Issue no 244

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The sun's rays power up laptops for primary schools in Rwanda

It is estimated that around nine out of ten Africans do not have access to electricity. Without electricity, many parts of Africa, particularly rural areas, cannot get access to electrical devices and thus cannot use mobiles or computers. The two technologies needed to overcome this difficulty - photovoltaic panels and batteries - are those that have made much slower progress than other areas of technological improvement in the last decade. But despite this drawback, there those that are still working on delivering computing power using renewable energy. Mapara Syed reports on low-cost, solar powered laptops in Rwanda. For the past…

Telecoms

INDIAN COMPANY TATA SET TO TAKE 26% STAKE IN SOUTH AFRICAN SNO

Tata Africa is set to get formal government approval to become a major player in telephony services, next to the former state-owned Telkom. The licensing of the second network operator…


Telecoms

LIBERIA: LTC BIDDING COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES THREE POSSIBLE BIDDERS

Six weeks of intensive deliberations on the revitalization of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation has ended and a committee set up to evaluate the process has submitted its findings. The Corporation's…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION INQUIRY: 'ONLY VMOBILE AND MTN INTERCONNECT WELL'

A Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Private Inquiry into the reasons for the poor Quality of Service being provided by the GSM operators, has found that only two operators - Vmobile…


Telecoms

N40BN APPROVED FOR NIGERIA'S COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

The Federal Government yesterday approved N40 billion (USD300 million) contract for the implementation of the Nigeria Communication Satellite which is expected to be launched next year and thereafter generate about…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Gambia’s incumbent telco GamTel has contracted IT provider Cerillion Technologies to upgrade its billing system as part of an expansion programme which includes a planned 250,000 new phone lines.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* South African subscribers to MTN's prepaid service will experience even faster and more reliable benefits from the cellular provider following the implementation of an Oracle-based solution developed by GlobeTOM.…


Internet

MTN PLAYS CATCH-UP WITH VODACOM AS IT OUTLINES ITS SA BROADBAND PLANS

MTN's data offerings have largely been overshadowed by the noise of its rival's launch of 3G, but the network operator says it will soon make a big noise about its…


Internet

KENYA TELKOM'S JAMBONET JOINS KIXP WITH 512K LINK

When KIXP was launched, Telkom Kenya resisted it with all the arguments it could muster. Now its internet bandwidth subsidiary Jambonet has connected to Kenya's local internet exchange, KIXP. Initially…


Internet

OVER 500 WEBSITES ALREADY DEFACED BY HACKERS THIS YEAR

Over 500 South African business and home websites have already been defaced this year, as hacking becomes increasingly prevalent on the local front. The attacks were carried out in roughly…


Internet

AFRINIC TO TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AFRICA'S IP NUMBERS THIS YEAR

Africa will no longer have to rely on other Regional Internet Registry (RIR) bodies, Adiel A. Akplogan the Chief Executive Officer of the African Registry for Internet Numbers (AfriNIC) has…


Internet

RWANDA'S SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE CONNECTED TO INTERNET BY 2017

Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the African ICT conference in Accra said that all of the country's secondary schools were to be connected to the internet by 2017. Rwanda has…


Internet

UUNET KENYA LAUNCHES VoIP SOLUTION - PROMISES UP TO 70% SAVINGS

Kenyan business communications provider, UUNET, last formally launched a high-quality, low-risk voice communications solution for business organisations. The new solution will enable businesses to make a smooth transition from separate…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom CEO Sizwe Nxasana has handed over an ICT centre with satellite-enabled Internet access to Kgolouthwana secondary school in Limpopo province. Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Nxasana said…


Computing

WORLD IT FORUM COMES TO AFRICA FOR THE FIRST TIME - TO BE HOSTED IN BOTSWANA

The World IT Forum (WITFOR) is coming to Africa for the first time in September, when it will be staged in Gaborone, Botswana. WITFOR is a UNESCO initiative sponsored by…


Computing

EGYPT'S BURGEONING IT SECTOR CONTINUES TO SEE GROWTH DESPITE DOWNTURN

As one of the few sectors in Egypt that continued to show strong growth during the economic downturn of the past five years, 2005 looks likely to turn out to…


Computing

CHANNEL DATA RELEASES LATEST VERSION OF CONNECTED'S DATAPROTECTOR FOR PC PROTECTION

Connected Corporation, together with official South African distributor Channel Data has announced the immediate availability of DataProtector/PC version 7.5, a solution for automated enterprise-wide PC data protection. Realising a comprehensive…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Harris Corporation, a leading global provider of wireless equipment and services, has been selected to supply a new microwave radio network to Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), the fastest growing…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYAN TELECOMS SECTOR EXPECTS TO RING UP BILLIONS

Kenya's telecommunications sector expected to earn 70 billion Kenyan shillings (R5.65 billion) this year but faced challenges from government red tape and delays in truly liberalising the sector, industry analysts…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ICT ENTREPRENEUR FUND ENABLIS BROADENS NETWORK

Another 16 South African entrepreneurs have been inducted by Enablis, a Canadian government-funded organisation. The induction of 16 new members brings to 33 the total number of South African technology…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CISCO'S SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN REGION HAS ITS BEST QUARTER

Cisco Systems Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) says the second quarter to 29 January was the best in US dollar terms in the office's nine-year history. Describing the quarter as an exceptional…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Econet Wireless International is confident that its long-running shareholders dispute with VMobile (formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria) will be resolved within the next few months. The arbitration ended on 3…


Digital Content

UGANDA GETS NEW COUNTRY WEBSITE

A new website,www.Ugandaonline.net, has been developed to promote Uganda abroad and locally. It targets advertisers with an easy way to use an advanced system. Access to the website is free…


Digital Content

CREDITPIPE BECOMES FIRST M-COMMERCE SWITCH TO EARN VISA CERTIFICATION IN SA

CreditPipe's m-commerce service, MobileCredit, has become the first mobile transaction-processing switch to complete Visa International certification in South Africa. The certification means that Creditpipe's switch has been reviewed by Visa…


Digital Content

CELLSMART MESSAGING SOLUTION HELPS SMMES SLASH COSTS

Cellsmart, a Cape Town-based wireless application service provider, has launched SMS Exchange Pro, which aims to assist small businesses with their text messaging needs. According to Ahmed Kajee, Cellsmart's marketing…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Fusion Reactor has implemented a Web-based river information system for the Komati River Basin Water Authority (Kobwa) to assist water users in the region with their usage planning. The…


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PEOPLE

* South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki has criticised as “unacceptable” the fact that telecommunications rates in SA are 10 times higher than those in developed countries.He made these comments during…


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EVENTS

“New Communication Technologies & Strategies to Bridge Africa’s Digital Divide” International Conference 15-17 March, 2005 Chelsea Village, London, U.K. DAY 1 - 16 March 08.30 Registration & Coffee 09.00 Introduction:…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* A company is looking for a Network Design Engineer with a knowledge of the WAN and LAN areas. Most importantly the person must be able to communicate in both…