Issue no 268

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INFINITY WORLDWIDE PLANS NEW WEST AFRICAN FIBRE CABLE TO RIVAL SAT-3

At a recent e-Africa conference in Dakar recently, it emerged that a new fibre cable to line the West African coast is being planned, which will increase competition in the region by rivalling the infamous SAT-3 cable, currently the only fibre cable that services sub-Saharan Africa. The purpose of the recent conference, hosted by the NEPAD's e-Africa Commission, was to create an integrated regional system by looking at the different proposed fibre projects for West and Central Africa and rationalise overlaps. Amongst the projects discussed were terrestrial cables proposed by Sonatel and French company Marais, but it was the proposed…

Telecoms

AREEBA WINS SUDAN'S SECOND MOBILE LICENCE

Investcom Holding, the Beirut-based international telecommunications company, announced that it has launched its Areeba Network in Sudan to become the second mobile phone operator in the country. The market is…


Telecoms

VODACOM'S S. AFRICAN ARPU TAKES A DIVE WITH MORE LOW-PAYING CUSTOMERS

South Africa's leading cell phone operator, Vodacom, reported an 8 percent drop in first-quarter average revenue per user (ARPU) in its domestic market on Tuesday. Vodacom said in a statement…


Telecoms

196% INCREASE IN MOBILE SUBSCRIPTIONS IN ALGERIA IN YEAR TO JUNE 2005

www.telecoms.com The introduction of a third player in the Algerian market in August 2004 increased competition and woke incumbent operator Mobilis out of its slumber, a state it had been…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCILS SEEK PERMISSION TO OWN TELEPHONE NETWORKS

South African (SA) municipalities have applied for permission to set up and run their own landline telephone network. The network would be established in areas without access to the facility…


Telecoms

MOZAMIBICAN MINISTER SAY GOVT WILL NOT PRIVATISE INCUMBENT TDM BUT IT NEEDS TO DOWNSIZE

Mozambique's public telecommunications company, TDM, "needs to restructure to the size of the market", Transport and Communications Minister Antonio Mungwambe said in Maputo on Tuesday. Speaking at a public hearing…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Egyptian communications minister Tarek Kamal has confirmed that a third wireless licence will be put out to tender in September. The winning bidder will compete with Vodafone Egypt and…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* Last Thursday Celtel Burkina expanded its to Dano (in Ioba province) in the south-west of the country, near the Pa-Gaoua crossing with Côte d'Ivoire. According to Ismaël Nacoulma, Commercial…


Internet

KENYA'S VOIP POLICY READY IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

The VoIP service sector will get a new policy framework in two weeks time, it was announced last Monday. John Waweru, the Director General of the Communication Commission of Kenya…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA TO GET MUNICIPAL BROADBAND NETWORK: KNYSNA TO GO WIFI AND OFFER VOIP

Knysna is poised to become the first South African town to become fully WiFi connected, with the signing of five-year deal with wireless ISP UniNet. UniNet chief executive office David…


Internet

ANGOLA'S NEXUS LAUNCHES FIXED WIRELESS PHONES WITH INTERNET ACCESS

Telcoms and internet service provider Nexus is launching wireless fixed phones that permit internet access in Luanda. According to the President of its Administrative Council Rui Santos, the new service…


Internet

M-WEB BUSINESS LAUNCHES eBILLING

M-Web Business, the division of M-Web that focuses on the specialised Internet needs of businesses, on Wednesday launched its eBilling offering. eBilling, which is powered by M-Web Business' mCentre Message…


Computing

NAIROBI TO HOST ORACLE’S REGIONAL OFFICE

Oracle Corporation, the world’s second largest software manufacturer, has announced plans to open a regional office in Nairobi. The office, to serve 20 African countries, will be open next month.…


Computing

NITDA RESTRUCTURES, BUILDS FUTURE ON INDIGENOUS SOFTWARE

Nigeria’s IT regulatory body, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is to focus on software and applications development as new man at the top Prof Cleopas Angaye sits to…


Computing

UGANDA HOSTS REGIONAL ICT POLICY BODY, CIPESA

Uganda has been chosen to host the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) to enhance regional participation in international ICT policy processes. CIPESA, a programme…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- South Africa's second-ranked IT firm, Datatec (DTC) - which generates more than 95% in revenues offshore - is evaluating opportunities to develop black economic empowerment partnerships for its local…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

VODACOM, MTN SQUARE OFF IN BID FOR NIGERIA’S NITEL

VODACOM and MTN are poised to do battle once again in Nigeria. Both are shortlisted to bid for a controlling stake in government-owned operator Nitel. Vodacom will bid with its…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MAROC TELECOM SAYS 1ST HALF REVENUE UP18.5% THANKS TO MOBILE UNIT

Maroc Telecom SA, a unit of Vivendi Universal SA , said last Wednesday that growth in its mobile-phone division helped boost revenue by 18.5% in the first six months. The…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Kuwaiti operator Wataniya Telecom has announced the closing of USD490 million medium-term financing for its Algerian mobile arm Wataniya Telcom Algerie (Nedjma). The investment, which is on top of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READER'S CORRECTION: ISSUE 267 - VIDEO BLOG, NOT PODCAST

The article was a very good introduction for podcasting and vlogging in Africa. One correction, though - the mobile phone experiment I did with Mustapha wasn't a podcast. It was…


Digital Content

CELLPHONE BECOMES NEW TOOL OF TRADE IN M-COMMERCE ERA

Cellphones are rapidly replacing wallets, as banks, card operators, retailers and communications companies provide alternatives to cash as a means of payment. M-commerce, where cellphones are used to pay for…


Digital Content

ETTHIOPIA'S ELECTORAL BOARD SAYS ITS WEBSITE VISITED 900 MILLION TIMES AROUND THE WORLD

The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia said its website was visited 900 million times around the world between March and July, 2005. Press and Information Section with the Board told…


Digital Content

GHANAINFO DATABASE LAUNCHED

Ghanainfo, a database system that helps to organise and present data on social development indicators, was on Tuesday launched in Accra. Ghanainfo would help to improve the availability and timely…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

www.scidev.net - The Ugandan Electoral Commission looks like having pulled a first when it sent short text messages (SMS) to people's mobile phones to remind potential voters of last week's…


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PEOPLE

Arivia.kom has appointed Ndi Towo to head up its Africa division. Towo is eminently qualified, with years of experience in telecoms and ICT on the continent. "My mandate concerns the…


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EVENTS

COMMUNITY INFORMATICS RESEARCH NETWORK 2005 CONFERENCE Organisers: Community Informatics Research Network Date: 24 - 26, August 2005 Venue: Cape Town, South Africa www.cirn2005.org QUINTUM CERTIFIED TRAINING As promised Q-KON is…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

HEAD OF MARKETING AND CUSTOMER RELATIONS IN NIGERIAN IT COMPANY MANAGING DIRECTOR/GENERAL MANAGER/OPERATIONS DIRECTOR? CELLULAR INDUSTRY IN AFRICA? www.dynacom.co.za An enterprising executive with thirty years experience in general management, international…