Issue no 253

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AFRICA ONLINE AND TRANSTEL SELECTED AS REGIONAL CARRIERS BY AFRISPA

The long-awaited announcement from AfrISPA (the African ISP association) on the appointment of regional carriers in response to its Request for Service has finally been made. The regional carriers will provide data transport between the different ISP members of local Internet Exchange Points. Transtel, a division of Transnet Limited and Africa Online/SkyVision are the two bidders that successfully met the Request For Service (RFS) criteria to provide an African Regional Internet Traffic solution. The peering point design can be extended to allow additional Internet Exchanges to join the network with ease at any time in the future. Meanwhile, East African…

Telecoms

NITEL REFUNDS GLOBACOM ITS USD5 MILLION SAT3 PAYMENT

In a startling revelation, Nitel's new CEO told the Daily Champion that the company was going to start to repay USD5 million that the Nigerian SNO Globacom had given it…


Telecoms

UGANDA SET TO LEGALISE VoIP IN JULY THIS YEAR

Uganda will legalize its VoIP services after July this year following Tanzania where they have been been legal since February 2005, writes Esther Nakkazi. In February, the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory…


Telecoms

MALAWI REGULATOR BLOCK ERICSSON'S USD25 MMML DEAL

Malawi's industry regulator said on Tuesday last week it would not approve a proposed USD25 million deal between local partner Malawi Mobile Ltd and Ericsson to launch the country's third…


Telecoms

KENYA'S SAMEER GROUP TO PUMP USD20 MILLION INTO FIBRE INFRASTRUCTURE

Sameer Investments Ltd is investing USD20 million in a pioneer fibre optic project in Kenya, according to its chief executive officer Naushad Merali. "The Kenya Data Network (KDN) will complete…


Telecoms

GLOBACOM SELECTS IBASIS FOR INTERNATIONAL VOICE SERVICES

iBasis, Inc. last week announced that Globacom, the second national operator in Nigeria, has interconnected with The iBasis Network for international voice services. According to iBasis, Globacom will benefit from…


Telecoms

LIBERIA'S PRIVATE REGULATORY AGREEMENT MIRED IN CONTROVERSY

The government of Liberia says the recent deal to transfer the country’s regulatory authority from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) to a private company known as Advance Topographic…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN SATELLITE FOR 2007 LAUNCH FROM XICHANG

China is expected to put a self-made communication satellite into orbit for Nigeria in 2007, making the African nation the first foreign buyer of both a Chinese satellite and its…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Mascom, the leading cellular operator in Botswana, has awarded Ericsson a 10 million euro contract for the expansion of its network as it gears up to provide new services…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Ghana Telecom has extended its GSM mobile service to the Bibiani region in the south of the country for the first time. At the inauguration ceremony of the Bibiani…


Internet

FRANCE TELECOM'S WANADOO FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH PLANET-TUNISIE

France Telecom-owned ISP Wanadoo has formed a strategic partnership with Tunisian ISP, Planet-Tunisie. According to France Telecom's Director of International Co-ordination Gérard de Maupeau:"Tunisian internet users will benefit from henceforth…


Internet

SA'S IS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO EXPAND THROUGHOUT AFRICA

Speaking at a press briefing last week, Jacques Rautenbach, GM - Africa & Middle East Services, stated that IS will be taking its services to Nigeria, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Botswana…


Internet

NITEL ROLLS OUT IP WHOLESALE SERVICES ON SAT-3

Nitel last week announced that it will sell IP Wholesale Services to ISPs using its SAT3 capacity. NITEL Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Mashi, said the company would use the…


Internet

KENYA DATA NETWORKS SIGNS INTERNET DEAL WITH TAIDE

Kenya Data Networks has signed an internet backbone and international gateway agreement with Taide Networks. The two firms signed the contract last week at the Serena Hotel, in Nairobi. Taide…


Internet

SA TELKOM'S ADSL ‘RIPPING US OFF', SAYS MyADSL's MULLER

Local ADSL connectivity is prohibitively expensive and costs could be significantly cheaper, despite Telkom's claims to the contrary. This is according to Rudolph Muller, founder of the MyADSL forum, which…


Internet

DATAPRO COMPLETES VOIP NETWORK ROLL-OUT

DataPro Group, the listed telecommunications company and ISP, has announced that the roll-out of its VoIP network, started in the fourth quarter of last year, has been completed after an…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- In Mali three ISPs have created wireless connections between themselves to route local traffic locally and the University in Bamako is talking of becoming part of this nascent internet…


Computing

DRC INTRODUCES NEW SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AT 10 AIRPORTS

The aviation section of MONUC is about to introduce a satellite-guided navigation system (Smns) at ten airports in the DRC: Bukavu, Bunia, Goma, Kalemie, Kananga, Kindu, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi and…


Computing

U.S. EMBASSY IN SENEGAL LAUNCHES NEW CALL-CENTRE VISA INFORMATION SERVICE

The U.S. Visa Information Service in Senegal has been streamlined to facilitate timely and accurate dissemination of information to the public regarding how to apply for a United States visa,…


Computing

SAHARA SIGNALS ITS INTENTION TO SUPPLY AFRICA

Sahara Computers has unveiled a number of prominent billboards in several key regions throughout Africa in a bid to attract additional business interest and further entrench its presence within this…


Computing

TECHNOLOGY PREDICTS THE WEATHER

A new weather prediction system, which can be built using remodelled PCs, has been launched for South African farmers. The Weather Station solution by Ultimate Retail Solutions (URS) predicts the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Rectron has introduced HP's smallest LaserJet printer, the LJ 1020 as well as the compact and black and white printer, the LJ 1022 to South African SOHO (small office,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELL C TO RAISE R5BN OVERSEAS

Cell C, which holds South Africa's third cellular license, will raise 625 million euros (R5 billion) in a bond issue that will be primarily used to service its existing debts.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Mozambique’s state-run fixed line provider Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TDM) has said it will invest USD50 million over the next two years to expand its infrastructure backbone in preparation for…


Digital Content

JAMBOWEB.COM LAUNCHES CLAMING UNPRECEDENTED INFORMATION ACCESS

Tree Life Solutions LLC has launched a website targeted toward Africans and friends of Africa called Jamboweb.com, that will for the first time bring comprehensive access to African focused articles,…


Digital Content

IMESSAGE LAUNCHES SMS-DRIVEN SERVICE

With SMS-driven promotions and campaigns becoming prevalent today, a new service has been developed by iMessage that makes this facility affordable to everyone. “It has long been the case that…


Digital Content

MTN PUSHES ITS BLACKBERRY

MTN, which launched its commercial BlackBerry service recently, is promoting BlackBerry to its business customers as a powerful business tool. BlackBerry is a mobile solution that combines telephony with push…


Digital Content

NEW GENDER AND ICT POLICY WEBSITE HELPS WOMEN MAKE ICT POLICY A PRIORITY

Gender and technology activists, the APC WNSP, have launched GenderIT.org, a new information and communications technology (ICT) policy portal for women and policy-makers. GenderIT.org promotes the need for gender advocacy…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- The Information For Development Program (infoDev) has announced the launch of their new, substantially revised external website at www.infodev.org. The new site contains detailed information about infoDev's new strategy…


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PEOPLE

* Grintek has confirmed that its CEO, Shaun Liebenberg, has resigned to take up the post of CEO designate at Denel. Although the resignation is with effect from 15 April,…


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EVENTS

PREPAID MOBILE – AFRICA Monday 27th-Thursday 30th June 2005, Cape Town, South Africa Strand Street - Holiday Inn, Cape Town Internationally prepaid has clearly emerged as the payment method of…