Issue no 274

Top Story

Top story: African telecoms skills levels on the rise but still gaps in revenue assurance and logistics

The rapid growth of the telecommunications sector (particularly of mobile operators) has been the impetus behind one of the most significant skills transfers that has taken place on the continent. Despite the continuous harping on the "brain drain", it appears that Africa is reaching the point where it is no longer recruiting widely outside of the continent and African managers themselves now have much needed opportunities to get international experience, writes Mapara Syed. The progress the telecommunications industry has made across Africa over the past few years has been so substantial that the increasing number of telco personnel and experts…

Telecoms

MOROCCAN ISP MAROC CONNECT AWARDED THIRD FIXED LINE LICENCE BY ANRT

In an unprecedented move, the Moroccan regulator ANRT has granted a third fixed network operating licence to an ISP. Maroc Connect is part of France Telecom's Wanadoo franchise network. No…


Telecoms

GUINEA: 4TH GSM LICENCE FINALLY AWARDED TO INVESTCOM HOLDING SA

According to a source close to the Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications, Guinéenews has learnt that the 4th GSM licence has been awarded to Investcom Holding SA, a Luxembourg based…


Telecoms

ERICSSON CLINCHES USD46 MILLION CDMA DEAL WITH NITEL

Fixed-line operator, Nitel has awarded Ericsson a deal worth USD46 million for the expansion of its fixed-wireless CDMA 2000 1X network. Under the terms of the contract, Ericsson will be…


Telecoms

ZIM REGULATOR POTRAZ THREATENS TO REMOVE SNO LICENCE FROM TELEACCESS

Zimbabwean regulator Potraz is threatening to withdraw TeleAccess' licence to operate a fixed telephone network. TeleAccess was awarded the licence in January 2003, becoming the country's second fixed network provider…


Telecoms

COTE D'IVOIRE: REGULATOR VS MINISTRY - THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

To help puzzled readers follow what is happening in the dispute between the Ivorian regulator ATCI, the Minister of Telecoms and ICT and the Government, Balancing Act's Ivorian correspondent seeks…


Telecoms

INFODEV PUBLISHES REPORT ON OPEN ACCESS FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

InfoDev has just published a report on how open access can help improve infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Called Open Access Models: Options for improving backbone access in Developing Countries…


Telecoms

AZURE AND GIZA SYSTEMS WIN REVENUE-ASSURANCE CONTRACT WITH TELECOM EGYPT

Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, and Giza Systems, a leading Egyptian systems integrator, announced on Tuesday last week a major new deal with Telecom Egypt, Egypt's incumbent telecommunications operator, to…


Telecoms

'NO RHETORIC OR HYPE...DEALING WITH REALITIES', SAY ACT 2005 ORGANISERS

Over 70 ICT industry leaders are set to speak at this year’s African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (ACT 2005), to be held in Johannesburg over 4-7 October. This impressive speaker…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Celtel Zambia has recorded more than 50,000 new subscribers from August 1, after reducing the price of sim packs to K15,000. Commercial Director Norman Moyo said in an interview…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Uganda Telecom (UTL) has announced that it has connected the entire northern region of the country to its GSM mobile network, beating a government deadline that required it to cover…


Internet

INTEL EYES AFRICAN EXPANSION, WIMAX LAUNCH

The world's biggest chip maker, Intel, is expanding into Nigeria and Kenya to beef up its African business and hopes WiMax wireless technology will be launched commercially on the continent…


Internet

KENYA'S UUNET LAUNCHES SH160M INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY

Kenya's UUNet last week unveiled its new international gateway. The company has set up a state-of-art satellite earth station at the company's Parkside Towers offices in Nairobi. The company says…


Internet

USD200 MILLION PLEDGED FOR AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING BETTER INTERNET ACCESS

Six major US foundations have pledged USD200 million to strengthen higher education institutions in seven African countries. The funding will mean better Internet access for African universities. The money will…


Internet

PRETORIA LEADS THE RACE FOR ADSL UPTAKE IN SA

The results of SME Survey 2005, released earlier this month, are said to confirm that ADSL is becoming the preferred Internet access method for SMEs across the country. The findings,…


Internet

TALKNET AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES AFRICAN BRANCH FOR VoIP SOLUTIONS

TalkNet Holdings has launched TalkNet Africa, a VoIP solutions and services provider with feature-rich solutions tailored to business and residential needs. The company, which operates and owns an internationally distributed…


Internet

CANTENNA: DIY CAN-BASED CHEAP WI-FI OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL ACCESS

"Cantenna" wireless technology can make wireless connection cheaper for poorly served rural areas and economically disadvantaged Africans people who do not have access to Internet connectivity, writes Balancing Act correspondent…


Internet

WSIS PARTICIPANTS STILL SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER INTERNET GOVERNANCE

The final preparatory meeting for the forthcoming Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) opened last Monday in a spirit of cautious optimism, as delegates expressed…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- The Alemaya University in Ethiopia has disclosed that it will launch distance education for degree level programme in eight towns during the current academic year. Head of external and…


Computing

NIGERIA IS ONE OF MICROSOFTS FASTEST GROWING MARKETS, SAYS ILLUKWE

Microsoft has rolled out activities to mark its fifth year anniversary in Nigeria with an announcement that Nigeria is one of the fastest growing markets for Microsoft Corporation. Country Manager…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT LOOKING FOR OSS SUPPLIERS  

The South African State Information Technology Agency (Sita) is looking for an open source distribution and supplier to assist government to migrate to open source. Sita, the South African government's…


Computing

VISA INTERNATIONAL INVESTS IN ATM PLATFORM IN GHANA

VISA International, the world acclaimed credit card operator, has invested over USD250,000 into the VISA National Net Settlement Service (VNNSS) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) common platform for five commercial banks…


Computing

ZIMBABWE'S CSO LAUNCHES ZIMDAT DATABASE

The Central Statistical Office on Wednesday launched the Zimbabwe Statistics Database (Zimdat), a system that organises, stores and displays data in a uniform format that facilitates information sharing. The system,…


Computing

ARIVIA.KOM APPOINTED AS ACSA'S ICT SERVICE PROVIDER

Arivia.kom has secured a five-year contract as the preferred information communication and technology (ICT) service provider to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), with a minimum value of R68 million over…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Get Eshet Industrial Site, a private business company operating in Debre Zeit town in Ethiopia, said it has finalized preparations to establish a personal computer (PC) manufacturing factory…


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CROSSING A BORDER TO GET INTERNET ACCESS

http://www.knowprose.com/node/8706 Today, the first person I bumped into when I walked into the lobby of the hotel was none other than Bukeni Waruzi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ORASCOM SELLS ITS DRC MOBILE COMPANY TO MILLICOM

Egypt’s largest mobile network operator Orascom Telecom Holdings has sold its wireless operation in the Democratic (Republic of) Congo, Oasis Telecom, to Millicom International Cellular for USD35 million including debt.…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CELL C COMPLETES FINANCING PLAN

Cellular network operator Cell C has entered into a three-year R500 million revolving credit facility with Nedbank. This completes a financing plan for the smallest of the country's three network operators…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ETHIOPIA'S ETC’S ANNOUNCES REVENUES OF USD115M

The state owned Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) registered a marked growth in total revenue as it registered over a billion birr (USD115 million) total revenue, accomplishing the installation of more…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless Group has decided to complete its purchase of its South African partner Altech’s 50% stake in its Botswana-based subsidiary Econet Wireless Global ahead of schedule. Econet…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS' RESPONSES: ISSUE 275: ETC DELAYS PRIVATISATION

We were concerned by elements of your recent article on the telecoms revolution in Ethiopia (Ethiopia puts off privatising ETC but rolls out nationwide fibre network). In the opening paragraph…


Digital Content

HACKERS BLITZ SA SITES

Hackers claim to have defaced about 700 South African Web sites over the past week. Hackers, named “oldschool” and “eMP3R0r TEAM”, claimed on a hacking “brag site”, http://www.zone-h.org/, to have…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- In the most-recent edition of a rating of Nigerian Bank websites by Phillips Consulting, Zenith Bank's website has topped the charts again with a comfortable lead of 96%, winning…


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PEOPLE

Nicomm 2005 will be postponed until November 2005 because of the tragic death of Engr Charles Alaba Joseph, President ATCON who died on September 15, 2005 in Lagos. For more…


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EVENTS

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL AFRICAN COMPUTING & TELECOMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT 4-7 October 2005, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg For further details contact Sean Moroney: Tel +44-(0)1480-880774, seanm@aitecafrica.com To register as a delegate,…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

COMMUNICATION AND IT OFFICER Reporting to the General Secretary, the Communication and IT Officer (CIO) is responsible for assisting the General Secretary (GS) in coordinating and maintaining contacts with WACSOF…