Issue no 278

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Uganda's Bwindi telecentre collects data on gorillas and targets tourists and locals

All too often telecentres have seemed like a solution in search of a problem. But Bwindi telecentre is being used to collect conservation information on local gorillas in the dense tropical forest and is targeting its services at both tourists and locals. Balancing Act's Uganda correspondent Esther Nakkazi last week interviewed Lawrence Zikusoka, the Founder and Director ICT for Development Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)about how it works. He opened the telecentre to tourists going to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the community surrounding it. Qn: This is something new in Uganda. Why did you think of opening a telecentre…

Telecoms

NIGERIAN GOVT TO SELL NITEL WITHOUT SAT-3 ASSET

Controversy surrounding the ownership of SAT-3 has been put to rest as federal government has resolved to separate SAT-3 from Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL). Communication Minister, Chief Cornelus Adebayo said…


Telecoms

TV CABO LAUNCHES ANGOLAN CABLE OP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANGOLA TELECOM AND VISABEIRA GROUP

TV Cabo, the joint venture between fixed-line incumbent Angola Telecom and the Visabeira group, has announced that it will launch a new digital cable television (CATV) service in October 2005,…


Telecoms

MILLICOM LAUNCHES CHAD NETWORK WITH GPRS/EDGE CAPABILITY

Millicom International Cellular (MIC) has announced the launch of its GSM network in Chad under the Tigo brandname. MIC was awarded a ten-year licence to operate a GSM-900 network in…


Telecoms

NIGERIA'S SUBURBAN PICKS ATC AND HUAWEI TO BUILD 3500 KMS FIBRE NETWORK

Suburban Telecom Limited, a provider of telecommunications carrier services in Nigeria has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Huawei Technologies of China for the supply of Suburban's national optic backbone…


Telecoms

TOGO CELLULAIRE TO INVEST 13M EUROS IN GPRS/EDGE NETWORK

Last week Togo Cellulaire announced that it would spend 13 million euros to expand and upgrade its GSM network across the country. The contract went to Alcatel Shanghai Bell. Under…


Telecoms

SOUTH AFRICA'S ITEC TELECOMS SIGNS UP WITH TRANSTEL

Recently launched Itec Telecoms is to provide its customers with corporate telecommunication solutions thanks to a commercial relationship with Transtel, the company says.The relationship will empower Itec with a range…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has contracted Siemens to supply fibre optic equipment for its planned 1,140km network. The new network is expected to be the largest of its kind…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has launched an automated airtime top-up service enabling debit and credit card users to top up their accounts from their handsets. The new service has…


Internet

GHANA INTERNET EXCHANGE FORMALLY LAUNCHED WITH PROMISE OF LOWER LATENCY

As Ghana Internet Exchange formall started operations it promised to create lower costs and latency times through local exchange of traffic. In Ghana, the cost of Internet bandwidth and connectivity…


Internet

TELKOM SA'S ADSL TAKEN TO ICASA AGAIN

Cape-based Internet service provider (ISP) DOTCO has petitioned the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) to stop Telkom from implementing its new ADSL pricing structure from 1 November. DOTCO claims…


Internet

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT SIGNS PREPAID CARD AGREEMENT WITH GHANA POST

Ghanaian ISP Fruit of the Spirit has signed a distribution agreement for its pre-paid cards with local newspaper, the Ghana Post. The cards, which would be available in all post…


Internet

UUNET LAUNCHES FOUR NEW POPS IN NAMIBIA

Internet Services Provider (ISP) UUNET is planning to increase its presence in Namibia. In 1996, UUNET sold its dial-up service to Africa Online and remained with the lease-line business. Today,…


Computing

CAMEROON: CUSTOMS OPERATIONS COMPUTERISED TO CUT COST

A trial computerised system known as Automated System for Customs Data, ASYCUDA, which aims to speed up customs clearance operations and reduce cost to the benefit of both businesspeople and…


Computing

FAILURE RATES LOWER ON LOCALLY ASSEMBLED HP DESKTOPS

With confidence returning to the South African IT market, driven to a huge degree by the strengthening of the Rand against the Dollar in the first quarter of this year,…


Computing

SWEDEN TO BACK OPEN SOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBIA

The Swedish government has pledged to support the development of Open Source software through training and capacity building programmes writes News Update's Zambian correspondent Timothy Kasolo. This was said at…


Computing

THE NALEDI3D FACTORY DEVELOPS THE "INTERACTIVE 3D LEARNING OBJECT"

The Naledi3d Factory, based at the new Innovation Hub in Pretoria, is working on a new education and training paradigm. They have combined the concepts of Virtual Reality (VR) and…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

http://www.mwalimu.co.tz - The Federal Government said last week that about N1billion ($2.95 million) has been spent on the procurement of software and accessories for the ASSYCUDA machine which would be…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA MTN SAYS TO AGREES US$2 BLN IRAN DEAL

African cell phone operator MTN has agreed to take a stake in a $2 billion project to run Iran's second mobile firm which would give it a long-awaited foothold in…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

GOVERNMENT HANDS OVER RWANDATEL TO TERRACOM

The Rwandan government on October 14th 2005, officially signed the transfer of her 99% Rwandatel shares to TERRACOM, an American based IT and communications provider that bought the former state-owned…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

WILL MTN SPEND ITS SPARE US$2,6BN ALL IN ONE PLACE?

A report from Merrill Lynch saying that MTN could muster about $2,6bn to invest in growth opportunities is quite staggering. But what is even more staggering is exactly how much…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- Shares in South African investment firm Venfin shot up by more than two percentage points on the back of rumours that the company was planning to sell its 15%…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

READERS' RESPONSES

Issue 275: Bottom-of-the pyramid markets - the sub-USD100 laptop and the search for the holy grail Never trust a man who invents Swatch Internet Time. Negroponte is a notorious bandwagon…


Digital Content

UGANDA'S TRUE AFRICAN LAUNCHES MUSIC DOWNLOADS FOR US$1.2 PER SONG

Ugandan producers will have one more avenue to make money from their efforts following the launch of Internet sales of their music. "We have compiled various artistes' songs on our…


Digital Content

MTN LAUNCHES BIGGEST FOOTBALL SITE EVER

Africa's biggest football website, MTNfootball.com, went live on Friday, heralding yet another innovation for the continent's most popular sport from the largest mobile telecommunications company on the African continent. The…


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PEOPLE

* Kelvin Reynolds has resigned after just over two years as managing director and just under five months as vice-president within the organisation. * Greg Wyler, the American proprietor of…


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EVENTS

WSA Gala, 16 November 2005, Tunis, Tunisia http://www.wsis-award.org/index.php?folder=39 4th Nigeria Telecom Summit, 7-8 November 2005, Abuja, Nigeria Hosted Nigerian Communications Commission and the theme is "Consolidating growth in the telecom…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

- STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARD 2006 invites excellent ICT projects from all over the world to compete for the prestigious Challenge trophies. The Challenge is searching for the best initiatives that…


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COUNTRY CODE TLDs: KEY TO AFRICA'S INTERNET FUTURE, BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM?

The Domain Name System is divided up into a number of Top-Level Domains (TLDs), including generic domains like .com, .org, and .edu, and Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) like .za…