Issue no 256

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Mobile fraud in Africa: the scams that are pulled by wily dodgers

Internet fraud in Africa (see this week's Internet News) tends to grab the headlines. But there is a far more pervasive form of local fraud in the fast-growing mobile sector. Later this month will see South Africa host the first conference to tackle the specific challenges of telecoms fraud in the African region organised by the IIR. Mapara Syed interviews one of the conference's key speakers, Abdul Mia, who is Fraud Manager for South African mobile operator Cell C and the Chair of the GSM Africa fraud Forum. The scale of theft can be judged by second story in this…

Telecoms

BENIN GETS SAT3 LANDING STATION AS NITEL BUILDS IN REDUNDANCY

To ensure uninterrupted service to its customers in Nigeria, NITEL is making huge investments in another connection to SAT-3 at Cotonou, the Republic of Benin. NITEL's acting Managing Diretor, Albert…


Telecoms

KENYA DATA NETWORK BEGINS WORK ON USD50M FIBRE-OPTIC CABLE

Kenya Data Network (KDN), a local public data carrier company, in conjunction with Siemens Communications, one of the largest players in the global telecommunications industry, is currently laying fibre optic…


Telecoms

VANDALISM COSTS TANZANIA'S TTCL USD150,000 IN THREE MONTHS

Vandalism in Dar es Salaam has caused the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) losses of Tsh160 million (USD152,380) in the first three months of this year. "This loss is specifically…


Telecoms

FRENCH COMPANY CONTRACTED AS OUTSOURCED REGULATOR IN LIBERIA PULLS OUT

ATDI, the French company that was contracted to act as an outsourced independent regulator has pulled out of Liberia. The Transitional Government of Liberia appointed the company on 26 February…


Telecoms

UGANDA'S UTL SUES GOVT ON SHS16B PHONE BILL

Ugandan incumbent UTL has taken the unusual step of has suing the government for failure to pay Shs 16.1 billion in Telephone bills. The telephone company through Kiwanuka, Karugire &…


Telecoms

NAMIBIA TELECOM GETS GREEN LIGHT ON ANGOLAN FIXED LINE LICENCE 

Telecom Namibia's licence to operate in Angolan fixed line telephone network has been approved, the director of the Angolan Private Investment Agency (ANIP), Carlos Fernandes, announced last week. The MD…


Telecoms

US GOVT INTERVENES TO TRY AND GET COTE D'IVOIRE'S CORA DE COMSTAR RELAUNCHED

Most people had imagined that the long saga of Ivorian mobile operator Cora was over, mired in a series of unresolved legal disputes. (for the background: http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/back/balancing-act_187.html) However the new…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- With the addition of a new event in and for the European region, the portfolio of ITU TELECOM events is to be expanded to span four different regions of…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- MTN held its global brand media launch in Kampala on Thursday adopting a single, global brand for all its markets, the global brand replaces the similar but separate faces…


Internet

SENEGAL'S SONATEL CUTS ADSL PRICES AND WILL DO SO AGAIN

Sonatel has followed Telkom South Africa in cutting its ADSL subscription prices. The reductions vary between 19-70% with the highest savings being available on a 1024/128 service. The cost of…


Internet

NIGERIAN SCAMMERS TRY A NEW TWIST: AN IT EQUIPMENT ORDER

Nigerian scammers targeting Australian email inboxes have added a new IT industry-related twist to their advance fee fraud attempts. Several emails received by iTnews in the last month have tried…


Internet

SENEGAL SWOOP ON E-MAIL SCAMMERS

Eight people have been arrested in Dakar after an e-mail scam involving hundreds of thousands of US dollars. The money was allegedly extorted from at least one US citizen and…


Internet

MYADSL BROADBAND STUDY SHOWS SA'S LACK OF COMPETITIVENESS

MyADSL launched an investigation into local broadband services and compared them with international offerings. This investigation focused on all aspects of broadband services, including price, speed and reliability, and SA…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation officially launched the country's broadband service last Thursday. - The Mozambican Internet Exchange MozIX, now includes 10 peers: TDM (the incumbant teleco), TVcabo, Tropical Net,…


Computing

MANY AFRICAN AIRLINES WILL FAIL TO MEET IATA'S E-TICKETING DEADLINE

Few African airlines look set to meet the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) deadline of early 2008 for 100 e-ticketing, writes Esther Nakkazi. Most African airlines will be left in…


Computing

A USD200 COMPUTER 'TO END DIGITAL DIVIDE'

A pared down "computer" to replace bulky, grey desktop PCs could help close global digital inequalities. Not-for-profit developers, Ndiyo - the Swahili word for "yes" - said it could open…


Computing

MICROSOFT ADVISES ON PRE-CONSOLIDATION IT INVESTMENT FOR BANKS IN NIGERIA

The stakes for successful consolidation in the banking sector was further increased last week when Microsoft advised that merging banks should be thinking of migrating completely from their existing software…


Computing

ZNCB BUYS COMPUTER SOFTWARE WORTH USD3M

THE Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZNCB) has procured a US $3 million (about K15 billion) banking software package to enhance its operations. The package, which is anticipated to be operational…


Computing

CODI CONSIDERS FOSS A SERIOUS STRATEGIC OPTION FOR AFRICA

Free Open Source Software (FOSS) is an emerging industry, an employment creator and the driving force of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Balancing Act's Correspondent Timothy Kasolo writes that the…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Software giants SAP and Microsoft have announced their first joint development project. They are collaborating on software dubbed Mendocino, which will let users access business information housed in SAP's…


digtool

NEW HANDHELD VOIP TESTER SPEEDS IP PHONE DEPLOYMENT, TROUBLESHOOTING

Fluke Networks announced last week a major new inline network test tool. NetTool VOIP offers a breakthrough in VOIP (voice over IP) troubleshooting technology with an industry-first "edge testing" approach.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TÉLÉCOM POSTS STRONG Q1 RESULTS ON THE BACK OF MOBILE GROWTH

Maroc Télécom has posted revenues for the quarter ending 31 March 2005 of MAD4.71 billion (EUR423 million), a year-on-year rise of 15.8%. The company attributed the good results mainly to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

PIC SALE BOOSTS TELKOM SHARE

Telkom's share gained 1.4% on Thursday after news that the state asset manager had agreed to sell a 10.1% stake in Telkom to a consortium led by former communications director-general…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Kuwaiti cellco MTC-Vodafone says it has completed the purchase of a majority stake in pan-African mobile group Celtel International. MTC has paid an initial USD2.84 billion for 85% of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS' RESPONSES

CORRECT INFORMATION ON STATE-OF-PLAY OF GHANA'S MOBILE OPERATORS The info about Ghana Telecom in issue 253 is incorrect. First, Ghana Telecom does not have the widest coverage. Currently,there are only…


Digital Content

FASHION TV TO HIT CELLPHONES

Mobile content supplier InnoVeda Mobile Solutions has secured the rights to supply Fashion TV content to mobile phones in SA. During the past year, the Cape Town-based firm has gathered…


Digital Content

MOBILE COMMERCE STILL LAGGING

South Africans have yet to fully embrace mobile commerce – the use of phones for transactions with financial value – although some sectors are booming. This was one of the…


Digital Content

NEW STUDY OUT ASSESSING IMPACT OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY ON HEALTHCARE

A study of a pilot project using mobile phones for healthcare in Africa has found that technology works, but implementation, management and human factors are real hurdles Bridges.org conducted an…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Digital Solutions is a software company based in Uganda who have been driving a project to implement a fully Open Source Multimedia Messaging Gateway for operators. This project is…


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PEOPLE

- TELECEL managing director Mr Anthony Carter, who is among several directors charged with illegally dealing in foreign currency, has resigned from the mobile phone service provider. Mr Philip Van-Brouck…


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EVENTS

CYPRUS TO HOST MAJOR CONFERENCE ON BILLING & REVENUE ASSURANCE The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation will hold a conference on Billing & Revenue Assurance. 6 - 8 June 2005, Larnaca, Cyprus.…