Issue no 277

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New wave of African VOIP operators emerge from the shadows of the grey market

Africa's grey market VoIP operators are coming out into the light as attitudes and legislation change. The emergence of a VoIP service providers sector could prove almost as significant for Africa as the earlier emergence of independent ISPs. Because beyond the mobile companies, it has been the entrepreneurial energy and lobbying of ISPs that has driven regulatory change in many countries. The emergence of the newly legalised VoIP service providers (or those who hover in a legal 'no-man's land) will add further pressure for change. In this week's issue we talk to one of this new breed of operators Joseph…

Telecoms

MUNDOSTARTEL ROLLS OUT WIMAX IN ANGOLA

ZTE Corporation is to deploy its first ever Africa commercial WiMAX network in Angola following an agreement signed recently with Mundostartel, Angola's 2nd largest fixed-line operator. ZTE will provide Mundostartel…


Telecoms

3G SOON TO BE LAUNCHED IN EGYPT

Egypt is set to launch a tender for a third national mobile licence later this month. A senior advisor to the government’s Communications and Information Technology Minister, was quoted by…


Telecoms

SA MOBILE OPERATORS DEFEND HIGH PRICES AT COLLOQUIUM

Mobile operators are defending mobile pricing structures, contradicting the view of government, stakeholders, international experts and an appointed working group that concluded that the South African telecoms pricing structure was…


Telecoms

MAURITEL TURNS IN DISPPOINTING RESULTS FOR MAROC TELECOM

Mauritanian incumbent Mauritel - bought by Maroc Telecom in 2001 - has just announced its annual results which show a turnover of 9.7 billion dirhams in the first half year…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Ghana - The Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has busted a cellular phone smuggling gang at the Aviance cargo section at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA). Two thousand,…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telkom Kenya last week raised cost of local telephone calls by 16 per cent. In the new tariff structure that comes into effect on November 1, local calls will cost…


Telecoms

DISAGREEMENT OVER SAT3 ASSET MAY STALL NITEL PRIVATISATION

A disagreement between the Ministry of Communication and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) over the sale of Nigerian Telecommunications (NITEL) stake in the SAT 3 submarine cable project may stall…


Telecoms

ZAMBIAN REGULATOR CAZ PREPARES THE GROUND FOR LEGAL VOIP

The Zambian regulator is preparing the ground for the legalisation of VoIP. It held a workshop on the subject last week in Lusaka, writes Timothy Kasolo. CAZ is seeking to…


Telecoms

NIGERIA'S NCC SAYS "TELECOM FIRMS MUST MERGE TO SURVIVE"

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said Private Telecommunications Operators (PTO) and Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) must merge to survive. The backlog of unpaid bills - both for interconnect and international…


Internet

THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA AND MICROSOFT ANNOUNCE CO-OPERATION TO HELP FIGHT CYBERCRIME

The Government of Nigeria and Microsoft Corp this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining a framework for co-operation between Microsoft and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of…


Internet

KIGALI-MOMBASA TRADE SOON ON THE INTERNET

The delay of Rwandan merchandise at Mombasa port will soon end when the Kenyan government introduces internet transaction system.The new developments will enable Rwandan traders to monitor the arrival and…


Internet

NIGERIA'S PRESIDENT OBASANJO OKAYS E-VOTING

Adoption of electronic voting in future elections in the country may have been settled as President Olusegun Obasanjo last week said digitalising the ballot system would help minimise short comings…


Internet

BOTSWANA'S ISPs LAUNCH BISPA AND IMPLEMENT BINX

The Botswana Internet Service Providers Association (BISPA) officially launched the Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX) at a function at the Phakalane Golf Estate. BINX has been built by BISPA’s members, being…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

* Protection of privacy and data draft legislation and discussion documents have been issued by the SA Law Reform Commission for public comment. The aim is to bring SA closer…


Computing

SA'S SITA DENIES BUYING INTO MIT'S US$100 LAPTOP PROJECT

MIT's Nicholas Negroponte's plans for a US$100 laptop for developing country students (see issue 275) received a heavy blow last week when one of the backers he had announced denied…


Computing

OPENLAB4 RELEASED INTO GROWING AFRICAN LINUX MARKET

OpenLab International has announced the international release of its Linux distribution OpenLab4. Already installed in more than 500 schools and community centres across Africa, OpenLab caters for desktop as well…


Computing

ETHIOPIAN MINISTRY OF JUSTICE IMPLEMENTS LAN

The Ministry of Justice inaugurated Local Area Network (LAN) established at a cost of 3,378,445 birr to enhance its service delivery. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Justice Minister Harka Haroye…


Computing

VIDEO iPODS IN SA WITHIN TWO MONTHS

The date for the South African release of Apple's video iPod has not been announced, but Digicape director Robin Olivier expects the device to be on the shelves within six…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

A new computerised global distribution system that enables service providers like airlines, hotels and car rental companies disseminate information about their services will be launched. The Amadeus System was introduced…


digtool

DIGITAL CITIES - A STRATEGIC LINK ACROSS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

The concept of creating digital cities or metropolitan network areas is fast gaining interest across the world. Interest in SA comes from a wide spectrum of industry participants, particularly as…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET TO SEEK SHARE REVERSAL SPLIT

ECONET Wireless Holdings Limited will be seeking shareholder approval at its forthcoming annual general meeting, slated for October 28, for a share reversal split of a maximum of 10 percent…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ALTRON REPORTS SOLID INTERIM RESULTS BASED ON GOOD PERFORMANCE BY GROUP COMPANIES

The Altron group’s results for the six months ended 31 August 2005 have shown good growth with a 16% increase in headline earnings per share, 17% increase in revenue, from…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

BUSINESS CONNEXION GETS GREENLIGHT FOR BIDVEST DEAL

Business Connexion has Competition Commission approval for the acquisition of Bidvest Network Solutions (Bidnet). The transaction will be effective from November. Business Connexion's acquisition will give the company a foothold…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Vodacom and Altech today confirmed that an agreement has been signed whereby Altech’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Altech Autopage Cellular, will be a preferred Independent Service Provider to the Vodacom network…


Digital Content

UGANDA - HOTUGANDANS.COM + RED PEPPER = CONTROVERSY

The spread of the internet has opened Uganda to a vast array of trends and influences that would have had little effect in previous years. However, a good many citizens…


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EVENTS

AfriNIC-3 and Africa IPv6 Meeting Cairo, Egypt 11-14 December 2005 AfriNIC and The Egyptian IPv6 Task Force are organizing a two days Ipv6 event collocated with AfriNIC-3 public policy meeting.…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Preliminary Call for Participation - ICTe Africa 2006 Conference May 17-21, 2006, Kenyatta, International Conference Centre (KICC) ICTe Africa is an annual conference, exhibit and media event that address information…


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WHY SHOULD AFRICANS CARE ABOUT ICANN?

During the last few years the relationship of African stakeholders with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received greater attention. Driven by a few key individuals…