Issue no 248

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CAMPUSWISE USES CDMA FOR ONLINE LEARNING

CampusWise is the Pretoria-based dynamic LIVE e-learning company, which has been established to meet the needs of the corporate, educational, IT and public sectors e-learning markets; whilst in the process increase its productivity and reduce its costs by offering a medium for the delivering of live lessons online. LIVE e-learning or more commonly known as the Virtual Synchronous Classroom is most similar to leader-led instruction in that a trainer and students are involved in a live class, conducted in real time on the Internet. LIVE e-learning is the next big step in advanced distance education technologies and fills a clear…

Telecoms

KENYAN MINISTER PUTS IN TRUSTED HAND AT CCK - IS THIS TIT-FOR-TAT OVER DIVERSION SCANDAL?

Last week the Kenyan Minister for Communications Raphael Tuju decided to sack the board of the regulator CCK and sent its Director-General Sammy Kirui on indefinite leave. Meanwhile he has…


Telecoms

GT TO BE BROKEN UP INTO DIFFERENT PARTS FOR PRIVATISATION?

The Ghanaian Government is talking about selling off Ghana Telecom's mobile operation in the forthcoming privatisation. Word is that a settlement with the Malaysians will soon be in the offing…


Telecoms

COMPETITION LOOKS SET TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PROVIDERS IN TANZANIA

Since the end of the incumbent's monopoly in Tanzania, there has been a flurry of applications for new licences. A spokesperson for the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority [TCRA] Isaac Mruma…


Telecoms

MTN'S RURAL PAYPHONES TAKE OFF IN RWANDA

MTN Rwanda's Tuvugane community payphone initiative, aimed at bringing mobile communication to rural communities, has proved to be even more successful than originally expected.According to the cellular operator, Tuvugane –…


Telecoms

SPAIN'S TELEFONICA TO BID FOR MOROCCAN FIXED LINE LICENCE

Spanish mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles SA (TEM) said last Wednesday it will bid for a fixed-line license in Morocco through its local joint venture with Portugal Telecom SA (PT).…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- DRC's incumbent OCPT is building new earth stations in partnership with Lucent Communications and other foreign investors including local mobile provider Sematel. The total project is according to local…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Algérie Télécom’s wholly owned mobile arm Mobilis has awarded a contract to build out its GSM network in western Algeria to Chinese vendor ZTE. The announcement follows ZTE’s statement…


Internet

SKYVISION NOW OFFERING LOW COST INTERNET OVER INCLINED ORBIT SATELLITE FROM INTELSAT

In a long awaited step, SkyVision is now offering in Africa its Internet services over an inclined-orbit satellite (the IS-603) from Intelsat. The new service promises prices as low as…


Internet

PLANETSKY ADDS CAPACITY USING YAMAL SATELLITE TO SERVE AFRICAN MARKET

PlanetSky Ltd. and JSC Gascom signed a long-term agreement for the use of capacity on Gascom’s Yamal 200 satellite at 49E. Over a period of time, PlanetSky intends to load…


Internet

3COM INCORPORATES INTERNET FILTERING WITH ITS OFFICECONNECT PRODUCT LINE

3Com Corporation has announced the addition of advanced Internet filtering capabilities to its line of OfficeConnect® Routers and VPN Firewall, providing easy-to-deploy, affordable Web filtering. By joining forces with SurfControl,…


Internet

SA'S SYSTEMSFUSIONS SIGNS UP AS SLIPSTEAM DATA DISTRIBUTOR

South African-based Systemsfusion has signed an agreement to become the African distributor of the data compression and acceleration products developed by SlipStream Data Inc., a leading provider of accelerated web…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Southern Sun Hotels Group is making high-speed Internet access a standard feature in all its hotels in SA. The High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) strategy will see HSIA installed…


Computing

PWC, FRAXION PARTNER ON SPEND MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and software company Fraxion have collaborated on a solution for international best practices in spend management. The Global Best Practices solution is aimed at delivering an “industry-specific, charter-compliant,…


Computing

PERIBIT EXPANDS AFRICAN FOOTPRINT

Peribit, the wide area network (WAN) bandwidth optimisation technology company, has expanded its footprint in Africa, with the appointment of a new reseller in East Africa, K-Ninety East Africa Limited…


Computing

NEW ICT INITIATIVE IN RURAL CAMEROON

The ComICT Centre project is going to launch a computer and internet training centre in the rural community of Buea. What marks out this project is its intention to use…


Computing

UCONNECT TAKES ICT TO UGANDAN SCHOOLS USING REFURBS

At least 100 schools that would otherwise not afford it have been able to buy computers at lower prices from an NGO that extends Information Technology to rural areas. The…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- In Cape Town, the students of Maitland High School in Kensington will avail the benefits of ICT. The K.I.C. van der Westerhuizen computer room boasts 25 computers with word-processing…


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COOPERATIVE MODELS BEAR FRUIT FOR LIQUID THOUGHT

Cooperative business ventures are an emerging trend in South African among IT and telecommunications companies providing complimentary services to the mid-market.   The cooperative model – unlike the “co-opetition model”…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SA'S TELKOM MOVES TO GRAB 51% STAKE IN NITEL

South Africa’s dominant telecoms services provider Telkom SA is looking to acquire a 51% stake in beleaguered PTO, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL). Telkom emerged as a possible contender in the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTS RESOLVES IN-HOUSE CRISIS AND SEEKS TO SETTLE SHARE ALLOCATION DISPUTE

Nigeria's pioneer wireless operator, MTS, has resolved its squabbles and the directors one after the other spent the past week making reassuring speeches to employees of the firm. There was…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South Africa's Sentech says it needs government to finance a R300 million upgrade so that it can offer enhanced digital TV-type services. - Pan-African mobile group Celtel International has reported…


Digital Content

VMOBILE LAUNCHES VACTIVE AND VOFFICE

Vmobile Nigeria has launched Vactive and Voffice as value-added mobile products. While Vactive offers multiple entertainment and information options to suit the individual needs, preferences and lifestyles of Vmobile subscribers,…


Digital Content

KILOSA RURAL SERVICES LAUNCHES WEBSITE

Kilosa Rural Services announced today that it has launched its website for the first rural cybercafe/telecentre in Tanzania. The website - www.kilosaruralservices.com - is designed to inform tourists, backpackers and…


Digital Content

BLACKBERRY GOES COMMERCIAL IN SA

Vodacom last week announced what it claims to be the first commercial launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in SA, aimed at both the consumer and corporate markets.  BlackBerry is…


Digital Content

ZIMPOST LAUNCHES 20 MOBILE POST OFFICE AND WEBSITE

ZIMPOST last officially launched its website and 20 mobile post offices to cater for remote rural and resettlement areas, countrywide. This is in support of the country's agrarian reform programme…


Digital Content

BANKING VIA SMS

First National Bank (FNB) has extended mobile phone banking to the widest market by basing its new cellphone banking service on the lowest common level of technology. “FNB‘s new mobile…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Soul Beat Africa has launched a new feature on the website (http://www.comminit.com/africa/community-radio/) - a Community Radio Window - focusing on experiences, strategic thinking, materials, evaluations and other information related…


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PEOPLE

* According to International Telecoms Users Group Director Ewan Sutherland, monopolistic telcos across Africa are delaying the rollout of low cost VoIP technology because they are afraid of losing revenue…


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EVENTS

CISCO INNOVATION TOUR TO AFRICA TO BOOST CHANNEL PARTNER OPPORTUNITIES Cisco Systems executives will undertake a tour of five major African countries in March to provide its African business partners…