Issue no 247

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The SAT3 fibre - a monopoly that stands in the way of cheaper international bandwidth

Africa has some of the highest costing international bandwidth on the planet. Building fibre connections should lower bandwidth costs. But despite the building of the SAT3/WASCSAFE fibre, the price of E1s on this route to the rest of the world remain at levels that are often above their satellite equivalents. As Africa's national monopolies slowly begin to disappear, attention will now begin to focus on the new strategic heights of international competition. For there will be little point in achieving competition at a national level if there remains a large obstacle between Africa's competitive markets and the rest of the…

Telecoms

TITAN ADMITS MAKING USD3.5M PAYMENTS TO BENIN PRESIDENT'S BUSINESS ADVISER AND ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO BUY OPT

US military and intelligence contractor Titan has been fined USD28m for paying a USD2m bribe to the 2001 re-election campaign of President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin to secure the purchase…


Telecoms

CELTEL WALKS OUT ON TTCL - IT MAY BECOME CARRIER'S CARRIER

The privatised Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited (TTCL) will revert to government management in the next three months following failure by Celtel to fulfil its obligations. Sources in Dar es Salaam…


Telecoms

KENYAN COURT CLEARS THE WAY FOR ECONET AS THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR

Kenya could have a third mobile phone operator in less than three months after Econet Wireless Kenya Ltd won a court case this week. Econet Wireless Kenya Limited, which won…


Telecoms

ORASCOM/TELECOM EGYPT CONSORTIUM WIN ALGERIAN FIXED LINE LICENCE

A consortium consisting of Egyptian telcos Orascom Telecom and Telecom Egypt has won a fixed line network operating licence in Algeria. The Egyptian partnership was the sole bidder for one…


Telecoms

PIRATING OF LINES COSTS ALGÉRIE TÉLÉCOM 600 MILLION DINARS A YEAR

Brahim Ouaret, PDG of Algérie Télécom told ENTV that pirated lines are costing the company 600 million dinars a year in lost revenues. It now has 3 million fixed line…


Telecoms

INTEC WINS USD15M BILLING CONTRACT WITH MTN

Intec Telecom Systems, an OSS software vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks, has signed a contract worth around USD15 million with South Africa-based MTN, for a new customer billing…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- On 22 February the Cameroonian Minister of Economy and Finance re-iterated the Government's intention to privatise Camtel despite having missed its own deadline for doing so by October 2004.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- GuinéTel has contracted Tecore Wireless Systems to expand its GSM network in Guinea Bissau, in a bid to increase capacity and coverage, and enable it to launch GPRS services.…


Internet

GISPA CALLS ON GHANAIAN GOVT TO HELP REVERSE INTERNET SHOPPING BAN

The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association is calling on government to help reverse the ban on Internet shopping in Ghana. Ghana was banned from using credit cards to shop via…


Internet

NEW REGIONAL ALLIANCE TO INCREASE PROTECTION LEVEL OF INTERNET USERS

A new regional alliance announced Monday will increase the level of protection offered to businesses and home computer users across the Middle East, in the face of rising levels of…


Computing

SA SMART CARD SECTOR ON THE BRINK OF A BOOM

With the imminent launch of tens of millions of smart cards into the South African marketplace, 2005, say the experts, is the year this technology finally takes off. South Africa…


Computing

ZAMBIAN MINES MINISTRY TO BE COMPUTERISED

The Ministry of Mines will this year implement a computerised system for the management of mining licencing information. And technical director of Spatial Dimension, a mineral services company based in…


Computing

WSIS PROCESS LUMBERS FORWARD WITH GENEVA AGREEMENT ON DSF

After 10 days of intense negotiations at the second preparatory meeting of the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), negotiators have reached consensus on the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Thousands of Gauteng public servants got their salaries late, due to a Standard Bank technical problem this week. - Indicative of the companies' strengthening partnership, 3Com SA recently appointed…


digtool

LAPTOP USERS DEMAND NEW PERFORMANCE BENCHMARKS

With high speed data transfer speeds of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds now commonplace within corporate networks, users are looking towards the next performance benchmark; 1000 Mbps or one…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CONGO-BRAZAVILLE: SOTELCO'S AG SAYS IT'S IN GOOD SHAPE DESPITE DIFFICULTIES BUT IS MAKING LOSSES

The Administrator-General of Congo-Brazaville's incumbent SOTELCO, Blanchard Oba made "state of the company" speech designed to reassure the doubters. He said said the company was now on track despite the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Fleet management technology group DigiCore has declared a maiden dividend of 2c a share after growing after-tax profit by 46.5% in the six months to December. - Black-empowered IT…


Digital Content

COTE D'IVOIRE: A SITE FOR THOSE SEARCHING FOR INVESTMENT PARTNERS

Financiers and private sector promotors now have a site that they can use to find investment partners. The NGO Union pour le progrès (UPP),which specialises in the promotion of the…


Digital Content

ONLINE VOLUNTEERS SUPPORT REFUGEE COMMUNITY IN UGANDA

In the northern Ugandan district of Kitgum, nearly two decades of ongoing civil and tribal conflicts have devastated the region's population. Many people have been killed, abducted, or forced into…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Telkom Directory Services (TDS) has upgraded its Yellow Pages online business directory, replacing the search engine with a 'find engine' by i411. http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/2/pc2/highlights/23feb.html


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PEOPLE

Motorola CEO Ed Zander on Friday defended the company's recently announced plans to tackle the sub-$40 handset market, claiming it can build out a profitable niche. "I take issue with…


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EVENTS

OPEN SOURCE, OPEN ENTERPRISE 2005 CONFERENCE The Open Source, Open Enterprise 2005 Conference is being held on 15 March. Hosted by ITWeb, at The Forum in Bryanston, the conference aims…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

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