Issue no 260

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WSIS host Tunisia guilty of denying access to information by filtering internet

In November Tunisia will be hosting the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, which according to the President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, “constitutes a historic opportunity for the international community to agree on a common vision of the Information Society and to develop an approach for action aimed at bridging the digital divide and allowing the advent of an Information Society that is balanced and accessible to all.” Ironically, however, Tunisia has one of the poorest records in allowing freedom of expression and has repeatedly been criticised for denying access to information on…

Telecoms

ATLANTIQUE TELECOM SET TO PURCHASE ORASCOM'S CONGO ASSETS

Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH) announced that it would sell its 65% equity stake in Congo-Brazaville's leading mobile business Libertis Telecom and its 100% indirect stake in DRC mobile operator Oasis…


Telecoms

CAPE VERDE GRANTS TWO CABLE TV LICENCES, ONE WILL DELIVER BY ADSL

  The Cape Verde Government has appointed two subscription TV licences and started to renegotiate the end of incumbent telco CVTelecom's monopoly. The Government has approved the new National Telecoms…


Telecoms

BURKINA FASO'S INCUMBENT ONATEL SIGNS USD10.7 MILLION GUARANTEE WITH CEDEAO

As part of its forthcoming float valued at USD30 million on the BVRM (Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières), Burkina Faso's incumbent ONATEL has lined up a USD10.7 million partial guarantee…


Telecoms

ZAMBIAN REGULATOR CAZ SAYS EXISTING OPERATORS CAN USE VOIP

Zambian regulator Communication Authority of Zambia (CAZ) is trying to encourage its public service operators to offer VoIP-enabled services, writes Balancing Act's Zambia correspondent Timothy Kasolo. It made clear that…


Telecoms

HUAWEI TO START MANUFACTURING TELEPHONE HANDSETS IN LAGOS BY NOVEMBER

Huawei Technologies Company Limited, a Chinese-owned firm and one of the world's leading Telecom equipment manufacturers has announced that it would, by November this year, start manufacturing Mobile Telephone Handsets…


Telecoms

KENYAN REGULATOR CCK URGES MOBILE PHONE OPERATORS TO LOWER INTER-CONNECTION RATES

Communication Commission of Kenya on Thursday stepped up pressure on the country's two mobile operators to lower their inter-connectivity charges. CCK Commissioner General John Waweru said the prevailing rates were…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- East African Submarine Systems (EASSy), a project launched to interconnect East and South African countries via high capacity optical fiber, is holding a four-day conference at the Sheraton Addis.…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Togo Cellulaire has now set up roaming agreements with over 180 countries and is now launching a prepaid roaming offer. The launch was made by Togolese national rock star…


Internet

SA'S TELKOM DROPS ADSL AND DATA PRICES FURTHER

Telkom has reduced ADSL and data prices, with the Internet access product down to R270 per month. Prices for International Private Leased Circuits (IPLCs) via the submarine cable and satellite…


Internet

COMPEL NITEL TO BRING DOWN INTERNET COSTS, INTERSTELLA BOSS TELLS LAWMAKERS

THE National Assembly has been called upon to investigate an alleged plot masterminded by individuals within and outside NITEL, the nation's former sole national telecommunication carrier and by agents of…


Internet

SA MAY LOSE OUT ON WIRELESS BROADBAND BOON - DEREGULATION INDECISION THWARTING WIRELESS GROWTH

South Africa is lagging behind countries such as Botswana, Zambia and Kenya in its adoption of wireless broadband solutions. The respective regulators of these African countries have shown a more…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- KT Corp, South Korea’s largest telco, has announced that it is close to launching a broadband internet joint venture with Algerie Telecom (AT), aiming to roll out an ADSL…


Computing

DIMENSION DATA LAUNCHES IN NIGERIA WITH PURCHASE OF ROE

Dimension Data says that it will deliver an enhanced IT offering to the Nigerian market, following the conclusion of the purchase of a 51% stake in Roe Limited, a Nigerian…


Computing

LOCAL UGANDAN FIRM CLINCHES SINGAPORE ICT DEAL

A Ugandan ICT firm - AB Computer Solutions in partnership with Singapore-based Eternal Power Holdings have launched onto the Ugandan market the very first Pen-Drive MP3 player. The Eternal Power…


Computing

TAKING FOSS TO THE DISADVANTAGED SOUTH OF EGYPT

Egypt has two major GNU/Linux user groups or LUGs: Eglug and Linux-Egypt, both located in Cairo, the national capital. To spread free software and open source to the disadvantaged south…


Computing

HP CONSORTIUM SET TO LAUNCH FIRST NEPAD E-SCHOOL IN UGANDA

HP has announced the forthcoming launch of the first Nepad e-school in Uganda at the World Economic Forum Africa Summit in Cape Town. It is scheduled to take place next…


Computing

PC SALES UP IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is broadly following international PC trends, says a local analyst. This follows Gartner upping its forecast, saying global shipments will rise 10.2% this year to 202.1 million units.…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- THE Computer Society of Zambia (CSZ) has finalised drafting the proposed CSZ Bill, society president Milner Makuni has revealed. "Right now, I can say that we are ready to,…


digtool

MOBILE COMMUNICATION TOOL FOR ESTATE AGENTS

Sybase SA, through its Unwired Practice, and USP Designs have launched CyberAgent Mobile, a mobile communication tool designed to allow estate agents to administer, catalogue and publish properties online, anywhere,…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICAN TELCOS TO UNVEIL RECORD PROFITS, LOOKING FOR ACQUISITIONS

Africa's top telecom firms are set to report record annual profits next week as the world's poorest continent embraces mobile phones, but investors want news on their future plans to…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM AND VIRGIN PREPARE JOINT BID FOR V-MOBILE

South Africa’s Vodacom and UK-based Virgin Mobile have announced that they will make a joint bid for a controlling stake in Nigeria’s third-largest cellco Vee Networks (which trades under the…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Spacefon Areeba (formerly Scancom), Ghana’s biggest mobile operator has been granted a USD40 million from the International Finance Corporation to help fund a network upgrade and expansion. Under the…


Digital Content

TACKLING SMS PORN

Your child can be accessing porn simply by watching TV and using a cellphone to send an SMS. Viewers are asked to SMS the choice of their "hot babe" and,…


Digital Content

NEW eBUCKS WEB SITE EVEN MORE REWARDING FOR MEMBERS

eBucks, SA's leading rewards programme in the financial sector, launched its new Web site on Tuesday. eBucks CEO Lezanne Human is delighted with the newly invigorated site. "I am thrilled…


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PEOPLE

* On the move: Andries Matthysen has left South African regulator ICASA and joined Voiptel as Director Technical & Regulatory. The new operation will launch 1 July...Despite some post-contract confusion,…


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EVENTS

CORPORATE ICT STRATEGIES FOR EAST AFRICA'S BUSINESS LEADERS An intensive training retreat for non-technical managers who want to harness the power of ICT to increase efficiency and profitability in their…