Issue no 262

Top Story

Heavy blow to COMTEL fibre project as Ericsson says it will not be an investor

One of Africa's major fibre network projects was struck a heavy blow this week by the revelation that its only announced external private investor - Ericsson - will not become an equity partner. Financing major fibre projects is a complicated process that requires those involved to build confidence and add investors over time and this withdrawal will undermine that process. COMESA struck a deal in March 2004 with what was then described as the Anderberg-Ericsson Consortium of Mauritius as the strategic equity partner for the regional Communication Telecommunication Project (COMTEL). The planned network (see map below) is designed to connect…

Telecoms

GUINEA-BISSAU REGULATOR SEIZES SPACETEL EQUIPMENT TO SHUT IT DOWN

The Guinea-Bissau regulator has raided the headquarters of the country's second mobile operator and seized all equipment that enables it to make international calls. Police were used in the raid…


Telecoms

PARTS OF NIGERIAN TELECOMS SECTOR LOOK SET TO GO INTO MELTDOWN OVER UNPAID INTERCONNECT CHARGES

What is often euphemistically referred to as Africa's "payment culture" looks set to threaten a number of Nigerian telcos with extinction. According to the Nigerian regulator, the NCC there is…


Telecoms

ALGERIA'S DJEZZY APPPOINTS SIEMENS TO INSTALL SMARTINSPIRE

Orascom Telecom Algeria (Djezzy), a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom has commissioned Siemens to expand its network with the help of "SmartInspire". Siemens developed this complete solution specifically for emerging markets…


Telecoms

FORMER TELECOM NAMIBIA PROCUREMENT MANAGER GETS 2 YEARS FOR FRAUD

Former Telecom Namibia procurement manager Ivan Ganes was sentenced in the Windhoek High Court to an effective two years imprisonment plus a fine of N$100 000 or two years for…


Telecoms

SA'S SNO UNDER PRESSURE TO GET READY FOR LAUNCH

The shareholders of the muchd elayed second network operator (SNO) have given the assurance that preparations for the licensing of the telecoms provider are proceeding at a rapid pace. The…


Telecoms

DRC: KAMPAC OIL AND ATLAS INVESTMENT TRUST JOINTLY INVEST IN REHABILITATING OCPT

At a ceremony on 3 June, Kampac Oil and Atlas Investment Trust signed a partnership agreement to rehabilitate incumbent OCPT's network in Kinshasa and the provinces. The agreement also covers…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

Orange Côte d'Ivoire has reached a million subscribers and it is extending its network to four new cities: Gabiadji, Guitry, Grand Zattry, Irobo. It currently covers 54% of the Ivorian…


Telecoms

TELECOM RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Nigerian SNO, Globacom, has commenced test-running of its land telephone services, preparatory to its roll-out by the end of the year. All equipment needed for the deployment of the…


Internet

MWEB LAUNCHES FIXED WIRELESS INTERNET SERVICES IN NIGERIA

Mweb Nigeria, has launched Fixed Wireless Internet service to home and business customers in Lagos. General Manager, Mweb Nigeria, Mr. Jannie Van Rhyn, said at the formal launch of the…


Internet

MAURITIUS' TELECOM PLUS SUFFERS THREE SERIOUS OUTAGES

The internet service of incumbent telco Mauritius Telecom's ISP subsidiary Telecom Plus has suffered three serious outages since last Wednesday. These outages have been frustrating for both companies and individuals…


Computing

TURNOVER OF MOROCCAN CALL CENTERS HITS EURO 85 MILLION PER YEAR

Moroccan call centers boast a turnover of Euro 85 million per year, the French daily Le Figaro Economie reported. Advisor to the Moroccan King, André Azoulay, has recently said that 85% of…


Computing

KENYA'S DATALOGIX TRIES TO "CON" KENYAN PIPELINE COMPANY, COURT TOLD

A firm claiming Sh365 million from Kenya Pipeline Company for alleged information technology services was last week described as a briefcase company. The High Court heard that Datalogix Ltd was…


Computing

COMPUTER SOCIETY OF KENYA SEEKS LAW TO REGULATE THE IT SECTOR

The Computer Society of Kenya (CSK) wants parliament to enact a law recognising it as the regulator of the ICT sub-sector.The association said supportive legislation needed to manage development of…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

RELTEL WILL OFFER N14 BILLION OFFERING ON NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE

Reliance Telecommunications Limited (RELTEL's) plan to offer N14 Billion to the public has started attracting the interest of capital market experts and leading financial institutions who are jostling for positions…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN GROUP PROFITS HIT USD1 BILLION MARK

MTN Group has posted an after tax profit of USD1 billion for the year ended March 31, 2005. This represents a 47 percent rise from the USD630 million recorded for…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Telecel Zimbabwe Chairman James Makamba last Thursday lost a chunk of his shareholding in Empowerment Corporation (EC) in a reconfiguration exercise meant to accommodate other shareholders. Representatives of the…


Digital Content

E-GOVERNMENT ENABLES ONLINE EFFICIENCY IN MOZAMBIQUE

The Government of Mozambique has successfully implemented an e-government pilot project connecting 15 national public administration entities in Maputo. The initiative was funded through the Development Gateway Foundation's e-Government Grants…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- GhanaWeb now offers a comprehensive business telephone directory which includes over 15,000 phone numbers from businesses, NGO's and government institutions. The online telephone directory is derived from yellowpages.gh which…


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PEOPLE

* Nkenke Kekana is to use his experience at Telkom and as the chairman of Parliament's communications portfolio committee to create a new investment company specialising in the sector. Kekana…


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EVENTS

MAKING STRATEGIC NETWORKING DECISIONS- A THREE-DAY TRAINING EVENT 18-20 JULY 2005, THE FORUM, BRYANSTON, SOUTH AFRICA  Today's telecommunications networks can transport voice, data and image traffic to any location in…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

* Oracle Africa is looking for a Database/Application Server Presales Consultant- Africa Operations. SCOPE: Works on designated set of products (Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Application Server Portal ,…