Issue no 261

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Kenyan supermarket chain uses its ERP System to turn its fortunes around

One of Kenya’s largest retail chains, Uchumi Supermarket has recently announced that it is streamlining its distribution network through a product distribution partnership with Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd, who will restock specific branches from its Thika plant without necessarily passing through Uchumi's central distribution warehouse in Nairobi. The partnership with Bidco Group and 10 other major suppliers is expected to free billions of shillings tied up in stocks to restructure other operations and help turn-around the cash-strapped supermarket chain, which closed ten branches earlier this year due to lack of profitability. This new venture has been made possible by the…

Telecoms

AFRIPA TELECOM TO BUILD PAN AFRICAN VOIP NETWORK

Afripa Telecom, a unit of Atlantique Group, is expanding its network through the deployment of VocalTec's Essentra EX Peering Manager. The initial deployment, which took place in March 2005 includes…


Telecoms

MALI'S SOTELMA GIVES SIEMENS USD72.5M ORDER TO EXPAND GSM NETWORK

A contract of USD72.5 million has been given to Siemens Communications by the Malian national operator, Sotelma to expand its nationwide Global System for Mobile communications (GSM). As part of…


Telecoms

VIRGIN SET TO PIGGYBACK ON CELL C BRAND IN SOUTH AFRICA

A new cellular network service branded by the Virgin Group should be launched within months, running on the network infrastructure of Cell C. The companies will set up a joint…


Telecoms

C3 OFFERS COMMUNICATE KIT CALL-HANDLING PACKAGE FOR TV SERVICES IN NORTH AFRICA

UK supplier of advanced telephony equipment, C3 Ltd, has identified Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco as key regions for the take-up of value-added mobile telecoms services such as TV voting, competitions…


Telecoms

GUINEA ANNOUNCES IT WANTS TO TRANSFER A GSM LICENCE

The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications announced this week that it was looking to transfer an existing national GSM licence to a new operator. Those interested are asked to buy…


Telecoms

LIBERIA'S CELLCOM DEPLOYS NORTEL SOLUTION IN FIRST PHASE OF EXPANSION

Liberian GSM operator Cellcom has chosen a Nortel solution for the first phase of its national mobile Network. The network will offer service to new subscribers in Greater Monrovia, Harbel,…


Telecoms

SA'S MOBILE HABITS UNCOVERED: MEN ARE BIGGER TALKERS IN THEIR CARS

It is official: SA men are bigger talkers than women when it comes to cell phones in their cars. 57% of men interviewed in a major new study admitted to…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer ZTE Corporation is said to be planning a new mobile phone production plant in Africa. According to reports on the Xinhua website, ZTE’s country representative…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Incumbent operator Ghana Telecom (GT) says it will introduce a pre-paid telephony service for home users by December this year, as it attempts to cut down the number of…


Internet

UGANDA'S MTN TO LAUNCH GPRS AT THE END OF THIS MONTH TO PROVIDE MOBILE INTERNET ACCESS

  MTN clients will soon access the Internet after the launch of GPRS by the end of this month. MTN's chief executive officer, Noel Meier , announced this last Wednesday…


Internet

HACKER ATTACKS ON MAURITIUS GOVERNMENT PORTAL FOILED

Attempts to hack into the Mauritius government's web portal (www.gov.mu) in two days may have been taken extremely seriously by the Government. Police opened an enquiry following a deposition from…


Internet

SOMALI AND DJIBOUTI DIASPORA USE VANADIAN ISP FOR LOW-COST VoIP CALLS

A Canadian Internet service provider hopes to fill a niche by offering voice-over-IP telephone services to connect Canadians from East Africa with their relatives overseas. Ottawa-based Filaj Corp. on Tuesday…


Internet

SA ADSL UPTAKE 'PATHETICALLY' SLOW

On MyADSL 82% of visitors in an online poll thought that the uptake of ADSL in SA can be described as 'pathetic'. Comparisons to international broadband uptake reveal that South…


Internet

NITEL OUT TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE WITH ITS IP WHOLESALE STRATEGY

Several months after it announced plans to wholesale Internet service, Nitel is out to provide IP transit and managed modem services to usher in a new level of relationship between…


Internet

KENYAN FIRM TO LAUNCH SH160M INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

A new internet gateway firm, UUNet Communications, is set to roll out services at an initial cost of Sh160 million this month. The firm is a subsidiary of UUNet Kenya,…


Computing

NAMIBIAN EDUCATION TO BE REVAMPED BY TECHNOLOGY

To celebrate a pilot project that was started two years ago, His Excellency, President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the regional CEO of Microsoft, Jean-Phillipe Courtois, officially launched the Pathfinder initiative in…


Computing

INSTITUTE TAKES ICT UP-COUNTRY IN RWANDA

A local institute, CTC-Institute of Information Technology, has finally completed opening up IT centres in all provinces of Rwanda. According to Jaffar Bagonza, a Principle at the Institute, each centre…


Computing

ONLY 200,000 COMPUTERS FOR 26 MILLION UGANDANS, ACCORDING TO MAKERERE SURVEY

In an age where people in the developed world can access the internet on their mobile phones, over 70% of Ugandans have never heard of the word. There are less…


Computing

APPLE SET TO EAT INTO SA PC MARKET ON IPOD APPEAL

APPLE is aiming to treble its computer sales to capture 3% of the South Africa market by opening more retail outlets backed up by online sales. Apple almost rotted away…


Computing

FRAUD: VISA GIVES NIGERIA CLEAN BILL

Visa International, the world's leading electronic payment company has given Nigeria a clean bill of health, saying no incident of fraud has been recorded since it commenced issuance of cards…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- Sahara Computers and Electronics Ltd (SCEL), a joint venture partnership between the South African IT major, Sahara Computers (Pty) Ltd, and Sahara India Pariwar, on Tuesday announced the launch…


digtool

ERICSSON UNVEILS MOBILE TRIPLE PLAY VISION

Ericsson has unveiled its vision of a future where telephony, voice and broadcast as well as mobile and fixed-line networks have converged into a single infrastructure that gives consumers and…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA'S TELKOM FY PROFIT JUMPS BUT CAUTIOUS AHEAD

South African fixed-line phone company Telkom unveiled a 47.5 percent jump in annual headline earnings per share on Monday and a surge in net profit to ZAR6.8 billion (USD1.1 billion)…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BID FOR ECONET'S NIGERIAN FIRM HITS MORE SNAGS

The proposed joint offer by Vodacom South Africa and UK's Virgin Mobile to take over a majority stake in the Nigerian mobile firm, Vee Mobile (formerly Econet Wireless), may face…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SALES OF TELECOMMUNICATION SECTOR IN MOROCCO TRIPLED

The sales volume of the telecommunications sector has increased three folds between 1998 and 2004, and it currently represents 5pc of the GDP, said Abdeslam Ahizoune CEO of Maroc Telecom.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE'S HARD-UP TELEACCESS COURTS NSSA

FIXED telephone network company, TeleAccess, whose private placement offer was supposed to have closed last Friday, is reported to be frantically courting the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) for a…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- A black empowerment company has acquired a 26.67 percent stake worth R5.4 million in alternative exchanged (AltX) listed software provider - AllianceData Corporation (ADC). Bafokeng Investment Services (BIS) is…


Digital Content

SA SCARED OF MOBILE BANKING

Although South African customers now embrace Internet banking, mobile banking is still a concern. This is according to BMI-TechKnowledge analysts, who gave a South African banking briefing in Sandton on…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- A new business to consumers (B2C & B2B) portal has been unveiled to create a meeting point between consumers and providers of services with products. The portal www.eclemo.com is…


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EVENTS

NIGERIA COMPUTER SOCIETY 8th International Conference & AGM June 14 -17 2005, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt ICT Capacity Building: The Future of Nigeria's Economic Growth [ICABUILD] For more information: exesec@ncs.nig.org


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THETHA - THE SANGONeT ICT DISCUSSION FORUM

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) comprises two phases. The first phase took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10-12 December 2003, where 175 countries adopted a Declaration of…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

RESIDENT POLICY AND REGULATORY ADVISOR The World Bank Group (WBG) is seeking to recruit a Resident Policy and Regulatory Advisor as part of its Technical Assistance to the NEPAD e-Africa…