Issue no 257

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Power in the palm of your hand - Freeplay to launch self-powered mobile charger in Africa

In a continent where at best 20% of the continent has access to electricity, new forms of technology that require this kind of power can seem largely irrelevant. Battery technology has not advanced as fast as other areas of technology. Then along comes a cheap, hand-held device from Freeplay (the people who made the self-winding radios) that can be used to charge a mobile. Not only is it useful for those areas where there's coverage but it is also offers Africa's many street vendors another stream of income. Also coming soon from the same organisation is a foot-charger (used in…

Telecoms

KENYANS PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS AS KIRUI GOES TO TK AND WAWERU TO CCK

In something of a climb-down, the Kenyan Government announced that the Director-General of the regulator CCK Sammy Kirui would go to Telkom Kenya as its Managing Director. In turn, Telkom…


Telecoms

ECONET SIGNS WITH iBASIS TO IMPROVE VOICE CALL CONNECTIVITY

iBasis has announced that Econet Satellite Services (ESS), the primary international carrier for Econet Wireless International and other mobile and fixed operators, has interconnected with The iBasis Network for international…


Telecoms

LIBERIA'S CMC EXPLAINS WHY THREE BIDDERS FAILED IN BID FOR LTC

The Chair of the Contracts and Monopolies Commission says the three companies that bidded to revamp the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation lacked the financial and technical capabilities to takeover the company.…


Telecoms

MTN STILL PLANNING TO EXPAND FUTHER INTO AFRICA - TO DEPLOY GPRS IN UGANDA

MTN re-asserted its commitment to expanding in Africa despite its recent setbacks, both on the continent and elsewhere. It has still to decide whether it will proceed with its action…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Danimex Holding has decided to join all TETRA activities in the Danimex group in a new company named Danimex Digital Networks. The company will remain located in Sonderborg, Denmark…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Zimbabwe mobile operator Econet Wireless has started migrating customers to a new and bigger switching centre as part of the company's ongoing USD35 million expansion programme to double network…


Internet

ETISALAT TO DEPLOY K-ROOT NAME SERVER

Owner of Afrique Telecom and Sudatel, Abu Dhabi incumbent Etisalat has announced another initiative, which will significantly improve Internet stability and performance within UAE as well as across the whole…


Internet

BAMAKO CONFERENCE CALLS FOR NATIONAL LANGUAGES TO BE USED IN CYBERSPACE

Essential steps to ensure that a language, that is not yet represented on the Internet, is included in cyberspace, were identified at the conference on "Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and…


Internet

KENYA UNIVERSITY TO OPEN EIGHT INTERNET-CONNECTED OPEN LEARNING CENTRES

Kenyatta University will soon have all its eight open learning centres connected via the Internet. This will enable KU's lecturers interact with students registered in various courses without necessarily travelling…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has confirmed that it has not issued an ISP licence to a company trading under the name Infinite Stream. A number of private operators…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN ICT GIANT INVESTS IN TANZANIA

The South Africa Business Connexion (Pty) Ltd acquired Intrinsic Technology in December last year, and has since then been working closely with management in the Tanzania office to ensure that…


Computing

UGANDA HOLDS FIRST ICT JOURNALISM AWARDS

The first ever Uganda ICT Journalism Awards took place on Friday May 6th 2005, in a rather low-key ceremony recognizing journalists who have tried their best to bring out the…


Computing

DECISION TIME ON BOTSWANA' MAITLAMO STRATEGY

It's decision time on Maitlamo, the National ICT Policy master plan that is intended to transform Botswana through the effective countrywide use of information and communications technology. An ‘open house’…


Computing

SA MP3 CONTEST TO HEAT UP

The portable digital music marketing war is about to heat up in South Africa, with the appointment of Cape Town-based Reviva Technologies as the local distributor of portable digital music…


Computing

KENYAN FIRM LAUNCHES NEW SOFTWARE

A Kenyan company recently launched new procurement software that will help firms save on costs. The software, known as Impex, is an e-intelligent software that requires minimum human input to…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Zimbabwe's Minister of Rural Housing and Social Amenities, Emmerson Mnangagwa, last Monday disbursed 20 state-of-the-art computers to two schools in Kwekwe. Manunure High School and Mbizo Secondary School received…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT AND TELEKOM MALAYSIA SETTLE GHANA TELECOM DISPUTE

The Government of Ghana and Telekom Malaysia (TM) last week announced that they have reached an amicable settlement in their international arbitration proceedings concerning the pair’s long-running dispute over fixed…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

KENYA TELKOM PRIVATISATION IN 2006, SAYS MD

Outgoing Telkom Kenya Managing Director John Waweru has predicted June 2006 deadline as the date when the giant state corporation would be privatised. "It can't be in six-months. If we…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELL C'S BEE CONSORTIUM TO SELL SHARES

Mobile operator Cell C has confirmed that it is seeking approval from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to sell 15% of its shares currently held by BEE consortium…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

DIDATA'S PROFIT GROWS THREEFOLD

Dimension Data's operating profit is showing strong growth, as the group announces plans to grow into Africa and participate in the new voice over IP (VOIP) wave. In announcing the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Nitel mobile operation (which operates under the brand name M-Tel) has said it expects turnover to almost double to NGN30 billion (USD227 million) this year, up from NGN15.5 billion…


Digital Content

ORASCOM TELECOM AND RIM TO BRING BLACKBERRY TO AFRICA

Orascom Telecom Holding and Research In Motion on Tuesday announced plans to offer the BlackBerry(R) wireless communications solution to mobile customers in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. BlackBerry…


Digital Content

ETHIOPIANS USE TEXTING IN ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Strapped for cash, Ethiopians in the capital Addis Ababa have discovered a new way of campaigning for Sunday's elections -- the text message. Mobile phones are a recent phenomenon in…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) - the official tourism marketing organisation for Cape Town and the Western Cape - has adopted a global platform for its tourism Web site.…


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PEOPLE

media.toolbox recently spoke with Steve Haite, the Regional Director for MSN Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, about where the South African market fits into MSN's strategy. Q: Where does…


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EVENTS

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AFRICAN COMPUTING & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg, 4-7 October 2005 The African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT) is the continent’s top gathering of IT…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

250 Senior/Junior Sales people required for South African cellular content provider. More information: Tillcor International is a content provider for the three major Cellular networks in South Africa. We urgently…