Issue no 258

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MVNOs to come to Africa with Virgin Mobile setting its sights on Nigeria and SA

This week it emerged that a battle may ensue in Nigeria over the acquisition of Vee Networks, which trades under the V-Mobile brand name. Over the past few days, South Africa’s mobile telecom giant, Vodacom, has placed an offer to acquire a majority stake in the cellco but is up against stiff competition from the world’s largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), Virgin Mobile. Although, Virgin Mobile never talks about a deal until it's done, there are two things that lend weight to the speculation. Sir Richard Branson has personally expressed a desire to enter the African market and he…

Telecoms

NIGERIA'S NCC TO ALLOW FIXED WIRELESS OPERATORS TO GIVE MOBILE COS SOME COMPETITION

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is preparing to face the wrath of the country’s four GSM operators by pushing ahead with a controversial unified licence scheme that will allow fixed…


Telecoms

SENEGAL GOES LOOKING FOR AN SNO AND A THIRD MOBILE OPERATOR MID JUNE

A second national operator and a third mobile operator will be chosen once the tender goes out in June 2005, according to Minister of Post, Telecommunications and ICT, Joseph Ndong.…


Telecoms

CELTEL SET TO ROLL OUT GPRS IN TANZANIA

Swedish telecommunications company Telefon AB L.M Ericsson on Wednesday said it has signed an agreement with Celtel International BV to further enhance coverage and capacity in Tanzania. The value of…


Telecoms

KENYAN GOVERNMENT TO SPLIT TELKOM INTO THREE UNITS FOR PRIVATISATION

The Government might divide Telkom Kenya into three entities and outsource some of its services, Information and Communication minister Raphael Tuju said yesterday. Minister for information and Communications Raphael Tuju…


Telecoms

ECOWAS SEEKS TO BREATHE LIFE INTELECOM II TO SECURE INTER-COUNTRY LINKS

Although the INTELECOM II project has been in existence since 1997, ECOWAS is seeking to breathe life into it again with a view to establishing 32 inter-country fibre links in…


Telecoms

INDIA OFFERS TO BUILD ANOTHER SATELLITE NETWORK FOR AFRICA

Africa could soon have a KSh3.8 billion satellite network built by the Government of India.In a proposal to the African Union (AU), an Indian technical team says the project aims…


Telecoms

SA MOBILE CALL COSTS STILL EXCESSIVE - CUASA

The Communications Users Association of SA (Cuasa) has lodged a formal complaint with Icasa regarding all aspects of mobile cell call charges in this country, according to Cuasa spokesman, Ray…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- SA's Telkom is one of eight telecommunications operators who are joining the Fixed-Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA), which claims to have 240m customers who will benefit from the development of…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Harris Corporation a leading global supplier of wireless equipment and services, has announced a new contract valued at USD4.4 million to supply TRuepoint™ microwave digital radios to Vmobile Nigeria,…


Internet

INTERNET SOLUTIONS BECOMES 3RD PAN-CONTINENTAL PLAYER - OPENS MPLS NODES IN NAMIBIA AND MAURITIUS

Dimension Data-owned Internet Solutions is about to become the third pan-continental ISP on the continent, joining Africa Online and Mweb. It is looking to find 40% of its revenue from…


Internet

SA'S TELKOM SET TO OFFER TRIPLE-PLAY: VOICE, INTERNET AND BROADCAST

Telkom hopes to begin trials within three months on a new broadband service called triple play, which includes Internet, music and video-on-demand. According to Steven White, Telkom executive for product…


Internet

NETCOM AFRICA BRINGS 3G MOBILE BROADBAND TO NIGERIA

Nigerians will be able to enjoy high speed broadband access while on the move and at a very affordable cost as Netcom Africa has introduced a new product called MyNetcom,…


Internet

NEO-NAZI SPAM INVADES AFRICAN HYPER-SPACE

African inboxes were flooded with massive amounts of German e-mail over the past week, believed to be the result of a Sober variant outbreak. The variant is unlikely to cause…


Internet

LIBYAN CYBER-DISSIDENT HELD WITHOUT CHARGES - NO NEWS AFTER 5 MONTHS

There is still no news of Libyan cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri five months after his arrest. He was detained in January for writing an article for an overseas web…


Internet

Computing

AFRICA A SOFTWARE PIRACY HUB

An International Data Corporation (IDC) report on global software piracy has found that 80% of all software sold in Africa is pirated. The global average piracy rate is 35% and…


Computing

RWANDANS LOOKING TO SET UP E-PARLIAMENT TO GIVE CITIZENS ACCESS

Rwanda is searching for solutions to come up with an e-parliament, which will enable legislators to communicate not only among themselves, but also with their constituencies electronically, said the minister…


Computing

AFRICAN COUNTRIES SLOW TO DRAW UP ICT POLICY STRATEGIES

There are only 28 countries in Africa with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy strategy papers, Timothy Kasolo. Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Atsuko Okuda says ICT policy status indicates…


Computing

TUNISIANS KEEN TO ACQUIRE BRAZILIAN OPEN SOURCE KNOW-HOW

Tunisia is interested in the Brazilian project for the diffusion of the use of open source and freeware, computer programs distributed freely and that are already being used at the…


Computing

GX TECHNOLOGY TO OPEN NIGERIAN IMAGING CENTER

GX Technology Corp. announced last week it is opening an advanced imaging center in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.The Port Harcourt center is the second of three advanced imaging centers scheduled to…


Computing

SA'S CSIR LAUNCHES AFRICAN ICT INSTITUTE

An African institute for information and communications technology was launched on Tuesday at the CSIR, in Pretoria, to coincide with world Telecommunications day. The Meraka Institute will focus on developing…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- CFC Bank has picked Temenos Inc. to supply it with banking software. The bank's Managing Director Robert Barry said the software would enable the bank to change from I-Flex…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

AIG AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND RECEIVED USD214M FROM CELTEL SALE

AIG African Infrastructure Fund received US$214 million in the recent sale of Celtel International to the Kuwait mobile operator, Mobile Telecommunications Company. EMP Global LLC said last week the sale…


Digital Content

APCON WEBSITE SET TO TAKE OFF

The Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) is now set to open its own website. Hitherto, information on APCON had been available on the net only via the Federal Government's…


Digital Content

NEW RWANDAN WEBSITE FOR THE BLIND

A new website is to be launched this month for blind people, according to Gastone Rusiha, the city vice mayor in charge of social welfares. The website is to create…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- As the last event in its Internet Week, Burkina Faso held a web night on 14 May. A distinguished jury awarded prizes called "Gambrés" to six different types of…


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PEOPLE

- Mthunzi Mdwaba, executive chairman of Torque IT, has been elected as chairman of the Black Information Technology Forum (BITF) Gauteng region. Mdwaba will represent the region for the next…


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EVENTS

GSM IN EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA 2005 2 and 3 June in Mombasa, Kenya. For further information on the GSM in East & Central Africa 2005, you may visit: http://www.gsmconferences.com/gsmceafrica/main_default.asp…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND ICT'S ADVISOR The assignment is likely to last up to six months under the following terms: Settling in grant, personal accident insurance; economy class return ticket;…