Issue no 266

Top Story

Top story: Ghanaian powerline test - exclusive report on performance and cost

Africa's first powerline implementation took a step nearer with a demonstration given in Ghana to a number of key players, including the Electricity Corporation of Ghana. Although there are now a number of implementations in the developed world, it remains a technology that has to prove itself. Cactel Communications (formerly Intell Solutions) demonstrated a small-scale installation and has plans for a much larger pilot. Russell Southwood spoke to Cactel Communications' Andrew Boye. In broad terms, there are two types of powerline solutions: one uses medium sub-station technology (33kv) and the other low-voltage sub-stations (11kv). In terms of a capital city…

Telecoms

WAWERU'S INCUMBENT MINDSET ENDANGERS KENYA'S VOIP LEGALISATION PROCESS

The first negative fall-out from Kenya's game of "top-job musical chairs" became apparent this week. CCK's new D-G has shown that he retains the "protect-the-incumbent" mentality which his predecessor Kirui…


Telecoms

MOROCCO GRANTS MEDITEL 2ND FIXED LINE LICENCE AND WILL OFFER TWO 3G LICENCES THIS YEAR

Telefonica SA's Moroccan subsidiary Meditel has been awarded the country's second fixed-line telephone license after offering 75 mln dirhams (6.8 mln eur), Morocco's national telecommunications regulatory agency (ANRT) said. Meditel…


Telecoms

KDN BECOMES FOURTH PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTOR IN EASSY FIBRE PROJECT

Kenya Data Network (KDN) has joined Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy) network as an investor making it the fourth private sector investor. Other private sector investors include: MTN Uganda, Tanzanian…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN OPERATORS WANT BUREAU TO MANAGE INTERCONNECTION DEBT - SPECULATION IT COULD SINK NITEL

As mounting debts threatened to eliminate many telecom players from Nigeria’s boisterous telecom sector, some operators are canvassing for the establishment of a debt management bureau. Part of the task…


Telecoms

AFRICAN POLICE FORCES JOIN GLOBAL CRIME SATELLITE SYSTEM

Police forces across Africa have linked up to a global police satellite communication system designed to fight international crime and terrorism by tracking fugitives and stolen goods, Interpol said on…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Socabelec, a Belgian glass manufacturing company, recently withdrew their plans of investing in Kenya. One of the reasons? It could not get a phone line from Telkom after going…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Batelco has signed a deal with Kenya's Safaricom to offer a commercial bilateral international roaming service between customers of the two companies. Batelco's mobile customers will be automatically given…


Internet

ETHIOPIAN INCUMBENT LAUNCHES USD26M BROADBAND NETWORK

The Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation, in partnership with Cisco, Business Connection and Dimension Data have officially launched the eagerly awaited USD26.6m broadband internet and broadband VSAT network projects in Addis Ababa.…


Internet

SA BROADBAND MARKET 'WILL REMAIN IN THE DOLDRUMS', ACCORDING TO BMI REPORT

SA will achieve nearly 870,000 subscribers by 2009, according to a new report by BMI-TechKnowledge Group. This represents access to the Internet using PCs – an additional 4,4m subscribers will…


Internet

NEW DOMAIN: .MOBI DESIGNED TO ATTRACT THE MOBILE COMMUNITY

A new registry service catering to the emerging mobile Internet content and services sector has been created by ICANN and members of the mTLD Initiative. In its first move as…


Internet

TELECOM NAMIBIA DEPLOYS WI-FI TO PROVIDE 'ALWAYS-ON" SERVICE

 Telecom Namibia says it is committed to developing the telecommunications sector in the country. One such area was wireless technology. The company says it's rolled out the infrastructure to provide…


Internet

ICANN ASKS FOR MORE AFRICAN INPUT IN GENERIC NAMES SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

Africans are missing an important opportunity to participate in the policy making process of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), says Glen van Oudenhove de Saint Géry.…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Uganda Communications Commission has signed an agreement with local operators MTN Uganda and Uganda Telecom (UTL) under which the regulator will subsidise both companies to install internet points-of-presence…


Computing

GHANAIAN INSURANCE COMPANY BUYS NIGERIAN SOFTWARE PACKAGE

A Ghanaian insurance company Network Assurance has bought a Nigerian-developed software called Perfect Pension.The Managing Director of General Systems Technology Limited, developers of the software, Shola Kuku said the selection…


Computing

HP AND IEEE PROVIDE IBADAN UNIVERSITY WITH COMPUTER CENTRE

Hewlett-Packard and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have together set up a state-of-the art computer centre at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The 60-seat computer centre…


Computing

NEW KENYAN COMPUTERISED CUSTOMS SYSTEM IN COURT DISPUTE BUT WILL NOT BE WITHDRAWN

The new computer system for customs at the centre of a court battle between the Kenya Revenue Authority and clearing and forwarding agents will not be withdrawn. It will instead…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ANGOLA'S MUNDO STARTEL SIGNS FDI AGREEMENT AND NGN IMPLEMENTATION WITH ZTE

Mundo Startel, a fixed line operator in Angola in which Telecom Namibia owns a 44% share, signed a foreign direct investment (FDI) agreement with the National Agency for Private Investment…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ZIMBABWE'S TELEACCESS SUED FOR ZD1 BILLION BY ITS LANDLORD

Telecoms firm TeleAccess' financial problems have deepened amid revelations that it cannot even pay its rentals. The Daniel Shumba-owned company is being sued for failing to pay rentals for its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- The First Africa bank has offered to finance a government bid of USD400 million for a 40% stake in Kenyan cellco Safaricom currently held by Vodafone of the UK.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTION:

Issue 265: LIBERIA's LTC GETS INTERNATIONAL BLESSING, RESUMES FULL SKILL OPERATION Apparently LTC issued a retraction of the press release on "return to full skill" in the local papers but…


Digital Content

NIGERIAN FG LAUNCHES N40M NATIONAL WEBSITE

www.nigeria.gov.ng Launching the national web portal in Abuja, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Chukwuemeka Chikelu, said "it is our country's information gateway and it seeks to provide…


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PEOPLE

- According to South African e-lawyer Dominic Cull, an associate at legal firm Nicciferguson,(quoted in ItWeb) says section 40 of the Telecommunications Act was regarded as amended by the ministerial…


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EVENTS

CTO FORUM 2005 ICT Business and Development: The Challenge of Access 5 - 6 September 2005, Yaounde, Cameroon http://www.cto.int/forum05/index.php


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

The Parliamentary Commission has two vacancies for young IT professionals to be filled in the next few weeks. 1. Senior Systems Analyst/Programmer with knowledge and skills in using ORACLE Developer…