Issue no 281

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FIRST REPORT ON MOBILE HANDSETS IN NIGERIA IDENTIFIES USER PREFERENCES

As far as we know, no-one thus far has produced a publicly available report looking at the state of the mobile handset market in any Sub-Saharan African country: what their users feel about them; how many they have; and what brands they use and why. e-Shekels has put together a sample of 20,000 users using Nigerian omnibus surveys which give the results some robustness in the context of a country with such a large population. It has also surveyed non-phone users and mobile phone distributors. As with technologies elsewhere in Africa, the growth of mobiles appears in large part to…

Telecoms

MUGABE NEPHEW IN TELECEL CONTRACTS WRANGLE

Makonde MP and President Robert Mugabe's nephew, Leo Mugabe, is involved in a multi-billion-dollar bid to force a company hired by cellphone network operator Telecel to cancel its contract and…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN COURT DECISION LEAVES VODACOM/VIRGIN BID FOR VEE MOBILE FROZEN

Last week's Federal High Court decision that it has the jurisdiction to appoint arbitrators in the dispute between shareholders of Vee Mobile, formerly Econet Wireless Nigeria has left the joint…


Telecoms

UGANDA: MINISTER SAYS NEW TELECOMS POLICY SHOULD FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE ROLL-OUT

The new telecommunications policy is shifting from encouraging investors to compete in provision of retail telephone services to setting up infrastructure that aims at improving services, the communications minister has…


Telecoms

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SETS UP NEW COMPANY TO RUN ITS SAT3 FIBRE ASSETS

The Nigerian Governement has incorporated a holding company, the Nigerian Cabling and Telecoms Network Limited, to manage the international submarine cable (SAT-3) in stopping speculations that it has been sold…


Telecoms

NAMIBIA'S MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SIGNS N$9.6M DEAL WITH BUSINESS CONNEXION

Mobile Telecommunications Limited and Business Connexion Namibia (Pty) Ltd are proud to announce that they have signed a deal worth N$9.6 million. The deal is for the provision of an…


Telecoms

Telecoms News - In Brief

- Pan-African operator Celtel has signed a contract with Ericsson to upgrade its mobile networks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The development has already begun in Uganda and Tanzania and…


Telecoms

TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

- Around 5,000 direct and indirect work posts have been created throughout the country by the Angolan mobile phone operator (Unitel) since its insertion in the local market four years…


Internet

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG SETS UP HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS NETWORK

The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) is in the process of deploying a high-speed wireless network to connect over 500 buildings and locations throughout the metropolis, giving it a highly cost…


Internet

WANANCHI ONLINE, ISP KENYA FINALISE MERGER

Wananchi Online and ISP Kenya, have finally merged after two years of protracted negotiations. Wananchi Online Chief Executive, Njeri Rionge, said the merger would enhance the strengths of the two…


Internet

BURKINA FASO GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SERVICES USING TWO-TIER STRATEGY: ONLINE AND OFFLINE

In Burkina Faso, a country with very low ICT penetration, some government services have been put online, but the lack of access by the majority of the population means that…


Internet

NIGERIA FORMS ALLIANCE WITH UK'S OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING TO FIGHT 419 SCAMS

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has teamed with Nigerian officials to warn internet users of fraudulent junk email, known as Nigerian 419 scams, that attempt to con recipients…


Internet

LIBYA SENTENCES BLOGGER TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CRITICISING GOVERNMENT

Libya has sentenced a blogger to 18 months in prison after he criticised the government in his online articles, according to Human Rights Watch. The jailing, which the rights group…


Internet

Internet News - In Brief

- A Japanese car trading company has introduced a groundbreaking system where by Ugandans can buy used vehicles from Japan over the Internet. Officials of Trust Company Ltd (TCL) on…


Computing

SLOW PACE OF SA'S LEGAL SYSTEM AIDS SOFTWARE PIRACY

Antipiracy body the Business Software Alliance (BSA) plans another crackdown in SA to force companies to use legal software. The alliance has met the trade and industry department to propose…


Computing

UGANDA SOFWARE INDUSTRY GROWS THROUGH MICROSOFT USER GROUP

A Dot NET user group was launched in Kampala recently. The group, supported by the East African arm of Microsoft but run as a separate and independent entity, brings together…


Computing

SOUTH AFRICA - BIGGEST SEARCH ENGINE TO LAUNCH THIS MONTH

Dissatisfied with the quality of current South African search engines, Alistair Carruthers has built Jonga which he hopes will become the first stop for South African Web searches when it…


Computing

HP SIGNS CONTRACT WITH CAIRO BANK FOR 24/7 SERVICE BACK-UP

HP has recently been appointed by Cairo Bank to upgrade its IT system to ensure 24x7 oneline service availability through multi-channel call centre, ensuring better service availability and effectiveness. HPAs…


Computing

Computer News - In Brief

- The Egyptian Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has selected a comprehensive Juniper Networks routing and security solution to build a nationwide IPv6 network for the Egyptian Universities…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

MTN BUYS 44% of BOTSWANA'S MASCOM

The rumour we reported last week turned out to be true. Acquisitive African mobile operator MTN has bought an effective 44% holding in Botswana’s largest mobile company, Mascom Wireless Botswana…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS DO NOT UNDERSTAND AFRICAN TELECOMS MARKETS

Investment analysts need more education about the opportunities in Africa's telecommunications sector, because potentially profitable projects are not getting the funding they deserve. Fund managers do not recognise the pent-up…


Mergers, Acquisitions and Financial Results

CORRECTIONS: ISSUE 280 - VARIOUS LESOTHO ARTICLES

The company we named as Telkom Lesotho should have been Telecom Lesotho. The rate that read R57 should have have read R0.57. The Lekomo Flexi product is baesed on a…


Digital Content

UGANDA HOMEPAGES LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICIAL NATIONAL PORTAL

Uganda has opened its first official national portal offering comprehensive information about Uganda, the ugandaweb.co.ug, writes Balancing Act's Uganda correspondent Esther Nakkazi. The portal can also be found at domain…


Digital Content

SA'S CELLPHONE BANK WIZZIT AIMS TO BREAK-EVEN WITH 300,000 CUSTOMERS MID NEXT YEAR

SA's cellphone bank Wizzit hopes to break even by the middle of next year and aims to have about 300,000 customers within three years, the bank said. Wizzit, which went…


Digital Content

Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

-   Mobile phones will allow texts to be sent out telling people about HIV/AIDS. Nine million young people in Nigeria are to be sent text messages to raise awareness about…


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PEOPLE INTERVIEW

MARTIN JARROLD OF GVF ON CHANGES IN THE WEST AFRICAN SATELLITE MARKET Q: What have the trends been regarding the adoption of Satellite communication solutions in West Africa? One quite…


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PEOPLE

* Egypt's GSM network operator, Mobinil has elected Iskander Naguib Shalaby as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The Board says that it has reached this decision after…


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EVENTS

- Workshop on Information and Knowledge Man Organised by TzDG and AITEC, 28 November-2nd December 2005, Arusha, Tanzania For more information contact: ikm@esrf.or.tz - Capacity Building in Engineering Towards Achieving…


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JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES

TOP DOGS POORER THAN THEIR PEERS Executive of SA's top information technology companies are generally taking home smaller salaries than their counterparts in other sectors of the economy. Although IT…