain has installed a new South African developed point of sale (POS) and inventory management system at its four Gauteng stores, with more installations planned…


Computing

R380M BOOST FOR WCAPE CALL CENTRE INDUSTRY

New investment commitments totalling R380 million were made in the Western Cape call centre industry last year – resulting in more than 2 000 new jobs. This growth is set to…


Computing

ACCELON CHOOSES SAGE FOR AFRICA DRIVE

To ensure rationalisation and integration of organisational processes at its services and technology hub in Lagos, Nigeria, business communications solutions provider, Accelon has implemented a Sage Line 500 business management…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Synergy Computing, a provider of business intelligence solutions based on the Cognos platform, has announced that its BEE initiatives have received a major boost, with Sekunjalo Investments taking an…


digtool

SLASHING REVENUE LOSS…………WITHOUT CAPITAL COST

In today’s telecommunications industry, operators are constantly dealing with evolving technologies, demanding clients, and the need to continuously roll out new products and services. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SENIOR MTS PERSONNEL VISIT NIGERIAN ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION TO DENY FRAUDULENT ALLOCATION OF SHARES

The Chairman MTS First Wireless, Lt. General Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi (rtd), and the Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Richmond Aggrey, Senior Vice President, Dr. Osarieme Bazuaye, yesterday, visited the offices of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANAIAN GOVT WILL BUY TELKOM MALAYSIA SHARE AND OFFER TO THE PUBLIC

The government is negotiating with Telekom Malaysia to buy its 30 per cent stake in Ghana Telecommunications Company (GhanaTelecom)and float it to the public. A source at the Ministry of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET'S NIGERIAN DISPUTE TO BE RESOLVED SOON

The long-awaited judgement in Econet Wireless International's (EWI's) dispute with Vee Mobile (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) is expected to conclude within a week, now that the arbitration hearing is under…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Aureos Southern Africa Fund has acquired 30% of Tofo Public Payphones from black economic empowerment private equity fund Community Investment Ventures. The acquisition cost Aureos R15 million. Tofo is a…


Digital Content

NAMIBIA'S CBS TO INTRODUCE WEB-BASED GIS SYSTEM

  The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) within the National Planning Commission (NPC) intends to introduce an Internet web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to all the 13 regions. The object…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICAN NGOS GO ONLINE

Local non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sangonet has been licensed by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to re-introduce and further develop the South African development directory, Prodder, as an online service.…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A group of hackers compromised nearly 400 websites, half of which were SA sites. The sites were hacked earlier this week by the Infektion Group, says Dino Covotsos, owner…


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PEOPLE

Seen and heard at the Botswana liberalisation event: According to Susan Schorr, ITU:“If you could lay all the consultants in the world end to end, they would all point in…


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EVENTS

THE AFRICAN BROADBAND REVOLUTION 2005 6 – 8 April, Johannesburg, South Africa “The African Broadband Revolution 2005”, organised by the CTO, is a combination of a CONFERENCE and a WORKSHOP…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THE STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARD 2006 (DEC 31, 2005 DEADLINE) IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES! The Stockholm Challenge now welcomes ICT based projects from all over the world to enter the award…


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LETTER FROM THE WSIS PREPCOM: CHASING RED HERRINGS IN ACCRA

The African ICT Gravy Train passed through Accra in January last week with the hosting there of the WSIS Second Phase African Preparatory Meeting. An anonymous observor from the private…