Issue no 249

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ACCELON TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL VOIP SERVICE IN NIGERIA IN 4-6 WEEKS TIME

Accelon launched two years ago and was financed through a trio of shareholders including African Venture Partners, IDC and global satellite operators, SES. Although it is currently focusing its roll-out on West Africa, it has pan-continental ambitions. Sometime in the next month or so, it will launch an international VoIP service in Nigeria. Mapara Syed spoke to its CEO Robert Tibbs about what the company currently offers and its future plans. How did you the launch for Accelon come about? The company started, in concept, about four years ago. It really started out when I was on an airplane flying…

Telecoms

NEWCOM DELEGATES CALL ON KENYAN GOVT TO SET TIMETABLE FOR RESOLVING CCK DISPUTE AND TO REITERATE COMMITMENT TO REFORM PROCESS

Delegates to a conference organised by the Global VSAT Forum called on the Kenyan Government to respect the autonomy of the regulator CCK and to set a timetable for resolving…


Telecoms

TELKOM MAY LOSE ITS SAT3 FIBRE PROFITS - LEGISLATION OR REGULATION THE ISSUE, SAYS ICASA

In what could be a financially damaging blow to Telkom, government says it will ask the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to consider declaring the submarine telecommunications cables that…


Telecoms

LIBYA HAS MOST EXPENSIVE CELLULAR CONNECTION FEES

New research and analysis from the Arab Advisors Group reveals that Libya has the most expensive cellular connection fees in the Arab World and the highest postpaid minute rates. Lebanon…


Telecoms

SIERRA LEONE MOBILE MARKET GEARS UP FOR COMPETITION

Wireless operator Comium SL has contracted US vendor Harris Corporation for the supply of digital microwave links for its start-up GSM network in Sierra Leone. Comium SL is the fourth…


Telecoms

ERICSSON WINS DEAL TO ROLL OUT MALAWI'S THIRD GSM NETWORK

Malawi Mobile Limited, the third GSM operator in Malawi, has appointed Ericsson as its sole supplier for the rollout of its network in a deal worth around USDD20 to USDD25…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- According to the Nigerian newspaper This Day, the Federal Government is planning a new round of licensing for GSM licences, and hopes to issue new concessions in 2006. Although…


Internet

ETHIOPIA STARTS BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), the country's only internet service provider, has announced it started providing broadband internet service as of March 13. According to an ETC news release recently,…


Internet

INMARSAT ROLLS OUT BROADBAND SATELLITE FOR AFRICA

Inmarsat Group Ltd. Last week prepared to launch the first of three satellites that will make up the company's Internet-based, high-speed wireless network for people working in remote places around…


Internet

3COM DELIVERS CONVERGENCE-READY, POWER OVER ETHERNET SME SWITCH FOR IP TELEPHONY

3Com SA has announced the immediate availability of its self-learning network system called the 3Com Baseline Switch 2226-PWR Plus. This new web-configurable switch offers enhanced levels of network control and…


Internet

SA'S TELKOM MUST JUSTIFY ADSL RATES AT HEARING

A public hearing to deal with complaints regarding the cost and service restrictions on Telkom's ADSL offerings has been scheduled by the regulator. Strong feelings exist in the industry on…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

www.voxtelecom.co.za http://www.Cyberonline.co.za - A Cape Town-based Internet service provider, Dotco, has launched a high-speed Asymetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) Internet account, which is not subject to the commonly imposed three…


Computing

MICROSOFT: GLOBAL COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS WON'T BE ENDED BY LAWSUITS

Taking legal action isn't the way out despite that over 80 percent of software in use in various parts of the world is illegal, a Microsoft official has declared. Mili…


Computing

WSIS FUND FOR COMMUNITY COMPUTER PROJECTS LAUNCHED IN GENEVA

A "Digital Solidarity Fund", a voluntary financing mechanism designed to provide community computers, was launched in Geneva recently, with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcoming the initiative as contributing to…


Computing

AFRICA MUST BREAK DEPENDENCY ON PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE

Africa will have to break its dependency on patented software such as Microsoft if it wants to speed its development process. This was a position advocated at a conference examining…


Computing

RUNNING COMPUTERS PARTNERS WITH CHANNEL DATA FOR INCE PTY LTD BACKUP SOLUTION

Running Computers recently completed a major end-to-end hardware rollout at corporate communications company, Ince PTY Ltd, partnering with Channel Data for the implementation of a new backup infrastructure. Leveraging its…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- HP Nigeria Limited has disclosed plans to open additional service centre in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja. - ProScan Systems, a distributor of barcoding, data collection, RFID, wireless networking…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN SHARE PRICE FALLS ON POSSIBLE REVIEW OF NIGERIAN TAX HOLIDAY

Shares in Africa’s biggest mobile operator by sales, MTN, tumbled more than 5 per cent after reports that the Nigerian government was considering reviewing its tax holiday. MTN, South Africa’s…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MINISTER WILL ANNOUNCE NEW PRIVATE INVESTOR FOR GHANA TELECOM WITHIN MONTHS

Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Albert Kan Dapaah, says that the country’s national operator Ghana Telecom (GT) will get a new private investor within the next few months. Speaking at the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TIME AND MONEY RUNNING OUT FOR ECONET IN NEW ZEALAND?

Accounts just filed with the Companies Office show Econet Wireless is under pressure to either front up or give up on its plan to build a mobile phone network. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN UGANDA MAKES SH15B TAX CLAIM

Hearing of a sh15b claim against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) by MTN failed to take off on Tuesday after URA’s lawyer asked for an adjournment. MTN sued URA before the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egyptian holding company Orascom Telecom has said it will invest USD300 million in 2005 to boost the network capacity of Algerian subsidiary Djezzy GSM. Since winning a GSM licence…


Digital Content

USING TEXTS TO SAVE KENYA'S ELEPHANTS

A group of conservationists are hoping to keep a track on the elephants in the Samburu National Park in northern Kenya, by using mobile phones, so they can send SMS…


Digital Content

ONLINE PURCHASE OF LOCAL MUSIC NOW POSSIBLE IN UGANDA

From the website that brought you Uganda's first web to cell phone SMS service comes another innovation; one that will ensure musicians reap from what they produced through sweat of…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The courageous young cyber-dissident, Zouhair Yahyaoui, has died from a heart attack. He was aged just 36. Using the pseudonym "Ettounsi," which means Tunisian in Arabic, Yahyaoui founded the…


Digital Content

BANKING AND SHOPPING DRIVE SA WEB USAGE

Banking and shopping online saw the largest increases for Internet usage in SA last year, says survey firm Webchek. Webchek, a division of Cape Town-based Research Surveys, completed its seventh…


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PEOPLE

- Education minister Prof. Romain Murenzi has called for the promotion of science and technology to build capacity that is vital for Rwanda's development. The minister made the remarks while…


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EVENTS

6TH FORUM ON TELECOMMUNICATION REGULATION IN AFRICA (FTRA) JOAQUIM CHISSANO CONFERENCE CENTRE - MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE 27 - 28 APRIL 2005 DRAFT AGENDA Day 0 - 26 April 2005 16:00 -…