Issue no 276

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South Africa's Business Connexion finds new business growth from across the continent

South Africa is increasingly becoming a platform for ICT growth across Africa. A number of South African companies have targeted acquiring high-value corporate and government contracts. Donor-funded ICT developments in the governance area are providing a rich but highly competitive seam of business. These export-oriented companies work with local partners but use their own skills and expertise to help them win the business. Russell Southwood interviews Peter Retief, Regional Chief Executive: Africa, one of this breed of companies spreading their wings across the continent. Where does Business Connexions come from as a company? It’s a South African company, listed on…

Telecoms

POLICE PROBE USD4.1 MILLION A MONTH FRAUD AT TELKOM KENYA

Detectives are investigating alleged massive fraud at Telkom Kenya in which the corporation has been losing more than Sh300 million (USD4.1 million) every month. Police have confirmed that the investigation…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA'S DoC PROMISES ACTION ON TELKOM'S HIGH RATES

Consumers should not fear that another workshop to discuss the high price of telecommunications will be a pointless exercise, as government is determined to impose some changes, the communications department…


Telecoms

ZAMBIA ENDS ITS INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY MONOPOLY

Zambia is now on an extended countdown to the end of the international gateway monopoly after its President Levy Mwanamwasa issued a 90-day ultimatum to the two ministries involved to…


Telecoms

MTN NIGERIA UPGRADES PRE-PAID PLATFORM TO ADDRESS COMPLAINTS

MTN Nigeria has embarked on the upgrade of its pre-paid platform to address the difficulties that its subscribers experienced in recharging their phones. This is even as subscribers on the…


Telecoms

TELECOM NAMIBIA SUED BY BOTSWANA'S AFRITEL - SUIT COULD BE AS HIGH AS USD23 MILLION

Telecom Namibia is embroiled in a multi-million-dollar international law Suit involving a Botswana registered telecommunications company - Africa Telecommunications (Afritel). Telecom is Namibia's only landline operated Company and a shareholder…


Telecoms

WEST AFRICAN REGULATORS AGREE ON COMMON REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR ICT

In a landmark agreement aimed at creating a harmonized information and communication technology (ICT) market, regulators from fifteen West African nations have agreed to a common regulatory framework for their…


Telecoms

ZTE BEGINS SALE OF LOCALLY ASSEMBLED HANDSETS IN NIGERIA

Chinese company, ZTE Nigeria, currently assembling mobile handsets in the country, has fixed the price of its first two products at N13,000 and N13,700. Some buyers, who were at the…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Virgin is already recruiting staff for its new operation in South Africa. - Telkom South Africa's DRC acquisition seems to have fallen through. - There are a number of…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

* MTN recently announced an overall decrease in pricing that will be applicable to both contract and MTN Pay as you Go customers. The overall reduction is a combination of…


Internet

ISPA MEETING TO DECIDE POSITION ON TELKOM'S PER GIG BILLING AND 'HARD CAP' ON ADSL

The Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) is holding a workshop to formulate a position on Telkom's decision to introduce a per gigabyte billing system and ‘hard cap' for its ADSL…


Internet

SA'S BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES OFFERS WIFI VOIP ON CONVERGED LAN

South Africa's Broadband Communications Technologies has set up a converged LAN offering Wi-VoIP to one of South Africa's leading casino operators. The installation has 74 base stations and offers coverage…


Internet

TUNISIA'S GLOBALNET CUTS WEEKEND ACCESS PRICES FOR 256 KBPS

GlobalNet, one of Tunisia's major internet providers has launched a special offer providing unlimited 256 Kbps internet access. The offer extends from 6pm to 7pm during weekdays and is valid…


Internet

BIOMETRICS MAY BE THE KEY TO STOPPING CYBER-FRAUD, ACCORDING TO ACT SPEAKER

People will not buy goods from Africa if they fear they will become the victim of a cyber-crime. Matthew White, the Chief Executive Officer of Iona Press Services, said Africa…


Internet

NUMBER OF ALGERIAN CYBER-CAFES HAS ROCKETED OVER 5 YEARS

The number of internet cafes in Algeria has multiplied tenfold in the past five years moving from 500 in 1999 to 6,000 in 2005, according to the recent statistics published…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- SAT3 price watch: We hear that SAT3 capacity from a West African country to Portugal is available at USD4,500 per mbps per month (non-restorable) and restorable for an extra…


Computing

AMD WILL MARKET A USD300 PC FOR EMERGING MARKETS WITH RADIOSHACK

A host of high-tech giants -from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD ) to Yahoo! - this week have unveiled plans for creating low cost products aimed at emerging markets. AMD on…


Computing

MICROSOFT CEO MAKES FREE-SOFTWARE PLEDGE

Microsoft is making an effort to get its technologies into the hands of a new segment of society by pledging free software for all 284 government-backed community technology centres. CEO…


Computing

SAP CLAIMS TO BE MOPPING CLIENTS IN WAKE OF ORACLE TAKEOVERS

Software company SAP expects to win many more clients in the coming months as the fallout from the relentless merger activity of rival Oracle filters through to customers. Oracle and…


Computing

WINDOWS WILL COME IN THREE MAJOR NIGERIAN LANGUAGES SHORTLY

Microsoft Nigeria, which marked its fifth anniversary in grand style in Lagos weekend, has disclosed that it is embarking on a language initiative whereby the basic essentials of Windows are…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

EMPERION BOUGHT BY ANDERSEN ADVISORY GROUP - EXPECTS TO INVEST MORE IN AFRICA

Andersen Advisory Group (AAG) has bought all the shares in Emperion and injected several million USD to fast track the continued growth of the company. Emperion has in the past…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIA, NITEL/MTEL PRIVATISATION: PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS IDENTIFIED

The path towards eventual privatisation of NITEL/MTEL has, perhaps proved to be the most cumbersome of any such exercise undertaken by the BPE, the agency charged with the responsibility of…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- South African technology firm Datatec expects to post first-half headline earnings per share of 11-12 U.S. cents, compared with 0.1 cents in the year-ago period, the company said on…


Digital Content

BOTSWANA'S MASCOM PLANS TO BUILD VALUE-ADDED SERVICES WITH GPRS

According to Bill Hearmon, Red Chillies Enterprises, speaking at ACT 2005, Mascom has set up a system of selling services to churches. They can send out their Sunday sermon free…


Digital Content

SOUTH AFRICA WEBSITE IS ANSWER TO TEACHERS DREAMS

Teachers unable to include exciting activities in their curriculum due to limited resources can now rely on a new website to help them liven up learning. The Teachers Dream website,…


Digital Content

ACT 2005 - SCENE AND HEARD IN JOHANNESBURG

* Call centre consultant Rod Jones told us that Botswana now has 8 call centres with 256 seats and has got to the point of having sufficient capacity to be…


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PEOPLE

- Tayo Ajakaye, e-business Editor of This Day, has emerged the winner of Microsoft IT Reporter of the Year Award. The Award, which was presented with Ajakaye in Lagos, was…


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EVENTS

NEWCOM WAFSAT CONFERENCE, ABUJA, 23-25 NOVEMBER 2005 High-level official endorsement of the NewCom WAFSAT Satellite Communications Conference & Exhibition – organised by the GVF, AITEC Africa and UK Event Management…