Issue no 280

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STORM AND CITY OF TSHWANE TO CARRY OUT PROOF OF CONCEPT PROJECTS

The City of Tshwane has partnered with Storm to conduct three proof ofconcept projects to demonstrate that Tshwane can use its currentinfrastructure to bring down the costs of telephone and high-speed Internetaccess services for its citizens. After investing millions on its infrastructure, the City of Tshwane now has a robust metropolitan optic fibre network that has enough capacity to offer broadband connectivity within the city. While there is no legislation that stands in the way of the City of Tshwane offering services right now, regulations do prevent the municipality from offering these services directly to end-users. Storm will access this…

Telecoms

CELTEL TANZANIA TO LAY OFF 1,242 WORKERS WITH PACKAGE PAID BY TTCL

Celtel Tanzania is to retrench 1,242 workers this week, four months after seperating from Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL). Those to be retrenched from a 3,480 workforce will be paid…


Telecoms

BLURRED LINE BETWEEN FIXED MOBILE AND MOBILE ON TELKOM LESOTHO'S LEKOMO FLEXI SPARKS ROW WITH VODACOM

The thin line between fixed mobile and mobile in Lesotho serves to highlight the increasing absurdity of technologically-driven service definitions. Incumbent Telkom Lesotho launched a fixed mobile service which works…


Telecoms

BOTSWANA: YOUNG MAKING A LIVING SELLING AIRTIME

In busy streets and malls, a new breed of vendors loudly announces the prices of its single commodity. The vendors carry the product sticking out of a 'purpose built' side…


Telecoms

TELKOM LESOTHO CEO ESTIMATES GREY MARKET VOIP IS 17% OF TOTAL MARKET

Even in a small voice market like Lesotho, something like 500,000 minutes a month are sold via the grey market. The traffic is driven by the large diaspora populations of…


Telecoms

TELECOM EGYPT CHOOSES ERICSSON AND CISCO TO TAKE ITS NETWORK IP

Telecom Egypt has chosen Ericsson in cooperation with Cisco Systems, as one of the suppliers to upgrade its fixed network to a carrier-class, Internet Protocol (IP) Next Generation Network. According…


Telecoms

LESOTHO TO LIBERALISE IN 2006 - MANAGED COMPETITION APPROACH

The Lesotho incumbent’s monopoly ends on 8 February 2006, barely three months away. However immediate change looks unlikely as the regulator favours a cautious approach. As Lesotho Telecommunications Agency’s Monehela…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- The Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) organized a four-day seminar aimed at simplifying the existing communication regulations to attract various telecommunication operators to the country. Dr. Faustin Nteziryayo (pictured…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Safaricom, Kenya's biggest mobile phone firm, sees its subscriber base rising to four or five million by 2007. The company, 40 per cent owned by British mobile operator Vodafone…


Telecoms

ECONET NIGERIA WINS LEGAL BATTLE ON LOCAL ARBITRATION

The Federal High Court of Nigeria has ruled that it has the jurisdiction to appoint arbitrators in the ongoing dispute between shareholders of Vee Mobile, formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria. In…


Telecoms

LESOTHO REGULATOR LTA SET TO BECOME PART OF THE EASSY FIBRE CONSORTIUM

When incumbent Telkom Lesotho said it would not be investing in the EASSy fibre consortium, the regulator of this land-locked country, realising the strategic importance of cheaper international bandwidth, stepped…


Internet

NEW LESOTHO ISP DATACOMM WILL CHALLENGE COMPETITORS ON PRICE

Lesotho ISP Datacomm was only launched three weeks ago but it has already attracted 25 dial-up subscribers and four corporate clients. This may not sound a lot but in a…


Internet

SOUTH AFRICA: INTERNET BANKING OPERATION 20TWENTY ON THE BRINK AGAIN

Standard Chartered Bank has decided to pull out of the local online banking sector, meaning the eventual death of 20Twenty, the local Internet bank that survived the demise of its…


Internet

TELKOM KENYA LAUNCHES ITS OWN INTERNET SUBSIDIARY

Jambo Telkom, a fully owned subsidiary of Telkom Kenya, has announced its entry into the market as an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The company will compete with other ISPs in…


Internet

NEW SIERRE LEONE ISP LIME LINE WILL OFFER A BROADBAND SERVICE AND VOIP

A new ISP Lime Line will start in early November in Sierre Leone, according to Country Director Martin Small in a press conference last Monday. It wants to become the…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- Telkom Lesotho offers a wireless “broadband” service where customers can get a contended (probably at least 60:1) 64K download speed from between R2400-2800 a month. ISPs buy the same…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA FINES ITS FIRST SOFTWARE PIRATE

A Ukrainian sailor convicted of pirating computer programs is the first person to be convicted of software piracy in South Africa. Andrei Goncharko, 48, who was fined R5 000 and…


Computing

AFRICAN DEVELOPERS BUILD PHARMACY MANAGEMENT TOOL

African free software developers have released early versions of a free hospital pharmacy management system. The developers that initiated the project were part of a three week-long developer workshop at…


Computing

LINUX TRAINING HITS THE ROAD TO REACH SMALL TOWNS

Linux Holdings is planning to take open source training to smaller towns in South Africa and even beyond the country's borders with its "Academy on Wheels". Instead of setting up…


Computing

INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO HELP LAUNCH PAN-AFRICAN KNOWLEDGE NETWORK PROJECT

In a move to connect 53 African countries, the government of India took the initiative of providing the African Union with Information technology (IT) facilities, the Embassy of India in…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- President Olusegun Obasanjo directed two federal ministries, - Education and Finance as well as State House to create full-fledged information technology (IT) departments/units within the next three months. He…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

SOUTH AFRICA: VODAFONE PAYS R16BN TO ACQUIRE VENFIN STAKE IN VODACOM

In the second-largest foreign direct investment in post-apartheid SA, British-based cellular group Vodafone has made an offer to buy Venfin's 15% stake in Vodacom for R15,6bn to boost its holding…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

ECONET WIRELESS GROUP TO SEEK UK STOCK MARKET LISTING

Econet Wireless Group has announced plans to seek a listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) through an initial public offering that the company estimates will raise between US$400 million…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

TELKOM LESOTHO TO BE SOLD OFF BY ESKOM - ECONET HAS FIRST OPTION TO BUY

Eskom has announced that it will sell its interest in Mountain Communications, the consortium (with Econet) that owns Telkom Lesotho. Econet has a first option to buy out its consortium…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

HUAWEI SELLS STAKE TO BEE CONSORTIUM

Telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies has sold a 31% stake in its South African operations for R6,3m to Nulane Investments. The move will make the Chinese company fully compliant with…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

NIGERIA'S VGC COMM BOUGHT FOR US$100M, ADEBAYO RESIGNS

VGC Communications Limited, a wireline Private Telephone Operator in the Ikoyi and Victoria Island axis with a recent entry into Port Harcourt, has changed ownership. It has been bought over…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

On The Money - In Brief

- There’s a rumour circulating that MTN will buy Econet’s Botswana operation Mascom Wireless. But as a reader, you will know that you should never believe rumours. - The Spanish…


Digital Content

WEBSITE FOR KENYA'S BANANA CAMPAIGN FOR YES VOTE ON CONSTITUTION

The Yes team on the Kenyan constitutional changes launched its website, www.visionyes.com.The launch came two weeks after the No team started its campaign website, www.orangenocampaign.com . Last week's new web…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

- South Africa's three cellular network operators have signed a code of conduct to protect users from junk mail on their cellphones and to try to prevent children from accessing…


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PEOPLE

* Ndi Towo, Arrivia.Kom’s Managing Executive Africa is setting out to win contracts in Africa. The South African state-owned company still gets 70% of its income from running networks for…


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EVENTS

- AfNOG and AfriNIC Joint Announcement: Meetings in May 2006 7th AfNOG Meeting AfNOG and AfriNIC are jointly organising a two-week event that includes the AfNOG Workshop on Network Technology…