Issue no 255

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Zimbabwe: TeleOne's 'turnaround agent MD Wellington Makamure on "living on the edge"

TeleOne is due to announce its first expansion plan in two years. Its Managing Director Wellington Makamure was appointed as a 'turnaround agent' for the company. He tells News Update what it's like "living on the edge" and what he's planning to do to bring the company back into financial health again. When did you start at TeleOne? I joined 1 June last year. Previously I was working for Phillips in Zimbabwe. How many fixed lines? There’s slightly over 300,000 but that’s been stagnant for some while. Our challenge is infrastructure development. In the rural areas, 90% of our exchanges…

Telecoms

MALAWI'S ATTORNEY-GENERAL SACKS THE BOARD OF THE REGULATOR MCA

The Attorney-General in Malawi has sacked the Board of the Malawi Communications Agency. The reason? After three years of Malawi Mobile failing to roll out, it had made a second…


Telecoms

AFSAT ENTERS THE KENYAN MARKET AFTER A TEN YEAR WAIT AND WILL LAUNCH VoIP SERVICES

After unsuccessfully trying to convince the Government to open up the telecommunications sector in the early days of telecom frenzy, Afsat Managing Director, Salim Suleman, did something unusual: he applied…


Telecoms

ZIMBABWEAN MOBILE FIRMS STRUGGLE TO MEET DEMAND

Zimbabwe, with an estimated subscriber base of 600 000 for its three mobile cellular phone companies, is still lagging behind in mobile phone technology, Econet Wireless' chief executive officer has…


Telecoms

KENYA PIPELINE COMPANY PULLS OUT OF MOMBASA-NAIROBI AND KENYA TELKOM STEPS IN

The Nairobi-Mombasa fibre link has been so long in the planning that people in Kenya often refer to it as if it has already been built. But the intense political…


Telecoms

FRANCE TELECOM PARTNERS WITH WMCSAT TO PROVIDE ALGERIAN SATELLITE PHONE SERVICE

France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications and its Algerian partner Wireless Multimedia Satellite Communication (WMCSAT) announced last week the launch of a joint venture to provide satellite-based mobile telephony services. The…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Sudatel (now partly owned by Etisalat) will shortly have built a fibre cable to a point not far short of Juba and with peace now becoming a reality discussions…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- The Communications Authority of Zambia has licensed 800 kms of fibre from ZESCO, the Zambian power utility. There is also a link being planned to connect Livingstone and Kitwe…


Internet

NEW BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICE TO BE INTRODUCED IN DRC

Alvarion, provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, announced on Monday that Microcom, the leading Internet Wireless Access services provider in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has ordered…


Internet

INTERNET CAFES THRIVE AS ALGERIAN VIOLENCE SUBSIDES

Internet cafes are mushrooming across Algeria as the country returns to normality after more than a decade of violence which kept it isolated and deprived of new technologies and investments.…


Internet

INTERNET TRAINING PROGRAMME LAUNCHED IN GHANA

A comprehensive Internet training programme designed to teach tertiary students IT skills was on Tuesday launched in Accra by the Ministry of Communication in collaboration with Cisco Systems, South Africa,…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- How quickly the incumbent telcos have taken on the new language of IP networks. Sonatel described itself as running an Internet Exchange Point for the sub-region and Nitel has…


Computing

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES EDUCATION SOLUTIONS IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Students, teachers and communities around the Middle East stand to benefit from a series of Microsoft(R) educational solutions Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, announced last week at Microsoft Corp.'s Government Leader's…


Computing

"AFRICA SHOULD MAKE MORE USE OF FREE AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE" ACCORDING TO ECA

Africa should make better use of free and open source software, a group of African information experts in Addis Ababa heard at a session of ECA's Committee on Development Information…


Computing

HAI TI!: SCHOOLNET SAYS IT'S TIME TO LISTEN UP AND GO FOSS!

SchoolNet Namibia <http://www.schoolnet.na> is taking a bold new step to entice teachers and students into the world of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). SchoolNet has teamed up with Direq…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES CELTEL SUBSIDIARY FOR USD50M

Gateway Communications, pan-African communications company, announced last week that it has agreed to acquire Link Africa, the pan-African satellite service provider and subsidiary of Celtel International, for more than USD50m…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

20 FIRMS INTERESTED IN NITEL, SAYS BPE

Not less than 20 companies have indicated interest in acquiring majority interest in the National Carrier, NITEL, says the Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises, BPE, Irene Chigbue.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Egyptian operator Orascom Telecom has completed the acquisitions of further stakes in its Algerian and Tunisian subsidiaries, Orascom Telecom Algeria (Djezzy) and Orascom Telecom Tunisie (Tunisiana). Last month Orascom…


Digital Content

VODAFONE LIVE! COMES TO SA

VODACOM has introduced the next phase of its third generation (3G) data services in a move designed to give cellphone users something to do with their high-priced, high-speed handsets. The…


Digital Content

CELLPHONE TV SET TO REACH MASSES

About 125 million consumers will watch television on their mobile phone in five years from now, a new survey found recently. Mobile television is not yet commercially available, but trials…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Nigeria's Benue State government will soon launch its website to make information about the state available at the doorstep of every individual or nation in the world. Disclosing this…


Digital Content

SEEN AND HEARD: PROMOTING BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES - ITU FORA, MAPUTO

* A questioner from the floor asked what AfriNIC was and whether it had any relationship to the promotion of broadband. None of the panel seemed to have heard of…


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PEOPLE

* Telkom CEO Sizwe Nxasana has decided not to renew his contract after seven years at the helm of the telecommunications provider. Lulu Letlape, Telkom group executive for corporate communications,…


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EVENTS

UPCOMING AITEC EVENTS 24-26 May, Dakar, Senegal The West African ICT Investment Forum, under the auspices of EU‚s CDE programme 30-31 May, Nairobi Global VSAT Forum Advanced VSAT Training Course,…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

WEB DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNICAL OPERATIONS OneWorld Africa (OWA), which is part of the OneWorld network (www.oneworld.net), are inviting applications for the position of Web Development and Technical Operations Manager as…